27th Sunday in Ordinary Time or Proper 22, October 4, 2020
Gathering Music Hymn #409 “God Is Here!”
Welcome and Announcements:
Please join us for Zoom Coffee Fellowship following worship, again Monday morning at 8:00 AM and Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Session will not meet tomorrow. Our Next Zoom Bible Study will be Monday, October 12th, 2020 10 AM.
Prelude: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” arr. by Jane Holstein
Call to Worship
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
The skies proclaim the Creator’s handiwork.
They have no speech, they use no words,
Yet their witness goes out through all the earth.
Let us join the chorus of creation; let us raise our voices in resounding praise.
Let everything that breathes worship and praise the Lord!
In this we pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Creator God, the heavens radiate your glory! You have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a joyful bridegroom from his wedding canopy. May we emerge from night’s waiting with such rampant joy that we too radiate your glory throughout this day. In the name of the Son of righteousness who has risen with healing in his wings, Amen.
Hymn of Praise #331 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”
Invitation to Healing
When we admit our need for healing, we offer ourselves as vessels for God’s infilling. Therefore, let us empty ourselves of what is harmful, that God might heal and save…
Prayer of Wholeness
Loving God, you have planted us like a vineyard on a fertile hill. You cleared away the stones, planted us with choice vines, and kept watch over us by night and day. Yet even in your vineyard, O Gardener, weeds grow and pruning is necessary for bearing fruit that will last. Therefore shower upon us the gift of your grace and tending, through Christ we pray…. Specifically in my life, help to prune from me…
Please continue in silent prayer, followed by prayerful song:
Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy” ~ Pastor Scott, guitar
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 through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
You are invited to share God’s Peace with whom you are worshiping.
Sung Response #507 “Come to the Table of Grace” (verses 1, 5) ~ Pastor Scott, guitar
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #507 “Come to the Table of Grace” (verses 3, 4) ~ Pastor Scott, guitar
Prayer of Illumination:
God of all wisdom, give us your Word and send us your Spirit so that we may know – nay, so we may become – Christ in the world today. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-46
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Unpacking the Parable of the Vineyard” ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response and Affirmation of Faith: #481 “I Believe in God the …”
Feel free to change the text for more inclusive language, i.e.: “Maker” for “Father”
Intercessory Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer
Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
Text for the Lord’s Prayer p. 35 (p.40, Español) “…debts…debtors…” in Hymnal
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
In this day of World Communion, O God, whether we have much or only a little, we are grateful we can share our daily bread in ways that all might be fed. As we have received, so now we give.
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An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song: “The Thank You God Song”
“Thank you, God for giving us Church…” Others: Zoom….Kids….School….etc.
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
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 with whom you are worshiping; offer one another Christ in bread and cup.
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 #458 “Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet” ~ Pastor Scott on guitar
Blessing and Charge
Beloved: May God bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
“Deep Peace be with you, Light Eternal shine upon you. Like clear flowing springs within you, may the Breath of the Wind stir your souls. May love hold you; may Spirit guide you, all the days of your life.” ~stc
Congregational Song Hymn #188 “Jesus Loves Me!”
Questions for Reflection
What has been holding you captive? What would you lose if you claimed Sabbath rest? What would you gain? Study the parable of the landowner and the vineyard. What are the “fruits of the kingdom” to which Jesus alludes in Matthew 21:43? How does your life bear fruit for God’s realm? What do you contribute to the harvest of God that Jesus describes?
Household Prayer: Morning
God of Hosts, at the dawning of this day, let your face shine upon me. Restore me and be my salvation; through Jesus the Lord Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Christ Jesus my Lord, as you have lived with me this day, let me rest with you this night. Amen.