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February 21, 2021 Worship Service

“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy

PRELUDE ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
by William J. Kirkpatrick,
Arr. by Lisa Hoekstra
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2020

GREETING

PSALM 25 Ellen Cook
I put my trust in you, O God, as best as I am able.
May I be strong. May I not be afraid
May all who open their hearts
hear your voice and know your love.
Lead me, teach me, help me to trust.

You are gracious to us, O God
You guide us, you forgive our clumsy ways
You help us prosper.

When I am sad and anxious
I school my heart to trust
I act with integrity and uprightness
And hope to feel your touch in my heart.
May it be so for all the peoples of the earth
Who call you by many names.

Christine Robinson: Psalms for a New World

PRAYER
You have shown us the way compassionate God. You call us to love our neighbors as ourselves. You have taught us to resist violence and instead to love our enemies. You have called us to acknowledge our shortcomings and embrace Your greater love, and then to extend such grace to others. But we have conceded our lives to the world. We strive for worldly measures of success, the ways of empire, worldly gain. Forgive us for neglecting our neighbors in need. Forgive us for neglecting to nurture the spark of spirit in our hearts. Forgive us, restore us, and call us back into Your ways of love, justice, and mercy.

HYMN Be Thou My Vision
Harm. David Evans,
Oxford University Press, 1927
(Nancy McHenery singing)

INTRO

SCRIPTURE Matthew 5:1-12 Nancy Lucid

SERMON

PRAYER MUSIC Grateful for God’s Blessing
by Terry Osman
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2020

PASTORAL PRAYER

SACRED PRACTICE

Today we honor and make sacred our household chores, the ordinary, daily, work of your people. Together in a deep spirit of love, we acknowledge the sacred nature of our simplest tasks. May we engage in prayer for healing and for wholeness, for the whole sacred world.

Let us pray together:

May I come to see the sacred nature of even the most humble task. The reflexes, the muscle memory, the spiritual connection of ordinary things. Let these tasks be a blessing.

QUESTION AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE His Eye is on the Sparrow
by Charles H. Gabriel
Arr. by Victor Labenske
Alfred’s Sacred Performance Collection, 2007

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