Sunday, Oct 4. World Communion Sunday. Blessing of Gifts to Nigeria_FINISHED

This week we celebrate World Communion Sunday.

A basket of different bread items on the altar
symbolizes the blessing of diversity and unity of the church around the world.

The boxes filled with donated clothes, school supplies, and our love
will be sent from our sanctuary with our blessing this Sunday.

Prepare a loaf or slice of common bread for you if you plan to join from your home,
and celebrate God’s presence in our lives along with those who receive Communion in the church.

Our 8 and 10AM service will be in the sanctuary
and both services will be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC.

Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are.

Order of Worship
October 4, 2020

OPENING LITANY
We come to worship God who has made us and knows us;
We come to celebrate God’s presence among us!
We come to follow Jesus who leads us to New Life;
We come, knowing that in Christ we have eternal life!
We come to listen to the Holy Spirit who call us forth;
May we enter this worship, knowing the Spirit is alive among us!

SONG OF PRAISE   You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (United Methodist Hymnal #629)
Refrain You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat.
Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.
1 As when the shepherd calls his sheep, they know and heed his voice,
so when you call your family, Lord, we follow and rejoice. (Refrain)
2 With joyful lips we sing to you our praise and gratitude,
that you should count us worthy, Lord, to share this heavenly food. (Refrain)

PRAYER   Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.

DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES   Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Lord, you give life to us and to the world. We offer our lives and these signs of our daily living. Use our offering to bring in a rich harvest of your heavenly food and life-giving refreshment that empty lives may be filled with your goodness. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING Mark 6:34-42
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled.

MESSAGE   Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

SONG OF PREPARATION   You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (United Methodist Hymnal #629)
Refrain You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat.
Come, give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.
3 Is not the cup we bless and share the blood of Christ outpoured?
Do not one cup, one loaf, declare our oneness in the Lord?
4 The mystery of your presence, Lord, no mortal tongue can tell;
whom all the world cannot contain comes in our hearts to dwell. (Refrain)

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
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 fruit of vine.
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.
– A blessing for World Communion Sunday, © Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com.

Receiving the Bread and Cup
In the sanctuary, prepackaged individual cup and wafer is served.
At home, join in God’s Spirit with your own bread and cup to be reminded of our oneness in Christ.

Prayer after Communion
You give yourself to us, Lord, then selfless let us be
to serve each other in your name in truth and charity. Amen.

SONG OF SENDING FORTH   Now Let Us from This Table Rise (United Methodist Hymnal #634)
1 Now let us from this table rise renewed in body, mind, and soul;
with Christ we die and live again, his selfless love has made us whole.
3 To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care;
the work that Christ began to do we humble pledge ourselves to share.
4 Then gran us courage, Father God, to choose again the pilgrim way,
and help us to accept with joy the challenge of tomorrow’s day.

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING   Stay well and see you next Sunday in the church or online.

Know that you are connected to the rest of the body of Christ.
May God keep you hungering for that food from him and meet our every need out of his riches.


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