7/7/19 4th Sunday after Pentecost + Holy Communion

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

4th Sunday after Pentecost

The Book of Common Worship (2018)

 

INTRODUCTION

God is the source of our nourishment. Our Lord’s invitation to “take and eat … take and drink” is a repeated one. In the holy eucharist, in the word read and proclaimed, in the assembly of the people of God, the dominion of God has come near. Rejoice! Your name is written in heaven.

 

PRELUDE: Summer- Brian Crain

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP AND PRAYER OF THE DAY (Col. 3:15, 16)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

and let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

HYMN # 401 Here In This Place (Gather Us In)

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.

 

Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin.

 

Silence is kept for reflection.

 

God of mercy,

we confess that we have sinned against you,

against one another,

and against the earth entrusted to our care.

We are worried and distracted by many things,

and we fail to love you above all else.

We store up treasures for ourselves

and turn away from our neighbors in need.

Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

When we were laid low by sin and guilt,

God made us alive together with Christ,

forgiving us all our trespasses

by taking our sins to the cross.

For freedom Christ has set us free:

Rejoice in this good news!

 

*THE PEACE

 

The Peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

ALL SING # 853 We Are Marching in the Light of God

 

SUNG PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION, Hymn # 458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet

 

FIRST READING: Isaiah 66:10-14

Those who returned from the exile found that the hopes for the glorious restoration of Judah were not completely fulfilled. For these disappointed people, the prophet envisions salvation in the image of a nursing woman. Mother Jerusalem and a mothering God remind the community how they are sustained and supported.

 

10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,

all you who love her;

rejoice with her in joy,

all you who mourn over her—

11that you may nurse and be satisfied

from her consoling breast;

that you may drink deeply with delight

from her glorious bosom.

12For thus says the LORD:

I will extend prosperity to her like a river,

and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;

and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,

and dandled on her knees.

13As a mother comforts her child,

so I will comfort you;

you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;

your bodies shall flourish like the grass;

and it shall be known that the hand of the LORD is with his servants,

and his indignation is against his enemies.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Jesus commissions harvesters and laborers to go where he would go and do what he would do. Risking hardship and danger in exchange for the experience of great joy, they offer peace and healing as signs that the reign of God is near.

 

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 16Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.

17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

 

The Gospel of Our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!

 

BRIEF TEACHING

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.

 

A brief silence.

 

For the church and its ministries; for pastors and musicians; for teachers and leaders, that their joyful noise clearly announce your reign of peace come near, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

For your works revealed in creation: for rivers and streams; for thunderstorms and sunshine; and for those preparing for harvesttime, that you inspire our care for the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

For peace and justice in the world; for all levels of government; for areas affected by strife, that those in authority always work for the good of all, bringing your justice to all people, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

For the sick and those who console them; for prisoners and those who show them mercy; for the downtrodden and those who help them flourish; for those suffering from malaria and zika; and for all in need of care (especially), that you comfort them as a mother comforts her child, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

For those spending time with friends and family this summer; for those making employment decisions; for those uncertain what the future holds, that they set their minds on Christ who has called us to himself, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who have inspired us by their witness to the gospel, that with them we will know the confidence of being held in your embrace, as we this week commemorate: Maolruain, Edgar the Peaceful, Zeno and Companions, Peter Tu, Benedict of Nursia, Desiderius Erasmus, the Prophets Ezra and Joel; let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

 

Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

OFFERING (Acts 2:44–46)

Let us lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

 

OFFERTORY:

 

During this time of the offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?

 

Offerings will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.

 

Children bring in elements and help set the communion table

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Blessed are you, O God,

for the greening earth given for all,

for the talents we are given to share,

and for this bread and wine.

Transform us to be the body of Christ,

that, feasting on this food and drink,

our lives may reflect your generosity;

through Christ our Lord.

 

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

God invites you to this table of bounty.

Come, the banquet is ready.

 

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,

who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,

who preached good news to the poor,

and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.

 

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

 

Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension,

we await his coming in glory.

 

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,

the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord;

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be all glory and honor, now and forever.

 

As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold to pray:

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;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

 

God invites you to this table of bounty.

Come, the banquet is ready.

 

Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup

 

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.

 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING

O God, in this holy communion

you have welcomed us into your presence,

nourished us with words of mercy,

and fed us at your table.

Amid the cares of this life,

strengthen us to love you with all our heart,

serve our neighbors with a willing spirit,

and honor the earth you have made;

through Christ our Lord.

 

O God of tender compassion,

as you healed the sick and welcomed the stranger,

bless those who leave this assembly

to share the gifts of this table

with our sisters and brothers

who are sick, homebound, or imprisoned.

May they be sustained by the love and prayers

of this community,

and by the Bread of life that satisfies all hunger,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up in him,

and abound in thanksgiving;

and the blessing of the holy Trinity, one God,

be upon you and remain with you forever.

 

HYMN # 296 Go In Grace and Make Disciples

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE: Fourth of July- Dave Brubeck

 

NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).

 

 

COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:

7        Maolruain (d. 792)

8        Edgar the Peaceful (d. 975)

9        Zeno and Companions (d. c. 300)

10      Peter Tu (d. 1840)

11      Benedict of Nursia (c. 480– c. 547)

12      Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466– 1536)

13      Ezra (4th– 5th century BCE)

Joel (c. 5th century BCE)

 

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7 – Maolruain (d. 792). As founder of the monastery of Tallaght in Ireland, Maolruain also was instrumental in establishing the Culdee movement to regularize Irish monastic rules. He emphasized spiritual direction and confession of sins, and laid down rules for both. He also stressed the importance of intellectual and manual labor in monastic life.

 

8 – Edgar the Peaceful (d. 975). Edgar’s reign as king of England was marked

by peace and tolerance. His friend and adviser was Dunstan (see May 19), the Archbishop of Canterbury. During his reign, Edgar encouraged a great religious revival throughout the land and oversaw the building of many abbeys. He had

affairs with two nuns, one of whom bore him a daughter, Edith, who was taken to Wilton Abbey where she became a nun and stayed until her death at the age of 21.

 

9 – Zeno and Companions (d. c. 300). The emperor Diocletian ordered the wholesale slaughter of Christians who had been condemned to work on the construction of the royal baths. Zeno is remembered as the representative of the more than 10,000 martyrs who died in that massacre.

 

10 – Peter Tu (d. 1840). Peter Tu was a native of Vietnam who joined the

Dominican order and became a priest to serve in his own country. When he taught the faith to those wanting to come to Christianity, he was arrested and beheaded.

 

11 – Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – c. 547). Born in Nursia, Benedict went to Rome for his education. At the age of twenty, he left there and joined a community of ecclesiastical students, then retired to a cave to live as a hermit. His piety became well known, however, and he attracted many followers whom he formed into a series of small monasteries. Around the year 530 he founded the great monastery

at Monte Cassino, where he lived until his death. There he formulated the Rule that became the standard for monasteries ever since. It is reported that he died standing in prayer before the altar.

 

12 – Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536). Born in Rotterdam, Erasmus was the illegitimate son of a physician’s daughter and a man who became a monk. He was sent to a monastery when his parents died, and became a priest. He blended humanism with Christianity and was critical of many aspects of the church. His thinking in many ways laid the intellectual groundwork for the Protestant

Reformation, although he never left the Roman Catholic Church.

 

13 – Ezra (4th–5th century B.C.). Ezra was the prophet of those returning from

Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple and city walls of Jerusalem in Judah. More than the restoration of those physical structures, Ezra was concerned about the restoration of Mosaic law; he spoke to religious and social issues,

calling for the reestablishment of practices that conformed to the law of God given to Moses.

 

13 – Joel (c. 5th century B.C.). Joel lived in Judah and was very familiar with the

temple in Jerusalem. His prophetic ministry was carried out within the life of the temple, and his prophetic voice was heard by way of other priests. When a plague of locusts swept over the land, Joel saw it as God’s judgment and called the people to repentance. This was for Joel a warning of the final day of judgments and blessings from the Lord.

 

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