Leader: O God, this day and always, come to our assistance.
All: O Lord, make haste to help us.
Leader: Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
“Peace Is Flowing Like a River” (Carey Landry), verses one and two (or another appropriate song)
The Word (Sit)
Right: Grace and peace be with you.
Left: The blessing and power of the Spirit of God be with us.
Right: How good it is to share our stories
Left: of women who have come before us.
Reader: Romans 16:1-2
Leader: Loving God, you call us to the edges of the earth to teach and minister in the Church. Whatever our field of service, give us the courage and strength to serve you and your Church. May we give of ourselves completely without stopping to count the cost.
Song: “Peace Is Flowing Like a River,” verse three
Reader: Acts 18:1-3, 18-19; Romans 16:3-5
Leader: We thank you, O God, for linking our lives in so many ways. We are partners in the mystery of redemption and reconciliation. We are partners in the ministry of service to your Church. Bless our efforts, strengthen our partnership, and deepen our love for your Church.
Song: “Peace Is Flowing Like a River,” verse four
Woman at the well
Reader: John 4:1-10, 27-28, 39
Leader: Compassionate God, wellspring of wisdom, we your faith-filled people struggle to serve you. Thank you for the example of your Son and the women who have gone before us. Spirit of Life, be with us in this space changes in our understanding of your way. You say: “The harvest is ready. Whom shall I send?” Send us.
Song: “Peace Is Flowing Like a River,” verse five twice
(Courtesy of Pat Voorhes, NCCW Church Commission)