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Zion United Church of Christ
Worship Resources for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, August 1, 2021
Centering for Worship
One: God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.
That is why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains
crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage.
All: There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city, the holiest dwelling of the
Most High. God is in that city. It will never crumble.
One: Nations roar; kingdoms crumble. God speaks; the earth melts.
The God of heavenly forces is with us! The God is our place of safety
All: Come, see God’s deeds, what devastation God has imposed on the earth—
bringing wars to an end in every corner of the world, breaking the bow and
shattering the spear, burning chariots with fire.
One: Now know that I am God! I am exalted among all nations;
I am exalted throughout the world!
All: The God of heavenly forces is with us! God is our place of safety.
Gathering Hymn: As We Gather at Your Table (click here for sheet music)
As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word,
Help us know, O God, your presence; let our hearts and minds be stirred.
Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own;
Teach us through his holy banquet how to make Love’s victory know.
Turn our worship into witness in the sacrament of life;
Send us forth to love and serve you, bringing peace where there is strife.
Give us, Christ, your great compassion to forgive as you forgave;
May we still behold your image in the world you died to save.
Gracious Spirit, help us summon other guests to share that feast
Where triumphant Love will welcome those who had been last and least.
There no more will envy blind us nor will pride our peace destroy,
As we join with saints and angels to repeat the sounding joy.
Gathering Prayer (in unison)
Holy God, we praise and bless you for creation, for the gift of life, and for your abiding love which bring us close to you, the source of all blessings. We thank you for revealing your will for us in the giving of the law and the teaching of the prophets. We thank you especially that in the fullness of time you sent Jesus, born of Mary, to live in our midst, to share in our suffering. May we be worthy of your blessings and be empowered to share them with all. (From the UCC Book of Worship)
The Lord’s Prayer (in unison)
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Rev. David and Rev. Beth Long-Higgins bring today’s message.
Communion Prayer of Confession
We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
For the sake of Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will
and follow in your ways, to the glory of your name.
(Pastors’ assurance of pardon, brief meditation, words of institution and sharing of elements)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the gift of our Savior’s presence
in the simplicity and splendor of this holy meal.
Unite us with all who are fed by Christ,
so that we may faithfully proclaim the good news of your love,
making your universal church a rainbow of light in an uncertain world. Amen.
Closing Hymn: Let Us Be Bread (sing 3 times)
Let us be bread, blessed by the Lord, broken and shared, life for the world.
Let us be wine, love freely poured. Let us be one in the Lord.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith—adapted by Robert V. Moss
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother,
and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image,
and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness
declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,
God has come to us and shared our common lot,
conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ,
binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be servants in the service of the whole human family,
to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,
to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that
kingdom which has no end. Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
Our Open and Affirming Covenant
As the people of God who gather at Zion United Church of Christ,
we make a solemn covenant with one another:
We will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.
We welcome every race. We welcome every gender.
We welcome every age. We welcome every expression of faith.
We welcome every marital status. We welcome every sexual orientation.
We welcome every political party. We welcome every body.
We will not be divided by social issues. We will not judge as the world does: by health, wealth, or skills.
We will not allow our past to define our future. We will transcend all labels.
We will always seek to affirm one another with loving hearts and open minds.
We will follow in the way of Christ Jesus, loving and being loved by both God and neighbor
with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. We will love one another for exactly who we are.
We promise that whoever we are and wherever we are on life’s journey,
we will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.
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