Sunday, October 6, 2019

World Communion Sunday

Organ PreludePange lingua (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitThe Lord Is in His Holy Temple (arr. Moore)

The Lord is in His holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: As we gather around the table of the LORD today,
P: we remember the peoples of the world divided into many nations and tongues.
L: We gather in the name of the Almighty, Creator of every man and woman, every plant and animal.
P: We join in the chorus of praise with sisters and brothers around the world to celebrate our LORD.
L: May Christ’s church be strengthened & united through the sacrament of Holy Communion.

* Opening HymnJesu, Jesu UMH 432

1. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet, Master who acts as a slave to them.

2. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are near and far away.

3. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbors to us and you.

4. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Loving puts us on our knees, serving as though we are slaves, this is the way we should live with you.

5. Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you. Kneel at the feet of our friends, silently washing their feet, this is the way we should live with you.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

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.

At Christ’s table we are made one, and can offer ourselves in obedient service to God’s reign and rule, as we join God in fulfilling the Kingdom that Christ has proclaimed. Let us come and worship the God who makes us one Body. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemDay By Day (Martin How)

Day by day, dear Lord, of Thee
Three things I pray;
To see Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day.

Call to Confession Dan Bailey, Liturgist

Our faith has been placed in our hands by our parents and grandparents. But we know we have not always done what we ought to have done. Let us lift our prayers to the One who is always ready to place forgiveness in our hearts.

Prayer of Confession (All) Dan Bailey, Liturgist

We stand before you in this moment, Listening God, and state what you already know. Our cheeks are carved with the tears of the pain we have caused. Our hearts are so empty we cannot comfort others. Our desires have taken us to places where we cannot sing your praises.

Heart-seeking God, forgive us. Plant a tiny seed of hope that it might grow into a bouquet for others. Increase our faith until it spills over in thanksgiving to you. Fill us with the love that overwhelms all our complaints and rekindles our desire to follow faithfully Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon Dan Bailey, Liturgist

L: While are failures and frailty are fresh, God’s grace has been ours before time began. This is
great news – we are forgiven.
P: God plants the seed of faith deep within us, growing a harvest of grace and hope. Thanks be to god, who has given us the promise of life in Christ Jesus our Lord! 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.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

Sermon – “The Bread Connection”                                                                                        Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryO Sacrum Convivium (Vincent Novello)

O sacred banquet! in which Christ is met, the memory of His Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia.

Offering Response – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow   UMH 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

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 the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving

May the God of all be with you!
May that God be with you, as well!
We will join our hearts with all of God’s people,
offering them to the God who loves us.
God fills our hearts, our lives, with overflowing grace.
With voices in every tongue, of every faith,
we will sing our praises to God.
We offer glory and thanksgiving to our God.
When there was nothing but your imagination,
God of Wonder, you thought,
and the Spirit began to twinkle chaos
with stars, moons, and planets.
You spoke, and the Word began to call to life
centipedes to march across the ground,
sparrows to dart across skies,
and little kittens to lap milk.
You laughed, and shaped us in your image,
to offer all these things and more to us.
But we were convinced we did not need you,
and so chose to stay wrapped in our little cocoons
spun by sin and death.
Over and over, in dusty streets and urban centers,
your prophets call us back to you,
but we were set in our ways,
not wanting to walk by your rivers of life.
So that we might finally have life with you,
you sent your Child to us,
so that all the world might be redeemed.
With those whose hearts are filled with joy,
with those whose lips tremble with questions,
we lift our praises to you:
Holy, holy, holy are you, God of all, God of each.
All creation everywhere joins in praising you.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who calls us to the Table of life.
Hosanna in the highest!
In your holiness, God of creation,
you could have stayed aloof,
letting the world drift back into chaos.
But you became one of us,
in a little child born in a place no one imagined,
and to a family none would have picked.
A little child,
Jesus knew the hunger and fears of poverty and despair.
A young boy,
Jesus knew the doubts and questions
of wondering about the future.
A worker,
Jesus knew the struggles to put food on the table.
A storyteller,
Jesus knew how to reach the deepest
depths of the human heart.
A servant,
Jesus was willing to take on our death for us,
so that in the power of the resurrection,
sin and death lost their power over us.
As we gather in grand churches and in open fields,
as we feast on the finest bread, and drink from crystal cups,
we join our sisters and brothers in every place, proclaiming the mystery:
Jesus died, so we might know the depths of love;
Jesus was raised, so we might know the strength of love;
Jesus will come, so we might know God’s steadfast love for us.
At altars carved from marble and tables shoved together,
with people who are at the feast every time it is served,
as well as those just stopping in,
we pray that you would pour out your Spirit
upon your children and on the gifts gathered
from the simple goodness of creation and set aside for holy use.
In the bread which is broken,
may we be reminded of those places
like Palestine and Israel torn apart
by ancient and modern fears;
may we be strengthened to bring hope and help
to flooded communities;
may we become willing to listen to those
who tell stories of unspeakable horrors from decades ago.
In that cup which is filled with grace,
may we be called to welcome those
who have been forced to flee from the neighborhoods
they loved, but now fear;
may we gather up children who have been forgotten,
to be blessed by their resilience;
may we commit ourselves to ending injustice
in every place, in every person.
And when all time has ended and the world
as we know it is made complete,
we will gather around that One Table
of grace, hope, peace, and love with
sisters and brothers of every time and place,
forever praising your name,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.


Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving (All)

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 HymnWe Come To This Table
We come to this table, O God, with thanksgiving.
We lift up our hearts, we remember, we pray.
We hear Jesus’ welcome– inviting, forgiving;
We know your Spirit’s peace as we feast here today.

We dine at your table as sisters and brothers,
Diverse in our cultures, yet nourished as one.
The bread and the cup that we share here with others
Are gifts uniting all who are claimed by your Son.
We grieve for your world here; we cry, “How much longer?”
We pray for the cycles of violence to cease.
Yet here, in Christ broken, we’re fed and made stronger
To labor in his name for a world filled with peace.
We rise from this table with new dedication
To feed the world’s children, to free the oppressed,
To clear out the minefields, to care for creation;
We pray, O God of peace, that our work will be blest.


* Benediction

L: Go out from this table, from this place of peace, to serve a hurting world.
P: We go, knowing that the God of peace will be with us.
L: Go where there is disunity among Christians, and bring God’s reconciliation.
P: We go, knowing that the God of peace will be with us.
L: Go where there is injustice and brokenness, to bring God’s way of peace.
P: We go, knowing that the God of peace will be with us. Amen!

* Benediction Response – Amen (Jennings)


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeRespondit Dominus (Souter)

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