26th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2020
At-Home Worship Plan
First Christian Church, Grand Junction
September 27, 2020
- Communion Elements
- A computer/tablet/phone for looking up the worshipful songs. You could also use a hymnal and an instrument.
- YOUTUBE Sermon and Hymns – A video of Pastor Brad preaching will be on the First Christian Church Youtube site. Visit the First Christian Church Grand Junction Colorado YouTube Channel to find the playlists for the sermon and the hymns for the day. The playlists of the videos for each are also accessible from our website.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Song of Praise
(You can look up the lyrics/music in a hymnal or on hymnary.org)
- “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!” #4
God of Light,
Out of your great love for people, you sent us your Son, a Messiah, a Savior, to be the light this world so badly needed. And through Jesus, you told us that we are to follow his example and be lights to the world, as well. As we worship this day, grant that we will soak up your light, grant that we will be so inspired by the light of your Son that we will be compelled to share His light in us with all the world. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray…
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Lead us, not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory
(Share joys and concerns, then have someone pray the following prayer or one of your own.)
God of Transformation, in gratitude and great joy we thank and praise you for your continued work to transform this world into your kingdom here on earth. We thank you for shining your amazing light into the darkness of this world’s ways. We thank and praise you for making it possible for the light to shine in and through us, that we might participate in your desired transformation of this world into your kingdom. Help us, O God, to receive your light, to live by your light, to share your light with the world, even as we pursue the changes you desire that will cause light to shine in and through the darkness, even overtaking all darkness.
As we celebrate your sending of Jesus to the world, help us to remember now and always the joys made possible for your decision to let your light shine on this earth. And help us, each time we experience joy to seek and discover how our joy is the result of you sending your light to dwell among us. Help us each time we experience joys like those mentioned in this service of worship.
Even as we give thanks for the joys you make possible, we know there are people who struggle to find joy, people who struggle to know your work and your love for us, and so we ask also for your strength to entrust the needs of this world and its inhabitants to you. We entrust to your care this day:
- All who are on our congregation’s prayer list, and all who have been mentioned by name in our worship;
- All who suffer from abuse or oppression;
- All who struggle with anxiety or distress;
- All who suffer from lack of food, water, shelter, or loving relationships;
- All who suffer from injury or illness;
- All who mourn or grieve;
- All who struggle with quarantines and lockdowns, as well as those whose bodies are being ravaged by COVID-19;
- All who struggle in their efforts to follow Jesus;
- All who fear the power of your outpoured Spirit;
- All who refuse to seek you;
- For all who have need but who go unnamed;
For all who have need of your intervention, O God, grant them what you know they need; respond to these prayers in the way you see as being best, the way that will turn shouts of pain and suffering into shouts of joy, the way that will bring glory to your name.
God of light, help us now, in this moment, help us always, to bask in the light you provide through Jesus, the light you provide through love, and strengthen us by your light to let our light shine in the world, as well.
We pray, as we live, through Jesus the risen one, and in the power of the Holy Spirit…Amen.
Scripture and Message (Sermon)
Read the scripture passage from pastor Brad’s sermon and then read, listen to, or watch (on YouTube) the sermon. The text and audio of the sermon – as well as a video – can be found on our congregation’s website at gjdisciples.org under the “Sermons” tab.
Invitation – “Let your light shine before others.” I’m sure there are a great many ways we can let our lights shine. We can use our gifts and talents for the common good. We can share the stories of Jesus with those who don’t know. We can perform simple acts of love on behalf of those we encounter in life. There are a great many ways. One way of which we’re reminded every single week in worship is the giving of our tithes and offerings. When we give of our material abundance, we make it possible for ever more people to be fed than we could feed alone, for more people to know the stories of Jesus than we could tell alone, for more acts of love to be performed than we can perform alone, for more gifts and talents to be developed and used than just our own. But even more than this, by our giving we keep alive our own personal connection to the light, a connection the world seeks to break in so many ways. As you consider your giving this day, consider all the ways your giving spreads light, but also consider how your giving keeps you connected to the light. Let’s be in the spirit of Christian giving.
If you feel called to respond by making a monetary gift to continue God’s work through FCCGJ, you can do so right now in one of three ways:
- Write a check to First Christian Church and mail it to FCCGJ, 1326 N. 1st Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
- On your cellphone, text GIVE2FCCGJ (plus the dollar amount you want to give) to 73256. For example, if you want to offer $50, text GIVE2FCCGJ $50 to 73256.
- Via the internet on your computer, go to our congregation’s website at gjdisciples.org, click “online giving” on the top menu bar, and then click on the link under the second bullet point to make an online contribution.
Prayer – Say a prayer asking for God’s blessing upon whatever gift/commitment you made to God, as well as all the other commitments Jesus’ followers are making this morning.
Invitation to Communion: “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?” Have you ever thought of this table as an act of saltiness? When Jesus gave his life, it was an act of love, for sure, but it wasn’t a bland act of love…the kind that very few people might remember. No, Jesus chose to go out with an act of rebellion, on a cross, in front of a great crowd of people. What happened when Jesus died was anything but bland. Love doesn’t have to be bland; it can be salty. Which will help it be remembered…just as we continue to remember Jesus’ act of love for us and all the world every single Sunday almost 2,000 years after it happened. Consider how Jesus’ salty love calls you to act and live differently as you prepare to partake of this communion meal.
Communion Hymn – “We Come as Guests Invited” #386
Prayer – God who calls us to follow Jesus’ example of salty love, Jesus’ example of shining light in ways that will be appreciated and remembered, bless these elements – this bread and this cup – and by our encounter here with the risen Christ give us the strength to shine with the light of Christ. I pray these things in the name of Jesus and by the power of your Holy Spirit, Amen.
Words of Institution – We remember that on the night Jesus was to be betrayed, he sat around a table with his disciples and shared a meal. While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and, after giving thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat. This is my body, broken for you.” In the same way, Jesus took a cup, and after blessing it, said, “This is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Partake of the bread and cup in your own time.
“This Little Light of Mine”
Go now as the people of God,
Empowered by the Holy Spirit
And given peace by God’s risen Son,
That you may follow Jesus’ example
Of shining in a world so much in need of light!