Welcome to Worship at Kamloops United Church. The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany – February 9, 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:
People of God, rejoice in God’s presence!
As we praise and pray, God is with us.
People of God, rejoice in this faith community!
As we support each other, as we reach out a helping hand, God is with us.
People of God, rejoice in your Christian faith!
As we follow the way of Jesus, God is with us.
Thanks be to God!
O Light of the World, be our light this day.
O Creator of Life, preserve our life this day.
O Holy Spirit, empower us this day.
Gather us into worship this day, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
Singing: Voices United # 96 ‘Will You Come and See the Light’
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
In silence, we contemplate the injustices and the needs that exist in our community… (silence) O Holy One forgive us.
In silence, we lament the ways our community has fallen short of shining a light on God’s glory… (silence) O Holy One forgive us.
In silence, we confess those times when we have let the busyness of life dominate those things that are more important…(silence)
O Holy One forgive us.
Guide us we pray as seek to live justly, to love kindness and to walk humbly with you we pray as we sing together…
Sung Response: More Voices # 77 ‘Be Still and Know’ (2x)
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.
TIME FOR ALL AGES
Singing: Voices United # 585 ‘Jesus Bids Us Shine’
We Listen for God’s Living Word
The First Letter of Corinthians 2:1-12 ‘Wisdom through God’s Spirit’ The Gospel of Matthew 5:13-20 ‘You are salt; you are light’
THE FOLK OF NOTE ANTHEM – ‘Psalm of Quietness’
RELECTION: ‘The Spirit Searches Everything’ – Rev. D. Bruce Comrie
We Respond in Faith
Singing: More Voices # 150 ‘Spirit God, Be Our Breath’ (prayer box)
THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
May the Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
DOXOLOGY: More Voices # 191 ‘What Can I Do?’
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION
OUR PASTORAL PRAYERS FOLLOWED BY THE LORD’S PRAYER (Voices United # 959)
O God of Light, you call us to allow your light to shine through us. Help us not to hide it but to shine forth while at the same time receiving the light of others….
O Compassionate Christ, we pray for places of violence and war. Be especially with people of Syria and other areas in the Middle East. Be with all refugees and help us to pay attention to their struggle. We think too of those closer to home that are going through difficult and stressful times. We pray for those on the street, those in jail, and those coping with poverty and unemployment….Help us to create policies based on your justice…
O Searching Spirit, you know the joys and the sorrows of our lives. Be with those who are celebrating and be with those who find it difficult to do so. We pray for those who are ill, those who are grieving, those who are going through tough times…Today, we pray for ….and those who have been named through our prayer box… We offer these prayers and prayers for ourselves as well in a time of silence…..as we sing together the Lord’s Prayer….
We Are Sent Forth To Serve
Hymn: Voices United # 424 ‘May the God of Hope Go With Us’ Announcements and Celebrations of the KUC Community
COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION
Go forth from here to let the light of Christ shine through you. Do not hide it.
Let your light shine as you receive the light of others.
Go in peace as we sing together….
Sung Closing: More Voices # 214 ‘May God’s Sheltering Wings’
(The Call to Worship was adapted from ‘SeasonsFusion’ ACE 2013-2014. Used with permission.)
Sharing in Leadership Today:
Minister: Rev. Bruce Comrie
Music: Sydney Griffith, Gail Ovington and the Folk of Note Reader: Jane Reed
Greeters: Edie Gregory, Peg Watts, June Routledge
Ushers: Kathy Johnson, Martha Ashbaugh, Ron Routledge
Set-Up: Arleen Simmonds