Adult Spiritual Formation - 10:00 am
Spiritual formation meets in person and on Zoom this week from the Multipurpose Room. Because of our upcoming congregational meeting (June 20 at 10:00 am), today is our last morning of formation programming before July Sabbath. We're in Romans, chapter 8
and it's getting real! When we study scripture, we start with a look at context, setting, and authorship. Everyone is welcome; everyone can contribute! If there are faith and spirituality subjects that you're curious about, email Karen to make suggestions for the Fall 2021 schedule.
Greeting and Announcements
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
The worship reservation form includes a space to share your celebrations and prayer concerns. You can also send an email. For in-the-moment celebrations, Zoom worshippers can unmute and share when invited to do so or use the chat function anytime. All congregants can text Pastor Ken at 480-263-3308. In-person worshippers can also write a card with their celebration or prayer concern.
- Congregational meeting next Sunday at 10:00 am in the sanctuary and on Zoom
- Check Rock the Week for information about worship and Sunday programming for August and beyond
Musical Call to Worship - No Matter Who
Call to Worship
a reflection on Genesis 1, adapted gratefully with permission from Michaela Nicole, @michaelaatencio
One: God made Day and Night, right?
All: But that is not all we experience... God also paints the skies with sunrises and sunsets.
One: On the second day of creation, God separated sky from water.
All: Yet the clouds hold water for us in the sky and the cycle of condensation, rain, and evaporation refreshes and renews the earth.
One: And God said, “let the water beneath the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.”
All: But this is not the whole story. God’s love of diversity can be seen in bogs and marshes, swamp and fen.
One: And God made the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night, and the stars.
All: But that is not all that space contains: God also made asteroids and comets, black holes and nebulae.
One: So we celebrate and honor the both/and of creation all around us, including all the variety of the human family.
All: We worship the God of more: the God of the marsh and the penguin, the clouds, the sunrise, the supernova. We worship the God of the nonbinary. Nonbinary family, we see you; we love you; we want for you what we want for ourselves: rest, safe space, and ease.
Singing Our Faith - God Is Still Speaking
Reading a Word About Life - Mark 2:23-28
One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for humankind,
and not humankind for the Sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
Sabbath Poetry for Preparation and Intention Setting
If you are attending in person, your bulletin includes an insert with this week's poem, "Some Keep the Sabbath by Going to Church," by Emily Dickinson. If you are attending via Zoom, you can download the insert here.