Saturday, September 15, 2018

Backpack Blessing

Hi God!
Another School year has started.
And every day people load up these backpacks
with school work and notes to (or from) the teacher and lunches and snacks.
Keep them safe.
Keep the straps from tearing, the zippers from jamming or bursting.
Help the backpack avoid the mud puddle or the toilet bowl.
Help it stay where it belongs so it can always find its human.
Keep the precious papers put inside safe, not scattered over the street (or the kitchen floor).

But really God we worry about the people who carry these things.
Keep them safe.
Keep them away from bullies, keep them from becoming bullies.
Make them brave enough to help when they see another person being bullied.
Sometimes school is scary, some days it seems too hard, some days we just don’t want to go.
God when this happens make us strong enough to keep trying,
remind us that learning means making mistakes so we can try again,
help us find the good things even on a horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad day.

And while we are at it,
we worry about all those other people.
The teachers who prepare and present lessons,
the parents who send their children off to school (sometimes worrying about what the day will be like),
the bus drivers who get kids from one place to another,
the people at after school programs who take over when the bell rings.
Help them too God.

God you promise that we are not alone.
At home, at school, on the bus, and everywhere else you are there.
Thank you.
Amen.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

PRayers of the People for May 20, 2018 -- Pentecost

Spirit of Life, blowing through our world,
on this Pentecost Day we open ourselves to your power.
God who calls us to be the church, to share our lives with you and with each other,
on this Pentecost Day we hear again the call, the challenge to be the church in the world.
And so, as Paul encourages us, we Rejoice in your presence always.

God whose Spirit moved over the world at the beginning,
you blew the breath of life into our lungs and let loose our borning cry,
you have been with us ever since.
All that we have been, and are, and ever will be is in and through you.
And we Rejoice.

Creator, source of wonders that appear throughout the world,
creator of those things that leave us awestruck,
we stop and say WOW!
Wow for the beauty of fresh spring flowers
Wow for the joy of children’s laughter
Wow for the times when we overcome our differences and hear each other as if we all spoke the same way.
For the wonders of life we share our awe...
and we Rejoice.

Gift-giver, God who offers us so much throughout our life’s journey.
We join with your faithful children of many colours and races and faiths
to share our songs of praise and thanks giving.
For all that makes life wonderful and full and abundant we say thank you...
And we Rejoice.

God of presence, God who will never leave us alone,
amongst the abundant gifts and the wonders of life come struggles.
And yet you are there.
And so we join our voices with the voices of all those around the world who struggle:
struggle with shootings in schools
struggle with the reality of racism and prejudice
struggle with conflict between nations
struggle with the reality of bodies or minds that no longer work the way they once did,
struggle with anxiety, or fear, or grief...
In our times of struggle may we know the peace that surpasses all understanding.
And so we can Rejoice.

God who calls us to move into the world.
As we go forth to be the church in a world aching for the Gospel of Love,
help us remain focused on those things that are true, just, honourable, pure, pleasing and commendable.
May we continue to share the Good News with all, may we never forget that you are with us,
may we rejoice in your presence always, and again we say REJOICE!
Amen.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Christ Candle Responses for Ordinary TIme

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
In this Season of the Spirit we light a candle, reminding us of the fire of hope and freedom
as this flame flickers in our midst, we commit ourselves to spread its light and heat in the world
Gathered as Spirit-filled disciples of Christ, we quiet our hearts for worship

Monday, May 7, 2018

Treaty Acknowledgement for June 2018

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TREATY
In the beginning the Creator shaped this land. The hills were sculpted, the river valleys dug deep, life sprang out of the soil. Then people came. We honour and thank those who were here before us: the Beaver, the Cree, the M├ętis. Then those who came here from across the sea made agreements to share the land and now we live together as Treaty partners.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

For April 22, 2018, Easter 4 -- Saul/Paul on the Damascus Road

OPENING PRAYER
God of Resurrection, in this Easter season,
we gather for worship, to celebrate the promise of New Life.
As we sing and pray and listen this morning,
open our eyes and ears and hearts to your Word
transform us, and then send us out to help transform the world.
We pray in the name of the Risen Christ, as we share the words he taught his friends so many years ago...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God you continue to invite us to see the new thing you are doing
but if we are honest, we don’t always do new things well.
In the Risen Christ, in the mystery of Easter, you transform the world,
but transformation may be uncomfortable, and so we sometimes work against it,
even persecuting those who proclaim the new thing
But still God you persist in the new thing, you call the loudest critics,
revealing the promise of New Life, opening their eyes to what is possible.
God who is doing a new thing, when we are unwilling to follow the new path,
open our eyes and hearts, move us beyond protection of old understandings, lead us to see where you are pointing.
God of Grace,
forgive our stubbornness and unwillingness to change,
forgive our willingness to strike back against the new simply because it is not what we have always done,
forgive our periodic blindness to what you are doing in our midst
God is doing a New Thing to share the old message of Love. Where we resist, God is patient and coaxing. God forgives us and calls us to try again. God opens our eyes to see what God is up to.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
God meets us on the road of life.
Sometimes in a still small voice, sometimes with a flash of light.
God calls us to go from those meetings and share the Good News of Christ.
We go to the world where we live and serve and carry the Love of Christ
Go now, secure in the knowledge that you are held in God’s Loving arms wherever the road may take you
Thanks be to God! Hallelujah!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

For April 8, 2018 -- Easter 2 -- Jesus Appears to the Disciples

OPENING PRAYER
Source of Life, we gather together for worship,
hoping that here we will meet the Risen Christ.
Source of hope, we open ourselves in worship,
trusting that the Holy Spirit will blow through the room, filling us with peace.
God of New Life, in this time of worship,
empower us to go back into the wider world to share the Good News of Resurrection,
to proclaim the promise of forgiveness,
to encourage others with the peace of Christ.
We pray in the name of the Risen Christ, who encourages us to pray saying...

PRAYER OF DOUBT AND BELIEF
God of life that conquers death, in this Easter season,
we are challenged to see life where we expect to see death. It seems to good to be true.
God we believe, help our unbelief.
God of surprises, we hear wondrous stories and have trouble believing they could be true.
Like Thomas we want to see the evidence for ourselves, so we can judge for ourselves.
God we believe, help our unbelief.
God of wisdom, you give us an intellect and ask us to use it,
asking questions, challenging what we are told, seeking for answers
God we believe, help our unbelief.
Holy God who is Wholly Mystery, you ask us to be open to the mysterious and mystical,
help us embrace the mystery that is part of our lives, help us see that we do not have to understand everything, help us remember that there are ways of knowing that go beyond the scientific and logical.
God we believe, help our unbelief. Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
Appearing to his closest friends in an upper room,
the Risen Christ sent them out in the power of the Holy Spirit.
2000 years later we seek to encounter the Risen Christ,
who still sends us out to share the promise of New Life guided by the Holy Spirit.
Go with God who created us, who raised Jesus, who fills us with love and hope.
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! Life Wins!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Good Friday 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP & OPENING PRAYER
The Word who was there in the beginning has called us together.
To sing, to pray, to tell the old story.
God of life and hope, move among us today,
as we tell the old story, as we remember the uncomfortable parts.
God of promise, God of the Kingdom, on this day we call Good,
remind us that even as the world falls apart you are still there
show us that you are present in trial and condemnation and execution
hold in our hearts the possibility of hope that lies beyond despair.
God of light shining through the shadows,
hold us in your love as we tell again of a cross on a hill.
This we pray in the name of the man from Nazareth, the one who lived with a great Passion for your Way, the one whose death is nigh, the one who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
we admit that sometimes we join in the crowds that seek our best interests over the communal good. Have mercy on us as we work toward the goals of the kingdom.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
we admit that we are tempted to choose the path of personal safety over being faithful to The Way.
Have mercy on us as we sort out what it is that we need.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
we admit that we wander away from you and then wonder why we feel abandoned.
Grant us the peace that comes with knowing that we are not alone.
Light of the world, shining through the shadows, for those time we have helped to create the shadows,
forgive us. Through Grace break into the darkness with the light of hope and promise; the beacon that leads us back into relationship
..time of silence...
Even in the face of betrayal and rebellion, even in the face of death and denial, even in the face of fear and despair, God's Grace knows no bounds. We ARE forgiven, we ARE called back into relationship, we ARE set back on the path that leads to the Realm of God.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

SENDING OUT:
We have gathered, we have told he story again.
We have watched the Lamb of God hanging on a tree, we have seen him laid into the tomb.
Now we wait. Now we put our worship into vigil and wait to see it the light will overcome the darkness,
As we wait we trust in the God who loves the world so much to send a Son to save it.
As we wait we trust in the promise of life everlasting.
As we wait we promise to return to this place to see what might happen next.
While we wait, while our worship continues, while we sit in the darkness of vigil,
we remember that we are not alone,
God waits and watches with us. God will not leave us abandoned.
Thanks be to God. Amen