Prelude – Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
Words for Meditation- Psalm 91:11-12
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Introit – Blessed Assurance
Opening Prayer – Adapted from liturgy found on the enfleshed website
One: Long ago in Galilee, there were many who were sick and suffering, isolated and oppressed. Wherever there was pain – you were there in solidarity and empowering liberation. We see and experience the same realities today. In the margins, in the hard, in the alone – you are there too. Our faith is placed in Love Eternal that lifts broken spirits and brings new life from places of ruin.
People: With hope that is neither narrow nor fragile, we come to follow Christ. Bring healing, bring peace.
Opening Hymn – Healer of Our Every Ill
Scripture Reading – Psalm 91
Special Music – Even When He Is Silent
Sermon – The Crucible
Closing Hymn – We Walk by Faith
Benediction – from enfleshed
Since the beginning, God has been relentlessly pursuing us in love.
Though our faithfulness ebbs and flows, God’s love endures forever.
Taking on flesh like ours, God became one with humanity in the person of Jesus Christ.
God lived and moved and ministered in the midst of chaos.
God incarnate was not what we expected. We did not recognize God in Jesus. Still, we struggle to recognize God with us.
And yet, God continues to dwell in our midst. Thanks be to God.
Benediction Response – Seven Fold Amen
Words for Pondering – Psalm 112:1-5
1 Praise the Lord!
Those who honor the Lord,
who adore God’s commandments, are truly happy!
2 Their descendants will be strong throughout the land.
The offspring of those who do right will be blessed;
3 wealth and riches will be in their houses.
Their righteousness stands forever.
4 They shine in the dark for others who do right.
They are merciful, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Those who lend generously are good people—
as are those who conduct their affairs with justice.
Postlude – Tell It to Jesus