Hymn #384 “Love Devine, All Loves Excelling” Charles Wesley/John Zundel Performed by Amy Kraft
“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” (Acts 2: 46-47a)
Holy Living God, Heartbeat of Creation, help us to take this time to center on you, for you made us, you gave us life, and you continue to be with us every moment… every breath… every step.
Hymn #402 vs 1,2,4 “Lord I want to be a Christian” Afro-American Spiritual Performed by Jie Fang Goh
Special Music: “I am the Light of the World” Jim Strathdee Performed by Amy Kraft
Breaking Open our Lives with Discussion
One way we can be glad and generous is to share about how we are finding strength, hope, love and peace in these days. This is part of “breaking bread” with each other as we break open our hearts to one another as well. Let’s share today about a new way of seeing with our hearts, with an eye of heightened gratitude.
What did you just see when you looked around and did looking at it with “the eyes of a grateful heart” offer you a new perspective? What else are you grateful for at this moment? What do you want to “elevate” in your commitment to make the world a better place? Let’s take some time to talk about these questions. We’ll take 5 minutes to talk.
Open our Hearts with Prayer For those who have lost loved ones For those who are sick and recovering For those who are caring for loved ones who are sick at home For those who are caring for persons in medical care For those who are separated from loved ones For those who are feeling alone and isolated For those who are helping and are so very tired For those who are struggling to find friends, food, and comfort For those who are afraid [add other categories as feels right for your context]
Worship and Song #3008 “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord” Paul Baloche
As we close this time together, remember: God is always with you. No matter what you face, no matter what trials or hardships come your way, God is right beside you. The Companion is guiding and directing your path. So, acknowledge your fear and your worry and know it is as true and holy as any feeling, including joy and hope and love. Take heart! This is the heart of the matter. Amen.