Spiritual Formation (adult Sunday School) is back! Join us by Zoom at 9:00 am or show up in the Shadow Rock Multipurpose Room! Our topic for September and October is "Wading Into Theology," informed by Elizabeth Johnson's Quest for the Living God. Everyone is welcome - come prepared to share your journey with others in ways that feel best for you.
Greeting and Announcements
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
Get ready to share celebrations and prayer requests. 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.
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One: Peoples from every corner of creation,
All: Celebrate with all creatures on Earth!
One: Young and old across the planet,
All: Rejoice in the day that God has made!
One: Indigenous peoples of every land,
All: Help us sense the spirit deep in each land!
One: Black and white and brown and grey,
All: Celebrate with us the colors of creation!
One: Humanity on Planet Earth,
All: Praise God for our planet home.
Singing Our Faith - "All Are Welcome"
Meditation - An Ember Still Aglow
From Prayer Seeds © Joyce Rupp. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press Inc.
Today, we recall times when life did not go as we had wished.
We recall times of having to move on from something or someone harmful to our well-being.
We recall the darkness and uncertainty pressing upon our emotional and mental state when life was filled with unresolved issues.
We recall sadness and loss when we said farewell to persons, places, or things we considered to be of great values.
We recall being hammered down by unfair judgments in the words and deeds of others.
We recall times of having an inordinate amount of suffering placed in the lap of our lives and being required to receive it.
We recall how we made it through what seemed to be impossibly difficult and tumultuous times.
We recall the slow yet steady turn toward hope after defeat and disaster.
We recall the fleeting moments when we sensed a power greater than ourselves at work amid the harshness all around us.
We recall the unexpected tenderness, the startling kindness, the warmth of acceptance that breathed on the embers of our heart when we most needed to believe the fire was still there.
Celebrations and Prayer Concerns
Celebration Song - "Celebrate / Be True"