Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, July 14, 2013 -- 11:15 am
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and Second Annual National Day of Unity in Response to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
A Centering Thought
“First keep the peace within yourself; then you can also bring peace to others.”
~Thomas à Kempis, Fifteenth Century Catholic Monk
Call to Worship
One: In the midst of a world where people hunger and thirst,
All: Come bless the Lord who feeds the hungry.
One: In the midst of a world where people are abused and oppressed,
All: Come bless the Lord who calls for compassion and justice.
One: In the midst of a world filled with wars and rumors of wars,
All: Come bless the Lord who desires nothing less than peace for the world.
One: In the midst of a world of spiritual emptiness,
All: Come bless the Lord who makes our cups run over with abundance.
One: Yes, come to the Mercy Seat! Come bless God whose mercy, grace, and love know no end!
Hymn of Praise: “Bless the Lord”
Refrain: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless God’s holy name (2x).
Wisdom from the Scriptures
Verse 1: God has done great things (3x). Bless God’s holy name.
Verse 2: God saved my soul (3x). Bless God’s Holy Name.
Prayers of the People
Taizé Response: “Bless the Lord”
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community (Koinonia is the New Testament word for “fellowship.”)
Monthly Leadership Team Emphasis: Prayer, Worship, and Evangelism Team
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
Psalmist: Mr. Charles Jones
Invitation to Discipleship and Membership
*The Invitation to Discipleship and Membership takes diverse forms at The Open Church. Feel free to present yourself to our community during this time. You also may acknowledge your desire for commitment to God and membership in our congregation to any of our ministerial leaders during the fellowship hour after the worship service.
Invitational Song: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
Verse 1: I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul (2x).
Verse 2: I’ve got love like an ocean. I’ve got love like an ocean. I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul (2x).
Verse 3: I’ve got joy like a fountain. I’ve got joy like a fountain. I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul (2x).
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
Departing Song: “It Is Well with My Soul”
Verse 1: When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Refrain: It is well, with my soul, It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Verse 2: Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
Verse 3: And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul.
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