Pastoral Prayer and Silence
We end praying in unison:
God Experienced as a Blossom of Love, give us courage and an open spirit as we consider the life and teachings of Jesus. May we feel an invitational embrace beckoning us to fullness of life where we celebrate beauty and engage the causes of suffering. May it be so. Amen.
LISTENING TO GOD AND TO ONE ANOTHER
At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays,
anniversaries, works of peace and justice. We celebrate even sorrows and grief as part of a comprehensive view of life.
Celebrate your heart and your spirit.
Celebrate your life while you live it.
Even when it’s hard to do, celebrate the best of you!
Celebrate your dreams and your visions.
Celebrate the love you’ve been given.
Cherish all that you’ve been through.
Celebrate the best of you!
ATTEND TO MYSTERY
Invitation to the Table
One: Like a sower, the Source of Life scatters, and will give growth.
All: The Source of Life scatters life about the planet.
One: Like a shepherd, The Source of Life gathers.
All: ... gathers people in families.
One: ... gathers people in communities.
All: ... gathers people together in every place.
One: The Source of Life and Love gathers us around this table to remind ourselves, across the bounds of language or nation, across the bounds of tradition or custom, that such gatherings renew us, restore our faith. As we share this bread and juice today, let us be mindful of how a simple act of sharing connects us to so much more.
Sharing the Meal
In Eastertide, the season of new life, we are aware of resurrection happening in our lives, in Shadow Rock community both here and online. We seek resurrection and healing for all humans and all our earthling siblings.
Please come forward—all are welcome. Our Communion offering this month supports the United Church of Christ special mission offering, One Great Hour of Sharing.
Our communion elements are gluten-free. Come, taste and see the Creator’s deep goodness.
Communion Song ~ "One Bread, One Body"
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
One cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.
Many the gifts, many the works,
One in the Lord of all.
Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
Gathered to one, for all.
Invitation to Give
One: We are called to make real the sharing of the gifts God has given to us.
All: When we give our money, it moves and become real!
One: It moves and we move: resources, people, time,
opportunity, needs. We are blessed by the movement and flow of generosity.
All: We are open to the flow. Amen.
Offering and Offertory