CALL TO WORSHIP
[One] Gracious is God, and righteous; our God is merciful.
[All] God has delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
[One] What can we return to God for all God's blessing to us?
[All] We will lift up the cup of salvation, and praise God's name.
(Ps 116:5-13, adapted)
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Elusive God, companion on the way, you walk behind, beside, beyond; you catch us unawares. Break through the disillusionment and despair clouding our vision, that, with wide-eyed wonder, we may find our way and journey on as messengers of your good news. Amen.
HYMN "God Is Truly With Us"
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
God of all mercy, give us grace to make a fresh start today. We know we have not loved you with our whole heart and mind, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.
As we hope to be forgiven, teach us also to forgive; and lead us forward in a new life where neither self-centeredness nor apathy have a part; in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
(Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, adapted)
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
TIME WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 24:13-52
SERMON "Church Suppers"
Karl talked about church suppers and then talked about how that all of Jesus' post-Resurrection appearances to the disciples were at a shared meal -- that that is where the living presence is recognized.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)
Generous God, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us---our selves, our time, and our possessions---signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us. Amen.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
INVITATIONHYMN "Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us"
Luke, the evangelist, wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.
In company with all believers in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know the risen Christ in the breaking if the bread.
[One] Lift up your hearts.
[All] We lift them to God.
[One] Let us give thanks to God Most High.
[All] It is right to give God thanks and praise.
[One] Holy God, our loving Creator, close to us as breathing and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made. We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being as our Savior. We praise you for Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection, and for the calling forth of your church for its mission in the world.
Gifted by the presence of your Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you as we unite ourselves in praise and gratitude with your faithful people everywhere.
Merciful God, as sisters and brothers in faith, we recall anew these words and acts of Jesus the Christ. He took bread and blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat: this is my body."
Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to the disciples and said: "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
We remember Christ's promise not to drink of the fruit of the vine again until the heavenly banquet at the close of history, and we say boldly what we believe:
[All] Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
[One] Come, Holy Spirit, come. Bless this bread, and bless this fruit of the vine. Bless all of us in our eating and drinking at this table that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the risen Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all for whom Christ died.
SHARING THE BREAD AND THE CUP
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
[All] We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us at your table by granting is the presence of Jesus Christ. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus our Savior. Amen.
We're back to v. 4 of Hymn #8:
Praise to the Living God, around, within, above
Beyond the grasp of human mind, but whom we know as love
In these tumultuous days, so full of hope and strife
May we bear witness to the Way, O Source and Goal of life.
In Adult Ed we're starting a series on Embodied Spiritual Practices. Today we did Centering Prayer.