World Communion Sunday 2015
A service of: Bread & Cup Communion, Feet/Hand-Washing, Fellowship Meal
“I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous” (vs. 1 and 4) #338
“Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know”(vs. 1 and 4) #337
“How Good a Thing It Is” (vs. 1 through 4) #310
. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.
Guest and visitors, please fill out one of the “Welcome” Cards found in the pew Bibles and place it in the offering plate.
Invitation to Worship
Focusing Music “Abide With Me” – arr. Jack Schrader
Unison Opening Statement: And the Table Will Be Wide
And the table will be wide.
And the welcome will be wide.
And the arms will open wide to gather us in.
And our hearts will open wide to receive.
And we will come as children who trust there is enough.
And we will come unhindered and free.
And our aching will be met with bread.
And our sorrow will be met with wine.
And we will open our hands to the feast without shame.
And we will turn toward each other without fear.
And we will give up our appetite for despair.
And we will taste and know of delight.
And we will become bread for a hungering world.
And we will become drink for those who thirst.
And the blessed will become the blessing.
And everywhere will be the feast. – written by Jan L. Richardson
*Opening Song “Here in This Place” #6
Children’s Church, 1st through 5th Grade, Education Building
Childcare, Infant through Kindergarten, Education Building
Invitation to Give
Offering Music “Peace, O God” – J. Fyock, arr. Masterson
Unison Offering Prayer
Loving and gracious God;
we will not find that needed justice in our apathy;
we will not find that elusive wholeness with our quarreling;
we will not find our hoped for unity with our doctrines;
we will not find our misplaced love with our hating;
we will not find that rest we crave in our overflowing planners;
we will not find the peace You offer in our well nursed grudges.
we will find You in the brokenness of the Bread and in the breaking of our hearts;
we will find You when we drain the Cup, refill it with our gifts and offer it to those in need;
we will find You when we squeeze closer together, making room at the Table for all your people.
Help us God, to do Your work and Your will, as we:
give of our bounty and blessings, share communion,
wash one another’s hands and feet and
eat a meal together.
Bless all that we do in Your name. AMEN – written by Thom Shuman (adapted)
Scripture Focus John 13: 4-17 (p.107)
Reflection “the taste of faith”
Communion – Bread and Cup
Words of Invitation
As the Bread and Cup are being served, please join in the refrain as directed.
“Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup” #471
Sharing the Bread
Words for the Bread
Let me hunger enough for the taste of bread;
that I not forget the world’s hunger,
that I may have bread to share,
that I may long for the Bread of God.
Let me hunger enough that I may be filled.
But, O God – let me not hunger so much
that I seek after that which is not bread – or try to live by bread alone.
Sharing the Cup
Words for the Cup
Let me thirst enough for the taste of water and wine;
that I not forget the world’s thirst,
that I may have water and wine to share,
that I may long for the water and wine of God.
Let me thirst enough that I may be filled.
But, O God – let me not thirst so much
that I seek after that which is not the cup – or try to live by water and wine alone.
Prayer of Blessing
Song of Preparation for Feet/Hand Washing
“Jesus Took a Towel” #449
You may stay as long as you wish and participate in feet/ hand-washing as you are comfortable.
All are invited to complete Love Feast by sharing in the Fellowship Potluck Meal immediately following in the downstairs fellowship hall – please stay even if you did not bring food or table service – there isroom at the table for everyone.