The image, in this church season of “Light”, is a photograph by Kent Simmonds.
For the outline of the service, read the Sunday bulletin below:
Welcome to Worship at Kamloops United Church
The Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 20, 2019
Opening Music / A Beginning Bell / Time for Quiet Reflection
Words of Welcome
Centering Music with the Lighting of the Christ Candle
and bringing forward the Prayer Box
Call to Worship (based on Psalm 36:5-10)
God’s steadfast love extends to the heavens,
God’s faithfulness to the clouds.
God’s righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
God’s judgments are like the great deep.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings.
They feast on the abundance of God’s house,
and drink from the river of God’s delights.
God is the fountain of life; in God’s light we see the light.
Come, let us worship.
An Opening Prayer
O Gracious God, you come to us in new ways, unexpected ways, often full of surprises. Help us to trust you, to lean into our faith and follow your light and love.
Open us to movement of your Spirit – within us, around us, always calling us, leading us forth to follow you. Shine your light on our path we pray.
As we gather for worship, open us to your Epiphany presence within each of us and within our community of faith.
We ask for your light and love we pray. Amen.
Singing: Voices United # 409 ‘Morning Has Broken’
A Time for Learning
For the last two Sundays I have offered two different prayer methods for us to try.
The Folk of Note Anthem: ‘This Little Light of Mine’ arr. M. Hayes
The First Letter to the Corinthians: 12:1-11 ‘Spiritual Gifts’
The Gospel of John 2:1-11 ‘The Wedding at Cana’
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thanks be to God.
Singing: More Voices # 154 ‘Deep in Our Hearts’
A Reflection: ‘Surprise!’ – Rev. D. Bruce Comrie
Singing: More Voices # 138 ‘My Love Colours Outside the Lines’
Our Offering/Doxology: Voices United # 87 ‘I Am the Light of the World’ (chorus)
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Our Prayers followed by the Lord’s Prayer
(said from Voices United – top of page 921)
O Creator God, you come to us with many signs of your love and light. Open us to the Christ in our midst, that we might be transformed more fully into your followers. Help us to believe in you, to trust in our relationship with you and to allow the mystery of your Spirit to call us forth into new life. Surprise us O Holy One.
In the midst of your world we give thanks for the beauty of nature. Help us to alleviate the suffering your creation is enduring. Give us the will and wisdom to protect our planet, we pray….
O Compassionate Christ, you know the state of the nations. As a world community we are so small and bound so close together, yet so often we act with ignorance and reckless abandon. Bring us together we pray, that we might build bridges of love and justice and not walls of fear and hate. We ask for your courage and strength we pray…
O Sustaining Spirit, we come before from many different places and spaces…times of celebration, friendship and love…times of sorrow, loneliness and despair…times of apathy, indifference and boredom…times of joy…times of survival…times….well, all sorts of times. Open us O Holy One to your time, to your time of healing mercy, your time of steadfast love and your time of justice and reconciliation for all….
Today, we pray for those who are ill or injured, those coping with cancer and other diseases. We pray for those who are suffering on the street and those dealing with addiction and mental health issues. We pray for those going through grief and the many losses that we experience in life and death.
Today, we bring before you those we name aloud or in the silence of our hearts….
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ who taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer as we say together…..
Singing: Voices United # 588 ‘Many Are the Lightbeams’
Announcements of the KUC Community
Commissioning and Benediction