Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 18th Sunday after Pentecost

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Communion table, 2014, Get out of the Boat Servants Summit,
Wellspring Spa & Woodland Retreat, Ashford, WA
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Gretchen Mertes (Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Seattle)

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song        Uyai Mose (Come All you People) by Alexander Gondo
       
Westwood Hills Congregational Church

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Prayer of Confession        by Beth Merrill Neel

Holy God, Creator of all that is,
Donor of Grace, and Giver of Life: 
Hear our prayer.
There are chasms in our lives, deep valleys
that separate us
from one another and from you.
We confess that we have allowed those rifts to grow,
for fear of admitting our part in the separation,
for fear of being rejected when we reach out.
You call us to a reconciled life, to healed relationships,
to a wholeness with each other and with you.
Help us to be forgivers, to free our hearts from the burden of holding on.
Mend us, we pray, and make us new creations
through the power and love of Christ, in whose name we pray.

(Silence is held)

Friends, hear this Good News: 
the love of God is beyond measure, and you are included in that love. 
Know that you are forgiven and thus freed to love and serve.
Alleluia!  Amen.

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Scriptural Reflection

“Mercy is twice bless’d — it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

–William Shakespeare

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, October 4, 2020 here:  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=162

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Welcome · Lighting of Community Candle · Scripture · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflection & Offering          Wake Up, Jesus        The Porter’s Gate

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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Song of Communion        Come to the Table        Sidewalk Prophets

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Blessing for World Communion Sunday        And the Table Will Be Wide        Jan Richardson

And the table
will be wide.
And the welcome
will be wide.
And the arms
will open wide
to gather us in.
And our hearts
will open wide
to receive.
And we will come
as children who trust
there is enough.
And we will come
unhindered and free.
And our aching
will be met
with bread.
And our sorrow
will be met
with wine.
And we will open our hands
to the feast
without shame.
And we will turn
toward each other
without fear.
And we will give up
our appetite
for despair.
And we will taste
and know
of delight.
And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And we will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.

And the Table Will Be Wide
© Jan Richardson, janrichardson.com

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Prayers of the People · Moment of Wonder · Communion

Communion served by Rev. Ilumbe Ndjongo Bernard,
Principal Supervising Pastor of the Mbandaka Post, Disciples of Christ in Congo

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Closing Benediction        A Call to Attention        Rev. Bill Smith
        
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Virginia

Go out into the world in peace.
Have courage!
Hold fast to what is good.
Return no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the faint-hearted,
support the weak, help the suffering.
Honor all people.
Love and serve the Lord your God,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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Closing Song        Siyahamba (We are Marching in the Light of God)
      Angel City Chorale and the Amy Foundation Choir

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Gretchen Mertes (Seattle); Elders: Terry Forslund & Karrin Lewis; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer: Mike Herbert

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