Recorded Worship Service for September 27, 2020
A Service of Lament and Healing

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Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.

We give you thanks, holy and gracious God,
for you created the waters of the earth:
wide oceans, rushing streams, clear lakes, mighty rivers.

You led your people through the sea and called them to life in covenant with you.
Your Son was baptized in the river Jordan to begin his mission among us.
You pour out your Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.
Through this water remind us of the gift of baptism.
Renew us in your promise so that we may serve this world in all its need;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Almighty God,
who gives us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit
and forgives us all our sins,
strengthen us in all goodness
and by the power of the Holy Spirit
keep us in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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As pants the deer for living streams, in dry or desert space,
I thirst for you, O living God; I long to see your face!
O how I miss the happy days when with the throng I’d praise!

Take courage now, my trembling heart, for God will take your part!

Tears are my bread both night and day; fools crush me, soul and bone.
They laugh and ask, “Where is your God?” I hope in you alone.
Why cast me off? Where have you gone? Why is your grace withdrawn? Refrain

Deep calls to deep, the billows roar; they cover me with pain.
I cry for healing and for home; God, show your love again!
Without your people, who am I? Without you I will die. Refrain

O send your light to guide me home; my Savior, guide me still.
With shouting pilgrims I will come to climb your holy hill. Refrain

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A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
See, the Lord god comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

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How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

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4:25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

5:1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.
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 and ever. Amen.

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May God give you grace never to sell yourself short, grace to risk something big for something good, and grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.

In the name of the Father, and ☩ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.

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He came down that we may have love.
He came down that we may rise.

“Come unto me,” our Savior said. “Ye weary, come, I’ll give you rest.”
From stable room and manger bed to paradise forever blessed.

Made like him, like him we rise! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies;
Light and life to all he brings, ris’n with healing in his wings.

“Come, all who thirst, be satisfied with water I alone can give.”
Upon the cross, “I thirst,” he cried, conqu’ring death that we might live! Refrain

“When in the shadow, do not fear. I am your light, your lamp, your sun.”
The sting of death shall disappear. The fight is fought! The battle won! Refrain

He came down that we may rise.

Worship Leaders: Pastor Colleen Cox, Dave Renninger, Tim Jenks, Deb Jenks, Donnasue Thompson

Additional Resources:

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“As Pants the Deer for Living Streams” (Psalms 42 and 43)/seachrist, words by Ruth Duck © 1992 GIA Publications, Inc., music by John D. Horman © 2003 Zimbel Press. “My Soul Is a River,” music by Ben Allaway © 2004 Santa Barbara Music Publishing. “Like Him We Rise,” words and music by Tom Trenney © 2018, this edition © MorningStar Music Publishers/Birnamwood Publications. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-730287. All rights reserved.

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