Last Week's Sermon
Strangers and Friends
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
A Reading from the Gospel of John: Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip …
Gathering with Praise
Call to Worship – These words initiate a summons to the people to assemble in the name of Jesus Christ and participate as a community in worship. This is often done in a call and response style and the words are usually taken from the Bible.
Hymn & Procession – Music can be thought of as prayer in song. It is a way of using our whole body to pray. They hymns we sing have rich histories and powerful messages within them. The hymn numbers in the bulletin indicate where the music can be located in the red Glory to God hymnal in your pew. You will notice that we process with the cross, which is carried by a crucifer (cross bearer). This creates a visual and symbolic focal point to the reason we gather in worship. Our acolytes carry in a pitcher of water, the flame, and our Bible representing elements that draw us into worship. The water symbolizes our baptism. The flame represents the light of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Bible represents the Word of God around which we gather. The ministers of the church as well as the choir follow in the procession.
Prayer of the Day – A prayer of adoration during which we offer our praise to God.
Call and Prayer of Confession – A time before we hear the Word of God proclaimed that we take a moment to make things right with God and one another. By confessing our personal and communal sin and making amends for our shortcomings, we are living into God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Silent Meditation – A time for you to reflect in silence and offer personal prayers of confession.
Kyrie Eleison (Greek: Lord have mercy) – A sung prayer asking Jesus to have mercy on us.
Assurance of Pardon – A proclamation to the people that indeed their sins have been forgiven.
You will hear the pastor say, “Friends, hear and trust in the good news of the Gospel.” To which you are invited to respond, “In Jesus Christ we are forgiven, healed, and made whole.”
Passing of the Peace – We extend the reconciliation and peace we have received from God to our neighbor. We typically will stand and speak the words “Peace be with you” to one another. You may shake hands or embrace those nearby as you are comfortable.