worship format and original content: Rev. Kathryn M. Schreiber (c) 2021
BCCC Community Announcements
- Live in-person service this Sunday July 25th at 11am. Please email or text prayer requests to Pastor Kathryn by Saturday evening, 8pm.
- You may bring a printed copy of this handout or use your device during worship.
- Please arrive a little early for careful seating. Inside, in the sanctuary, EVERYONE wears masks, keeps social distance, and uses hand sanitizers. Offerings may be left in the donation basket.
- You’re welcome to stay after service for outdoor socializing. Some folks bring a lunch to eat with friends on the patio.
- If you cannot attend, please use this handout as a personal devotion. We will post a video of the scripture reading and sermon on our Facebook page after live Sundays.
- We’ll be on ZOOM August 1st and 8th, 2pm. Next in-person service will be August 15th.
“We will be laying down blessings… a ceremonial way of bringing Salmon home, who have historically been the keepers of the water, and whose jobs are essential to keeping our waterways healthy for human life and for all other life that depends on these rivers.” –Run4Salmon, 2021
Prelude (live or recorded music)
Invocation (liturgist) This invocation is inspired by St John of Patmos’ vision of the City of God.
In the City of God there is a crystal-clear waterway, the Water of Life River. It sustains the life of all beings. The Tree of Life spans this holy river. It bears different fruit each month and its leaves manifest what is needed to heal each nation.
In the City of God there are no polarizations – No US and THEM. No NIGHT and DAY. Rather, everyone is illuminated with God’s eternal light. Imagine that – a reality filled with luminous beings, healthy and healed, reigning together… eternally? Amen.
Lighting the Christ Candle (liturgist)
Welcoming Those Not Present (lighting votives on altar)
Passing the Peace Please remain in place, turning to one another offering joyful gestures and soft-spoken words of peace: “Peace be with You.”
We Rest in God’s Grace
Music (live or recorded music)
Prayer and Silence Let us shift into silence in God’s presence. This simple prayer, based on Psalm 46:10.
Be still and know that I am God. (breathe slowly)
Be still and know that I am. (breathe slowly)
Be still and know. (breathe slowly)
Be still. (breathe slowly)
Be. (breathe slowly)
(breathe in silence) Amen.
Words of Assurance (pastor)
No matter what engages our hearts or minds, bodies or souls; no matter the climate of our social or political, natural or created worlds; always, always, we are called to meditate upon the City of God. God’s Dream for all beings.
God continually invites us to harbor a vision of us being whole and holy together. The grace to encounter even a moment of this ultimate reality is offered to all. The Author of Life extends this vision to all peoples, all nations, all beings, all the time. May we dwell in the possibility of God’s Dream.
Scripture: Book of Revelations: 22:1-5 (NRSV, slightly adapted) Today’s reading comes from the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelations. These writings recount the visions given to St. John of Patmos. This passage, the last vision in the last chapter, includes this powerful description of the River of Life.
Then the angel showed me the River of the Water of Life, bright as crystal, flowing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street in the City of God. On either side of the river is the Tree of Life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. But the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and God’s servants will worship God; they will see the divine face, and the Holy One’s name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.
May God add a blessing to the reading and reflecting upon God’s Holy Word. Amen.
Sermon “For the Healing: Run4Salmon” Pastor Kathryn will introduce us to a local indigenous-led effort to restore, heal, and encourage life abundantly in Northern California. Sermon video will post on our Facebook page. (see Worship Resources to learn more about the Run4Salmon)
Music (live or recorded music)
Sometimes we forget, Holy One, that we are originally and essentially linked to each other. All life, throughout the cosmos, is interconnected. This is Your handiwork forever weaving us together. We pray, O Creator of All, that these stories may deepen our relationships with all our relations, all our siblings, all living beings. Help us to awaken to Your Dream, O God. Amen.
Prayers of the People, Private Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer
Offering of Praise “Doxology” (live music or acapella; seated) Let us collectively offer praise to God by silently or softly singing. Please use the donation basket or mail your donations to the church or directly to Treasurer Diane Huie.
We Continue in Hope
Musical Benediction “Water So Deep, Water So Wide” Created and performed by Jesi Naomi, Desirae Harp, Cole Oak, and Mikilani Young. Laying prayers on Winnemem Wintu Lands for the Mountains, Waters, Salmon. August 2019. Shared with permission and blessing.
Postlude (live or recorded music)
(the service is concluded)
Music Suggestions based on scripture:
“Shall We Gather at the River” Words and Music: Robert Lowry, 1864. Performance by Bill & Gloria Gaither, featuring Buddy Greene. (C) 2012 Spring House Music Group. (4:18 min) https://youtu.be/El7QNtXqavo
“Bring Forth the Kingdom” Words and Music: Marty Haugen, 1986. Performance by Dama. (3:18 min) https://youtu.be/iKBFSW_et3w
(NRSV) New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text formatted, adapted by Kathryn M. Schreiber, 2021.
(kms) All content prepared and written by Rev. Kathryn M Schreiber, unless attributed to another source.
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Online Image: Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, posted on Run4Salmon FB page January 21, 2020
Online Publishing Date: July 21, 2021
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