Home Worship for World Communion Sunday, October 3 2021

On the first Sunday in October, United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches across the globe in celebrating World Communion Sunday.


World Communion Sunday began at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1933. The Rev. Hugh Thompson Kerr and his congregation sought to demonstrate the interconnectedness of Christian churches, regardless of denomination. Rev. Kerr appropriately chose the sacrament of Holy Communion to symbolize this unity. 


In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, which included all of the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church, adopted World-Wide Communion Sunday. 


We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

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Reading of Micah 6: 6-8 (CEB)

With what should I approach the Lord and bow down before God on high? 


Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings, with year-old calves? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with many torrents of oil? Should I give my oldest child for my crime; the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit? 


8 He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

The Lord's Prayer - Meditation

On this World Communion Sunday, let us pray The Lord's Prayer with Christians from across the world, in different countries, different churches and different languages. As an expression of worship, try reciting The Lord's Prayer out loud, pausing after each phrase to briefly reflect on it's meaning for you in your particular situation. Then when you are finished, we invite you to watch and listen to the Lord's Prayer sung in Aramaic below. 


Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. 

Thy Kingdom come. 

Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. 

Amen. 


Taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662. Read more at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/lord_traditional_king_james.html

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Call and Response: God Loves All Things...

Leader: The quantum, the subatomic, the elemental, and the very minerals of the earth:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: The very waters that fall upon the earth, run through our rivers, our bodies, and fill our oceans:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: The plants, the trees, all living and growing networks that root into this earth:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: The animals in our skies, in our oceans, on the land, all creatures great and small:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: Human beings: every race, nationality, status, sexuality, or gender—ALL human bodies:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: The angels and the spirits, those that move in the unseen realms and in other dimensions:

People: God loves things by becoming them!


Leader: The great planetary bodies, the galaxies, and the whole cosmic mystery:

People: God loves things by becoming them!

Message: "It's Not Too Late"

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee
We Make the Road by Walking series. 

If God delivered the ram for the sacrifice before it was too late for Isaac, then why do you think it's too late for you?


Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14 (CEB)


After these events, God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”

Abraham answered, “I’m here.” 


2 God said, “Take your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him up as an entirely burned offering there on one of the mountains that I will show you.” 


3 Abraham got up early in the morning, harnessed his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, together with his son Isaac. He split the wood for the entirely burned offering, set out, and went to the place God had described to him. 


4 On the third day, Abraham looked up and saw the place at a distance. 5 Abraham said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will walk up there, worship, and then come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the entirely burned offering and laid it on his son Isaac. He took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them walked on together. 


7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?” 

Abraham said, “I’m here, my son.” 

Isaac said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the entirely burned offering?” 8 Abraham said, “The lamb for the entirely burned offering? God will see to it, my son.” The two of them walked on together. 


9 They arrived at the place God had described to him. Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 But the Lord’s messenger called out to Abraham from heaven, “Abraham? Abraham?” 

Abraham said, “I’m here.” 

12 The messenger said, “Don’t stretch out your hand against the young man and don’t do anything to him. I now know that you revere God and didn’t hold back your son, your only son, from me.” 


13 Abraham looked up and saw a single ram caught by its horns in the dense underbrush. Abraham went over, took the ram, and offered it as an entirely burned offering instead of his son. 


14 Abraham named that place “the Lord sees.” That is the reason people today say, “On this mountain, the Lord is seen.”


Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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Shout to the Lord

My Jesus my Saviour, Lord there is none like You

All of my days I want to praise, The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort my shelter, Tower of refuge and strength

Let every breath all that I am, Never cease to worship You


Chorus

Shout to the Lord, All the earth let us sing

Power and majesty Praise to the King

Mountains bow down And the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy At the work of Your hands

Forever I'll love You Forever I'll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have in You


CCLI Song # 1406918 Darlene Zschech © 1993 Wondrous Worship (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 625707

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World Communion Blessing Affirmation for All People

I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events around us.

I refuse to believe we are bound by racism, war, and injustice.

I believe those around me are my brother and my sister.

I believe in dignity every day and that our brokenness can be healed.

I believe we can overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to it.

This means I seek to reject revenge and retaliation.

I remember, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”


Drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Abigail Reichard, a student at Christian Theological Seminary. Posted on the Disciples of Christ Council on Christian Unity website. http://ccu.disciples.org/ Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/07/affirmation.html.

Palm Beach County Food Project

Saturday, October 9th

DROP OFF YOUR FOOD BAGS

10:00 AM TO NOON ONLY

  1. Please bring your PBC Food Project Food Bags, filled with healthy canned goods (see pbcfp website below for list of needed items). 
  2. Drive to the Upper Level.
  3. Please stay in your car and a masked volunteer will take your food donations (in bags) from your car. 
  4. Then you will drive off. Easy!

Our partner food pantries are struggling due to the added number of people needing food due to COVID financial burdens and job losses. We can help provide much-needed food.


You can also help by making a financial donation. Visit the website to donate conveniently by credit card: www.palmbeachcountyfoodproject.org


For more information, contact Kay Heisler or Pastor Emily.