Sabbath Sunday Worship Setting 2019-2020

The goal of Sabbath Sunday worship is to provide a worship experience where all ages and stages can fully participate and be engaged. It is led by the youth and children of our congregations. You can find more information about the various leadership parts here: https://pbsipes.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/sabbath-sunday-leadership-roles.pdf

Prayer of Preparation

Even though our bodies are present in this space, sometimes it takes a few moments for our hearts and minds to arrive.  As you listen to the ringing of the singing bowl, take a few moments to become fully present and ready to worship God.

Call to Worship

Return to Our Baptism

As we begin our worship of God this morning, we begin at the place where we started, the place where we were baptized, and we remember. We might not remember the day that we ourselves were baptized, but we do remember the promises we received there.

We remember that

…in this water, God promised to forgive us, no matter what

…in this water, God promised to love us, no matter what.

…in this water, God promised us our very own place in the kingdom of God.

We remember that

… because of this water, God knows your name.

…because of this water, God says your name.

…because of this water, God remembers your name.

Everyone will now get the chance to remember their baptism by getting a little bit wet. We are going to put a small amount of water from the font into these small dishes and pass them around. The dishes are plastic, and the worst thing that might happen if you spill is that you get a little bit more wet than you planned. When the dish comes to you, dip a finger in, trace the sign of the cross on your forehead, and say “I am God’s child.” Let’s try it, “I am God’s child.” When everyone has had a chance, my helpers will return the dishes and the water up front, and we will finish with a blessing.

As the water is being distributed, we listen to the song “He Knows My Name” from Pandamania VBS (2011) and Maker Fun Factory (2017) by Group Publishing.

You are a child of God, completely forgiven and well loved. Because of the promises that God freely gives, you have your own place in God’s kingdom.  Thanks be to God. Amen.

Gathering Song

We sing a seasonally appropriate hymn which is familiar to the congregation. The goal of these hymns is to transmit well-loved hymns to the next generations. 

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.  And also with you.

Song of Praise

(Same tune as the Call to Worship)
You are saved by grace,
Yes, you are saved by grace.
Thanks be to God!
You are saved by grace.

I am…

We are…

Prayer of the Day

The prayer of the day is seasonally appropriate and changes quarterly. It includes simplified language so that all worshippers may know what we are praying about. It is done in a repeat-after-me fashion so that it is accessible to those who cannot yet read, or those who find reading the worship folder difficult.

January-March 2020
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Please repeat after me:
Dear Jesus,
we thank you
for being our light in the darkness,
our friend on the road,
our leader and guide.
Help us to come and follow you,
all the way to the cross
and beyond.
In your name we pray, Amen.

First Reading

We use the Revised Common Lectionary text, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the world.

Second Reading

We use the Revised Common Lectionary text, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the world.

Special Music

See our Youtube playlist for Sabbath Sunday songs here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0V-IJaYUW4K3z7NQAKEe3qEcZ-wMfaW_

Psalm

The psalm is seasonally appropriate, and changes quarterly. The congregation offers the same refrain, with motions, to each verse. It is our hope that these verses will come to be known by heart.

January-March 2020
Psalm 51:1-3, 10-12 (vs. 10 refrain)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Experience the Word

Experience the Word is an Interactive Biblical Storytelling event with six main parts and room for all children and youth to be included. More resources for bringing this practice to your context will be available soon.

Gospel

We use the Revised Common Lectionary text, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the world.

Sermon

A shortened sermon is offered.

Song of the Day

We sing a seasonally appropriate hymn which is familiar to the congregation. The goal of these hymns is to transmit well-loved hymns to the next generations. 

Apostles’ Creed

We profess the Apostles’ Creed with motions to fully embody what we believe. These motions also help us to understand what we are saying.

Peace

The Peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Prayers of the People

We pray the Prayers of the People, led by our youth, in the way we do on all other Sundays. We rehearse the response to the petitions in advance. You can access our current Prayers of the People at https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/worship-to-go.html

Offering

Offering Prayer

The offering prayer is seasonally appropriate and changes quarterly. It includes simplified language so that all worshippers may know what we are praying about. It is done in a repeat-after-me fashion so that it is accessible to those who cannot yet read, or those who find reading the worship folder difficult.

Please repeat after me:
Come, Lord Jesus,
be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blessed.
Give us this day our daily bread,
may all the world be clothed and fed. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

We pray the Lord’s Prayer with motions to fully embody what we are praying. These motions also help us to understand what we are praying for.

Blessing

This is the Aaronic Blessing from Deuteronomy, which we want everyone to come to know by heart.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor ☩,
and give you peace. Amen.

Sending Song

We sing a seasonally appropriate hymn which is familiar to the congregation. The goal of these hymns is to transmit well-loved hymns to the next generations. 

Sending

Dismissal

The Dismissal changes seasonally. It is led by our children and youth.

Go in peace, _______________. Thanks be to God!

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