March 29, 2020 Worship

3/29/2020A Service of Our Longing for Healing and Togetherness Words of Welcome Opening Song            “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship Call to Worship           (from Psalm 42, adapted)               As a deer longs for flowing streams,     so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God,     for the living God. When shall I come and behold     the face of the God of Life? My tears have been my food     day and night, while people say to me continually,   “Where is your God?” These things I remember,     as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng,     and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,     a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul,     and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,     my help and my God. My soul is cast down within me;     therefore I remember you. Deep calls to deep     at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows     have gone over me.  By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,     and at night his song is with me,     a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock,   “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully     because the enemy oppresses me?”  As with a deadly wound in my body,     my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually,   “Where is your God?”  Why are you cast down, O my soul,     and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,     my help and my God. Silence and Centering Prayer                                  Liturgist: Let us pause for a moment of centering in silence, allowing these words sink deeply into the depths of our being. Silence Reflection 1                 “For What Do We Long?”               Pastor Craig                            Song                        “As the Deer”        Psalm Reading           Psalm 41   Blessed are those who consider the poor and the weak;     the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;     they are called blessed in the land.     You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.  The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;     in their illness you heal all their infirmities. As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;     heal me, for I have sinned against you.” My enemies wonder in malice     when I will die, and my name perish. And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,     while their hearts gather mischief;     when they go out, they tell it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me;     they imagine the worst for me....

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March 22, 2020 Worship

Words of Welcome Call to Worship              (from Psalm 24:1-6, adapted)          The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,    the world, and all creatures who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas,    and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?    And who shall stand in his holy place?Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,    and do not live deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the Lord,    and vindication from the God of their salvation.Such is the company of those who seek him,    who seek the face of God. Opening Song             “Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee”           UMH # 89 Silence and Centering Prayer                              Liturgist: Let us pause for a moment of centering in silence, preparing ourselves to receive the scripture lesson for today. Silence Now, let us open our hearts and minds to receive these words from the Holy Scriptures. Scripture Reading        Psalm 148      Anthem   “The Blue Green Hills of Earth” Wakefield Choral Society Sermon          “The Earth is the Lord’s!”                        Pastor Craig “The Dance of Plants” Congregational Confession Liturgist: Let us open our hearts and speak these truths to the One in whom we live, move, and have our being: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We confess our fascination with our own technological cleverness, but our failure to truly appreciate the complexity, diversity, and amazing wonder of your Creation. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have been wasteful of the earth’s riches, disrespectful of other species, and prone to view ourselves as the pinnacle of creation. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Moment of Reflection Pardon and Freeing from Bondage (from Psalm 103:8,10-12) Liturgist: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. All: Free us, O Lord, from the ways of tyranny, power over others, and the use of others for our own personal ends. Speak to our hearts each...

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