Worship for January 17, 2021
We’re worshipping safely on Zoom this week and for the foreseeable future. 

Be safe and at ease, Shadow Rockers. And, stay tuned.
Breath Prayer for Today:
Breathing in, I consider my place in movements for peace
Breathing out, I resolve to be trustworthy.
We Covenant One With Another
Adult Spiritual Formation - 10:00 am
We live in both the church year and in the cultural calendar, so we are drawn in this time to the symbol of the new year with its opportunities. Today we're discussing our awareness of and participation in freedom movements and the experiences we treasure along with experiences that have challenged us.

Transition Music
"Dream God's Dream" by Bryon Sirchio

Worship Begins - 11:00 am

Message and Greetings from Immigration and Customs Enforcement ~ Pastor Ken
  • We've often talked about Shadow Rock as a gathered and scattered church. Today Ken is visiting the Phoenix ICE Field Office. It's January 17, and the calendar gives us an opportunity to think differently about recognizing the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and our participation in immigration justice.

Call to Faithfulness
One: Google “MLK quotes.” Copy. Paste. Feel good about ourselves. Today can be so easy. Help us, Spirit of Life, to do instead the hard work of reckoning with our heritage of white supremacy and colonialism.
All: And yet in our reckoning, may we allow our hearts to stay soft.
One: Give us strength to stay the course and courage to face the challenges.
All: We need your wisdom and your compassion.
One: There is an urgency to the work of anti-racism, and we feel it. May we use every opportunity, every bit of imagination, every ounce of energy to realize your dream for the human family.

Opening Prayer ~ Karen Richter
Perceiving and Responding
Giving and Stewardship
We are grateful for the fidelity of giving among our community. Your sharing makes our compassionate response to the world possible. Please click here for our weekly financial update, Heidi's Corner.

Celebrations and Prayer Requests
We share news of our lives, birthdays, concerns, celebrations, and moments of grace and service. Please unmute to share your celebration in the Zoom worship space or "drop it" in the chat! In times of unease, we are buoyed by sharing our experiences.

Pastoral Prayer ~ Rev. Dr. Patricia Standtal Clarke

Celebration Song
“O For a World” by Forrest and Carol Bachtel
Balancing Word and Deed
Introduction to Breakout Rooms and Discussion
  • In Breakout Rooms, you're invited to listen, share, encourage and uplift one another.

Words for Mission
One: May we move into the week with hope :: not the false hope of rabbits’ feet, crossed fingers, knocking on wood. Instead Gracious Spirit, give us the hope that comes with vision and trust. 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.