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Sunday Worship Bulletin, Oct 9 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 9, 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 calls us to be the Church . . . all the time!

All the time . . . God calls us to be the Church!

Passing the Peace and Welcoming the Light Christ

Hymn: “Renew Your Church”

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Renew your church, its ministries restore: both to serve and adore. Make us again as salt throughout the land, and as light from a stand. ’Mid somber shadows of the night, where greed and hatreds spread their blight, O send us forth with power endued. Help us, God, be renewed.

Teach us to pray, for you are ever near, your still voice let us hear. Our souls are restless till they rest in you, this the goal we pursue. Before your presence keep us still that we may find for us your will, and seek your guidance every day. Teach us, God, how to pray.

Teach us to love, with strength of heart and mind, each and all, humankind. Break down old walls of prejudice and hate, leave us not to our fate. As you have loved and given your life to end hostility and strife, your grace we must be mindful of. Teach us, God, how to love.

The Community at Prayer

Sharing Prayers of Gratitude & Celebration

All: Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together in unity and love.

Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.

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Sharing Prayers of Concern

All: Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together in unity and love.

Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.

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Sharing Prayers Which Take Us Beyond Words Into Silence

All: Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together in unity and love.

Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.

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The Lord’s Prayer

(in the spirit of diversity, you are invited to use the words most familiar to you)

Response: “Four-fold Amen”

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A Time of Offering

An Invitation to Share

Dedication Hymn: “A Doxology”

Praise God for love in all its forms. Love sees us through both calm and storms.

God’s love is meant for us to share. May we, in love, reach out with care. Amen.

Dedication Prayer

All: O God of abundant blessings, help us to remember that we have been given much,

and are called to respond with gratitude and generosity.

Inspire us to share our gifts freely so that others might experience your love in tangible ways. Amen.

Listening for God

Scripture

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14: 1-3)

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” . . . But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2: 2-6 & 9-10)

Pastoral Reflection: A House of Living Stone

Silence for Reflection

Announcements

We Carry God’s Light Into the World God Loves

Hymn: “They’ll Know We Are Christians”

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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 all unity will one day be restored.

(chorus) 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 walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand; We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand; And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. (chorus)

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. (chorus)

Blessing for Departing

Closing Song: “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”

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Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this place take our leave.

The service is ended, O now be extended the fruits of our worship in all who believe.

The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching, shall blossom in action, for God and for all.

God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us to work for God’s realm and to answer the call.

Postlude

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

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