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Announcements - Marge Higgins, Lay Leader
Prelude - Prelude on Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ by John A. Behnke - Marvin Mills, Organist
Call to Worship - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Associate Pastor
-- Leader: The heavens declare the glory of God!
-- People: The skies proclaim God's handiwork.
-- L: The day pronounces God's glory without a sound, the night expounds God's knowledge without a word.
-- P: And yet their voice goes out through all the earth.
Hymn - UM Hymnal #114 – Many Gifts, One Spirit
Opening Prayer - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, Associate Pastor
-- God who speaks,
Your law is perfect, reviving the soul; your commandment is clear, enlightening the eyes.
May your Spirit illumine this Word that our eyes may be opened and our souls revived.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Children's Message - Dr. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education
Anthem - Prelude on Many and Great, O God (LACQUIPARLE) by David Schelat - Marvin Mills, Organist
Scripture - Psalm 24
1The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
2 for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
5 They will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.
6 Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory.
Hymn - UM Hymnal #148 – Many and Great, O God
Sermon – Rev. Lemuel Dominguez, Guest Preacher
Prayer of Dedication - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton
Communion - The Great Thanksgiving
-- Leader: The Lord be with you.
-- People: And also with you.
-- L: Lift up your hearts.
-- People: We lift them up to the Lord.
-- L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
-- People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
-- L: It is right and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Creating God, even in the midst of such strange times around the world. You formed us, breathing life into us. When we got ourselves into that first strange time in the garden, you clothed us and watched over us as we went out to make our own way. Your love kept calling us back to you, and sometimes we heard it. When we stepped into freedom after bondage in Egypt, we were following your love. Even in the midst of the strange times of famines and illness, injustice and unrest, you continued to create by speaking love into our hearts through prophets and teachers, priests and widows. And so with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn.
-- People: Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
-- Leader: We praise you for speaking love into and through Jesus Christ. He knew what it was like to grow up in strange times. He grew up under the violence of Roman occupation. He grew up impoverished, experiencing the pain of poverty. His heart was open to see the way we use religion not to nourish and strengthen, but to cut down and cover up. And even though the suffering of the world seemed insurmountable then, just as it does today, Jesus proclaimed the coming of a world defined entirely by love. He poured your love over us through healing the sick and eating with sinners, and he challenged us to love one another and ourselves as you love us all. Around the world our tables look different and even strange today, but your Table is always one defined by love. We love one another even by not partaking of one literal loaf. We love one another by wearing masks and distancing our bodies, even though we long to hold hands, hug, and sing. The first communion meal was a fraught table just as ours is now. Jesus knew some of his friends would betray him, deny him, and abandon him. And he nourished them anyway, just as you nourish us in these strange times. You gave yourself to us in Jesus, pouring love over us, filling us with grace. You took bread and said:
-- People: “This is my body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
-- Leader: You took drink from the vine and said:
-- People: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
-- Leader: The disciples did not understand. We do not understand. But we remember. May our remembering connect us to you and one another even in such strange times. So let us proclaim this great mystery of our faith:
-- People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
-- Leader: Pour out your Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and cup, pointing us toward that day when we who are many will partake of one loaf and one cup. Breathe life and love into us and knit us together, even as we eat distanced from one another. Make these gifts for us be the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for this broken world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Though our communion this morning may feel disjointed and strange, nourish us to minister with all the world until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Child Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
-- People: Amen.
-- Leader: And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread and Offering of the Cup and Sharing in the Feast
The Prayer after Receiving
Leader: Behold: we have experienced a mystery! Ordinary bread and ordinary fruit become for us nourishing life that can transform even the grief and fear of these strange times into hope and love. May it be so not just in this meal but each meal. And may we who have been fed go forth to feed others. Amen.
Hymn – Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
Benediction - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton
Postlude - Batalla del 5. Tono / Batalla on the 5th Tone, 17th cent. Spanish anonymous - Marvin Mills, Organist
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Please note: The congregational meeting with vote on the Welcoming Statement and Reconciling Ministries Network will be on October 18; registration required. Find more information by clicking HERE.
Prelude on Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (Linstead) by John A. Behnke, copyright 1975, 1999, 2016 by Hope Publishing. Used by permission under CCLI license #24106074. All rights reserved.
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer from Feasting on the Word Year A, Vol. 2, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014), p. 187.
Many Gifts, One Spirit. Words & Music by Al Carmines, copyright 1974 by Al Carmines, in The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville TN: United Methodist Publishing House, 1989), #114. Used by permission.
"Lacquiparle (Many and Great)" from Many and Great: Seven Settings for Organ by David Schelat, copyright 2018, Birnamwood/Morningstar Music Publishers. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
Many and Great, O God. Words: Joseph R. Renville (1846); para. Philip Frazier (1929), Music: Native American Melody, harmonized by Richard Proulx (1986). Copyright 1986, GIA Publications, Inc. Permission to stream this music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #735990-A. All rights reserved.
"Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ," Words & Music by Fred Kaan, copyright 1975, Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission under CCLI license #24106074. All rights reserved.