29 August 2019

Gathering Music

“Our God is Our Light”

Our God is our light
And our salvation! 3x
Whom shall we fear?

Whom shall we fear?
The Lord is the strength
Of my life
Whom shall we fear?

“Ayudanos O Dios”

Call to Worship

One: Let us worship God, who has done great things.
Many: We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world.


One: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.
Many: We praise God for the grace that has saved us.

One: Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in the wasteland.
Many: We are the people God has formed through Christ; we worship God, & we rejoice!

Hymn of Praise

UMH #127 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Scripture

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you. So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 14:1, 7-14 (NRSV)

1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Homily

Dean Javier Viera

Sung Response

“The Open Table”

Table Liturgy

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

Leader:
Blessed are you, our Alpha and our Omega,
whose strong and loving arms encompass the universe,
for with your eternal Word and Holy Spirit you are forever one God.
Through your Word you created all things and called them good,
and in you we live and move and have our being.
When we fell into sin, you did not desert us.
You made covenant with your people Israel
and spoke through prophets and teachers.
In Jesus Christ your Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth.

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
blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord
hosanna in the highest

Leader:
Blessed are you, our Alpha and our Omega,
whose strong and loving arms encompass the universe,
for with your eternal Word and Holy Spirit you are forever one God.
Through your Word you created all things and called them good,
and in you we live and move and have our being.
When we fell into sin, you did not desert us.
You made covenant with your people Israel
and spoke through prophets and teachers.
In Jesus Christ your Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again
hosanna in the highest

Leader:
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts,
that in the breaking of this bread and the drinking of this wine
we may know the presence of the living Christ
and be renewed as the body of Christ for the world,
redeemed by Christ’s blood.

As the grain and grapes, once dispersed in the fields,
are now united on this table in bread and wine,
so may we and all your people be gathered from every time and place
into the unity of your eternal household
and feast at your table for ever.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

Leader: And now with confidence as the children of God let us pray, singing:

“Sung Lord’s Prayer”

Music During Communion

FWS 2013 Bless the Lord O My Soul

UMH #618 Let us Break Bread Together

Blessing

Dean Javier Viera

Sending

“All My Days”

Words by Laurie Zelman, Music by Mark Miller


Worship Notes:
Call to Worship: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/call-to-worship-litany-for-lent.html
Communion Liturgy: UMC Word & Table II

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