Order of Worship for This Sunday August 2
Worship will be in
the Meditation Garden & Side Yard
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9th Sunday after Pentecost
We Gather to Worship
Blessing of Teachers, Students and Staff
O Holy God, the time is come when school begins. As these your children begin their studies, we ask a blessing on each one of them.
Keep them safe and help them know you are with them
every step of the way. O Lord of Life and Love,
Hear our prayer.
Bless, O God, all who will teach our children in the coming days
and weeks and months.
Give them the wisdom to find inspiration for each child.
Give them the energy and creativity and love that will make
their work a blessing to our children.
Keep them safe and healthy. O Lord of Life and Love,
Hear our prayer.
Bless, O God, all school administrators that they may be
faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to their care.
Make them fair and merciful, able to do their crucial work
with a spirit of grace and compassion.
Keep them safe and healthy.
O Lord of Life and Love,
People: Hear our prayer.
Bless, O God, each one gathered here that we will seek
every opportunity to grow in our knowledge and love of you.
Grant that we may see you more clearly, love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly. O Lord of Life and Love,
Hear our prayer.
And bless, O God, these our cherished children,
those whom we have promised to love and nurture at their baptism.
Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them ever seeking
to learn more and to develop their gifts.
Grant that through their study, they may gain the tools to grow
in love and faith and service, all their days. O Lord of Life and Love,
People: Hear our prayer. Amen.
*lyrics at the end
Praise the Source of Faith and Learning
Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
Joshua 1 :1-9
Invitation, Confession & Pardon
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer
Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight,
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ. Amen.
TFWS 2237 *lyrics at end
As a Fire Is Meant for Burning
We Go to Serve
Benediction & Chimes
************ Those Assisting in Worship Today ************
Scott Tinsley & Bob Tinsley
Jean Cotton & Jon Hughes
************ Scripture (CEB)************
After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord spoke to Joshua, Nun’s son. He had been Moses’ helper. 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the land that I am going to give to the Israelites. 3 I am giving you every place where you set foot, exactly as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will stretch from the desert and the Lebanon as far as the great Euphrates River, including all Hittite land, up to the Mediterranean Sea on the west. 5 No one will be able to stand up against you during your lifetime. I will be with you in the same way I was with Moses. I won’t desert you or leave you. 6 Be brave and strong, because you are the one who will help this people take possession of the land, which I pledged to give to their ancestors.
7 “Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey all of the Instruction that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. Then you will have success wherever you go. 8 Never stop speaking about this Instruction scroll. Recite it day and night so you can carefully obey everything written in it. Then you will accomplish your objectives and you will succeed. 9 I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
************ Invitation, Confession & Pardon ************
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
CONFESSION AND PARDON.
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All pray in silence.
Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.
************ Holy Eucharist ************
On the night in which he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me."
in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,
now and forever.
************ Lyrics ************
Praise the Source of Faith and learning
Praise the source of faith and learning
that has sparked and stoked the mind
with a passion for discerning
how the world has been designed.
Let the sense of wonder flowing
from the wonders we survey
keep our faith forever growing
and renew our need to pray.
God of wisdom we acknowledge
that our science and our art
and the breadth of human knowledge
only partial truth impart.
Far beyond our calculation
lies a depth we cannot sound
where your purpose for creation
and the pulse of life are found.
May our faith redeem the blunder
of believing that our thought
has displaced the grounds for wonder
which the ancient prophets taught.
May our learning curb the error
which unthinking faith can breed
lest we justify some terror
with an antiquated creed.
As two currents in a river
fight each other’s undertow,
till converging they deliver
one coherent steady flow,
blend, O God, our faith and learning
till they carve a single course,
till they join as one, returning
praise and thanks to you, the Source.
Tune: Hyfrydol (Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him)
Music published in “The Faith We Sing,” Abingdon Press
As a Fire is Meant for Burning
As a fire is meant for burning
with a bright and warming flame,
so the church is meant for mission,
giving glory to God’s name.
Not to preach our creeds or customs,
but to build a bridge of care,
we join hands across the nations,
finding neighbours everywhere.
We are learners; we are teachers;
we are pilgrims on the way.
We are seekers; we are givers;
we are vessels made of clay.
By our gentle, loving actions,
we would show that Christ is light.
In a humble, listening Spirit,
we would live to God’s delight.
As a green bud in the springtime
is the sign of life renewed,
so may we be signs of oneness
’mid earth’s peoples, many hued.
As a rainbow lights the heavens
when a storm is past and gone,
may our lives reflect the radiance
of God’s new and glorious dawn.
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