Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Words of Welcome – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prelude: “Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church” ( A Setting on OLD 124th) – arranged by Robert Powell
- Call to Worship – Dan Kinnicutt and congregation
- Leader: Today we are invited to a joyful feast, hosted by Jesus Christ.
- People: All who are hungry will find the bread of life here.
- Leader: All who are thirsty will find a fountain of grace here.
- People: All who are lost will find safety here.
- Leader: All who are lonely will find a friend here.
- People: All who are broken will find healing here.
- Leader: All who have been wandering will find a home here.
- People: For this is the heavenly banquet and you are welcome here!
- ALL: LET US WORSHIP GOD!
- Hymn 504: “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” – UNION SEMINARY
- Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)
- Gracious God, who made covenant with our ancestors, we gather here today as a rebellious people. We want to act out your intentions for us, but we get sidetracked by the false glitter of the world. You tell us to honor Creation, but we use other people, animals, and plants for our own gain. You offer bread to every living creature, and we steal that bread from our brothers and sisters in the name of greed. You promise us new life, but we shrink back in fear, clinging to our death-dealing ways. Heal us, O Lord, lest we destroy ourselves and the planet. We need your healing presence among us, that your good intentions for all of creation might be fulfilled at last through Jesus Christ. In his name, hear our silent prayers of return …
- Assurance of Pardon – Dan Kinnicutt and congregation
- Leader: With God, there is no chasm that cannot be bridged, no loss that cannot be recovered, no mistake that cannot be forgiven, and no life that cannot be redeemed.
- People: By the grace of God in Christ Jesus, our sins are forgiven and the ability to begin again is ours.
- Leader: Glory be to God who makes all things new!
- People: Amen.
- Response 322: “Spirit of the Living God” – LIVING GOD
- Time for Young Disciples – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Anthem: “Be Thou My Vision” – JOHN RUTTER – The Chancel Choir with Lucas McCarson, Soloist
- Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:17-22, 27-34
- Sermon: RECEIVING AND PASSING ON – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor
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- Hymn 517: “We Come as Guests Invited” – WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN
- Affirmation of Faith – Dan Kinnicutt and congregation
- We believe that God hopes and works for a world where all shall be included in the feast of life and that in Christ we see how costly it is to bring that world about.
- We believe that God of all the earth is at work beyond the churches as well as within them, working for justice so that all may have a say in what happens to them.
- We long for the time when all who hunger and thirst for justice shall be satisfied and we believe that despite the persistence of evil, now is always the time when more good can be done and we can make a difference. Amen.
- Time of Giving Thanks – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
- Offertory: “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” – arranged by Marilyn Thompson
- Doxology 592: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
- Prayer of Dedication (unison)
- One and Eternal God of time and space, we respond to you with joy as we lift up our tithes and offerings. The opportunity to share is a blessing for which we are very thankful. Your generous provision for our needs prompts us to be generous in return. Accomplish your purposes, we pray, through these gifts and in our lives. Amen.
- SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION (see liturgy in bulletin below)
- Communion Setting: “Lead, Kindly Light” – arranged by Dale Wood
- Communion Setting: “On Eagle’s Wings” – arranged by Lani Smith
- Hymn 508: “For the Bread Which You Have Broken” – KINGDOM
- Charge and Benediction – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Postlude: “God Hath Spoken By His Prophets” – arranged by Paul Manz