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Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, July 7, 2013 -- 11:15 am
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Communion
A Centering Thought
“The church is a space where people struggle together with all forces knowing the struggle will fail unless God shows mercy. The church is a place where every energy can be held and become transformed, made livable, made available, made fully accessible to the world.”
~Ann Belford Ulanov, Professor of Psychiatry and Religion
Call to Worship
One: Praise the LORD! Praise God in God’s sanctuary!
All: Praise the Creator in the mighty heavens!
One: Praise Yahweh for surpassing greatness!
All: Praise the Almighty with the sounding of the trumpet!
One: Praise Elohim with the harp and lyre and with timbrel and dancing!
All: Praise the Holy One with the strings and pipe!
One: Praise the Giver of Strength with the clash of cymbals, resounding cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
All: Praise the Lord!
Hymn of Praise: “O How I Love Jesus”
Verse 1: There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; it sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth.
Refrain: O how I love Jesus. O how I love Jesus. O how I love Jesus, because He first loved me!
Verse 2: It tells of One whose loving heart can feel my deepest woe; who in each sorrow bears a part that none can bear below.
Prayers of the People - “My Soul Loves Jesus”
Mrs. Louise Braxton, Psalmist
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.
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, people experiencing homelessness, 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.”
Wisdom from the Scriptures
Song of Preparation
Mr. Keith Pennick, Psalmist
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: “Your Grace and Mercy”
Your grace and mercy brought me through. I’m living this moment because of You. I want to
thank You and praise You, too. Your grace and mercy brought me through.
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
Departing Song: “Oh, Lord, Have Mercy”
Verse 1: Oh, Lord, have mercy. Oh, Lord, have mercy. Oh, Lord, have mercy, have mercy on me.
Verse 2: While I am praying, while I am praying, while I am praying, have mercy on me.
Verse 3: Oh, Lord, I need Thee. Oh, Lord, I need Thee.Oh, Lord, I need Thee, have mercy on me.
The Open Church