Half-Truths: What the Bible DOESN’T say Series week 5
Agape Meal will be served
Invitation to Worship: from Psalm 45
Leader: Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever
All: Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity
Leader: you love righteousness and hate wickedness
All: I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations
Leader: therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever
All: Let all who have breath praise the Lord
Opening Prayer: by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo (read by Worship Leader only)
Great and Holy God, we confess that oftentimes we miss the mark. We mess up. We fall short. We disappoint ourselves or others around us. Most of all, we have not done all that you would have us do.
This is why we are here today: for community that corrects and inspires us, for worship that lifts our spirits, for the urgent reminder of your Grace that abounds in our lives, for the peace that enables us to embody your Spirit of peace.
In this time of worship, O Living Lord, remake us. In this time of worship, O Holy Spirit, fill us up. Remind us of our calling. Grant us the courage to be your people through the Risen Christ, the only One who sets us free and calls us to prayer, using his words, “Our Father…
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Message: “Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin”
Theme: We use this one to judge. We use this one to justify. We use this one to separate.
Agape Meal: served by the Sisters group
LEADER 1: How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!
Welcome to this meal, in the name of Christ. We come to share in God’s love.
PEOPLE: We come to share our food and our lives.
LEADER 2: We come to break bread together and open ourselves to each other.
PEOPLE: We come to express our faith and our thanks.
LEADER 3: May God bless this food and this fellowship.
PEOPLE: As we share our food, we give thanks for this abundance, and we remember those who do not have enough.
LEADER 4: May God give food to those who are hungry.
PEOPLE: May God give us a hunger for justice, and a determination to serve those who hunger for food.
SETTING THE TABLE
LEADER 1: On the table in the midst of this community with whom Christ is present we set symbols to remind us of his promises to us:
READER 1: A candle, to remind us of the way, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life”.
READER 2: Bread, symbol to remind us of God’s love, “I am the bread of life. The bread that I shall give is myself for the life of the world”.
READER 3: Wine, symbol of the cup, which overflows with God’s love for all and God’s acceptance of all.
All: God, we welcome your presence with us. May the food and companionship we share Nourish our bodies, hearts and minds. And may our spirits be refreshed. As we live in the light of your presence. With us now, and at all times and places. Amen.
FOOD IS SERVED.
(WHEN THE MEAL IS FINISHED)
LEADER 1: Behold, the fragments of our feast. Our meal is ended, but God’s banquet continues as we go from this place.
PEOPLE: Let us take the banquet into the world and never give up until all people are fed.
LEADER 1: May the peace of Christ be upon you, and may you be channels of peace and justice. Let us share the peace of Christ with one another.