Worship For November 7, 2010

 

Welcome to Grace

Announcement About The Mission Trip to Back Bay

We Begin With the Church Bell

We Are Called to Worship

It was easy to come to worship this morning.

We feel welcome and look forward to the worship service.

How hard it is to enter God’s Kingdom.

We have to be ready to let go of the things that tie us down.

Get ready. God is waiting for you.

Open our hearts and our spirits, Lord, to receive your word for us. AMEN.

*We Sing Together, Red Hymnal #284, “Gather Us In

Verses 1-3 Choir

Refrain: Everyone

Verse 4 and Refrain: Everyone

The Young People Will Lead Us In A Litany, “What Do You See?”

Look, everyone, Look into the mirrors. What do you see?

People

Look into the mirror. What do you see?
Faces of the people in this congregation. Men, Women, Youth,

Children.

Look into the mirror. What do you see?

We just told you, We see each other.

Really? What do you look like?

We’re all different.

Really? What is the same about you?

We are here; we are looking into the mirror.

That’s true. You are looking at the reflection of God’s love.

In us?

Absolutely. God’s love abides in each of you. You are made in God’s loving image.

That’s nice, but a little scary.

God placed God’s own stamp upon you, calling you beloved and inviting you into service in God’s world, to others who cannot see God’s image in them.

God has blessed us with so much. We will go, realizing that in our

differences is blessing.

Thanks be to God whose creative love and power has fashioned you.

Thanks be to God who calls us to use our gifts and talents for service.

Amen.

We Read the Scripture for Today Luke 16:1-13

(Pew Bible, New Testament, pages 68-69)

We Listen to the Organ as We Prepare Our Hearts for Prayer

(Prayer concerns will be gathered)

Spoken Prayer, Silent Prayer, Prayer For Others and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

We Share

Christ has taught us that we cannot love both God and wealth. Our hearts will always be focused first on our riches. Let us be faithful stewards of our time, our talents, and our money, so that our treasure is in heaven and our giving pleases God.

(To lead by example our Elders, Deacons, and Council members will come forward to offer their 2011 Commitments to Grace UCC.)

*After The Offering We Sing Together “Awesome God” (Sung Twice)

Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above

With wisdom, power and love Our God is an awesome God.

*We Pray Together

Giver of all gifts, you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. You are just in all your ways and kind in all you doings. Teach us to give freely as you have given. Teach us to live thankfully in ministry to others. Bless the givers with joy and the receivers with gratitude, so that your name may blessed. Amen.

The Message for the Day “You Won’t Find It In Catalogs”

We Confess Our Shortcomings (We Pray Together)

Merciful God, we become so enamored of the glitz and glitter of the world. It is as though our lives were lived in “catalog shopping” design. We have so much and want so much more. We listen to the pitches on the media about the latest and best of everything, and rather than striving to serve you more faithfully, we strive to gather more and more possessions. Forgive our crass materialism. Break the bonds and chains of our oppression and enslavement to greed. Open our hearts to know that the riches of the kingdom are in service to you. Help us to understand the call you have given us to service, and having heard and understood that call, may we be about the work of the kingdom. For we offer this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

We Are Assured Of God’s Love And Forgiveness (We Say Together)

Jesus understands our cries and our weaknesses. He forgives and heals our souls. In the name of Jesus Christ we are healed and transformed. AMEN.

We Share Communion

*We Sing Our Communion Song, Red Hymnal #430 “Lo I Am With You

Verses 1, 2, 3 and 7

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
May the one God be with you!
And also with you!
Lift your hearts to the One who heals them.
We offer our hearts to be filled with the balm of Gilead.
Sing praises to our God who would fill us with springs of joy.
Glad songs of thanksgiving are proclaimed to the One who delivers us

to new life.

We praise you for our inheritance, God of wonder and delight: springs of water trickling into mighty rivers, birds of the air cartwheeling in the morning mist, tall trees dancing with the wind. As your children, we were blessed with abundant gifts beyond measure, but we squandered this bounty, choosing to buy property in sin and death’s community. Heartsick, you sent the prophets to us, who indicted us for ruining ourselves, but we were not strong enough to pull up our roots and return to you. So you sent Jesus, faithful in all, to restore us to full health.

As we join our voices with all who seek to serve you, far and wide, we lift our songs of praise to you:

Holy, holy, holy, Author of grace and goodness.
All creation affirms the depths of your love.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is your Child of Compassion who sprints to us.
Hosanna in the highest!
Holy are you, God of our salvation, and everlasting is the salvation brought
to us by Jesus Christ, our Mediator. When we were too weak to dig our way out of the mess we were in, he came to show us the way out. When we were too proud to ask for help, he humbled himself, to become our brother. When we could not account for our lives, he balanced the books for us. When we were faithless in so much, he determined to go to the cross for us, so that we might know of your longing for everyone to be saved.

As we remember his faithful life in every thing he did, as we celebrate his spirit of sacrifice, we speak of that truth we call faith:

Christ died, paying the price we could not;
Christ arose, becoming our means of new life;
Christ will come, leading us to that quiet and peaceable life with you.

In these moments, in this holy place, upon these gifts with offer hope and life, upon these people who seek to be faithful, pour out your Spirit of compassion and peace. As we eat of the bread, tasting its grace, may we move swiftly in service, carrying compassion to the lost, the hurting, the hungry, the homeless. As we drink from the cup of love, may the tears of our eyes at the brokenness of the world, become the healing balm for your children.

And when all time is gone, when eternity is upon us, we will join our sisters and brothers from far and wide, in singing forever your glory and wonder,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.


We Hear Again The Story

At this table we bear witness to the love which has been poured into our hearts and lives. We remember when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and sat down at a table to share the meal with them. At that meal – he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,

This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying,

This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you

drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. We remember and we give thanks for such outpouring of love. Let us pray together:

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, O God, and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ – his life in us. Renewed by his life and recreated in your image, we set our minds on fulfilling your purpose for us and this world of which we are a part. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

(Our communion is open to ALL. There are no tests or restrictions on the Lord’s Table. Please come forward, take a piece of bread and eat it, then a cup of juice (white) or wine (red) and drink it, returning to your seat.)

 

Prayer after Communion

Thank you, God, for this meal, and for the way it feeds our souls,

changes our hearts, and unites us with you.

We go now to live as followers of Christ, as people of compassion,

as those who seek to serve and heal the world. Amen.

 

We Sing Together, Red Hymnal, #528 “Give Thanks” (Sing through 2 times)

 

We Hear a Blessing

Blessed, Healed, Forgiven, Loved, Restored. Dear People of God, go forth to serve joyfully the God who has always loved you. Be those who reflect God’s love. And go in peace now and forever. Amen.

 

*We Hear The Organ Send Us Out To Minister

 

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. We remember and we give thanks for such outpouring of love. Let us pray together:

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, O God, and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ – his life in us. Renewed by his life and recreated in your image, we set our minds on fulfilling your purpose for us and this world of which we are a part. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

(Our communion is open to ALL. There are no tests or restrictions on the Lord’s Table. Please come forward, take a piece of bread and eat it, then a cup of juice (white) or wine (red) and drink it, returning to your seat.)

 

Prayer after Communion

Thank you, God, for this meal, and for the way it feeds our souls,

changes our hearts, and unites us with you.

We go now to live as followers of Christ, as people of compassion,

as those who seek to serve and heal the world. Amen.

 

We Sing Together, Red Hymnal, #528 “Give Thanks” (Sing through 2 times)

 

We Hear a Blessing

Blessed, Healed, Forgiven, Loved, Restored. Dear People of God, go forth to serve joyfully the God who has always loved you. Be those who reflect God’s love. And go in peace now and forever. Amen.

 

*We Hear The Organ Send Us Out To Minister

 

Welcome to Grace

 

Announcement About The Mission Trip to Back Bay

 

We Begin With the Church Bell

 

We Are Called to Worship

It was easy to come to worship this morning.

We feel welcome and look forward to the worship service.

How hard it is to enter God’s Kingdom.

We have to be ready to let go of the things that tie us down.

Get ready. God is waiting for you.

Open our hearts and our spirits, Lord, to receive your word for us. AMEN.

 

*We Sing Together, Red Hymnal #284, “Gather Us In

Verses 1-3 Choir

Refrain: Everyone

Verse 4 and Refrain: Everyone

 

The Young People Will Lead Us In A Litany, “What Do You See?”

Look, everyone, Look into the mirrors. What do you see?

People

Look into the mirror. What do you see?
Faces of the people in this congregation. Men, Women, Youth,

Children.

Look into the mirror. What do you see?

We just told you, We see each other.

Really? What do you look like?

We’re all different.

Really? What is the same about you?

We are here; we are looking into the mirror.

That’s true. You are looking at the reflection of God’s love.

In us?

Absolutely. God’s love abides in each of you. You are made in God’s loving image.

That’s nice, but a little scary.

God placed God’s own stamp upon you, calling you beloved and inviting you into service in God’s world, to others who cannot see God’s image in them.

 

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