World Communion Sunday Worship Resources
"Salt is good, but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." --Mark 9:50, NRSV
CALL TO WORSHIP AND ACTION
Leader: We stand before you, God, with ready arms reaching for you.
People: We bow before you, God, with humbled hearts seeking you.
Leader: We sing before you, God, with glad voices raised to meet you.
People: We kneel before you, God, with open souls lifted to greet you.
All: God, in your glory, you have graciously reached for us. We gather this day, reaching for you. Amen.
LITANY OF DEDICATION
Older adult: Some days we lean on our weariness more than we lean on God. But only through God are we sustained to help in the healing of this world.
People: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Youth: At times we feel ignored because of our age, shunned because of our differences and judged because of our disagreements. But through your body and blood, we find a place together at one common table.
People: Our hope is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Older adult: When overwhelmed by the busyness of life, we sometimes overlook those in need. But you still our souls and remind us to look beyond ourselves.
People: Our help is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Youth: Our doubts often overshadow our faith. But your light is a guide to help our unbelief.
All: Our hope is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Amen.
Humbly we praise you, God, author of our lives! We thank you for crafting us into your story. With all you have given us, we rejoice! We recognize that so many want to know peace because they have lived at war for too long. Our children search for compassion that will give them shelter in the night, will wipe away their tears and will be their parents when they are neglected. Your people desire faith that will revive our souls, move us beyond our walls and enable us to serve the world. The world thirsts for passion, for belief in something real. By your works, your words, your love and your ways, you have taught us how to live loving our neighbors and loving you. By the bread and the cup, you have shown us how to commune with you and with those around us. We offer our hands, our feet and our hearts into your care. Take these gifts, God, and script us into your will to do your work and serve your people. Amen.
Selections are from The United Methodist Hymnal (UMH) and The Faith We Sing (FWS).
* "Be Thou My Vision," 451, UMH
* "He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought," 128, UMH
* "Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service," 581, UMH
* "O God, Our Help in Ages Past," 117, UMH
* "This Is My Song," 437, UMH
* "Together We Serve," 2175, FWS
* 2005 and 2008: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46
* 2006: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
* 2007: Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
"Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, . . . press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." May we go in peace, filled with the Spirit, ready to do God's will and to serve God's people. Amen.
(First Sunday of October)
* Oct. 2, 2005
* Oct. 1, 2006
* Oct. 7, 2007
* Oct. 5, 2008
If the designated date conflicts with your local church's calendar, please select an alternate date for your congregation's observance of World Communion Sunday.