Past Weeks' Worship

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Mid-Week Message of Assurance & Action "Enough" - 04-01-20

  

This mid-week message of hope and call to action looks at Matthew 14:15-21, where Jesus reminds us that we have what we need to help others. How can we make the most of what we have, giving thanks to God?

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 Worship outline - Week of Sunday, March 29

 

Opening Prayer - (by Becca) 

God of connection and community, we feel utterly alone. We are disjointed and cut off, isolated, quarantined, confined. We, who have held hands and dried tears and offered hugs and just sat together, all to embody your presence in the world-- we are not able to do what we know how to do, to be who we know to be. What now? Dried up and scattered like bones in a vast desert, we wonder: can hope spring up again? Can love forge connections that transcend the space between us? Can these bones-- old bones, dry bones, tired bones, lonely bones-- find life? 

The first robins in the yard, the crocus sprout that survived the spring snow, the freind who called right when we needed someone to talk to-- these whisper your answer, borne on the breath of a spring breeze. Help us listen; help us trust; help us persevere. Deepen our connection with you, the One who knows where hope will be reborn, who sees the flower in the bulb, the tree in the seed, and the resilient, faithful child of God in even the most frightened and lonely heart. Amen. 

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Optional - Begin the playlist for today's worship now
Click the link and start the playlist, pausing after the message for a prayer, Joys, Concerns, and Connections, and the closing prayer, then concluding the playlist. Or, you can click through and pick/choose from the videos one by one below. 

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Music for Centering or Singing Along - God knows when and how hope emerges. 
Hymn of Promise, by Natalie Sleeth (uncredited singers) 

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A Time for the Child in All of Us ... Click here to watch Children's Time for 03-29-2020

  

Pastor Becca and William are playing with blocks. How can we make our creations feel less like a bunch of blocks and more like a "real" thing? With imagination! 

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Centering Song - We are part of God's body together, and we need one another.
I Need You to Survive, by Hezekiah Walker & LFC

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Scripture Readings (also read during the message video)  
     1 Corinthains 12:12-27
     Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Message - More than a Pile of Bones
     Message for 03-29-20

  

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Image to the right: "And then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said we will stop it all. Everything. To protect our weaker ones. Our sicker ones. Our older ones. And nothing. Nothing in the history of humankind ever felt more like love than this." - attributed to Chelsie Diane


Prayer 
by Maren Tirabassi

Prayer for those who are alone

God, we pray for those who have touched
computer keys or phone touchscreen
(or both) thousands of times,
since they last touched human skin --
for both extroverts, who are fatigued,
unable to generate any energy,
and introverts, charged up
with nowhere to share renewed compassion.

We pray for those who decided to skip deodorant,
and now have not washed their hair
for days and days and days,
and for people who never, ever thought
they would not be satisfied with dog’s devotion
or the sufferance of the cat.

We pray for those who have signed up
for free Gratefulness.org courses,
My Fitness routines,
binged some fabulous new shows,
play online scrabble with friends,
and who know that a single phone call
can be an offertory-worthy gift,

and those who feel like they don’t care.

We pray for those with newly cleaned closets,
and those with dirty underwear
underfoot ... everywhere
because no one is going to see it.

We know you are with everyone who is alone,
and pray they feel it at least once a day,
and we pray for the ones
whom lonely is damaging --
that they may have
human attention, maybe ours. amen

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Responding to God with Thanksgiving - Offering our Gifts and our Selves

Even in these difficult times, we are abundantly blessed with love and grace and the opportunity to serve. As you are able, you are invited to continue giving your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to God. In prayer and connection to one another, we serve God with our time; as you sew masks, or call somoene who is lonely, or practice isolation for the safety of others, you are serving God with your actions and your talent. How are you called to give of your treasure, to give thanks to God and to equip the ministry we continue to do in our community and around the world? Please mail your offering to the church (18 School St., Lebanon NH 03766) where it will be handled with safety for our counters, or contact our financial secretary to establish automatic bank payments.

God, we thank you for the abundance with which you bless us, even and especially in times of fear and sickness and isolation. Receive our gifts, our love of you and of your children, and our hearts in gratitude and hope. Amen. 

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Joys, Concerns, and Connections - Praying together

Join us Sunday at 11 am as we pray together across the distance that separates us. In the mystery and miracle of God, we are one despite the limits of time and space! And with the help, imperfect as it it, of technology, we can hear one another, maybe even see one another, and share our prayers together. 

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Closing Song - Even while apart, we are connected by God's love. 
Blest be the Tie that Binds, by Charles Elmer Szabo, (c) 2019 BMI

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Benediction - This "virtual choir" of Nashville performing artists helps demonstrate how faith, connection, and music can transcend the distances between us, reminding us that we are indeed one. 
It is Well With My Soul, arr. David Wise, The Nashville Studio Singer Community

 

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, be with you and comfort you. 

photo credits: crocus by Vickie Mathews; heart hands by johan van den berg; both from FreeImages; poster photo found on reddit.

 

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Mid-Week Message of Assurance & Action "Do Not Be Afraid" - 03-25-20

  

This mid-week message of hope and call to action invites you to remember that God is always with you, and to draw comfort and courage from that. You are also encouraged to call and write to your loved ones, to share connection in a time of loneliness.  

 

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Worship outline - Week of Sunday, March 22

Opening Prayer/Poem - Lockdown
by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM, March 13th 2020

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,---
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them...

(full poem here

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Optional - Begin the playlist for today's worship now
Click the link and start the playlist, pausing after the message for a prayer, Joys, Concerns, and Connections, and the closing prayer, then concluding the playlist. Or, you can click through and pick/choose from the videos one by one below. 

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Music for Centering or Singing Along - Giving thanks for this day. 
Morning Has Broken, sung by Cat Stevens

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A Time for the Child in All of Us ... Click here to watch Children's Time for 03-22-2020
In this (wobbly!) video, Pastor Becca and William are looking for signs of new life in the back yard and around the house. Where can you find signs of spring or other new things God is doing?

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Centering Song - God is doing a new thing, but it's not done yet. 
The Beautiful Not Yet, by Carrie Newcomer and Chloe Grace

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Scripture Readings (also read during the message video)  
     Philippians 1:1-11
     Ezra 3:8-14

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Message - Every Time I Think of You 
     Message for 03-22-2020

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Prayer by Maren Tirabassi 

Prayer for Worship Shared Online

God, this is our first or second
or maybe third online worship day,
and we are grateful
to those first century writers,
Paul, James, Jude,
maybe Peter, Priscilla,
who sent letters to congregations,
and began the holy tradition
of remote worship,
the live stream of a live Savior.

Those letter writers have blessed us
ever since that time
and now they guide us into
our new way of being the community
at prayer and praise.
Even our communion liturgy
comes in part from Paul’s
holy and somewhat irritated feed
to the church in Corinth.

And, so, we ask your blessing
on all the ways we try to be church,
grateful for the new gifts of technology,
the old gifts of scripture,
the deep well of shared prayer,
and the Spirit which always
blows where it will

and translates into all languages
the words of our mouths
and the meditations of our hearts. amen.

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Joys, Concerns, and Connections - Praying together

Join us Sundays at 11 am as we pray together across the distance that separates us. In the mystery and miracle of God, we are one despite the limits of time and space! And with the help, imperfect as it it, of technology, we can hear one another, maybe even see one another, and share our prayers together. 

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Closing Prayer - excerpt from "Lockdown," above. 

Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
May today be the beginning of that rebirth. Amen. 

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Closing Song - Until we Meet Again 
God Be With You Till We Meet Again, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir

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Bonus Benediction - based on the Philippians reading
A Good Work, arr. Mark Miller
 


photo credits: window by by mirko delcaldo; sprouts by iamlm; writing in the sand by lauren lank; all from FreeImages.