August 3, 2014, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Outdoor Worship and Picnic
Jim Pospisil, Music Director ~ Doug Bowen-Bailey, Interpreter (10:30)
Youth from 2014 Mission Trip, Guest Preachers and Lay Readers
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Call to Worship through The Blessing of the CHUM Garden
May you send rain and sunshine upon our garden and on us.
Grant us the humility to touch the humus: that we might become more human. That we might then know the sacredness of the gift of life. That we might truly experience a touch from the hand of God.
You, O God, planted humanity in a garden so that we might learn to walk gently on the earth.
As the grasses are stilled with light, so may we learn to be still. As blossoms are modest in their beginning, so may we learn the way of humility.
As the tree stands in solitude, so may we stand firm with courage. As the ant crawls on the ground, so may we embrace the creativity born of limitation.
As the seed rises in the spring, so may we welcome change and regeneration. As the harvest groans, bountiful and abundant in season, so may we share with God’s radical generosity.
Jesus began our resurrection in a garden so that we may live into the flourishing hope that we will walk among the life-giving trees that grow on either side of the river of life.
Blessed from the beginning, we woke in the garden. Blessed in the present, we relish our toil in the garden. Blessed by memory of the garden, our hope lies in sharing our garden and its abundance. Praise be to GOD.
*Opening Hymn “I Woke Up This Morning”
*Unison Prayer of Confession and Invocation
“God, convict us of the unfair practices we indulge in. Teach us to quit blaming victims, to quit gossiping about other people’s sins. We know we are called to be generous with the hungry and to give ourselves to the down-and-out, and that when we do these things, our lives will begin to glow in the darkness; our shadowed lives will be bathed in the sunlight. Show us where there are people in need; give us strength to go to the emptiest places.”
“God, help us to be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry, so that we can be the same for others. Use the old rubble of our past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of our past. You’ll be known as the God who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild, and rennovate, as the God who can make our community liveable again, by doing these things through us. Amen.” **
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word from the Prophets Isaiah 58:9-12
God’s Word in the Gospel Matthew 14:13-21
Sermon “Jesus had compassion…”
Reflections from Youth on 2014 Mission Trip
Hymn “Peace like a River”
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving “God We Thank You for Our People” (insert)
*Prayer of Dedication
Celebrating Communion Together
“What a Covenant…”
*Closing Hymn “All God’s Critters” (insert)
*Benediction and Postlude
A Franciscan Blessing
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen.