Today we will celebrate the new commandment that Jesus gives us on John 15:9-17, that the only thing that matters is that we love one another. We will explore this message in light of the story of radical inclusion in Acts 10. Who is included? Everyone.
Prelude – Jean Herrera Adam: God be with you. All: And also with you. Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen Lighting of the Peace Candle – Raleen, Larry, and Judy Raleen: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Larry: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle as Abbie lights the candle… Judy: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds. Scripture Readings John 15:9-17 Acts 10:44-48 Call to Worship – Raleen, Larry, and Judy Raleen: Please join us in the call to worship… Raleen: The spirit of God calls us from many places; some of us come from busy homes with many people some of us live alone. We are a part of the family. Larry: This week has been different for each of us; some of us have had happy news we want to celebrate some of us have faced grief and need to cry. We are members of God’s family. Judy: Yet we all come to this same place; all of us seeking God’s presence in our lives all of us seeking God’s presence with each other. Together we become God’s family. Amen. Children’s Moment - Adam Passing of the Peace – Judy and Raleen Raleen: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another. Judy: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you. All: And also with you. Song: De Colores – Rhonda, Maren, Debbie, Dave, and Jeff Invitation to the Offering Adam Ericksen Prayers of the People – Adam (After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”) Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer – Raleen, Larry, and Judy Our God, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. Sermon – Jesus Choses Everyone Unison Benediction – May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace. This day and forever more. Amen -Numbers 6:24-26