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An open hand meeting a closed fist

February 28, 2021 Worship Service

“If you take the ‘love your enemy’ out of Christianity, you’ve ‘unChristianed’ the Christian faith.” ~Miroslav Volf

PRELUDE Children of the Heavenly Father
arr. by Howard Helvey
©1995, Beckenhorst Press, Inc.


Welcome, and thank you for joining us for this on-line worship service the second Sunday during Lent. Your presence is a blessing to us, and we are grateful have you as a part of this morning’s community as we reflect this season on living in God’s Kin-dom.

Here at the First Congregational Church of San Jose, and with our partners from the United Disciples Fellowship, we try and put into practice the guiding principles and values of a Progressive Christian community and that includes being a fully Open and Affirming community of faith. We believe that everyone is a beloved child of God. So, whoever you are, wherever you are, may this service come as a gift to you and feed your spirit.

Now, let us begin our worship as we tune our ears to hear these ancient words from the psalmist…

PSALM 119 Rev. Penny Phillips
Happy are they who live lives of righteousness,
who walk the Way of God.
Happy are they who live with integrity
and seek wisdom with all their being.
Who strive to be good
and walk in your ways.
Your heart wells up in our hearts
so that we can live justly and in love
Oh, if only that were a simple or easy thing, to live that way!
Then I would not cringe at the chasm between what I love and what I do!
I thank you for what you have taught me.
I will keep your law-
I welcome your presence in my life.

Christine Robinson: Psalms for a New World

Spirit of the Christ, we have watered down your teaching into satisfying statements about personal salvation, rather than actually changing our lives to live into Your Kin-dom. We have used Your words to condemn others and bolster ourselves. Yet, through You, we are given a new mirror, a new window, to see ourselves and the world. Reframe our thinking, bring us back to the beginning, to see ourselves and the world in the way You intended us to see and live and work. Help us to be co-creators with You. We pray that Divine love is reflected in us and how we care for the earth and one another.. Amen.

HYMN Seek Ye First
Karen Lafferty
(c) 1972 Brentwood Benson Pub.
CCLI Song #1352


SCRIPTURE Matthew 5:38-48 Karen Winchester


PRAYER MUSIC Bring Us Back to Thee, O Lord
arr. by R. J. Powell
© 2015 Lorenz Publishing Co



Today we honor and make sacred our simple care for others, for those we love and hold near. Together in a deep spirit of love, we acknowledge the sacred nature of our caregiving. 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 all the caregiving that I do. The love that connects me to those whose well-being I serve. Let this caregiving be a blessing.


POSTLUDE Postlude on “Ose Shalom”
Christina Harmon
© 2018 The Sacred Music Press,
a div of Lorenz Corp.

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