Prayer of Confession
God of all creation, you call us into communion with all that is. We live in sacred connection with the cashier at the grocery store, the ancient redwoods, and the child in the refugee camp.We confess that too often we live as our self-interest is all that matters. Give us the courage to live our sacred calling to communion. Give us the grace to embrace this and every moment of our lives. Amen.
Dedication of the Offering
Giving and receiving we commune with all creation, Holy God. We thank you for this sacred practice that heals the world. Amen.
Call To Worship (from Psalm 32)
One: Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
All: Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
One: You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
All: Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy all you upright in heart.
We thank you, God, for offering us new life in Christ. Each of us comes to this time and place facing challenges whether in our work, our families, our finances, our health, or the fact of our own mortality. Show us how we can experience a life-changing relationship with you through the person and message of Jesus. We thank you for this community of faith, which for many generations has been your hands and heart of love to countless people and to us. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
God of love, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, who died and rose again that we might have abundant life now and eternal life in the world to come. We make our offerings with joy and confidence knowing that your abundant provision knows no bounds. Amen.
Call To Worship (from Psalm 100)
One: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness. Come into God’s presence with singing.
All: Together will all beings we offer ourselves in worship. What is our true worship? Returning to this very place. Returning to this very moment. Breathing in, we breathe in the Spirit of God. Breathing out we release our worn out stories, our tired regrets, our distracting fantasies.
One: Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and God’s courts with praise. Give thanks to God and bless God’s name.
All: For the LORD is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever, and God’s faithfulness to all generations.
God of creation, you made us for joy. You don’t want us to hurt forever. We recognize that suffering is a part of life; nevertheless your Scripture tells us that suffering doesn’t define who we are. We are your children and nothing can separate us from your boundless love. We confess that too often we find ourselves stuck in what once was. Instead of dealing courageously with what is, we find ourselves paralyzed by fears of what might be. Create in us a new heart, O God. Teach us how to be open, honest, transparent, and courageous. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Creator of this beautiful, fragile planet, we recognize that generosity is the fruit of a joyful heart. May our offerings bring joy to us and others. Amen.
* Call To Worship (Psalm 16)
One: Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
All: The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
One: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
All: You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
* Gathering Prayer
Holy God, you are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake at the heart of the sea. On this day when communities around the world celebrate LGBTQ pride, we pray that you will make this place a refuge for all of those who suffer discrimination, threats of violence, and shame because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. O God who looks on the heart teach us to see as you see. O God of boundless love, teach us to love as you love: without limits.
The Lord’s Prayer (Debts) (Unison)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Call To Worship (Psalm 150)
One: Praise the LORD! Praise God in the sanctuary; praise God in the mighty firmament!
All: Praise God for God’s mighty deeds; praise God according to God’s surpassing greatness!
One: Praise God with trumpet sound; praise God with lute and harp!
All: Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
One: Praise God with clanging cymbals; praise God with loud clashing cymbals!
All: Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
Lord of the dance, we thank you for the mystery of life. We thank you for Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit: three-in-one, one-in-three, a dance of relationship designed to confound our reasoning. Teach us to trust our bodies. Teach us to embrace our humanity. Inspire us to playful acts of creation, for we are created in your image, God. You look upon your creation with love, and, behold, it is very good. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Holy Mystery, we give in response to your limitless self-giving. Moment by moment you fill the universe to overflowing. We praise you for your unsurpassing greatness. Amen.