Sunday, October 3, 2021

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
October 3, 2021
10:15am
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.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements           John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “A Hymn of Joy We Sing” (Schumann)

A hymn of joy we sing around Thy table, Lord;
Again, our grateful tribute bring, our solemn vows record.

 

Call to Worship

L: Throughout God’s world this day Christian churches are celebrating the Eucharist as one family dining together.
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 Hymn “In Christ There Is No East Or West”     UMH 548 Vs. 1,2 and alternate to 3

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 ev’rywhere
their high communion find.
His service is the golden cord
close binding humankind.
3. Join hands, then, people of the faith,
whate’er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

 

Call to Reconciliation (Leader)

A word of anger breaks another’s heart, a church’s silence damages a family, a nation’s anger can bring war and destruction. As individuals, as communities, as a world, we do not live as God’s people, so let us bring our lives to our God, so forgiven, we might continue to seek to become one in Christ.

 

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

We confess, God of every person, how easy it is to think that our way of being your church is the one, true way. And so, we believe we have no reason to hear your name spoken in another language. We are sure we don’t need to learn songs that have tunes which sound dissonant to us. We believe that our baptism, our communion, our beliefs are the ones closest to your heart, and so we close our hearts, eyes, and hands to those around us.
Forgive us, Gracious God, and have mercy. Remind us that while there may be many types of bread, there is that one Love which has been broken for us. Remind us that while there might be wine or juice offered, there is one Life which has been poured out for us. Remind us that while some remain seated, some come forward, and others dance, there is one Table, offered to us by your grace, through Jesus Christ, our Brother, our Savior.

 

Assurance of Pardon

L: In little churches with wide open windows, in ancient buildings echoing with the songs and prayers of generations, in buildings that do not look like sanctuaries, the same good news is proclaimed: God is love. And that love forgives us, redeems us, restores us.
P: In whatever language, in every tongue and dialect, we rejoice and give thanks. We are forgiven by our God of grace and wonder. Amen.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response “Cares Chorus” TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson     Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

Sermon ‘We Who Are One Are One Body”         Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “How Lovely Are the Messengers” (Mendelssohn)

How lovely are the messengers
That preach us the gospel of peace.
To all the nations is gone forth
The sound of their words.

 

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.

 

Closing Hymn      “One Bread, One Body”     UMH 620

Refrain: 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.
1. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man no more.
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. Refrain
2. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.
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. Refrain
3. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all.
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. Refrain

 

Benediction

L: Go out 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!

 

Choral Benediction “New Testament Benediction” (Christian Gregor)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Postlude

 

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