Veradale United Church of Christ An Open & Affirming Congregation Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!” July 9, 2023 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 10:20 Gathering and Prelude Jan Young, Music Minister Joe McSwain, AV and Usher Jerry Brines, Usher John Carroll, Scripture Reader Diane Smith, Candle Lighter Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor Rev. Gen Heywood, Pastor Prelude Songs WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord And we pray that our unity may one day be restored And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love. We will work with each other, we will work side by side We will work with each other, we will work side by side And we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love. YOU GOT TO MOVE WHEN THE SPIRIT SAYS MOVE You got to move when the Spirit says move! You got to move when the Spirit says move! 'Cause when the Spirit says move, you got to move, O Lord! You got to move when the Spirit says move. 2. Love 3. Sing 4. Pray 5. Live 6. (Add your own words!) I WILL TRUST IN THE LORD (NCH 416) I will trust in the Lord (repeat 2x more) till I die. I will trust in the Lord (repeat 2x more) till I die. I’m gonna treat everybody right (repeat 2x more) till I die. I’m gonna treat everybody right (repeat 2x more) till I die. FEAR NOT (Refrain)Fear not, for I am with you Fear not, for I am with you Fear not, for I am with you says the Lord. (Repeat) I will be with you, I have called you by name, and you are mine. When you walk through the fire, I will be there, and through the flame. You'll not (No Way!) be harmed! You'll not (No Way!) be burned! For I am with you. (Repeat Refrain) THE LOVE ROUND Love, love, love, love. Christians, this is your call: Love your neighbor as yourself, for God loves us all. (Repeat) 10:30am Land Acknowledgement We worship on the unceded traditional territory of the Spokane, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Coeur d’Alene, and other tribes. We acknowledge the history of indigenous genocide, removal, and erasure that continues to this day. We recognize the role that Christian communities played in these injustices, and we recommit ourselves to seeking more peaceful, just, and neighborly ways of sharing this land with all who call it home. Worship begins God’s love is here ...all the time! All the time... God’s love is here! Welcoming the Light of Christ *Hymn: “I Woke Up this Morning” NCH 85 Public Domain 1. I woke up this morning with my mind Stayed on Jesus, (repeat 2x more), Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah. 2. Sing and praying with my mind, stayed on Jesus. (repeat 2x more) Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah. Community Prayer Won't you let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you? Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too. Prayers of Gratitude We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the road; we are here to help each other go the mile and bear the load. Prayers of Concern I will hold the Christ-light for you in the shadow of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear. Silent prayer I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh, I'll laugh with you. I will share your joy and sorrow 'til we've seen this journey through. Lord’s Prayer Response: Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. A Time of Offering An Invitation to Share Dedication Hymn: We are the family of God. Yes! We are the family of God; And God's brought us together to be one in Christ. That we might bring light to the world. Dedication Prayer: Holy One, pour out your love and blessings on our offerings of time, talent, and treasure. Please, multiply them that your will of compassion and justice may be made know through our lives. Amen. Listening for God Galatians 3:26-28 (Jesus died in 33CE. This letter written late 40’s to early 50’s CE) for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (written around 53-54 CE) Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you but that you be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose. 11 For it has been made clear to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel—and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 12: 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. Romans 6:1-3 (written about 55 - 56 CE) What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may increase? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. Gospel of Mark Chapter 16 with add-ons to the original ending (original text written in the 60’s CE) 16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (The Intermediate Ending of Mark) And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around Peter. And afterward Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen. (The Long Ending of Mark) 9 Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. 12 After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 14 Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table, and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. Message: Outward Sign of Inward Grace Announcements Our light Goes into the World Closing Hymn: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness Used with permission of James K. Manley Refrain: Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free, Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea. You moved on the waters, you called to the deep, then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep; and over the eons you called to each thing; “Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.” Refrain: You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand and you goaded your people with a law and a land; and when they were blinded with idols and lies, then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes. Refrain: You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill, then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still; and down in the city you called once again, when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind. Refrain: You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes. From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams; our women see visions, our men clear their eyes. With bold new decisions your people arise. Refrain: Benediction and Silent Meditation with Postlude Be Yourself. Grow in Christ. Live with Compassion.
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