10th Sunday Following
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and Funny Story
CENTERING WORDS Pastor Bob
When our faith is at its weakest, God struggles with us – not to punish, but to bless us if we have the courage to ask.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Matthew 14)
(Responsive reading) Sharon Stewart
Are you hungry for a word of hope?
We come to be fed and nourished.
Are you yearning to see the bounty of God?
We long to see and believe.
Are you ready to witness the power of our God?
We are ready.
Come! Let us worship.
HYMN: Be Thou My Vision
UMC Hymnal #451
OPENING PRAYER (Matthew 14)
(Unison) Sharon Stewart
We come to you hungry, O God, our Provider.
Sit us down. Quiet our minds and hearts.
Feed us. Nourish us in this holy place
that we may be filled with you. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Genesis 32: 22-31
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Surely the Presence of the Lord
UMC Hymnal #328
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Spirit Song
UMC Hymnal #347
Matthew 14: 13-21
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Come Lord Jesus
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
(Matthew 14) Pastor Bob
Faced with a hungry crowd and only five loaves and two fish, Jesus fed the multitude until all were satisfied. Faced with a hungry world, God invites us to offer our gifts, that God’s bounty may be shared with those in need. May Christ see our faith and multiply our gifts, that all might be satisfied.
OFFERTORY Erin Tellier
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING
(Matthew 14) (Unison) Pastor Bob
O God, you provide for us in abundance. Our blessings overflow. We share a portion of all that we have been given, through these, our tithes, and offerings. May your kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.
Let Us Break Bread Together
UMC Hymnal #618
CALL TO CONFESSION Pastor Bob
Let us draw near to God in a time of honest confession.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
Gracious and merciful God, we complain that we don’t have enough, yet what you offer us is more than enough. We doubt that you will provide what we need, yet you give nourishment in abundance each day. We forget to trust you and attempt to rely on ourselves alone. Bread of Heaven, rain down, that we might be fed and forgiven. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON Pastor Bob
God provides. No matter what we have said or thought. No matter what we have done. God provides. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
HOLY COMMUNION...Come to the table of plenty
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
Spirit of the Living God
UMC Hymnal #393
BENEDICTION (Matthew 14)
May the grace of our Lord Jesus dwell in your heart. May the love of God descend into your soul. May the nurturing presence of the Holy Spirit weave itself in your life this week. Amen.
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Shalom to You
UMC Hymnal #666
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:
Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.