UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
1306 Michigan Street Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Office Phone: 235-8340 Email: email@example.com
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 4, 2011
6:30pm Thursday Evening Worship
Emmanuel – “God with us.” It’s more than the name of our church ...It’s a statement of faith and a reminder of God’s promise.
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PRELUDE “3 Communion Pieces” -Michael Sullivan
WELCOME, GREETINGS, ANNOUNCEMENTS
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Come, all who labor and are weighed down with responsibility, uncertainty, and worry.
WE COME BECAUSE THE LOAD WE CARRY IS MORE THAN WE CAN BEAR ALONE.
Come, all you who seek to relate work and worship, leisure and service, into a meaningful whole.
WE GATHER FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL AS WE SEEK HELP IN MAKING OUR CHOICES AND CARRYING OUT OUR COMMITMENTS.
Come, sinner and saint, with your hatreds and loves, your failures and successes, your sorrows and joys.
WE RESPOND TO THE SPIRIT’S LEADING AND OPEN OURSELVES TO ACCEPT GOD’S GRACIOUS GIFTS.
*HYMN “Awake, Awake, to Love and Work” (3 vs.)
GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 18:15-20 (pg. 799)
A TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
EPISTLE LESSON Romans 13:8-14 (pg. 923)
HYMN “Help Us Accept Each Other” (4 vs.)
OFFERING “Communion Meditation” -Daniel Barton
OFFERING RESPONSE Sunday #357/Thursday #356
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Old Testament Reading Exodus 12:1-14 (pg. 51)
Friends, we have all been invited to eat supper in the Lord’s house.
WE COME HUNGRY AND THIRSTY.
Jesus walked into the world inviting everyone to his feast—the rich and the poor, the faithful and the unfaithful, the strong and the weak, the old and the young, adults and children.
WE GATHER AND MEET AT THE LORD’S TABLE.
Come then and sit down to life with our Lord Jesus Christ, for he will wash the dust from your feet—he will wipe the tears from your eyes—he will take the burden from your shoulders and the heaviness from your hearts.
WE COME TO THIS TABLE TO CELEBRATE LIFE AND TO CELEBRATE FAITH.
*Prayer of Confession
LORD GOD, WE CONFESS OUR UNWILLINGNESS TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. WHEN DIFFERENCES ARISE, WE STRIKE OUT WITH ANGER RATHER THAN SEEK A COMMON UNDERSTANDING. HELP US AS WE WORK TO BRING ABOUT YOUR KINGDOM ON EARTH. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY. AMEN.
*Assurance of Grace
Blessing and Sharing of the Bread and Wine
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
GOD OF ALL WISDOM, BLESS US, WE PRAY. WE HAVE RECEIVED THE BREAD AND WINE AND WE ARE RENEWED BY YOUR SPIRIT. GO WITH US AS WE WORK TO SPREAD YOUR SPIRIT IN YOUR WORLD. IN FAITH WE SEEK YOUR GUIDANCE AS WE TRY TO EMBODY YOUR LOVE. AMEN.
*HYMN “Go, My Children, With My Blessing” (2 vs.)
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing” (1st Vs.)
(Thurs. “Father, Give Thy Benediction” #367)
POSTLUDE “Now the Silence, Now the Peace”
(*all who are able are invited to stand)
Music copied with permission under license #L17031 LicenSing Online.
Worship leaders: Minister: Rev. Annette Wolf
Music Director: Mary Bruce-Dinkins Thurs. pianist: Cheri Pommerening
Media Coordinator: Jeff Pommerening Chime Choir: Lisa Keuler
Videographer: Cory Schultz