Worship resources for:
10th Sunday after Pentecost — Ordinary Time 19 (August 8, 2021)
In 2 Samuel 18.5-33 David orders his army to defeat his son Absalom’s rebellion, but to protect Absalom. Absalom, however, is killed in battle, and the news is reported to David.
Psalm 130 cries out to God from the depths of our sorrows. Trusting God to forgive and redeem us, we wait for God’s grace.
Ephesians 4.25 – 5.2 teaches us how to live in community, especially to speak the truth in love rather than speaking out of anger, resentment, blame or negativity. We are to imitate God and, like Jesus, be a “fragrant offering” for God.
In John 6. 35, 41-47 people resist Jesus’ self-description as the bread of life. He says, “Stop criticizing. No one comes to me unless God draws them.”
Call to Worship
Leader: God of stillness, we come from busy lives, and surrender them to your grace.
All: You are the home of our hearts.
We come with all our memories and feelings, alliances and attachments.
You are the home of our hearts.
We come amidst all our swirling desires and emotions to find ourselves.
You are the home of our hearts.
Here we find ourselves in you, every part of us, and all of us together.
You give yourself to us, and we give ourselves to you.
In joy we worship you. Alleluia!
God, we did not come here on our own. You have drawn us us.
We come led by the hunger of our hearts.
Jesus, Bread of Life, you offer yourself.
You feed the hunger of our hearts.
Bread of Heaven, nourish us, that we may serve you.
All hearts are hungry for you.
Fill us with yourself, that we may be bread for the world.
God of Grace, you have drawn us from nothingness into life.
We praise you.
You have drawn us to this day, in this place.
We thank you.
You draw us ever deeper into your love.
Alleluia. Draw us deeper, God of life.
Collect / Prayer of the Day
God of grace, we hunger for the bread of life that is Jesus. Feed us with your grace. Nourish your Holy Spirit in us, that through deep trust, we may enter into the life of your Beloved, Jesus, who promises to raise us up on the last day. Amen.
Jesus, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Jesus, we hunger for you.
“No one can come to me unless drawn by God.”
Jesus, you draw us in.
“Whoever trusts has eternal life.”
Jesus, help us trust, and enter into the life of God.
Gracious God, though we hunger for many things, they do not give us life. You alone are the bread of life. Help us to turn from these things and to seek you alone: to look to your presence and attend to your Spirit, to listen for your Word and to feast on your grace. Grant us that holy hunger, so that as your scriptures are read and your good news proclaimed, we will listen to your Word and trust it with faith. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
The grace of God be with you.
And also with you.
Trusting in God’s tender mercy, let us confess our sin to God with one another.
God of life, you draw us toward you, and toward life.
But we pull away.
Many fears and desires tug at us,
and we distance ourselves from you, and from life.
Draw us into your heart now by your grace.
Forgive us, heal us, and make us new.
Help us always to surrender to the flow of your grace in us,
and to fall always, gently, into your arms.
People of God, by the grace we know in Christ, I proclaim to you
that all our sins are forgiven entirely, and we are set free
to live by the love and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God.
by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
I am hungry for God.
Jesus makes my mouth water.
Jesus is my rabbi, my lover, my wonder, my dawn.
Jesus is not mine. I am his.
He is the one who points out the bird I did not see.
He opens my eyes, opens my heart.
He accompanies me; he precedes me.
Jesus is the one with whom I sit in any silence.
He comes to others in ways I will never recognize.
I want him to be my clothes, by body, my breath,
the thought of my words,
the nerve of my muscle.
He is a trickster,
fooling me into salvation against my will
again and again.
He has grabbed me by the heart
and hauled me into myself.
I am the grave he has died in,
I am the life he rises in.
I follow him.
Response / Creed / Affirmation
We give our hearts to God, Creator of all that is, who is still creating, from whom we receive life in each moment, in every breath; the Divine Lover who is constantly drawing us closer to God’s own heart.
We give our hearts to Jesus Christ, the fragrance of God, the presence of God, the embodiment of God’s grace among us. His teaching and healing and his dying and rising draw us nearer to God.
We live by the Holy Spirit, God’s urging within us. The Spirit leads and empowers us to live lives of forgiveness, love and service, to give of the gifts we have been given, and to embody God’s presence, each in our own way. In the Spirit we are the Body of Christ, devoted to building up one another, the church and the Reign of God, trusting in the power of resurrection and the mystery of the Life that God gives us.
(suitable as a Collect, preparation for hearing scriptures, or invitation to intercessions)
Bread of Life, feed our souls.
River of God, ease our thirst.
Bread of Heaven, enter us;
fill us with eternal life.
Prayer of Dedication / Sending
Blessed are you, O God, Creator of all things,
ruler of the world and all that is to come.
You have made the earth and all that fills it;
you have given us every good thing to eat.
When we wandered in the wilderness you fed us.
When we hunger for your grace you bring us to the feast,
the feast of grace in Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life.
By your mighty judgment you have overthrown the powers of evil;
and you have set us free.
The rich go away empty, but the hungry you fill with good things.
You provide manna in the wilderness, bread for the people;
you open your hand and feed every living thing.
Therefore with all Creation we sing as one voice:
Blessed are all who come in your name,
and blessed is Jesus, your Christ, the Bread of Life,
who strengthens our bodies and nourishes our souls;
who ate with the poor and the outcast,
and fed the multitudes by the power of your Spirit.
As Jesus shared the loaves and fishes, trusting you to provide,
so we feast with faith in the abundance of your Spirit and your grace.
[… The Blessing and Covenant …] (“Words of Institution”):
On the night in which he gave himself for us,
he took bread, blessed it,. broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup,
blessed it with thanks and gave it to them, saying,
“Drink of this, all of you. This is my blood,
shed for you and for many, in a new Covenant,
which is the forgiveness of sin.”
Christ is our Passover from want to abundance,
from powerlessness to victory, from death to life.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and all who share this meal,
and on these gifts of bread and cup, that they may be for us
the Body and Blood of the Beloved, Jesus Christ,
imperishable food that sustains us for eternal life
and strengthens us for service in your name.
As the grains are made one in this loaf, we are made one in your Spirit.
We offer ourselves in union with Christ’s sacrifice for us,
so that, trusting in the abundance of your grace,
we may give freely, serve boldly, and love abundantly.
Oh bread of life: take, bless, break, and give us,
as your bread of blessing in the world.
Prayer after Communion
Gracious God, we thank you for this mystery in which you have given yourself to us.
Bless us that we may always hunger for the true bread of life, and never work for what does not lead us to eternal life. Send us into the world to be bread for others, so that all of your children might taste the bread of life. We pray in the name of Christ. Amen.
Drawing Me (John)
Out of the Deepest Depths (Psalm 130)