A Service of Worship for Sunday, July 19, 2020 —
Old First Church, Philadelphia, PA
the Rev. Michael Caine, pastor; Holly Phares, music director; William Lowden, organist
…no matter who you are, or
where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here…
Prelude Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Have you ever found yourself in a limbo of your own making”?
When have you found God in “unexpected places”?
Words of Gathering
From the moment you open your eyes each morning,
until you close them at night, God is with you.
There is no one like you, our God!
In times when you are surrounded with struggles,
in all the surprising places you find hope, Jesus is with you.
There is no one like you, Jesus, our Savior!
When you feel orphaned by the world or in history,
But you remember you belong to faith’s family,
The Spirit is with you.
There is no one like you, Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Advocate!
Insolently we insist we’re right and
reject you, God, as out of touch or irrelevant.
When we obey those desires that control us;
When we live for ourselves,
ignoring both the gifts and the needs of those around us;
When we think we do not need to share love, hope, peace…
How often we’ve joined that league of hooligans and troublemakers
who insist on doing things their own way.
Yet, you have chosen us as your children, God-who-stands-with-us,
forgiving us and making us inheritors with Jesus of your grace and joy.
So lead us by the Spirit, that we might follow Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Savior, into creation which groans for love and healing.
Silence — In the silence, we may continue with our personal confessions
Passing the Peace — share a recent experience or insight that leads you to pass on God’s peace
A Time with the Children Theo Vogan
The Scripture Genesis 28: 10-22
The Sermon For the Place Where You Are Is Holy Ground
There is a tradition that the “Word is not preached until the responses of the congregation has been heard. Preaching is always a conversation; a sermon talk-back just makes the conversation more explicit. Now is a time for questions, corrections, comments, additions…
Affirmation of Faith — adapted from the Belhar Confession of the World Communion of Reformed Churches
We believe that the unity of the church must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity, and hatred between people and groups is sin which Christ has already conquered, and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be resisted.
Offertory We Are
Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (used with permission)
UU General Assembly 2020 Virtual Choir
The Blessing and Sending of the Prayer Shawls
Mark and Ellie Steiner
Prayers of the People
The Prayer of our Savior (using sins, debts or trespasses)
- Lunch with the Pastor
- Adult Bible Study
- Prayer Group
- Shawl Ministry Team
- Voter Engagement
Blessings and Benediction — Tony Merlo
Postlude Old Hundredth