Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle
You are invited this morning to think of a situation in the world or in your own life where Christ’s peace is needed. Hold that situation in silent prayer before God.
-moment of silence-
Call to Worship HWB 683
Praise the One who hears the cry of the poor,
who lifts up the weak and gives them strength.
Praise the One who hears the hungry
and satisfies the longing of those in need.
Praise the One who holds with tenderness the orphan and widow
and gives the stranger a land and a home.
We join with you, God, in sharing your love and compassion to all.
Opening Hymn We Sing to you O God Sing the Journey 1/Voices Together 80
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Jesus, Rock of Ages HWB 515/ Voices Together 622
Scripture John 9:1-15
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
For sermon, by Meghan Larissa Good, teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Phoenix, AZ, please copy and paste this link in your browser. Scroll down to Episode Five – Elemental: The End of Religion. You can either listen to the audio, or watch the video.
Hymn of Response God whose purpose is to kindle HWB 135/Voices Together 152
Benediction STJ 16 (unison)
Christ has no body now on earth but yours:
yours are the only hands with which Christ can do his work,
yours are the only feet with which Christ can go about the world,
yours are the only eyes through which Christ’s compassion
can shine forth upon a troubled world. Christ has no body on earth now but yours.
Go now in joy to serve the world, showing compassion and love to all.