Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Worship at 10:00 am

“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.”   -Jesse Browner

Prelude Polly Moore Traditional Canadian

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Introit As We Gather Coomes

As we gather, may Your Spirit work within us; as we gather, may we glorify Your name,
knowing well that as our hearts begin to worship, we’ll be blessed because we came.

* Call to Worship (based on Isaiah 55)

Leader: God invites everyone who thirsts come to the waters!

People: God makes it possible that those who have no money can come buy and eat.

Leader: God invites you to come buy wine and milk without money and without price!

People: We shall not spend our money for that which is not bread
or labor for that which does not satisfy.

Leader: God bids you to listen carefully & eat what is good & delight yourselves in rich food.

People: We will incline our ears and come to God;
we will listen so that we may live in the everlasting covenant of God’s love.

* Song Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Hymnal 277

1. Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear; things I would ask him to tell me if he were here: scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

2. First let me hear how the children stood round his knee, and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me; words full of kindness, deeds full of grace, all in the love-light of Jesus’ face.

3. Into the city I’d follow the children’s band, waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand; one of his heralds, yes, I would sing loudest hosannas, “Jesus is King!”

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Pastor: Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song Fill My Cup Lord Hymnal 641

Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Prayer Song Fill My Cup Lord Hymnal 641

Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Scripture Lessons Dennis Ferguson

From the Hebrew Scripture                         Psalm 145:8-9

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Psalm 145:14-19

The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

From the New Testament                            Matthew 14:13-21

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Divine Dining”   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Now the Silence Carl Schalk

Now the silence, now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven, leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany;
Now the Father’s blessing,
Now, now, now.

Celebration of Holy Communion A Service of Word and Table III  Hymnal pp. 15-16


Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,

Who earnestly repent of their sin

And seek to live in peace with one another.

Great Thanksgiving Pg. 15-16

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

{The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:}

And so,

With your people on earth

And all the company of heaven

We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

{The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled. The pastor concludes:}

And so,

In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

As a holy and living sacrifice,

In union with Christ’s offering for us,

As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

{The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit and then praises the Trinity, concluding:}

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),

Now and for ever.

Amen, amen, amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication

O Lord, our God, you are the source of all goodness.
Yet we chase after things of this world that do not satisfy.
We spend our money foolishly and wonder why we still hunger in spirit.
Thank you for patiently calling us to trust you with our whole heart.
Refresh us by your Holy Spirit so that we may lead others to you.
We give these offerings in the name of Jesus Christ,
who multiplied the loaves and fish so that everyone had more than their fill. Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts For the Bread Which You Have Broken (Verses 1-3) Hymnal 614

1. For the bread which you have broken, for the wine which you have poured, for the words which you have spoken, now we give you thanks, O Lord.

2. By this pledge that you do love us, by your gift of peace restored, by your call to heaven above us, hallow all our lives, O Lord.

3. With our sainted ones in glory seated at the heavenly board, may the church that’s waiting for you keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.

* Sending Out to Serve

Pastor:  As we have been fed, may we go now to bless others in Jesus’ name.

All: We go filled with the power of the Spirit to be a blessing. Amen.

Congregational Response For the Bread Which You Have Broken (Verse 4) Hymnal 614

4. In your service, Lord, defend us, in our hearts keep watch and ward; in the world where you have sent us, let your kingdom come, O Lord.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Spiritoso Fanning

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