20 September 2018

Gathering Music

Call to Worship

Bonita Hunter-Byerson

One: Who among you is seeking the wisdom of God?
Many: We long to hear God’s Word spoken to our hearts.
One: Who among you is seeking God’s bright and holy truth?
Many: We long to learn the ways of wisdom and righteousness.
One: Who among you is seeking a Spirit-filled life?
Many: We long to live lives of holiness and light.
One: God grants God’s wisdom generously to all who ask. Come near, people
of God!
Many: Let us worship in wisdom and truth.

Hymn of Welcome

“How Firm a Foundation”

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith in God’s excellent Word!
What more can be said than to you God has said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed
For I am your God and will still give thee aid
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand
Upheld by My righteous omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters, I call you to go
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow
For I will be near you, your troubles to bless
And sanctify to you, your deepest distress

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes
That soul, that all hell should endeavor to shake
I’ll never, no never, no, never forsake!”


Luke 24:13-32

Hayoung Kang, Bonita Hunter-Byerson, Ann-Marie Brown, Brendan Fox


Jesus Had a Dog

The Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins


“Christ has Broken Down the Wall”

Seminary Choir

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Sign of Peace

Preparation of the Gifts

P: Blessed are you, God of all Creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made.  It will become for us the bread of Life.

All: Blessed be God forever

P: Blessed are you, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands.  It will become our spiritual drink.

All: Blessed be God forever.

P: Dearly Beloved, let us pray together that we and our gifts remain pleasing to God our Creator.

All: May God accept these gifts from our hands to the praise and glory of God’s name, for our good and the good of all the church.

Prayer over the Gifts

P: Our God is with you

All: And also with you

P: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to our God.

P: Let us give thanks to our gracious God

All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Preface Acclamation

P: Blessed are you, compassionate and faithful God. We do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.  You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift to us. Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace, through Jesus, the Anointed One, our brother.  In our joy, we sing to your glory with all the choirs of angels:

Holy, Holy, O most holy, God of peace, Spirit of Love
Heaven and Earth flow with your glory.
Hosanna to our God above!
Blessed is the One who’s coming in the precious name of Love
Hosanna in the highest heaven.
Hosanna to our God above!

Eucharistic Prayer

P: How wonderful the work of your hands, O God!  As a mother tenderly gathers her children, you embraced all people as your own, and filled them with longing for a peace that would last, and for a justice that would never fail.  Through countless generations, your people hungered for the bread of freedom. From them, you raised up Jesus, the Living Bread, in whom ancient hungers were satisfied. He healed the sick, though he himself would suffer.  He offered life to sinners, yet death would hunt him down. With a love stronger than death, he opened wide his arms and surrendered his spirit in the name of all that is good and holy.


P:  And so, Loving God, let your Holy Spirit move in power in us and in our earthly gifts of bread and wine, that they may become for us + the Body and Blood of Jesus the Anointed one.

Institution Narrative

P: On the night before he met with death, Jesus came to table with the women and men he loved.  He took bread and praised you, God of all creation.  He blessed and broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples saying:

This is my body which is for you.
When you break bread together, remember me.

P: When supper was ended, he poured a final cup of wine, and blessed you, God of all creation:  He passed the cup among his disciples and said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it.
This is the cup of the new and everlasting covenant.
When you drink from this cup, remember me.

Memorial Acclamation

P: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.

All:  Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

P: Ever gentle God, we commemorate Jesus, your son.  Death could not bind him, for you raised him up in the spirit of holiness, and exalted him as the first of creation.  May his coming in glory find us ever watchful in prayer, strong in love, and faithful to the breaking of the bread.

Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, your whole church offers thanks and praise, together with all whose lives bring hope to this world.

Awaken to the undying light of pardon and peace those who have fallen asleep in faith, especially those for whom we now pray. (Silence) Be the Source of Everlasting Compassion for all  those who have died alone unloved, and un-mourned.  Gather them all into communion with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with all your saints.  Then, at last, will all creation be one, and all divisions healed, and we shall join in singing your praise through Jesus Christ, Eternal Word.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

P: Together we pray:
All: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, all loving God, forever and ever –

Prayer of Jesus

P: With Jesus we pray the great prayer of trust

All: Our father, mother, who art in heaven…..
Holy is your name, your reign come, your will done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
And help us forgive
As we have been forgiven
..…Deliver us O God,

P: from all the worries with which we saddle ourselves and from all the useless wants that separate us from one another.May we serve you without fear as we prepare in joy and hope for the fullness of the second coming of Jesus the Anointed One.

All: For the kin-dom the power and the glory are yours now and forever, Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

P: This, for us, is Jesus.  Who suffered the same human burdens and fears that we suffer. May we follow his example of emptying himself and living for others.

All: Christ, you make us worthy to receive you, and by your word we are healed.

Music During Communion

“Bless the Lord My Soul” FWS #2013

“What a Friend we Have in Jesus” UMH #526


The Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins


“You Shall Go Out!”


Worship Notes:

[i] Mary Anne’s Liturgy, Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community

Call to Worship: posted on Literature & Liturgy. https://jesusscribbles.wordpress.com/

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