Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, March 3, 2013
“Holy Hands: Prayer and Worship with Our Hands”
A Centering Thought
“Hands have long been a symbol of prayer. Consequently, hands can be wonderful, but they can also hurt. They can hit, scratch, or pinch. They can steal, be mischievous, and teasing. They can be constructive or destructive. They can also be deceiving, hating, or killing or helpful, friendly and loving. Which are your hands? —Patricia C. Whyman
Call to Worship
Leader: O God of love and grace,
Congregation: Help us to accept ourselves as we move to be what you would have us to be.
Leader: Lead us to those good things that magnify your name.
Congregation: Have mercy upon us and come to us, we pray.
Leader: Touch us; heal us we pray.
Congregation: Be with us this day.
Leader: Empower us to worship you in all we do.
Congregation: Keep us in the path of love and justice.
All: Lead us into reflection on our lives and our purpose for this day.
Musical Invocation: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Verse 1: Breathe on me, Breath of God. Fill me with life anew. That I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.
Verse 2: Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure; until with thee, I will one will, to do and to endure.
Verse 3: Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine; till all this earthly part of me, glows with thy fire divine.
Wisdom from the Scriptures
Prayers of the People
Communal Response: “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”
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.”
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community
Congregational Song: “We Are One”
We are one, we are one; we are one in the Spirit; we are one! Hallelujah, Hallelujah; we are one in the Spirit; we are one!
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.
Congregational Exercises with Hands
Holy Communion (All are welcome!)
Song of Preparation
Invitation to Discipleship and Membership: “The Lord Is My Light”
Verse 1: The Lord is my light, and my salvation (3x), whom shall I fear? Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, whom shall I fear?
Verse 2: Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage (3x), whom shall I fear? Whom shall
I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life,
whom shall I fear?
*The Invitation to Discipleship and Membership takes diverse forms at The Open Church.
Feel free to present yourself to our community during the invitational hymn. 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.
Closing Song: “Rise, Shine, and Give God Glory”
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
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