Friday, October 06, 2006

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 1, 2006

We thank you, God of the universe,
that you call all people to worship you
and to serve your purpose in this world.
We praise you for the gift of faith
we have received in Jesus Christ.
We praise you also for diverse faith
among the peoples of the earth.
For you have bestowed your grace
that Christians, Jews, Muslims,
Buddhists, and others
may celebrate your goodness.
In wonder and awe
we praise you great God. Amen.
from the Book of Common Worship
The Approach to God
The Prelude
The Church Bell
The Introit: “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise”
The Call to Worship
L: The God of creation makes us one in body!
P: Let us join hearts and voices in praise of the Lord!
L: The God of Christ makes us one in the Spirit!
P: Let us join hearts and voices in praise of the Lord!
* The Hymn: No. 371 “Lift High the Cross”
* The Salutation -- from Jude 1-2
L: To those who are called,
who are beloved in God the Father
and kept safe for Jesus Christ:
May mercy, peace, and love be yours
in abundance.
The Prayer of Confession
L: Across the barriers that divide race from race:
P: reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
L: Across the barriers that divide rich from poor:
P: reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
L: Across the barriers that divide people of different cultures:
P: reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
L: Across the barriers that divide Christians:
P: reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
L: Across the barriers that divide men and women, young and old:
P: reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.
Confront us, O Christ, with the hidden prejudices and fears
the deny and betray our prayers.
Enable us to see the causes of strife,
remove from us all senses of superiority.
Teach us to grow in unity with all God’s children. Amen.
(Let the worshippers consider their lives in silence.)
The Kyrie -- The congregation will repeat each English verse
after the cantor.

The Words of Assurance
L: Pour out your Spirit on us again,
as your Word is proclaimed,
that we may be faithful to our baptismal calling,
ardently desire the communion of Christ’s body and blood,
and serve the poor of your people and all who need your love,
P: through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Law of God -- from John 13:34
Hear the teaching of Christ:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I have loved you.”

The Word of God
The Children’s Sermon
* The Hymn: “We Are Members of Christ’s Body”
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Please see insert.
The Lessons
I John 3:11-16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 260
John 10:11-18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 107
L: The Word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
The Sermon: “Embracing the Different”
* The Affirmation of Faith -- Unison
We share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind; have one God and Father, are filled with one Spirit, are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one Name, are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope; together come to know the height and the breadth and the depth of the love of Christ; together are built up to the stature of Christ, to the new humanity; together know and bear one another’s burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ that we need one another and up build one another, admonishing and comforting one another; that we suffer with one another for the sake of righteousness; pray together; together serve God in this world.
Excerpt; The Belhar Confession
The Anthem: “Break the Bread, Pour the Wine” . . . . . . . M. Hayes
The Meaning of the Sacrament and Invitation
The Communion Prayer
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P: For it is holy and right to do so!

The Sanctus:

Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith:
U: Christ has died!
Christ is risen!
Christ will come again!
The Communion
The Prayer
God, who nourishes us for the journey,
it is strengthening to know that
as we have gathered at your table today,
your people throughout the world
are offering praise and thanksgiving
as bread and wine are shared.
May the mystery of your presence, experienced in our worship,
bind us together into one worldwide community. Amen.
The Response to God
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
* The Doxology -- Tune: Nun Danket
All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son, and him who reigns
with them in highest heaven,
the one eternal God,
whom heav'n and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.
* The Prayer of Dedication
Lord of life, you promise abundant life to all who live together in Christ. We offer these gifts as a sign of our desire to share our resources for the common good and building of your kingdom. We humbly ask that you use them to strengthen our unity and deepen our witness and healing presence in this needy world. Amen.
The Life of the Church
Our Gratitude Expressed
Our Concerns Raised Up
The Church’s Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . using ‘debts’ and ‘debtors’
* The Hymn: No. 436 “We Are Your People”
* The Benediction
* The Choral Response: “Threefold Amen”
* The Postlude

Pultneyville Reformed Church
7784 Hamilton Street
P.O. Box 94
Pultneyville, NY 14538


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