Sunday, October 1, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
Morning Worship at 11:00 am

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”  ― Ephesians 4:4-6

 

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

 

Prelude An Durzhunel Traditional Breton

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

 

Introit O for A Thousand Tongues to Sing (Sung in Spanish)      Choir/Charles Wesley

O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise.
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!


*  Scriptural Call to Worship Psalm 100 (Read in Scottish)       Bill Scanlan Murphy

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

*  Song We Are the Church Hymnal 558

1. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.

2. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! We’re many kinds of people, with many kinds of faces, all colors and all ages, too, from all times and places.

3. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! Sometimes the church is marching, sometimes it’s bravely burning, sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding, always it’s learning.

4. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! And when the people gather, there’s singing and there’s praying, there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes, all of it saying:

5. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! At Pentecost some people received the Holy Spirit and told the Good News through the world to all who would hear it.


Scripture Lesson Romans 12:3-8 (Read in Spanish)              Ivan Reyes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples


Scripture Lesson Ephesians 4:1-6;11-16 (Read in French)   Jackie Noller

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

 

Sermon “The Power of One”     Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

 

*  Song In Christ there Is No East or West Hymnal 548

1. In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

2. In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

3. In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.

4. In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth


Scripture Lesson 1 Corinthians 10:1-17 (Read in German)    Rev. Dr. Emora Brannan

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

 

Special Music Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee (Sung in German) Choir/Johannes Brahms

Let nothing ever grieve thee, distress thee, nor fret thee;
heed God’s good will, my soul, be still, compose thee.
Why brood all day in sorrow?
Tomorrow will bring thee God’s help benign and grace sublime in mercy.
Be true in all endeavor, and ever ply bravely; what God decrees brings joy and peace.
He’ll stay thee. Amen


Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Pastor: Let us pray

Pastoral Prayer

Pastor: Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song The Lord’s Prayer (West Indian Version)               Hymnal 271

1. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed-a be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, hallowed-a be thy name.

2. Done on earth as it is in heaven, hallowed-a be thy name. Give us this day our daily bread, hallowed-a be thy name.

3. And forgive all our debts, hallowed-a be thy name. As we forgive our debtors, hallowed-a be thy name.

4. Lead us not into temptation, hallowed-a be thy name. But deliver us from evil, hallowed-a be thy name.

5. Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory, hallowed-a be thy name. Forever and ever, hallowed-a be thy name.

6. Amen, amen, amen, hallowed-a be thy name. Amen, amen, amen, amen, hallowed-a be thy name.


Scripture Lesson 1 Corinthians 12:4-12 (Read in Russian)    Sefi Abedoh

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

 

* Song One Bread, One Body Hymnal 620

1. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.

2. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

3. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.


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

The Invitation

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.

The Great Thanksgiving

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.

Prayer of Gratitude after all have received

Lord over all the church throughout the world,
thank you for uniting us through the table that welcomes all peoples to share this meal.
May the cup and loaf which we have shared become instruments of inclusivity
working in us and through us to break down walls and build bridges
that bring people together in the common mission of sharing Christ’s love. Amen.


Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Work and World Communion Sunday Special Offering

Offertory             Cantemos el Senor (Sung in Spanish)      Choir/Carlos Rosas

Let’s sing unto the Lord a hymn of glad rejoicing.
Let’s sing a hymn of love, at the new day’s fresh beginning.
God made the sky above, the stars, the sun, the oceans;
and God saw it was good, for those works were filled with beauty
Alleluia! Alleluia! let’s sing unto the Lord.

Let’s sing unto the Lord a hymn of adoration,
which shows our love and faith and the hope of all creation.
Through all that has been made, the Lord is praised for greatness,
and so we sing to God, who bestows such lovely blessings.
Alleluia! Alleluia! let’s sing unto the Lord.

Prayer of Dedication

God of us all,
We come with many differing gifts to offer them up to one single purpose,
that you may use them for your work and your glory.
We give time and talents and these tithes and offerings,
asking that you would bless the givers and the gifts.
Take and knead our offerings together like the bread of Communion,
that they will incorporate Christ’s love and be used to feed a hungering world.
Take and use us and our offerings
so that they may be poured out like the cup of Communion
to quench the world’s thirst for love, peace, and justice.
Above all take us and our offerings and make us one with you.  Amen.


* Presenting our Gifts O Church of God, United Hymnal 547

1. O church of God, united to serve one common Lord, proclaim to all one message, with hearts in glad accord. Christ ever goes before us; we follow day by day with strong and eager footsteps along the upward way.

2. From every land and nation the ordered ranks appear; to serve one valiant leader they come from far and near. They chant their one confession, they praise one living Lord, and place their sure dependence upon his saving word.

3. Though creeds and tongues may differ, they speak, O Christ, of thee; and in thy loving spirit we shall one people be. Lord, may our faithful service and singleness of aim proclaim to all the power of thy redeeming name.

4. May thy great prayer be answered that we may all be one, close bound, by love united in thee, God’s blessed Son: to bring a single witness, to make the pathway bright, that souls which grope in darkness may find the one true light.

 

*  Sending Out to Serve Litany for Christian Unity              Hymnal 556

Let us ask the Lord to strengthen in  l Christians faith in Christ, the Savior of the world.

Listen to us, O Lord.

Let us ask the Lord to sustain and guide Christians with his gifts  along the way to full unity.

Listen to us, O Lord.

Let us ask the Lord for the gift of unity and peace for the world.

Listen to us, O Lord.

Let us pray. We ask you, O Lord, for the gifts of your Spirit.

Enable us to penetrate the depth of the whole truth,

And grant that we may share with others

The goods you have put at our dispos .

Teach us to overcome divisions. Send us your Spirit

To lead to full unity your sons and daughters in full charity,

In obedience to your will; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


*  Choral Response Jesus Es Mi Rey Soberano (Sung in Spanish) Choir

O Jesus, my King and my Sovereign, my joy is to sing Him my praise.
He’s King, yet He treats me like family; He’s King, yet He shares all His love.
He left all His glory in Heaven to come lift my life from the ashes.
I’m happy today: life’s joy came to stay through Him.


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


*  Postlude Brogan Ur (traditional North Uist)

 

 

 

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