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Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020 • 10:30 a.m.
CCLI license #11038266
10:30am Worship begins
God makes room for us. . . all the time! All the time . . . God makes room for us!
Words of Welcome
Passing the Peace of Christ and Welcoming the Light of Christ
Hymn “Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary “
CCLI license #11038266
Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
And with thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary, for You. (Repeat two times more)
Response: Amen, amen, amen.
A Time of Offering
An Invitation to Share
*Dedication Hymn: #277 verse 1
Holy, holy, holy, God the Almighty! Early in the morning we praise your majesty. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy One, bless these offerings and make them holy. Pour out your Spirit and help us to follow you toward the vision where it is on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Listening for God
54-56 At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!”
57-58 Yelling and hissing, the mob drowned him out. Now in full stampede, they dragged him out of town and pelted him with rocks. The ringleaders took off their coats and asked a young man named Saul to watch them.
59-60 As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”—his last words. Then he died.
14 1-4 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
5 Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”
6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”
9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.
11-14 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
Message: Room for All of Us
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn “God Made From One Blood” 427 (NCH)
by Thomas H. Troeger, 1988, CCLI license #11038266
- God Made from One Blood all the families of earth, the circles of nurture that raise us from birth; Companions who join us to work through each stage of childhood and youth and adulthood and age.
- We turn to you, God, with our thanks and our tears for all of the families we’ve known through the years; The intimate networks on whom we depend of parents and partners and children and friends.
- Through families we’ve tasted the value of trust and felt what it means to be loving and just; Yet families have also betrayed their best goals, mistreating their members and bruising their souls.
- Help families in all of their various forms to face with integrity struggles and storms; Grant peace to our homes that will nurture the bud of peace for the families you made from one blood.
*Benediction and Love Round
Love, love, love, love, Christians this is your call. Love your neighbor as yourself for God loves us all.