Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
& Communion Sunday
Guard me against the arrogance of privilege, against the indulgence of feeling that I don’t have enough, and the poverty of spirit that refuses to acknowledge what is daily given me.
Keep me truthful in knowing where I spend, where my values actually are.
~ Gunilla Norris, From Paying Bills
PRELUDE “Lift Every Voice” – J. Johnson/arr. S. Conrady
If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness and that we can share that light with one another in our own times of darkness and we can share that light of love with the world.
A moment of silence
OPENING HYMN “Seek Ye First”
Let us rejoice, for morning has dawned. A new day has been, and we are fully alive to enjoy it.
We know the beauty of God’s creation and the wonder of the human family. We remember those whose love has shaped our lives and whose struggle for justice has set us free.
We gather this morning as a faith community to worship God, to share our prayers and gifts, and to pledge ourselves to the work of Jesus Christ in the world.
May God bless us, so that what we do during this time together may be true, sacred, and filled with hope.
~paraphrased from Maren C. Tirabassi, “Touch Holiness” Resources for Worship
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We confess that we have stepped away from Christ’s Path whenever we have failed to practice love of God, neighbor, and self. Forgive us when we size others up and we forget all people are made in your image O’ God.
A moment of silence for personal reflection
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God’s grace is given freely. Christ always reaches for us. Nothing can separate us for the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.
TIME FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
ANTHEM “Panis Angelicus” (Bread of Angels) – C. Frank
Luke 12:32-40 (NIV)
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
MORNING REFLECTION “Placing First Things First”
COMMUNION HYMN “Just as I Am, Without One Plea” No.319
- Just as I am, without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me.
And that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
- Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict many a doubt
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
O God, in the loving and liberating spirit of Jesus, we gather at this welcoming table open to all, remembering how Jesus gathered people from all the walks of life, stranger and friend and enemies, gave thanks to you, offered all, the bread of life and the cup of blessing and proclaimed a covenant of love for all in your name.
We also remember the wonder of Jesus life, as we remember the wonder of all of Creation given us and how all are One. We remember the agony of his death, and all the terrors and the tyrannies that oppress people today. And we remember the power of resurrection, the mystery of faith in the everlasting Spirit, the triumph over fear. Help us to remember to practice resurrection every day, as we remember all those who have given Love the ultimate trust and the last word and who have worked to create the beloved community of renewed and abundant life.
Help us to remember with this meal especially all those who are hungry, and may we treat all our meals as sacred and to be shared.
Take us, bless us, so that even in and with our brokenness we may serve others, as you, Jesus served us. Amen.
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
COMMUNION MUSIC “Music for a While” – S. Conrady
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
We thank you, loving God for this meal:
that you never leave us hungry or thirsty.
May we commit ourselves so that living in love
all are invited into the full life of your gracious community. Amen
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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 Thy daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
CHORAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Thou will keep Him” – Scottish Psalter, 1615
Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference!
Bless these gifts, O God, returned to you.
Multiply and use them to bring the word and touch of Jesus to this place and throughout the world. Amen.
Gracious God, your Son Jesus told us that you are pleased to give us your kingdom. May we open our hearts inviting in your love for us and all people. May we allow you, Lord to transform us from self-serving to obedient followers of Jesus Christ, willing to serve as He served. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN “This Is My Song”
POSTLUDE “Life Every Voice” – J. Johnson/arr. S. Conrady
Music Notes: Two of today’s hymns are in our hymn supplement at the church. We don’t have the license to record and publish these hymns (only photocopy), so we share this recording from another source. The lyrics are shared in the video.