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Did you know that when Christians gather at the table, breaking bread together as Jesus did with his disciples so many years ago, that we are participating in a type of stewardship, of God's amazing plan for our work in the world? How can this be? We hope that you will join us today and find out.
Today we are honored to have as guest preacher Dr. Ronald J. Allen, distinguished New Testament and preaching professor, scholar, and author. Dr. Allen serves on the faculty of Christian Theological Seminary (www.cts.edu) in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is an ordained minister with the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.
This sermon, from Matthew 26:26-40, is the first of a series of four in the stewardship materials authored by Dr. Allen, From Bread and Wine to Faith and Giving, and available from the Center for Faith and Giving (www.centerforfaithandgiving.org).
We are grateful to the Center for Faith and Giving for special permission to use these resources online.
DisciplesNet church exists to bring the church to people who are not able to attend a physical church, as well as those who can benefit by connecting online with the special resources we create.
We are here to bring the Good News of God's redeeming love to the world.
As DisciplesNet approaches our fourth anniversary, we are prayerfully seeking God's guidance as we continue to grow in this unique ministry.
As we prayerfully seek to follow God's call to reach people online around the world, we also prayerfully seek to be the best stewards possible of the resources that people are sharing in God's work through DisciplesNet Church. We invite you to join in giving through DisciplesNet --or another ministry of your choosing-- as you consider your own place and circumstances, and how God calls you to share your gifts.
Worship today is about 33 minutes, a time of worshipping God through song, prayers, scripture, and considering God's word together. As you worship with us, keep in mind that our 'pews' are very big: you will be worshipping with people in times and places all around the world. We like to think that although most of us can't see each other here, God sees our DisciplesNet Church gathered, perfectly well, and is in our midst.
As we do every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from beige part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music and hymn: "Take My Life and Let it Be," Chalice Press, Favorite Hymns and Prayers, used by permission.
2. Opening Song: "Stepping in the Light," Dean Phelps
3. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Amy Grogan
4. Prayer response hymn: "Lord, Make Us Instruments of Thy Peace," Southport Christian Church, Indianapolis.
5. Scripture: Matthew 26:26-40 (NRSV), Susan McNeely
6. Message: "At the Table With Jesus," Rev. Dr. Ron Allen
7. Hymn: "Seed, Scattered and Sown," Chalice Hymnal #, DisciplesNet Singers
8. Communion: Russ Smith
9. Hymn: "In Remembrance of Me,"CH #403, DisciplesNet Singers
10. Sending out (Benediction)
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, have a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. Our physical address for donations is:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
And emailing address is: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!