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Metropolitan United - Sunday, September 30, 2018

World Communion Sunday For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, the Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Is this Table Taken?” “The Lord’s Supper/Eucharist/Holy Communion is one of the oddest and most divisive events in the church. This means of grace needs to be better understood. The layers of meaning are full of rich symbolism. It is time to add it to our faith vocabulary.” For the prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play Fugue in C by Dieterich Buxtehude, Prelude on "Song 1" by Healey Willan, Deck Yourself, My Soul, With Gladness (hymn No.463) by J. S. Bach, and Prelude on "Bread of the World" by Emma Lou Diemer. The organ postlude will be We All Believe in One True God by J. S. Bach. The Metropolitan Choir will sing Ave Verum Corpus by W. A. Mozart, and baritone John Schneider will sing Panis Angelicus at the Offertory. The hymns are No.250 (O God of Matchless Glory), No.457 (As We Gather at This Table), No.461 (Bread of the World), and No.481 (Sent Forth by God's Blessing). The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Sarabande for Guitar by Francis Poulenc, arranged by Jonathan Bell Arterton. The Bible readings are Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 (the feast of Purim inaugurated), James 5:13-20 (the prayer of Faith), and Mark 9:38-50 (another exorcist, and temptations to sin). The Anniversary Service, 7:00 p.m. For the evening service, The Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church is calling his sermon "Lovely, Made from Love."  For the prelude, organist William Maddox will play Prelude and Fugue in C Major by J. S. Bach and Idyll by David Paxton and, for the postlude, organist Dr. Patricia Wright will play Two Variations on "Veni Creator" by Maurice Durufle. The Choral Scholars of St. Michael's Choir School will sing a plainsong Introit Veni Creator and Kyrie by Felix Mendelssohn; the Metropolitan Choir will sing A Great Light, a newly commissioned work by Stephanie Martin; the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Choir will sing We Are Not Alone by Edward Connell; and the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir will sing Veni Sancte Spiritus by Mozart.  The final piece of carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Gordon Slater’s Carillon Impromptu for Metropolitan’s 200th.   The hymns are No.348 (O Love How Deep), a new hymn Partners in an Act of Greatness (text by Malcolm Sinclair), No.594 (O Christian, Love), and No.438 (The Day Thou Gavest).