The word "liturgy" means "work of the people." Instead of providing a product for you to passively consume, we are inviting you to participate in a weekly experience. By praying and singing and reading out loud, through sitting and standing and listening, we hope to engage you in the active act of worship. We may be physically separated during this time, but by participating in the same acts of worship each week, we are connected to one another through a common experience.
God – we gather in your presence.
Father – we long for more of you.
Jesus – we place you at the center.
Holy Spirit – come and fill our time together.
Help us to be fully present here,
to your word, to one another,
and to the world you love.
Blessed are the poor in heart, When the world is tearing you apart. It’s telling you to run away, It’s in that place you’ll find His grace
Blessed are the lost and hurt, you are promised His comfort. It’s in these times when we can see the cross, the tomb, the victory
All stop striving, All start resting
Hear this blessing upon you
God is speaking, start receiving His new world that’s Breaking through
Blessed are the powerless, those the world deems meaningless. Those who lack the means to change, the heights of earth are yours one day
Blessed are the thirsty ones, fully quenched and overcome. They trade the famine of their rights and feast the righteousness of Christ
We cry holy holy holy is the lamb
We cry mighty mighty night is the lamb
We cry worthy worthy worthy is the lamb
Your name is like honey on my lips,
Your Spirit like water to my soul,
Your word is a lamp unto my feet,
Jesus I love You, I love You
Join Anderson by standing and reciting alongside.
The text of lectionary passage for you to read aloud as you remain standing.
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
Matthew 22:15-22 (NIV)
Take some time to listen to the Spirit and respond in prayer, however you feel led.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)