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Zion United Church of Christ
Worship Resources for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 17, 2021
Prelude: Here I am, Lord – Rachel White, accompanied by Brian White
Welcome: Rev. Julie Cory
Centering for Worship
One: Something made the hairs stand up on our necks. Was it you, O God?
All: Was it you that we felt blowing over the water?
One: Was it you who created us in your own image?
All: Was it you whose very breath we felt breathed into us?
One: Was it you that we heard in those steps in the garden?
All: Was it you that we felt in the beating of our own hearts?
One: Is it you who calls our names?
All: Come, O God. Come to search us. Come to know us again.
One: We would feel your presence in this hour and in our lives.
All: Come, O God, so that we can hear you calling our names. Here and now.
Opening Song: Called As Partners in Christ’s Service (click here for sheet music)
Called as partners in Christ’s service, called to ministries of grace,
We respond with deep commitment fresh new lines of faith to trace.
May we learn the art of sharing, side by side and friend with friend.
Equal partners in our caring to fulfill God’s chosen end.
Christ’s example, Christ’s inspiring, Christ’s clear call to work and worth,
Let us follow, never faltering, reconciling folk on earth.
Men and women, richer, poorer, all God’s people young and old,
Blending human skills together gracious gifts from God unfold.
Thus new patterns for Christ’s mission, in a small or global sense,
Help us bear each other’s burdens, breaking down each wall or fence.
Words of comfort, words of vision, words of challenge, said with care,
Bring new power and strength for action, make us colleagues free and fair.
So God grant us for tomorrow ways to order human life
That surround each person’s sorrow with a calm that conquers strife.
Make us partners in our living, our compassion to increase,
Messengers of faith, thus giving hope and confidence and peace.
Gathering Prayer (in unison) Holy One, you have called us by name. You will not let us lounge in bed. You wake us up in the middle of the night to remember whose people we are. You will not let us hide under a tree. You summon us from the shade to be changed into the people you mean us to be. You will not let us bury our secrets within the earth.
You unearth our fears and speak them aloud. Have mercy on us, O God, when we cannot speak. Reveal the words we need most.
Lord’s Prayer (in unison)
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Message from Rev. Kara Jones
Rev. Jones is Youth Pastor for Delaware’s Intertwine Youth Ministry Collective, a joint youth ministry of Zion UCC, First Presbyterian, and William Street United Methodist. An ordained deacon in the West Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church, her ministry appointment also includes Community Minister and Manager at Common Ground Free Store and Music Instructor with Delaware Music Center, knowing that music can connect us more deeply with our souls, one another, and God than many other things in our world.
Closing Hymn: The Summons (click here for sheet music)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you
don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free
and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear
inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape
the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
Our Open and Affirming Covenant
As the people of God who gather at Zion United Church of Christ,
we make a solemn covenant with one another:
We will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here. We welcome every race.
We welcome every gender. We welcome every age. We welcome every expression of faith.
We welcome every marital status. We welcome every sexual orientation.
We welcome every political party. We welcome every type of body.
We will not be divided by social issues. We will not judge as the world does: by health, wealth, or skills.
We will not allow our past to define our future. We will transcend all labels.
We will always seek to affirm one another with loving hearts and open minds.
We will follow in the way of Christ Jesus, loving and being loved by both God and neighbor,
with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
We will love one another for exactly who we are.
We promise that whoever we are and wherever we are on life’s journey,
we will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.
Centering for worship and gathering prayer adapted from UCC Worship Ways
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