Seventeenth Sunday

after Pentecost

World Communion

Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     

Pastor Bob Stewart

CENTERING WORDS

(Luke 17)

Christians around the world gather this day to share holy communion as one body – a body united in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. We gather with them, rejoicing in our unity in Christ.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Sharon Stewart – Liturgist

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, chapter 1, verses 8–9, Paul invites us to rely “on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace.” God has called each one of us with a holy calling, for God’s own purposes. What is your call? How might God be calling you this day? To something? Away from something? As we join together to worship the Lord, let’s listen carefully yet confidently, for God’s call.

HYMN:      Standing on the Promises

UMC Hymnal    #374

OPENING PRAYER  (Unison)

Sharon Stewart

Lord, we are listening. As we worship you, we are listening

for your voice. Speak to us, in ways that we can hear. Speak to us, in ways that make a difference. Call to us, and invite us to answer. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

2 Timothy 1: 1-14

Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Step By Step

Worship & Song Hymnal    #3004

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

Pastor Bob Stewart

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:   My Faith Looks Up to Thee

UMC Hymnal    #452

GOSPEL LESSON            Luke 17: 5-10

MEDITATION        Increase Our Faith

Pastor Bob

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

One way that we show our commitment to God is through the giving of our time, our talents and through our financial support of the   church. The Spirit of God works through us, speaking hope through our words. The mercy of Christ works within us, healing neighbors through our actions in Christ’s name. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

Draw Me Close to You

by Michael W. Smith

Barbara Houser - Soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

Luke 17    (Unison)

We offer to you these tithes and offerings, O God, knowing that on their own, they are but a small contribution to what is needed. Yet they are given in faith with our fervent prayer that your will be done, and that your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

COMMUNION HYMN

One Bread, One Body

UMC Hymnal    #620

COMMUNION LITANY

Responsive Reading

With Christians around the world, come to the festival of love.

We come with thanksgiving and praise.

With believers from every continent on earth, come to the festival of grace.

We come with thanksgiving and praise.

With the whole body of Christ, come to the festival of life.

We come with thanksgiving and praise.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

COME TO THE TABLE OF GRACE

LORD'S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION (2 Timothy 1)  Pastor Bob

God calls us with a holy calling. This week, I encourage you to

be attentive to that call, and to respond in faith, in a way that is right for you. May the love of God sustain you. May the grace of Jesus comfort you. And may the power of the Holy Spirit give you the energy and focus you need. 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 Abington Worship Annual-2022