Gathering as the Body of Christ
Welcome and Sharing of Announcements
Call to Worship
Dillon Lacourse and Guillermo "Mito” Montijo
Liturgist: We are created by God
People: in the image of God.
Liturgist: All people are created by God
People: in the image of God.
Liturgist: In our glorious differences,
People: we reflect the Holy face of God.
Liturgist: All who gather in Christian worship–across the country and around the world–
People: are brought near to God through Jesus.
Liturgist: We are not Jew or Greek,
People: low class or high class,
Liturgist: male or female,
People: gay or straight,
Liturgist: black or white,
People: citizen or immigrant. We are one in Christ Jesus.
Liturgist: We are made in God’s image.
People: So let us love each other and worship our God with joy.
Spacious Faith: Spiritual Practices, Worship Pieces and General Ponderings
Almighty God, you calm the raging waters and you speak peace to the troubled soul. Send you Spirit to dwell among us that we might hear your word over the chaos. Give us ears to hear that which gives life. Transform us in the way of Christ, that your love may be made known through us, in our time and in this place. In your name we pray. Amen.
The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2018
“Let Us Break Bread Together”
All are welcome at the Lord’s Table
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
We offer our thanks and praise, O God, for the glories of creation: for the black velvet of the night sky that allows the stars to twinkle, and the moon to glow; for the sun that peeks over the horizon and paints the sky as it sets. We offer our thanks and praise for the heavens and the inhabitants of Heaven, for the cloud of witnesses. We on earth sing with them above as we say together these words:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, 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.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed are you, Holy One, and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Born in the stillness of night, he knew the love of family and stranger alike. Threatened by evil, he fled to a distant land. Endowed with the spirit, he taught about grace and forgiveness, and he healed the sick, and confronted the powerful. In humility and trust, he lay down his life that he might rise again and bring new life to the world.
For the gifts of his life and presence, we give you thanks, and ask for one thing more: that your Spirit descend now upon us, upon this table, that the bread we break and the cup we share would be transformed from their ordinariness to sacred things. As we share one loaf and one cup, may we become one with the world, bringing good news to all. And hear us now as we are bold to say together the words Jesus taught:
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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, For ever and ever. Amen.
"I Dream of a Church"
Prayer after Communion
O Jesus, our beloved, we give you thanks for inviting us to your table and sharing your feast. May we know that we have been fed with love and grace, and may we follow you out in the world, ambassadors of your hope and peace. Amen.
Communion Prayer from Hold Fast to What is Good by Beth Merrill Neel
Attention to the Word of God
Guillermo "Mito” Montijo
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. …For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.
Liturgist The word of God for the people of God.
People Thanks be to God.
"Goal for 2021: Sharing the Love of Christ with All (II)"
Message in Music
“This Is My Song”
by Stone, Harkness, and Sibelius
Nancy Burns, vocalist
Matt Cron, organist
God of abundance, accept the gifts we give this morning. Accept our gifts of praise– Our voices raised in song and prayer. Accept our gifts of time and talent– Our lives lived to further your reign of peace and justice. Accept our gifts of money– For all that we have, O most gracious God, comes from you. Amen.
“In Christ There Is No East or West”
The Blessing and Sending Forth
Do not be anxious about anything for the Lord is near.
Do not be afraid for the Lord is near.
The Lord your God will quiet you with his love; God will rejoice over you with singing.
Christ Jesus will be your strength and salvation.
Do not be afraid but trust that the blessing of Almighty God the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit will be with you always. Amen.
Liturgists: Dillon Lacourse and Guillermo "Mito” Montijo
Video: Spencer Murata