Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A Centering Thought
“…God does not call us once but many times….Sometimes those calls ring clear as bells and sometimes they are barely audible, but in any case we are not meant to hear them all by ourselves. It was part of God’s genius to incorporate us as one body, so that our ears have other ears, other eyes, minds, hearts, and voices to help us interpret what we have heard.” -- Barbara Brown Taylor—Minister and Theologian
Call to Worship
Song of Praise: The Lord Is Blessing Me Right Now
The Lord is blessing me right now, oh right now. The Lord is blessing me right now, oh right now. God woke me up this morning and started me on my way. The Lord is blessing me right now.
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Ephesians 4:11-16
Prayers of the People: The Sacred Urn
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.”
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.
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community
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: Sanctuary
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.
Sermon: “Let the Church Be the Church: Equipping the Saints”
Invitation to Discipleship: I love You Lord, Today
Verse 1: I love You. I love You. I love You, Lord, today, because You care for me in such a special way. And yes I praise You. I lift You up. I magnify Your name. That’s why my heart is filled with praise.
Verse 2: My heart, my mind, my soul belong to You. You paid the price for me way back on Calvary. And yes I praise You. I lift You up. I magnify Your name. That’s why my heart is filled with praise.
Invitation to Discernment: Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Departing Song: Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Callin’ My Name
Verse 1: Hush. Hush. Somebody’s callin’ my name. Hush. Hush. Somebody’s callin’ my name. Hush. Hush. Somebody’s callin’ my name. Oh, my Lord, oh, my Lord, what shall I do? What shall I do?
Verse 2: Sounds like Jesus. Somebody’s calling my name. Sounds like Jesus. Somebody’s calling my name. Sounds like Jesus. Somebody’s calling my name. Oh, my Lord, oh, my Lord, what shall I do? What shall I do?
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