Blessing of the Farmers Market

Our Farmers Market begins today (4pm)!

Here is the blessing as we begin the season:

BLESSING FOR THE FARMERS MARKET

 

PSALM 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us    and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth,    your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God;    let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase;    God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us;    let all the ends of the earth revere our Creator.

 

Leader:

For the goodness of the land;

For the gift of life from all creation;

For the strength and joy in our labor;

For the community we build through our sharing,

 

People:

Thank you, God!

 

Leader:

God of all creation, bless and keep

the grower and the harvester,

the cook and the cleaner

who gather here today.

Bless the fruit with your sweetness,

bless the meat with your savor,

bless the vegetables with your ripeness,

that these gifts will turn hunger into feasts

and strangers into friends.

 

People:

Amen!

 

Leader:

May the sweet peace of the Father be with us,

May the pungent joy of Mary’s Son be with us,

May the juicy presence of the Spirit be with us,

this day and all days. Amen.

Easter Prayers for the World

Easter Season Prayers of Intercession for Peace and Justice is a series of litanies our Justice and Advocacy Team have been offering throughout the Easter Season. We light the amnesty candle as we say the liturgy.

 

FIRST SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for immigrants and refugees in this country and around the world:

People:

Blessed are you, Lord Jesus Christ,

who crossed every border between divinity and humanity

to make your home with us.

Relieve the suffering of immigrants and refugees

and grant them peace of mind.

Remove all fears and hatred that creates barriers for a just and lasting solution.

Revive our faith with courage and compassion to welcome them and to see you in our midst. Amen.

 

SECOND SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for peace in our city and around the world:

People:

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace,

guide the nations of the world from war to peace

that all may live without fear.

Lead our city from hatred to harmony

that every person will be valued and every neighborhood can flourish.

Amen.

 

 

THIRD SUNDAY:

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for the victims of human trafficking and child abuse:

People: God of freedom, beauty and truth hear our anguished prayer for your daughters and sons

who are exploited and abused

because of human desires, violence and greed. Bring healing and justice to victims and call traffickers to repentance and conversion; that all of us might live in such a way that others are not made to pay the price for our comfort and convenience. Amen.

 

FOURTH SUNDAY:

(taken from Laudato Si’, Pope Francis)

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for unity with all creation:

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.

They came forth from your all-powerful hand;

they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Son of God, Jesus,

through you all things were made.

You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,

you became part of this earth,

and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.

Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Holy Spirit, by your light

you guide this world towards the Father’s love

and accompany creation as it groans in travail.

You also dwell in our hearts

and you inspire us to do what is good.

People: Praise be to you!

Leader: Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,

teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe,

for all things speak of you.

People: Awaken our praise and thankfulness

for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined

to everything that is.

Leader: God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love

for all creatures of this earth,

for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money

that they may avoid the sin of indifference,

that they may love the common good, advance the weak,

and care for this world in which we live.

People: The poor and the earth are crying out.

Leader: O Lord, seize us with your power and light,

help us to protect all life,

to prepare for a better future,

for the coming of your Kingdom

of justice, peace, love and beauty.

People: Praise be to you! Amen.

 

FIFTH SUNDAY

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray for believers around the world who face persecution.

People:

Strong God of love,

grant protection and peace to your church

where its witness is met with hatred and violence.

Give us wisdom and passion to use our freedom

as a channel for their wellbeing

that the witness of our brothers and sisters in Christ

will form in us greater compassion for people of all faiths.

In the name of Jesus we offer this prayer. Amen.

 

 

SIXTH SUNDAY (Mother’s Day)

 

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand,

and by which we pray for the world:

Christ has risen. Death has been swallowed up in victory.

People: Thanks be to God who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.

Leader: Therefore, let us pray

for mothers, who have given life and love that we may show our gratitude;

for women, though without children of their own, have nurtured us that we may honor them;

for mothers who have lost a child through death that we may comfort them;

for mothers, who have been unable to care for their children, that they may be restored.

People: Loving God,

as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over us.

Bless and keep all women.

Where there is faithfulness, bring honor.

Where there is pain, give healing.

Keep true in us the love with which we hold one another

as you hold us in the arms of your mercy. Amen.

 

Holy Thursday Communion Prayer

Join us tonight for this original liturgy.

Giving Thanks for the Gifts

 

L: The Lord is with us

P: and God’s Spirit is here.

L: Blessed are you, Great Creator,

who made us the reflection of your beauty and the servants of your love.

As our Father, you heard the cry of your children in bondage.

As our Mother, you sent your protection the night evil seemed supreme.

All glory and honor is yours, O Sovereign God,

who liberates us with your faithful love.

P: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

L: We thank you for Jesus Christ who is

the radiance of your glory,

the splendor of your joy,

the brightness of your hope

revealed in his common life of

sharing a meal,

welcoming the outcast,

and washing our feet.

On that night

he took bread, blessed it and broke it,

P: just as his life was broken for us,

and gave it to his disciples, saying,

‘This is my body which is given for you.’

In the same way he took wine,

gave thanks to you and poured it out,

P: just as he poured out his life for us,

and gave it to his disciples, saying,

‘This cup is the new relationship with God,

sealed with my blood.

Take this and share it.

I shall drink again with you when God reigns supreme.’

In the sharing of this bread and cup,

ordinary things made extraordinary through your love,

we enter into the mystery of your grace

and celebrate the gift of your Son:

P: Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us and on these gifts,

that in the sharing of the bread and the cup,

we may know the presence of the living Christ

and be renewed as the body of Christ for the world.

As there is one loaf, make us one in your Spirit forever.

Through Christ and in the unity of your Holy Spirit,

all honor and glory is yours, Great God, now and forever.

P: Amen.

 

Liturgy & Music for Lent Five

This Sunday we will explore the meaning of the offering. Throughout the season, we have been praying prayers of confession. This Sunday it will be in a different place in the order of worship: with the offertory prayer. Why? Read below….

Scripture:

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Ezra 3:1-7

Psalm 50

 

Hymns:

“What Gift Can We Bring”

“Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service”

“Take My Life and Let It Be”

 

Anthems:

Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti

An Offering by Dan Forrest

 

Call to Worship:

Leader: Remember the great generosity of our Creator.

People: We offer our lives in honor and praise.

Leader: Rejoice in the boundless grace of Christ.

People: We offer our lives in honor and praise.

Leader: Receive the indescribable gift of the Spirit.

People: We offer our lives in honor and praise.

 

Prayer for Illumination:

O God, who provides us

with every blessing in abundance,

grant us the gift of understanding

to enrich our faith with gratitude

and to inspire us to a life of greater generosity,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession & Offering:

Leader: From the depths of God, who is Love,

the Spirit offers us the riches of new life in Christ.

Therefore, let us confess our sin to God and one another:

People: O God our Maker,

we confess that

we have doubted your goodness,

protected ourselves,

and ignored the cries of the needy.

We confess that we have not been

wise managers of your gifts,

generous distributors of your blessings,

or joyful administrators of your grace.

Forgive our sins and free us

to glorify you with our obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Silent Prayer

 

Leader: Christ sets us free with gifts of mercy, grace and peace.

Our sins are forgiven and our lives are made whole.

People: Praise the God of second chances!

Leader: Therefore, as a forgiven and reconciled people

let us offer ourselves and our gifts in the name of Jesus.

People: All we have, we have from you, O God.

With grateful hearts we present these gifts to you.

By your Spirit, make them be a blessing to others

to the glory of your name. Amen.

Liturgy & Music for Lent Three

This Sunday we will reflect on the ritual of passing the peace of Christ.

Scripture:

Romans 16:16-20

Micah 4:1-7

Psalm 85

Hymns:

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Let There be Peace on Earth

Anthem:

Grant Us Thy Peace by Felix Mendelssohn:

 

Call to Worship:

Leader: Insiders and outcasts,

friends and foes,

disciples and disputers

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the house of peace.

Leader: Searchers and strangers,

skeptics and sinners,

dreamers and doubters

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the home of grace.

 

Prayer for Illumination:

God of all peoples,

through the scriptures

raise our vision of hope for the world.

Teach us your ways of acceptance

and show us how to walk your path of peace

with Jesus Christ our brother and guide. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession: United Methodist Hymnal #893

Liturgy & Music for Lent Two

This Sunday’s key ritual will be the diversity of corporate prayers.

The key question is, Why pray together?

This Sunday the prayers of confession, intercession & the Lord’s Prayer will form one litany with the hymn of prayer woven into it.

Notice the diversity of the anthems–by Twila Paris & Dan Forrest–2 contemporary but very different styles.

Scripture:

Acts 4:23-32

Joel 1:13-15; 2:26-32

Psalm 80

 

Hymns:

Maker, in Whom We Live

Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire

Lord of All Hopefulness

 

Anthems:

Lamb of God by Paris/Courtney

Selah by Dan Forrest

 

Call to Worship:

Leader: We were created out of God’s pure delight.

People: Glory, power and praise to our Maker!

Leader: We are saved by God’s tenacious love.

People: Glory, power and praise to Christ!

Leader: We will be united in God’s enduring hope.

People: Glory, power and praise to the Spirit!

Leader: Let all the hosts above and all on earth below

proclaim the glory, power and praise of the Eternal, Triune God!

 

Prayer for Illumination:

Sovereign Lord,

who made heaven and earth, sea and sky,

open our hearts to know and bear

the tragedy and beauty of this world

with the help of your Spirit.

Shake the foundations of our lives

with the truth of your holy servant Jesus. Amen.

 

The Prayers of Confession, Intercession & Dedication :

Sing: “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire” #492 v. 1-2

Leader: In honesty and vulnerability,

let us confess our sins to God whose presence encircles us.

People: we confess that we have

complained more than rejoiced,

worried more than prayed,

argued more than shared.

We have suppressed the spirit

and stifled the voice of prophets

through our tolerance of evil.

Forgive us for the many ways

we have closed ourselves off

from one another and from you,

Loving God. Amen.

Sing: #492 v. 4

Leader: May God who makes everything holy and whole,

restore your life—body, mind and soul.

The One you called you is faithful.

Our sins are forgiven.

Our new life is in Christ.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sing: 492 v. 5

Leader: And because we have experienced the mercy of God,

we join with the saints in heaven and believers around the world

to pray with confidence for others who need God’s mercy this day.

Jesus, Word of the Creator,

protect and preserve all creatures, great and small,

on land, sky and sea through our humble service.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Judge of all nations,

restrain and direct the power of leaders and governments

for the common good and a lasting peace.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Savior of the World,

uplift and empower the poor and the oppressed

with your gentle justice.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Healer of humanity,

comfort and restore all who are suffering in body, mind or soul

with the knowledge, skill and compassion of their caregivers.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Shepherd of our souls,

carry in the arms of your mercy all who have died

and comfort with your unfailing love all who mourn.

In your mercy

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Pioneer of our faith,

lead and love your Church here and around the world

with your peace that overcomes divisions,

your power that ends persecution,

and your truth that confronts complacency.

In your mercy

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: In the unity of your Spirit we unite our voices in the prayer you taught us:

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Sing: 492 v. 6

Liturgy & Music for Lent One

Each week, we will post links for the music and the liturgy for the upcoming Sunday as part of our focus on worship as a spiritual practice. The rituals we will be focusing on for the first Sunday are the call to worship and receiving the light of Christ.

Scripture: John 1:1-5, 10-16; Exodus 3:1-6; Psalm 63

Hymns: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing; Spirit of Faith, Come Down; Christ is the World’s Light

Anthems: Eternal Light by Leo Sowerby &  O Nata Lux by Morten Lauridsen

 

Call to Worship (Based on the opening hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”)

Leader: Come and sing our Great Redeemer’s praise!

People: Jesus Christ is our life and health and peace.

Leader: Come and sing the glories of our God and King!

People: Jesus Christ breaks the power of sin and sets the prisoners free.

Leader: Come and sing the triumphs of God’s grace!

People: Jesus Christ died and rose for me.

 

 

Prayer for Illumination (Based on John 1)

God of grace and truth,

as the scriptures are read

hush the chatter of our minds

so we can hear your Word;

dispel the darkness in our hearts

so we can see your Light—

Jesus Christ who animates our lives.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession (Based on Exodus 3 & Psalm 63)

Leader: The faithful God of Sarah and Hagar, Rachel and Leah

calls us by name to the holy place of forgiveness.

Therefore, let us confess our sin to God and one another.

People: God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

we confess that we have worshipped the gods of self and society.

We have sacrificed compassion and justice for entertainment and apathy.

Forgive us and free us to accept our limitations

and embrace the mystery of your grace in Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Silent Prayer]

Leader: Hear the good news!

We have received grace upon grace in Jesus Christ

who quenches our thirsty souls.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven.

People: Amen.