We gather not in the same physical space but we gather in the same Spirit. 

Whether we worship as one, two or many we gather in Christ’s presence—

a presence that comforts, calms, uplifts and guides. 

 

 Read or Say These Words Inspired by Psalm 24 

 

The earth is the Lord’s!  

 And all that is in it!  

 The world is the Lord’s!  

 And those who live in it!  

 The earth is the Lord’s!  

 And all that is in it!  

 The world is the Lord’s!  

 And those who live in it!  

 Let us worship the Lord—our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Friend! 

 

Listen to God of Great and God of Small 

 

 We all fall short of God’s expectations. 

 The world is marked by the pain, suffering and brokenness of sin.  

 Yet God offers the gift of grace and the promise of renewal and life abundant. 

 

Read or Say the Prayer of Confession 

 

Holy God, Maker of All, you create and craft; you nurture and sustain.  All is possible because of you. Forgive us, Lord, when we forget that we too belong to you—all that we are and all that we possess.  Help us, Lord, to give ourselves fully to you and to your work in our world.   Redeem, Lord, all those who are lost.  Seek us, Lord, when we lose our way.  Gather us all to where there is joy and celebration!  Amen. 

 

Read or Say These Words of Assurance of Pardon 

 

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  

 everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  

 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ,  

 and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.  

 Receive the good news of the gospel:  

 In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  

 

Read or Hear These Words of Scripture 

 

Mark 12:13-17 

 https://www.biblica.com/bible/niv/mark/12/ 

 Luke 15:8-10 

 https://www.biblica.com/bible/niv/luke/15/ 

 

Reflections from Pastor Brad 

 

Belonging.  What an interesting time to speak of belonging?  To whom and to what to you belong?  Family. Church. School. Community.  Workplace. Civic Club. Gym. Political Party. So often, belonging means showing up in the same space together.  But presently, we are strongly discouraged to distance and isolate ourselves from one another.  Can we still feel like we belong when we are physically apart? 

 

Psalm 24 reminds us that all—everything, everyone, all of the universe!–belongs to God.  I suspect that when asked about paying taxes Jesus had Psalm 24 in mind when he replied about giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  One implication of what Jesus says is that though Caesar may require your taxes he does not own you.  Rather, you belong to God—and by belonging to God you also belong to one another as the family of God. 

 

Taxes happen.  Illness happens.  Various difficult situations happen.  Many things threaten our sense of belonging and togetherness.  But we are reminded by the psalmist and Jesus that we ultimately and always belong to God.  In God and in the company and fellowship of our sisters and brothers in Christ, we find relationship and companionship.  We may feel alone but we are not alone.  God is with us.  We are with one another. 

 

For the unforeseeable future we will spend far less time physically together.  But let’s not let that keep us apart.  Make phone calls.  Send emails or letters.  Find out if someone needs food or other essentials delivered to their doorstep.  Ask for help when you feel isolated and if and when you need something. 

 

When you feel isolated and even lost remember Jesus’ parable of the woman and the lost coin.  She searches without hesitation and without quitting to find the lost coin.  It matters to her; it matters dearly to her.  And when she finds it, she celebrates; she invites all the neighbors and throws a grand party! 

 

Remember—if everyone one belongs to God, everyone is worthy of being found.  That includes you; that includes me.  God love us.  God wants to know us.  God wants to be with us. 

 

You belong to God.  You are worthy of being found.  Don’t forget that.  And remind those around you—near and far—that they belong to God too.  Together, we are God’s; together, we are family. 

 

Pray 

 

Give thanks for God and God’s companionship. 

 Lift your joys and unburden your concerns to God. 

 Say the Lord’s Prayer. 

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Read or Say the Apostles’ Creed 

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;  he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand  of God the Father Almighty from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Listen to Take My Life 

 

Blessing 

 

 The Lord bless you and keep you; 

 The Lord be kind and gracious to you; 

 The Lord look upon you with favor 

 And grant you peace.  Amen.