Worship service February 21, 2021

We will be celebrating communion this morning. Before you begin, you may want to gather a piece of bread or cracker and some juice or water for participation in communion later in the service.

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle    Voices Together (VT) 1048

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.

Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.

Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly, so that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender, or skin color.

Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness, so that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.

And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors.

Let the earth nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven. Amen.

-moment of silence-

 

 

Call to Worship         Voices Together (VT) 869

Group 1: We are a covenant people, called to God by God, generation through generation.

Group 2: We are a covenant people, called to Jesus by Jesus, losing our life to gain our life.

Together: We are a covenant people, called to church by the church, weaving together the strong and the weak, the stranger and the friend.

Group 1: Renamed.

Group 2: Reborn.

Together: Renewed. We gather ourselves in the community of believers. We gather ourselves with you.

Presentation of Bible to Charley

Charley, it is our tradition to present new Bibles to 3rd graders, and this morning it is a special joy to present you with the gift of this Bible from our church. As a Christian Education Commission, Dayle, Cora, Rose Marie and I (Donna) have chosen this Bible, the New International Version Adventure Bible. In addition to the standard writings, this Bible has a number of fun features to highlight passages, verses, and themes. (Show her)

Words to Treasure/Did you Know?/Life in Bible Times/People in Bible Times

Our hope for you is you become acquainted with this new Bible, with the stories contained in it the special verses and passages, and the words of Jesus and that it may become an important part of your

Christian life. We have asked your parents to come and read to you a verse or a passage that is special to them and then we will close with a prayer.

Our Heavenly Father, We ask that you bless Charley and be with her as she grows in her Christian faith. Be also with our church as we strive to teach and be models of Christian love for her and others in our lives. We ask this in your name. Amen.

Opening Hymn  What is this place HWB 1/VT 10

Sharing and Prayer (On the top of the sermon attache to this email)

Children’s Story        “The Log and the Speck”

Scripture        Matthew 7:1-5

7 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?’ You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your own eye.

Sermon   “Laying Aside Judgment” – Pastor Rose Marie (see attached)

Hymn  There’s a wideness in God’s mercy HWB 145/VT 156

(video is a different tune and slightly different words…but words are included)

Communion

Prayer of confession STS 172

Before I share in Jesus’s life in bread and wine, I recognize the sorry things within: these I lay down.

(silent prayer)

 

The words of hope I often failed to give, the prayers of kindness buried in my pride, the signs of care I argued out of sight: these I lay down.

(silent prayer)

 

The narrowness of vision and of mind, the need for other folk to serve my will, and every word and silence meant to hurt: these I lay down.

(silent prayer)

 

Of those around in whom I meet my Lord, I ask their pardon and I grant them mine, that every contradiction to Christ’s peace might be laid down. these I lay down.

(silent prayer)

 

Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast, I empty now my heart and stretch my hands, and ask to meet you here in bread and wine which you lay down. Amen.

 

Reading from 1 Corinthians 11: 23 -26

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 

Blessing for the bread –

Holy God, we pray your blessing on this sacred symbol of Christ’s body. May we receive and partake of this bread in faith, recalling the life and death of Jesus Christ. Increase our gratitude and obedience. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Take the bread in your hand – As we eat this bread, may we affirm our faith in words first spoken by Christians many centuries ago: “The bread which we break is the communion of Christ, our Lord.”

Eat your bread, remembering.

 

Blessing for the cup –

Holy and loving God, we pray your blessing upon this sacred symbol of the blood of Jesus the Christ. Our hearts are lifted in thanksgiving for love poured out. As in faith we drink this cup, may your forgiveness and your divine spirit be poured afresh into our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Take the cup in your hand – In humble thanksgiving and joy for life so freely given, we repeat once again our statement of faith: “The cup which we drink is the communion of the Christ, our Lord.”

Drink the juice, remembering.

 

After Communion prayer – O God, you are never far from us. You reach out and touch as through your Spirit, through symbols, and through the hands of those we love. We are deeply grateful to have a place at your table and to share in this sacred food. By your grace may we continue on our pilgrimage, carrying into all of life the saving love of the Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Response  Put peace into each other’s hands     STJ 87/VT 485

Benediction   VT 946

In deep gratitude for this moment, this meal, these people both gathered and spread apart, we give ourselves to you. Send us to live as changed people because we have shared the Living Bread and cannot remain the same.

Ask much of us, expect much from us enable much by us, encourage many through us. So God may we glorify you as inhabitants of earth and citizens of heaven. Amen.