Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, or Proper 13: Revised Common Lectionary
Gathering Music “The All Day Song” Campfire Songbook p.28 ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements:
We are pleased to announce that our summer food security program for Trout Lake Valley families with children is now serving 11. What began as a mustard seed gift from our Presbytery has resulted in ongoing ministry to our community. Thank you for your continued generosity as we fulfill the Mission of First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake. Zoom Coffee Fellowship: immediately following worship, Monday mornings at 8:00 AM and Friday mornings at 8:00 AM. Zoom Bible Study on Monday August 3rd at 10 AM will be taking a look at Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28. Our next Session Zoom meeting will be August 10th at 10 AM.
Prelude: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” arr. by Emily Lund
Call to Worship
All who hunger – gather gladly. We come to feast on the life-giving Word.
Here, love abounds and grace overflows. Here, blessings multiply as gifts are shared.
Come, let us pour ourselves out in prayer and praise, And open ourselves to renewal and rest.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Live-changing God, you have touched us and transformed us to reach out to all who hunger for what only you can give. Keep our feet in your paths and bless us to multiply blessings to others, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #509 “All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly”
Invitation to Healing
Trusting in God’s love through Jesus Christ, let us humbly admit our need for healing and seek the Spirit’s wholeness together. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Wholeness
God of compassion, we have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you. We have asserted our own goodness instead of awakening to yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you. We lift this prayer up to you as we continue in prayerful song, singing:
Song of Petition “Living Water” ~ arr. Pastor Scott
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:
Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
You are invited to share God’s peace with whom you are worshiping.
Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Celebrating Joys – Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response Hymn #647 “Give Thanks” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
Merciful God, you have satisfied our hunger at sunset and held us close through nights of wrestling. Now let the day break with your blessing. Awaken and illumine us by your Word that we may behold your likeness. Amen.
Bible Story for the Young at Heart: based on Genesis 32:22-31
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 9:1-5
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “A Feast in the Famine” ~ Pastor Scott
Please spend several moments in silent reflection.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #498 “Loaves Were Broken, Words Were Spoken”
Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law
Our Lord Jesus Said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
Ending with the Lord’s Prayer, Page 35 (p. 40, Español) in Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
We celebrate the meal Jesus had with his disciples on the night he was arrested. In this time of worship from home over social media, break bread in your own homes with what you have available, and let the grace of God’s blessing over the elements presented here fill your own meal, and your own souls, with love, remembrance, and sustenance for the journey.
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Invitation to the Lord’s Table
This is the joyful feast of the people of God!
People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.
According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
How can we thank you, O God? For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.
With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:
Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. With thanksgiving, we remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them, “I will not eat this Passover again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Then Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. After supper, he took a cup, saying, this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us – this bread, this cup, these people – Christ’s body and blood, given in love for the world. Make us one in the Spirit, one in the church, and one with Christ our Lord.
Make us gentle, joyful, thankful people, serving our neighbors, worshiping you alone. Keep us in the peace of Christ until you gather us at your table in glory.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.
All has been prepared and the table awaits. These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Communion of the People
Please break bread within your own household, dip it in a cup, and offer to one another saying: “This is Christ’s body, broken for you,” “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you,” or similar phrase. We invite all ages to give and receive, for together, all are the body of Christ.
Hymn of Reflection: #507 “Come to the Table of Grace”
Prayer following Communion
Let us pray together:
We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand. Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory. Amen.
Closing Hymn #432 “How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord”
Charge: Go out now and be a witness in all that you say and do, spreading the good news that God’s grace is a free gift that requires no money or price.
Blessing: May God be gracious to you and give you peace, now and forevermore.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Doug and Janet Anderson
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the TLPC Glory to God hymnal.
Questions for Reflection:
The disciples were amazed at Jesus’ feeding of the multitudes. How have you seen him make a way when there was no way?
Household Morning Prayer:
Holy One, as I walk through this new day, help me to see each experience as an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be your servant and a chance to help Jesus feed those in need, guided by your steadfast love for me. Amen.
Household Evening Prayer:
Gracious God, thank you for being with me throughout this day. As night falls, I give this day back to you, trusting in you and in your unearned gift of grace to give me peace and rest, for you are just in all your ways and kind in all your doings. Amen.