Order of Worship

28 January 2024

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Prelude ~

Shared by Kate Vincent

Welcome and Announcements

Shared by Pastor Ken

Opening Words

Led by Pastor Ken

One: Who are we and what are we called to do?

All: We are the sensitive and responsive ones called

to create a world where every person is radically

affirmed and barriers between people become

bridges of inclusion, justice, and spirituality.

Call to Celebration

Led by Barbara Zaborowski

One:   O Foot Washing God, who bends down,

All:     who comes prepared with water                 and linens,

One: who first loved us, so that we may know how to love,

All: we gather here in your Spirit of service.

One: You taught us how no one is greater than the other,

All:    no messenger outranks the sender.

One:    And so, we come to worship both          as givers and receivers,

All: the washers and the washed.

One: We unite at the basin and the table, finding the grace only you can give,

All: to embolden us to go and do likewise.

One: On this Health and Human Service Sunday, let us wrap our towels around our waists,

All: ready to partake in communal care.

One: Let us root ourselves in ritual, steadying us for the Good News at hand,

All: and the sprouts of healing yet to come. Amen.

Singing Our Faith

~ Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

Thou my best thought, by day or by night

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light


Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord

Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son

Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one


Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise

Thou mine inheritance, now and always

Thou and Thou only first in my heart

High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art


High King of heaven, my victory won

May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall

Still be my vision, O ruler of all


Opening Prayer

Shared by Pastor Ken

Celebrations and Celebration Song

Led by Pastor Ken

At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays,

anniversaries, and words of peace and justice. We celebrate

sorrows and grief as part of our comprehensive view of life.

Give voice to goodness!

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

Led by Barbara Zaborowski

One: Giving is mystery: when we pause and decide

to give, despite worries and scarcity.

All: Giving is mystery: when our gift moves away from us and towards a need in the


One: Giving is mystery: when somehow, our spirit lightens in grace and assurance.

All: Giving is mystery: when the Spirit enters our giving and burdens are lifted. We rejoice in gratitude.

In response to our celebrations and the deep goodness of life, our offerings for the

celebration of life, in this place and beyond, shall now be



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Offerings and Offertory ~

Shared by Kate Vincent

Word About Life For Today Still I Rise

Shared by Dr. Rev. Patricia StandTal Clarke by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain, I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise     

Words For Mission

Led by Barbara Zaborowski

One: Friends, may you be blessed with the growing

edge of the Spirit.

All: At this edge, hope emerges alive and

dissipates all despair.

One: Let us forage for such grace in the most

forgotten places. Let us find in relationship all we

thought we had lost.

All: And as we go forth from this space, may

we take with us the medicines of compassion

and service to make the world a more just

place for all.

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.

Singing Our Faith~ 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)

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