Service of Healing & Hope for Our Nation

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*Call to Worship

Veni Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

We are here to commune, to grow, to learn, and to prepare our hearts and minds before returning to a world in desperate need of love.

Veni Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

Hymn Lift Every Voice & Sing 593, v 1

Opening Prayer  [Prayer by John Ballinger available at]


Sacred Words 1Esdras 5:65-67, 69-70

65  So they came before Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the leaders of the family houses and said to them, “We will build with you.  66  We also obey your Lord, and we have been giving offerings to him ever since the days of Assyria’s King Esarhaddon,r who transported us here.”  67 Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the leaders of the family houses in Israel, however, said to them, “We will have nothing to do with each other in building the house for the Lord our God.  69  But the neighboring peoples harassed the Judeans and hindered their rebuilding.  70  By scheming, spreading lies among the people, and stirring up trouble, they prevented the completion of the rebuilding as long as King Cyrus lived.

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Multimedia Anthem  You Don’t Have to Yell, Chris Rice

 Confession (dirt)

Sacred Words Psalm 119:25-28

My life is stuck in the dirt. Now make me live again according to your promise! 26 I confessed my ways and you answered me. Now teach me your statutes! 27 Help me understand what your precepts are about so I can contemplate your wondrous works! 28 My spirit sags because of grief. Now raise me up according to your promise!

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Hymn We Shall Overcome #570 v 4

Response: What are your dreams for our nation? Leave a card with your dream & hope on the table and pour a cup of dirt into the large glass.

In Whom We Trust (rock)

Sacred Words Isaiah 26:1-4

On that day, this song will be sung in the land of Judah: Ours is a strong city! God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2  Open the gates and let a righteous nation enter, a nation that keeps faith.3 Those with sound thoughts you will keep in peace, in peace because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is a rock for all ages.

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Prayer (unison)

Teach us God to work together as one people, as one nation committed to your rock of justice, grace, & unbounded love for all. Amen.

Hymn Rock of Ages #596 v. 1

Response: How does God bless you & this nation? Please write one or two words on a rock before bringing it up and placing on the table.

Healing & Hope (water)

Sacred Words Isaiah 44:3 

I will pour out water upon thirsty ground and streams upon dry land. I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants and my blessing upon your offspring.

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Hymn Like a Healing Stream #73 v 1                                                                              Sing! Prayer & Praise

Response: Where do you see signs of healing & hope in our nation? Leave a card with a word or two describing it on the table before you pour a cup of water into the container.

Hope Manifest (wheat)

The Lord’s Table


Sacred Words Psalm 81:16 

But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.

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Hymn Seed, Scattered, & Sown, v 1 Chalice Hymnal, CCLI 1187639

Words of Institution 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Unison)

23 I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. 24 After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” 25 He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” 26 Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art 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

And forgive us our debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into
         but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom & the
   power and the glory forever. Amen.

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Please come forward, tear off a piece of bread and dip it in the cup. If you are unable to come forward, communion will be brought to you. When the bread and cup are offered to you, please tear off a piece of  bread and dip it in the cup.

Commitment (wheat)


Come. Share what you’ve been given with others.


Praise God from whom all blessings  flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above the heavenly host. Creator, Son, & Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Dedication (Unison)

Divine One: 

Bless these financial gifts, may they be given out of love.
Bless our skills & talents, may they be used out of love.
Bless this day, may we participate in expanding your love. Amen.                         TG

Hymn of Commitment How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies 594 v 1

Response: Please plant a stalk of wheat in the dirt, as your commitment to making our nation all it can be. Commit to justice, grace, & unbounded love for all.

*Benediction Psalm 126

When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better, it was like we had been dreaming. 2 Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter; our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.

It was even said, at that time, among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them!” 3 Yes, the Lord has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed.

4 Lord, change our circumstances for the better, like dry streams in the desert waste! 

5 Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts 6 Let those who go out, crying and carrying their seed, come home with joyful shouts, carrying bales of grain!

*Hymn Make Me A Servant                                                                                    Chalice Praise, CCLI #33131


All hymns from the New Century Hymnal unless otherwise noted.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

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