A brief explanation of Christian Clowning: A ministry revived in the 1960’s, Christian Clowns are committed to “living and loving the Mission of Christ”, by being literal “fools for Christ.” They can help people connect with their child-spirit-hearts, allowing us to set aside cultural and conventional wisdom for the joyful, compassionate, abundant, just, merciful and playful Spirit of God.
Christian Clowns do not talk. They speak in symbol and actions. Once the White Face is administered, the person beneath the mask ceases to exist, coming alive again in the colours applied to their faces – It is a real EASTER moment, metaphorically dying and rising again in new life, in Christ.
All Christian Clowns will have a red dot somewhere on their face – a symbol of love, of discipleship, of passion. … turn me upside down… View PHOTO ALBUM
Welcome to Worship at Kamloops United Church The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – February 2, 2014
We Gather as People of God
Hymn Sing and Welcome
Centering Music with the Lighting of the Christ Candle and the Procession of the Prayer Box
Call to Worship: (based on Micah 6:8)
God has told you, what is good, and what God requires.
What is good? What does God require of us?
To do justice with God
and to love kindness with God
and to walk humbly with our God.
Come, let us worship together.
Opening Prayer: O God of many names, we gather as your people in this place. We know you have many more people in many other places. But for now, we are here and we give thanks that we can be present with you and with one another. As we gather help us to see your Spirit moving within us, around us and beckoning us forward. Open us to be fully who we are – people of wisdom and strength and people of foolishness and weakness. May we see your Spirit in all the many aspects of who we are. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Singing: ‘Turn The World Upside Down’ by Linnea Good (Used with permission.)
Prayer of Confession: Gracious God, We are called to do justice, but mostly we take care of our own. We are called to love kindness, but sometimes we are unkind to those we love the most. We are called to walk humbly, but our ego and pride trips us up. Forgive us and help us return to the right path. Guide our footsteps in your ways that your Kingdom might shine a little brighter in our world. We ask for your power of forgiveness to bring us back home, closer to you and to others. Grant us this grace we pray. Amen.
Singing: Voices United # 701 ‘What Does the Lord Require of You
An Assurance of God’s Love: We are loved by God. No matter what. We are loved by God. No matter what. We are loved by God. No matter what.
We are loved by God. Thanks be to God. Amen.
A Time for All Ages
Singing: Voices United # 224 ‘Sing a Happy Hallelujah’
We Listen for God’s Living Word
The Letter of 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 ‘Holy foolishness’
The Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12 ‘The Beatitudes’
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. Thanks be to God.
Reflection: ‘God’s Great Reversal’ – Rev. D. Bruce Comrie
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We Respond in Faith
Pastoral Prayers followed by the Lord’s Prayer (Voices United # 959) The Passing of the Peace
Offering We come before God with all that we are and all that we have. All of it is a gift from God. This morning we return a portion of our God given gifts back to God for the work of Christ’s church here and around the world. Our offering will now be received…
Doxology: More Voices # 115 ‘Behold, Behold, I Make All Things New’ Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
We Celebrate the Sacrament of Communion
Let’s greet one another:
God be with you! And also with you!
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God!
Let us give thanks to God. It is right to offer thanks and praise.
Let us pray: Blessed are you, gracious God, Creator of light, Giver of all life, Source of love. Your song of wisdom rang out before the world began; your ancient love still touches us and stirs within us.
Even when we turn away from you, you keep faith with us. You send messengers, to prepare the way through the wilderness of our living, to guide us in the path of wholeness, to call us to repent.
In Mary, woman of your promise you showed us courage and faith. In the fullness of time, you sent us your greatest gift, Jesus, the Christ, our prince of peace and herald of hope. So it is that we praise you, singing,
(Voices United # 951 “Holy, Holy, Holy”)
Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you! My heart is glad to say the words: You are holy, God! Santo, santo, santo. Mi corazon te adora! Mi corazon te sabe decir: Santo eres Dios!
On the last night he spent with his friends, Jesus took an age-old tradition of his people and transformed it into something new. He took bread, staple food of his land, blessed and broke it, and gave it to those around him saying, “Take, eat, this is my body, broken for you. Whenever you do this, remember me.”
After supper he took a cup of wine, common drink of his people, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink this, all of you, this is the new covenant in my blood. Each time you do this, remember me.”
By remembering Jesus in this way now, we claim our common heritage as we proclaim the mystery of faith… Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
By these signs of bread and wine, we recognize the longing of our hearts for a time when all humanity will be one family – when justice and compassion will be the way we live according to the Holy One we seek.
O Holy Spirit, be poured out upon us and these gifts. Unite us and strengthen us to live the resurrected life of Christ in the world. Praise be to God, the Source of Love! Praise be to Christ, Love incarnate!
Praise be to the Spirit, Love’s power! Praise be to God! Amen My friends, these are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
During the receiving of the elements the Folk of Note will sing ‘Let Us Break Bread Together.’ Also, you are invited to come forward to receive a blessing with the oil of anointing if you wish.
Also, you can receive a red dot as a symbol of Christ’s passion.
At this time, I am going to ask the servers to please come forward. Come, for all is now prepared!
Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Jesus Christ, the Cup of Blessing.
Prayer after Communion Eternal God, we thank you that you have called your people from east and west, and north and south, to feast at the table of Jesus Christ. Keep us faithful to your will. Go with us to the streets, to our homes, and to our places of labour and leisure- that whether we are gathered or scattered, we may serve with peace in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
We Are Sent Forth to Serve
Hymn: Voices United # 624 ‘Give to Us Laughter’ Announcements and Celebrations of the KUC Community
Commissioning and Benediction: Go forth from here in the wisdom and strength of God. Go forth as fools for Christ. Go forth trusting in the power of the Spirit. Go in peace.
Sung Closing: More Voices # 214 ‘May God’s Sheltering Wings’
(Parts of today’s liturgy were adapted from SeasonsFusion ACE 2013-2014, Used with permission.)