Worship at The Open Church
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A Centering Thought
“One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, yet he is the best of conquerors who conquers himself.” -- Taken from the Dhammapada—Buddhist Scripture
Call to Worship
One: Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to God than they are?
All: Father God, Mother God, we stretch our hands to you, for no other help we know.
One: So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?...Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
All: Father God, Mother God, if you withdraw yourself from us, O where, O where would we go?
One: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and God will give you everything you need.
All: Father God, Mother God, give us this day our daily bread. Since we cannot live by bread alone, we also plead for the manna that proceeds from your mouth.
Song of Praise: Victory Is Mine
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves; when our dreams have become true because we dreamed too small; when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare boldly; to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, not ours; where in losing sight of land we shall find the stars. This we ask in the name of our captain, who is Jesus Christ. Amen. [Attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh]
Sacred Wisdom from the Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-4
Street Corner Religion: Jesus and Justice
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’ís 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.”
Koinōnia: A Care-Full Community
Holy Communion: See Worship Resources Sheet
Stewardship Story and Offering
Prayer of Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of giving; for when we give, we are most like you. Amen.
Song of Preparation
Invitation to Discipleship: Yield Not to Temptation
Closing Hymn: We’ll Understand It Better By and By
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