Call to Worship
From the dust of the earth, the Holy One breathed us into life.
Through the breath of God we are all connected.
Shaped in her image, God formed us with a purpose:
That life may flourish in all its forms,
May the Spirit of the Living God be manifest in us!
“How Firm a Foundation”
Unison Prayer of Confession
Holy God, We give lip service to your ways and yet find it miserably difficult to embody them. Forgive our empty and unfulfilled promises. Kindle your flame within us, O God. Stoke the embers of our sleeping hope into the flames of a waking faith. Let us be bridge builders, pain bearers, change makers. Give us the strength of voice and character to stand against injustice in real and tangible ways. For all the ways that we have failed ourselves, one another, and you, forgive us. From the weight of the things that we have done and left undone, free us. Embolden us anew to make mistakes, to try a new thing, and to stumble our way towards greater, more loving communities. Erase our fear and replace it with a posture of hope that we may begin to embody your kingdom even here, even now. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Dr. Daniel Shin
One: We praise you, O God.
Many: All the earth worships you. Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory.
One: Day by day we glorify you
Many: We worship your name forever without end.
We give you thanks, O God, for the mighty sweep of your love, embracing all people and all nations. We thank you that you have sent Jesus Christ to us to break down the walls of hostility which divide the earth’s people, and to reveal your all-encompassing love, connecting us all. Through the power of your Spirit, may this solidarity become reality.
Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink of it, in remembrance of me.” As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Now, by your presence, make sacred this feast in memory of Jesus Christ. As this broken bread was scattered like grain on the hillsides, and then, when gathered together, became one loaf, so may we be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your eternal love. Like Christ, who went from death to life, and like this wine, poured out as a sign of new life, so may the lives of your people be poured out in compassion, and in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, and the hungry of this world. For it is in the name of Jesus, we pray the prayer you taught us, singing …
Music During Communion
“Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees”
Friends, as we prepare to leave this place and go our separate ways remember that you are never alone. The God who made us and called us is with us still so shroud yourself in peace, extend your hands in love, and keep hope ever before your eyes. Go with courage, go with strength, go with blessing. Amen.
“Gather at the Table, Children”
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Table Liturgy: adapted from Bread for the Journey by Ruth C. Duck