3-22-2020 Virtual Worship

Words of Welcome

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you. I'm glad to welcome you to a few moments of personal worship. While this personal act cannot replace our in-person gatherings, knowing others are praying, reflecting, and connecting along with you might remind you of Jesus words to his disciples at the end of Matthew's Gospel: "I am with you always to the end of the age." God is with you, with us, wherever you are as you join in this virtual worship.



Call to Worship (The 23rd Psalm)

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.



Opening Song



Children’s Message


Scripture Reading - John 9:1-41

Sermon



Prayers Of The People


Guide Me Into An Unclinched Moment

Gentle me,
Holy One,
into an unclinched moment,
a deep breath,
a letting go of heavy expectancies,
of shriveling anxieties,
of dead certainties,
that, softened by the silence,
surrounded by the light,
and open to the mystery,
I may be found by wholeness,
upheld by the unfathomable,
entranced by the simple,
and filled with the joy
that is you.



I Need to Breathe Deeply

Eternal Friend,
grant me an ease
to breathe deeply of this moment,
this light,
this miracle of now.
Beneath the din and fury
of great movements and harsh news
and urgent crises,
make me attentive still
to good news,
to small occasions,
and the grace of what is possible
for me to be,
to do,
to give,
to receive,
that I may miss neither my neighbor's gift
nor my enemy's need.
Amen.


Song




Blessing

Ephesians 5:8
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.
Live as children of light-for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. May the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding keep your heart and your mind in the coming of Christ Jesus.
Amen.