Christianity 201

September 30, 2018

We are the Church: A Liturgy of Eccesiology

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by Ruth Wilkinson

Each of our individual stories is only a part of one huge story.
The story of God working in the world.

We are the Church.
We share our history with generations of
imperfect, faithful men and women,
like ourselves.

One body and one Spirit,
one hope, one Lord,
one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all.

We remember the days of old;
we reflect on all He has done.

[Leader: Our next two songs were chosen for this service by some of the eldest and the youngest people in our congregation. Not because they represent our future and our past, but because they represent our present – who we are right now.
Experience and energy.
Wisdom and hope.
And everyone in between.]

We are the Church.
We share His life today.

Shining our light among the people we meet, so they might see our Father in heaven.

Making the most of our time here, in these difficult days.

He puts a new hymn of praise in our mouths. Many will see and put their trust in the Lord.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.

And remember, I am with you always,
to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28

We are the Church.
We share an endless future.

Tomorrow, next year, time without end.
Living in His light and His sanctuary alone.

Beyond death, and grief, and pain.
Beyond these bodies and at home with the Lord.

Reigning forever and ever in the kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

And singing with the angels…

We are God’s people, the chosen of the Lord,
Born of His Spirit, established by His Word;
Our cornerstone is Christ alone, and strong in Him we stand:
O Let us live transparently, and walk heart to heart and hand in hand.

We are God’s loved ones, the Bride of Christ our Lord,
For we have know it, the love of God out-poured;
Now let us learn how to return the gift of love once given:
O Let us share each joy and care, and live with a zeal that pleases Heaven.

We are the Body of which the Lord is Head,
Called to obey Him, now risen from the dead;
He wills us be a family, diverse yet truly one:
O Let us give our gifts to God, and so shall His work on earth be done.

We are a temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place,
Formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God’s grace;
We die alone, for on its own each ember loses fire:
Yet joined in one the flame burns on to give warmth and light, and to inspire.

Words by Brian Jeffery Leech, 1976
Music by Johannes Brahms, 1877, Tune: Symphony

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