Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
October 7, 2017 World Communion Sunday

Gathering Words:
Leader; This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Leader: May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.
People: And also with you

Welcome and Announcements
Lighting of the Candles
Verses of Silent Reflection
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10

*Call to Worship
Leader: Today we gather around God's table from near and far
People: We are the People of God!
Leader: Though we differ in language, custom, and tradition
People: We are brothers and sisters in Christ!
Leader: For there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism
People: We are One in God's Spirit!
Leader: We are one and together we remember our Lord Jesus
People: For we are the people of Redemption!
Leader:  He gave himself up for us, so we could be reconciled to God.
People: Come, let us worship the God of our Salvation!

*Opening Hymn We Gather Together #336

*Opening Prayer

Old Testament Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:22-29

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Loving God, you call us love one another as you love us and to let your Spirit guide and your word lead us each day. We confess we do not always open our lives to you and through you; we do not open our hearts to the family you have given us in the church. We so often act as if we are alone, as if there was no where to turn. (moment of silent confession) Forgive us God. Heal our broken hearts, unite our broken families, unite the fractured church and mend our broken world. Lord, hear our prayer. Touch us and make us whole. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Choral Response: To God Be the Glory V1 #634

Christian Greetings

Children’s Moment

Children’s Choir

Minute for Mission Peace and Global Witness Offering

Hymn: Called as Partners in Christ’s Service #761

Pastoral Prayer

Gospel Lesson: John 17:20-23

Unison Prayer for World Day of Communion
Gracious God, we join with Christians around the world
to glorify your name, singing songs of praise. As we share the bread and the cup of Holy Communion, we also share together
in the Body of Christ. Gathering around the table, we embody the vision of all God’s children included at the same table. We pray that our worship here together will quicken the coming of your kingdom here on earth. We pray for that glorious day when all who claim Christ as savior will proclaim our relationship together as sisters and brothers, bound together as the family
of God. Let every color, every nation, every ethnic group, every age, every gender, every person, join in singing Alleluia to you.
In Christ we pray: Amen.

Sermon May They Be One

*Belhar Confession (selected portions)

Invitation to the Offering
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Communion Specia
l Adult Choir

*Closing Hymn:
In Christ There Is No East or West #318

*Charge and Benediction
Leader: God, may this bread connect us more closely with you and with our neighbors near and far.
People: Bless this bread we have eaten.
Leader: May this fruit of the vine remind us of the inter-connectedness of people around the world.
People : Bless this cup we have shared.
Leader: May this simple meal bring us into union with you,
People: Your people and your world united in the One Body of Christ.

*Choral Benediction
May the God of Hope Go With Us #765