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The following is the liturgy we used to guide our worship on July 8, 2012.

Worship on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 8, 2012

Preparing and Setting the Altar

Be present among us, Lord. Fill this place with your Spirit.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Sharing our Stories

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us—sinners that we are—and hear these ours prayers:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

As we learn from our Lord who lived, died, and was raised for us, let us sing.

Singing


Our eyes look to the 
Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.

Psalm 123
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.


Our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
Ezekiel 2:1-7
Our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
Mark 6:1-13
Our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
We Listen and Interpret Together

Annie Dillard, the 20th and 21 st century author and professor, wrote in her Teaching a Stone to Talk, “On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, making up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offence, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.”


Prayers for Others
The Lord’s Prayer

Singing

Go courageously from this place into a world that so desperately needs the passion and calling that God has planted deep within your soul. Our sister Harriet Beecher Stowe insisted, “All serious daring starts from within,” so go forth with daring and confidence that the God who dwells here with us is already waiting for you out there in the world.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

Amen.

The following is the liturgy we used to guide our worship on July 1, 2012.

Worship on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 1, 2012

Preparing and Setting the Altar

Be present among us, Lord. Fill this place with your Spirit.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Sharing our Stories

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us—sinners that we are—and hear these ours prayers:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

As we learn from our Lord who lived, died, and was raised for us, let us sing.

Singing


Out of the depths I cry to you, O 
Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my suplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the  Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord . Lord, hear my voice!
Mark 5:21-43
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord . Lord, hear my voice!
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord . Lord, hear my voice!
We Listen and Interpret Together

Teresa of Avila, the 16th century Spanish mystic and Carmelite nun, once wrote, “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”


Prayers for Others
The Lord’s Prayer

Singing

Go now from this place with the words of our sister, Mother Teresa in your ears: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

Amen.

The following was sent out to all those who subscribe to our regular newsletter, Third Chances. You can view what they saw at: http://bit.ly/NDHGIq. You can subscribe to the newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/j3EuP.

As 2011 faded into 2012, I checked my voicemail to find a voice there that I’d never heard before. It was a man named Patrick whose voice resonated with a hard earned certainty that I wouldn’t actually get back in touch with him. He had just moved south from Massachusetts in eager pursuit of a new life and new opportunities, having left behind his family, friends, and community. When we finally talked, he admitted that it was a complicated story that brought him to a city like Danville where opportunities are often in short supply for those who most desperately need them. He was close to finding somewhere permanent to stay but needed a couple more days to finalize the paperwork. Some of our leaders conferred quickly, keeping to our “no lone rangers” rule and we were able to provide Patrick with a place to stay that wasn’t cold or wet. Instead, that night Patrick rested comfortably for the first time in a while.

Soon, Patrick was getting on his feet and had a wonderful (and safe) place to stay. With a little bit of help every now and then, Patrick was starting to get established in our midst. He continued to come to our meals and Bible studies, not just because he felt obligated but because he was finding comfort and peace at bread was broken and stories were shared. He soon began worshiping with us on Sunday evening and his gentle and kind spirit was revealed to everybody who met him in our little chapel. Once he had his feet underneath him, he felt comfortable enough to begin to share himself and his talents with us. Patrick is a lover of good coffee and conversation. Patrick is remarkably well-read in theology and ministry as well as science fiction and classic literature. Patrick is a talented artist and quick-witted—even some of his doodles and margin notes seem worthy of a frame. Patrick was quickly becoming an essential piece of our community and its gatherings and we were glad to see the leader emerging in him as he processed through some of the reasons he had left Massachusetts behind.

So, it came as a bittersweet surprise when he let me know that God was directing him to return to the home he had fled and to find the grace hidden there in relationships he had assumed dead. So, we helped him pack up with tearful eyes and a big Mexican lunch before praying for him as he left aboard the early-morning north-traveling train out of Danville. Patrick is back in Massachusetts now after having found his reason for being there in a little city in Southside Virginia where opportunities may be hard to find, but more and more grace is being uncovered every day. His note to us once he made it back was: “[I am] thankful for the experiences down in Danville. Eyes were definitely opened much wider down there. Big thanks to the Grace and Main missionaries who deserve all my love and gratitude. The love they show the homeless, jobless, and addicted is an amazing testimony to the power of love over the suffering plaguing society today. May God bless you even more.”

Patrick was only with us for a little while. Some might look at this as a little thing or as a missed opportunity, but at Grace and Main Fellowship we know that sometimes we are called to be a temporary home for brothers and sisters bound for some other place or community. When God brings such a person in our lives, we rejoice with, mourn with, and love them as best as we know how for the time that God has placed in our lives. Not everybody stays forever and that’s okay.

May God bless you Patrick, our wayfaring stranger from the north. You were a blessing to our community and remain in our prayers.

 

Over the last 12-15 months, we have thrown quite a few parties in Green St. park in downtown Danville, Virginia, as our little way of saying that the Kingdom of God is most at home in the places where the need is most profound. This particular park is one of the public places to which Grace and Main has made a commitment. We believe that parties are a fantastic instrument to spread grace to those who most sorely need it. If you stand in the middle of this park, you’ll see need all around you and if you spend much time in the area you’ll soon learn which houses have been used to perpetuate the crack cocaine problem that plagues downtown and the Northside and which houses have been lost to blight or prostitution–you’ll also notice the many children who call this neighborhood home. At these parties, we asked families what we could do with them to make this little corner of the world a better place. We heard two things over and over: 1) we need more celebrations, and 2) we need something for our children to do over summer vacation. The second request was especially loud in our ears, when we’ve recently learned that 41% of children in Danville fall at or below the poverty line. We know all too well how gangs and drug dealers prey upon our beloved and offer the illusion of escape. In the face of such need and such difficulty though, what can we hope to do?

Grace and Main decided to do the two things we heard most clearly from our dear ones downtown. This summer, we will resource and support two significant projects in Green St. park: 1) we will make sure there is a party in the park every Saturday during summer vacation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will eat lunch, play games, and clearly communicate God’s love and grace through our presence and actions, and 2) we will provide daily activities for the children around Green St. park Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting June 25 and ending August 3…READ MORE IN TODAY’S NEWSLETTER FROM THIRD CHANCE MINISTRIES.

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The following is the liturgy from Grace and Main Fellowship’s Sunday Night Service of Worship and Prayers on the First Sunday in Lent: February 26, 2012. It is patterned after, and uses the benedictory blessing from, Morning Prayer in Common Prayer.


The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Even as we journey through Lent : let us raise our voices in song.

 

Song: O Lord, Hear My Prayer

“O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer: when I call, answer me. O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer: Come and listen to me.”

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners that we are : and hear these our prayers.

 

Psalm 25:1-10

To you, OLord I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners that we are : and hear these our prayers.

Genesis 9:8-17
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners that we are : and hear these our prayers.
Mark 1:9-15
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners that we are : and hear these our prayers.

Group Reflection on the Scripture

 

The 4th century Church Father we know as John Chrysostom was given the name “Chrysostom” because it means “golden-mouthed” and the Archbishop of Constantinople was known to be eloquent and gifted in speech and word. He was also an outspoken opponent of Church leaders abusing the power invested in them. In one of his homilies, he said, “But why [did the Holy Spirit appear] in the form of a dove? The dove is a gentle and pure creature. Since then the Spirit, too, is ‘a Spirit of gentleness,’ he appears in the form of a dove, reminding us of Noah, to whom, when once a common disaster had overtaken the whole world and humanity was in danger of perishing, the dove appeared as a sign of deliverance from the tempest, and bearing an olive branch, published the good tidings of a serene presence over the whole world.”

 

Prayers for Others

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Renew us, Lord. For those who have been baptized as your followers, remind us of the vows to you and to our sisters and brothers that we claimed in that moment. For those who have yet to be baptized, move in our hearts even now and bring us the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

Amen. 

Warehouse Worship 1/29

Sunday, January 29, 2012

6:30pm

545 Bridge Street
Danville, VA 24541

This is the Second Warehouse Worship Service. If you missed the first one, you will not want to miss this one! Candlelight Worship with the focus being on the issue of homelessness in Danville, VA, we will turn an old warehouse into a holy place! Congregations are also invited and are urged to attend this event.

Music will be provided by The Worship Collective. http://wrshpcollective.com/

Dress Warmly!

You can RSVP this event on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/313690972009134/

View our article in the Chatham Star-Tribune.
http://www.wpcva.com/news/article_74061780-4822-11e1-89ba-0019bb2963f4.html

View our photo album from our previous Warehouse Worship on December 11, 2011.
http://gracemain.shutterfly.com/pictures/203

 

Warehouse Worship

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Warehouse Worship
Sunday, December 11, 2011
6:30 pm
545 Bridge Street
Danville, VA 24541

“Big Tent” Candlelight Worship Service downtown at 545 Bridge St. at 6:30 pm. We’re turning a warehouse into a holy place! There is no electricity, so please DRESS WARMLY! Will be an awesome experience. (Advent-related with an emphasis on homelessness in our community). Congregations, youth groups, and all individuals are invited to attend. You can RSVP this event through facebook. http://www.facebook.com/events/127966863982343/

(High Resolution 8.5×11 Flyer)

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