Living Water

Signs of God: Baptism/Holy Spirit

Psalm 147:1-11

John 7:37-52

Call to Worship

Praise to Our God, it is Good to praise God for God is Gracious

God heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds

God determined the number of the starrs, and gives them all their names, our God is abundant in power, God’s understanding is beyond measure.

Come let us praise the Lord

Call to Confession: God we confess that we are tired and in need of the nourishment you promise. Please give us that nourishment today. Let that living water flow from our hearts as promised we pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Hear and Know God is here with us, sustaining us, and Know the good news In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day/Dedicaiton: Jesus you promise that the living water, the Holy Spirt, will come from your followers hearts, help that to happen today and everyday we pray. Amen.

Children: Holy Spirit talk about all the meanings of the Holy Spirit: Wind, Water, Fire, Inspiration, Breath. Talk about which image might be their favorite and why. Discuss how Jesus talks about how their is a piece of the Holy Spirit in every single human being to help comfort, sustain and inspire us, and that’s what today’s story is about!

Hymn: I’ve Got Peace Like a River, Breathe On Me Breath of God, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Out of Deep Unordered Water, Stand Up and Bless the Lord

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Healing Stories

Psalm 40:1-5

John 4:46-54 [5:1-18]

Call to Worship

God we long to be Healed

We sorrow in the sickness in the world

God we gather together to pray

Come let us pray for one another to God

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we would prefer instant solutions to our problems. We would like for everyone to be instantly healed of their illnesses. Remind us to take responsibility, to do the work, and to hold fast to praying for one another and to not lose hope. Help us when we lose hope or are tired. Encourage us and surround us with support when we are worn out we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Hear the Good News: Jesus loves us and supports us, loving us into wholeness every time: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God please heal us in the ways that we need to be healed, that are perhaps beyond our human understanding, and bind us together so that we can continue to love and support one another in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymns: I love the Lord Who Heard My Cry, There is a Balm in Gilead, Lord I Want to Be a Christian In My Heart, Lift High the Cross, Love Divine All Love Excelling

With Children: Talk about ALL the ways of healing: physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, intellectual, relational, natural (earth), individual, communal. Discuss how the healing Jesus has promised is way more than just one kind of healing and how fixated humans are upon primarily physical and then secondarily mental healing and how we might work towards other kinds of healing.

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Jan/Feb 2022 Narrative Lectionary

Signs of God

January 9th Wedding at Cana: Hospitality as Ministry

John 2:1-11

Psalm 104:14- 16

January 16th Jesus Cleanses the Temple: Making a Sanctuary

Psalm 127:1-2

John 2:13-25

January 23 Nicodemus: Love and Rebirth (We belong to God)

Psalm 139:13-18

John 3:1-21

January 30th Woman at the Well: Jesus Meets You Where You Are

Psalm 42:1-3

John 4:1-42

February 6th Healing Stories: Healing

Psalm 40:1-5

John 4:46-54 [5:1-18]

February 13 Bread of Life: Food for the Hungry

Psalm 34:1-19

John 6:35-59

Feb 20 Living Water: Baptism/Holy Spirit

Psalm 147:1-11

John 7:37-52

Feb 27 The Man Born Blind

Psalm 27:1-4

John 9:1-41

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Blessings for a Gentle Holiday (full text)

Blessings for a Gentle Holiday

May you have a gentle Holiday

Full of kindness, and understanding

and moments of warmth and coziness.

May you have a holiday with enough space and time

to be alone or together

to weep or sigh

to remember…

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May your holiday give you the kind of rest you need

with reading or physical activity or doing nothing

or to do the crafting or peopling or not peopling

or sleeping or creating or not knowing

or caring…

whatever it is that you need to do,

or not!

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May you have a gentle holiday

with the permission you need to not have to be “Merry”

but to be your full authentic self,

and to be kind to yourself, your boundaries, and those you love.

This is both my blessing and my prayer for you this season.

Amen.

Advent Day 13

For the yoke of their burden, & the bar across their shoulder, the rod of their oppressor you have broken as the day of Midian—Isaiah 9:4

Advent Day 12

God’s mercy is for those who fear God from generation to generation, for God scatters the proud in their thoughts and heart—Luke 1:51

Blue Christmas/Comfort Candle Virtual Service

This is a Meditative Worship for those who need Comfort over the Christmas Season. It may take place at anytime, even in place of Christmas Eve if service if that is (perhaps) too painful for you this year. You can do this without any supplies or with candle(s) to light. (If you have an Advent Wreath you may wish to light it up to the week you are at and add a Comfort candle)

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A Prayer For an Empty Advent:

God,

I’m reminded again 

that it’s ok that Advent 

is empty

Wasn’t Mary’s Magnificat

about filling up the empty

with Good things!

Weren’t the Angels Sent

to gift the silent world

with Holy Songs?

Wasn’t the whole and entire point?

To fill the world a little more with the love of God. 

To put Jesus physically, right here on Earth!

God, remind us that it’s not only ok, but traditional to feel empty at Advent.

And if we are trudging, the long trudge, especially this year, 

please send the Holy Spirit to trudge with us we pray.

And to remind us, it’s ok if Advent feels empty this year.

Amen

Picture Thanks to Rev. Erin A. Jacobson

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, A Song about Trudging through Life, especially verse 2

God, for those of us who haven’t felt like putting up a tree,

or hanging garlands–those of us who have only half heartedly decorated

Or not decorated at all–

It’s ok. We can blue, and sad.

You don’t need any festooning.

You don’t need any bells or whistles.

You are God.

Present in the very midst of Sorrow–

Isn’t that why we light the candles? Because sometime we need the reminders

that you are present, especially when we cannot see Hope, Peace, Joy or Love in the World?

That’s why today we are lighting an extra candle in our hearts. The candle of Comfort. For you–Wonderful Counselor, promise that with Christ too.

Amen

Picture Thanks to Rev Erin A. Jacobson
Reading of Isaiah 40:1, Isaiah 55:1,11

Isaiah 40: 1, 55: 1, 11

Comfort, O comfort my people,
   says your God.

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
   come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
   come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
   without money and without price. 

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Comfort Ye My People

Comfort Ye My People from “The Messiah”

Magnificat Remixed

Magnificat Remix: (Based on Luke 1:46-55)

Holy is our God, How Holy is our God that we are able to Magnify Xem in our tiny acts?

God’s Mercy is plentiful, bringing comfort to generation upon generation.

Scattering those who think they have power, and empowering those feel emptied out!

God always, always remembers God’s promises.

God sends the rich away hungry, and fills the hungry with good things.

God brings those who sits on thrones down, and lifts up those who are low in spirit.

This is the God we worship and love, the God, wonderful Counselor, the Abundant God, the Guardian of Peace.

This is our comfort, Fill us up God, especially when we feel desolate, we pray.

Amen.

Lighting of the Comfort Candle Candle (if you chose you may light a candle at home)

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Closing Prayer: Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ be with me. Amen*

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Low Bass Cover

Benediction: May you make it through this Christmas knowing there are no requirements. Instead, may God Console and Comfort You and may Christ’s Peace be with you. Amen.

Picture Thanks to Rev. A. Erin Jacobson

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My Thanks to Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl and Rev. Marie O’Connell for the inspiration for this Virtual Worship and Rev. Erin A Jacobson for contributing the images

*Prayer adapted from http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/St._Patrick’s_Breastplate

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Advent Day 11

Then God said to me “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the words of the Lord”—Ezekiel 37: 4

Empty Advent

God,

I’m reminded again

that it’s ok that Advent

is empty

Wasn’t Mary’s Magnificat

about filling up the empty

with Good things!

Weren’t the Angels Sent

to gift the silent world

with Holy Songs?

Wasn’t the whole and entire point?

To fill the world a little more with the love of God.

To put Jesus physically, right here on Earth!

God, remind us that it’s not only ok, but traditional to feel empty at Advent.

And if we are trudging, the long trudge, especially this year,

please send the Holy Spirit to trudge with us we pray.

And to remind us, it’s ok if Advent feels empty this year.

Amen.

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