A partial transcript and links to material presented as part of this week’s worship service…
Centering Music: “Summertime” by George Gershwin, as performed by The Pianos of Cha’n.
Opening Prayer (unison, from Psalm 121)
One: I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?
Many: Our help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
One: The LORD is our keeper; the LORD is our shade at our right hand.
Many: The sun shall not strike us by day, nor the moon by night.
One: The LORD will keep us from all evil; preserving our life.
Many: The LORD will keep our going out and our coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Opening Song: “Create in Me a Clean Heart”
Message for All Ages: “Balance”
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:27-34 (The Good News Translation)
Sermon: “A Clean Heart”
Lord of all, we give thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings we enjoy here in this country. We pray that the bitterness and strife that surrounds and fills all of us be healed. May we, and all of our sisters and brothers, recognize the evil we are doing, and repent, and that we are remade as agents of healing and unity rather than purveyors of hate and division. We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the service of others, most particularly those who are in the public eye. We pray that your justice and peace overcome all obstacles here and around the world, so that all are freed from the burdens of trauma and judgment and hate. We lift up all our leaders and public servants, both now and soon to come, and those who support them, that they and we come to understand our own frailty and our failures; and that we learn to be sensitive and full of compassion for the pain of others. Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice for all people, especially those who among us who are most vulnerable.
Closing Song: “When Israel Was In Egypt’s Land (Let my People Go!)”
May the living word of the Lord dwell with you.
May it live through you.
May it fill your thoughts and deeds.
May it fill your mouth with God’s message of love.
May it sustain you in good times and bad.
And, may it equip you to be a beacon of peace and hope for all!
Departing Presentation: “Diary”