Worship January 31, 2021

Spirituality and the Arts 4: Visual Arts

Sherri Sinders – quilt, Linda Ediger – banner, Sara Stucky – painting, David Toews – ceramic turtle, Pastor Rose Marie  – poetry book, Randall Kaufman – cross, altar display – Nancy Krehbiel & Kathy Sawatzky

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle

With so much sadness and loss in our world right now, collected from and increasing since last year; with the turmoil in our world and in our lives right now, this morning we come to God asking for peace for ourselves as we walk this journey.

Hear these words from Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord will not let your foot be moved; the One who keeps you will not slumber. The Lord who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; the Lord will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. Amen.

– moment of silence –

Call to Worship         HWB 670

Our God, we gather to worship you, the One who creates all things.

For the gift of creation, we give thanks.

We gather to worship you, the One who brings salvation through Jesus Christ.

For the gift of redemption, we give thanks.

We gather to worship you, the One who sustains us by the Spirit.

For the gift of your presence, we give thanks.

We bring to you our offerings of thanks and praise for all your gifts.

We worship you – our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen.

Opening Praise  All creatures of our God and King   HWB 48

Words by St. Francis of Assisi

Sharing and Prayer (see attachment to the email)

Children’s Story – “Does God care about art?”

Scripture        Exodus 31:1-11

The Lord spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the covenant, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand, 10 and the finely worked vestments, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the holy place. They shall do just as I have commanded you.

Sermon   “Spirituality through visual arts” – Pastor Rose Marie

Hymn of Response  We give thee but thine own  HWB 384 (This hymn was most likely intended to be specific to money, but can also be thought of as our gifts of creativity and art!)

Benediction    STJ 160

As water falls on dry tea leaves and brings out their flavor, so may your Spirit fall on us and renew us, so we may bring refreshment and joy to others. Amen.