Good morning. We want to welcome you into this sacred space and place (yes, even the internet can be a sacred space and place). Today's service continues last week's and looking at the sacraments. If you have not done so, take a moment to watch last weeks online service first (Baptism), and then come to this one (Communion). Take a moment to prepare yourself, maybe open up your Bible to 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, pray the opening prayer, and watch the videos. Have a blessed week!
We sing and speak your praise, O God, grateful for the many ways in which you have healed us. Keep our hearts, our minds, and our spirits open to learn ways in which we can offer healing love for others. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" performed by Linda & Suzzi
"Drawing Near To God" (a Sermon by Pastor Tom)
Morning Prayer (take a moment and pray this prayer today)
Loving and merciful God, we come before you this day, fresh from a week in which we have been challenged. Some of the challenges have caused us worry and strife; other challenges bring to us clear directions for our lives. In all of this, you are with us bringing healing and peace for our lives. We offer to you names of those who are ill, who mourn, who feel lost and alienated, wondering if anyone cares about them...[lift others by name who need God's hope and mercy]
Hear our prayers, O Lord. Bring your healing mercies to all these people we have named with our hearts and our voices....
We also bring to you, loving God, names and situations of great joy and celebration, for you have been in our midst during these times as well as during the difficult times...[lift others by name for thanksgiving]
Hear our praises, O God. Bring your loving presence to all these people we have named with our hearts and our voices. For it is in confidence of your abiding love and mercy that we offer this prayer. AMEN.
"Blest Be The Tie That Binds" (performed by Linda & Suzzi)...Let this song be your blessing.