James Tissot - The Woman of Samaria at the Well
Welcome to Worship - Sunday June 14th, 2020
2nd Sunday After Pentecost - Children's Day
Deeply distracted by our daily dailiness
Full of fear we fret the future
Acute accusations accost our long agos
But thanks be to You, our Savior
You meet us in in the thirst of our unawareness
and offer us the cool refreshing drink of enlightenment
a deep cleansing breath
a unexpectedly cold shower of insight
a fresh perspective beyond our ken
that awakens all our senses
we wonder in amazement
when we feel the weight of our worry
lift all at once from our very being
and we taste again
the marvelous gratitude for
loved ones in this life.
May we join with the woman at the well
and Jesus too
in this hour of worship in spirit and truth.
1. Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
2. First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
all in the lovelight of Jesus' face.
3. Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
one of his heralds, yes, I would sing
loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"
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Great job keeping in touch this week!
Prayer for Understanding:
Like the beloved woman at the well
we, too, desire the drink
which will slake our thirst
once and for all.
We believe that each breath
each moment when we are present
we can experience
the life-giving water
that is you.
Unveiled is your Way, Truth, and Life
now all we need
is for you to help us unveil our
The Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Morning Has Broken
Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew fall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass
Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the One Light Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day
Sermon: Beloved Child of God!
Prayers of the People:
Seamstress of Seconds
and Midwife of every moment
Inventor of intimacy
and Lover of living
like embarrassed and heartbroken children
who have broken their favorite toy
playing too roughly
after you repeatedly warned us of the consequences
we stand before you
unable to look in your eyes
as we hand you
our broken world
shattered to pieces
from its shiny first day
in our tiny hands
with not being able to play with it anymore
We should have listened
We should have been gentler
We should have cared for it
at the level of our love for it
You lift our chin
and when our eyes meet yours
instead of judgment and scorn
Love is all that we see
in your tearful eyes that join with ours
"Can you fix it?" we ask
knowing we have no right to make such a request
And as you collect us into your embrace
"of course I can, sweetheart... would you like to help?"
and with a love like yours
we feel it's possible
to help rather than hurt
and so in between sobs
of sorrow for what has been
and joy for what may yet be
we whisper back,
"yes, I want to help."
May it be so.
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Hymn of Prayer: Jesus Loves Me
1. Jesus loves me! This I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
2. Jesus loves me! This I know,
as he loved so long ago,
taking children on his knee,
saying, "Let them come to me."
3. Jesus loves me still today,
walking with me on my way,
wanting as a friend to give
light and love to all who live.
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Offertory: The Strangest Dream
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Prayer of Dedication:
Water of Life, pour into us--our lives, our gifts, our words, and our actions.
gather up the moments of our days
sopping wet with opportunities of being grateful
and wring them out
soaking the fertile ground of the future
the very next becoming moment.
Recessional Hymn: Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
Child of blessing, child of promise,
baptized with the Spirit's sign,
with this water God has sealed you
unto love and grace divine.
Child of love, our love's expression,
love's creation, loved indeed!
Fresh from God, refresh our spirits,
into joy and laughter lead.
Child of joy, our dearest treasure,
God's you are; from God you came.
Back to God we humbly give you:
live as one who bears Christ's name.
Child of God, your loving Parent,
learn to know whose child you are.
Grow to laugh and sing and worship,
trust and love God more than all.
May the Spirit of God
flow in and out of you.
May the Creation of God
grow and live in you.
May the Peace of God
gentle and grace you.