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.
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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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To Go with Mark 2:13-22

CALL TO WORSHIP
The God who was present at Creation,
calls us to gather together.
The God who continues to create and re-create,
invites us to worship
As we open ourselves to worship, we greet each other with words and signs of Christ’s peace.

Opening PRAYER
God of life, as a new week begins,
we gather together to sing and pray and listen.
God of renewal, as a new week begins,
we open our eyes and ears to see and hear what you are doing in our midst.
God of wholeness, as a new week begins,
we ask for healing, we seek the courage to follow where you lead us.
God made known in Christ, we pray in His name, sharing words he taught so long 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 life, death, and resurrection of Christ you transform the world,
but transformation may be uncomfortable, and so we sometimes work against it,
and so we try to contain the new in old containers
But still God you persist in the new thing,
revealing the promise of New Life, challenging us to try out new containers,
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:
Jesus meets us where we are and calls us to follow
Healing our dis-ease and making us whole.
Jesus brings new life and new possibilities
Pushing us to put away the old boxes which are no longer useful.
AS people of faith we step out into a new way of seeing the world,
Following where Jesus leads us, proclaiming the Good News of healing and wholeness.
Go with God: who has created and is creating
who is made known in Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh
Who works in us and others by the Spirit