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Worship Service Sunday, February 7, 2021

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Celebrating Communion

 

 

Order of Worship

 

 

WELCOME
Welcome, and thank you for joining us online here at the OCC for our Sunday morning worship meditation videos.  We hope you all enjoy staying connected.  Today we are celebrating communion.  All are welcome.  It is our joy to tell you that the Lord’s Table is set for everyone to share in the celebration.  If you would like, please bring along a piece of bread or cracker or any special treat, and something tasty to drink.  When we are invited to eat and drink together, we are all made one in the Spirit.  May God bless you with health and peace.

HYMN           Rock of Ages
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dAQALSqr7LZH6xwFiumOcef4rG7nU0He/view?usp=sharing

MESSAGE  The Story of the Last Supper from Mark 14:22-25
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EAR4Deji-P-7jhZ_0MbCx6sQxOenhkzg/view?usp=sharing

Good morning everyone!  PK here.  Today we are talking about communion.
Communion is a sacrament.  In the church a sacrament keeps us close to God.
When we talk about Holy Communion, we think of the simple gifts of bread and juice.
We also think of the cup that Jesus holds and lifts up high for all to see.
There are many different kinds of cups in life.
For golfer’s and hockey players there is the Ryder’s Cup and the Stanley Cup.
For those who enjoy milk or juice with lunch, there is the sippy cup.
And for those who want to stay awake, there is the coffee cup!
Jesus has a special cup too.  It begins as a cup that belongs to the prophet Elijah of old.
In a very holy meal Jesus has with his disciples, his cup becomes the cup of new life.
In the large upper room, Jesus came in to be at table with his companions and loved ones.
He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them saying, “This is my body.”
And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to all of them.
He said, “This is my blood of the new covenant.”  It was a new way of coming together with God.
God’s love is poured out for all to receive and to be reconnected with God through the Spirit.
Whenever we eat and drink communion together, we see Jesus new again in our community.
One time the mother of James and John asked Jesus if he would have her sons sit next to him.
Jesus said to them, “Are you able to drink the cup that I will drink?”
By lifting the cup of blessing, Jesus was invited his disciples to be just like him.
When we eat the bread and share the cup together, we grow closer to God in the heart.
The communion strengthens us and blesses us to go out and be loving and to serve others.
Are we able to love one another the way God loves us?  That is lifting the cup with Jesus!  Let’s pray.

LORD’S PRAYER
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.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

SERVING COMMUNION
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YS8az7s93gp5pITpn4zDD_0C8HdwLSVF/view?usp=sharing

Dear God, this is the mystery of our faith.
Christ was born and Christ died.  Christ is risen.  And, Christ is come again!
Bless this bread.  Bless this cup.  We thank you for food, for life and for love.
Bless all of us in the eating and drinking at your Holy Table.
May we grow stronger every day in you and each other.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us. Grant us your peace.

Take, eat, the bread of heaven.

Take, drink, the cup of new life.

We thank you God for inviting us to your Table set with love.
We thank you for the many gifts you give to us that we may share with each other.
Send us out into the world to rejoice in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Mend the world with your unconditional love.
Let your light always be our light.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

BENEDICTION
Let us go to love and serve the Lord with joy! Amen.

POSTLUDE   “Largo” from the Concerto in D minor for Two Violins
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Diane Plouffe, violins 1 & 2
An exploration of the Las Supper by Leonardo DaVinci (1452-1519)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zYMyGfbYNugSvyzYqwVag8Ay1_J5QJ0m/view?usp=sharing