The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
WELCOME AND GREETINGS
SONG OF PRAISE
Council members present their pledge cards.
Speakers: Dixie Fletcher & Ali Langley
SONG OF PREPERATION: Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary (threefold)
Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
And with thanksgiving
I'll be a living
INVITATION FOR COMMUNION
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)
One: Sitting or standing, hear now a reading from the gospel according to Mark which reports the healing of Bartimaeus:
10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say,
"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly,
"Son of David, have mercy on me!"
10:49 Jesus stood still and said,
"Call him here."
And they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take heart; get up, he is calling you."
10:50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 10:51 Then Jesus said to him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man said to him,
"My teacher, let me see again."
10:52 Jesus said to him,
"Go; your faith has made you well."
Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
One: Holy wisdom, holy word.
All: Thanks be to God!
SERMON: Terminal Uniqueness
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COMMUNION AND BLESSING[i]
[Sing Alleluia to the Lord track in the background during communion.]
To your table
You bid us come.
You have set the places,
You have poured the wine,
And there is always room,
for one more.
And so we come.
From the streets
and from the alleys
From the deserts
and from the hills
From the ravages of poverty
and from the palaces of privilege
We are bloodied with our wars,
we are wearied with our wounds,
we carry our dead within us,
and we reckon with their ghosts.
We hold the seeds of healing,
we dream of a new creation,
we know the things
that make peace,
and we struggle
to give them wings.
And yet, to your table
Hungering for your bread,
Thirsting for your wine,
singing your song
in every language,
speaking your name
in every tongue,
in conflict and in communion,
in discord and in desire,
O God of Wisdom
(Assurance of Pardon – Psalm 103:8-12 The Message Translation)
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, rich in love.
God doesn't endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.
God doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is God’s love to those who fear God.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, God has separated us from our sins.
One: God be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks for the peace of God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Lord, as we [eat this bread and] drink this wine,
We remember that you are the giver of life.
You are forgiveness, You bring deep peace to our souls and Your love flows within us.
As we [break this bread and] pour out this wine, we see Your sacrifice [broken and] poured out for us.
We notice the depth of Your goodness, and the pain You suffered for us.
We dwell upon the intricacy of human life, and the price You paid to set humanity free.
Yet just as the tombstone rolled away to unleash the Risen Lord, Your light shines in our hearts now, extinguishing all darkness to release Heavens blessings upon us.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
(The Words of Institution)
The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way 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.
Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until The Day of the Lord.
(Sharing of the Bread and Cup)
Now is the time to take what you have set aside to eat, break it, and eat.
Now is the time to take what you have set aside to drink, and drink.
(Prayer After Communion – The Lord’s Prayer)
We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray,
All: Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSSING AND COMMISSION
[i] In Wisdom’s Path by Jan L Richardson. P. 129.
[ii] https://www.prayerscapes.com/prayers/occasions/communion_prayers.htmlAuthor Unknown. Date accessed: 7/21/21.