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Sunday Worship Bulletin, Oct 23 2022

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!”

October 23, 2022 • 10:30am

10:20am Gathering & Prelude

Wayne Shull, Music DirectorCharlie Salt, AVNaomi Hanvey, Facebook MonitorScotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

Diane Smith, Acolyte • Scotty Patton, Scripture Reader

10:30am Worship begins

God’s Spirit is blowing through our church . . . all the time!

All the time . . . God’s Spirit is blowing through our church!

Passing the Peace and Welcoming the Light Christ

Hymn: Spirit of the Living God

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Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the Loving God, fall afresh on us. Spirit of the Loving God, fall afresh on us.

Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us. Spirit of the Loving God, fall afresh on us.

The Community at Prayer

Sharing Prayers of Gratitude & Celebration

All: Breathe on us, Breath of God. Fill us with life anew.

Remind us now that You are Love, and Loving is what You do.

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Sharing Prayers of Concern

All: Breathe on us, Breath of God. Fill us with life anew.

Remind us now that You are Love, and Loving is what You do.

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Sharing Prayers Which Take Us Beyond Words Into Silence

All: Breathe on us, Breath of God. Fill us with life anew.

Remind us now that You are Love, and Loving is what You do.

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The Lord’s Prayer

(translation from the Aramaic by Neil Douglas-Klotz)

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light.

Focus your light within us – make it useful:as the rays of a beacon show the way.

Create your reign of unity now – through our fiery hearts and willing hands.

Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light so in all forms.

Grant what we need each day in bread & insight:subsistence for the call of growing life.

Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.

Don’t let surface things delude us, but free us from what holds us back.

From you is born all ruling will, the power & the life to do,

the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.

Truly – power to these statements – may they be the source from which all my actions grow. Amen.

Response: “Four-fold Amen”

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A Time of Offering

An Invitation to Share

Dedication Hymn: “A Doxology”

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Praise God whose Breath fills all the earth,

whose Love reveals our sacred worth,

whose Spirit forms one family,

whose Grace brings peace and harmony. Amen.

Dedication Prayer

All: O God of Wind and Fire, blow through our lives and warm our hearts,

that we might be inspired to be generous with your gifts. Amen.

Listening for God

Scripture

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability . . . All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young shall see visions, and your old shall dream dreams.

(Acts 2: 1-4 & 12-17)

Pastoral Reflection: God’s Spirit: Wind and Fire

Silence for Reflection

Announcements

We Carry God’s Light Into the World God Loves

Hymn: “Holy Wisdom”

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Who comes from God, as Word and Breath? Holy Wisdom! Who holds the keys of life and death? Mighty Wisdom! Crafter and Creator too, Eldest, she makes all things new; Wisdom guides what God would do!

Wisest One, Radiant One, welcome, Holy Wisdom!

Who lifts her voice for all to hear? Joyful Wisdom! Who shapes a thought and makes it clear? Truthful Wisdom! Teacher, drawing out our best, magnifies what we invest, names our truth, directs our quest! Wisest One, Radiant One, welcome, Holy Wisdom!

Whom should we seek with all our heart? Loving Wisdom! Who, once revealed, will not depart? Faithful Wisdom! Partner, Counselor, Comforter, love has found none lovelier, life is gladness lived with her! Wisest One, Radiant One, welcome, Holy Wisdom!

Blessing for Departing

Closing Song: “Wherever We Go”

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Wherever we go, God is with us. Wherever we go, God is there.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are in God’s care.

Wherever we go, God goes before us. Wherever we go, God calls us on.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, God will lead us on.

Postlude

You are invited to spend a few minutes in quiet reflection& allow the music to wash over you.

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