Worship at Kamloops United Church
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Our Centering is on RELATIONSHIPS
We Gather as People of God
WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, CELEBRATIONS, and CONCERNS
(During this time the chair of the Worship Core Ministry, Sandy Baird, welcomed Rev. Don Waldon and thanked him for offering the leadership in today’s worship service.)
MUSIC FOR CENTERING with LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE & the PROCESSION OF THE PRAYER BOX
GATHERING PRAYER THOUGHTS
One: We believe God is everywhere present.
All: We believe, then, that God is here.
One: We believe that we are all people of God.
All: We believe, then, that we are journeying together with God.
One: We believe that God cares for us with deep, unconditional love.
All: We believe, then, that in this way we deeply care for each other.
Together: Then let us continue to worship and live out this sacred relationship.
SINGING – Voices United # 415 “God We Praise You”
PRAYER of CONFESSION and an ASSURANCE of DIVINE LOVE
STARTING POINT – with the young set: “Who is your best friend?”
SINGING – Voices United #365 “Jesus Loves Me”
We Listen for God’s Living Word
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Psalm 128 1 Corinthians 13
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thanks be to God!
SINGING: More Voices # 21 (x3)
Open our hearts, open our minds.
Open our lives to you, O loving God.
REFLECTION UPON THE WORD: “RELATIONSHIPS”
SINGING – Voices United # 376 “Spirit of the Loving God”
OFFERING with the OFFERTORY
Behold, behold, I make all things new, beginning with you and starting from today.
Behold, behold, I make all things new, my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(Today’s prayers were the spoken word of hymn words from our Voices United hymnbook):
(Our introduction to prayer)
“Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying, Send us love, send us power, send us grace!”
“When long before time and the wolds were begun,
when there was no earth & no sky & no sun,
and all was deep silence & night reigned supreme,
and even our Maker had only a dream…
the silence was broken when God sang the Song,
& light pierced the darkness & rhythm began,
and with its first birth-cries creation was born,
and creaturely voices sang praise to the morn.”
(Prayers for the care of the earth)
“Touch the earth lightly, use the earth gently, nourish the life of the world in our care:
gift of great wonder, ours to surrender, trust for the children tomorrow will bear.
God of all living, God of all loving, God of the seedling, the snow and the sun,
teach us, deflect us, Christ reconnect us, using us gently and making us one.”
(Travelling life together)
“We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road;
we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow, till we’ve seen this journey through.”
(Prayers for a weary world)
“Let there be light, let there be understanding,
let all the nations gather, let them be face to face;
perish the sword, perish the angry judgement,
perish the bombs & hunger, perish the fight for gain.
let there be light, open our hearts to wonder,
perish the way of terror, hallow the world God made.”
(Our part in it…)
“I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime.
I’m gonna live so God can use me anywhere, Lord, anytime.
I’m goona work, pray and sing so God can use me anywhere, anytime.”
“To you, God the Singer, our voices we raise, to you, Song Incarnate, we give all our praise,
to you, Holy Spirit, our life and our breath,
be glory for ever, through life and through death.”
CHRIST’S PRAYER (sung Voices United # 959)
We Are Sent Forth
SINGING – Voices United # 556 “Would You Bless Our Homes”
COMMISSIONING and BENEDICTION
SUNG CLOSING – Voices United # 964 “Go Now In Peace”