Service of Ordination of
Mary Robin Craig
Ministry of Word and Sacrament
Celebration of Holy Communion
October 30, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
~ John 4: 13-14
Large print editions of the Bible, the Hymnal, and today’s bulletin as well as
hearing devices are available from the ushers on request.
Prayer of Preparation
For your Spirit woven into the fabric of creation, for the eternal overlapping with time, and for the life of earth interlaced with heaven's vitality, for your untamed creativity, your boundless mystery, and your passionate yearnings planted deep in the soul of every human being, we give you thanks. (from J. Philip Newell's Celtic Benediction)
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
Greeting Our God with Joy
Call to Worship
Leader: In the beginning, before time, before people, before the world began,
People: God was.
Leader: Here and now among us, beside us, enlisting the people of earth for the purposes of heaven,
People: God is.
Leader: In the future, when we have turned to dust, and all we know has found its fulfillment,
People: God will be.
Leader: Not denying the world but delighting in it, not understanding the world, but redeeming it, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
People: God was, God is, God will be. (from the Iona Community Worship Book)
* Processional Hymn No. 138
“Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!”
Renewing Our Relationship with God
Prayer of Confession
O God, gladly we live and move and have our being in you. Yet always in the midst of this creation-glory, we see sin’s shadow and feel death’s darkness: around us in the earth, sea and sky, the abuse of matter; beside us in the broken, the hungry and the poor, the betrayal of one another; and often, deep within us, a striving against your spirit. O Trinity of love, forgive us that we may forgive one another, heal us that we may be people of healing, and renew us that we also may be makers of peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
(from the Iona Community Worship Book)
A Time of Silent Confession
Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)
Affirming the Good News in Our Lives
Assurance of Pardon
* Gloria, Gloria No. 576
Gloria, Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, Gloria, alleluia, alleluia!
2nd time, men begin; women begin 2 measures later;
Children and youth begin 2 measures after that.
* Passing of the Peace
Opening Our Hearts to God’s Word
Prayer for Illumination
Psalm 139: 1-18
Romans 8: 18-25, 31-34
John 4: 1-26
After the readings
Leader: Hear what the Holy Spirit is telling God’s people.
People: Thanks be to God.
Offering of Our Gifts
The offering is designated for the Committee on Ministry Emergency Support Fund and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry to offer financial support to seminary students.
“Shepherd Me O God”
* The Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below,
Praise God above ye heavenly host, Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
Prayers of Intercession
Affirmation of Gifts
Leader: There are varieties of gifts, but it is the same spirit who gives them.
People: There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served.
Leader: God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished.
People: To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good.
Leader: Together we are the body of Christ and individually members of it.