Worship – May 24th – Unity

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

The kids’ bulletin, which is based upon the Acts reading, can be found here for this week!

Time for Silence and Reflection
During this season of Easter, we are taking time to quiet our hearts in preparation of worship. Set aside this time, at the beginning of worship, to be silent and have your house be silent. As we spend this time apart, focus in the silence upon that which connects us: the love of God in all places and times.


Prayer for Unity – by Thomas Merton
“My prayer for all of them is that they will be one….
Then the world will know that you sent me
and will understand that you love them
as much as you love me.” 
John 17:21, 23

O God, we are one with you.
You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
you dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness
and to fight for it with all our hearts.

Help us to realize that there can be no understanding
where there is mutual rejection.

O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely,
we accept you, and we thank you, and we adore you,
and we love you with our whole being,
because our being is in your being,
our spirit is rooted in your spirit.

Fill us then with love,
and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways,
united in this one spirit which makes you present in the world,
and makes you witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.

Gathering Song – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, God Almighty
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by Donna Natseway

Scripture Readings

First Reading – Acts 1:6-14
The reading can be found here.
Read below by Kathy Ryan

Psalm 68:1-10
The reading is below the audio.
Read below by Vicki Carroll

1Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered;
  let those who hate God flee.
2As smoke is driven away, so you should drive them away;
  as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
  let them also be merry and joyful.
4Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who rides the clouds;
  I Am is that name, rejoice before God! 

5In your holy habitation, O God,
  you are a father to orphans, defender of widows;
6you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom;
  but the rebels shall live in desert places.

7O God, when you went forth before your people,
  when you marched through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
  at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9You sent a bountiful rain, O God;
  you restored your inheritance when it languished.
10Your people found their home in it;
  in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. 

Gospel Reading – John 17:1-11
The reading can be found here.
Read during her message by Pastor Jaqui Pagel

The Message – Pastor Jaqui Pagel – Associate to the Bishop for the Grand Canyon Synod

Centering Songs
Contemporary Song – More Than Conquerors – Rend Collective

Traditional Song – Our Hope is Built on Nothing Less
A slightly-upbeat version of this beautiful hymn!
Lyrics can be found here.

Prayer for Memorial Day and Remembrance
As we gather in safely in our homes this morning, worshiping freely our God, and surrounded by a community that supports and loves us,
we call to mind those who have protected these gifts for our country in past and present times.
Let us pray…

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,
have been taken away.
And, for the people who love them in death as in life.
Hear us, O God…
Your mercy is great.

For all members of the armed forces
who are in danger this day,
remembering family, friends
and all who pray for their safe return.
Hear us, O God…
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the wounded and the disturbed,
the grieving and the homeless,and for all who suffer due to war and conflict.
For women, and children and men
whose bodies and minds have been injured by war and violence.
Hear us, O God…
Your mercy is great.

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who
seek to keep this world secure and safe.
For those who hear the call to service
and step forward to serve those around them.
Hear us, O God…
Your mercy is great.

For those known to us who need Jesus now…
God of truth and justice
hear our prayers for all who strive for peace,
and all who yearn for justice.
Hear us, O God…
Your mercy is great.

Help us, who today remember the cost of war,
to work for a the tomorrow you have envisioned for us;
and as we honor the past,
may we put our faith in your future.  

Blessing – “Blessings”
Lyrics are in the video.
Played by Marie Zelenka
and Sung by Lindsey Hoel

Offering and Giving
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to provide worship, support and outreach as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Of course, your giving helps support these efforts. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries. There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.
Thank for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.