Sunday, October 4, 2020

God is a God of mercy. He responds to repentance.

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Good morning FCCG! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Our birthdays and anniversaries this week: Faith DiMaria’s birthday (October 2), Natalie Buchanan’s Birthday (October 5), Nicole Connolly’s birthday (October 8), Louise & Dave Bettinghaus’ anniversary (October 8), Gail Schlesinger and Carolyn Fabian anniversary (October 9), Colleen Cuscaden’s birthday (October 10), Leona Johnson’s birthday (October 10), Max Rosier’s birthday (October 10), and Sheree and Jay Womack’s anniversary (October 10). It seems like it’s feast or famine with the birthdays and anniversaries… Let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary!
  • The Mission Board will meet at church on Sunday, October 4th, at 11:15am. If you are interested in joining this board and helping decide where we put our mission efforts, plan to attend (please remember your face mask).
  • If you find yourself needing to use Zoom for a church meeting (or any reason for that matter), and find the process a little confusing, please contact the church office/Lynnly and we will help you get comfortable with using it.

Introit ………………… Fairest Lord Jesus
performed by Cascade Community Church Acapella Group
Introit Selected by Candy Stevenson

CALL TO WORSHIP       
In awe and wonder, we lift our eyes to the heavens.
We raise our songs of joy to the Ruler of time and space.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
Shout to God with loud songs of joy.
We gather to remember the one who shared our common lot.
Jesus Christ, who visited this earth, now reigns in heaven.
We celebrate the life and ministry of Jesus.
We rejoice in the hope to which Christ has called us.
We open ourselves to baptism with the Holy Spirit.
We expect to be empowered as witnesses in today’s world
We seek a spirit of wisdom and revelation.
We are here to be filled with power from on high.

OPENING HYMN …………………….. #397 Come, Risen Lord

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
As Christ reigns in heaven, lift our spirits heavenward this day, O God. Your Spirit fills the universe.  We dwell within your embrace and cannot escape from your watchful care.  You are with us here, choosing us as apostles and instructing us in the way we should go.  Focus our limited understanding on the person of Jesus, that all he did and taught might come alive in us during this hour. Grant to us convincing proof of your promises as we welcome your winds of change in our lives. Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Let us confess our sin before God and one another, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
Hear us, God, our hope, for we have too easily denied our heritage amid the competing claims all around us.  We declare ownership of what is only lent to us for a time.  We strive for knowledge and control beyond our capacity, wanting power on our own terms rather than through the unpredictable empowerment of your Sprit.  Sometimes we stand on tiptoe to view what is out of sight, then arrogantly conclude there is nothing to see.  O God, open our eyes and our hearts that we might be forgiven and find true life in you. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear now these words of assurance:
Repentance and forgiveness of sin are proclaimed to all people in the name of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is God’s gift to us, one we can never earn but are welcome to accept.  When we agree to God’s freeing offer, we are also agreeing to let God’s love change us.  We are blessed by the opportunity for newness of life.

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………. #35

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
(please use any bread and wine or grape juice you have available at home. Our congregation practices open communion. Anyone who declares Christ as Lord is welcome to partake.)

Litany Invitation
God of spirit and flesh,
God of heaven and earth,
God of grape and vine.
We spread our wings in flight toward you.
We stretch our arms in need of you.
We feed ourselves with gifts from you.
We thank you for your love poured out as we sense your Spirit shining in the sunlight, sailing on the autumn wind, and singing in the souls of each one gathered here.
Recreate us in your image as we encounter you at this meal, that our lives might ignite a love to light the world, where despair drowns dreams, and where heavy hearts shiver in loneliness.
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
For the bread we have eaten, for the cup we have drank, for the purifying waters of baptism, for the new life you have given us: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost we praise you and give thanks. Amen.

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………… Genesis 50:15-21

Pam Kozlowski reads the Old Testament Lesson

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ’Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

PSALTER LESSON ……………………………………………………. from Psalm 116

I will lift up the cup of salvation, I will call on your name, O God.
I will worship you with all the people of faith.

Keith Dobbin reads Psalm 116

I love the LORD, who has heard
   my voice and my supplications.
Because you listened to me,
   I will call on you as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the LORD:
   “O LORD, I pray, save my life!”
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
   our God is merciful.
The LORD protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

I will lift up the cup of salvation, I will call on your name, O God.
I will worship you with all the people of faith.

Keith Dobbin reads Psalm 116

What shall I return to the LORD
   for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the LORD,
I will pay my vows to the LORD
   in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD
   is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your handmaid.
   You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the LORD.

I will lift up the cup of salvation, I will call on your name, O God.
I will worship you with all the people of faith.

EPISTLE LESSON ……………………………………………… I Corinthians 15:40-49

Lynn Vazuez reads the New Testament Lesson

There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

HYMN …………………………………………………………………… #385 An Upper Room

GOSPEL LESSON ………………………………………………… John 6:35, 48-59

Rev. Clancy reads the Gospel Lesson

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

SERMON …………………….. Transubstantiation………………….. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

SPECIAL MUSIC ……………………… Create in Me a Clean Heart, by Your FCCG Choir!!!
Recorded and Edited by Jared Ortega

TITHES AND OFFERINGS
In the name of Jesus Christ, we respond to God’s forgiveness and empowerment with thanksgiving and praise.  As we have been blessed, so we share. May our offerings express compassion and kindness within our faith community and in our outreach to our immediate surrounding and to the world.
We are thankful for the love that gave us life, for the mission that gives purpose to our days, and for the peace that Christ grants to us.  Keep us from needless anxiety, that we may give without counting the cost.  We give ourselves as well as our gifts, that your word may spread where it is not known.  Amen.

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CLOSING HYMN ……………………………………………….. #393 One Bread, One Body

Benediction
May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • Nancy Hannah’s friend, Sharon (illness);
  • The family of Marilyn Cuscaden (death of Marilyn);
  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Danièle Gibney’s friend, Pam (illness and upcoming surgery);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew, Jeff (illness);
  • Carolyn and Gail’s son, Collin (unit deployed to Afganistan);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

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