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July 4, 2021 Worship Service

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” —  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

INVITATION                                                                      Rev. Tom Gough

BLESSING OF VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS

INTROIT                     Christians, We Have Met to Worship

WELCOME PRAYER                                                                Karen Armor
Holy One of Nazareth, we have seen you calm storms, heal illness, even restore life, and yet we still struggle to trust you. Even as we gather in your name and presence, our hearts are anxious about your call. You hope to send us out, but we would rather stay safely at home. You urge us to find partners for our spiritual journey, but we insist on going it alone. You give us tools to be a healing presence in the world, but we are not sure we want to use them.

In this time and place, Gracious One, come to us as an encouraging spirit yet again. Help us to remember who you call us to be. After all this time in the wilderness we need simply to walk with you once more and refresh our hearts. Drawn to the table of grace, may we be restored to community and to Life. Amen

AFFIRMING COMMUNITY
The Spirit of God surrounds us, maker and sustainer of all life, of sun and moon, of water and earth, of every living thing.

The Spirit of Christ Jesus travels with us, beckoning us ever toward the
Kin-dom of Love and Justice.

The Spirit of Community empowers us, breathing Life into us, bringing healing and hope. May we tune our hearts to this.

SCRIPTURE
First Reading:                    Ezekiel 2:1-7                          Rev. Penny Phillips

MUSICAL RESPONSE       Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
St. Agnes/ J. B. Dykes
Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs
Westminster/ John Knox Press

Second Reading         Mark 6:1-13               Rev. Penny Phillips

REFLECTION                                                                    Rev. Tom Gough

COMMUNION MUSIC I Need Thee Every Hour
Robert Lowry/ Anna Laura Page
The Church Pianist, Vol 37/6, July/Aug., 2021
© 2022 Lorenz Publishing Co

COMMUNION SERVICE
INVITATION                                                                   Rev. Penny Phillips
WORDS OF PRAYER                                                          Rev. Tom Gough
SHARING THE ELEMENTS                                              Rev. Penny Phillips THANKSGIVING                                                         Rev. Tom Gough

Amazing God, thank you for your presence in this place. We also thank you for giving us a taste of your Kin-dom in this meal. Please use this food to strengthen us to be your joyful and hopeful Resurrection Community, sharing and experiencing your Kin-dom of love, justice, and mutuality. Flow through us, healing God. Amen!
PASTORAL PRAYER                                                       Rev. Tom Gough

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS                                              Karen Armor

BLESSING

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