Fall 1992: Lifelong Learning: Back to Basics
Church of the Saviour
Lifelong Learning: Back to Basics
"In each of us the amazing and dangerous seed of Christ is present… It is very small, like the grain of mustard seed… But if we take this awakened seed of Christ into the midst of the world's suffering, it will grow."
Thomas Kelly, The Eternal Promise, pg 42.
The church's one foundation
is Christ, God's one true child,
In whom the whole creation
is freed and reconciled.
To bring the church together,
Christ lived and freely died;
Raised up by God forever,
Christ lives to be our guide.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Make your paths known to us, O God;
teach us your ways.
People: Unto you we open our hearts.
Leader: Lead us in your truth, and teach us.
People: Unto you we open our minds.
Unison:O God, you confide life's purpose
to all of us who listen,
and your wisdom is ours to know.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
CHILDREN LEAVE FOR CLASSES
Leader:We are here not because we have found God,
but because God our Creator
has called us here.
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
and to be servants
of the whole human family.
Leader:But the call is also God's promise:
People:A promise of forgiveness of sins
and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
and eternal life in God's realm
which has no end.
Unison:Blessing and honor, glory and power
be unto God! AMEN.
God of light, who shines in deepest darkness,
we hear you calling us out of hopelessness into hope.
But we are frightened by your call.
We are afraid of taking chances;
We are afraid of following your light,
because it leads into places where you need us.
We don't want to see your light
shining in the eyes of those we do not trust.
Yet, we know that in those places
your grace also shines.
Forgive us for our fears and hesitation.
Through Christ, life has been given to us
as a new gift for today.
We are a new and different people from this moment on.
Arise, then, and walk in the light of Christ.
Prayer of Dedication
Glory to God, whose power working in us
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation in the church,
and in Jesus Christ forever. AMEN.