Emmanuel United Methodist Church
401 North Main Street, PO Box 451, Amherst, VA 24521
Facebook: Emmanuel United Methodist Church-Amherst (434) 946-7624
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
18th Sunday after Pentecost World Communion October 4, 2020
A Service of the Word/Online Order of Worship
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
(You may light a candle at home if you wish)
GATHERING WORDS (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
We do not live by bread alone,
But by the Word who became flesh and lived among us.
Christ is the true Bread of Heaven, the manna of hope and healing;
Come! Let us worship Christ Jesus, our Lord of Life, the One sent from God who brings life to the world.
HYMN OF PRAISE Break Thou the Bread of Life #599
OPENING PRAYER O Bread of Life, you call us into your presence, knowing that we come hungry for your hope and healing. You are the Bread of Heaven sent from above to bring salvation to us and to all the world. As we gather in your name, nourish and strengthen us in your presence. May we rest in the comfort of your love and live in the hope and promise of your gift of eternal life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE GOSPEL LESSON John 6: 25-35
5 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a]”
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
ANTHEM Let Us Be Bread
SERMON Bread for the World
THE 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Christ for the World We Sing #568
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All God’s people said, Amen.
Break Thou the Bread of Life, #178 from the Baptist Hymnal, Walter Hines Sims, ed. (Nashville: Covention Press, 1956). Words: Mary A. Lathbury, 1877; Music: William F. Sherwin, 1877. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp8oi0qjanU from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA
Note: This hymn is #599 in the United Methodist Hymnal, but the video version is from the Baptist hymnal and has two additional verses.
Let Us Be Bread, #2260 in The Faith We Sing (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000). Words and Music: Thomas Porter, Copyright 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOyu5EOKScs created by Ascension Lutheran Church; Piano and vocals by Minister of Music, Mark Johanson.
Christ for the World We Sing, #568 in The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989). Words: Samuel Wolcott, 1869; Music: Felice de Giardini, 1769. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkTgFPMIggo from Hymnsite.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA