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Beacon Worship 8/15/2021


We hope you join us for worship, either live-streaming on our Youtube Channel or via Zoom. Email info@thewordatbeacon.org for zoom info.

Gathering Time (unmuted)

Feel free to say hi and check in with others before the service begins!

Welcome/Announcements

  • Our virtual midweek prayer gathering will be this Wednesday at 6pm on Zoom

  • We are looking for folks to help water the plants in the garden. You can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/hWWYJWR

Facing God: adapted from Psalm 111

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)


Leader: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,

All: ​​Great are the works of the LORD!

Leader: The Lord has gained renown by God’s own wonderful deeds,

All: The LORD is gracious and merciful!

Leader: The Lord sent redemption to God’s own people,

All: Holy and awesome is the name of the Lord!

Leader: Let us worship God.


O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that will not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in thee;

I give thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.


O light that foll’west all my way,

I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray,

That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.


O Joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise not in vain,

That morn shall tearless be.


O Cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.


Laying Down Our Burdens & Assurance

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

All: God of Our Past, Present, and Future, We admit that, at times, we struggle to be the dreamers you call us to be. We let our fear block out our imagination. We limit what we believe is possible and we put boxes around You and Your power. Forgive us for our narrowmindedness and fear. Send Your Spirit to help us to see how you see. Strengthen us so we can build up Your kingdom around us. Give us reason to hope. We pray in the name of Jesus, who dreams with us. Amen.

Leader: The Good News is that Christ has come and Christ will come again.

All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

Refrain: All Who Are Thirsty

Come, Lord Jesus, come

Come, Lord Jesus, come

Holy Spirit, come

Holy Spirit, come


Children's Bible Story


Lectio Conversation (Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15)

(Hold onto these questions while we read our scripture.)

What stands out to you about this text? What are signs of hope in your life?

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.

Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.” Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Discussion

Homily

Create In Me

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a right spirit within me.


Cast me not away from thy presence, O Lord,

Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of my salvation,

And renew a right spirit within me.


Prayers of the People

Now is the time when we share the prayers on our hearts and minds. If you have a private prayer, you can email them to us throughout the week and the pastoral team will pray over them.

If you have a prayer, please unmute your mic to share.

After each prayer, I will lead our response on mute:

Lord in your mercy // hear our prayers

***

Now I will offer a prayer for the greater community and world. We will end by saying the Lord’s Prayer together in whatever language you prefer. Let us pray.

(muted)

Leader: Just as God/Christ taught us to pray...

All: Our Father, who art in 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 bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.

Offering

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Establish the Word of Our Hands by The Porter’s Gate

If You don't build it, we labor in vain,

Without Your Spirit, we stand with no strength.

I know my life is passing away,

But the works of Your hands

Are what will remain.

Let the favor of the Lord rest upon us…

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

Teach us to number the length of our days,

Pour out Your power, we'll pour out Your praise.

Teach us to run, to finish the race,

For only what's done in love will remain.

Let the favor of the Lord rest upon us…

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

O Lord, establish the work of our hands!

Al - le - lu - ia, al - le - luia, al - le - luia

Al - le - lu - ia, al - le - luia, al - le - luia

Sending/Blessing (from Ephesians 4)

(Remain muted and read liturgy aloud at home)

As we close this time together, let us read this word from the letter to the Ephesians:

All: I therefore urge you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Leader: The steadfast love of God goes with you, the deep and abiding peace of Christ goes with you, and the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit goes with you, now and always. Amen.

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