Live Stream Worship at 11 AM Sun May 9, 2021
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May 9, 2021 – The 6th Sunday of Easter:
GATHERING SONG: Charlie’s Choice
WELCOME AND GREETINGS Rob
SONG OF PRAISE: Charlie’s Choice
INVITATION TO COMMUNION Rob
SCRIPTURE Galatians 1:13-17 Rob
Hear now a reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he talks about living by faith and under whose authority:
13You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. 14I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, 17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
All: Thank be to God!
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OFFERATORY: Charlie’s Choice
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Rob
COMMUNION AND BLESSING Rob
[Sing Alleluia to the Lord in the background during communion w/ Charlie Hawks.]
God of Spirit and flesh,
God of heaven and earth,
God of grape and grain,
we spread our sings in flight toward you.
We stretch our arms in need of you.
We feed ourselves with gifts from you.
We thank you for your love poured out as we sense your Spirit shinning in the sunlight,
sailing on the summer wind,
and singing in the souls of each one gathered here.
(Assurance of Pardon)
The feast of God is designed to satisfy not our physical appetites but our hunger and thirst for righteousness. The table has long been set and there has always been a place reserved for you. Jesus Christ beckons you, “Come.” Beloved, your sins are forgiven. In witness to your new life in Christ and communion with one another, you are asked to gather around the heavenly table. Amen.
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.
God in Christ breaks down the walls that make us strangers to ourselves and divide us from one another. We are the body of Christ. Around this table, we enact our faith. The body broken is restored to wholeness; lifeblood poured out brings healing to our world.
Loving God, our hunger is never better satisfied than at your table. Our gifts can have no higher value than when they are offered to you. Because you fill our spirits, we hunger to serve. And we pray that these gifts may be as food to nourish the living body of Christ.
(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 he comes.
(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)
All praise is yours, O God. You bring us to this table as siblings in Christ. Lead us now, through each of our moments, to that glorious day when all your children will gather as family. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who is our peace made flesh.
(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 Rob
SENDING SONG: Charlie’s Choice