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11:10am Celebration Bulletin 4/6/08

Welcome    (Please mark your attendance and pass the registration pad to your neighbor.)

Opportunities for Fellowship and Service

We Celebrate With Praise

*Call to Worship
        written by Christine Kraemer

One:     Holy One, today we give thanks for this gathering of friends,
All:      For the companionship and love that we share,
One:     And for the divinity we see in each other and the world.
You who call us always to justice and compassion:
All:    In cherishing community, we also cherish you. Amen.

*A Call to Celebration       “For the Beauty of the Earth”    arr. Rutter

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies, over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale, and tree and flower
Sun and Moon, and stars of night, Sun and Moon, and stars of night.
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.

*Hymn of Praise                       “Gather Us In”    (insert)

Song    “Jesus Loves the Little Children”

    Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world,
           Red, brown, yellow, black, tan, white, they are precious in his sight,       
       Jesus loves the little children of the world.

We Celebrate Through Reconciliation

Song for Centering                   “Bless the Lord, My Soul”    Taize

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Prayers of the People    (silent prayer)      
 “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness… It is better in prayer to have a heart without words, than words without a heart.” ~Gandhi

Lord’s Prayer (unison)

(Feel free to substitute a name for God that resonates for you.
For example: Our Father, Our Mother, Creator, Great Spirit, etc.)

        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 trespasses,
        As we forgive those who trespass against us.
        And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
        For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
        And the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

We Celebrate Through God’s Word

Readings    Luke 24:13-35
Excerpt from “The True Meaning of
Community” by M. Scott Peck

Sermon        “If Trinity Had a Creed…: Embodiment Issues”    Sid Hall

A Service of Communion: Blessing the Bread
by Carter Heyward; adapted by Sid Hall & Christine Kraemer

One:     In the beginning was the Word
    In the beginning, the source of all that is
    In the beginning, God yearning
    Giving birth
    And God loved what she had made
    And God said,
All:    It is good.

One:    Then the Divine, knowing that all that is good is shared
    held the earth tenderly in her arms
    God yearned for relationship
    And longed to share the good earth
    And humanity was born in the yearning of Creation.
All:    We were born to share the earth.

One:    In the earth was the seed
    In the seed was the grain
    In the grain was the harvest
    In the harvest was the bread
    In the bread was the power

One:    And the Holy said,
All:    All shall eat of the earth
    All shall eat of the seed
    All shall eat of the grain
    All shall eat of the harvest
    All shall eat of the bread
    All shall eat of the power

One:    The Mystery said,
All:    You are my people
    My friends
    My lovers
    My sisters
    My brothers
    All of you shall eat
    of the bread
    And the power
    All shall eat.

One:     Then God, gathering up her courage in love, said,
All:     Let there be bread!
One:    And her sisters, her friends and lovers, knelt on the earth
    Planted the seeds
    Prayed for the rain
sang for the grain
made the harvest
cracked the wheat
pounded the corn
kneaded the dough
kindled the fire
filled the air with the smell of fresh bread
All:    And there was bread!
And it was good!

One:    We, the sisters and brothers of the Universe, say today,
All:     All shall eat of the bread,
And the power.
One:    We say today,
All:     All shall have hope
And bread.
One:    Today we say,
All:    Let there be bread.
And let there be compassion!
Let us eat of the bread and hope!
And all will be filled
For the bread is rising!

One:    By the power of Love
All:    People are blessed
One:    By the people of Love
All:    The bread is blessed
One:    By the bread of Love
All:    The power is blessed
One:    By the power of bread
All:    The power of people
One:    The power of Love
All:    The people are blessed.

One:     The earth is blessed
All:    And the bread is rising!

Sharing of the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Communion

One:         Now, together we commit to the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila:
All:   &nbs
p;     Christ has no body now on earth but ours;
               No hands but ours; no feet but ours; ours are the eyes
               Through which Christ’s compassion to the world looks out;
               Ours are the feet with which Christ goes about doing good;
               Ours are the hands with which Christ blesses now. Amen.

We Celebrate With Our Gifts

*Preparation      “Refreshed by Living Waters”     tune: No. 545

 Refreshed by living waters, renewed by living bread.
 May we, your sons and daughters, by your own hand be led.
 Accept the gifts we offer; receive the lives we owe.
 Unite us in your service, may seeds of justice grow.

Offering of Our Gifts of Money for Nurture and Justice

         (Please place gifts on the offering table.  Plate: regular offering; Basket: special offering)


*Doxology    tune: No. 95

Praise God the Source of life and birth.
Praise God the Word who comes to earth.
Praise God the Spirit, holy flame.
All glory, honor to God’s name!  Amen.

*Hymn of Commitment                 “One Bread, One Body”     No. 620

*Benediction                                                     Sid Hall

*Benedictory Response
        “The Trees of the Field”

You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field
Will clap, will clap their hands.
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands, <clap clap>
The trees of the field will clap their hands, <clap clap>
The trees of the field will clap their hands, <clap clap>
While you go out with joy.     (repeat)

*Exchanging Signs of Peace and Welcome   

You are invited to greet those around you by saying “Peace be with you” or other words of welcome.

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