Thanksgiving 2002

Crossings: Looking Ahead, Looking Back

 

SEEKERS CHURCH

A Christian Community

In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour

Thanksgiving 2002

 

Crossings: Looking Ahead, Looking Back

 

REFLECTIONThe alter has many old shoes pointed towards the right. There is also a painting with a shoe and daisies and another picture with footprints. There is also a walking cane and a lantern.

 

    What will we carry with us?

 

SILENCE

 

CALL TO WORSHIP   

Leader:      Make a joyful noise to the Holy One, all the earth.

 

People:      Remember that the Holy One is God:

the One who made us,

the One who holds us,

the One who breathes within us.

 

Leader: Let us enter the holy gates with thanksgiving.

 

All:              For God is good,

with steadfast love that endures forever,

and faithfulness to all generations.

 

INVOCATION

 

HYMN

 

WORD FOR THE CHILDREN

 

SILENCE

 

LITANY

Leader:      To you, Holy One,

we bring our gifts and heartaches,

those things visible and invisible

that we carry with us, 

 

People:      Our hopes and fears; our dreams and scars.

 

Leader:      We offer them to you

that you might transform them

into the milk and honey of new life in our new land,

 

People:      Our hopes and fears; our dreams and scars.

 

SILENCE

 

PRAYERS

CONFESSION

Leader:      Holy God of all Creation,

we count on you for constancy, for change.

 

Voice 1:     We want to trust you in all things,

but fear and anxiety cloud our trust. 

Forgive us for our failing faith.

 

Voice 2:     We want to trust you in all things, 

but when we face the threat of war

our nights grow long with worry. 

Forgive us for our failing faith.

 

All:             We stand before the churning waters

of the river of new life. 

We look across to new lands filled with promise, 

but long for the familiarity of home.

Forgive us for our failing    faith.

 

INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

 

 


ASSURANCE  

Leader:      Each day the God of all Creation

offers us an opportunity to trust again,

to give ourselves to Christ,

to wade into the muddy wall of water. 

The Holy One loves us

more deeply than we can ever imagine.

 

All:              Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY

 

HYMN

 

THE WORD

SCRIPTURE

SERMON

SILENT REFLECTION

 

OFFERING

 

SHARED REFLECTIONS

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HYMN

 

BENEDICTION     

Leader:      Be open to the Holy Spirit.

Remember to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Go out and proclaim the Good News

for all the people of the earth.

 

All:              Amen.

 

 

WORSHIP RESOURCES

Call to Worship:       Based on Psalm 100, from the lections for the Feast of the Reign of Christ, the last Sunday before Advent

 

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