This is a place of safety, this is a time of comfort.
Here and now the God who made the universe waits to embrace us;
Here and now we come to feel God’s healing touch again.
With all that we are;
parts that are whole, and parts that are broken;
parts that are well, and parts that are sick
parts that are joyful and parts that are in pain;
With all that we are, we come to worship You, O God,
for You are gracious, merciful and kind, and we long to find our rest in You.
(Call to Worship from http://www.sacredise.com/files/liturgies/general/healcom.pdf)
This is part of the Call to Worship that we are using in traditional worship this morning and it speaks to me in many ways. Mostly, it speaks of finding God in this place as a hurting people — as someone in need of grace and healing. Are you that person today? Are you struggling with aspects of your life and you find yourself hurting?
Come ye, all that are heavy laden, and I will find you rest . . . Matthew 11:28
Our scripture passage for today comes from:
On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted. (NRSV)
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Come, today, and hear the story of Eutychus and be changed.
Open Skies Worship – 8:30 am
Traditional Worship – 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am