|Scripture Text||Luke 17:1-6 (a bit of a change from the Lectionary)|
|Gist of Scripture||Compassion and understanding are practices that bring about actual forgiveness; the understanding of interbeing (that we are all connected) clarifies how love ought to work. Rebuking (communicating with understanding) and fore-giving is in the best interest of the community. “I suffer, please help”|
|Special Sunday?||World Communion Sunday|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: As people gather at your Table all over the world this morning
P: We gather to give thanks to you for life and love!
L: You are our Bread of Life… deepen our awareness that every breath is from you.
P: You are our Cup of Love… awaken our minds with thoughts of loving-kindness and patience.
All: Gracious Host of hosts, we accept your invitation to your table of grace and peace!
|Processional Hymn||64 Holy, Holy, Holy|
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||334 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit|
|Prayer for Understanding||Eternal Prince of Peace, we pause and pray for a deeper awareness that life is alive–because of you. Help us to let go of our extreme expectings and our reckless regrettings. Word of God, whisper into us an expectant emptiness; ready to receive, and then be, your word of creative transformation to our community.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 17:1-6 – Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”|
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
|Hymn:||620 One Bread, One Body|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||Your gift of loving-kindness, O God, re-minds us to give in kind. May hope be restored and joy be revived through the use of these gifts. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||431 Let There Be Peace on Earth|