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Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, August 5, 2012
A Centering Thought
“The Bible is not God, nor is it a substitute for God, and to treat it as if it were God…is to treat it in the very way that it itself condemns over and over again.” -- Peter Gomes—Theologian
Call to Worship
Songs of Praise: Woke Up This Mornin’
Wonderful Words of Life
Verse One: Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty; beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Psalm 119:97-106
Prayers of the People: The Sacred Urn/The Prayer and Worship Team
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
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: “Interpretation for Liberation: Working with the Book”
Invitation to Dialogue: Wonderful Words of Life
Verse Two: Christ the blessed one gives to all, wonderful words of life; listen well to the loving call, wonderful words of life; all the wondrous story, showing us his glory, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Invitation to Discipleship: Wonderful Words of Life
Verse Three: Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life; offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life; Jesus, our blessed Savior, sanctify forever, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Departing Song: I Really Love the Lord
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