Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A Centering Thought
“The Spirit liberates; that’s her vocation. She liberates from unjust situations and systems. Unjust situations and systems try to contain the unruly Spirit and her people….In Greek, pneuma, spirit, is the source of Jesus’ power to restore life; indeed, pneuma resurrected him.” -- Linda Thomas—Theologian
Call to Worship
Songs of Praise: We Have Come into This House
We have come into this house to gather in His name and worship Him. (2x). We have come into this house to gather in His name and worship Christ the Lord, worship Him, Christ the Lord.
So, forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship him (2x). So, forget about yourself, concentrate on Him and worship Christ the Lord, Worship Him, Christ the Lord.
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Revelation 1:1-11
Prayers of the People: The Sacred Urn
Our Congregational Vision
All: The Open Church is a sacred place where those who are hurting, confused, and in need can find healing and hope, regardless of color, culture, or creed.
One: It is a wide place where “Abraham’s family” – Christians, Jews, and Muslims – can dialogue with Buddhists and Bahá’is and where Hindus can dialogue with Humanists.
All: The Open Church is a joyful place where children, seniors, migrant workers, homeless people, and scholars eagerly learn from and teach one another.
One: It is a safe place where varied ethnicities and capabilities, genders and sexual identities, social and economic groups gather in peace to break bread at Christ’s Communion Table, as we break down stereotypes.
All: As sacred siblings born to our Heavenly Father who is Divine Mother of us all, we practice radically inclusive love that proclaims and builds up the “kin-dom of God.”
Congregational Song: Something in My Heart
Something in my heart like a stream running down; makes me feel so happy, happy as can be; when I think of Jesus, what he’s done for me; there’s something in my heart like a stream running down.
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community
Holy Communion: The Words of Invitation and Our Response
One: Everyone is welcome at God’s Table of Hospitality. At this table, no reservations are needed, and no priority seating is allowed. There is always plenty of good room, and every seat places us near God, the Sacred Host. At The Open Church, the Lord’s Table is open, radically open, to whosoever will. The good gifts of God for the people of God are now ready. Come!
All: With grateful hearts we accept the Lord’s gracious invitation. As we eat this broken bread, we renew our commitment to fix the world. As we drink from the fruit of the vine, we renew our commitment to the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Amen.
Offering: We give with open-handed generosity because when we give we are most like God.
Prayer of Thanksgiving: We thank you, Lord, for these gifts. Amen.
Song of Preparation
Sermon: “Two Places at the Same Time”
Invitation to Discipleship: Over My Head
Over my head, I hear music in the air, there must be a God somewhere.
Over my head, I hear singing in the air, there must be a God somewhere.
Over my head, I see glory in the air, there must be a God somewhere.
Departing Song: I’ve Got a Feelin’
I’ve got a feelin’ everything’s gonna be alright, be alright, be alright, be alright. The Holy Ghost done told me everything’s gonna be alright, be alright, be alright, be alright
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