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Sunday Worship Bulletin, Sep 4 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!”

September 4, 2022 • 10:30am

10:20am Gathering & Prelude

Wayne Shull, Music Director

Charlie Salt, AV

Diane Smith, Acolyte

Don Young, Scripture Reader

Naomi Hanvey, Facebook Monitor

Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

10:30am Worship begins

God says “YES!” to us . . . all the time!

All the time . . . God says “YES!” to us!

Passing the Peace and Welcoming the Light Christ

Hymn: “Amen” 760 (NCH)

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(Sing Amen:) Amen, we praise your name, O God. (Sing Amen:)

Amen, we praise your name, O God. (Sing Amen:)

Amen, amen. Amen, amen. Amen, we praise your name, O God.

(Masithi:) Amen, si-ya-ku-du-me-sa. (Masithi:)

Amen, si-ya-ku-du-me-sa. (Masithi:)

Amen, Ba-wo. Amen, Ba-wo. Amen, si-ya-ku-du-mi-sa.

(Sing Amen:) Amen, we praise your name, O God. (Sing Amen:)

Amen, we praise your name, O God. (Sing Amen:)

Amen, amen. Amen, amen. Amen, we praise your name, O God.

The Community at Prayer

Sharing Prayers of Gratitude & Celebration

All: Gathered here in the mystery of this hour. Gathered here in one strong body.

Gathered here in the struggle and the power. Spirit draw near.

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Sharing Prayers of Concern

All: Gathered here in the mystery of this hour. Gathered here in one strong body.

Gathered here in the struggle and the power. Spirit draw near.

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Sharing Prayers Which Take Us Beyond Words Into Silence

All: Gathered here in the mystery of this hour. Gathered here in one strong body.

Gathered here in the struggle and the power. Spirit draw near.

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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: Amen. Amen. Amen. 813 (NCH)

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A Time of Communion

An Invitation to the Table

All who hunger & thirst for God are welcome at Christ’s table.

God’s People Receive the Gifts of God’s Grace

Individual communion packs are available on the table at the back of the sanctuary.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

All: O Eternally Creating God, you call us together to be One people. You feed and nourish us around One table. You send us out to live in your One world. And we respond in gratitude. Amen.

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

O God whose word to us is “Yes!”, you bless us with life and this amazing world in which to live. You bless us with partners around the world. Bless us now with wisdom and a generous spirit, that we might share your blessings with all whom we encounter. Amen.

Listening for God

Scripture

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” —he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2: 1-12)

Pastoral Reflection: God’s Yes!

Silence for Reflection

Announcements

We Carry God’s Light Into the World God Loves

Hymn: “God of Joy and Love and Laughter” tune 4 (NCH)

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God of joy and love and laughter, guide your people on the way.

Free us to receive your blessings, freely offered every day.

Jesus came to share our journeys and to show where life is found.

Loving you and all creation paves the path where joys abound.

Bless our lives when all is changing, Holy Spirit, help us pray.

Tune our ears to your vocation; teach new ways to rest and play.

Bless our loving and our friendships and the new things we will learn.

Draw us closer, give us insight; grant us wisdom to discern.

Blessing for Departing

Closing Song: “Gloria”

Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!

In excelsis Deo!

Postlude

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

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