The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

14th Sunday After Pentecost  September 6, 2020

Guide for In Person and Online Worship and Devotions 

 

Click HERE for a PDF of the Worship Guide

 

We Gather in God’s Name

Gathering                     

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – How Great Thou Art

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of

congregational singing.)

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

consider all the worlds thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

thy power throughout the universe displayed.

 [refrain]

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God to thee;

how great thou art, how great thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God to thee;

how great thou art, how great thou art!

 

And when I think of God his son not sparing,

sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;

that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

he bled and died to take away my sin.

 [refrain]

 

Opening Prayer

Holy One,

we enter your presence to remember and rejoice.

Cover us with your love,

that we may put on the protection of your steadfast faithfulness.

Guide us with your love,

that we may seek reconciliation with repentance and forgiveness.

Strengthen us with your love,

that we may pursue justice and live compassionate lives.

With gratitude, in remembrance of your mighty gifts,

we pray. Amen.

 

We Proclaim and Respond to God’s Word

 

Reading of the Psalm – Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence

            with singing.

Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we

            are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his

            pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with

            praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,

            and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

Musical Reflection – Just As I Am, Without One Plea  (solo)

Just as I am, without one plea, 
but that thy blood was shed for me, 
and that thou bidst me come to thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

Just as I am, thou wilt receive, 
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; 
because thy promise I believe, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 

Old Testament Reading – Exodus 12:1-14

1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight.7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 

11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 

14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

 

 

Sermon – “Salvation Thanksgiving”

 

Silent Reflection

 

Concerns and Celebrations from the Online Community

 

Intercessory Prayer

 

 

 

We Give Thanks for God’s Gifts

 

Giving Our Tithes, Offerings and Other Gifts

 

Offertory Prayer

Receive these gifts as offerings of love, O God.

Bless them with your grace,

that all who receive them may be

covered in compassion and led by hope.

In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – I Come With Joy

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of
congregational singing.)

I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free,

in awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me,

his life laid down for me.

 

I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed

the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread,

in Christ’s communion bread.

 

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends.

The love that made us makes us one, and strangers now are friends,

And strangers now are friends.

 

Holy Communion

            Confession & Pardon

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of
their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

 

Merciful God,

We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

            we have broken your law,

            we have rebelled against your love,

            we have not loved our neighbors,

            and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Glory to God. Amen.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

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,

always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so, 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 he 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 to the poor,

            to proclaim release to the captives

            and recovering of sight to the blind,

            to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

            and to announce that the time had come

            when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.

 

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.

 

When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy 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.

 

[Please hold up the pre-filled cup.]

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

            and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

            that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

 

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 and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Partaking of the Bread and the Cup

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery

            in which you have given yourself to us.

Grant that we may go into the world

            in the strength of your Spirit,

            to give ourselves for others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We Go Forth In God’s Name

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – I Come With Joy            

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of
congregational singing.)

Together met, together bound, we’ll go our different ways,

and as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise,

we’ll live and speak his praise.

 

Benediction

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with all of you – wherever you travel this week. 

 

Sending Ritual – Sharing Christ’s Peace with Each Other & the World

 

*Please feel free to stand – wherever you are!

 

 

 

Credit:  Prayers & litanies adapted The United Methodist Book of Worship; Abingdon Worship Annual 2014 (© Abingdon Press, 2013), used with permission.  “How Great Thou Art” and “I Come with Joy” are from The United Methodist Hymnal (© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989), used with permission.