First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge
Order of Worship with Communion
July 5, 2020

Prelude

Announcements
Call to Worship:
We gather this day to worship, but we bring with us heavy burdens which weigh us
down. We gather this day to praise God, but our hearts ache inside us and we feel we can go
no further. Come all who are burdened and who feel weighed down. Come to Jesus who
takes our burdens and heal our spirits.

Unison Prayer of Invocation:
God of love and mercy, we come to you eager to feel your healing touch for our
wounded spirits and weary souls. These summer days should be a time of relaxation and
restoration, but our spirits still carry the burdens of the year. Please give to us your healing
love. Strengthen us. Flood our lives with your peace. Shine your light of joy in our souls this
day. We offer our cares and our prayers to you in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Call to Confession
Unison Prayer of Confession:
Merciful and loving God, we are so grateful for your redeeming love. We confess that
there have been times of doubt in our lives. We confess that when the times of difficulties
are upon us, we don't always believe that you will take our burdens. We feel we have to
always be in control, trying to demand the desired outcome. Help us to place our trust in
you. Remind us that you surround us continually with your care, you never let us drift
aimlessly about. Open our hearts and spirits to your healing powers. For we pray these
things in the name of Jesus, the one who will take our burdens and give us peace. Amen.

Words of Assurance:
Hear the good news, dear friends! Jesus releases us from our burdens. Place your
whole trust in his love. Amen.
A Story for All Ages

Prayer of Illumination:
God of peace and hope, we open our hearts to you. Be with us as we hear your words
of inspiration and healing. Guide our hearts and spirits as we seek to be witnesses to your
redeeming and reconciling love. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Meditation

Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering

Unison Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving:
As you have received each one of us, Holy God, also receive these gifts that we offer
to you that your love may be made known through ministries of peace, hope, and justice.
Amen.

Service of Communion:

Invitation:
The Holy One is here, with us and before us. Let us open our spirits to God and let us
be ready to receive God's great gift. We give our thanks and praise to the Blessed One, our
Good Shepherd.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Words of Institution
Leader: O God, bread baker and wine maker, we give you thanks and praise. With all
creation we praise your name. You worked the world into being, instilled all creation with
life, and shaped us as your people. In Jesus Christ, the bread of life and the true vine, you
feed us with the Word, and nourish us from the stalk. At table with a circle of his friends,
Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, saying:
All: "Take. Eat. This is my body given for you. Remember me, each time you do this."
Leader: After supper he took a cup, gave God thanks for the wine, and shared it with his
friends, saying:
All: "Take. Drink. This is God's promise poured out for you. Remember me, each time you
drink it."
Leader: O present One, help us recognize the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.
Open our eyes, warm our hearts. Send your Spirit in blessing. O God of goodness, through
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, let all creation give you glory, on this day and
forevermore.
All: Amen.
Leader: These are the gifts of God, for the people of God. All is ready. Let us partake from
God's table.
This is the bread of Life, broken for you. Take and eat.
This is the cup of salvation poured out for you. Take and drink.
Please join me in our Prayer of Thanksgiving:
All: Holy One, you gave us this day our daily bread and nourished us with Christ's presence:
we thank you. Through the one loaf and cup, you have made us one, with you and each
other: we thank you. By your love and our care, feed the world with this bread. Bring it joy
with this cup. Give it leaven and salt in us, a community of faith strengthened by your meal.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Benediction:
God, who has given you rest and peace, will go with you as you leave this time of
worship. Feel the healing love of God in your life. Bring the good news of God's love to all
whom you meet. Go in peace. Amen.

Today's liturgy was adapted from Ministry Matters and the service of communion is adapted from the
Worshiping into God's Future project. Copyright 2005 Local Church Ministries, United Church of
Christ, Cleveland, OH. Used with permission.