At CCC, we honor and celebrate people
of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations & gender identities.
10:00 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
*Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins
Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastor Gloria Grant
We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins
Prelude, Be Still, My Soul by Jean Sibelius, arr. Lloyd Larson
*Call to Worship, Adapted from “Beatitudes for Justice Builders”
Pastor Gloria Grant
Blessed are you who can question your own assumptions and listen with an open mind;
you will receive new insights beyond your imagining.
Blessed are you who suffer the attacks of others to stand up for what is right;
you will not be alone, for your courage will inspire others to rise.
Blessed are you who build friendships as well as justice;
even when you lose an issue, you will have strengthened the foundation of your community.
Blessed are you who take delight in people;
you will not be bored in meetings.
Blessed are you who play as well as work;
you will have more fun, build more energy, and will draw the powers of the impish to your cause.
Blessed are you who ask for help in your role as leaders;
you will find teachers at every turn, and your work will remain interesting and alive.
Blessed are you who, when wrongfully attacked, find safe outlets for your righteous rage;
your mind will be clear, your decisions strategic, and your progress will not be derailed by the backlash of the fearful.
Blessed are you who sing and dance;
you will find energy and joy to lift you on your journey.
Blessed are you who study the rhythms of history;
you will have knowledge with which to shape the future.
Blessed are you who discover, train and encourage young leaders;
you will see your work expand and grow beyond your own time and talent.
Blessed are you who can change your mind;
you are still alive.
Blessed are you who live from a place of gratitude;
for you will know the meaning of Life.
*OPENING HYMN # 1, Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Prayer for the Morning by Audette Fulbright Fulson
Did you rise this morning,
broken with weariness and pain
and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind?
Get up, child.
Pull your bones upright
gather your skin and muscle into a patch of sun.
Draw breath deep into your lungs;
you will need it
for another day calls to you.
I know you ache.
I know you wish the work were done
with everyone you have ever loved
were on a distant shore
safe, and unafraid.
But remember this,
tired as you are:
you are not alone.
Here there are others weeping
and gathering their courage.
You belong to them and they to you
we will break through
and bend the arc of justice
all the way down into our lives.
We pray together, saying …
Holy God, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. AMEN
SCRIPTURE READING, Psalm 145:8-19
HYMN # 274 (remain seated), Womb of Life, and Source of Being
Children are dismissed for communion education time.
SCRIPTURE READING, John 14:8-14
Rev. Robert Tiller
SERMON, “Tell Me About God”
Rev. Robert Tiller
CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Gloria Grant
OFFERTORY, Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish melody, arr. Phillip Keveren
*DOXOLOGY | OLD HUNDREDTH
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow:
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Sustainer of Life, may our offerings today be symbols of your caring love to those who are in need. This we humbly ask in the name of our Life-Giver, Jesus. AMEN
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
CCC practices open communion. Anyone who seeks the love of God is welcome at the Table. Jesus shared his life for the whole world; we seek to be as welcoming and open as he is. Ushers will invite you to come forward by row from the center aisle. As you approach the Table, you may take bread and then dip the bread in the cup, returning to your seat by the side aisle.
Invitation & Prayer of Blessing
God, as we come to share the richness of your table, we cannot forget the rawness of the earth. We cannot take bread and forget those who are hungry. Your world is one world and we are stewards of its nourishment.
God, put our fullness at the service of the poor.
We cannot take wine and forget those who are thirsty. The ground and the rootless, the earth and its weary people cry out for justice.
God, put our fullness at the service of the empty.
We cannot hear your words of peace and forget the world at war or, if not at war, then preparing for it.
Show us quickly, God, how to turn weapons into welcome signs and the lust for power into a desire for peace.
We cannot celebrate the feast of your family and forget our divisions. We are one in spirit, but not in fact. History and hurt still dismember us.
God, heal your church in every brokenness.
Words of Institution
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Imagine a religion that brings together, rather than tearing apart.
Imagine the peace.
Imagine a religion that celebrates diversity, rather than fearing difference.
Imagine the justice.
Imagine a religion that deeply respects this life, rather than waiting for the next life.
Imagine the integrity.
Imagine a religion that lives the questions, rather than enforcing the answers.
Imagine the openness.
Imagine a religion that engages the intellect, rather than trusting in superstition.
Imagine the empowerment.
Imagine a religion that seeks to be the change it wishes to see in the world.
Imagine the spiritual awakening.
*HYMN OF GOING FORTH #560, By Whatever Name We Call You
Rev. Robert Tille
POSTLUDE, Sonatina (Op. 20, No. 1), movement 1 by J. L. Dussek
Please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the lobby following the service.
Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543
Our preacher today is Rev. Robert Tiller. Bob and his wife, Elaine, began attending CCC in 2012 and became members in 2013. Bob has served on the CCC Board of Trustees as well as several committees.
This WEEK IN PASTORAL CARE
As the church of God in this place, we ask your prayers for the persons listed below. If persons no longer need our immediate prayers, please let the church office know so we can keep the list current.
Immediate care . . . We ask your prayers for Sarah Anders; Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner;
Carl Brandt; Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Ben Gallup; Mary Gibbs; Joanne Hollcroft; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Doris Raber; Sharon Rising; Nancy Surprenant; Barbara Thorn; Harriett Duff, mother of Larry Duff; Steve Edwards, brother-in-law of Marti Hoffacker; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Peterson.
In Memoriam: Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Barry Johnson; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Richard Skinner; Grace Dietz; Jenni Bunch.