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 (Psalm 130)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Prayers Of The People
Guide Me Into An Unclinched Moment
God of breath and God of healing. God who weeps and God who dances, we come before you this morning with heavy hearts and sincere prayers for our world, our community, our families and ourselves. Lord God, you know us, you love us, you hear us and you have a plan for us. Teach us your ways, show us your path and give us what we need today, that we may truly be your people.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick and dying. God may your healing power cover them and restore them to health.
We pray for the health care provider. God may your hands be their hands, your eyes their eyes and your mind their mind. Give them everything they need, stamina, courage, clarity and peace.
We pray for the lonely and fearful. Give us the push to check in on our neighbors, care for the elderly, be mindful of the forgotten.
We pray for parents, children and educators as they try find a new normal in the abnormal. Give them patience, creativity and a sense of humor.
We pray for those facing unemployment. Give them a calm heart and a clear mind and help us to find ways to support those who are the greatest risk.
We pray for our government officials. Give them the ability to lead over manage, the courage to the do hard things for the greater good, and the wisdom to imagine the best outcome.
Lord, grant us all the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.
We pray this in the strong name of Jesus Christ who taught us when praying together to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.