Past Weeks' Worship

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Mid-Week Message of Assurance & Action "Do Not Be Afraid" - 03-25-20

  

This mid-week message of hope and call to action invites you to remember that God is always with you, and to draw comfort and courage from that. You are also encouraged to call and write to your loved ones, to share connection in a time of loneliness.  

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Worship outline - Week of Sunday, March 22

Opening Prayer/Poem - Lockdown
by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM, March 13th 2020

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,---
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them...

(full poem here

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Optional - Begin the playlist for today's worship now
Click the link and start the playlist, pausing after the message for a prayer, Joys, Concerns, and Connections, and the closing prayer, then concluding the playlist. Or, you can click through and pick/choose from the videos one by one below. 

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Music for Centering or Singing Along - Giving thanks for this day. 
Morning Has Broken, sung by Cat Stevens

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A Time for the Child in All of Us ... Click here to watch Children's Time for 03-22-2020
In this (wobbly!) video, Pastor Becca and William are looking for signs of new life in the back yard and around the house. Where can you find signs of spring or other new things God is doing?

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Centering Song - God is doing a new thing, but it's not done yet. 
The Beautiful Not Yet, by Carrie Newcomer and Chloe Grace

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Scripture Readings (also read during the message video)  
     Philippians 1:1-11
     Ezra 3:8-14

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Message - Every Time I Think of You 
     Message for 03-22-2020

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Prayer by Maren Tirabassi 

Prayer for Worship Shared Online

God, this is our first or second
or maybe third online worship day,
and we are grateful
to those first century writers,
Paul, James, Jude,
maybe Peter, Priscilla,
who sent letters to congregations,
and began the holy tradition
of remote worship,
the live stream of a live Savior.

Those letter writers have blessed us
ever since that time
and now they guide us into
our new way of being the community
at prayer and praise.
Even our communion liturgy
comes in part from Paul’s
holy and somewhat irritated feed
to the church in Corinth.

And, so, we ask your blessing
on all the ways we try to be church,
grateful for the new gifts of technology,
the old gifts of scripture,
the deep well of shared prayer,
and the Spirit which always
blows where it will

and translates into all languages
the words of our mouths
and the meditations of our hearts. amen.

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Joys, Concerns, and Connections - Praying together

Join us Sundays at 11 am as we pray together across the distance that separates us. In the mystery and miracle of God, we are one despite the limits of time and space! And with the help, imperfect as it it, of technology, we can hear one another, maybe even see one another, and share our prayers together. 

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Closing Prayer - excerpt from "Lockdown," above. 

Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
May today be the beginning of that rebirth. Amen. 

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Closing Song - Until we Meet Again 
God Be With You Till We Meet Again, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir

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Bonus Benediction - based on the Philippians reading
A Good Work, arr. Mark Miller
 


photo credits: window by by mirko delcaldo; sprouts by iamlm; writing in the sand by lauren lank; all from FreeImages.