HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Lectionary Readings: Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
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THE GATHERING OF GOD’S PEOPLE

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

*Gathering Hymn                                           UMH #273

“Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands"

Prelude                                                                                         

(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God

and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)

 

*Call to Worship

Leader:   This is the day that the Lord has made.

People:  Let us rejoice and make peace in it.

Leader:   This is the hour that the Lord has made.

People:  Let us rejoice and make peace in it.

Leader:   This is the church that the Lord has made.

People:  Let us rejoice and make peace in it.

Leader:   This is the earth that the Lord has made.

People:  We will rejoice and make peace in it!

 

*Hymn of Praise       Jesus Lover of My Soul”        UMH #479

 

Praise Songs and Choruses

              

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

 

Praises, Joys and Concerns

 

Morning Prayer

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 

Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                           “Doxology”                             UMH #95

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

Children’s Time

 

Old Testament Lesson           Job 1:1; 2:1-10            page 444

 

Sermon                             Disorientated”           Pastor Mary

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

The Great Thanksgiving      

Leader:  On this day, people of faith all over the world gather at Christ’s table.  In languages as diverse as God’s people, and tables of every size and shape, we proclaim, together, the unity of our life in Christ.  This table belongs to Christ and extends to every corner of the Earth.  On World Communion Sunday, may joy be made complete.  May we share in one mind, in one love, and in one Spirit.

Sung:    Gather, friends, from far and near

              Gather, friends - you are welcome

              Come to the table, join the meal

              God invites us, every one.

              Sing together, voices raise to our God this song of praise.

 

              Lift your hearts up to the Lord!

              God, we lift our hearts to you.

              Give to God your thanks and praise.

              It is right to give our thanks.

              Sing together, voices raise to our God this song of praise.

Leader:  Called into life-giving partnership with each other and you, we chose instead, to seek dominance and bring about division.  We have betrayed each other and denied your image, which is present in every person.

              But in each place of shadow and pain and in every divisive moment you have sought us out again, to reconcile us to one another and to you.  Therefore, with our parents in faith, from every time and place, we sing the fullness of your witness to your world saying:

People:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

              God of meekness and service

              Heaven and Earth are full of your glory, your presence, and your pain

              Our very bones cry out Hosanna, Hosanna, Blest is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

 

Sung:    God, you made us out of love,

              Each one different, yet like you

              We’re one people, all the earth

              Many nations, many-hued

              Sing together, everyone! Tell the world what God has done!

              Though we are one, we’ve built up walls,

              Nurtured fears and pain and strife,

              In our anger, turned away

              From the gift of God-breathed life.

              Holy God, we turn to you. We repent and start anew.

 

Leader:  Your Son Jesus came as a servant to wash away our pride and feed us with the bread of life. We praise you for inviting us to serve one another without pride, to forgive one another as we have been forgiven, and to feast at his table as members of one household.

              God of mystery: send your Holy Spirit upon us and on these gifts of bread and cup.  Prepare us to receive your presence and to know your grace.  May this one bread nourish our bodies and may It nourish the fullness of our lives.  May this cup that we share wet our parched and silent throats and may It quench our deep and yearning thirst.  Here at this table, may we remember the table in the Upper Room, tables of abundance many of us enjoy at home, the empty tables of the poor and hungry, and the banquet table in the Life to come.  Let this meal reshape our every meal, so that the justice and mercy known here will become our way of life.  May we become a people for whom the hunger pangs of the poorest child will disrupt the feasting of the satisfied.  There is enough food for all, enough peace for all, enough love for all, enough hope for all, enough grace for all.  In this truth and in this hope, we proclaim the mystery of our faith:

People:  Christ has died

              Christ is risen

              Christ will come again.

Sung:    So you sent your holy child,

              Come to share your reign on earth

              Breaking all our barriers down

              Teaching us our sacred worth

              Jesus Christ, God’s gift of grace! At the meal  
we take our place.

Leader:  Teach us to pray continually the prayer our Savior
 taught, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be 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 trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power

and the glory forever.  Amen.

Sung:    Jesus shared a meal with friends

              Took and blessed and shared the bread

              “This, my life, I give to you

              Remember when you eat again”

              We remember, we give thanks, for the meal of love and grace.

              Jesus took a cup of wine

              Shared with friends fruit of the vine

              “In this cup forgiveness find,

              Gift of mercy, gift divine.

              We remember, we give thanks, for the meal of love and grace.

Pastor:   Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said: Take; eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he also took the cup after the supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, Drink of it, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  The gifts of God for the people of God.

Sung:    Pour on us your Holy Breath.

              Pour your Spirit on these gifts.

              Make them into Christ for us.

              Make us Christ for the whole world.

              God of all, to you we raise this our song of grateful praise.

 

Sharing of Bread and Cup

 

Prayer after Communion (unison)

Compassionate God, you have met us in these acts at this table.  In this sacrament we receive strength to walk with all your children in peace, and witness to the truth of your reconciliation and love.  Amen

 

*Closing Hymn         Bread of the World”              UMH #624

Announcements:

October 5 – 7          Women’s Retreat at Olmsted

Sun., Oct. 7             9:30 a.m.   Worship—World Communion

Tues., Oct. 9            5:30-7:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts at San Juan

Hurricane Florence Relief

We will be receiving a special offering for the next few weeks so that we can join with Asbury and Kingsley congregations to provide flood buckets to help in the clean-up from Hurricane Florence.

Rummage Sale at First UMC, Erie will be held on Friday, Oct. 12
 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. – noon.

 

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