Friends Far & Near,
Join Us for Worship Here!
Sunday, June 20, 2021
During this season of COVID-19 upheaval, you are invited to join us in worship wherever you may be by:
Reading aloud the liturgy below
Listening and singing along to the music in praise
Watching the sermon preaching God's Word and love
Call to Worship
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like a blessing spilling from the cup of God's hand.
It is grace, sheer grace to abide in community with God's people today.
It is an exhibition of the kingdom; life for evermore.
In glad celebration for the gift of worship in communion with God and one another:
Come, let us worship God!
Confessing Our Sin & Reliance Upon God
Gracious giver of all of life's abundance, we confess to you our brokenness and sin. You bless us with community in one another, but we begrudge our proximity. We treat difference as an enemy rather than welcome diversity as a friend. Heal us where our enmity with one another and with you has wounded creation and society and hearts. Forgive us, restore us and make us whole. Unite us as a human family that we would be as close as your trinity. Help us see, in one another, your lovely face. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
[Time for silent confession]
Scripture Reading: Psalm 133
Affirmation of Faith
A Brief Statement of Faith
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”