Pentecost 10–August 1
The Bread of Life
Service Prayers for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 1, 2021
CALL TO WORSHIP (a continuation of last week’s Call to Worship for Pentecost 9 )
One: You call your people to prayer and praise in many ways.
This day, bring us together just as you called the people of Israel
to gather manna in the desert to eat and sustain life.
Many: God of unity, give us this day our daily bread.
Offer us the nutrients we need to remain connected to you.
As spiritual beings, we desire to receive food that endures—
faith, hope, and love.
God of grace, give us this day our daily bread.
All life is created and nourished by you!
May we grow into new circles of understanding and being,
reflecting the ways in which we have been touched by your holy manna.
Holy Spirit, come! Give us this day our daily bread.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Life Sustainer, we receive the things you desire to offer us
today and each new day!
Grant us wisdom and openness to your Word
and use its teachings to energize our bodies and spirits.
God, we confess that we often spoon-feed ourselves items and ideas
that do not provide us the energy we need to do your work.
This creates space between you and us,
between ourselves and each other, as members of Christ’s one body.
Oftentimes, we are willing to risk our sustained health and well-being
for immediate satisfaction. (Moment of silence and reflection)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Through Jesus, we have been given an example of one who was truly nourished and sustained by God. In Christ, we are forgiven, made whole, and restored to the one body. Let us outwardly profess our Christian unity by offering each other a sign of peace.
PRAYER BEFORE THE DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
In one hand, we embrace a piece of one common loaf.
Sharing one cup, we drink of the Christ’s new covenant of unity.
With one voice, we lift up our prayers
to you, the one great God, who embraces our differences
yet rejoices in our unity in this one communion act. Amen.
CALL FOR THE OFFERING
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Let us offer our loaves and fishes in the service of God’s kin-dom.
O God, we share these gifts in the spirit of those who shared their loaves and fishes: we ask that you take these gifts and use them to feed all of creation—to produce seed and grain, filling humans and animals alike, and to restore wholeness in the places where malnourishment exists.
Let us go forth in faith in our Nonperishable God,
who gives us daily what we need to feed our bodies and spirits.
Our common need for nourishment
unites us together as the body of Christ.
May the holy Bread of Life create
sustenance for the journey,
calm for troubled stomachs,
grace-filled movement for aching limbs,
and joyful activity for all bodies
as we seek to live in sacred community. Amen.
Hymn suggestion: “One Bread, One Body” – John B. Foley, 1978
The Bread of Life: Service Prayers for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Iliff Theological Seminary, Denver, CO.
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