LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday, March 3, 2024

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PRELUDE

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

A table is set before us.  A feast is prepared for us.
A meal of bread and cup, an abundant feast for all to share.
The LORD calls us to this supper of remembrance.
The LORD calls us to serve and to be served.
We will break bread and share cup
And our understanding may fail us.
But we will never forget Christ’s example
We will never forget the full extent of his love.
We will pray together with words and song, and through a holy meal.
Let us worship Christ as we journey through this Lenten season together.

  HYMN 526 - Let us Talents and Tongues Employ

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of abundance, we are hungry.  We need to be nourished and strengthened in body and in spirit.  When we fail to share the blessings we have, forgive us.  When we miss opportunities to invite others to the feast or to partake of the feast ourselves, have mercy on us.  Help us to pray in word, through fellowship, in relationships and around the table. Watch with us and pray with us as we watch and pray for one another.  Humbly we pray, Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS AND SHARING OF GOD'S PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

INVITATION TO OFFERING

Anthem - The Cup of Blessing by Ronald Turner

DEDICATION HYMN #697 - Take My Life vs. 3

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE

And Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, All: And do not stop them!"

*To include the Noisy Offering Collection

SCRIPTURE LESSON

1 Corinthians 11: 17-26

What I now have to say is not said in praise. Your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you gather for a meeting there are divisions among you, and I’m inclined to believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be factions among you, to distinguish those who are to be trusted from those who aren’t. 20 The point is, when you hold your agape meals, it is not the Eucharist you’ve been commemorating, 21 for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anyone else. One remains hungry, while another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes where you can eat and drink? Surely you have enough respect for the community of God not to embarrass poor people! What can I say to you? You’ll get no praise from me in this matter! 

23 What I have passed on to you, I received from Christ—that on the night he was betrayed, our Savior Jesus took bread, 24 gave thanks and broke it, saying, “This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper, he took the cup and said, “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in remembrance of me.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim Jesus’ death until Christ comes. 

This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

SERMON REFLECTION

MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION

HYMN 852 - When the Lord Redeems the Very Least

ANNOUNCEMENTS

-Next Wednesday Night Supper is March 6th at 5:15pm; Choir practice right after!

-Lenten evening prayer Wednesdays in the sanctuary from 615-630

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER  

Invitation to the Table
Great Prayer of 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
Prayer continues…
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Words of Institution and Communion of the People

Music during Communion: #498 Loaves Were Broken, Words Were Spoken

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God you have brought us together like the grains gathered from the fields for our bread, like the grapes pulled from vines for our drink.  Now that we have shared this meal, now that we have been nourished, we take what has strengthened us and are dispersed like that grain to give the food of life to a hungry world.  We will bring the joy of our abundance and the hope of your hospitality with us. Go with us, Holy God, to watch and pray and serve and love your Beloved Community.  Amen.

CHARGE & BENEDICTION 

POSTLUDE 


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