29 November 2018

Prelude

Call to Worship

One: Now is the time to worry about papers due and tests to take
Many: Therefore I tell you, do not worry.
One: Now is the time of fires and wars, of caravans and tear gas
Many: Therefore I tell you, do not worry.
One: even in the midst of the most worrisome of times Jesus comes once again
Many: To quiet our fears and look beyond the present storms of our lives and world.

Hymn of Welcome

“Now Thank We All Our God” UMH 102 (only v 1-2)

Scripture

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Maker feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will God not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Maker knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kin-dom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Homily

The Rev. Dr. Meredith Hoxie Schol

Anthem

“I Dream of a Church” by Mark Miller

Communion Liturgy for a World on Fire

Provided by abby mohaupt (Drew PhD Student)
Invitation

Friends, siblings, we are always called by God to feast at God’s table. And today in this time at place, you are invited to gather around this table. This is not Drew’s table, it’s not a United Methodist table, it is certainly not a US-American table. This is God’s table, and we are, each one of us, invited as honored guests.

In our broken and fearful world we are reminded that this table stretches beyond all borders and all walls. Whenever we take this bread and drink this cup, we gather at a table shared with Christians around the world who are also celebrating this meal too: with Palestinians and Colombians and Syrians and Guatemalans and Germans and Kenyans and people of no nation. This table does not ask for citizenship status nor any other status that we could come up with. This is a table where all the languages of our lips and our hearts are spoken and understood. This table has no room for weapons or exclusion, but is ever-extending to make more room for anyone who seeks a place here.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

Creating God, source of our being, we give you thanks and praise for you have brought forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.
In the beginning you created people in your likeness.
In your likeness, you created people who multiplied and became many–
people of many genders, races, nationalities, and abilities.
You created the world and all that is in it without borders or walls and you called it “good.”
You lovingly called forth the plants and animals–calling each by name.
For this we praise you, saying

Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is the one
Who comes in the name of God;
Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus, our sibling, born of Mary in a stable in Palestine,
you confronted the powers and principalities of your time,
and welcomed as your friends those who society had cast aside.
For love and liberation of your people,
you risked your life and were executed by the brokenness of empire.
Yet even death could not put an end to the love you embody.
Out of death, you arose to new life to live again among your people.
With joy we celebrate what you have done,
and with dedication we follow you, transformed by your love, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died;
Christ has risen;
Christ will come again.

Words of Institution

On the night that he was arrested by the authorities, Jesus was gathered in an upper room to celebrate Passover, a story of liberation, with his closest friends. He took a piece of bread, blessed it, broke it, and shared it with his friends, saying “Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is a new covenant, sealed in my blood, for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink this cup, do this in remembrance of me.”

Every time that we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, until he comes.

Boundless God.
Pour out your Spirit on this bread and this cup.
These are gifts of our hurting world, symbols of how life must die so that we may live.
Oh, God, we remember each time we eat this bread that even the fragile wheat is loved by you, no matter that wind or rain or fire may threaten and consume it.
And God, we remember each time we drink from this cup that water is life–and that you hover over that water though the waves take over the earth.
These are ordinary gifts from the world you gave to us to care for.
Through these ordinary gifts that sustain us our bodies,
Nourish us and transform us,
That we might remember that we belong to each other and to you.
Through this remembering,
Let us be reconciled to each other and to you.
Through this remembering,
May we tear down all boundaries and walls that we have built,
Through this remembering,
May all peoples in all places and times be united in you as we share this meal
and pray the words you taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven…

The gifts of God for the people of God.

The Table is set….

Prayer after Communion:

O God our mystery, you bring us to life, call us to freedom, and move between us with love. Having been nourished at your table, may we go into your wondrous and diverse world
to tear down walls of exclusion,
to confront powers and principalities,
to live and love boldly in the promise of your resurrection. Amen.

Blessing

The Rev. Dr. Meredith Hoxie Schol

Sending Forth

“You Shall Go Out” by Mark Miller

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