Season of Epiphanies! Realizations! Serendipities! Surprise Appearances and Sudden Awakenings!
February 6, 2022, 11:00 am
PRELUDE: Sit Down, Servant— African American spiritual, arr. Marilyn Ham
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Leader: The 23rd Psalmist said, “My cup overflows. “ As we watch this cup overflow, let meditate on how, in our own lives, our cups overflow……
People: The joy of loving another human being.”
Leader: The joy of loving and being loved by one of the earth’s four leggeds”
People: When I realized I was going to recover from some illness, injury, surgery, trauma, treatment…..”
Leader: When we won a long struggle for justice and freedom!
People: When the war ended!
Leader: When I realized what I wanted to do, really, with my life.”
People: When I had fallen, and somebody picked me up.
Leader: When we were lost and Jesus found us.
People: We praise the Living God!
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers
Responsive Confession of Becoming Lost in Fear and Despair— Commitment to SPIRITUALITY OF LIBERATION Mindset
Leader: Do not get lost in a sea of despair.
People: Be hopeful. Be optimistic.
Leader: Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year.
People: It is the struggle of a lifetime.
Leader Never, ever be afraid to make some noise
People: And get in good trouble,
Leader: Necessary trouble.
People: Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people
Leader: To make a difference in our society.
Leader: Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the Divine on this planet.” —John Lewis
BLESSED ASSURANCE OF GOD’S ACTIVE, DYNAMIC GRACE: Jesus, We Are Here! (English and Shona) GtG#392
BIBLE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-13 Luke 5:1-11
SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus Calls Us GtG#720
SERMON: A Spirituality of Liberation, Transcendence, and Arrival of the Miraculous!
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons) GtG#726
ANTHEM: Over My Head—arr. Adam Podd and Matt Podd
Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Sung Response: Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GtG#851
OFFERTORY: Deep River—arr. Moses Hogan; Joshua Stark, baritone
UNISON PRAYER OF DEDICATION
(Do not read the words in parentheses, they are there simply to identify the source of the quotes)
May we know the honor of being a human being. (Jake Swamp, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois) May we share the honor of being a human being. Let us unite a frightened world by acts of kindness.(viral social media post early in pandemic) Hate has no home here. (a 9 year old Muslim child wrote these words on a sign for a protest at Chicago’s airport when the January 27, 2017 travel ban from Muslim countries was announced) Let hate have no home where you are. Love your enemies. (Jesus) Replace apathy with curiosity! Violence with community. (Fred Culver) May our capacity for God be reborn. Never forget— What you give, you have. (Roman soldier) Amen.
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning(stanzas 1-3) GtG#350
SUNG RESPONSE: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning(stanza 4) GtG#350
POSTLUDE: Postlude on HOLY MANNA-Mark Patterson
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 12:00-1:15
Zoom Dialogue on Racism & Anti-Racism with Micah Rose Emerson and Rev Scott (anyone is invited to join in this event. Let Rev Scott know and you will receive the link)