Worship Order for
One - Pecking away at our computers,
idling in a knot of traffic:
- we wait for you, God of all words, to speak to us.
One - Pacing the halls of a hospital,
sitting outside the principal's
- we wait for you, God of comfort, to fill us with hope.
One - In the silence of each night,
beginning each day's new journey:
- we wait for you, Steadfast Love, for you are our safe place.
Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Keeper of every moment in eternity:
we come, not only to hear
those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope.
We have come, not out of habit,
but to respond to your call,
willing to be called away
from the familiar ways of our lives.
Walker of our journeys,
in the midst of our harried lives,
you call us to lay aside all that entangles us,
to follow you into service to others.
You invite us to step into
the waters of life and hope,
reaching out to draw others
to our side so, that together,
we might enter your kingdom
of laughter and joy.
When uncertainty fills every block
in our daily planners,
you come, Grace's Companion,
to offer that hope which anchors
us in God's heart;
to place our feet firmly
on that rock called peace;
to bring us safely to that haven
filled with God's steadfast love.
God in Community, Holy in One,
Rock of every age,
we offer the prayer Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .
Thom M. Shuman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Don’t sit down yet, because we will
actively listen to this morning’s gospel story. As I read it, I
will pause and ask you to do or say things that are part of the
good news. Are you ready and willing? Just follow my lead. Mark
|Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to
Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
We will now say to one another the words of
Jesus. Turn to someone beside you, and as you shake their hand,
Now turn to someone on the other side of
you, and as you shake their hand, say:
|“the kingdom of God has come near;”
Turn to someone else near you, perhaps in
front of or behind you, and say while you shake their hand:
|“repent, and believe in the good news.”
|As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he
saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into
the sea—for they were fishermen.
Imagine you are someone who fished for a
living. Pretend to pick up a net, hold it like this and cast it
out into the “water” ahead of you, then pull the net back to
you. Try it again. Again.
Pick up another imaginary net and, as you
repeat these words, toss your net out into the sea:
|“Follow me and I will make you fish for
|And immediately they left their nets and
Drop your nets and lift up your hands.
|As he went a little farther, he saw James son
of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their
boat mending the nets.
With your hands, pretend to pick seaweed
off an imaginary net, or retie rope that has broken.
|Immediately he called them; and they left
their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men,
and followed him.
Drop your nets, wave goodbye to the rear of
the sanctuary and sit down.
scripture text adapted
Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
our Tithes and Offerings
You are invited just now to imagine yourself as a new kind of
fisherman or woman called a disciple. Perhaps that is already
how you identify yourself. You may be sitting down at the
present moment, but your pew is a boat and together we are being
propelled by the power of the Spirit in God’s direction,
following Jesus. As you return your offering, think about how
you might, this very week, be that new kind of fisher of people
that Jesus calls us to be. Don’t get all fancy. Think in
down-to-earth terms. Warning: when you put your offering in the
plate, you are not paying someone else to do your job. We’re all
in the same boat, my friends. Cast well. Let’s pray.
Thank you, Lord, for calling
Forgive us when we toss too tentatively
or pull too harshly.
Keep teaching us the way.
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Invitation and Prayer of Thanksgiving
All who are in
love and community with your brothers and sisters, who do truly
and earnestly repent of your sins, who humbly put your trust in
Christ and desire his help that you may lead a holy life, draw
symbols to your comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty, merciful, and loving Father,
we are gathered in your presence
to celebrate the memorial of the broken body
and shed blood of your Son.
Make us worthy to sit at Christ’s table as his friends.
In this supper, let our hungry souls be fed
with the body and blood of your beloved Son
through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
May Christ live in us and we in him.
Give us assurance through the breaking of bread
that we are partakers of your covenant.
May we grow in faith, love, and willingness
to carry the cross of Christ.
In his name we pray. AMEN
Leenaerdt Clock, 16th century
translation & adaptation ©1991
John D. Rempel
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)