October 11 Worship

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

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Worship will be live streamed on Grace's YouTube channel (above), and the video recording uploaded here afterward.

We Gather      

 

CENTERING WORDS

Draw near to God, and God will draw near to us, as we serve and minister together.

 

PRELUDE  

 

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP

Invited by God, 

we gather to worship. 

Partnering with God, 

we gather to grow in faith and to change the world.

 

OPENING HYMN  No. 647           

Give Thanks

(You are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)

 

Give thanks with a grateful heart;

give thanks to the Holy One;

give thanks because we’re given Jesus Christ, the Son. (repeat)

 

And now let the weak say, “We are strong”; let the poor say, “We are rich because of what the Lord has done for us!”

(repeat)

 

Give thanks. Give thanks.

 

CALL TO PRAYERS

We cannot come before God unless we first are honest with ourselves about who we are, about the mistakes we make, and about how well or poorly we care for others. In this spirit, let us offer our prayers to God.

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION & INTERCESSION

Beloved God, we gather in the shelter of your love, grateful for the banquet of worship you have prepared for us. Focus our hearts and our minds on the beauty of this time, the blessings of our lives, and the fullness of your message. Strengthen our call to fulfill our role as your partners in ministry to the world.

 

Gracious God, you know how often we miss your invitation and ignore your banquet of grace and abundant love. Clear the clouds from our eyes, that we may see your call to partner and serve with you. Clear our calendars, that we don’t miss your invitation to love and serve the world. Clear our minds and soothe our troubled souls, that we may remember and treasure the opportunity to receive your abundant grace and your loving nourishment. Nourish us with your forgiveness and your mercy, that we may rejoice fully in this time of worship. In your love and grace, we pray. 

 

Let us lift our prayers to God for the brokenness of this world and for the needs of our community and our hearts.

 

Silence

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

Rejoice in God, whose grace is ours. Rejoice in the power of love!

 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

We are blessed by a peace that passes all understanding, a grace that transcends all logic, and a love that breaks all bounds. With joy, let us share these amazing gifts, as we greet one another in peace. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

And also with you.

 

We Reflect

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of prophets and parables, as we gather to listen to the scriptures read and proclaimed, may we hear your voice, and in hearing, may our lives be transformed by your grace.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Exodus 32:1-14

 

GOSPEL LESSON

Matthew 22:1-14

 

SERMON  Entitlement

Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro

We Respond

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING  

Invitation

Come with thanksgiving, to offer your gifts and honor to God.

 

Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.

  

Musical Meditation          

 

Prayer of Dedication

Gracious God, thank you for your abundant love and your nourishing grace. Thank you for the gifts we return to you now. Bless these gifts, that they may become for others signs of your abundant love and vessels of your nourishing grace. Amen.

 

We Are Sent 

 

CLOSING HYMN  No. 701     

Lord, Prepare Me

(You are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)

 

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living

sanctuary for you. (repeat)

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE        


 

Please join us for prayers and fellowship on ZOOM at 10:40 a.m..


 

All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.

Centering Words, Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession & Intercession, Assurance of God With Us, Sharing the Peace of Christ, Invitation to the Offering and Prayer of Dedication - Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 . Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

Call to Prayers - The Worship Sourcebook (Grand Rapids: CICW, Faith Alive Resources and Baker Books 2004) 85.

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