Newborn, rising from the earth the warming, changing, the rich wet soil the crocus rising from its slumber bursting forth into the light unfurling, opening so soon warmed by the spring rays a new thing revealed out of the melting snow, new earth, turned by the growing, up from its slumber.
June 15, 2009 to June 17, 2009 The Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17 Sermon, â€œNew Beginningsâ€, by Pastor Ruth L. Foss Suncook United Methodist Church Suncook, NH June 14, 2009 Call to Worship: It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. (Psalm 92:1-4 NIV) Unison Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for this day that we may come into Your house and worship You. We ask that Your Holy Spirit would fall down upon us gathered here so that we may understand all that You would have us hear this day. We thank you for the Spirit that you have gifted us with. We pray that our worship would be pleasing in Your sight. This we pray in the strong name of Your Son, Lord Jesus Christ. Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 16:6-13 *Prayer of Dedication (unison) Heavenly Father, you have offered us such abundance. We are so very blessed. Yet, we often think that we have so little. Some of us may even feel as though our gift is too small. Thank you for reminding us that even our mustard seed-sized gift may grow beyond our individual possibility. So, today we place before you all amounts of gifts â€“ some quarters from children, some $1 bills from adults, some larger bills and checks â€“ knowing that you transform our scarcity into your abundance. Thanks be to God. Amen. (GBOD)