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Posted by Congregational United Church of Christ, Neenah/Menasha on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Order of Worship with Communion, Sunday, 8/2/2020

singing bowl          Nolan Smith

reading     Matthew 14:13-21          Pastor Dave

gathering music          Spencer Jones

welcome

a gesture of honor that communicates peace

invitation

song     NCH 321     Break Now the Bread of Life, v. 1

prayer of consecration

song     NCH 321     Break Now the Bread of Life, v. 2

words of remembering

sharing of the elements

prayer of thanksgiving

readings     Isaiah 55:1-5                    Joan Dioszegi

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21

meditation

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

song     NCH 562     Take My Gifts

benediction

sending music

singing bowl

Hymn lyrics

NCH 321     Break Now the Bread of Life     Text: Mary A. Lathery, 1877, altered; Tune: “Bread of Life,” William F. Sherwin, 1877

  1. Break now the bread of life, Savior, to me, as you once broke the loaves beside the sea; beyond the sacred page I seek you, Lord; my spirit yearns for you, O Living Word.
  2. Bless now the truth, dear Christ, to us, to me, as you once blessed the bread by Galilee; then shall all bondage cease, all shackles fall, and we shall find our peace, our all in all.

NCH 562     Take My Gifts     Text: Shirley Erena Murray, 1991; Tune: “Talavera Terrace,” Colin Gibson, 1991

  1. Take my gifts and let me love you, God who first of all loved me, gave me light and food and shelter, gave me life and set me free, now because your love has touched me, I have love to give away, now the bread of love is rising, loaves of love to multiply!
  2. Take the fruit that I have gathered from the tree your Spirit sowed, harvest of your own compassion, juice that makes the wine of God, spiced with humor, laced with laughter–flavor of the Jesus life, tang of risk and new adventure, taste and zest beyond belief.
  3. Take whatever I can offer–gifts that I have yet to find, skills that I am slow to sharpen, talents of the hand and mind, things made beautiful for others in the place where I must be: take my gifts and let me love you, God who first of all loved me.