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August 8, 2021 – The 11th Sunday after Pentecost
GATHERING SONG: Charlie’s Choice
WELCOME AND GREETINGS
SONG OF PRAISE: Charlie’s Choice
SCRIPTURE 1 Kings 19:4-9 (Common English Bible)
One: Sitting or standing, hear now a reading from The Book of Kings in the Hebrew Bible, chapter 19, verses 4-9.
4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die:
“It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.”
5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him,
“Get up and eat.”
6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said,
“Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.”
8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
One: Holy wisdom, holy word.
All: Thanks be to God!
SERMON: Get Up & Eat
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OFFERATORY: Charlie’s Choice
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COMMUNION AND BLESSING[i]
[Sing Alleluia to the Lord in the background during communion w/ Charlie Hawks.]
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,
we come; 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 CEB)
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
very patient, and full of faithful love.
9 God won’t always play the judge;
God will not be angry forever.
10 God does not deal with us according to our sin
or repay us according to our wrongdoing,
11 because as high as heaven is above the earth,
that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor God.
12 As far as east is from west—
that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.
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.
(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
SENDING SONG: Charlie’s Choice
[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.