Sunday, June 30, 2013 Worship Bulletin (6th Sunday after Pentecost)
We Gather as People of God
QUOTATIONS FOR PONDERING
“However broken down is the spirit’s shrine, the spirit is there all the same.” (Nigerian proverb)
“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there thy cheerful beams.” (St. Augustine)
“There are four questions of value in life …. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? What is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love”. (Johnny Depp)
HYMN SING and WELCOME
MUSIC FOR CENTERING with PROCESSION OF THE PRAYER BOX and LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
CALL TO WORSHIP:
We come to worship this day, recalling the acts of God in times past, and remembering the wonders of God revealed in our lives.
We come with faith, with trust and with confidence in God’s presence with us always.
We come, knowing that the Spirit is with us and within us.
We come, seeking the Spirit’s guidance and leading in all facets of our lives.
We come to join in prayer and praise, and to hear God’s Word for us.
We come, renewing our commitment to Jesus Christ, and seeking to follow him faithfully. Let us worship God.
OPENING PRAYER (in unison)
Holy God, Divine Source, Sacred Breath, Author of All That Is: as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, your will is that we live by the Spirit. In our time of worship this day, pour out your Spirit upon us. May your Spirit help us renew our commitment to discipleship and walking the Way of Jesus. May your Spirit lead us, shape us, challenge us. And may others know we are followers of Jesus by the fruits of the Spirit we show in all parts of our lives. In the name of the risen One, we pray. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE: MV #142 O A Song Must Rise
PRAYER FOR GRACE:
Spirit of Love, God of Mercy, you call us to be disciples of Jesus Christ and to walk the path of faith; but sometimes our commitment wavers, and we find excuses to step off the path.
You call to us through your living Spirit,
but sometimes our hearts, our minds, our ears are closed to your voice.
You invite us to move into the future, trusting that we will be led and risking all to follow you;
but we have our own priorities that take us from the more important matters of faith.
You offer us a life that is so much richer, a Spirit-filled life – both on the inside and the outside;
but too often, the ways of the world seem more promising and tangible.
Loving God, you know us so well; you know where we fall short in spite of good intentions. Hear us now, Holy One, as we come before you with our silent prayers for grace
…. (silent prayers) …
Turn us around O God and breathe your Holy Spirit into our hearts. Set before us the example of Jesus, whose soul, whose love, whose spirit was always aligned with you. In his name, we pray, Amen.
Take O take me as I am; summon out what I shall be;
Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God offers us a Spirit of forgiveness, a Spirit of acceptance and love that invites us to move forward, and gives us a fresh willingness to walk the path of discipleship. In Christ, new life is offered, new possibilities are presented and God’s grace is poured out on us. Praise be to God!
We Listen for God’s Living Word
TIME FOR ALL AGES
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Dance with the Spirit early in the morning, walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.
Work and hope for the new life aborning . Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.
2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14 – Elijah ascends and Elisha receives his mantle
Galatians 5: 1, 13-25 – Paul describes the fruits of the Spirit
Luke 9: 51, 57-62 – Jesus sets out for Jerusalem
REFLECTION: A Double Share of Spirit
A quiet moment for silent reflection
We Respond in Faith
HYMN: VU #384 The Lone, Wild Bird
OUR PASTORAL PRAYERS
Holy God, Sacred Mystery, Source of Life, you breathe your Spirit into us – and we offer our thanks. Spirit inspires us, enlivens us, challenges us, calms us, drives us, gives us life – and we are grateful. Open us, O God, to the movement of your Spirit in our lives. If we are too busy to feel the Spirit, slow us down. If we are in the depths of depression and feel alone, remind us of Spirit’s presence. If our hearts are closed and hardened, soften us and make us open and receptive to the Spirit’s power. If we are complacent and content, stir us from our placidness and move us forward. Call to us, break our patterns and routines, open our eyes, whisper in our ears, renew our commitment, show us new visions.
Creator God, the news of this past week has been full of natural disasters, causing death, displacement, loss of property and mental anguish. We offer prayers for the people and communities of Alberta who have been so affected by flooding rivers. Give them hope in the midst of despair, humour in the midst of anger, and patience for what might be a long wait. We pray for the leaders of these communities, for those getting the infrastructures running, and for the many who are helping others in their towns and cities. As we move into an expected hot spell in this part of the world, we remember those who find the heat unbearable, and those with no shelter. Too think of the people of Labrador and California displaced by forest fires, and we remember the thousand who died in the monsoon floods in India. We acknowledge our powerlessness in the face of nature, and confess our complicity in creating conditions that lead to extreme weather and loss of lives.
Around the world and particularly in the Middle East, we offer our prayers for those caught in civil wars and unrest. We especially think of the people of Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt as tensions rise, violence escalates, more become refugees and deaths continue. On the Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches, we pray for the people, communities and spiritual leaders of Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
On this Canada Day weekend, we give thanks for our country – whether by birth or by choice. For our many natural resources, our democratic principles and human rights policies, for our relative wealth, we are grateful. Remind us that we are among the world’s fortunate, and inspire us to care for and share with those who do not have our bounty.
Compassionate One, we pray for those in our community who are in need – of help, love, food, housing, financial means and understanding. We remember those who are ill, the caregivers and those grieving; those who are incarcerated, abused, lonely; rejected or suffering in any way. Remind us that we are all sisters and brothers, your children and your beloved. On the prayer cycle of Okanagan Presbytery, we remember the shared ministry congregation of St. Andrew’s United and All Saints’ Anglican in Chase. We pray for those travelling this long weekend, and for CampGrafton, its staff and campers as the 2013 season begins today. We continue to pray for Judy and Marie, for Karen and Sandy, for the Reid and Titcomb families as they grieve the deaths of Donna and Peggy. We remember those named in our prayer box today …
Spirit of Life and Love, gather all our prayers together and receive them in the name of Jesus. Hear us now as we say a modern version of the prayer he taught us…..
Eternal Spirit,Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
paraphrase of Lord’s Prayer from New Zealand Prayer Book
SOLO: You Supply My Every Breath (composer Pepper Choplin) – Sherri Nuyens
OFFERING (MV #115)
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.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING and DEDICATION
Holy One, God of Abundance and Generosity, we worship you in many ways, and one of the ways is the presentation of our offerings. These gifts represent our labour, our investment of our time and energy, and are a sign of our commitment to you and to walking the path of Jesus Christ. Receive these gifts as we bring them forward today. Use them and use us to further the ministry of this church, and to spread love, kindness and prophetic challenge throughout our community and the world. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.
We are Sent Forth in the Name of God
HYMN: MV #150 Spirit God, Be Our Breath
COMMISSIONING (adapted from Galatians 5:16)
Live by the Spirit!
May the Spirit of peace, joy, kindness, generosity, patience and love direct our lives.
Show God’s Spirit in your living!
May we show God’s spirit through colours and shapes, fragrances and textures.
Feel God’s Spirit!
May the Spirit which moves us and gives us life, compel us to live a life of compassion and hope.
Be agents of the Spirit!
May we be co-creators, hope-bearers, justice seekers, so that we can share God’s vision of shalom for all.
Dance with the Spirit early in the morning, walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.
Work and hope for the new life aborning, listen to the Spirit to show you the way.