Jun 16, 2020

SUNDAY—JUNE 21: Liturgy

Centering Moment

Words Of Opening Praise and Thanksgiving

God loves all.
Even the most vulnerable, and poorest of humankind.
God loves all.
Even the outcast, and those on the fringe of society.
God loves all.
Even the exiled. and the immigrant.
God loves all.
And, all means all...everyone without exception...
especially those we deem outside of your reach.
Thanks be to God


Almighty God, to you all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your most holy Name.


Holy One, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal:
In your boundless compassion, have mercy on us.

The Gloria

Glory to you, O God our Creator,
and to your Redeeming Love,
and to your Sustaining Presence.
As it was in the beginning
so it is now and will be

Prayer For the Day

God of those empty of hope
and those who are cast out:
into the chaos of every life
you enter with the silence of love;
wherever we may be,
whatever our days have become,
you bring us home to your heart.
God of those void of healing
into our deepest pain and suffering
where life has bottomed out,
you dare to enter;
when we cry out with fear,
you cradle our hearts;
when we face death,
you move beyond the grave,
pointing the way to the everlasting Kin-Dom.
God of those bereft of comfort
and bearer of compassion:
you are flame that will not be extinguished,
the Word that never fails to speak,
the life that is in wholeness and just peace.
God, of us all,
in whom we place our trust,
hear us as we pray as we have been taught,
(The Lord's Prayer)

Psalm 69

Reading From the Hebrew Bible
Genesis 21.8-21

The Preaching Of Your Word

Prayer Of Intercession

Remember, O God, the peoples of the world,
divided into many nations, 

separated by geography and language.
Move upon us with your Redeeming and

Reconciling love.
Create us anew.
Deliver us from every evil.
And, fulfil the promise of justice and peace 
to all your people here on earth,
and in the great host of those
who sing your praise in heaven.

From the curse of war
and the human sin that causes war;
O God, deliver us.

From pride that turns its back on you,
and on those who are in need;
O God, deliver us.

From national vanity that poses as patriotism
bringing violence and chaos;
O God, deliver us.

From the self-righteousness that will not compromise,
and from selfishness that gains by the oppression of others;
O God, deliver us.

From the lust for money or power
that drives people to harm and kill;
O God, deliver us.

From trusting in the weapons of war,
and mistrusting the councils of peace;
O God, deliver us.

From hearing and believing propaganda
speaking lies about our reality and other nations;
O God, deliver us.

From groundless suspicions and fears
that stand in the way of reconciliation;
O God, deliver us.

From words and deeds that encourage discord,
prejudice, and hatred;
from racism, misogyny, exclusion of people
based on their identity of gender and
living out their love 
be it lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual,
inquiring, questioning, or beyond any gender label;
from everything that prevents the human family
from fulfilling your promise of peace;
O God, deliver us.

We pray for the church in all the world;
bring equality and equity of dignity and honor
to each, as in your Image we have been created.

O God, use us, despite our ignorance and weakness,
to help bring about your holy will.

Hasten the day when all people shall live together
in your love;
for the Kin-Dom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forevermore.

Going Forth

Blessed is God
and blessed is God's Kin-dom
now and forevermore.
The blessing of Almighty God
be with you.

Closing Moment