June 7 Worship
“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image,
according to our likeness.’ . . .
God saw everything that God had made, and, indeed, it was very good.”
CALL TO WORSHIP
Living God, our caring Creator, we are amazed by the beautiful world you have made which we call our home.
Christ our friend who struggles with us and wraps us in redeeming love, we thank you for the compassion you have modeled for all living creatures, human and nonhuman.
Listening God, Holy Spirit of breath and presence, we are sustained by your active movement in our lives
and your radiating presence throughout the world.
Come, let us worship.
OPENING HYMN No. 19
God of Great and God of Small
CALL TO CONFESSION
We know too well our foolishness, our brokenness, our human ways of doing things. But God knows our hearts, our hopes, our desire to be made new. As we offer our prayers of confession, let us open ourselves to God, who will forgive us and give us new life.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We have been created for goodness by you, Artist of all things, but we continue to be filled with bitterness. Your Word would enable us to speak of joy to others, but we offer only judgment. The Spirit which breathes hope into us could be shared with everyone we meet, but we are tempted to hold our breath until we turn blue, rather than giving peace to those around us.
But you have said that everything created is good, even we foolish children of yours, God of wonder and grace. With the Spirit as our sister, we know we can bring healing and hope to those who need it most. With your Word, Jesus Christ, as our brother, we know we can tell others of your mercy and of our love for them in every moment.
In humility, let us lift our silent prayers to God for the brokenness of this world and for the needs of our community and our hearts.
Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list in your bulletin.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
By God’s grace, our chaotic choices become creative grace for others; our foolishness can be transformed by God’s goodness; our lives can become new by the Spirit of our God.
The good news is as true as it was on creation’s first morning: Creator God is the redeeming Word who is the Breath of life for all people, even us. Thanks be to God for forgiveness and grace in our lives. Amen.
SONG OF RESPONSE No. 582
Glory to God
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Sing into our ears, O Spirit, the holy word of life. Tell us who we are and to whom we belong so that we may live with gratitude for all that you have done. Amen.
Genesis 1:26 - 2:4a
The Divine Dance
Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Let us gather as God’s people.
We come open to God’s grace.
We lift our lives, our hearts, our strength;
we lift ourselves to God.
We offer our thanks to God;
it is right to give our thanks to God.
We come this day bound by the Spirit that connects us and the people of God from the past.
The Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Prayer following Communion
Lord God, in deep gratitude for this moment, this meal, these people, we give ourselves to you. Take us out to live as changed people because we have shared the living bread and cannot remain the same. Ask much of us, expect much from us, enable much by us, encourage many through us. So, Lord, may we live to your glory, both as inhabitants of earth and citizens of the commonwealth of heaven. Amen.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING
Jesus sends his disciples into the world to bless all by his grace.
With God’s love, in the Holy Spirit, let us make this our offering to God.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.
Song of Response No. 709
God we honor you.
God we trust in you.
God we worship and adore you.
Take what we bring, offered to you.
Teach us to show your abundant blessings.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Like the gifts of creation, we are but stewards of all we possess. And like the gifts of creation, they are not to be hoarded, but shared with the hungry, the lonely, the lost, the struggling. As we offer our gifts, receive our thanks and praise in the name of Jesus. Amen.
We Are Sent
We Join in Proclaiming
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
We join in proclaiming the faith we believe in —
that God is Creator and we are God's own.
We trust in Christ Jesus and gladly receive him,
for we have been blessed by the love he has shown.
Christ died and is risen and, one with the Father,
He reigns now in heaven, still loving the earth.
The Spirit of God that moved over the waters
now moves here among us, empowering God's church.
O God, we have pondered through years of our history
how you can be Father and Spirit and Son.
We've prayed and we've studied and called it a mystery
that you are three persons and yet you are one.
Creating and saving, your church here renewing,
you still are one God working many good ways.
May we humbly thank you for all you are doing!
O God in three persons, we offer you praise.
Created and called to be faithful stewards, we are sent forth by our God.
We will take all that is good to places of brokenness, all that is beautiful to those who live in despair.
Called and commissioned to be faithful disciples, we are sent forth by Jesus, Word of hope.
We follow Jesus to every place he would lead us, to every person who will bless us.
Called and filled with the very breath of peace, we are sent forth by the Spirit, God’s grace.
We will join the Spirit in bring life where there is fear, in offering love where hate seeks to take hold.
And now, may the peace of creation’s Imagination, the peace of grace’s Word, the peace of hope’s Spirit, and the deep, deep peace of God in Community, Holy in One, be with you this day and always. Amen.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.
Centering Words - Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition
Call to Worship - From Seasons of the Spirit, SeasonsFusion, Pentecost 1 2020 (Columbia: Wood Lake, 2019) 18.
Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of God With Us, Prayer of Dedication, Benediction - Shuman, Thom M., Liturgy with communion for June 11, 2017 (Trinity - A), accessed online at
Prayer for Illumination, Invitation to the Offering - Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Liturgies for Year A, Volume 2, Kimberly Bracken Long, editor (Louisville, WJKP 2014) 2.
Closing Hymn - We Join in Proclaiming, Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Special thanks to Joelle Gray for being our liturgist today, and to Carol Thomson for her assistance with communion.