2nd Sunday of Pentecost June 12, 2022, 11:00 am
PRELUDE: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (WESTMINSTER ABBEY), setting by Stan Pethel
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Leader: We cannot love God unless we love each other,
People: And to love we must know each other.
Leader: We know God in the breaking of bread
People: And we know each other in the breaking of bread,
Leader: And we are not alone anymore.
People: Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet, too,
Leader: Even with a crust, where there is companionship.
People: We have all known the long loneliness
Leader: And we have learned that the only solution is love
People And that love comes with community.
Leader: It all happened while we were sitting there talking & it’s still going on.
People: God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.
—Dorothy Day, spiritual pioneer, writer, activist, Catholic hospitality house movement founder
HYMN: Spirit GTG#291
CALL TO CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
Leader: I’m convinced of this:
People: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.
Leader: For a change, let’s start by speaking to people
People: Rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter.
Leader As long as you’re breathing,
People: It’s never too late to do some good.
Leader: Besides, what is a fear of living anyway?
People: It’s being preeminently afraid of dying.
Leader: It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness.
People: The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself
Leader: For the time you take up and the space you occupy.
People: If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.
–Maya Angelou, writer, poet, leader
SUNG CELEBRATION OF GOD’S AMAZING GRACE: Holy, Holy, Holy (English and Spanish) GTG#595
SCRIPTURE: Luke 12: 1-2, 11-32 (The Parable of the Prodigal)
SUNG RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE: Come and Find the Quiet Center STF#2128
SERMON: Thin Places
HYMN: Loving Spirit GTG#293
OFFERTORY SOLO: At the River — Aaron Copland; Joshua Stark, bass
Matthew 25 PRAYER, Lord’s Prayer, Congregational Sung Response
CONGREGATIONAL SUNG PRAYER: Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GtG #851
OFFERTORY: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light—(HOUSTON), set by Tom Trenney; Jonathan Doram, tenor
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Leader: Sometime in your life,
People: Hope that you might see one hungry person,
Leader: The look on their face when the food finally arrives.
People: Hope that you might have cooked it
Leader: Or bought it,
People: Or even prepared it with other like minded people.
Leader: For that look on their face,
People: For your meeting their eyes across a portion of food,
Leader: You might be willing to lose a lot,
People: Or suffer a lot,
Leader: Or die a little, even.
People: Our prayers are dedicated to this engaging spiritual experience, God.
—adapted from Daniel Berrigan, priest, writer, activist