God's Open House

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Livestream Worship Service

Call to Worship

One: Home is a place of rest.
All: My home is in the Lord.
One: Home is a sense of peace.
All: My home is in the Lord.
One: Home is a generous welcome.
All: My home is in the Lord.
One: Home is refuge from fear.
All: My home is in the Lord.
One: Home is an open table.
All: My home is in the Lord.
One: Home is an end to eternal longing.
All: My home is in the Lord.
God of all places and people,
you are not bound by walls,
contained by addresses,
or limited by borders and barriers.
Open our eyes to see ourselves at home in you,
wherever we are and whatever our experiences.
Teach us to recognize our neighbors
as our fellow travelers and co-habitants,
alive together in You through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines;
6 but you shall be called priests of the Lord,
you shall be named ministers of our God;
you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
7 Because their shame was double,
and dishonour was proclaimed as their lot,
therefore they shall possess a double portion;
everlasting joy shall be theirs.
8 For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.