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The Rev. Canon Bahman Kalantari

Every Tuesday,  at 3 p.m. we are holding an alternate worship opportunity.  

which consists of Taize music and includes the Holy Eucharist as

well as prayers for healing.  This is a beautiful opportunity for

those who feel more comfortable gathering in a smaller,

more intimate setting to experience the love and power of Jesus.

At the beginning of the service, you are invited to light a candle – to affirm a personal vow, to pray for someone or a particular situation, to invite the light of Christ to shed light on your path, and to receive illumination. 

 

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost!

 

The Invitatory

God of newness and delight,

you greet your world again with light and life.

I awaken to your presence behind, before, beneath, above, and within me.

I thank you for another day

and ask only that you keep me so firmly in your care

that I can move gracefully through all I have to do.

Guard my family, my friends, and all my brothers and sisters in faith.

Let me be a peacemaker today; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

We will now sing The Lord is my light.

Psalm 104

O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
   In wisdom you have made them all.
   The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
   teeming with life of every kind,
   both large and small.
See the ships sailing along,
   and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.

May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
   The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
   I will praise my God to my last breath!
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

 

Come Holy Spirit:

 

 

 

 

Household Prayer

Gracious God, you come among your people

as One who fashioned all things,

who, face-to-face, revealed your knowledge of our lives,

and whose presence brings assurance and hope.

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love

so that in hearing and seeing the gifts of this life,

we may know the way to live in thanksgiving;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Let us now sing Nothing between us.

 

 

Holy Spirit

God declares: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.     

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

The young shall see visions.

The elders shall dream dreams.

Both men and women shall prophesy.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord

shall be saved.”

 

 

We will now sing Our Soul is Waiting.
 

 

The Gospel

John 5:31-47

Testimonies About Jesus

Jesus said to them: “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favour, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

“You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

“But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

The Word of the Lord

 

 

We will now sing In the Lord:

 

 

 

Prayer of Illumination

Holy Spirit, come again.

As long ago you inspired, astonished, and confused the people,

come to us now to

fill our ears with the sound of your breath,

fill our eyes with the brilliance of your presence in each other,

fill our hearts with your good Word. Amen.
 

 

Let us now sing Stay With Me:

 

 

Statement of faith (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

 

 

We will now sing God is Forgiveness: 

 

 

 

 

The Hope

Jesus did not leave us without hope

but sent the Holy Spirit to nurture faith and love in this world. Live this vision in all that you do: respond to rancor with kindness, be patient where there is pain, and let your dreams become reality. Peace be with you.

 

 

Let us now sing O Lord Hear My Prayer    

 

Prayers of Intercession

 Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying,

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

God of all goodness,

we give thanks for the newness you give each of us every day.

We thank you for your surprises,

 for the people you put in our paths to show us

new dimensions of your faithfulness.

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for all people of faith,

for churches everywhere,

for the differing insights into your will

offered and proclaimed by many teachers to guide

and refresh your people.

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

We thank you for all nations,

for racial and ethnic differences,

for the variety of languages, foods, and lands

you have created.

Mold us into people who praise you

for the marvels you set before us.

Help us not to fear distinctions but to embrace them

as your gifts.

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

Soften us, Lord, so that we are able to enter

into others’ pain.

When we are healthy, make us grateful.

When we are in need, help us to receive

the care of others.

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who suffer:

for those who have no home,

for all who lack enough food,

for people who have no work or work that is

not life-giving,

for all who live in fear,

and for all who hunger for peace and do not

know where to turn.

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

We pray for all the needs we name now;

Gracious God, hear our prayer.

 

 

We will now sing Bless the Lord my Soul.

 

  The Lord’s Prayer ( New Translation from the Aramaic) 

1. O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos,

2. Focus your light within us – make it useful

3. Create your reign of unity now

4. Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.

5. Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.

6. Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.

7. Don’t let surface things delude us, But free us from what holds us back.

8. From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews. Truly – power to these statements – may they be the ground from which all my actions grow: Amen.   

 

  (The Aramaic translation of the Lord’s Prayer is taken from “Prayers of the Cosmos. Reflections on the Original Meaning of Jesus’s Words”. (1990). 

Neil Douglas-Klotz. HarperOne. New York.)

Let us now sing Jesus, Remember me: 

 

Closing Prayer

All glory and honor are yours,

eternal God,

through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

now and forever. Amen.

Alleluia: 
 

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