Each day holds a surprise, but only if we expect it
can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us.
Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise,
whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy,
it will open a new place in our hearts,
a place where we can welcome new friends and
celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
CALL TO WORSHIP
This is a Sabbath dedicated to our God.
Let this gathering place be a home for all people.
May God be gracious to us and bless us.
May God’s face shine over all the earth’s people.
Let all people praise the God of all nations.
Let us give thanks and enjoy the blessings God gives.
May God grant us understanding and courage.
May faith grow beyond our doubts.
The earth yields its blessing.
Let all the ends of the earth revere our Creator.
God brings us together in unity of purpose.
May our circle grow as we extend extravagant welcome to all.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
How good and pleasant it is, O God when kindred live together in unity. Draw us now into the community you intend for all your people. Help us to listen and understand both your word for us and our sharing with one another. Keep us from being misled by popular acclaim and the wisdom of the marketplace. May we not be unobservant guides to one another but rather be fully open to your gifts and obedient to your call. Come to us now with healing and blessing. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We can hide nothing from God, who knows our every thought. God is aware of sins we have not recognized. We cannot be right with God unless we examine ourselves and repent. Let us confess our sin before God and one another, and may God have mercy.
O God, our lives are an open book to you. Help us to recognize in ourselves what you have seen there. Remove the distortions that keep us from acknowledging our sin. Awaken in us a sorrow over the wrong we have done and the good we have neglected. Create in us an earnest desire to change. O God, we are in touch with the pain we have caused and the pain within us. Because of your love and care, we can face and overcome the sins we here confess. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear now these words of assurance:
God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God has promised us mercy through his son Jesus Christ. In his name, I declare that your sin is forgiven, according to the promise of the gospel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
All readings are from the New Revised Standard Version bible.
GOSPEL LESSON ………………………………………………….. Luke 6:17-36
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
SERMON ………………………………………… Surprises ………………………..Rev. Michael Daly
THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen
May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.
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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:
- Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
- Mercedes Nuss (illness);
- Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
- Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
- Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
- Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew’s daughter, Kenzie (illness);
- Barb and Dick Sharp’s daughter-in-law, Kim (illness);
- Lisa Peterson (illness);
- Lisa Peterson’s niece-in-law, Wendy (illness);
- Linda Moran (illness);
- Faith DiMaria and her brother, Steve’s family (passing of Steve);
- The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
- Karen’s Cousin, Dwight, (Illness);
- Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;