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                                                                                 October 1, 2023
                                                                      World Communion Sunday
                                                              Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                                              We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude                                                    Obangiji (“God Almighty”)                                         Fela Sowande

                                                                                                     Fiesta                                                     Emma Lou Diemer
                                                                       Dr. John Allegar, organ                                                       (b. 1927)

Welcome                                                                                                                      Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Choral Call to Worship                        Come to the Table of Grace                                      Barbara Hamm
            Children’s Choirs; Danny Fisher, piano; Tom Ristine, guitar; Patrick Pauloski, conductor

                  Come to the table of grace.
                  This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine.
                  Come to the table of grace.

                  Come to the table of peace...

                  Come to the table of love...

                  Come to the table of hope...

                  Come to the table of joy...

* Call to Worship                                                                                                         Rev. Benjamin K. Davison

      One:       All who hunger, gather around.

      All:         There is bread here, for empty bellies.
                      There is compassion here, for broken hearts.

      One:      There is grace here, for shattered lives.
                     There is family here, for lonely souls.

      All:         There is hope here, for dreams denied.
                      There is peace here, for all who need it.

      One:      All who hunger, gather around and lift your hearts to God.

      All:         Taste and see that the Lord is good.

      One:      People of God, welcome home!

* Prayer of Adoration

* Processional Hymn #472       Cantad al Señor/O Sing to the Lord                       Brazilian folk melody
                                                                         Choir: v. 1 in Spanish
                                             All: v. 1 in Spanish; v. 1-3 in English; v. 1 in Spanish

Invitation to Confession

Prayer of Confession

      God of every people and nation, we confess
            that we have not lived as citizens
            of your new realm of justice and peace.
      We build up dividing walls in the world.
      We contribute to division in the church.
      We ignore the suffering in distant nations
            and live in fear of our closest neighbors.
      Forgive us, God of grace.
      Pour out your Spirit of peace upon us,
            break down the dividing walls among us,
            and raise us up to be a holy temple—
            your temple of peace in the world—
            built on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ,
            in whose holy name we pray.
(Silent Prayer)

Assurance of God’s Grace

* Response of Praise                                  How Blest Are Those                   ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN

* Passing the Peace of Christ

* Hymn #420                                         God of Grace and God of Glory                                               CWM RHONDDA
                                                                               (verses 1 and 4)

                                                                        We Experience God’s Word

Children’s Anthem                                         For Everyone Born                                                                 Brian Mann
                    Danny Fisher, piano; Tom Ristine, guitar; Hua Jin, violin; Patrick Pauloski, conductor

            For everyone born, a place at the table,
            for everyone born, clean water and bread,
            a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
            for everyone born, a star overhead

           And God will delight when we are creators
           of justice and joy, compassion, and peace:
           yes, God will delight when we are creators
           of justice and joy!

           For young and for old, a place at the table,
           a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
           the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
           for young and for old, the right to belong.

           For everyone born, a place at the table,
           to live without fear, and simply to be,
           to work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
           For everyone born, the right to be free.

                          Text: Shirley Erena Murray

The Word with Children

Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                                                                     Patti Martin

First Scripture Lesson                                     Ephesians 2:8-10                                                                                (p. 1064)

Anthem                                                                     Ani Ma’Amin                                                    arr. Paul Caldwell (b.1963)
                                         Sanctuary Choir; Hua Jin, violin; Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor       arr. Sean Ivory (b.1969)

                 Ani maamin b’emuna sh’lemah                   I believe with complete faith
                 B’viat hamashiach                                              in the coming of the Messiah.
                 V’af al pi sheyitmameha                                  And even though he may tarry
                 Im kol zeh achake lo                                           nevertheless, I will wait for him,
                B’chol yom sheyavo                                             everyday, for him to come. I believe.

                            Text: Based on the 12th of Maimonides’ 13 Articles of Faith
                                       found in his commentary to the Mishnah, Sanhedrin 10

Second Scripture Lesson                             Exodus 16:2-3, 11-15                                                                              (p. 62)

Sermon                                                                                                                                                Rev. Christopher A. Henry

                                                                                 The Grace to Receive
     “When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
                                   Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

                                                                                    (Exodus 16:15)

Moment of Silent Meditation

                                                                                We Give Thanks to God

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity                                                                       Rev. Rachel N. Klompmaker

Offertory                                                             Adagio (from Op. 150)                                                   Josef Rheinberger
                                                                                       Hua Jin, violin                                                                      (1839-1901)

* Doxology                                                                                                                                                       OLD HUNDREDTH

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

      One:      The Lord be with you.

      All:        And also with you.

      One:      Lift up your hearts.

      All:        We lift them to the Lord.

      One:      Let us give thanks to the Lord.

      All:        It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Sanctus                                                            Sanctus (from Mass in G)                                                      Franz Schubert

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;
              and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
       For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Communion of the People

  Ushers will extend an invitation to receive communion by pew. Please come forward using the aisle to your
      right. If you prefer not to take communion by intinction, there is an Elder near the center with a tray of
                                      individually packaged elements. All bread at all stations is gluten free.

Communion Anthem                                     Come, Risen Lord                                                            SURSUM CORDA

       Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest;
       Nay, let us be Thy guests; the feast is Thine;
       Thyself at Thine own board make manifest
       In Thine own sacrament of bread and wine.

       We meet, as in that upper room they met,
       Thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand;
      “This is My body”; so Thou givest yet:
       Faith still receives the cup as from Thy hand.

       One body we, one body who partake,
       One church united in communion blest;
       One name we bear, one bread of life we break,
       With all Thy saints on earth and saints at rest.

       One with each other, Lord, for one in Thee,
       Who art one Savior and one living head;
       Then open Thou our eyes, that we may see;|
       Be known to us in breaking of the bread.

Prayer after the Meal

                                                                                     We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #508                         For the Bread Which You Have Broken                                       KINGDOM

* Charge and Benediction

* Choral Benediction                                             Shalom, Chaverim!                                                       Israeli folk song

                Shalom, chaverim! Shalom, chaverim!               Peace, my friends! Peace, my friends!
               Shalom, shalom!                                                              Peace, peace.
               L’hitraot, L’hitraot,                                                            Farewell, my friends. Farewell, my friends.
               Shalom, shalom.                                                              Peace, peace.

Postlude                                                    Dialogue (from Mass for the Convents)                            François Couperi