Sunday Sermon, June 12, 2011

Lay-led Sermon by Gloria Sheperd

Prelude:
You Raise Me Up

Lighting of the Candles:

We light the first candle to honor the good and truth to be found in all spiritual traditions.
We light the second candle to honor the earth, and all of life, as the creation of the Divine – the one Lord and God of us all.
We light the third candle to honor and support the variety of our individual paths, which together make our one spiritual community.
And we light the fourth candle to honor and provide an open and safe place for all who seek greater understanding and a life of deepening spirituality.

We light other candles to celebrate a joy we are experiencing, and t honor the burdens and sadness we are experiencing. All who wish may come forward and light a candle at any time during the service.

Opening Hymn: He Leadeth Me – Joslin Grove Choral Society

Opening Prayer:

O God who makes all things new, speak to us today. May your truht touch not just our intellects, but also our deeper yearnings of heart & soul.We bring with us our daily concerns, as well as our more eternal questions. May your new creation in us, shed light upon us everyday. Amen.

Intercessory Prayers:

If you have any prayers for yourself or others, please take this time to pray silently or out loud.

Readings:

OldTestament   Psalm 1

Swedenborg   Divine Providence 332

Message:   “Spiritual Journey”

Congregational Response

Offertory/Music:   Just a Closer Walk With Thee   -Pete Fountain

Closing Hymn: “On Eagles Wings”   -John Michael Talbot

Unison Prayer:

Dear Lord, we yearn to grown abundantly in Your grace, just like the carefully tended vine that produces a bountiful harvest. We ask that You prune us when it is necessary, helping us to be rid of negative attitudes and defects of character. Nourish us with Your care, Your compassion, and Your love. Pour the refreshing waters of the Holy Spirit upon us, that we may grow more andmore each day in Your likeness and then minister to others as Your disiciples. These tings we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements

Closing Circle: “Song of Peace”
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

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