SepteMber 19 & 20, 2020

A Month for Community


Welcome

This weekly "digital liturgy" is designed to guide you through a complete service of worship. The more you participate in the various elements, the greater will be its impact. Communion is part of our service so have those items ready. The kids material can be accessed here:
This week's Vine School. If you click on the title of the first Vine School slide you can also access past Vine School material as well as the "Vine Camp" material that Kathie created.

Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. Lisa has put together the music this week along with some help from Danny and Cameron. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen. 


There is closed captioning available as well on several videos. 


    INTRODUCTION

    By pastor Chris De Haan

    gathering

    You invite us into Your story

      Call to Worship

      Have someone read this prayer. 

      If you are with others, you might do this as a responsive reading:


      Bless the Lord at all times.


      May God’s praise be continually in my mouth.


      Magnify the Lord with me!


      Let us exalt the name of the Lord together!


      Seek the Lord and be filled.


      For those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


      Happy are those who take refuge in God.


      Taste and see that the Lord is good!


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      prayer

      Take a minute for silence and let your heart offer up a prayer of confession and thanksgiving and then have someone read this prayer:


      Compassionate God, 

      Whose dwelling is with the humble and contrite, 

      hear Your children’s prayer, and grant us Your mercy. 


      For unholy thoughts and words, for impure motives, 

      for any scorn of goodness and indifference to beauty, 

      for trifling with the truth

      and being petty when we could be gracious, 


      Have mercy


      For the wrong we have done our neighbors, 

      for silence in the face of violence, 

      for neglect of generosity,

      for ingratitude, 

      for failure in pursuing justice, 

      for ignoring others’ pain, 


      Have mercy


      For lack of love toward You, 

      for doubt in Your goodness, 

      for slowness of faith to follow Jesus, 


      Have mercy


      We gather now to worship and praise You

      and we thank You for Your never-ending mercy and grace.


      Almighty God, to You all hearts are open, 

      all desires known, 

      and from You no secrets are hidden. 

      Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

      by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, 

      that we may perfectly love You, 

      and worthily magnify Your holy name, 

      through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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        word

        We immerse ourselves in Your story

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            interview

            Dave & Cheryl Corsi & Pastor Chris De Haan

            prayer

            Read this aloud together in preparation for hearing the Word:


            Open our ears

            to hear Your word.     

                    

            Open our eyes             

            to see Your presence.


            Open our arms

            to the embrace of community.


            Open our minds

            to the beauty of truth.


            Open our hearts

            to the joy of new life.


            scripture reading

            Have someone read the Scripture:


            But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.


            —Ephesians 2:13–21

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                Sermon

                "Characteristics of Community"

                by Pastor Chris De Haan

                discussion questions

                1. Do you agree that we are a lonely nation? What has led to this? Share your own experience of loneliness.
                2. Share a time when you experienced genuine community. What made it special and how could those things be brought into your present community?
                3. What gets in the way of pursuing community? What might God be inviting you to do?

                table

                We enact Your story and respond


                  communion

                  For those doing communion on your own, gather your communion elements and then have someone read the following:


                  The table is our weekly picture of God’s love for us.

                  He created us for relationship with Himself and relationship with one another; both of which were broken by sin.

                  Jesus went to the cross to restore those again and so the table pictures His death, His sacrifice—and in the one bread and one cup, there is also a picture of our one community.



                  We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ, before He suffered, gave us this memorial of His sacrifice, until He comes again.


                  At His last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."


                  —Eat the bread—


                  In the same way, He took the cup after supper and said, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this in remembrance of Me." 

                  For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.


                  —Drink the cup—




                  Read this declaration aloud together:


                  Together we proclaim our faith:

                  Christ has died,

                  Christ is risen,

                  Christ will come again. 

                  Amen.


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                  Teach us

                  your ways

                  Ooh, ooh

                  Ooh, ooh, ooh

                   

                  Verse 1

                  Teach us Your ways, teach us Your ways

                  As we learn from one another

                  Learn to love each other

                  Teach us Your ways

                   

                  Verse 2

                  Teach us to give, teach us to give

                  Give ourselves for one another

                  Learn to love each other

                  Teach us to give

                   

                  Verse 3

                  Teach us to weep, teach us to weep

                  Let us weep with one another

                  Learn to love each other

                  Teach us to weep

                   

                  Verse 4

                  Hallelujah, hallelujah

                  Let us learn from one another

                  Learn to love each other

                  Teach us Your ways

                  prayer

                  Read this prayer:


                  Living God,

                  send Your Holy Spirit upon us;

                  nourish us with Your grace

                  so that we are strengthened

                  to follow Your ways and do Your work in the world.


                  Unite us with You so that we are renewed;

                  and join us with Your people in all places

                  so that all divisions will be healed.


                  May we gratefully and joyfully remember that Jesus

                  lived, died, and rose to give us new life

                  and make us new creations in Him.


                  May we live in the hope

                  we discover through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

                  Amen.


                  SENDING

                  We embody Your story in our world

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                    benediction

                    Have someone read this benediction:


                    As you are sent,

                    Rejoice,

                    Aim for restoration,

                    Comfort one another.

                    Agree with one another,

                    Live in peace,

                    And the God of love and peace will be with you.


                    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

                    And the love of God

                    And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

                    Be with you all.

                    Amen


                    — based on 2 Corinthians 13:11–14

                    Announcements


                    • "Echo Prayer" App for Vineyard Prayer Requests. Requests are now being shared through the "Echo Prayer" app. On your tablet or phone, go to the App store and search for "Echo Prayer". Create an account — it is free — and then search for the Vineyard Christian Community "feed" and ask to join. To add a prayer request without using the app, send your request to:
                      vineyardprayerrequests@gmail.com

                    • Monday Evening Prayer Zoom. Want to gather via Zoom to pray with other members of our Vineyard body? There is an opportunity every Monday evening! Join us at 7pm.

                      Meeting ID:
                      281 011 9833

                      Passcode:
                      02161965

                      For more information contact Mary Koenig at:
                      koenigmary@rocketmail.com

                    • Women's Friday Bible Study begins a new study of the Book of Acts on Friday, September 18Visit from 9:15–9:30am, and then join for Bible Study and prayer till 11:00am. For login information contact Tenaya at:
                      tenaya@veritasvox.com

                    • Budget.
                      Giving for 9/12 & 13 = $12,595. 
                      September giving so far = $18,569. 
                      Total September Budget = $30,748. 
                      % of Total September Budget currently reached = 60%.