Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, November 18, 2012 -- 10:00 am
A Centering Thought
“When a solitary individual is able to mingle his (or her) strength with the forces of history and emerge with a name, a character, a personality, it is no ordinary achievement… such a figure was Jesus of Nazareth. To some he is the grand prototype of all the distilled longing of humankind for fulfillment, for wholeness, for perfection. When [we] look into his face, [we] see etched the glory of [our] own possibilities, and [our] hearts whisper, ‘Thank you and thank God.” —Howard Thurman
Call to Worship (from The Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland)
One: We meet in the name of God, Creator of the universe, Source of true humanity, Mother and Father of all.
All: God, be present here.
One: We meet in the name of Jesus, Word made flesh, the Glory of God fully alive, Lover of all.
All: Christ, befriend us here.
One: We meet in the name of the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, Midwife of new humanity, Inspirer of all.
All: Spirit of the living God, renew us here.
One: Come then, Eternal God
All: Be Present here, Befriend us here, Renew us here.
Song of Praise: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Verse 1: Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Refrain: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Verse 2: Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Verse 3: Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth. Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Luke 14:1, 12-24
Prayers of the People: Let All Who Are Thirsty Come
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: Something in My Heart
Something in my heart like a stream running down; makes me feel so happy, happy as can be; when I think of Jesus, what He’s done for me; there’s something in my heart like a stream running down.
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
Sermon: “God’s Guest List: Acceptance without Exception”
*Invitation to Discipleship and Membership: Let all Who Are Thirsty Come
* Discipleship and Membership takes diverse forms at The Open Church. You may present yourself to our community during the invitational hymn. After the worship service, you may also acknowledge your desire to any of our leaders. We Welcome You!
Closing Song: Take My Life, and Let It Be
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
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