to nurture those newborn in faith,
to search for those still scattered
on the hillsides of the world
waiting for shepherd love.
to gather together
your other sheep
in our communities
and to the ends of the earth.
Empower us, Lord,
to tend your flock. AMEN
Copyright © 1988
Linea Reimer Geiser
Responsive Scripture Reading
|Let love be genuine; hate what is evil,
hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual
affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
||Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in
spirit, serve the Lord.
|Rejoice in hope, be patient
in suffering, persevere in prayer.
||Contribute to the needs of the
saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
|Bless those who persecute
you; bless and do not curse them.
||Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep
with those who weep.
|Live in harmony with one
another; do not be haughty, but associate with the
lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
||Do not repay anyone evil for evil,
but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
|If it is possible, so far as
it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
||Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but
leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written,
“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
|No, “if your enemies are
hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them
something to drink; for by doing this you will heap
burning coals on their heads.”
|Do not be overcome by
evil, but overcome evil with good.
scripture text from
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
Instruments of God’s Peace - a prayer
make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
consoled ,as to console;
understood, as to understand;
to be loved,
as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 13th c
our Tithes and Offerings
As you return your offering, I invite you to read the personal
reflection on the back of the bulletin
written by a sister concerning a medical mission trip to Haiti.
Before this, however, let’s listen to the scripture upon which it
is based, a Psalm of trust. I’ll be reading from the new
paraphrase of the Bible called
The Voice. Listen.
Eternal One, are my sustenance and my life-giving cup.
that cup, You
hold my future and my eternal riches.
home is surrounded in beauty;
have gifted me with abundance
will bless the Eternal, whose wise teaching orchestrates
centers my mind at night.
8 He is ever
present with me;
all times He goes before me.
I will not live in fear or
abandon my calling
He stands at my right hand.
is a good life—my
heart is glad, my soul is full of joy,
my body is at rest.
could want for more?
10 You will
not abandon me to experience death and the grave
leave me to rot alone.
11 Instead, You
direct me on the path that leads to a
I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
I know true joy and
Psalm 16:5-11 is
The Voice Bible
Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society
All rights reserved.
DETOURS ON THE PATH
I reached for my clutch bag that held all my important travel
doc¬uments, only to realize that my passport wasn't there. I was
bound for Haiti with a medical mission team. The airport was more
than two hours from the house, and the flight was scheduled to
leave in two hours. My heart sank as I realized my passport was
still in the office printer. I had made copies of it the day
before—one to leave with my husband and one for my luggage.
I had been planning this trip for months. How could I have not
remembered to take my passport out of the printer and repack it?
Surely God had shown me this path, but there was no way I could
walk it without this critical document in my possession.
I was resigning to the fact that I might very well be heading home
instead of flying to Haiti, when a team member suggested I try
finding a later flight. This meant I would have to travel alone.
This meant my husband would have to wake the children in the
middle of the night to bring my passport to me. This meant that if
God's path was taking me to Haiti, his grace and a wonderful
husband would be the only way it was going to happen.
The airline worker rescheduled my flight, leaving from a nearby
airport, and I made it, with passport in hand, just in time. Even
though my carelessness took me on an unexpected detour, with God's
and my husband's help, I was able to rejoin my group in Haiti.
God is well-acquainted with our humanness. The way has already
been prepared for us, but do we trust his guidance? God shows us
the path and provides the grace and mercy to keep us on the way.
by Regina Cyzick
Co-Founder, Executive Director of
The Sadie Rose Foundation
Leader: Go in love,
People: for love alone endures.
Leader: Go in peace,
People: for it is the gift of God.
Leader: Go in safety,
People: for we cannot go where God is
by Earle W. Fike
from Book of Worship
©1964 by Brethren Press