Sunday, october 2, 2022

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

17th Sunday After Pentecost

OCTOBER 2, 2022

10:15A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

World Communion Sunday . . . is one of the most venerable of “special Sundays.” The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice — and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth. On this day, we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve — a world ever more in need of peacemaking.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements      John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit   “Come, let us gather” (Trad)

Come, let us gather now to sing

praises and thanks to God, our King.

God’s love surpasses everything.

 

Call to Worship

L: Around the world, in all nations, the faithful have gathered for worship.
P: We gather in this space to worship You, O God.
L: Around the world, speaking in all languages, the faithful come to pray together.
P: We lift up our prayers to You, O God.
L: Around the world, using tortillas and pita, crackers and bread,

the faithful remember Your body that was given to us.
P: We share in the meal of remembrance, O Christ our Savior
L: Around the world, we remember our brothers and sisters this World Communion Sunday.
P: We worship, we pray, we remember and we celebrate our diversity and our unity in Christ.

 

Opening Hymn    “In Unity We Lift Our Song”  2221 TFWS        Vs. 1, 3 & 4

1. In unity we lift our song of grateful adoration,
for brothers brave and sisters strong. What cause for celebration!
For those whose faithfulness has kept us through distress,
who’ve shared with us our plight, who’ve held us in the night, the blessed congregation.

 

3. For sacred scriptures handed down, a blessed trust and treasure,
which give us hope when hope is gone, and make us weep with pleasure.
And when our eyes grow blind and death is close behind,
we shall recite them still whose words our hearts can fill with hope beyond all measure.

4. For God our way, our bread, our rest, of all these gifts the Giver.
Our strength, our guide, our nurturing breast whose hand will yet deliver.
Who keeps us till the day when night shall pass away,
when hate and fear are gone and all our work is done, and we shall sing forever.

 

Litany on  Psalm 137                                           Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes

L: We pray for exiles and refugees; for those who have been displaced by war, poverty, discrimination, poison or violence; for those who have fled their homelands for safety, for work, for hope, for those who have been taken from their homes into slavery. We pray with them and join in their song.

P: By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept
when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps.

L: We pray for all oppressors, that their eyes may be opened, that their hearts be changed, that they find their own true, deepest longings for life. We pray for them and plead for their conversion.

P: For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

L: We lament the families that are broken, the cultures that are destroyed,
the traditions that are lost, the voices that are silenced. We weep with them and join in their song.

P: How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

L: We join in their grief. We honor their terror. We accept their anger.
We lift their cry. We stand with them and join in their song.

P: Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall,
how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!”

L: We pray for the end to all violence and the end to all the offspring of injustice, that evil itself be demolished and its spawn eliminated, that every human heart be free of fear. We rage with all victims of injustice and join in their song.

P: O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!

L: We pray for exiles and refugees. We are among them: for until our sisters and brother are restored, our home is not whole or safe. We pray with them, and join in their silence.  Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response   “Spirit Song”  UMH 347 Vs. 1

Oh, let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love;

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
Oh, let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit, like a dove,

Will descend upon your life and make you whole Jesus,

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

 

Gospel Lesson   Luke 17:5-10    J.B. Phillips New Testament

5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith.” 6 And he replied, “If your faith were as big as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this fig-tree, ‘Pull yourself up by the roots and plant yourself in the sea’, and it would do what you said!” 7-10 “If any of you has a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep, are you likely to say to him when he comes in from the fields, ‘Come straight in and sit down to your meal’? Aren’t you more likely to say, ‘Get my supper ready: change your coat, and wait until I eat and drink: and then, when I’ve

finished, you can have your meal’? Do you feel particularly grateful to your servant for doing what you tell him? I don’t think so. It is the same with yourselves—when you have done everything that you are told to do, you can say, ‘We are not much good as servants, for we have only done what we ought to do.’”

The Word of God for the People of God….Thanks be to God

Sermon   “Increase Our Faith”     Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “ Lord we pray thee” ( Dash)

Lord, we pray Thee that Thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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 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: Peace, God’s Wonderful Peace (Runyan)

 

Peace, peace, God’s wonderful peace

Be with you now and evermore. Amen.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

 

 

 

 

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