7 October 2021 – Chapel

GATHERING

“Woke Up This Morning/I’ve Got a Feeling” trad. Af. Am

Woke up this morning with my mind
Stayed on Jesus!
….Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Can’t hate your neighbor with your mind
Stayed on Jesus!
….Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah!

I’ve got a feeling, everything’s gonna be alright.

Jesus done told me, everything’s gonna be alright.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leah Wandera

Leader: Come, all who are weary and burdened; here you may find rest.
All: We come, bringing our joys and pain, disappointments and dreams to God.

Leader: Though we are different and have encountered differing circumstances, God waits for us with a healing touch.
All: Stress and separation, sorrow and sadness claim too much of our lives.

Leader: Come, now to give God all the brokenness you have experienced.
All: Forgiving and restoring God, touch our lives and bring us to wholeness with you. AMEN.

SCRIPTURE – Matthew 26:17-29

David Gaitán

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 18He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.” ’ 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21and while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 22And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ 23He answered, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’ 25Judas, who betrayed him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’ He replied, ‘You have said so.’
26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ 27Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

SONG

“For Everyone Born” – Murray/Mann

SERMON – “Plenty Good Room”

Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, Associate Dean

SONG

“Plenty Good Room” Negro Spiritual
Plenty good room, plenty good room
Plenty good room at the good Lord’s table
Plenty good room, plenty good room
Just choose your seat and sit down!

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

One: God is with us.
ALL: Thanks be to God.
One: We break open our hearts.
ALL: God enters in and we give thanks

It is good and a joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth.
In your time the seasons of all things come and go.
You formed us in your image and made us to care for your world.
By Your command, bread falls to earth, water springs forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand becomes a pool, the grass like reeds and rushes.
From Your heart, we have received blessing on blessing.
So we sing our praise joining the unending hymn.

(Singing) Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest!

In Your time, you sent the One, Jesus, who our sake became poor.
He refused bread for himself, only to feed the hungry.
He broke bread with the outcast, and drove the greedy from the temple.
Through him You gave birth to this body of the faithful, delivering us,
redeeming us, promising us again…

(Singing) Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest!

On the night that Jesus was taken away, he took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and said, Is not this the fast that we choose, to share our bread, our bodies, with the hungry.
And they ate.
Then, he took the cup, blessed it, passed it and said, this is my blood, the very essence of life running through me, take and drink.
And they drank.
We remember. We remember that this is the fast that we choose. To share our bodies and our life essence with those who sit at the gate, those who beg under the table, the ones Jesus came to be.

(Singing) Amen, Amen, Amen.
Hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest,
hosanna in the highest!

Lord’s Prayer

Consecration
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator[a] shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

SONG DURING COMMUNION

“Let Us Be Bread” – Thomas Porter

BLESSING

Dean Bennett

SENDING FORTH

“Enviados Soy de Dios”

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