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Human Relations Day
January 17, 2021
10:30 AM

Before the service begins, make sure you have a candle and lighter. Please mute your microphone.

Prelude

Welcome
Mark A. Miller and Laurie Zelman

Bethany-Mosaic UMC
Christopher Lim, voice
Jessie Chiu, voice/violin/mixing
Lucas Fonseca, guitar/bass

Welcome and Announcements

Rev. Cynthia Good

Candle Lighting: We invite you to light a candle with us.

Poem

Chime

Gathering Words

Terry Rice, Worship Leader

Let it be known and proclaimed! Let this truth sink into the depths of your being:
The presence of God receives us as we are.
Our questions. Our pain. Our stories unfinished and memories held close.
There is a love to hold it all.
Quieting the noise of shame.
Casting out words of “not enough.”
The voice of God says, “Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.”
(from Enfleshed)

Opening Prayer

Beloved One, your love has companioned us since birth. You know our stories, our struggles, the very roots of our being. There is nothing hidden from you. Even in our greatest insecurities, you embrace and encourage us. May we be disciples of your compassion, extending to others the grace that enables us our hope. Amen.

Passing the Peace

We invite you to unmute your microphone so you can greet one another. After the chime sounds, we will wait five seconds and then mute everyone’s microphone.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

words by Washington Gladden; music by H. Percy Smith

(click the hymn to enlarge)

Scripture: John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”

The Word of God to us.

Children’s Time with Susan Schmidt and Iain & Gabriel

Scripture: You Are There

inspired by Psalm 139; Patricia Stevenson, RSJ

Lord, you know me thoroughly;
You are aware of whatever I’m doing.
If I’m walking or at rest,
You know where I’ve been.
When I’m preparing to speak,
You know what I’m going to say.
I feel this is a pressure;
It’s beyond my understanding.

Is it possible to hide from you?
Is your presence really all-encompassing?

I climb mountains, you are there.
I dive into the ocean, you are there.
I fly into the dawn, you are there.
I travel to remote islands, you are there.
I draw night around me but this is no disguise.
I am your handwork.
The knitting cast on in my mother’s womb,
My form taking shape in secret.
You watched my body grow according to
Your design.

Your thoughts are many and include all creation:
The sands on all the shores cannot compare.
They are beyond my imagining.

I profess to be on the side of justice and right.
Search my heart, lest I wander from your ways.

The Word of God for us.

Music

All My Days
Mark A. Miller and Laurie Zelman

Thoughts: Rev. Good

Hymn: The Summons

words by John Bell; music traditional Scottish

(click the hymn to enlarge)

Remembering the Light: In This Place by Amanda Gorman

Read by Massachusetts poets

Song: You are in the Right Place

Martha Jones Burford

You are in the right place.
You are carrying light.
God will not let you fall.
You are in the right place.
You are carrying light.
God will hold you through all.

We are in the right place.
We are carrying light.
God will not let us fall.
We are in the right place
We are carrying light
God will hold us through all.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The shepherds will each read prayers from their flocks.

Abracadabra: Jane and Kent
Candle: Sara and Johan
Flo’s Flock: Flo and Luke
Lemonade: Sarah and Parke
Ponderers: Becky and Paul
Schmidts’ Creek: Susan and Steve
Whyzeflock: Jamie and Clara

Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering: What is it you will offer to God and neighbor this week? Type on the screen.

Offertory

Gelobet Seist du Jesu Christ (Praise be to you, Jesus Christ)
J. S. Bach

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you for the gifts of each person you created. We offer back a portion of what you have given to us, trusting that in community, they will be multiplied to strengthen relationships with you and with your people who are wonderfully made and known by you. Amen.

(from UM Discipleship)

Benediction

Virtual Fellowship Time

We will invite everyone into breakout rooms where you can unmute yourself and chat with your Calvary friends.