World Communion Sunday

John 6 The Bread of Life Discourse as translated in The Message

WELCOME

One: May the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with each  and every one of you.

People:  And also with you.

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Of Psalm 80

One: this morning’s response to the call to worship is, “Make your face shine upon us”.

One:  Restore us O God, for we are weary, lost and frightened

All:    Make Your face shine upon us.

One: You took your people out of Egypt, out of slavery and oppression, when despair and hopelessness seemed eternal.

All:   Make Your face shine upon us.

One: From hopelessness and  homelessness, you cleared a place and helped your people put down roots. You fed and nourished your people.

All:  Make Your face shine upon us.

One: Now, we are frightened again. All that we thought protected us, has crumbled and we cry out to you, Save us Lord

All:   Make Your face shine upon us.

*CONFESSION        

One: My friends, not out of fear or dread, with no shame, let us bring before God all of those things which bring us pain or regret,

All: Holy One,  the world tells us we need to earn our way and that nothing worthwhile comes freely, yet you continue to care for us with reckless abandon, sustaining and nourishing us with your very self.  We fear we are not enough and unworthy.  Your love for us, for all of creation, overwhelms and astonishes us. You ask us not only to love like that, but to accept that we are loved fully and completely. Give us courage and strength to comprehend and live into all that you would have us be.

SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

One: Hear the good news, there is no fault, no  brokenness, no sin so great that God’s love does not overshadow it with grace and forgiveness.

All: In Jesus Christ we are restored!

 *RESPONSE OF PRAISE “Gloria Patri”

      Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen, Amen

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ~ The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and 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, dead and buried; He descended into Hell; The third day He  rose  again  from  the  dead;  He  ascended  into  heaven;  And  sitteth  on  the  right  hand  of  God  the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come 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.

COMMUNION

The Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer

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.

It is indeed right to give our thanks and praise…

Prayer before communion,

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. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

The Communion of the People

Prayer following communion

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

OFFERING OUR GIFTS TO GOD

*Doxology—traditional

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

*Prayer of Dedication

Holy One, you are our source and our sustenance. You have given your very self to us, withholding nothing. Accept these gifts as a sign of our desire to love like you do. Amen

HYMN:                “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*FAREWELL

POSTLUDE