Worship Resources for World Communion Sunday

World Communion Altar Table, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

World Communion Altar Table, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

In the story of the feeding of the 5,000 we see Jesus once again addressing the most essential, physical needs of his fellow human beings – hunger, thirst, companionship – and once again, breaking down every socially-constructed barrier that keeps us from eating with one another. He did the same thing when, much to the chagrin of the religious leaders, he dined with tax collectors and prostitutes and told his more well-to-do hosts that “when you give a banquet, invite the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” The English word companion, is derived from the Latin com (“with”) and panis (“bread”). A companion, therefore, is someone with whom you share your bread. – Rachel Held Evans, 5000 Companions

Sadly, the way we as Christians have historically responded to the gift of the Eucharist is to make sure that we understand it, then to make sure we put boundaries around it and then to make sure we enforce both the correct understanding and the correct boundaries. But on the night Jesus was betrayed he didn’t say “this is my body broken for you…UNDERSTAND this in remembrance of me….he didn’t say ACCEPT this or DEFEND this or BOUNDARY this in remembrance of me he just said do this in remembrance of me. – Nadia Bolz Weber, “This teaching is HARD, who can accept it” – a sermon on the Eucharist

The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! The calf is fattened; let no one go forth hungry! Let all partake of the Feast of Faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let none lament their poverty, for the Universal Kingdom has been revealed.
– John Chrysostom

PRAYER: Make us your children
Heavenly One,
Your reach extends to every person, every nation,
offering grace, forgiveness, wholeness, and hope.
A saving embrace drawing us to you and each other.

We are your children:
grateful for a place at your feast,
humble before your love and generosity,
rejoicing in the beauty of each sibling.

Make us your children:
faithful in honoring and welcoming all,
eager in sharing what we have found in you-
safety, belonging, identity,
a home of nurture and growth and sending forth.
Amen.

HYMN: Come Sup With God
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Meter 88.88 (LM)
Suggested tunes:
HURSLEY (United Methodist Hymnal #339) or
GIFT OF LOVE (United Methodist Hymnal #408)

Come sup with God all you who thirst
All you who hunger be the first
Feast on Christ’s Body and his Blood
O taste and see this meal of Love

Come children, elders, blind, and spent
Come foolish, able, indigent
Confess, repent, and then receive
Forgiveness flows abundantly

Come often, friend, for here is grace
made manifest in time and place
Christ’s mercy floods our brokenness
with healing balm and righteousness

Come to be changed. Come to be fed.
Come savor Christ, the Life, the Bread.
Drink deep the gift of healing poured
and leave a vessel of our Lord.

Sing Praise to Christ our Host and meal
Whose saving work provides the seal
for us once bound, now freed from death
to live for Christ with every breath

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Make us Your Children © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Come Sup with God © 2000 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Breath Prayers Based on Luke 15-16

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Breath Prayers based on Luke 15:1-7
The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Silently pray the phrase after IN on your breath in. Then silently pray the phrase after OUT on your breath out. Take your time. Breathe deeply. Choose one, a few, or all of them as is most helpful to you. ⁠

IN: Jesus, I’m listening
OUT:

IN: Heal my grumbling, Jesus
OUT:

IN: Good Shepherd
OUT: Find me

IN: Good Shepherd
OUT: Find ____________

IN: Good Shepherd
OUT: Carry me

IN: Good Shepherd
OUT: Carry ____________

IN: Let us rejoice
OUT:

Breath Prayers based on Luke 16:19-31
The Rich Man and Lazarus the Beggar

Silently pray the phrase after IN on your breath in. Then silently pray the phrase after OUT on your breath out. Take your time. Breathe deeply. Choose one, a few, or all of them as is most helpful to you.

Inspired by the Rich Man
IN: Help me see
OUT: And share my blessings

IN: Grant me
OUT: A glad and generous heart

IN: Reveal who I
OUT: Can help today

IN:
OUT: Help me help

IN:
OUT: Save me from me

IN:
OUT: Have mercy on me

Inspired by Lazarus the Beggar
IN:
OUT: Satisfy my hunger

IN: Heal me
OUT: Help me

IN: You are with me
OUT: I am not forgotten

Inspired by the conversation with Abraham
IN: My choices
OUT: Ripple through eternity

IN: Help me share your truth
OUT: While there’s time

IN: Lead me to
OUT: a faithful end

_______________

For the next few months, I’m reading a chapter from the Gospels each day. This is part of the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click Here for the reading plan.

You’re most welcome to read along and to join the Facebook discussion group, Summer in the Scriptures. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

As part of the Facebook group, I’ve been supplying prayers based on the day’s reading. Feel free to post your prayers and observations based on the readings here or there as well.

May the grace of the Gospels, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <

Breath Prayers based on Luke 15-16 © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Raise Us, a prayer based on Luke 7

summer in the scriptures luke (6)Prayer Based on Luke 7:11-17
Jesus raises the widow’s son

Luke 7:14
Then Jesus came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”

Jesus,
We bow in awe before your mighty power
You defeat the grave
You are victorious over death
Raise us from our too soon tombs
Raise us to life
Your word awakening us
Your Divine breath once more in our lungs

Jesus,
We stand in awe before your great compassion
You defeat our isolation
You are victorious over our poverty
Raise us from the loss of place and people
Raise us to life
Your word making a way for us
Your daily bread once more in our mouths

You meet us where we are
You meet our desperate need
Hallelujah to your mercy, your favor, your presence
Amen
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For the next few months, I’m reading a chapter from the Gospels each day. This is part of the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click Here for the reading plan.

You’re most welcome to read along and to join the Facebook discussion group, Summer in the Scriptures. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

As part of the Facebook group, I’ve been supplying prayers based on the day’s reading. Feel free to post your prayers and observations based on the readings here or there as well.

May the grace of the Gospels, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <

Raise Us © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Please leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

God of Abundance, Provision, Plenty (Genesis 13)

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Based on Genesis 13
Abraham and Lot end their conflict peaceably
God’s generous promise to Abraham of land and children

You are the God of Abundance, Provision, and Plenty
Generous Creator and Sustainer

Yet
So many do not have enough
So many are burdened by too much
So many squander what they have
So many do evil to get more
Corruption, Injustice, Oppression, Greed, Graft, Violence…
Fear-filled Competition

Lord, have mercy

Help me choose You and your ways
Help me approach every need and conflict
with fairness, generosity, openness
Help me see all you are providing
Help me hear and listen to all you are saying
Your ways, always

Fill me with gratitude for all you entrust to me
Collaboration over competition
True love for those I work with
Eyes to see all people as you see them… beloved

Forgive and heal my fears when there doesn’t seem to be enough
You know my worry and lack of faith

God of Abundance, Provision, and Plenty
I trust you to provide everything I need
and everything others need
Increase my faith and trust
Amen

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Prayer: Abundance, Provision, Plenty (Genesis 13)

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November and December, the Superbowl of consumerism. It’s everywhere- buy buy buy, do do do, eat eat eat. ⁠

What are you doing this season to keep things in perspective and whole? What are you doing to encourage peacemaking? (Oh the truth of family gatherings!)

I’m choosing silence, generosity, and sabbath. Let’s help each other out by sharing our practices below. ⁠

Prayer: Abundance, Provision, Plenty
You are the God of ⁠
Abundance, Provision, and Plenty⁠

Yet⁠
So many do not have enough⁠
So many are burdened by far too much⁠
So many squander what they have⁠
So many do evil to get more⁠

The “many” include me⁠
Lord, have mercy

Help me choose ⁠
Collaboration over competition
Gratitude over greed ⁠
Rest over hustle
Generosity over fear ⁠

Help me choose You and Your ways⁠

I trust you to provide everything I need
and everything others need
Increase my faith and trust

Help me approach every need and conflict
with fairness, generosity, openness
Help me see all you are providing
Help me see all people as you see them
Help me hear and listen to all you are saying
Your ways, always. Amen

This prayer is based on Genesis 13, the division of property between Abraham and Lot in light of the promises of God to Abraham

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