One: We are people on a journey – a journey of faith and hope in God’s love.
All: Come, let us continue on this journey, keeping our sights on the promises of God’s grace.
One: The invitation has been sent to each of us – no matter who we are or where we are on life’s journey – we are all invited to join in following.
All: We are invited to follow the Christ wherever we are led; to follow into service, into contemplation, into worship, and into communion with God, God’s people, and God’s created world. Come, let us journey on.
One: Come, people of God, let us recognize ourselves as one family of God, as we journey together toward peace and justice.
All: God unites us as one people, and journeys with us all the way. Let us worship.
We have visions, Great Creator. We hold images and dreams in our spirits that we long to see manifest, but for now, sustain us for the journey. Be known to us as we worship, and help us to cast our visions into the realm of possibility. Be known to us and guide us ever closer to the fulfillment of all healing and wholeness in this world. Be known to us, and help us to see that every step is balm itself – every effort is part of your glory – every intention to love and share compassion is your realm on Earth embodied. Be known to us as we worship, and help us to see what is true now, as well as to hold the vision for what is possible in your grace. Amen.
Storytelling – “God’s Promises”
Message in Music Brian Packham – Clavichord
Reading of Scripture Deuteronomy 34:1–12
Message “Being Far-Sighted” Rev. Laura McLeod
Stewardship Moment Robin DeVilbiss
Dedication of Offering
We dedicate the journey to you today. In thanksgiving for all the beauty and potential we can see from this vantage point as your people, we give our worship and our resources. Bless and transform them, we pray, into the fulfillment of steps along “the way.” We pray in Christ’s name. Amen. Preparation for Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
thank you that you are with us always.
We have been on many journeys of life and faith in our lives –
journeys of family and career, of friendship and imagination, of personal fulfillment and community building.
And we live, always, with the hope of someday arriving into the light of fulfillment.
But we thank you, today, that as people of faith,
our commitment is to the journey itself.
We recognize that in many ways, our dreams will never be fully actualized.
And yet, we know that to let go of the possibilities of peace on Earth with true justice and equity is to let go of God’s heartbeat in our lives.
We thank you for the prophets of our world who have held up the visions and shown us the potential –
who have led us to the mountaintop from which we can all see the glory of your grace made known on Earth.
Guide us as we continue to strive to get closer to its fruition.
On this journey with a hurting planet, guide our steps and help us to be healers.
On this journey for racial justice, guide our steps to recognize one another as siblings and your family.
On this journey for economic equality, guide our steps toward the common good and enough for all.
On this journey with immigrants and sojourners everywhere,
guide our steps to notice that even we are sojourners, and our welcome is your welcome.
On this journey to be your people on Earth,
guide our steps and teach us to love more fully,
until we can all affirm that the journey itself is our home,
and you are with us all the way.
We pray in Christ’s name, who taught us to pray together saying, Our Father…Amen.
Let us continue the journey! Let us go from this place with the knowledge of God’s accompaniment in our hearts. Let us love God, our neighbors, and ourselves, and find the peace that comes with confidence in God’s grace. Go in peace.
Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 34:1–12 NRSV
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
Storytelling – “God’s Promises”
Based on Deuteronomy 34:1–12
Moses had been leading the people of Israel for 40 years. He was now 120 years old! He could see very well, and he still had lots of energy.
He had led the people from slavery into freedom, and he led them through life in the desert. During that time, Moses acted as God’s spokesperson. God would speak to Moses, and Moses would tell the people what God said. God often chose to speak with Moses from a mountaintop.
One day, Moses went up a mountain called Mount Nebo. From the high place, God showed Moses land that stretched a very far distance. Moses could see flatlands, valleys, trees, cities, and even the sea.
God told Moses that this land that he could see was very important. This was a land of promise, a land where the people could finally settle after 40 years of living and travelling through the wilderness! This was a place they could call home. Here they could grow their food and raise their families. This was a place where they could be happy and free and where they could build and plant.
Guided by God, Moses had led the people to this new land.
After Moses saw the land and talked with God, but before the people entered the land, Moses died.
The people were very, very sad. They mourned and cried for many days.
Moses had been an incredible leader. There was no one quite like him. God had spoken to Moses face-to-face and had appointed Moses to do miracles and wonders that no one else could do. God’s power was seen through Moses, and Moses was well-known throughout the whole land of Israel.
When the people of Israel had finished crying about Moses, they learnt that they would have a new leader. Before he died, Moses had chosen Joshua to become the new leader. The people of Israel listened carefully to what Joshua had to say.