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“Ransomed from Futility”

Words of Welcome

Opening Song             “God of Wonders”

Silence and Centering Prayer                                 

Psalm Meditation                 (from Psalm 116)                   Read bold print

Leader: I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me,

People: therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

 The snares of death encompassed me;

    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;     I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:    

 “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

What shall I return to the Lord     

for all his bounty to me?

 I will lift up the cup of salvation     

and call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord    

 in the presence of all his people.

 Precious in the sight of the Lord     

is the death of his faithful ones.

 O Lord, I am your servant;

    I am your servant, the child of your servants.     You have loosed my bonds.

 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice     

and call on the name of the Lord.

 I will pay my vows to the Lord     

in the presence of all his people,

 in the courts of the house of the Lord,    

 in your midst, O Jerusalem. All: Praise the Lord!

              Shared Witness to God’s Grace

Song                “Oh, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”

Scripture Reading                1 Peter 1:17-23           

Sermon               “Ransomed from Futility”       Pastor Craig

Song                             “Create in Me”     

Prayers for Our World and One Another

Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer.

*** Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially those affected by cancer or COVID-19.

*** Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.

*** Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.

*** Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.

*** Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.

*** Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.

*** Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.

*** These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:

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 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

Prayer Response        “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Blessing   May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord unbind you and set you free. May the Lord shine light upon your path, And illuminate the Way of Christ before you. Amen.


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