G+M Worship – February 10, 2013

The following was written by Joshua for the service of worship and prayers held at Grace and Main Fellowship on February 10, 2013.

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Worship on the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany – February 10, 2013

Preparing and Setting the Altar

Lord Jesus, who is the light of the world, we invite you to be present in our midst as we worship you.
Be present among us, Lord. Fill this place with your Spirit.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us—sinners that we are—and hear these ours prayers:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Silence


As we worship our God before whom all knees will bow and every tongue will confess, let us sing!
Singing

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord… 

Psalm 138
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks
to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word above everything .
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord… 
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord…
Luke 5:1-11
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord…

We Listen and Interpret Together

Our brother, Søren Kierkegaard, was a 19th century Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and Church reformer. He once recorded the following prayer: “We have our treasure in earthen vessels, but Thou, O Holy Spirit, when Thou livest in a man, Thou livest in what is infinitely lower. Thou Spirit of Holiness, Thou livest in the midst of impurity and corruption; Thou Spirit of Wisdom, Thou livest in the midst of folly; Thou Spirit of Truth, Thou livest in one who is himself deluded. Oh, continue to dwell there, Thou who dost not seek a desirable dwelling place, for Thou wouldst seek there in vain, Thou Creator and Redeemer, make a dwelling for Thyself; oh, continue to dwell there, that one day Thou mightest finally be pleased by the dwelling which Thou didst Thyself prepare in my heart, foolish, deceiving, and impure as it is.”

Prayers for Others

The Lord’s Prayer

Singing

Go in peace, for our God offers good news for sinful men and women like you and me.  We may be broken, but our God is generous with healing and forgiveness. Take comfort in the promise of the Gospel that is our inheritance and surety: that each of us might be reborn and remade, not as sinners, but as the glorious recreations of Love.


May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Amen.

G+M Worship – February 3, 2013

The following was written by Joshua for the service of worship and prayers held at Grace and Main Fellowship on February 3, 2013.

Worship on the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany – February 3, 2013

Preparing and Setting the Altar

Lord Jesus, who is the light of the world, we invite you to be present in our midst as we worship you.
Be present among us, Lord. Fill this place with your Spirit.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us—sinners that we are—and hear these ours prayers:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Silence


As we worship our God before whom all knees will bow and every tongue will confess, let us sing!
Singing

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

Psalm 71:1-6
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress,
to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God,
from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

 

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
Jeremiah 1:4-10
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
Luke 4:21-30
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

We Listen and Interpret Together

 

Our brother, the Rev. David L. Ostendorf, a United Church of Christ minister who formerly served as the executive director of Center for New Community in Chicago, once remarked: “To follow and to participate in the unfolding of [the Gospel story] is also to be open to its costs. It is to be with and to become the outsider. It is to live with the puzzling particularities and with the edge-people through whom God is manifest. It is to risk the journey in the desert, the trek to the Jordan, the headlong plunge down the hillside, the journey to Jerusalem, and the cross.”Prayers for Others

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Singing

Our Lord could not be hemmed in by an angry crowd of people amazed at the grace falling from his lips. If He was not accepted in his hometown, then we must not fail to remember that the grace which we have received from his lips may not always make us welcomed people. Go in peace, sisters and brothers, with grace in your hearts and confidence that God goes with you when you bear grace on your lips.


May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Amen.