Gathering Music “well tempered clavier fugue in C#Sharp major”
Call to Worship Kwangil James Kim
One: We come together as one, united in our common loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Many: We come to worship and praise the God who calls us here.
One: Let’s open our hearts to one another,
Many: just as Christ has opened his heart to us, and God will be glorified.
Hymn of Welcome “Like a Child” FWS 2092
Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV (inclusivized) Peter Karanja
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on them, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. Their delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. They shall not judge by what their eyes see, or decide by what their ears hear; but with righteousness they shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; they shall strike the earth with the rod of their mouth, and with the breath of their lips they shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around their waist, and faithfulness the belt around their loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of them, and their dwelling shall be glorious.
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying
Many: We are listening
Romans 15:4-13 NRSV Kirsten Trambley
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Parent of Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that the Anointed One might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for Christ’s mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”; and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with Christ’s people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Christ”; and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in that one the Gentiles shall hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying
Many: We are listening
Homily The Rev. Dr. Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre
Sung Response –
“Show Us How to Love” Seminary Choir
Invitation to the Table
Jesus said: Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Friends, this is the Lord’s Table. It is not table of the righteous or the few, but Christ’s own table, wide open and welcome to all who seek new life.
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
In every time and every age, O God, it is good and faithful that we give you thanks, for your mercy is sure, and your steadfast love endures forever. In your compassion you gave us Christ Jesus, who sets us free from death and leads us to life eternal.
And so, with all creation, we with all the needy ones and the hungry ones, with all those who have plenty, with creatures large and small, with sun and moon and stars, and with saints of every age, we praise your name …
Blessed are you, O God, creator of all things. By your power and love you continue to deliver your people from bondage, to thwart evil, lies, and oppression, to show the way through the wilderness, turn hardship into righteousness, and reveal your right hand upholding the just.
Blessed are you O Christ, true servant and guide. You came among us to feed and heal and teach, to confound the haughty, to challenge the wrong-hearted, and in all things, to give hope to those who long for justice.
Blessed are you O Spirit, giver and sustainer of life. You fill us with vision where the path is unclear, you give us voice to proclaim our faith in every hour.
Come now, O Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love, Breath of Life. Bring to all this hurting world the joy that Mary knew, and teach us to proclaim with her, “I have seen the Lord!” Help us to rejoice and pray until that day when you come again, and to lift up our voices to you using the words that Jesus taught us, singing …
“Sung Lord’s Prayer”
Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread and, after giving thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to the disciples saying: Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup saying: this cup is the new covenant, sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink of it, do this in remembrance of me.
Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
The table is set, the feast is ready. Come, eat, and be filled.
Music During Communion
“Ayudanos, O Dios”
“Hymn of Promise” UMH 707
Prayer after Communion
Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go out into the world in the strength of your spirit to give ourselves for others in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Blessing The Rev. Dr. Dean Melanie Johnson DeBaufre
“Jesus, What a Wonderful Child”