"Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" "Your face, O God, do I seek." Psalm 27:7-8
Welcome and Announcements
Introit: I know I've sung this recently, but I can't find the title. It's the one that goes:
Jesus calls us from the worship of the treasures we adore,Call to Worship
From each idol that would keep us, saying, "Christian, love me more."
[One] Let us sing praises to the living God, our Light in darkness, our help in every trouble.
[All] Let us rejoice together, for God indeed is good!
Opening Prayer [unison]
Bless us, God of Light, with a reverent sense of your presence; that we may be at peace as we worship today, and that we might seek and find you speaking in our midst with all our mind and spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Hymn: "This Is the Day"
Choral Call to Prayer
Prayer of Confession (unison)
Eternal God, our Rock and our Redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves and apart from you.
Words of Assurance
Passing of the Peace of Christ
Sarah leaned over the back pew and hugged I think Andrew (Tufts student, has come a few times) and said something about having no personal space. I said, "Personal space is overrated." She replied, "If you have that personal space bubble, then you don't get the back massage."
A little later, I saw her roommate Erin doing the 2-fingered peace sign, and I joked that that was the way people who had serious personal space did the passing of the peace.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3
Anthem: "Two Fishermen"
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:12-22
Sermon: "What are we here for?"
Sarah G. talked about her experience with a community of faith in college in Los Angeles -- that they nurtured her in some ways but also didn't allow her to be herself -- and thus how grateful she was to find this community.
She quoted Obama. I found the full text here (though I haven't actually read the full text yet). Here's the part she quoted:
"Unity is the great need of the hour" is what King said. Unity is how we shall overcome.Affirmation of Faith
Unity is the great need of the hour - the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it's the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country.
I'm not talking about a budget deficit. I'm not talking about a trade deficit. I'm not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans.
I'm talking about a moral deficit. I'm talking about an empathy deficit. I'm taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother's keeper; we are our sister's keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.
Hymn: "Blessed Be the Tie that Binds"
The second line of verse 1: "The sharing of a common life is like that to that above."
Prayers of the People and The Prayer of Christ
Prayer of Dedication
Hymn: "This Little Light of Mine" (vss. 1, 2, 1)
Response: "Joy to the World!" (v.1)