Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time C, October 2, 2016

Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26
Psalm 137:1-9
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We gather together to rekindle the gift of God that is among us. 
All: We gather with people of all time and place to celebrate God’s majesty. 
One: We gather to wait for and to seek the Lord. 
All: We gather to worship the one who never abandons us. 
One: Today let us revel in God’s love which is never-ending. 
All: Let us respond with active faith pleasing to our Savior. Let us worship God. 

OPENING PRAYER
O Holy One, we become so overwhelmed with difficulties that we forget the companionship and hope that you provide us. We become so concerned with our faith – as if it’s something we do alone and not an active, outward-facing task we have. We don’t take seriously mustard seeds and your presence in our lives. Help us right those wrongs today. Help us live ever more in you. Amen. 

CALL TO CONFESSION
We are called to be slaves and servants to God, but we have been poor workers. Let us come before our God and be honest about our sins. 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious God, we are sorry. We suffer from a multitude of transgressions of our own making. We do not know how to come back home to you. We worry about our faithfulness but do not do your will. We enslave ourselves to other people and things when we should be in your service. We are all too often cruel or just don’t even care. Help us turn around. Help us do your intended work instead. Forgive us, please. Amen. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Dear ones, you are never alone, and a contrite heart is always welcomed by our Lord. Know that in the name of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven. Live in the wonder and freedom that comes with that assurance. Now go and sin no more. 

INVITATION TO THE TABLE
[written for the celebration of World Communion Sunday]
This table is ancient and brand new. This table is far away and as close as our hearts. This table is set for brothers and sisters we have known all our lives and those we have never met. This is the table that Christ sets out for his beloved, and we are all welcome at this banquet. So come to this feast from far and wide. Come knowing that the host is excited to have you, and take your seat next to someone who looks nothing like you, speaks a language you don’t understand and who to you might be a bit odd. Your brothers and sisters all over the world are waiting for you. Come and find companionship and nourishment here. 

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