Worship at Home for Sunday October 4 2020

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday

Video Opening

“Let Us Break Bread Together” Performed by Jean Baker

Moment of Silence

Opening Prayer For World Communion Sunday

God of love and justice, we seek to follow your commandments but often fall short. Forgive us our failings. It is through your grace and love that we are made truly whole. Help us to love our neighbor in our thoughts and actions. Join our hearts in worship with the faithful around the world who are celebrating communion with us today. May we love you with our whole heart. Amen.

Passing of the Peace (Smile and wave to those around you.)

 

Children’s Message 10 Commandments See Children’s Bulletin

Psalm 80:7-15

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches; 11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River. 12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it. 14 Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 15 the stock that your right hand planted.

Philippians 3:4b-14

4 If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sermon: Press on Towards the Goal

In the passage from Philippines, Paul presents his resume. Like a good resume it explains who Paul is and lists the great things he has done. Paul is from the tribe of Benjamin. Paul was circumcised on the eighth day. Paul has studied the Law. Paul is a Pharisee. Paul was the most zealous of persecutors of persecutors of those heretical followers of Jesus. As to righteousness under the law, Paul was blameless. Wow! If anyone should be saved by the law, it should be Paul.

Wrong! Paul realizes now that he was mistaken. Paul was righteous, feared and respected. Paul was so sure of his righteousness that he was in serious need of an intervention, and Jesus gave him one. (Acts chapter 9 for those who would like to re-read the story of how Jesus blinded Paul and called Paul to follow Jesus on the road to Damascus.) Paul’s heart was changed so that Paul now regards Jesus as Lord and the goal of his life’s journey. All other things are a loss. Only Jesus matters.

From now until election day our nation will be filled with political campaign rhetoric. Politicians seeking your vote will present to you their resumes. The candidates will list this accomplishment and that accomplishment. Politicians will tell you just how horrible their opponent is. People will take up sides based on party loyalty, regional viewpoints and self-interest. Often the debates can get down right mean. Each side viewing themselves as right and righteous.

How do we as people of faith Journey with Jesus through all of this? By recognizing that no ordinary resume is enough. Our political leaders are ordinary human beings in need of God’s grace. Last Sunday we had a prayer request to pray for our nation’s leaders and the elections coming up. The requestor did not specify a party or candidate only that we pray for our nation as the scriptures call on us to do. Prayer is much needed during this time, and as we pray let us remember that the most important things that we can do is to press on towards the heavenly goal of Christ Jesus.

We all need Jesus. Life is a journey with Jesus that has us pressing on toward that heavenly goal of the call of Jesus Christ. Even Paul had not reached that resting place when he wrote to the Philippians. Paul had put his past behind him as he pressed onward to the heavenly goal.

You and I have not arrived yet. Like the person in the graphic we are walking towards the sun. We are travelling with Jesus and walking toward that heavenly goal of our call to be with Jesus Christ. Sometimes this journey is pleasant stroll. Sometimes this journey is filled with strange encounters. Sometimes the journey can cause us to stumble. Sometimes we wish to give up., yet we continue to press on toward the heavenly goal.

People all over the world are on this journey with us. Let us welcome them and allow them to welcome us. May we share the Gospel with those we meet along the way. May we give thanks and be humble trusting Jesus to guide us.

This Sunday we gather around God’s table on World Communion Sunday. There are faithful followers of Jesus in India, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Germany, China and more. We are all pressing on towards that heavenly goal. Thanks be to God for Jesus. Amen.

Prayer:
God our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, we offer up our hearts to you in praise and thanksgiving today. Give us strength for the journey. Help us to live in community with one another. May we follow your laws, but in our hearts understand that we all fall short and need the love of Jesus Christ to save us.

We remember our family in Christ as we celebrate World Communion Sunday today. We pray for each of them and the lands where they live and journey with Jesus. We lift up in prayer our nation and our leaders. We pray for world leaders too.

Many people in the world and in our community are hurting. Some are sick. Some our lonely. Some are grieving. Some are struggling with disastors[SD1] Be with them all we pray. Amen.

Let us take a moment to lift ourselves and others in prayer. We pray for those on our prayer list. Let us read through the names on our prayer list and imagine that God is surrounding them and us with healing love and strength.

Silent Prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer list:

Simon, Howard, Julia, Ahna, Mike, Josh, Priscilla, Duane, Janet, Grandpa David, Dorothy, Jacob, Jenny, Ann, Dale, Gayle, Don, Cheryl, Dustin, Pat, Student with eating disorder, Tate, Patricia, Roland, Aryanna, Amanda, Virginia, Matthew, Tom, Naomi, Vic, Jennelle, Charlie, James, Rick, Christy, Reagan, Kim, Lee, Kevin, Gaylynn, Liz’s sister in law, Naomi, Nathan, Jason, Cheryl, Daniel, Betty, Dax, Carter, Laurie’s mom, Jock, Nancy, Pat, Malachi and Karen, Carolyn, Ellen, Shirley, Mary, Karen, Paul, Hal, Richard, Crystal, Edie, Paula, Jim, Truett, Brett and Danielle, Judy, Laura F, Shirley, Butch, Joyce., Macie, Michel, Dorothy L, family of child who donated a heart to Truett, Corey, Lauren, Anonymous Cancer Patient, Bernice, Mike, Gary S., Linda, Pat, Gary, Dave, Laurie Lee, Gail, Brenda, Breana, Dean, Corey, Jeff, Nancy, Terry, Bev, Edgar, Angie, Mark, Mystick who has been missing as requested by Aunt Laura, Mamie, Art, special prayers for Dave Mayberry, Anna, Roxanne, .

Special prayers:

  • Lenora Limberg and her family at the loss of her brother-in-law Kenneth Limberg.
  • Laurie Rieckhoff and her mother at the loss of her mother last week.
  • President Trump, Melania Trump and all others suffering from the Corona Virus

Goodwill/Offering

Today is World Communion Sunday, please consider sponsoring someone who will be walking in the CROP Walk in support of Church World Service and Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County.

  • Give thanks for all God’s blessings during foundational times in our lives.
  • Share what you have whatever it is, it is enough.
  • Donate via PayPal on our website or write a check.

Prayer of Dedication for World Communion Sunday

God of the whole world we give You thanks for Your faithfulness to us. Today we remember that we are journeying with faithful people around the world who will be sharing in the Sacrament of Communion around Your table this day. For this we give a great shout of thanks! May these gifts that we give today be signs of blessings for our community and to those around the world. Amen.

Communion

If you cannot join us via Facebook Live, I invite you to take time to break bread with God. Use the bits of the Communion Prayer found in the bulletin to guide your prayer as you eat bread and drink juice with Jesus. Imagine the people that you love are with you at the table and give thanks.

Please use bread and wine/juice that you have available at home. Since this is World Communion Sunday you may wish to use a tortilla or another type of “international” bread.

Invitation to Communion*

This is the feat of God’s goodness.

Let us break bread together.

This is the Sabbath of our souls.

Let us break bread together.

This is the promise of resurrection and life.

Let us break bread together.

This is the gift of Christ’s love for us.

Let us break bread together.

Communion Prayer**

Let us pray this prayer from Bangladesh:

O Savior Christ,
in whose way of life lies the secret of all life,
and the hopes of all the people,
we pray for quiet courage to meet this hour.
We did not choose to be born or to live in such an age.
But let its problems challenge us,
its discoveries exhilarate us,
its injustice anger us,
its possibilities inspire us,
and its vigor renew us,
for your Kingdom’s sake.

Bless this cup and this bread,
That it may nourish us for the journey
Together in hope.

Amen.

Breaking of the Bread and Pouring of the Wine

Partaking of Communion

Benediction

May the love of God surround you today and every day. Amen.

 

*From the Abingdon Worship Annual 2020. Copyright © 2019 by Abingdon Press. Copyright © B.J. Beau Used by permission.

**Bangladesh. A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998, p.179, Additional communion language added by Global Ministries.

 

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