Simple rows facing forward with a center aisle.
Call to Worship: Deut 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (tNIV)
Responsorial Psalm (with choral refrain): 104
Choral Refrain: A Salam Shalom (Paul)
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
All creatures look to you
to give them food in due time.
When you give it to them, they gather it;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
Song (from the refrain)
Silent prayer/journaling With the Shema on powerpoint give the worshipers an opportunity to “write the words of the Lord.” Carry this with you in a pocket throughout this day.
Dismissal inspired by Chalice Worship 708 (p.431)
God has planted his word within our hearts. Our God sends us forth this day to carry this word where-ever we go. Enter this day with his word as our guide. Let us continue to worship the Lord our God in all we do this day. Amen.
The theme for the weekend was “coexist.” I did not feel comfortable to go too far outside of the Christian tradition when it came to worship. However, I believed that the Shema and a responsive psalm fit well. The focus on the Old Testament aided the theme as well as looked at an often neglected portion of our Scriptures.
There was a balance between the community and the individual. We responded to the psalm together as a community, and the journaling allowed for a private response. Unfortunately I was not able to get the words on power-point in time and instead I read the Shema several times. On the other hand this may have fit with the text “Hear, O Israel.”