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Announcements - Marge Higgins, Lay Reader
Call to Worship
Wherever God shows up today, may I not be too hurried to notice, nor too aloof to care.
When the Sacred surprises me like an unexpected guest, may I not hesitate to greet Them with open arms. Let not my bias be a barrier, to embracing The Holy’s mysterious ways. May I be hospitable to God enfleshed in even the dullest circumstances, and the hardest situations, and the strangest of places. I am open to encountering Love, to meeting with Justice, to being held by Awe. May it be so.
Voluntary - Prelude on Kum ba Yah by Emma Lou Diemer - Marvin Mills, Organist
UM Hymnal The Faith We Sing #2244 - People Need the Lord
Verse 1: People need the Lord, people need the Lord; at the end of broken dreams, he's the open door.
Verse 2: People need the Lord, people need the Lord; when will we realize people need the Lord.
God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.
Scripture Reading - John 2:1-11
1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
UM Hymnal The Faith We Sing #2158 - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Verse 1: I am weak but thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I'll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to thee.
Refrain: Just a closer walk with thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea, daily walking close to thee: Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Verse 2: Through this world of toil and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee. (refrain)
Verse 3: When my feeble life is o'er, time for me will be no more; guide me gently, safely o'er to thy shore, dear Lord, to thy shore. (refrain)
Litany - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Associate Pastor
Leader: Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us. As we gather in this place, allow your Spirit to fill our very being.
ALL: As we worship today, we remember our brothers and sisters who are worshiping elsewhere throughout the world. Inspire each of us to work more faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere.
Leader: Raise our vision above the barriers of color, culture, and creed that separate us. Give us wisdom as we deal with one another. Help us to recognize and to respect different ways rather than to judge.
ALL: In the Spirit of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve, we now must walk in the world. We must reach out our hands with help and open our hearts in love. Awake in us the desire to seek your way of serving you in the world. Amen.
UM Hymnal The Faith We Sing #2166 - Christ Beside Me
Verse 1: Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, King of my heart; Christ within me, Christ below me, Christ above me never to part.
Verse 2: Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, Christ all around me shield in the strife; Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising, light of my life.
(Repeat Verse 1)
Sermon - "Living with Joy: Called to Delight" - Rev. Dr. Pat Allen, Senior Pastor
Affirmation of Faith - Rev. Dr. Pat Allen
As a gathered community of disciples, created by the hands of the Holy, born with Divine purpose, and bound together by the Spirit that breathes life into all things, we affirm our commitment to the way of Jesus Christ, who is The Liberator of the Oppressed, The Bread of Heaven, God enfleshed.
With faith, we aim to live as Christ taught us, laboring towards liberation, and seeking a world free of domination and control. We believe in God’s promise to uplift the lowly and bring the powerful down from their thrones.
We believe the resurrecting power of Christ cannot be overcome by evil, but persists in all collective efforts to make life flourish in the midst of destruction, to birth beauty in places of death, and to tend gently to the aches of this world.
We profess the transforming power of love. We profess that justice is a form of love. We profess that we are still growing into the mystery of love.
In the company of the saints who go before us, we journey together by grace, seeking always to unlearn all that obstructs authentic relationship, listening for the guidance of Sacred Wisdom, And praying earnestly for the day the Kin-dom of God is born anew.
Until it is so, we live in hope, for God is with us.
Pastoral Prayer & Dedication - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Associate Pastor
Benediction - Rev. Dr. Pat Allen, Senior Pastor
Postlude - Prelude on Oh, Freedom by Adolphus Hailstork - Marvin Mills, Organist
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Call to Worship: https://twitter.com/enfleshed/status/1185572292904009729 (original post dated Oct 19, 2019).
Kum ba Yah arr. Emma Lou Diemer. Copyright 1993 by Augsburg Fortress. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
"People Need the Lord." Words & Music by Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh. Copyright 1983 River Oaks Music Co., Inc / Shepherd's Fold Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). Streamed by permission under CCLI license #24106074. All rights reserved.
Opening Prayer: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits (edited by Lewis V. Baldwin, Beacon Press, 2012). Excerpts online in "The Prayers of Martin Luther King Jr." (Jan 15, 2013) from The Catholic Reporter, online at https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/road-peace/prayers-martin-luther-king-jr
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Words & Music: Anonymous. Public domain.
"Christ Beside Me." Words: St. Patrick's Breastplate, adapt. by James Quinn. Music: Traditional Gaelic melody. Copyright 1969 Selah Publishing Company., Inc. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
Affirmation of Faith: "Affirmation #1" by Rev. M Barclay, at enfleshed.com (https://enfleshed.com/pages/affirmations-of-faith), accessed 1/16/2021.
Oh, Freedom by Adolphus Hailstork, in the collection Listen to the Lamb, copyright 2003 by Concordia Publishing. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
Bible readings: New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.