October 27, 2020 by mennopjsn
(Shoutout to Pastor Jennifer for sharing this!)
Liturgy of Word and Table for Election Day Communion 2020
Call to Worship: 1 John 4:7, 9
Pastor: Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
*Opening Hymn: “America the Beautiful” #696
Leader: God of justice and compassion,
God of Republicans and Democrats and Independents,
God of the poor and the 1% and the middle class,
In the heat of this election year
People: We pray for our nation, our churches, and ourselves
Leader: In the midst of meanness and deception,
People: may our words be kind and true.
Leader: In the midst of loud speeches and harsh accusations,
People: may we listen well and try to understand.
Leader: May those who follow Jesus do the work of Jesus –
Breaking down the dividing walls
Speaking the truth in love
Meeting together in the face of disagreements.
People: Holy, loving God, have mercy on your children. Amen
by Joanna Harader, author of the “Spacious Faith” blog
God’s Word: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Affirmation of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
God’s Word: Psalm 146, Luke 4:16-21
Confession and Pardon
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way of peace.
Come into the brokenness of our lives and our land with your healing love.
Help us to be willing to bow before you in true repentance,
and to bow to one another in real forgiveness.
By the fire of your Holy Spirit, melt our hard hearts
and consume the pride and prejudice which separate us.
Fill us, O Lord, with your perfect love, which casts out our fear,
and bind us together in that unity
which you share with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen
(Cecil Kerr, Northern Ireland, 20th Cent.)
(moment of silence)
Pastor: May Almighty God, who caused light to shine out of darkness,
Shine in our hearts, cleansing us from all our sins,
and restoring us to the light of the knowledge of God’s glory,
in the face of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen
(The Book of Worship 1944)
Invitation to the Table
The world has called us to the voting booth to decide which candidate should run the country. We are calling one another to the bread and cup, to decide once more who will run our lives.
So let us put away our swords and our sound bites. Let us drop our rocks and our nets. Let us come to the table that is not just for the rich and powerful, but for the broken.
adapted from “A call to put away your swords and your sound bites,”
by Pastor Jonathan Martin
Celebration of Holy Communion
(text for the day written by Rev. Kim Armentrout)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth.
You create from one
every nation and people
to live on the face of the earth.
You redeem us all
and work to bring down the barriers that we erect.
You sustain the world
and dream dreams that we cannot even begin to conceive.
And so, on this day when our country is concerned with red states and blue states,
when studies have shown how divided we are as a nation,
we leave the partisan rhetoric behind
and gather at your holy table.
And with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news.
He healed the sick, fed the hungry and ate with sinners.
Throughout his life,
he challenged, by the actions of his love for all people,
those who were convinced they alone
possessed your uncontainable salvation,
understood your unfathomable knowledge,
and walked in your holy way.
He taught us in parables that questioned our divisions,
and in his sacrificial love he taught us about grace that transcends all.
By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and cup.
Make them be for us thy body of blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
Renew our foundational identity as your children.
Strengthen our love for you and our love for neighbor.
And by your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor, all glory, is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:
*Closing Hymn: “God of the Ages” #698
Closing Prayer for the Nation
Look graciously, O Lord, upon this land.
Where it is in pride, subdue it.
Where it is in need, supply it.
Where it is in error, rectify it.
Where it is in default, restore it.
And where it holds to that
Which is just and compassionate, support it.
Give all of us your light and your truth, let them guide us;
Through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior.
*Response: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” #431