Sunday Worship | Staff Sunday – A Year of Togetherness

| Desmond Tutu

“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”


Compassion is the cornerstone of every faith tradition.
The movement out of yourself, to the point of being concerned with the sufferings of another, is the beginning of the movement toward God. As the Dalai Lama says, “If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.”

OPENING HYMN  |  Make Me A Channel of Your Peace by Mar Thoma Church, Los Angeles Choir

CHILDREN’S STORY  |  The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates, read by Lisa McQuilliam


There are so many exciting ways that God is working through each of us and in this community. As we consider our receiving and our giving to the works of ministry in this place and in the world, may we remember that we belong to God.

Through all our living, we our fruits must give.
Good works of service are for offering.
When we are giving, or when receiving,
We belong to God.
We belong to God.
We belong to God.
We belong to God.

STAFF SHARE | Amanda Olson

CHRISTIAN READING | Philippians 2:1-4

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

SPECIAL MUSIC | Jason Sabino

STAFF SHARE | Lisa Mcquilliam & Jason Sabino

SPECIAL MUSIC | Orpheus, by Sara Bareilles
Performed by Amanda, Joy & Glenn Olson

MEDITATION | “A Year of Togetherness”
by Rev. Don Ludwig


  • Prayers for Barbara Killoran and family as her husband, Michael, passed away last month. 
  • Ambrose, Vicki Lukich’s father-in-law, has multiple brain tumors causing difficulties. Please pray for Ambrose and his wife Barbara as well as Vicki and Pete.
  • Please keep Alma Sauve, long time member of Southminster, and her sons (Steve and Jim) in your prayers as they face end-of-life decisions for Alma.
  • Barbara Boyd’s sister passed away this week. Please send comfort and prayers to Barbara and her many siblings and family members at this difficult time.
  • Donna Bekooy’s sister – Sally Deniston – suffered a major brain bleed last weekend. Please send healing thoughts and prayers to her family in both Oregon and Chicago.
  • Bert Schmidt continues treatment.  Please keep him and Sue Chandler, daughter, in prayer.
  • Bob Buell continues to be in hospice.
  • Karen Wittenburg has resumed another round of chemotherapy.
  • Please keep the PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee) in prayer as they discern the future of Southminster.

CLOSING PRAYER   |  Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make us a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, may we bring love;
Where there is wrong, may we bring the spirit of forgiveness;
Where there is discord, may we bring harmony;
Where there is error, may we bring truth;
Where there is doubt, may we bring faith;
Where there is despair, may we bring hope;
Where there are shadows, may we bring light;
Where there is sadness, may we bring joy.
Lord, grant that we may seek to comfort rather than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood; to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. A-men.

CLOSING HYMN | Together Hymn and Blessings from Ireland and Around the World