October 24, 2021

 

Spirituality II : Christian Spirituality - YouTube

Prelude - Lord's Prayer

Call to Worship

We believe in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
who is above all and through all and in all.  God take our beliefs and inner hungers, and join them all together into a new and living fabric of grace and love.  In Christ. Amen.

Hymn - Come, Thou Almighty King

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

God of unity and love, place within each of us a spirit of hope and community.  Have mercy upon us when we speak without love
or act without humility. Create in us willing hearts to live in patience and gentleness,  Strengthen this church, that we may be a model of ministry and unity that in Christ can say with one voice: 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

Scripture Reading

New Testament - Ephesians 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Joys and Concerns

We are called to be God's people, showing by our lives His grace, one in heart and one in spirit, sign of hope for all the race.
Let us show how He has changed us, and remade us as His own, let us share our life together as we shall around His throne.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.

Youth Message - Holy Spirit

Hymn - Breathe on Me, Breath of God

 

Sermon - Christian Spirituality

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Hymn - Spirit of the Living God

Benediction

Let us go now in Christ.  Amen.

Postlude - Sweet, Sweet Spirit

 

 

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October 17, 2021

 

Baptism Preparations - The Parish of Saint George And All Soldier Saints  and The Church of the Holy Spirit

Prelude - Take Me Down to the Water

Call to Worship

Gracious and loving God, in the waters of baptism you name us and claim us and make us your own. Thank you for the gift of new life and for the invitation to experience that life in the community of your church. Fill us with your Spirit, call deeply to our hearts, and lead us to more fully and faithfully follow Jesus. Guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions, that we may be your hands and voice in a world so hungry to experience good news. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Hymn - To God Be the Glory

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

God, you has begun a good work within us, continue that work until the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Help us to love more and more.  Help us to grow in knowledge and understanding.  Help us to clearly see what really matters.  Help us to follow the example of living Jesus set forth including praying as He did in this manner: 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

Scripture Reading

New Testament - Mark 1:1-11

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

New Testament - Luke 23:32-43

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”  36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”  38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews.  39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”  40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”  42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Joys and Concerns

Every day we journey on this earth is a day in which we make choices: left or right, up or down, in or out, yes or no?  Some choices are simple, and some are very complex, but one choice informs all the others: Who will be our God?  Who will we trust to see us through this journey?  Lord, give us the clarity of thought to choose you as our God and Savior.  Amen.

Youth Message - Baptism

Hymn - And Can It Be?

Sermon - The Company of the Committed - Baptism

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Hymn - Baptized in Water

Benediction

Let us go forward confident in our baptism in the Holy Spirit of God.  Amen.

Postlude - I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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