Noon Worship at Phoenix MCUSA Convention

Gathering Hymns:
Bwana Awabariki 32
The love of God 33

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8, 10-11

Call to Worship:

You who are poor, why have you come?
To hear good news.
You who are brokenhearted, why have you come?
To heal our hearts.
You who are captive, why have you come?
To hear words of freedom.
You who are prisoners, why have you come?
To be released from what binds us.
You who mourn, why have you come?
To receive comfort.
Then you are welcome here in this place,
at this table, where Jesus offers blessing for all.
Amen

Words of Welcome

Prayer of Confession

Holy God,
Open our eyes to the presence of your Spirit
upon us, within us, among us.
For our apathy in the presence of oppression,
Forgive us.
If we have contributed to the brokenheartedness of anyone,
Forgive us.
For our participation in systems that enslave,
Forgive us.
When we are deaf to your good news,
Have mercy and open our ears.
When our mouths remain too tightly closed,
Loosen our lips with songs of praise.
Hear our prayer, O God, and forgive our sins.
Hold us in your mercy, now and forever.

Silence

Assurance of Pardon

O taste and see that our God is good! Through the limitless compassion of Christ, we are forgiven. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are energized for God’s work of justice and peace in the world. Thanks be to God.

Scripture: Mark 14:12-16

*Call to Communion

As Jesus requested,
the table has been prepared,
and all are welcome at the meal.
So come–each of you, all of you–come to the table:

Those, like Peter, hopping out of the boat onto the waves, then sinking fast;

those with more enthusiasm than resolve–
Come to the table;
Those, like James and John, asking to be seated at Jesus’ right and left in glory;

those dismayed by Kingdom priorities–
Come to the table;
Those, like Mary, weeping outside Jesus’ tomb;

those full of love and grief–
Come to the table;
Those, like Martha, mourning Lazarus’ death and wondering why Jesus did not come sooner; those struggling for faith in the face of despair–
Come to the table;
Those, like Judas, offering to betray Jesus to the chief priests;

those disillusioned and rebellious–
Come to the table.
Jesus offers the bread and the cup to all who come,
So let us gather around the table with joy!

 Hymn: You’ve got a place 39

Invitation, Instructions, & Words of Institution 

Sharing the Meal 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed be the ones who dance 28

Sending Hymn: You are salt for the earth 17

Benediction (Ephesians 3:16-21)

I pray that, according to the riches of Divine glory, God may grant that you be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to God who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

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