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Bring your bread and wine to join in Communion

        World Communion Sunday

        Trinity United Church

        Thorold, Ontario

        October 4, 2020

        Creation Time






(after Norah Laverty, St. Andrew’s United, Sioux Lookout)

       We turn to the right

        and Jesus gives us a sign

        to let go of the past,

        to offer forgiveness.

       We turn to the left

       and the Holy Spirit

        swirls the freshness of the present moment around us.

       Then, we recognize God’s voice,

       urging us to move forward.

       Come, let us follow the signs of our faith;

       breathe in the freshness of the Spirit

        and, in love and faith, 

        go forward into all the days to come.

       Together, in one heart and in one Spirit,

       we worship God. 


HYMN #559 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing



Loving God, today we dare to share a love and a communion that’s world-wide.  We know, in our small corner, though we’re apart, that we are one in Spirit and in heart and faithful hope.  We know, in our small corner, that we share the hopes and dreams of all humanity for peace and healing ‘round the world .. the hope and prayer embraced by fellow beings of every creed and colour.  Help us follow you and be with you, and receive the bread and wine of love for all; and help us live your faith that is your legacy and promise to the world.  This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Sung Response:

       We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

       We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

       And we pray that our unity will one day be restored

       And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

        Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love





Prayer for Illumination:

Gracious Holy Spirit, we pray you guide us in the strong assurance of your presence and your love, that we might hear the Gospel promise that is ours, and live it well.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


A Reading from the Gospel:  Matthew 21:33-46 (Revised Standard Version)

    The parable of the householder and the tenants


Sung Response:

       We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand

       We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand

       And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land

       And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

       Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love


MINISTRY OF MUSIC  Guest Musician Diane Young 


MESSAGE        ‘The truth of the matter’.      Rev. Jim McKnight


Sung Response:

        We will work with each other, we will work side by side

        We will work with each other, we will work side by side

        And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each other’s pride

        And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

        Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love



Invitation to Communion

Communion Hymn #288 Great Is Thy Faithfulness


Prayer of Confession:

(United Church of Christ)

        Creator God, you made us to be neighbours, members of one family blessed with great diversity.  You                   created us to be helpers and friends to one another, entrusting to us your justice and your joy.  Yet we have         denied justice and joy to many, creating worlds of poverty, pain, lost opportunities, and absence of hope.             In so many ways, we break each other’s hearts. Still, you do not reject us.  We ask your forgiveness and                 pray to be transformed.


Brief period of silence

        Loving God, you restore us to each other and to you, mending our hearts and repairing the world.                         Through the power of your Spirit, you shape us to be for others what Christ is for us: pardon and peace,             new life and blessing.  We give you thanks for your love, forgiveness, and constant presence,

        and together say  Amen.


Profession of Faith:

       We are not alone,
       we live in God’s world.
       We believe in God:
       who has created and is creating,
       who has come in Jesus,
       the Word made flesh
       to reconcile and make new,

       who works in us and others
       by the Spirit.
       We trust in God.
       We are called to be the Church:
           to celebrate God’s presence,
           to live with respect in Creation,
           to love and serve others,
           to seek justice and resist evil,
           to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
           our judge and our hope.
        In life, in death, in life beyond death,
        God is with us.  We are not alone.

        Thanks be to God.

Morning Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer (Sung):    #959


        Our Father in heaven, 

        hallowed be your name,

        your kingdom come,

        your will be done on earth as in heaven.

        Give us today our daily bread.

        Forgive us our sins as we forgive those

        who sin against us.

        Save us from the time of trial 

        and deliver us from evil 

        for the kingdom, the power

        and the glory are yours,

        now and for ever.  Amen.

Communion Prayer:

(Alydia Smith)

God be with you all. 

       And also with you.

Lift up your hearts;

       We lift our hearts to God.

Let us give thanks to God!

       It is right to give God our thanks and praise!



       Though Creation sometimes weeps,

       we wait lovingly for you, God.

       For you created the heavens, earth, and all that is in them: 

       you cast sunbeams, open flowers, and feed insects.

       You are beyond the galaxies, under the oceans, and inside each grain of wheat. 

       You could sustain all of your Creation, 

        but without us, you will not.

       Thank you for the wonders of Creation and for your great trust in us.

       Though humanity sometimes weeps,

        we wait lovingly for you, God.

       For you smiled on an outcast Hagar, blessing her descendants,

       you guided the doubtful Israelites, leading them to freedom,

       you spoke through the Judges and the Prophets, providing words of wisdom,

       you lived among us as a teacher, healer, and friend, 

        giving us a sacred path to follow.

       You could have made us self-sustaining, 

        but you did not  -  your love is what sustains us.

       Thank you for the worldwide fellowship of disciples,

       who faithfully attempt to share your love with all of Creation.


        Holy, holy, holy Lord,

        God whose power is love,

        heaven and earth are full of your glory.

        Hosanna in the highest.

        Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

        Hosanna in the highest!

In Jesus, love incarnate, 

you provide us all we need for each day:

his words comfort the weary;

his actions challenge the contented;

his touch heals the sick;

his presence feeds the deepest hunger in our souls.

In Jesus and in his feast 

you provide for us the sustenance we need to respond to the cries of Creation.

       The bread of life, 

       nourishes our deprived bodies.

       The cup of blessing,

       revives our thirsty souls.

       The gathered community, 

        strengthens our growing faith.

Memorial Acclamation:

    Christ has died;

    Christ is risen;

    Christ will come again.


Though the church sometimes weeps,

        we wait lovingly for you, God.

For centuries, Christians of different customs have gathered 

to commune with you and each other through the sharing of this feast.

       In their partaking you have been with them, 

        just as you are with us now.


Words of Institution

God, we remember and give thanks for your Son, 

and we ask that you bless and pour your Spirit on these simple things, 

bread and wine:

       Make this broken bread whole in our taking.

       Make this full cup overflow in our sharing. 

With these elements nourish and sustain us,

our way, our truth, our life;

our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sustainer.

Praise be to you, now, tomorrow, and forever.

Receiving the Bread and Wine


Musical response:

        All praise to the Father from whom all things come

        And all praise to Christ Jesus his only son

        And all praise to the Spirit who makes us one 

        And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

        Yeah they'll know we are Christians by our love


Prayer after Communion and Commissioning:

(Alydia Smith)


       Thank you, O Christ, for this feast of life. 

        We are fed by your love; 

        we are strengthened by your life. 

        We are sent forth into this world 

        to live into the vision to which you call us in our hearts. 

        We are now commissioned to: 

       feed as we have been fed,

       forgive as we have been forgiven,

        love as we have been loved.

        Thanks be to God. 



HYMN Leaning on the Everlasting Arms        Elisha A. Hoffman



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