Hybrid Worship

18 June 2023

Sunday Morning Spiritual Formation

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. 

Adult Spiritual Formation in June has been focusing on 3 big picture events in Acts of the Apostles... and how we're still living into the vision of those early faithful people. Today, our final discussion before Sabbath is Acts 10, Peter's vision of inclusion and the aftermath. As always, our discussion is more about "How does this story land for me? How does it connect to my experience?" than about an intellectual understanding of scripture.

When we return in August, look for spiritual formation opportunities beginning August 13. The adult theme will be Practices for Spiritual Resilience. To get involved, to offer ideas, or for questions and wonderings, please email Karen.

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Affirmation (Call and Response / Echo)

Solid as a rock!

Rooted as a tree!

We are here,

Standing tall...

In our rightful place!

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Statement

Who are we and what are we called to do?

All: We are a spiritual community called to create a world where every person is radically affirmed and barriers between people become bridges of inclusion, justice, and spirituality.

Lighting of the Community Candle

One: Life is a journey with others; we travel as a people, on a winding road.

All: We share our lives, our experiences, our hopes, and our fears.

One: We light the flame of our hearts. We bring our whole

selves in praise and gratitude for the gifts of creation.

All: Together, we celebrate the richness and diversity

of life.

Singing Our Faith ~ "This Joy"

This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me.

This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me.

This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me.

The world didn’t give it; the world can’t take it away.

This love that I have...

This pride that I have...

This peace that I have...

Sharing Peace

One: May a heart of peace rest with you.

All: And also with you.

You are invited to share the peace with your neighbors.


Centering and Responsive Prayer  "Sanctuary"

Will you be my refuge. My haven in the storm

Will you keep the embers warm,

When my fire's all but gone?

Will you remember and bring me sprigs of rosemary

Be my sanctuary 'til I can carry on,

Carry on, Carry on. 



I have become more and more interested in making sure acts of goodness and kindness (however casual or deliberate or misapplied) produce language… Allowing goodness its own speech does not annihilate evil, but it does allow me to signify my own understanding of goodness: 

the acquisition of self-knowledge. 

~Toni Morrison

Celebration Song

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!

Invitation to Give

One: God of all times and places, may our offerings reflect

confidence in your abundance and inclusiveness in our

community practices

All: May the programs and concerns we undertake

build up the church among us and the kin-dom far

beyond us.

Offering and Offertory 

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Word About Life - Isaiah 61

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

They shall build up the ancient ruins,

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations.

Word About Life for Today

Shared by Rev. Kenneth Heintzelman

Sending Forth

One: As we prepare to leave this sacred space where we have worshipped together, let us return to our work, our

home, our school enlivened and renewed.

All: The end of worship is the beginning of the week.

One: Let us begin, again and again!

All: May we wonder; may we cherish life in such that way that at day's end we will be content, knowing that we have given our all to life.

(Candle is Extinguished)

One: These are the times!

All: We are the people!

One: All of Creation is blessed!

All: May we love all and serve all!

One: May God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Amen.

All: Amen.

Sending Forth Song ~ "Trees of the Field"

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.

There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field

will clap, will clap their hands.

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

The trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

The trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

While you go out with joy.

(Repeat faster)

June is Pride Month!

Right now, it's more important than ever to stand alongside LGBTQ+ siblings. We're stronger together.

Check out resources and ways to take action here. If you feel like you're missing something, no worries. IT'S GOOD TO STILL BE LEARNING! If you're seeking support and encouragement for your journey to learn about LGBTQ+ justice issues, please reach out to Karen.

Finally, if you're attending in person, grab a UCC Pride poster in the Narthex.

Wait, don't go yet!

Check out our July Sabbath homework. We'll talk more about this question, "What's next for you?" next week in worship.