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 // 10.21.2020 @ 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.
Prelude – Where We Are by Nate Crary & LCMers
Meet us where we are
When we gather near and far
And if we are apart
Make a place inside our hearts for love
God’s son, the one who died for us
As we become the hands and feet of Jesus (Christ)
Welcome to Worship
Gathering Songs – Mountain Vespers Procession & Evening Hymn
There are varieties of gifts,
but there is one Spirit.
There are varieties of services,
but the same Lord.
There are varieties of activities,
but the same God.
Engineers and English majors,
questioning and certain,
Queer and straight;
God arranged the members of the body;
God chose each one of us.
God loves each one of us.
Conservative and liberal,
city kid and country kid,
introvert and extrovert;
All are a part of the Body.
Just as it is one and has many members,
so it is with Christ.
In one spirit we were all baptized into one body,
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
We gather now;
to worship in word and song
to question and pray
to belong and to become
to join in god’s work of reconciliation
and renewal of all creation. Amen
Song – Psalm 36
Prayer of the Day
God of new life, what would we give to have you appear with a flash of light and a clear voice like you did for Saul?
Maybe then, our doubts would disappear.
Maybe then, we would live as you called us to live.
However, when our lives depend on faith, we forget your surprising grace. Instead, we draw lines around enemies and friends, who’s in and who’s out.
We see the “other,” faster than we see our “neighbor,” and refuse second chances. Pull the scales from our eyes.
Help us see as you see. Help us live as you live, and forgive us when we fail to. Humbly we pray, Amen.
Reading – Acts 9:1-20
1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision[a] a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul[b] and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
Offering – Come As You Are by The Many
This week, the following options are ways to respond to God’s call to love. When you check a box on the form, we’ll follow up with more information (it’s not a formal RSVP). If you are called to respond in other ways, we’d love to know that as well!
Prayers of the People
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.”
Post Communion Blessing
WE GO OUT
- Soup Sign-Ups // LCM has a history of feeding people and we wanted to continue that tradition! Community members have been busy making delicious, homemade soup for y’all and we want to get it to you! Sign-up for what soup you’d like and the time you’ll pick up soup or have it delivered. And then on Oct. 26 & 27, we’ll have an open Zoom to share a meal together, take a break, and to be in community.
- Me and White Supremacy Reading Partners // Over the summer, pairs of LCMers read and worked through Layla Saad’s book Me and White Supremacy. We want to open this up again to all that want to read this book alongside others in community working to be anti-racist. The way the book is structured, you read and journal a little bit every day but you/your partner can read it at a pace that works for you. Most pairs will begin around Nov. 1. Email Pastor Kate if you’re interested (or select it on this week’s offering form) and she will pair you up!
Sending Blessing – The Prayer of Good Courage