6:15pm, Girdwood Chapel
September 27, 2022

Invocation (UMBOW 574)
Light and Peace in Jesus Christ

Thanks be to God!


Opening Prayer (UMBOW 575)
In the brightness of your Son, we spend each day;
In the darkness of the night you light our way;
Always you protect us with the umbrella of your love.
To you, God, be all praise and glory forever. Amen.


Expression of Faith (From Northumbria Evening Prayer)
Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always lightened
this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here,
today I believe.


Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now,
today I believe.

John 17:25-26
Jesus said: “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 & 11-16
I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner 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.
He himself granted that some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Today’s Reflection: a excerpt from “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren

[The healing teaching about the Trinity] leads us beyond fixed or frozen understandings of God. After all, if God in Christ surprised us once, showing us we had a lot left to learn, shouldn’t we expect more surprises? And if Jesus told us the Spirit would guide us into more truth when we were ready to bear it, shouldn’t we expect to learn more whenever we can bear more? And so the old image fades of God as a removed and unmoved mover, static, fixed, and frozen. In its place, we see God as a whirling, intimate, glorious dance of eternal, creative, joyful movement. […]
[…] through the Trinity we transcend us-them, in-out thinking. Imprisoned in our old familiar dualistic thinking, we were always dividing the world into mine and yours, one and other, same and different, better and worse. In the Trinity, we move beyond that dualism so that mine and yours are reconciled into oursOne and other are transformed into one anotherSame and different are harmonized without being homogenized or colonized. Us and them are united without loss of identity and without dividing walls of hostility. To put it in philosophical terms, dualism doesn’t regress to monism. It is transcended.
~p. 228, “Spirit of Unity and Diversity”

Prayers for ourselves and others

Prayer (Rev. Terri Pilarski)

Holy and Gracious God,
you call us by name,
Beloved One,
and beckon us to follow you.
May we do so through your grace.
Like a shepherd tending the flock
you tend to our needs.
Be present with those who struggle, suffer,
are in pain or sorrow.
Guide those who are lost, or filled with worry and fear.
Protect those who are in harm’s way
heal those who are ill,
mend those who are broken,
as only your love can.
God of peace, watch over those who lead us
in our various governments and churches.
Fill our leaders with wisdom, patience, insight, and mercy.
Help them to lead with kindness and strength.
God of love,
fill our hearts with the knowledge of You
that we can turn from the distractions of life
and be more like You.
May we be agents of your compassion,
offering kindness to those we meet this day.
God of all blessings,
we thank you for all the gifts of life.
For your Son, our Savior, our great Good Shepherd,
the one who stands at the gate
of all life’s challenges and joys,
calling out to us in love.
Naming us, Beloved.
For all this, and more we pray,
and unite in prayer as Jesus taught us to:

Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thine 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 trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom
And the power
And the glory, forever.


Blessing & Sending (W&S p. 15 #27)
May the Christ who walks on wounded feet
walk with you on the road.
May the Christ who serves with wounded hands
stretch out your hands to serve.
May the Christ who loves with a wounded heart
open your hearts to love.
May you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet,
and may everyone you meet see the face of Christ in you.