Worship at The Open Church
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 20, 2012; 11:00 am
A Centering Thought
“The fact is that God and our views of God are two different things. When it comes to God, all thoughts fall short….if our views about God are not in constant faithful flux, our perception of God is too small….Narrow thinking about God leads to heartbreakingly thin imagination and ingenuity….Because of their usually deep entrenchment and perceived untouchableness, there is nothing more hideous than spiritual perspectives that have the effect of diminishing life in unsuspecting ways. The most dangerous beliefs are the ones we don’t think to question.” -- Kirk Byron Jones—A Christian Theologian
Call to Worship
One: God changes appearances every second.
All: Blessed are those who can recognize God in all God’s disguises.
One: God is found in a breathtaking sunrise; the humming of bees; hugs from loved ones; a cool drink of water; the fragrance of flowers.All: Reveal yourself to us, Great Creator, in sight, sound, touch, taste, scent, and in ways we have yet to imagine.
One: O Lord My God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds your hands have made.
All: Majestic God, we seek after you today, eager to uncover you in all your divine disguises.
Hymn of Praise: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Tune: Zion)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Sacred Wisdom from the Scriptures: Joel 2:21-32
Congregational Hymn: Bless the Lord/God Is Good
Street Corner Religion: Jesus and Justice -- Pastoral Endorsement of Marriage Equality
Making the Vision Plain! Making the Vision Possible!
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 SheetOffering
Offering Affirmation: At The Open Church, our minds are open to learn. Our hearts are open to love. Our hands are open to lift. Through our generosity, may the Savior be exalted, and may sisters and brothers, here and around the world, be enriched.
Prayer of Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of giving; for when we give, we are most like you. Amen.
Song of PreparationSermon
Invitation to Discipleship: Jesus Is on the Mainline
Closing Hymn: Over My Head
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