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Prelude: “Songs of Faith” arr. Martha Mier
* Call to Worship
Call upon the Lord! I asked for help and I was healed!
We asked for freedom, and we were given liberty beyond measure! Praise God!
Sing to the Lord, all you faithful; give thanks to God’s holy name.
God turns our mourning into dancing! Let our hearts sing without ceasing!
O Lord our God we will always give you thanks!
Let us pray:
* Prayer of the Day
We watch this morning for the light that the darkness has not overcome. We watch for the fire that was in the beginning and that burns still in the brilliance of the rising sun. We watch for the glow of life that gleams in the growing earth and glistens in sea and sky, forest and mountain. We watch for your light, O God, in the eyes of every living creature and in the ever-living flame of our own souls. You send us out into the world as your disciples. Allow us, and this church, to be a healing presence, a place and a people that live out your heavenly reign, here and now; through the mystery of your Holy One in Three, Amen.
* Hymn of Praise #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”
* Invitation to Receive Forgiveness
When we walk from darkness into the light, we can see ourselves as we really are. We know we are in need of God’s healing; come and wade into the river of the Healer’s mercy.
* Prayer of Wholeness
Source of all that gives us life, we have turned away from your all-encompassing vision to our own small concerns. Forgive us for our failures to bear one another’s burdens, for turning inwards on ourselves and thinking we are enough. Lead us to your river of life that is life for so much and so many more. In Christ’s name we pray, singing:
* Sung Response #437 “You are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”
* Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through. This gift is also the gift Jesus Christ gave to us.
Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you!
You are invited to share God’s Peace with your neighbors.
* Sung Response Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Halle” (chorus 2x)
Celebrating where we have seen God at work
Sung Response: Hymn #647 “Give Thanks”
Prayer of Illumination:
Bring us to the bosom of your Word, O God, and fee us on your truth, that we may have the strength you have promised your children. Amen.
Hebrew Scriptures: 2 Kings 5:1-14 p. 461
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Galatians 6:1-6 p.
256“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 p. 96-97
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Sermon: “After COVID-19?” ~ Pastor Scott
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
* Hymn of Response: #738 “O Master Let Me Walk with Thee”
* Affirmation of Faith: A Brief Statement of Faith, section 1, Hymnal p. 37
Prayers of the People/Intercession
Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
God has given us so much in healing, word, forgiveness. Let us now take the time to respond in gratitude, by giving of what has been given to us.
Offertory: “A Graceful Minuet” arr. Mozart c. 7 years old!
* Doxology Hymn # 606 with text from #607. (Sub. “all creatures” for “all people.”)
* Prayer of Dedication and Thanksgiving:
God of mercy, we give you thanks for all that your bounty creates. The gifts we bring today acknowledge our debt to you and our intent to relieve others of their burdens. Bless what we offer and bless those who will be shown deeds of power through them; in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…. debtors…”
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 Kin-dom 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.
As we remember: let us, with saints, with angels, and with the whole of creation, 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.
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 the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.
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 come down the center to receive the elements by intinction. Chalice holds juice for bread, clear cup holds juice for gluten-free wafer. Please return by the sides, then join as you are able:
Hymn of Reflection: #507 “Come to the Table of Grace”
Prayer following Communion
Let us pray together:
Thank you, gracious God, for giving us of yourself to us in this feast. As we travel on through our journey of life with you, help us to share your grace with others and draw us ever closer to you: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Closing Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”
The harvest truly is great, and there is need for peace in the world. God calls us to go and labor in the fields of harvest – Jesus has promised us all we need to do God’s will.
* Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.
Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.
Question for Reflection: How is your faith strengthened by knowing that we do not look for Jesus in only one place but find the Risen One everywhere, because he has ascended to the throne of God?
Morning Prayer: I wake this day mindful of the Light within all light, Soul behind all souls. Strengthen me this day to do your work. Amen.
Evening Prayer: O Lord, in the darkness of night, in the stillness that surrounds us in the unknown depths of our being, we pause to listen and take our rest. Amen.
Prayer song of the week: “Be Still and Know” Hymnbook #414 Repeat several times