Our worship, Wednesday nights at 8pm, is called “pause” because it’s like taking a big deep breath in the middle of the week. It begins on September 9th, and will be online (via Zoom) for the foreseeable future. You can expect mostly students to be in attendance, acoustic music, beautiful art, robust conversation, quiet prayer, and reflection. Our worship together is at the center of our community and the point from which our action on campus and in the world springs.

As an expression of the love we know in Christ and are reminded of during this “pause,” we are sent out into the world, onto campus and all the communities our students touch this year, to embody God’s love for the world. We call it “play” as we move from rest to action, and live out our faith in the world. In the days following worship, there will be a few ways to engage with and respond to the scripture text. Maybe that’s serving at a local food shelf, handing out quarantine care kits to students, making a prayer collage at home, or attending a protest/march for justice. The options will change each week and we hope you find them meaningful and a chance to encounter God at work in the world.

We send out weekly e-mails with our Zoom info and the different response options that week after worship. E-mail Dana if you aren’t on our e-mail list and want to get these worship updates!

pause Worship Bulletin // 12.02.2020 @ 8pm

Here are a few things you can gather together to help prepare for worship:

  • Communion – We’ll be sharing in the meal of Holy Communion tonight so gather whatever closely resembles bread and grape juice or wine in your home, and bring it to worship.
  • Zoom – We’ll be worshiping on Zoom tonight. We’ll have the Zoom room open at 7:50pm. Come early to say hi to folks and we’ll start worship at 8pm! E-mail Dana if you need the Zoom link!
  • Bring what makes you feel centered for worship. – Maybe that’s a warm cup of tea or hot cocoa, a pen & paper for doodling, or a candle to light as we worship together.
  • Digital Bulletin – We also recommend pulling this digital bulletin up on your phone, or in a different tab, so you can follow along with worship. We’ll be singing through Holden Evening Prayer tonight. You can pull up the lyrics + music here. 
WE GATHER

PreludeA Light Reprise by The Brilliance

Welcome to Worship

Gathering

L1: At every beginning there is a yearning
for the one who is coming.
O Emmanuel,
Wake us up to your coming.
L2:
We gather together to expect the unexpected
and imagine the unimaginable.
O Emmanuel,
Wake us up to your coming.
L1:
We wait for the day
when God will recycle tanks into tractors
and transform minefields into soccer fields.
O Emmanuel,
Wake us up to your coming.
L2:
We stay awake by telling stories
that offer a glimmer of a future
and agitate dormant hope within us.
O Emmanuel,
Wake us up to your coming.
L1:
Jesus, we welcome your presence now
with the lighting of this candle,
whose flame brings warmth to winter
and fills this place with the glow of hope.
Amen.

Light the first candle for hope.

We will now begin singing Holden Evening Prayer. You can follow along with the music and words here.

WE LISTEN

First Reading – Isaiah 64:1-9

1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
5 You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6 We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.

The Annunciation & Magnificat – Holden Evening Prayer

Second Reading – from Jericho Brown

“Hope is the opposite of desperation—it’s not as comfortable as certainty, and it’s much more certain than longing. It is always accompanied by the imagination, the will to see what our physical environment seems to deem impossible. Only the creative mind can make use of hope. Only a creative people can wield it.

Today I believe that anything one visualizes consistently becomes reality. Isn’t that what prayer is? Maybe that means my beliefs have not changed at all: lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring. I am a believer. True believers see their way as the way. That doesn’t mean I can’t stand someone else’s way. It means that I am capable of joyfully getting lost in my own. Spirituality is important to me because I think there is something among us greater than the physical, something we know exists and can address directly. I love God. I love liberty. I shame one if I lose the other. I think of God now as way more patient than I could ever be. I have to believe that God is better than I am, and better than all of us. That’s the only thing that could make God God.”

Small Groups

Offering Those Who Dream by The Many

The Prayers of the People – Holden Evening Prayer

Holy Communion

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Creator, our Mother, our Father in Heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

During Communion, we’ll break you into Zoom Rooms to commune with one another. Say to each other individually, “NAME, The Body of Christ given for you. The blood of Christ shed for you.”

For folks not taking communion, please bless them with the words, “NAME, you are a beloved child of God. God loves you so much.”

Post Communion Blessing

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