Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
& Communion Sunday
When Jesus asks us to trust God for daily bread, he is telling us to surrender a powerful natural impulse. He is asking us to quit worrying about tomorrow—not meaning don’t fix the leaking roof or call the doctor when you need one, but do what you can each day and leave the worrying to God. Worry is the opposite of trust. It is also the opposite of prayer because you can take worry and transform it instantly into prayer by simply offering it up to God.
– Art Simon Rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer
The beginning of the prelude is a call to silence,
to enter into the spirit of prayer and community.
PRELUDE “Clouds” -S. Conrady
CALL TO A JOYFUL WORSHIP
We come hungry to worship and with little in our hands.
We expect to be satisfied – abundantly filled with grace.
We sit down together to eat a miracle.
We will rise up laughing … and with leftovers.
A moment of silence
OPENING HYMN “We Gather Together” No.21
- We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.
- Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!
Spirit of Christ, give us love-power, and compassion-power, and inner-being-power, that we may understand within ourselves the breath and length, the height and depth of the fullness of God’s grace. Amen.
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.
A TIME FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
SPECIAL MUSIC “Five Loaves and Two Fishes” – Corinne May
SCRIPTURE READING – Gospel of Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
MORNING REFLECTION “A Shared Miracle“
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
O God, in the loving and liberating spirit of Jesus, we gather at welcoming tables everywhere, open to all, remembering how Jesus gathered people from all the walks of life, stranger and friend and enemies, gave thanks to you, and offered all, the bread of life and the cup of blessing and proclaimed a covenant of love for all in your name.
We remember the wonder of his life. We remember the wonder of all of Creation given to us and how all are One. We remember the agony of Christ death, and all the terrors and the tyrannies that oppress people today.
We remember the power of resurrection, the mystery of faith in the everlasting Spirit, the triumph over fear.
Gracious God, 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, Dear Lord, so that even in and with our brokenness we may serve others, as Jesus served us. Amen.
Words of Blessing
Sharing of the Bread and Cup
Jesus’ ministry modeled again and again welcoming everyone to the table.
Following that example let us all share in this sacred, symbolic meal.
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 as followers of Jesus and living in loving-compassion, all are invited into the full life of your gracious community. Amen.
COMMUNION MUSIC “Here O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face” No.287
- Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
here would I touch and handle things unseen,
here grasp with firmer hand th’eternal grace,
and all my weariness upon thee lean.
2. Here would I feed upon the bread of God,
here drink with thee the royal wine of heav’n;
here would I lay aside each earthly load,
here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv’n.
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton
PRAYERS FOR 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
Sharing of Our Gifts
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.
CLOSING HYMN “Come Thou Almighty King” No. 246
- Come, thou Almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise.
Father, all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.
- To the great One in Three, eternal praises be, hence evermore.
His sov’reign majesty, may we in glory see, and to eternity
love and adore.
God show us the gifts we have to offer, even if they seem meager. Even if we think they are not enough. Can we offer them anyway.
Donations to the food self. A meal delivered to a shut-in, or just a visit to someone living alone. May we make simple kindnesses our habit. May we increase our ability to be kind and to show mercy. Amen.
POSTLUDE “Clouds” -S. Conrady