For Sunday, October 9, 2016
Year C, Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
THANKSGIVING SPECIAL OFFERING (CANADA)
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost :: Green ::
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 66
L: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
P: Sing to the glory of God’s name.
L: Say to God; “How awesome are your deeds!”
P: “All the earth worships you; sing praises to your name.”
L: Come and see what God has done;
P: God’s deeds are awesome among mortals.
L: Bless our God, O People; let the sound of God’s praise be heard;
P: Praise the LORD!
We come together O God, as exiles. We come knowing we live far from you and the promise you have provided. Yet you call us to an attitude of hopefulness, telling us to plant gardens, take spouses and raise children in this place. So we come together in an effort to magnify your presence here with us. We cling to the notion that your Holy Spirit, living in each of us shines brighter when we are together. We hold fast to the belief that you have called us into community, so we come. Bless our time together, O God, and magnify your presence here with us. Help us to hear your word, know your promises, and remember your Son, Jesus the Christ.
Stewardship Moment: ( US Normal Sunday and/or Canada Thanksgiving)
Have you experienced God’s blessing? Have you been blessed with life? Have you been blessed with times of health, or healing, or both? Have you been blessed by love of another? How do you give thanks to God? The Samaritan who was healed of leprosy was able to return to Jesus and give thanks. In this day and age, one of the ways we give thanks to God for so many blessings is through our offerings. Let us now receive the tithes and offerings which are signs of our thanks for the many blessings of God.
We bring our gifts, O God, while offering our thanks and praise for all that you have done, and all that you are going to do. We ask your blessing on these gifts, and these acts of giving that through them others may come to know the joy of life in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul reminds Timothy in Chapter 2 of Second Timothy “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David – that is my Gospel.” It’s a pretty good summary of really good news for us today. Remember that Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy as a descendant of David, died without fault, was buried and raised. That’s what we do at this table of Thanksgiving and Love.
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Scripture Quotations from the New Revised Standard Version. Online Scripture links a service of the Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library, of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN