Evoking the Mystery: Silent Rest You are invited to sit quietly in the silence without any expectation of what you “ought” to be thinking. And if you find it difficult to settle your thoughts, contemplate the following: Examen Leader: For that which, then, I thought was right… People: have mercy, God. Leader: For that which, now, I regret… People: Forgive me, God. Leader: For that which, hence, I know not what to do… People: Guide me, God. Pastor: Come and rest, come and listen. Know that grace, forgiveness and guidance are available to you at each and every moment that we turn to receive them. People: Thanks be to God.
Hymn #348“Softly and Tenderly” Will I.Thompson Children are invited to come forward on the last verse.
Children’s Discovery Time
Listen in the silence Listen in the noise Listen to the sound of the Spirit’s voice
The Psalmist’s Prayer Psalm 107: 23-32 Leader: Some of the redeemed had gone out on the ocean in ships, mak-ing their living on the high seas. They saw what the Lord had made; People: they saw God’s wondrous works in the depths of the sea. Leader: God spoke and stirred up a storm that brought the waves up high. The waves went as high as the sky; People: they crashed down to the depths. Leader: The sailors’ courage melted at this terrible situation. They stag-gered and stumbled around like they were drunk. None of their skill was of any help. People: So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God brought them out safe from their desperate circumstances. Sing Response Leader: God quieted the storm to a whisper; the sea’s waves were hushed. So they rejoiced because the waves had calmed down; People: then God led them to the harbor they were hoping for. Leader: Let them thank the Lord for this faithful love and God’s wondrous works for all people. People: Let them exalt God in the congregation of the people and praise God in the assembly of the elders.
Seeking the Word Romans 12: 2-12
The scripture in this series will be done in an abridged “lectio divina” format–which means “divine reading.” We will hear the scripture read once and then we will let that resonate for a bit with some music for the inward journey. What words or phrases popped out for you in the reading? Feel free to doodle in your Worship Guide with that word or phrase if you wish. When the music is over, we will hear the scripture read again.
Music for an Inward Journey
What words or phrases from the reading stuck with you as you listened? Why do you think this is capturing your attention?
Homily: Listening Beyond the Noise
REFLECT Appointment with God
Sung: Meet me here Find me in my wanderings Meet me here Deep within my soul
Feel free to visit any or all of the prayer stations. Bring your offering as an act of dedication Kneel and make a prayerful commitment Light a candle for whatever prayerful purpose. Journal or draw in the insight booklet Write a prayer request for yourself or someone else Write something you need to let go of and dissolve it in water Ring a chime as a prayer for clarity
Please leave the prayer booklet in your seat after the service and we will rotate them next week so that we can experience each other’s wisdom–so keep that in mind when you write in the booklet.
PREPARE TO LISTEN IN THE WORLD
Connecting Hymn/Song for Moving On Hymn #398 “Jesus Calls Us” Cecil Alexander/ William Jude
We’re so thankful that you are still speaking, You’re still speaking, gracious God. For the sake of the world you are seeking We are listening, listening now