World Wide Communion and Thanksgiving Sunday
October 7, 2018
Gathering in God’s Name
*Please stand if you are able
Welcome / Life and Work of the Church
Lighting the Christ Candle
Call to Worship:
Small sounds whisper
Deep ocean stirs
Wind carries life
All across Earth seeds startle awake inside trees and pools and rocks and beings and new life begins.
And hear all sound resonate with the voice of creation saying, “We are one, depend on me.”
*Hymn: “Come, You Thankful People, Come”
Voices United # 516
[During the singing of this hymn please come forward and put your coins in the Mission and Service Piggy Bank to celebrate October birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.]
We live in sacred storm times moving between holy wind moments.
Too often looking without longing to discover truth within.
Within where we are inseparable from our Earth.
Within where we are co-joined with creation’s Creator.
Within where we become all and simply is the everything we call God. We come today in Happy Thanksgiving for our Creator.
Diffuse our confusion creating spirit.
Show us through your infinite wisdom and acceptance that there is only you—through whom all life is dispersed and the truth of our dependence is revealed.
Awaken our inherent connection so that we can hear you in everything. Remind us of our communion of mind body and spirit with all peoples of this earth.
Statement of Faith:
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve other,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, Crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
“It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker”
More Voices # 30
Ministry of Music
Proclaiming God’s Word
Joel 2: 21-27
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Psalm 126 Refrain 1 Voices United Page 850
Matthew 6: 25-33
This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thanks be to God
We Respond to God’s Call
*Offertory Response: (Voices United #540)
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
Before the Lord; for God is coming. (Psalm 96:11–13)
*Communion Hymn: “One Bread, One Body”
Voices United # 467
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
God is with us!
We are not alone!
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy Mystery that is Wholly Love, you are beyond complete knowledge, above perfect description.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Source of Life, Living Word, and Bond of Love, you are creative and self-giving, generously moving.
In all the near and distant corners of the universe.
Nothing exists that does not find its source in you.
(based on A Song of Faith)
Even when we turn away from you, you are with us; your presence never fails us, your gifts of hope and new life transform us.
We praise you for Jesus Christ, eternal as your love, our bond to one another.
We rejoice with all your people of every time and place, and with angels and archangels, to proclaim the glory of your name:
Sanctus and Benedictus (More Voices 203)
Holy, holy, holy are you.
Holy, holy, blessed are you.
It is Jesus, God incarnate, the Risen Christ, who joins us together as a community of broken but hopeful believers:
loving what he loved
living what he taught, and striving to be his faithful servants in our time and place.
In this meal we remember Jesus, his promises, and the price he paid for who he was, what he said, and what he did.
On the night before Jesus died, he took a loaf of bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take and eat; whenever you do this, remember me.”
After supper, Jesus took the cup, and poured, saying, “This is the new covenant, remember me.”
We do remember.
We remember his life of love, his friendship, his teaching, his dying, and his rising to life again.
In sharing this meal, we live out the mystery of our faith:
Memorial Acclamation (sung to More Voices 204)
Christ has died
Christ will arise
Christ will come to us again
Holy Mystery, God the Spirit, we call on you to transform these familiar things, as you continually transform the world around us.
Bless this bread and this cup, the wheat and the grape, the farmer and the harvest, the seed and the sower.
So that in the sharing of these simple elements in community, we may taste and see your goodness, so that we might catch a glimpse of what it is to be in communion with you and with one another.
Through Christ, in Christ, and with Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
Great Amen (sung to More Voices 225)
Breaking the Bread, Pouring the Cup
The body of Christ,
the bread of life.
The lifeblood of Christ,
the cup of blessing.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God!
Let us sing together then, the prayer that the Saviour taught us:
Lord’s Prayer Voices United Page 960
Sharing the Meal
Prayer after Communion
Thank you, O Christ, for this feast of life.
We are fed by your love; we are strengthened by your life.
We are sent forth into this world to live into the visions God has laid on our hearts.
We are now commissioned to:
feed as we have been fed,
forgive as we have been forgiven,
love as we have been loved.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
We Go Forth to Live as Christians in the World
*Closing Hymn: “In Christ There is No East or West
Voices United # 606
*Choral Benediction: Voices United # 429
May the blessing of God be upon you.
May God’s love light all your way.
May the grace of Christ enfold you
and peace around you stay.
May the Spirit of God dwell within you.
May you live in joy each day.