Tuesday, September 3, 2019

REsources for September 8, 2019 -- A Baptism Service using Psalm 139

Opening PRAYER
God who is always present,
we open our hearts and souls to your presence.
God who would be with us at the ends of the earth,
we give thanks for your presence.
God who made and knows us, in this time of worship,
renew us, refresh us, remind us what it means to be your children.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught about your love, who showed us the Way to live, and who encouraged his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Search me, O God, and now my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
You know us more deeply than we know ourselves.
See if there is any wicked way in me.
You know our capacity for love. You know our capacity for indifference.
You know our ability to serve each other. You know our ability to serve ourselves.
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Keep us, we pray, on the path of wisdom. Help us be who we were made to be.
...time of silent prayer...
The God who watched us grow in the womb is the God who is with us every day of our lives. God is there to love and to guide and to correct. God will continue to lead us in the Way everlasting.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
Here today we have worshipped.
We have prayed, we have celebrated a new life,
we have been reminded that we are made and known by the God who loves us.
Now today we go out to a world hungering for Good News.
May we help everyone we meet know that they too are wonderfully made, wonderfully known, wonderfully loved.
Go with God, who watched us grow in our mother’s womb, who is in every breath we take, who walks with us wherever life may lead.
We go with joy and thanksgiving.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Call to Worship and Commissioning for a series on the Fruits of the Spirit

CALL TO WORSHIP
May the Peace of Christ be with you
And also with you
We gather as branches growing from the vine.
We gather as people who seek to bear spiritual fruit.
L:
God who gives the growth has called us here for renewal, let us worship together.
As followers of the Risen Christ we open our worship by greeting our neighbours with words and signs of Christ`s peace.

COMMISSIONING:
Jesus Christ, the True Vine, reaches out around the world.
As branches grafted to, and growing from, the vine we grow vibrant and bear fruit.
L:
P:
Go with God: the Creator and Parent, the Risen Christ, the Spirit filling our lungs.
Blessed be God who gives us Growth. Hallelujah! Amen.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Good FRiday Service

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD
PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP
We have reached the central weekend of our faith
We gather to tell the story and remember.
Today we walk with Jesus on that final walk to a cross on a hill.
God challenges us to see the horror of the story and remember.
God is here
and so we worship and remember.

LIGHTING THE CANDLES
As the darkness deepens, as the story gives us chills, we light candles to bring light and heat to a world that is too often dark and cold.
May their light remind us of the hope that lies beyond the shadow

Opening PRAYER
God, today our hearts are challenged.
Today we remember the capacity of humanity to work against your hopes for the world.
God we know that the world is a place where sinfulness and power can work against love and life.
God we know that we are a part of that equation, and not always on the best side
Today as we pause to remember the story,
open our eyes to see the crosses in our world today, awaken in us a burning desire to turn from sinfulness and live as people of love.
And when we go from this place to wait and watch and reflect,
keep the spark of hope and love alive in our souls, keep us aware that the powers of the world will not have the final say.
God of love and life,
make us people of love and life, even in the face of the cross. Amen.

Gathering Hymn

WE HEAR AND REFLECT ON THE STORY
7 Words From the Cross

Word #1 Luke 23:33-35
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Word #2 Luke 23:39-43
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Word #3 John 19:25-27
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Hymn

Word #4 Mark 15:33-35
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Word #5 John 19:28-29
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Word #6 John 19:30-34
Reflection
Prayer
A Candle is Extinguished

Ministry of Music 

Word #7 Luke 23:44-46
Reflection
Prayer

THE CHRIST CANDLE IS PUT OUT
The deed is done, it is completed, the mourning has come.
And so we blow out the last candle, hoping against hope that it will once again burst into flame.

WE GO OUT TO MOURN AND WAIT

Hymn

The Story Concludes
Luke 23:50-56

COMMISSIONING:
The Shadow has fallen, the powers and principalities have won the day
Can this really be the end?
We go out with heavy hearts, the Messiah of God has been laid in a stone cold tomb.
This can’t really be the end. Can it?
In the darkness of mourning we wait and we watch.
Trusting and hoping that Dawn will come again.
Go with God.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

MArch 24, 2019 -- Lent 3 -- MArriage/Relationships

Opening PRAYER
Companion God, made known in relationship,
we come here to build our relationship with the family of faith.
God made known in Jesus, who calls us to friendship,
in this time together deepen our love for God and neighbour.
Spirit God, always present in our lives,
move in and around us, renewing our hearts and souls.
As friends and followers of Jesus we pray in his name, sharing the words he taught his closest friends...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of relationship, you challenge us to live in relationship with you and each other.
And we know that we grow from our relationships but sometimes it is just too hard.
God of relationship, you challenge us to be vulnerable with you and each other.
And we will, to a limit, because sometimes vulnerability terrifies us.
God of relationship, help us to be people in relationships
Give us the courage to be open and vulnerable, to forgive and be forgiven, to risk and to protect together.
God of Grace, god of love, God of relationship, through your grace help us grow together in love and in hope. Help us enter into all our relationships, with you and each other, as fully as you enter into relatioship with us.
Amen.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

March 17, 2019 -- Lent 2 -- Prayer

Opening PRAYER
Source of life and love, Creator God;
we open our hearts and minds and lives to your presence.
Teacher and Guide, God in human form, known in Christ;
we come as those who try to follow the path you set for us.
Always present with us, giving hope, Spirit God;
we come to be filled with You, refreshed to live out our faith every day.
As those who bear Christ’s name we pray together the words he taught his friends...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of relationship, you call us to share our lives with you.
And we do. Or we want to, when we aren’t too busy to pray.
God of relationship, you ask us to listen for your voice.
Which sounds great, but we like to talk.
God of relationship, you encourage us to trust that you answer.
And we often wonder what our prayers accomplish, or we don’t like the answer, or we want to stay in control,
God of Grace, help us know that you are there, give us the confidence to trust in you, hear our prayers when they are wordy and when they are silent.
...time of silence...
We offer up our prayers.. When they are selfless and when they are selfish, when we listen and when we only talk, when we see results and when we wonder if it was all worth it we offer up our prayers.. And always God is there, hearing, loving, responding.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Call to Worship & Commissioning for Lent 2019 (Practices of the Church)

CALL TO WORSHIP
In this season of Lent, of preparation for Easter
we gather to reflect on our faith story and our faith practices.
God has invited us to this place
where we open ourselves to God’s presence
As people of faith, we are people of relationship
sharing our hopes and joys, triumphs and struggles with each other and with God.
Gathered as a community, we open our worship by greeting each other with signs and words of Christ’s peace...

COMMISSIONING:
The God who has called us together,
now sends us out to put our faith in action.
The God who asks us to follow the path of Jesus.
challenges us to share God’s word of hope and love with all we meet
The God who lives with us in relationship,
is with us now and always as we live and serve.
Go with God: Parent, Child, and Spirit; Three-in-One and One-in-Three

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Prayers for Annual Meeting 2019

Opening
God who calls us to be the church, we have made one more circle around the sun.
Another year has been and gone and today we gather to reflect on the year that was,
to listen for your voice speaking in our midst,
and to look ahead to the year that is just beginning.
As we gather this morning we give thanks for all the many ways people in this faith community have lived out their commitment to the community:
-those who have led and planned activities,
-those who have volunteered to help at one of those activities,
-those who have served on Council, or on one of the Ministry teams,
-those who have served communion, or greeted, or read scripture, or made coffee for our Sunday mornings,
-those who have prayed for their neighbours in the congregation and in the wider world.
AS we gather this morning we remember the neighbours who come to this place
-for comfort:
-for a food voucher,
-to attend support meetings in this building,
and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community in this way.
God of life, as a community of faith we mark the changes of life.
We mark life’s beginning with Baptism, remembering [insert names].
We mark the maturing of our youth with Confirmation, remembering [insert names].
We join together to celebrate Relationship, remembering [insert names].
We join our hearts to celebrate life and to mourn at the time of death, remembering [insert names]
In all the changes of life we recognize that we are not alone, and we give thanks.
God of our past, our present, and our future,
move among us, we pray, as we meet here this afternoon.
Open our ears and hearts to hear and know where you are leading us.
As we talk about a vision for this faith community, help it be not just our vision but yours that pulls us forward.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our teacher and guide, our rock and redeemer, our source of hope.
AMEN 

Closing 
God, you have called us together, and we have responded.
Here today we have sung, and prayed and listened.
Here today we have broken bread together at the table of faith and at the table of community.
Here today we have given thanks for the year that was and talked about how we will be a faith community in the years to come.
And you have been a part of all of that.
Thank you.
Now we move out of this building and into the world where we do the most of our living and serving.
As we leave this building today may we be assured that you go with us.
As we live and serve in the wider world may we see Christ in the neighbours we meet, and may they see Christ in us.
As we move into the future as a community of faith, may we always be aware of and strive to live out the vision you have for us as individuals and as a congregation.
And may we always remember that we are not alone.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
AMEN