July 31st, 2016

Links of Interest/Biblography:
Peace Mala
Golden Rule Poster
Jane McGonigal TED Talk
Press Play TED Radio Hour
Charter for Compassion
The Work of the People – I’m Sorry
The Good Samaritan
A Song of Faith

Worship Outline:

Hymn               Love Devine, All Loves Excelling                VU 333                   Words of Welcome and Announcements
Centering & Lighting the Christ Candle & Love Candle
Hymn     Spirit, open My Heart                                         MV 79

 Call to Worship
One: As we sing and as we pray,
All: Spirit, open our hearts.
One: As we speak and as we listen,
All:  Spirit, open our hearts.
One: As we reflect and as we transform,
All: Spirit, open our hearts.

Opening Prayer
We pray that love, grace and compassion fill us, as we work to listen, to feel, to understand what we might never have considered before.  May the truth be spoken with Love, may the words be heard with Compassion, may transformation come with Grace.  Holy Spirit, fill us, flood this place. Amen.

Hymn        Blessed Be the Tie That Binds                           VU 602

VBS Summary

Song: Love, Love, Love One Another

Compassion Video
Litany: Compassion: a litany evolving from Story & Faith
Words adapted from Luke 10:25-37 and A Song of Faith
One:  Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
All: In and with God,
we can direct our lives toward right relationship with each other and with God.
We can discover our place as one strand in the web of life.
One:  We can grow in wisdom and compassion.
We can recognize all people as kin.
We can accept our mortality and finitude, not as a curse, but as a challenge to make our lives and choices matter. Made in the image of God,
we yearn for the fulfillment that is life in God.
All:  “If you do this, you will live.”  If we do this, we will live.
One: Becoming bound and complacent in a web of false desires and wrong choices, we bring harm to ourselves and others.
All: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.

All: This brokenness in human life and community is an outcome of sin. Sin is not only personal but accumulates to become habitual and systemic forms of injustice, violence, and hatred.
One: Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
All: So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
One: We are all touched by this brokenness:
the rise of selfish individualism that erodes human solidarity;
the concentration of wealth and power without regard for the needs of all;

One:  the toxins of religious and ethnic bigotry;
the degradation of the blessedness of human bodies and human passions through sexual exploitation;
All:  the delusion of unchecked progress and limitless growth that threatens our home, the earth;
One: the covert despair that lulls many into numb complicity with empires and systems of domination.
All:  We sing lament and repentance.
One: Because along came a Samaritan.
All: When the Samaritan saw him, he was moved with pity.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
One: Yet evil does not—cannot—
undermine or overcome the love of God.
All:  God transforms, and calls us to protect the vulnerable, to pray for deliverance from evil, to work with God for the healing of the world, that all might have abundant life.
We sing of grace.
One: The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’
All:  The fullness of life includes moments of unexpected inspiration and courage lived out,
experiences of beauty, truth, and goodness, blessings of seeds and harvest, friendship and family,
One: intellect and sexuality, the reconciliation of persons through justice and communities living in righteousness, and the articulation of meaning.
All: Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
One: “The one who showed him mercy.”
All:  And so we sing of God the Spirit, who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation, animating all energy and matter and moving in the human heart.
One: “Go and do likewise.”

I’m Sorry Video

Minute for Mission
There are many ways to offer compassion to others.  I invite you to prayerfully consider how St. Luke’s can offer compassion to others.

Offering Invitation
There are many ways to offer compassion to others.  I invite you to prayerfully consider how St. Luke’s can offer compassion to others.

Offering

Offertory  When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace                  MV 136

Offering Prayer
May these gifts, those given through PAR and all of our time and talents become compassionate acts of Love. Amen.

Prayer Music:       In Loving Partnership We Come                       VU 603

Prayers of the People & Prayer of Jesus
During the Prayer of Jesus, you are invited to use the translation and language of your choice.  A variety of translations and expressions of the Prayer of Jesus (also known as The Lord’s Prayer) can be found in Voices United pages 921-927.

Commissioning and Benediction

Musical Blessing  Wherever You May Go                                       MV 216

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