L: Welcome home, people of God.
P: We have come to find refuge in the shelter of God’s care.
L: Come and sit down. There is room for everyone in God’s house.
P: We have come to be nourished by God’s word.
L: We are God’s own people, and are precious in God’s sight.
P: We have come to give thanks for God’s faithful love.
We gather today O God, our guide and guardian,
remembering those who have nurtured us,
protected us, and helped us grow.
We give you thanks for homes that accept us
and affirmed us as your precious children.
In the shelter of your healing love,
fortify us as living stones,
and build us into a spiritual home
where all are welcome.
In the name of Christ,
our foundation and cornerstone, we pray, Amen.
Ministry of Music
Today's Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-9
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Semon: Thank You, Mom and Jesus
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Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Blessings of the Offering
O God, our fortress and our rock,
may these offerings be acceptable to you.
In a world facing profound need,
they seem insignificant,
but we know that in your hands,
even small things become great.
Use these gifts, and use our very lives,
to make this world a home
where all are sheltered, nourished
In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Closing Hymn / "God Will Take Care of You"
L: Once we weren’t a people, but now we are God’s people.
P: God’s face shines on us. God’s faithful love saves us.
L: This news is too good to keep to ourselves.
P: Everywhere we go, we will share the good news of God’s amazing grace.