God’s Vision: Revive It
Service of Worship (Monday, July 1, 2013)
HYMN: “Spirit of the Living God”
CALL TO WORSHIP: Invoking the Fire
Lord, we gather together in this hall…Waiting for, longing for, Needing the power of the Holy Spirit! So on this summer’s night, we pray Holy Spirit, come close!
With the fire that blazed but did not consume the burning bush..With the fire that midwifed a new thing the world had never seen Holy Spirit, come close!
To places far beyond these great walls…to the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered teen in our cities and towns who desperately needs to know that it gets better Holy Spirit, come close!
Fall fresh, Spirit of the living God, on hospitals…Come to these places.
Set them ablaze with the flame of your love, the glow of your peace, the blaze of your justice Holy Spirit, come close!
Last but not least, come close to us With the fire that spreads rapidly across our terrain…Set our souls on fire this night. We bid you, we invite you, we beseech you, we implore you – we entreat you come, come here, come now – come close.
Holy Spirit, come close! Send us warmth, sustenance, and energy that give us life Reshape us, reform, renew, remake and rebirth us As your people and as your Church. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
PROCLAMATION: John 2: 17-20 “Jesus’ disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The religious authorities then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ They then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’”
MEDITATION: Pastor Julian DeShazier
DANCED RESPONSE: “I Look to You”
SONG: “Total Praise”