Worship with 1 Click
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The summer has come. Instead of a time of travel and visiting, we have become a people of careful discernment of where and when we go…anywhere.
What’s next? We are becoming anxious as to what will be coming in the autumn. Decisions about school and work are coming that might seem to be ill-informed. Who do we trust with the lives of our children, our friends, our parents, all those who cannot work from home.
Our patterns of being for this summer have changed and are continually changing
The time of political conventions, will be structured very differently. Politics, polity: how we choose to structure how we live with each other. What are our values? How do we look strongly at the way we do things, and see if it is truly just. How do we set up our communities to have housing and health care for all? How do we decide where the money goes?
As we worship, can we bring this all to God? Of course we can. Maybe worship will bring a break from anxiety. Maybe the Spirit will inspire creative responses to our prayers. Maybe the Word will open our hearts to new ways of being. All shall be well.
When the time is right, offer yourself a moment to stop and worship, with those of all time and place, who are called to consider our beings with all creation. May we be seeds scattered here and there, who land and grow, as beauty breaking through.
Create for yourself a place that invites a stillness and honest praise.
Trust that God is here.
Connections with Andrea
Call to Worship
God’s creation delights and astonishes.
Let the people pause and wonder!
God, the Creator, has made it all.
Let all creation shout and sing! Alleluia!
Let us pray:
You opened your mouth and uttered a word
and creation sprang forth in abundance.
Let us open our mouths in praise,
that we may bear fruit in every season
and be satisfied by your goodness,
for you, O God, are the source of all growth;
your grace abounds forever. Amen.
Confession and Assurance of Pardon
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If you haven’t already, set the elements—some bread, some juice or wine—in the room where you worship electronically in these days with our faith community. Bring them with joy, giving thanks for God’s provision.
If a joy or a concern has come to mind, please share it with the assembly here so you do not carry it alone. These will be shared by email to our St Andrew prayer list so that we pray for what you hold by name. This information is emailed to a curated group, not shared or posted online in a searchable form.
As we respond to God's grace and new life, consider those ways you can express gratitude, thanksgiving and blessing. And remember that we continue to keep our financial commitments to our mission partners and staff. Thank you for remembering to send in your financial pledges and offerings!
Blessing and Charge