8 November 2018

Gathering Music

Nancy Minon, guest soprano

“Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans Vita” by Hildegard von Bingen

Call to Worship

Christopher Dwyer

Many: We bid you welcome, who come with wary spirit seeking rest.
One: Who come with troubles that are too much with you, who come hurt and afraid.

Many: We bid you welcome, who come with hope in your heart.
One: Who come with anticipation in your step, who come proud and joyous.

Many: We bid you welcome, who are seekers of new faith.
One: Who come to probe and explore, who come to learn.

Many: We bid you welcome, who enter into this hall as a homecoming.
One: Who have found here room for your spirit, who find in this people a family.

All: Whoever you are, whatever you are, wherever you are on your journey. We bid you welcome.

Hymn of Welcome

“Sweet, Sweet Spirit” UMH #334

Scripture

Erik Simon

Romans 16:1-7

1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, 2 so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, 4 and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Homily

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Your Name Matters/It’s Not All About You

Anthem

Seminary Choir

“Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart”

Liturgy of the Table

Invitation

One:
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love God,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Confession and Pardon

Many:
Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Silent Prayer]

One:
Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that
proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are
forgiven!

Many: In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven! Glory to God, Amen.

The Peace

One: Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

The Great Thanksgiving

One: The Lord be with you
Many: And also with you
One: Lift up your hearts
Many: We lift them up to the Lord
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise

One:
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
Creator of heaven and earth:
God of Abraham and Sarah,
God of Miriam and Moses,
God of Joshua and Deborah,
God of Ruth and David,
God of the priests and the prophets,
God of Mary and Joseph,
God of the apostles and the martyrs,
God of our mothers and our fathers,
God of our children to all generations.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest (x3)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest (x3)

One:
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

One:
On the night in which Jesus gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Hosanna in the highest (x3)

One:
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by Christ’s blood.
Renew our communion with all your saints,
especially those whom we name before you now …

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

“The Lord’s Prayer”

Music During Communion

“Give Me a Clean Heart”

“Natural Woman”

Blessing

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Quigley

Sending

“Blessed Assurance”


Worship Notes:

Call to worship:
https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/09/call-to-worship-we-bid-you-welcome.html

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