Monday, September 29, 2014

For October 5, 2014 -- The 10 Commandments, Worldwide Communion Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP
The table is set, the banquet awaits.
We come to worship, to gather with the community of faith.
The book has been opened, the discussion awaits.
We come to worship to gather with the community of faith.
As we gather together to be fed in body and soul we start by renewing our community and exchanging words and actions of peace...

OPENING PRAYER
God of life, we gather as a community,
new friends and old friends, sharing a common hope, sharing a commitment to care for each other and the world.
God of life, we gather as a community,
and when community is difficult help us remember the guidelines that hold us together, the rules that keep us along the path of wisdom.
God of life, we gather as a community,
seeking to be fed, to be drawn together as a caring community, to be renewed.
God of life, when this time of gathering is complete,
carry us back into the world that we could continue to build up all the communities of which we are a part. Amen.

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God calls us to live according to rules that build community.
But sometimes we find it hard to remember what they are.
God calls us to live in a way that builds caring and compassion in community
But greed and self-interest can get in the way, so we need to be reminded of the guidelines.
God, when we forget the way, when we choose to ignore the rules and guidelines of being a covenant community
forgive us, lead us back to the Way of peace and justice.
time of silent reflection…
God’s justice and mercy expand beyond our understanding. God’s abundant love brings forgiveness and a new start. We are loved, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! Hallelujah!

COMMISSIONING:
We have gathered as a community,
we have shared words about how we live in community.
We have gathered as a community,
we have broken bread together, sharing the meal of faith as a community.
We go forth as a community,
into the wider communities where we live and work, sharing the compassion and love of God.
Go with God: Parent, Child, and Spirit.

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