We gather today,
O Lord of Life, seeking fullness. Not the fullness
our world offers, but fullness that comes from you.
We spend so much of our lives on things that do
not count. Things that promise much and give little.
Help us now…today, to find fulfillment
in your love, may we discover all you have to give,
And seek you while we yet have the gift of days.
Lift us O God, to a higher plane
of living, as we lift our hearts,
our minds and our souls
into your holy presence.
We ask these things in the name
of you, the Father,
you, the Son,
and you, the Holy Spirit.
O Lord of Grace,
The world is before us today,
and we are weak, we are fearful.
But we look to you for strength;
If we venture forth alone we stumble and fall,
but on the Beloved’s arms we are held firm.
If we were left to our own treacherous hearts,
we would bring shame to your name,
But if guided and upheld by your
Spirit, we will bring you glory.
Lord of mercy, be the arm that
supports us, our strength to stand,
our light to see, our shield to protect,
and our sword to repel the enemy.
We know that all loving-kindness is in your
Son, and we plead his blood to pay our debts.
By the power of your holy spirit, accept
his worthiness for our unworthiness,
his sinlessness for our sin,
his purity for our uncleanliness,
his humility for our pride,
his obedience for our rebellion,
his glory for our shame,
his death for our lives.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray to you,
our God in community, holy in One.
Sermon and Reflection
How do we experience the listening ear of God in our lives?
How can your experience of God’s provision and love allow you to love the ones who have hurt you the most?
How can we be part of more than just meeting the physical needs of our neighbors?
In what ways have you experienced restoration in the context of community?
Jesus Christ, we want always to remember that you
love us, died for us, and rose from the dead for us.
In the next weeks, help us to remember,
and help us trust in you more and more.
May God the Father, who does not despise
the broken spirit, give us contrite hearts.
May Christ, who bore our sins in his body
on the tree, heal us by his wounds.
May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth,
speak to us words of pardon and peace.
So go forth from here, serving in the name
of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.