Worship @ The Open Church
Sunday, September 2, 2012 -- 10:00 am
A Centering Thought
“It’s not ballons; it’s not little chirpin’ birdies; it’s not strumming your guitar with cute little ditties—it is DEATH. The central image of Christianity is a man dying a horrible death on a cross.” --Father Cyprian David—Benedictine Monk
Call to Worship
Song of Praise: Praise Him! Praise Him!
Verse 1: Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed redeemer! Sing, O earth—His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory, strength and honor give to His holy name. Like a shepherd Jesus will guard His children, in His arms He carries them all day long:
Refrain: Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness! Praise Him! Praise Him ever in joyful song!
Verse 2: Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed redeemer! For our sins He suffered and bled and died. He our rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the crucified. Sound His praises—Jesus who bore our sorrows—Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong: Refrain
Wisdom from the Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Prayers of the People: The Sacred Urn (Right the Past/Write the Future)
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. (10% of today’s offering will be donated to Northwestern High School to aid its work with our community’s youth.)
Prayer of Thanksgiving: We thank you, Lord, for these gifts. Amen.
Song of Preparation
Sermon: “Let the Church Be the Church: Exalting the Savior”
Invitation to Discipleship: Lift Him Up
Verse 1: How to reach the masses, men of every birth, for an answer Jesus gave the key, “and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”
Refrain: Lift Him up, Lift Him up, still He speaks from eternity, “and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”
Verse 2: Oh! The world is hungry for the Living Bread; lift the Savior up for them to see; trust Him and do not doubt the words that He said, “I’ll draw all men unto Me.” Refrain
Departing Song: Down at the Cross
Verse: Down at the cross where my Savior died, down where for cleansing from sin I cried, there to my heart was the blood applied, glory to His name:
Refrain: Glory to His name, precious name; glory to His name, precious name. There to my heart was the blood applied; glory to His name.
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