We greet and welcome one another in the foyer informally, perhaps grabbing a cup of coffee/tea and introducing ourselves to someone we haven’t met before. Some may quietly enter the sanctuary to pray or walk along the walls and reflect on the artwork.
PASSING THE PEACE
Proclaiming that Christ’s death and resurrection have reconciled us to God and one another, we greet each other with, “The peace of Christ be with you.” “And also with you.”
Integral to worship throughout the ages, silence makes room for God and enables us to hear from the Lord. As the lyrics of a song go, "Come away from rush and hurry to the stillness of God's peace." We spend a period in silence, making space for our souls to become still, becoming aware of God's presence in this place.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
We ask the Spirit to guide our time together and light candles on the altar as a symbol of God’s special presence among those who gather in Jesus’ name.
Each week four passages from Scripture are read, one each from the Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel, spanning the great story of our God. Listen for any common threads. We stand for the Gospel reading, then give thanks by proclaiming, "The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.”
In a culture of images that typically amuse, lie, or seduce, we invite God to renew our imaginations with art that affirms his goodness or confronts our sin.
In unison, as one body, we confess sin, pray in submission, or affirm a truth through a shared prayer.
The sermon is a place where good news is proclaimed over the trouble in our lives and in our world. In hearing the good news, we may encounter Christ. Because preaching is a communal affair, all of us depend upon the Spirit for the speaking, testing, and obeying of God’s word. So the preacher prays, “The Lord be with you” and the congregation responds, “And also with you.”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
A short prayer sentence is displayed on the screen to help guide our prayer and response to the Word of God we have just heard. As people voluntarily respond out loud, each person ends their prayer with ‘Lord, in your mercy,' and to express agreement with the one praying, we all say, ‘Amen.’
We encounter the mysterious and glorious presence of the Triune God at the meal Jesus gave to his disciples. The Table is open to all who are faithful followers of Christ and have no enmity with anyone in this body. Children and others awaiting baptism may come forward with arms crossed to receive a blessing.
Singing comes at the end as a response of worship and adoration to God’s truth and beauty.
PRAYER OF BENEDICTION
We are sent out in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit out into God’s mission in the world with God’s blessing and presence with us.