October 2, 2016

FaithBuilding Through Prayer

During worship, we participated in the entire liturgy for a Service of Word and Table (posted below, found in the United Methodist Hymnal). We often just recite the prayers during these major sacramental moments. Take time to read it as one long prayer. Pause. Think about what you are saying when you say these words. So much of our faith is found in how we pray. Do we pray empty prayers or do we want to speak with God in the holy moments of our life?

 

 A SERVICE OF WORD AND TABLE

ENTRANCE

GATHERING

 GREETING

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us.

Praise the Lord!

 HYMN OF PRAISE*

 

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God,

to you all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name,

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

[ACT OF PRAISE]

 

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION*

 

Lord, open our hearts and minds

by the power of your Holy Spirit,

that, as the Scriptures are read

and your Word proclaimed,

we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

 

 

[PSALM]*

 

[SCRIPTURE LESSON]

 

HYMN OR SONG*

 

GOSPEL LESSON*

 

SERMON

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

May we now recite together the Apostles Creed in confirmation of our faith:

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic* church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

CONCERNS AND PRAYERS

 

INVITATION

 


 

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

 

CONFESSION AND PARDON.

 

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

   we have broken your law,

   we have rebelled against your love,

   we have not loved our neighbors,

   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

All pray in silence.

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God’s love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

Glory to God. Amen.

 

 THE PEACE

 

Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

 

All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God’s peace.

 

OFFERING

 

As forgiven and reconciled people,

Let us offer ourselves and our gifts to God.

 

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

 

 TAKING THE BREAD AND CUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING*

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

 

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image

and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through the prophets.

 

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 he who comes in the name of the Lord.

   Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him

to preach good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come

when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection

you gave birth to your Church,

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant

by water and the Spirit.

When the Lord Jesus ascended,

he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

 


On the night in which he gave himself up for us,

he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,

gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

  

 

 

 

 

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Drink from this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.”

 


And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ’s offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

 

  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

 


By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

now and forever. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER*

 

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

 

Our Father in heaven,

       hallowed be your name,

       your kingdom come,

       your will be done,

       on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

      as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

       and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

       now and for ever. Amen.

 

BREAKING THE BREAD

Because there is one loaf,

we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

 

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

 

GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP

 

 

 

The kingdom of heaven, given for you. Amen.

The cup of salvation, given for you. Amen.

 

AFTER RECEIVING

 

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us.

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves for others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING*

 

Go forth in peace.