Welcome to Worship at Kamloops United Church
In recognition of World Food Day and the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
October 20, 2013
We Gather as People of God
Music for Centering with the Lighting of the Christ Candle and Procession of the Prayer Box
Call To Worship
God provides us with love to nurture our spirit and food to nourish our body.
God provides love unconditionally. God is ever present. God’s healing and help is constant.
Let us come together today, in thankfulness and prayer.
Opening Prayer (Based on Psalm 119:97-104)
Open our spirits to Wisdom calling; calling us not to stand still,
not to believe in static truth, but to seek understanding in relationship,
to find love in action, to achieve justice in engagement.
Open our ears that we may hear the cries for peace and equality and move towards them.
Open our mouths that we may speak. Speak out in wisdom, in love, in justice, in truth.
Let our speaking be our worship of you.
O just Spirit, O divine Love, O peaceful Wisdom, O God, our touchstone and our redeemer. Amen
Hymn: VU #371: Open My Eyes, That I May See
A Prayer For Healing and Renewal:
O Creator and Sustainer of justice, how we belittle, ignore, and deride you in our search for what is ours. How often do we stand still – satisfied with or afraid to lose what little we have – in search for equality for all? How often do we only see justice as it applies to us and not when it is lacking for others?
Help us, God of justice, to take action, so we may see you more clearly and understand you more fully, as you move this world into the fullness of God’s Love. Amen.
Hymn: MV # 144: Like A Healing Stream
An Assurance of God’s Love:
Listen to the assurance Jesus gives to the disciples: “Will not God grant justice to God’s chosen ones who cry to God day and night? Will God delay long in helping them? I tell you, God will quickly grant justice to them.” Have faith, all of you who cry for justice, and help others to find faith on Earth. Amen
A Time for All Ages
We Listen for God’s Living Word
Jeremiah 31:27-34 God’s new covenant will be written upon people’s heart
Luke: 18:1-8 The parable of the widow and the unjust judge.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thanks be to God!
Reflection – ‘To Speak and Be Heard” – Rose Soneff
We Respond in Faith
Hymn: MV # 171: Christ Has No Body Now
Minute for Mission: “Speaking Out to Protect the World”
The United Church’s mission and service includes working with partners around the world, such as The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. Listen to how our partner is working, like us, to live with respect in Creation.
Kang Jeong is a village on the south coast of Jeju Island, South Korea. People in this village are farmers and fishers, tracing their families back 400 years. Jeju is a volcanic island famous for its unique natural features. It is home to a UNESCO World Geological Park.
In 2007, the South Korean Navy decided it needed a military base on Jeju Island. Despite the disapproval of the villagers, the Navy went ahead. The people protested by standing in the way of equipment. The Navy responded by building a high fence around the area, working behind it. When the people took little boats, paddling to the site on their coast, the Navy put razor wire all over the rocks.
Many see the base as bad. It is harming the fish supply and the cleanliness of the water, and it is part of an arms race in Asia that may lead to disastrous conflict. The people reached out to the president, the governor of the island, the minister of defence, and the police chief. No one listened.
In desperation, a group decided to go through the fence. The Rev. Lee Jeong Hoon, a minister of our Korean church partner, helped lead the way, cutting openings for the others to begin cutting the razor wire. The police arrested and quickly released all but the minister and Fr. Kim Jeong—who were sentenced to longer prison terms.
Mission and service monies enable the prophetic ministry of our partners to stand against powers of destruction and danger. Every gift to the church’s mission and service is used wisely and helps transform lives. Please continue to give generously.
The Passing of The Peace:
See the seed that Jesus has planted within each of us in one another.
May the Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Our Offering (leader collects prayers from Prayer Box) with the Offertory
Doxology: VU #551 For Food in a World
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
May these offerings turn our hearts away from our own need, and turn the hearts of those who grant justice to those who demand it. May our offerings be our unrelenting plea, week to week, to remember those whom others refuse.
Our Pastoral Prayers followed with The Lord’s Prayer (Sung: VU # 959)
Creator of justice, hear the voices of those who cry, “Grant me justice,” in our homes and our churches, in our histories both personal and political, in our communities and countries and in our world.
We lift up these voices now… (prayers of the community, from the prayer box)
We pray for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In the Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery Cycle we pray for all Leadership Teams and Presbyteries.
In silence, hear our personal prayers…… (a moment of silence).
Hear us now as we sing the words that bring healing and hope to all: Our Father…
We Are Sent Forth to Serve
Hymn: VU #509: I, The Lord of Sea and Sky
Announcements and Celebrations of the KUC Community
Commissioning and Benediction
God calls us again and again
and showers us with love
that we might do the same for all.
Go into the world to love and serve the Lord in your neighbour.
Sung Closing: VU #649: Walk With Me
(Portions of today’s liturgy were adapted from ‘Season of the Spirit, SeasonsFusion Pentecost 2.)