Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Resources for June 12, 2022 -- Trinity Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP
The Ageless One has called us here.
Responding to their call, we gather in the name of She Who Is Holy
We come to worship together, to listen for the voice of Wisdom of Ages
We open our hearts and souls as we sing and pray and reflect together.

OPENING PRAYER
Parent, Partner, and Friend; we open ourselves to your presence.
Wellspring of Life, as we worship here this morning,
help us grow in our understanding of what it means to be your people,
expand our imagination so that we can see you both in old and new ways,
give us the grace to allow each other to explore who you are for us.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus, Son of Woman, The Anointed One and we remember words he once taught his closest friends....

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Generous One, you are revealed in so many ways.
And you challenge us to be imaginative, to be open to new ways of understanding who and how you are.

Fount of Wisdom, too often we find our imaginations limited by traditions, by “the way it has always been”,
with the result that we limit the language that can be used to describe you,
with the result that our experience of you is less than it might have been.

She Who is Faithful, open our hearts and minds and souls to the broad expansiveness of who you are.
Help us see you in new ways, help us see your presence in all our neighbours, regardless of age or gender identity, or sexuality, or skin colour, help us move beyond the limits we may have been taught in the past.
The God Who Redeems is constantly at work in the world and in our lives. She continues to reveal themself in new ways. He continues to expand our understanding of how the world could be. This is an act of grace, this is an act of growth, this is a way of bringing new life to the world.
Thanks and praise be to the Author of Life. Hallelujah! Amen.

COMMISSIONING
The Ancient of Days brought us together this morning
We have prayed, we have sung, we have been invited to share our Images of God.
Now our time of worship draws to a close.
Now She Who Is Faithful leads us back out into the world.
Go out to share the Good News that the Ever-Living God is at work in the world.
We go to share the promise of resurrection, of rebirth, of renewal given in the life and ministry of Jesus, Redeemer and Saviour, Teacher and Friend.
Go secure in the Knowledge that the Three-in-One: Father, Son and Spirit; Life, Liberation and Love; Creator, Christ, and Compassion; is with you.
Always and All ways. Hallelujah!

*the names for God in today’s liturgy have been taken from A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church by Wilda Gafney

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

REsources for May 8, 2022, CHristian Family Sunday

 CALL TO WORSHIP
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
We gather as a family of faith
We turn and see our siblings, our family of choice, with whom we celebrate God’s presence in our lives.
God has invited us to this place and time
In person and in virtual space we greet each other and open ourselves to God’s words of hope and faith
Come, now is the time for worship...

OPENING PRAYER
Nurturing God, God who loves us as a Parent, as we gather our hearts and souls for worship this day,
open our minds and ears and eyes to see and hear and know how you are present in our lives.
As we sing and pray and listen this morning,
awaken in us a sense of hope and promise that life and love will indeed have the victory.
When we leave this time of worship,
lead us into the world to share the promise of hope, to share the news that you are present in our midst.
We pray in the name of the Risen Christ, and we share together the words he once taught his friends...

 PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
God of many faces, today we pause to give thanks for our families,
and we celebrate that family can mean so many different things.
We lift up the many different combinations of people we can call family,
parents and children, grandchildren and cousins, friends who are ‘family by choice’.
We also pause to remember the many ways families can be a challenge.
Broken relationships, the grief of loss, distance both physical and emotional,
for all those things that may make family a mixed blessing we pray.

...time of silent prayer...
God who calls us to be part of a wide, expansive, many-faceted family,
we give thanks for the places we feel we are among family,
we give thanks for the love we find there.

Help us reach out and share the love.
We pray in the name of the Risen Christ, who makes us all siblings in faith.
Amen

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Stayin’ Alive Redux for Easter Sunday 2022


Well I can tell by the look upon your face
You’re quite confused, what’s goin’ on
You came out here to weep and mourn
‘cause Jesus who you love is gone

Hey now it’s all all right. Don’t be afraid.
You see the stone’s been rolled away
Please please try to understand
He who was dead’s alive again!

When your heart is broken
new hope is being woken
Resurrection’s real, Jesus is alive
Feel the earth a-shakin’
The hold of death is breakin’
Jesus is alive and stayin’ alive
Ah Ah Ah Ah stayin’ alive stayin’ alive
ah ah ah ah stayin’ alive!

Well all this is just as he said
That he would die and rise again
Hear this message I have for you
Go tell the others, spread the news

Hey now it’s all all right. Don’t be afraid.
New life has come, it’s here to stay
Please please try to understand
God’s promise is that life will win

When your heart is broken
new hope is being woken
Resurrection’s real, Jesus is alive
Feel the earth a-shakin’
The hold of death is breakin’
Jesus is alive and stayin’ alive
Ah Ah Ah Ah stayin’ alive stayin’ alive
ah ah ah ah stayin’ alive!

Easter has come now. We celebrate life.
Sing alleluia
Jesus is Risen! Sing Alleluia
Stayin’ alive

Well now here we are on this Easter Day
Sharing songs of joy and praise
The tomb is empty life has won
Let’s share the news forevermore 

Hey now it’s all all right. Don’t be afraid.
New life has come, it’s here to stay
Please please try to understand
God’s promise is that life will win

When your heart is broken
new hope is being woken
Resurrection’s real, Jesus is alive
Feel the earth a-shakin’
The hold of death is breakin’
Jesus is alive and stayin’ alive
Ah Ah Ah Ah stayin’ alive stayin’ alive
ah ah ah ah stayin’ alive!

Easter has come now. We celebrate life.
Sing alleluia
Jesus is Risen! Sing Alleluia
Stayin’ alive

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

COmmunion Prayer for Maundy Thursday

Source of love, light, and life,
we gather at this table in the name of Jesus, the Servant King,
the one who calls us to love and serve each other,
who reveals most fully your love and hopes for the world.

Creator, you spoke and the world came into being,
in you live, we move, we exist.
Here and now we reflect on the many gifts we have received throughout our lives.
We join our hearts with people around the globe who shout, sing, dance their thanks.
And so we name, aloud or in the silence of our hearts,
those things for which we are thankful this evening....
For all you goodness God, we give you thanks.

Ever-loving God, you promise to never abandon us,
you are there when our hearts are heavy,
you are there to carry us when our strength fails,
you share our tears and comfort us in our dis-ease.
This evening we hold in prayer all who struggle, for whatever reason,
and we name them aloud or in our silent prayers...
Comforter, may all those in pain, in grief, in fear, all those who struggle,
know that they are loved this night.

God of our past, our present, and our future,
The One who is and was and is to come,
Since the beginning you have communicated with your children in many ways.
You have sent messengers and teachers and prophets.
With joy we remember folk like
Sarah and Abraham, Moses and Miriam, Deborah, David, Micah,
Peter, Paul, Mary, Lydia, and so many others.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we all have a great cloud of witnesses.
As part of the community that stretches far into the past and wide in the present
we remember those who are part of our clouds and name them aloud or in silence...
God of community, we give thanks for all we have learned from others in our walk of faith.

God who is always active in the world.
As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, the one we call Christ and Messiah,
we give thanks for the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh.
We remember what he taught about your Reign.
We remember how he modelled what living as citizens of the Kingdom of Love could look like.
Eating with the marginalized, healing the broken-ness in people’s lives.
And we commit ourselves to follow The Way he showed us.

As we gather at this table we remember another table, long ago and far away.
Jesus and his friends gathered at that table to share the feast of liberation, of freedom from bondage.
During that gathering he took bread, blessed it, broke it and passed it to his friends saying:
Take, eat. This is my body, broken by and for the world. Whenever you eat it remember me.
Then later Jesus took a cup of wine, blessed it and passed it to them saying:
Take and drink, This is the cup of the New Covenant. Whenever your drink it remember me.
All these years later we continue to eat and drink and remember, God who meets us here.

As we eat and drink here tonight, pour your Holy Spirit onto us.
Awaken in us a passion for your Kingdom.
Make us willing to give of ourselves to spread your love and hope in the world.
Help us follow The Way of Jesus Christ.
We pray these things in his name and we share together words that unite us with Christians across the miles and through the ages, words Jesus taught his friends long ago:
Our Father...

Monday, March 28, 2022

For April 3, 2022 - Looking at "Who Is My Neighbour?" and the Lessons of Covid-tide

 

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God you challenge, ask, command us to love our neighbour.
And like the lawyer we ask “but who is my neighbour? Who should I show love to?”
So you remind us, you broaden our field of view, and again tell us to love our neighbour
But still we wonder, what does it mean. What should we do? What is the best way to love our neighbour?
And you keep pushing us, pushing us to give priority to the needs and safety of others even when it may make us less comfortable.
But still we push back. We argue about the best way to balance priorities. We question who needs to sacrifice more and if the promised benefits will come.
God who walks with us in times of challenge, in times of pandemic and warfare, when the best way to love our neighbour seems uncertain,
With grace you pick us up when we trip over the complications of life, in grace accept our confusion and our reluctance to do what seems best for the whole community.
...time of silent prayer...
The world is a complicated place. The best way to love our neighbours as we love ourselves is not always obvious. But God is there to guide and to challenge, to lead us forward and help us reset when we get it wrong. We are loved. We are held in grace. We are given chances to get it right.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Monday, February 28, 2022

FOr MArch 6, 2022 -- 1st of Lent

CALL TO WORSHIP
The One who has Created and is Creating invites us here.
As followers of the Word-Made-Flesh we gather for worship.
The One who works in us and others by the Spirit,
moves in and around us as we gather to eat, to pray, to sing, and to listen together.
As a community gathered in both physical and virtual space,
let us worship together

OPENING PRAYER
OK God, the world is a bit of a mess right now,
so we need to hear a word of hope, we need to be reminded who we were created to be.
In this time together, as we break bread together, as we share our prayers, as we sing our faith,
speak to our hearts, embolden us, remind us of what is possible.
We gather of followers of Jesus the Christ, we pray in his name.
Amen

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Creator of all that is, you shaped us for paradise.
You meant for us to live as partners with all that has been created.
And yet, we have often wandered from the primeval garden.
Our focus has been drawn to things that lead to hurtful words, hurtful actions, hurtful thoughts.
You call us to put aside those things that are hurtful to ourselves, to each other,
help us, we pray, to do that, transform us, lead us back to the garden.
...time of silent prayer...
The Sovereign God who created, and who is constantly re-creating, acts in power and in mercy and in grace. In Christ we are given new life, a new self, a new beginning. We are forgiven. We can be transformed. We can live in partnership with all that God has created.
Thanks be to the Creating One. Amen

COMMISSIONING:
Our time of worship draws to a close.
Our time of service continues.
Go from this time of eating and singing and praying to carry the love of Christ into the world.
We go to proclaim the Good News with our words and through our deeds
As you live and serve, remember that God who created and re-creates you, who is made known in the man Jesus of Nazareth, the Risen Christ, who is active in the world as the Holy Spirit is with you.
Wherever we go, we are not alone. Thanks be to God.

 

Monday, January 24, 2022

For January 30, 2022 -- working with Presentation of the Lord Readings

CALL TO WORSHIP
In a world where sometimes we feel cast out
God calls us back to community
In a world sometimes obsessed with ideals of purity
God calls us to be renewed and restored to community
In a world where there is always more to do,
God invites us to pause, to pray, to listen, to worship in community
Come, let us worship together

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God, sometimes life gets messy,
and the messiness spills onto us, and we feel unclean, stained, or tainted.
When that happens we want to be cleaned, renewed, purified.
You invite us to take time, to recover, to feel like ourselves again.
You give us rituals and practices that allow us to welcome each other back into the community.
Help us to be restored, help us to welcome others back.
Renew us in body and soul.
Remind us that we can be cleansed and purified.

God is Gracious, through Grace God offers us restoration to the community and renews us. With Grace God reminds us that we are their Beloved children, formed in their image.
Thanks be to God. Amen.