Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday

On the first Sunday of October, the faithful of all races and nations are invited to gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In this meal many are made one, united with Christ and with the church of every time and place. This unity, which God offers in the Sacrament, is a sign of the unity God wills for all creation, all races, all nations, all tongues, all classes. It is a meal which reminds all who eat and drink of the love God has shown in the past, and the hope of the Kingdom which has come in Jesus Christ, but has not finally arrived.


Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitBe Joyful In The Lord (Donald Moore)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before His presence with a song. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: Throughout God’s world this day Christian churches are celebrating the Eucharist as one family dining together in one room under one roof.
P: Our sisters and brothers in Africa, Europe, Central America, Asia and in all lands and countries join us in lifting the bread of life and the cup of salvation.
L: Neither powers nor principalities shall stop us nor deter our purpose, our sense of mission, or our challenge to go forth as disciples into every town, village, and crossroad proclaiming the love of Christ for all creation.
P: In Christ’s love there is no East, no West, no North, no South, but only one Spirit of hope, love, and peace for all.
L: Let us praise Christ! May this holy meal empower each of us to be agents of hope and peace in a time of uncertainty and strife.
P: The bread and cup are not for us alone, but are symbols of a universal message that surpasses the might of missiles and the walls of oppression.
L: May Christ bless the worldwide communion of the church this day!
P: Praise be to Christ our Creator, Redeemer, and Savior! Amen.

* Opening HymnIn Christ There Is No East or West UMH 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.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Christ invites us all to this Holy Feast. As we gather this morning, we remember our sisters and brothers from above and below the equator, from the North and from Down Under, from every time zone around the globe. As today’s sunlight inches across land and sea Christians gather to celebrate their place in God’s family. All are invited and all are welcome. Come, for the meal is ready! Amen.

Sharing Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemWhen Morning Lights the Eastern Skies (Garrett Parker)

When morning lights the eastern skies,
O Lord, Your mercy show;
On You alone my hope relies,
Let me Your kindness know.

Teach me the way that I should go;
I lift my soul to You;
For refuge from my cruel foe
To You, O Lord, I flee.

You are my God, to You I pray;
Teach me Your will to heed;
And in the right and perfect way
May Your good Spirit lead.

For Your Name’s sake, O gracious Lord,
Revive my soul and bless,
And in Your faithfulness and love
Redeem me from distress.

O gracious Lord!

A Reading from the Psaltar – Psalm 8:1-9                                                                                    Carol Curtis, Liturgist

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Call to Confession (Leader)

We hope to walk in integrity, but usually find ourselves stumbling down sin’s sidewalks, trying to find our own way in the world. But God would forgive us and teach us new songs of hope. Let us pray to empty ourselves of all we have done and failed to do, that we might be filled with mercy.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

We find it hard to admit, Tender God, but we have lost our way. We have misplaced our love in the mess we have made of our relationships. We lose the words which might bring healing to hurting friends, because we are so focused on ourselves. We have lost our oneness in you in our quarrels about right words and right thoughts. So we need you to come and find us, and lead us back into your Heart, Searching God. We long for you to take us up in your arms and cradle us in your grace. We yearn to turn around and find you waiting to welcome us with joy. And look! There you are! Reaching out to us with the love, the life, the peace which comes to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior.

Assurance of Pardon (Leader)

God is not ashamed to call us sisters and brothers of the One who came to proclaim that God seeks to forgive us and make us whole. Here we stand on holy ground, singing our songs of thanksgiving, blessing God for the gift of new life. Amen.

* HymnOne Bread, One Body UMH 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.

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 10, Selected Verses

Sermon – “A Place at the Table”                                                                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory For Everyone Born (Brian Mann)

For everyone born, a place at the table,
For everyone born, clean water and bread,
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
For everyone born, a star overhead,

And God will delight when we are creators
Of justice and joy, compassion and peace:
Yes, God will delight when we are creators
Of justice, justice and joy!

For woman and man, a place at the table,
Revising the roles, deciding the share,
With wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
For woman and man, a system that’s fair.

For young and for old, a place at the table,
A voice to be heard, a part in the song,
The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
For young and for old, the right to belong,

For just and unjust, a place at the table,
Abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
In anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy,
For just and unjust, a new way to live,

For everyone born, a place at the table,
To live without fear, and simply to be,
To work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
For everyone born, the right to be free.

* Presentation of OfferingBe Present at Our Table Lord UMH 621

Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored;
Thy creatures bless and grant that we; May feast in paradise with thee.

Offering Prayer (All)

We dedicate ourselves and our offerings to the work of your church. For those who are sick, who are suffering, who are grieving, who are lost, we have words of hope and acts of caring. We stand with all who face discrimination, oppression, and confusion, seeking to work with them for justice and a meaningful existence. As you have accepted us, we reach out to include all your children in the family of mutuality, self-revelation, and growing in love. Amen.

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving

Invitation: Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whatever you believe, whatever you don’t believe, you are welcome at Christ’s Table where we become a community united to serve the needs of the world. We will receive in the round today. Come to the front as directed, receive the bread and cup & then move to make a circle around the communion table, holding the elements until we all have received.

Prayer After Receiving: O God, through this bread and this cup, you have made us one with you and with each other. May the unity we find at this table be a gift that we carry out into your suffering, divided world. Help us to find strength in knowing that you, the God of peace, will always be with us. Amen.

* Closing HymnTrust and Obey UMH 467

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

3. But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor he shows, for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

4. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his side in the way; what he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: Ever-loving and ever-present God, you have refreshed us at your table,
P: by granting us the presence of Jesus.
L: May the sharing of this sacred meal together remain always in our hearts,
P: and weave us together as one body, one people.
L: Strengthen our faith, that we might accomplish great things
P: through our love for one another.
L: Send us forth into the world in courage and peace,
P: rejoicing in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

* Choral ResponseAmen (Dresden)

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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