10 Pentecost: “She Gave Her All” * Luke 21:1-4 & Psalm 100:1-5

Photo: Rev. Kathryn M. Schreiber ©2021. Original content: Rev. Kathryn M. Schreiber ©2022.

Public Health Safety Note: Effective 5/29/2022, Sunday morning worship services will be outside in the Courtyard until increased COVID spread declines.

We Gather

“We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is thine alone,
a trust, O Lord, from thee.” Lyrics by Rev William Walsham How, 19th c. English minister

Prelude (musician)

Welcome and Acknowledgements (Pastor Kathryn)

Welcome! No matter who you are… No matter where you are on life’s journey…

You’re welcome here! Welcome guests.

Through Jesus Christ, we are called together as the Beloved Community.

We honor this holy ground, unceded territory of the Lisjan-Ohlone people,

standing in non-violence with hope for the safety and well-being of all beings.

Flowers In honor of Ede Donnell’s birthday. Given by Mark and Anita.

Worship Team Worship/Preacher Rev. Bladimer Paeste, Musician Vicky Jennings, Liturgist Darlene Hamady.  

Call to Worship (liturgist; Psalm 100:1-5, NIV)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before God with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God. It is God who made us, and we are God’s; we are God’s people, the sheep of God’s pasture.

Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and God’s courts with praise; give thanks to God and praise God’s name. For the Lord is good and God’s love endures forever; God’s faithfulness continues through all generations.

Christ our Light, be with us! Amen.

As Pastor Kathryn lights the Christ Candle and Altar Votives, let us remember those who are not physically present, but with us in spirit or thought. Amen.

Light The Christ Candle and Altar Votives (Pastor Kathryn)

Votive Lighting Music (musician)

Time for Children “Good Gifts” Genuine giving (Pastor Kathryn)

Passing the Peace (all share gestures and words of peace) (Pastor Kathryn)

We Rest in God’s Grace

Prayer and Silence (Pastor Kathryn)

Let us shift into silence in God’s presence with 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.

Assurance of Grace (Pastor Kathryn) Sometimes, it isn’t easy to give. Obligations, expectations, and social customs require we share our wealth with others. Our spirits might feel coerced into doing something we don’t want to do, or maybe, we really do wish to give, but don’t have what we desire to offer.

The poor woman in today’s parable exercises free will. She chooses to boldly express her love of God financially. Her generosity is genuine. If we could speak with her, I believe she would tell us that her gift brought her deep joy.

Jesus invites us to give as she gives. What can we boldly, freely give? May God grant us the grace to welcome and embody such blessed generosity. Amen.

Special Music (musician)

We Listen

Scripture: Luke 21:1-4 (liturgist; version: NIV) As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

May God add a blessing to the reading and reflecting upon God’s Holy Word. Amen.

Sermon: “She Gave Her All” Rev. Bladimer Paeste, member of BCCC

Sermon Hymn “Take My Life” Chalice Hymnal #609, all verses (musician)

We Pray

Pastoral Prayer (Pastor Kathryn) Source of All Life, when our woundedness advises us to horde — call us to share. When our limited vision sees only risk — open our eyes to possibilities. When we forget Your endless generosity — help us be grateful for the gift of life, for those who love us, for the free wonders of each day, and for the eternal strength of Your love. Amen.

Prayers of the People, Private Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer (Pastor Kathryn)

Offering of Praise “Doxology” (musician; all)

We Transition

Closing Hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” Chalice Hymnal #82, all verses (musician) Note: Let’s imagine the woman with two coins singing with us!

Announcements (pastor)

  • Next Sunday
  • Continue to Gather Waters

Sung Benediction “Circle Me” by Simon de Voil (Pastor Kathryn will teach the chant acapella)

Postlude (musician)

The service is concluded.

Worship Resources:

(kms) All content prepared and written by Rev. Kathryn M Schreiber, unless attributed to another source.

(NIV) Scripture quotations taken from ®NIV Copyright © 1973 1978 1984 2011 by Biblica, Inc. TM Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Residency Acknowledgement: This content was written in Huichin Village, unceded territory of the Lisjan- Ohlone people, where I dwell and serve as a local church pastor. Please support indigenous rematriation efforts, the #LandBack movement, and give to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust Soghttps://sogoreate-landtrust.org/ and other non-profits that reform, balance, and heal relationships with our indigenous hosts. Thank you!

Copyright Note: Copyright laws changed in December 2020 when Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act). Please check with your legal counsel as to the appropriate use of licensed materials, especially print and recorded music when sharing content online. Please observe ethical use of resources and follow the publishing requirements of any broadcasting or publishing platforms you use. Protect the rights of content creators. Thank you!

Online Publishing Date: August 9, 2022.

Permission: Permission is not granted to share or distribute this resource beyond your community without additional permission from the author. Please attribute source and observe ethical use of all resources. Follow your platforms’ publishing requirements for all created content especially if publishing online or broadcasting. Thank you!

Donation: Due to the current coronavirus pandemic this content is offered free. If you’d like to support the congregation I serve as pastor – Berkeley Chinese Community Church – we’d be most grateful for your support. Please send checks to: BCCC UCC, 2117 Acton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702, Attn: Diane Huie, Treasurer. Thank you!For Online Content: Please see Facebook pages: “Berkeley Chinese Community Church” and “Living Liturgies”; as well as my website: www.inthebiglove.com and YouTube channel: “Kat

9 Pentecost: “Keep Your Lamp Burning” * Luke 12:32-40 * Holy Communion

Photo: Rev. Kathryn M. Schreiber ©2015. Original content: Rev. Kathryn M. Schreiber ©2022.

Public Health Safety Note: Effective 5/29/2022, Sunday morning worship services will be outside in the Courtyard until increased COVID spread declines.

We Gather

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, [humans] will have discovered fire.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century Christian philosopher

Prelude (musician)

Welcome and Acknowledgements (pastor) Welcome! No matter who you are… No matter where you are on life’s journey… You’re welcome here! Welcome guests. Through Jesus Christ, we are called together as the Beloved Community. We honor this holy ground, unceded territory of the Lisjan-Ohlone people, standing in non-violence with hope for the safety and well-being of all beings.

Flowers Given by Jane Mah and Norman Chong.

Worship Team Guest Preacher Rev. Bladimer Paeste, Musician Vicky Jennings, Liturgist Darlene Hamady.  

Call to Worship (liturgist, see script for additional copy)

Christ our Light, be with us! Amen.

As Pastor Kathryn lights the Christ Candle and Altar Votives, let us remember those who are not physically present, but with us in spirit or thought. Amen.

Light The Christ Candle and Altar Votives (pastor)

Votive Lighting Music (musician)

Time for Children “Ready” Being spiritually ready (pastor)

Passing the Peace (all share gestures and words of peace) (pastor)

We Rest in God’s Grace

Prayer and Silence (pastor)

Let us shift into silence in God’s presence with 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.

Assurance of Grace (pastor) Being human means being vulnerable. The COVID virus, climate change, and other big crises reveal there are forces beyond our personal control. It is humbling and overwhelming. Jesus Christ teaches us to trust God and invest in the things we can control – like our actions and intentions. No matter what is going on we can care, we can help, we can embody the love of God because God loves us.  

Today, let us take comfort in eternal forces of goodness. Let us trust in the grace of God’s faithfulness, especially when we are vulnerable. Amen.

Special Music (musician)

We Listen

Scripture: Luke 12:32-40 (liturgist; version: NIV) “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

May God add a blessing to the reading and reflecting upon God’s Holy Word. Amen.

Sermon: “Keep Your Lamp Burning” Rev. Bladimer Paeste, member of BCCC

Sermon Hymn “Pass It On” Chalice Hymnal #477, all verses (musician)


We Pray

Pastoral Prayer (pastor) Beloved Christ, today we offer ourselves to You to be refined. Prepare us to be who You need us to be, especially when we least expect it. Fortify our strengths, edit our weaknesses, add what we lack, bless what is worthy. Prime us for faithful service that, through You, we might bring glory to God, be a blessing to others, and find joy blooming in our own souls. Amen.

Prayers of the People, Private Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer (pastor)

Offering of Praise “Doxology” (musician; all)

We Celebrate Holy Communion

Invitation to Holy Communion (Announce distribution of elements AFTER the hymn) God has given us THE KINGDOM. God has given US the kingdom. There is enough for everyone. We come to this Holy Meal knowing God has already given us everything we truly need. Let us come with grateful hearts.

Gathering All Souls God has given us THE KINGDOM. God has given US the kingdom. As we prepare to receive this Holy Meal we do so with the great, eternal communion of souls. Let us speak the names of those with whom we share this blessed meal… (say names out loud)

Communion Hymn: “Let Us Break Bread Together” Chalice #425, all verses (musician)

Distribute Elements (pass out juice cups and crackers)

Prayer of Consecration God has given us the kingdom. Mindful of such abundance, Let us pray: O Lord, in the sharing of this meal may we inherit what is already ours – the gift of Christ’s presence and the blessing of God’s forgiveness. Amen.

Sharing the Elements (pastors)

God has given us the kingdom. There will always be enough for everyone when we release our fears, when we share what others need, when we invest in what is eternal, when we treasure what no thief might steal and no moth can destroy. When our hearts are filled with the gifts of God, we are truly rich.

God has given us the kingdom. (Use your own words of institution – we remember the night…)

Jesus took the loaf, (lift up bread) thanked God for it, (praise God) Jesus broke it, (break the bread) and gave it to the disciples saying: “Take, eat. This is my body which has been given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after they had eaten, Jesus took the cup, (fill and lift) thanked God for it, (praise God) And gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which has been poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

We share this loaf with… (please adjust as the Spirit guides you to do…)

  • All who are hungry, sick, or without a home – AND with all who have many things which could be shared;
  • All beings who have died in wildfires and floods and other tragedies – AND with all who tried to save them, who offered care until the end;
  • All who seek God’s Love and the grace of a Beloved Community – AND with our efforts to be community for our neighbors and the friends we’ve yet to meet;

God has given us THE KINGDOM. God has given US the kingdom. Let us receive what has already been freely given, that we might freely serve God. (all consume elements.)

Prayer of Thanksgiving (spontaneous)

We Transition

Announcements (pastor)

  • After Worship
  • Next Sunday
  • Continue to Gather Waters

Sung Benediction (pastor) “Circle Me” by Simon de Voil (sing with recording)

Postlude (musician)

The service is concluded.

Worship Resources:

(kms) All content prepared and written by Rev. Kathryn M Schreiber, unless attributed to another source.

(NIV) Scripture quotations taken from ®NIV Copyright © 1973 1978 1984 2011 by Biblica, Inc. TM Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Residency Acknowledgement: This content was written in Huichin Village, unceded territory of the Lisjan- Ohlone people, where I dwell and serve as a local church pastor. Please support indigenous rematriation efforts, the #LandBack movement, and give to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust Soghttps://sogoreate-landtrust.org/ and other non-profits that reform, balance, and heal relationships with our indigenous hosts. Thank you!

Copyright Note: Copyright laws changed in December 2020 when Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act). Please check with your legal counsel as to the appropriate use of licensed materials, especially print and recorded music when sharing content online. Please observe ethical use of resources and follow the publishing requirements of any broadcasting or publishing platforms you use. Protect the rights of content creators. Thank you!

Online Publishing Date: August 3, 2022.

Permission: Permission is not granted to share or distribute this resource beyond your community without additional permission from the author. Please attribute source and observe ethical use of all resources. Follow your platforms’ publishing requirements for all created content especially if publishing online or broadcasting. Thank you!

Donation: Due to the current coronavirus pandemic this content is offered free. If you’d like to support the congregation I serve as pastor – Berkeley Chinese Community Church – we’d be most grateful for your support. Please send checks to: BCCC UCC, 2117 Acton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702, Attn: Diane Huie, Treasurer. Thank you!

For Online Content: Please see Facebook pages: “Berkeley Chinese Community Church” and “Living Liturgies”; as well as my website: www.inthebiglove.com and YouTube channel: “Kathryn Schreiber”