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Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, October 21, 2012 -- 10:00 am -- Stewardship Sunday
A Centering Thought
“Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.” -- Lynn A. Miller, Author
Call to Worship
Song of Praise: God Has Done Great Things for Me
Verse 1: God has done great things for me. Great things, great things. God has done great things for me.
Verse 2: God has made a way for me. Made a way, made a way. God has made a way for me.
Verse 3: God will give you victory. Victory, victory. God will give you victory.
Verse 4: I’m gonna let my little light shine. Shine, shine. I’m gonna let my little light shine.
Wisdom from the Scriptures: John 10:1-16
Prayers of the People: Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Latin for “Come, Holy Spirit.”)
Song of Preparation
Sermon: “Quality Assurance”
Invitation to Discipleship and Membership: Fill My Cup, Lord
Verse 1: Like the woman at the well, I was seeking for things that could not satisfy; and then I heard the Savior speaking: “Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
Refrain: Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more—fill my cup, fill it up, and make me whole.
Verse 2: So, my friends now, if the things this world gave you leave hungers that won’t pass away; my blessed Lord will come and save you, if you kneel to Him and humbly pray.
*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.
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.”
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.
*We place our first “business meeting” in the midst of worship to remind us that we should glorify God in everything we do. Whether interpreting the Bible or examining the budget, we aim to: 1) exalt the Savior; 2) equip the saints; and 3) enrich the society. Visitors and friends of The Open Church are welcome to participate in the meeting.
Closing Song: I’ve Just Come from the Fountain
Verse 1: I’ve just come from the fountain; I’ve just come from the fountain, Lord; I’ve just come from the fountain; God’s name’s so sweet.
Verse 2: I found full grace at the fountain; I found full grace at the fountain, Lord; I found full grace at the fountain; God’s name’s so sweet.
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