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Open hands painted with rainbows

August 30, 2020 Worship Service

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” John Lennon

PRELUDE:
and from all corners of the earth, peace
Leonard Read Kohler
©2016 Beckenhorst Press

WELCOME

OPENING PSALM: 98
Sing songs of praise and thanks! for the cosmos around and the moral law within.
Shout with joy, all you lands; lift up your voices, rejoice, sing!
Sing with harps, with voices, with trumpets and horns.
Listen! The sea thunders along!
All life sings its song.
The rivers clap their hands
The hills ring out with joy.
All these—the voices of God,
Who is everywhere.

OPENING PRAYER

Holy One, God of many names and many identities, we praise you for the extravagant diversity of your creation. From clown fish who change gender to promote the flourishing of the school and penguins who forge same-sex bonds to care for their young, from forget-me-nots that reproduce asexually to olive trees with three genders, you teach us the many ways in which your Spirit of relational love and nurturing care manifests in our world. When our eyes are closed to your amazing variety, open them and let us celebrate what we see. When our hearts are closed to otherness, open them, and let us embrace the amazing diversity of life. May we be especially mindful today that our fears about loving others are not the same as your vision for your Creation. Amen

ANTHEM: God Bless Love from Open Doors,
Mark Teagle, words and music
(c) 2018, by permission of the composer

INTRO

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 65: 17-25 Karen Winchester

SERMON

PRAYER MUSIC:
My Father Watches Over Me
Charles Gabriel/Calvin Taylor
©2020 Calvin Taylor Publishing,
by permission of the composer
PASTORAL PRAYER

QUESTION AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE:
Dialogue
By Gilbert Martin
©1971 Lorenz Publishing Co.