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Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

November 27, 2022

Please note, weekly services are recorded from Eldad United Church only.

PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

Pre-Service Reflection and Prayer: Breathe Deeply, Read Silently, Reflect Personally, Pray Thankfully.

“Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3).

GATHERING AND WELCOME

Welcome! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and CELEBRATIONS
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

Members of the Body of Christ in Celebration of Advent, the Coming of the Light. Thanks be to God, Amen.

Acknowledgement of the Land
The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of the United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Come as an Advent people; praise the God of promise.
ALL:      We have come with glad and thankful hearts on this Advent Day of Hope.
One: Join in as we follow the light of the star of Hope from the East
ALL:      We will walk with the Wise Ones who follow the Light on the path to Bethlehem.
One:  Let us sing praises to God and live in hope in the Light that comes from Jesus, the Christ.

ALL:      Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH: Let us join in prayer

One: God of Light and Life and Ancient Promise, your vision of peace and wholeness comes to us in sweeping revelations and in enlightened signs of hope.
ALL: 
   Kindle our hearts with the light of Advent that we might share in the hope of God’s people.
One:  In your light, may we await the glory of your appearing.
ALL:      May we celebrate Your hope with the return of the light, with Christ, the Morning Star.  Amen.

HYMN OF APPROACH: Voices United #6A Candle is Burning

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION

One: Jesus said, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Do we feel the yoke of hardship and the burden of loneliness, reproach, and shame? As we come together in the name of Jesus, let us bring our fears, worries and regrets before God in prayer. Let us pray:
ALL:     Gentle God, you made us in your image, with a mind to know you, a heart to love you, and a will to serve you. But: our knowledge is imperfect, our love inconstant, and our obedience incomplete. Morning by morning, we fail to follow Christ. Day by day, we fail to grow into your likeness. In your tender love, O God, we ask that you forgive, heal, and restore, that we may grow more and more into the likeness of Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.
One:  Friends, this is the Good News: Anyone in Christ becomes a new person altogether, a new creation. The past is finished and gone. Everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND FORGIVENESS IN CHRIST

One: Friends, this is the Good News of the Advent season: the Hope that comes in Christ offers forgiveness of sin, and new life for all who seek God’s abundant love. Let us commit ourselves to Christ’s light of hope, peace, and eternal life with God.
ALL:     Thanks be to the God who comes to us in a manger bringing love, hope, and new life. Amen.

PASSING THE PEACE

One:  Jesus, who came as the Prince of Peace in a little child, promised: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you so do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. In the hope of Advent, may the peace of Christ be with you all.
ALL:        And also with you.
One:  Let us greet one another with the Peace of Christ this Advent Celeb ration of Hope.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNG–AND EVERYONE: Christ’s Light in a Darkened Time

HYMN OF DEVOTION: Voices United #4 “God of All Places” (lyrics unavailable)

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND LECTIONARY READINGS:
One: Spirit of Wisdom that soared over the primordial waters of Creation, Spirit of Christ that swept over the disciples at Pentecost, Breath of Christ that carries the words of life, may the breath of your words fill us with the Hope of Advent, as your spirit dwells within.
ALL:     Amen.

Isaiah 2: 1–4
Matthew 24: 36-44

One: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
ALL:     Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION AND SUNDAY MESSAGE: “Not the End of Hope, but Hope at the End”
 
PRAYER OF RESPONSE:
ALL:      God of wisdom and the Word, we hear your words of life today. May the word implanted reconcile, save and make new as Christ the Living Word works in us and others by the Spirit. Amen.
RESPONSIVE HYMN: Voices United #7 Hope is a Star
THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Messages from Ministries, and receiving gifts offered to the work of the ministry:

ALL: (Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” More Voices 191

What can I do? What can I bring?/   What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy, I’ll say a prayer/   I’ll bring my love, I’ll do my share!

OFFERING PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVING FOR GIFTS TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

One:  Lavish and exuberant God, we give you thanks for your abundant care for us. Today, we bring to you the ordinary things of life: food, drink, money, and in bringing them, we also bring ourselves. Take us and use our gifts to do your work in this place, and around the world. In the name of the all-giving Christ we pray, amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF JESUS

One:  The Scriptures remind that, ‘the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Therefore, let us pray, and let us do so asking that God will shape us in the image of our prayers. Let us pray:
One:  Loving Spirit, Light of Advent, Hope of the World, we unite in praise for our hope in Christ.
ALL:        We pray for all who need to be embraced by love; all who are cramped and narrowed in spirit; all who have lost the ability to trust; all who ache for a signal that they are noticed by others and cherished; all who struggle with a lifetime burden of being told that they’re not good enough, that they fall short of your expectations, or the expectations of others, or expectations that they place on themselves. Prepare among us, O God, the path of hope.
One:  Loving and caring God, we pray for those in need of hope, all who mourn the loss of a loved one, who grieve the end of a relationship; who worry for the wellbeing of their friends, and for those who are anxious about the health and well being of a family member.
ALL:         We pray for those who are overwhelmed by illness, disability, stress, and the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic and its effects. We pray for hope.
One:   Prepare among us, O God, the path of hope, so that we may extend a loving hand to those without hope at this time of year, and all year through.
ALL:        Give us your eyes to see the opportunities to minister and the wisdom to know the best way to support others.
One:  Hear our thanks, as we turn to you, and as we remember in a moment of silence, the blessings that we enjoy and the answered prayers that we have seen, knowing that hope comes from faith, of love extended, and of prayers answered. And we give thanks to you quietly or aloud in gratitude for the delight of simple moments, simple blessings and simple joys that we encounter from you.

[All:  A moment of silent reflection or voluntary praise and prayer . . .]

One:  Spirit of Hope, we pray that you release hope in our hearts as we witness the fulfillment of our prayers of faith, and as we continue to worship you in our thoughts, words, and actions through the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, saying: 
ALL:        Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE SCRIPTURES, TRUTH, AND CREEDS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
One: With Christians throughout time, we affirm our belief in the Old and New Testaments as primary standards of Christian faith and life, and in the poetic language of “A New Creed.” Let us declare our faith together:

We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating. Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, Who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, To love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

SENDING FORTH INTO THE MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: Voices United #424 May the God of Hope Go With Us”

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

Therefore, dear friends, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And, hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love had been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God’s countenance look upon you with kindness, and give you peace. Amen.

CHORALE BLESSING (“Go Now in Peace”)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

THE CONCLUSION OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY FOR ALL IN CHRIST



Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

November 20, 2022
PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

“I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work and muse on your might deeds. you way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who works wonders; Your way was through the sea, your path through the mighty waters, yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses. (Psalm 113:19-20).

GATHERING AND WELCOME

Welcome! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and CELEBRATIONS
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

Jesus said, “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship in spirit and in truth, for God seeks such as these to worship. God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth.” Today, we light this candle as the light of Christ, calling all to worship. Thanks be to God, Amen.

Acknowledgement of the Land
The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of the United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: People of God, Jesus called to his disciples, saying: “Love one another”!
ALL:      We have come to worship God, who is love, so that we may learn to love one another.
One: Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants. Now, I call you ‘my friends.'”
ALL:      We come to worship God, whose friend we are in Christ.
One:  Let us sing praises to God and live in love and friendship through Jesus Christ.

ALL:      Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH: Let us join in prayer

One: Wondrous God, you touch our lives with healing and with justice. New life is your gift.
ALL: 
   We praise you for the Good News, which is ours through Jesus Christ.
One:  May this time of worship nourish us with meaning and purpose.
ALL:      That we may carry the light of your goodness to share with others this week. We pray in the name of Jesus and in the love of God, our source and saviour, Amen.

HYMN OF APPROACH: Voices United #213Rejoice, the Lord is King

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION

One: Jesus said, “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Do we feel the yoke of hardship and the burden of loneliness, reproach, and shame? As we come together in the name of Jesus, let us bring our fears, worries and regrets before God in prayer. Let us pray:
ALL:     Gentle God, you made us in your image, with a mind to know you, a heart to love you, and a will to serve you. But: our knowledge is imperfect, our love inconstant, and our obedience incomplete. Morning by morning, we fail to follow Christ. Day by day, we fail to grow into your likeness. In your tender love, O God, we ask that you forgive, heal, and restore, that we may grow more and more into the likeness of Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.
One:  Friends, this is the Good News: Anyone in Christ becomes a new person altogether, a new creation. The past is finished and gone. Everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

PASSING THE PEACE

One:  Jesus promised: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you so do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. In the love of Christ, may the peace of Christ be with you all.
ALL:        And also with you.
One:  Let us greet one another with the Peace of Christ.

MUSIC MINISTRY-ANTHEM: Voices United 334 Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND LECTIONARY READINGS:
One: Sophia, Spirit of Wisdom, in the reading of scripture, may your wisdom be heard. Jesus, Light of Christ, in the meditations of our hearts, may your word become flesh. Emmanuel, God with Us, in the faithfulness of our lives, may your word dwell within.
ALL:     Amen.

Colossians 1: 11–20
Luke 23: 33-43

One: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
ALL:     Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION AND SUNDAY MESSAGE: “The Enduring Presence of Christ the King”
 
PRAYER OF RESPONSE:
ALL:      God of wisdom and the Word, we hear your words of life today. May the word implanted reconcile, save and make new as Christ the Living Word works in us and others by the Spirit. Amen.
RESPONSIVE HYMN: Voices United #356 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Messages from Ministries, and receiving gifts offered to the work of the ministry:
We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit

ALL: (Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” More Voices 191

What can I do? What can I bring?/   What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy, I’ll say a prayer/   I’ll bring my love, I’ll do my share!

OFFERING PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVING FOR GIFTS TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

One:  Lavish and exuberant God, we give you thanks for your abundant care for us. Today, we bring to you the ordinary things of life: food, drink, money, and in bringing them, we also bring ourselves. Take us and use our gifts to do your work in this place, and around the world. In the name of the all-giving Christ we pray, amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF JESUS

One:  The Scriptures remind that, ‘the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Therefore, let us pray, and let us do so asking that God will shape us in the image of our prayers. Let us pray:
One:  O God: Creator, Saviour, and Spirit of the World, listen to your people praying. You hold all that you have created within your compassionate embrace. As you hold our lives, torn by pain, sorrow, or hatred, we call out for wholeness.
ALL:        May your holy presence gently transform the places of our lives where we hold pain.
One:  May your loving presence be a comforting reality for all who suffer loss, loneliness, and despair.
ALL:         O God, lover of the world, may your holy presence comfort, console, and inspire.
One:   And, from the silence of our own hearts we remember before you the names of these people and places that need the liberating release of your spirit. We silently bring their names to mind or share our requests aloud in the assembly as the Spirit leads.

[All:  A moment of quiet reflection or spoken intercession can be shared by the congregation.]

One:  Gracious, Loving, and Living God, we pray for the faithful all over the world, that all who love you may be united in your service.
ALL:        Loving God, hear our prayer.
One:   We pray for the church both here at home and throughout the world that your people will share your good news with the poor, and liberation for the captives, and witness that the day of the Lord has come near.
ALL:        Loving God, hear our prayer.
One:   Loving God, receive, we pray—in communion with an unnamed scribe of the eight century known only to you, whose faith and wisdom inspires our own—receive, we pray, the prayers of your people. Grant that we may not only understand the things we ought to do but have the grace and power faithfully to do them. This we pray, in keeping with the Evangelist Luke, who recorded the prayer of Jesus in this way saying:
ALL:        Our
Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE SCRIPTURES, TRUTH, AND CREEDS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
One: With Christians throughout time, we affirm our belief in the Old and New Testaments as primary standards of Christian faith and life. The United Church of Canada also affirms that these timeless truths are expressed for our day in the poetic expression “A Song of Faith.” Let us declare our shared faith together:

Jesus announced the coming of God’s reign—a commonwealth not of domination but of peace, justice, and reconciliation. He healed the sick and fed the hungry. He forgave sins and freed those held captive by all manner of demonic powers. He crossed barriers of race, class, culture, and gender. He preached and practised unconditional love—love of God, love of neighbour, love of friend, love of enemy—and he commanded his followers to love one another as he had loved them.
Grateful of God’s loving action, we cannot keep from singing.

SENDING FORTH INTO THE MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: Voices United #586 We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony, and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God’s countenance look upon you with kindness, and give you peace. Amen.

CHORALE BLESSING (“Go Now in Peace”)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

THE CONCLUSION OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY FOR ALL IN CHRIST



Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

November 13, 2022
PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

“O sing to the LORD a new song, for YHWH has done marvelous things. YHWH has remembered their steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. (Psalm 98:1-4).

ANNOUNCEMENTS and CELEBRATIONS
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Today, we light this candle to symbolize the light of Christ that shines with us and within us. Thanks be to God, Amen..

Acknowledgement of the Land
The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of the United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

GATHERING, WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Good Morning and welcome! This is the Day that the Lord has made!
ALL:      Let us rejoice, and be glad in it.
One:  God has created this beautiful Earth, for you and me, for all that live here, and for all that grows.
ALL:      Thanks be to God for the riches of nature and the blessings of creation.
One:  God has given us seasons in the cycle of nature, and in our own lives: regeneration in Spring, growth in summer, harvest in autumn, and rest in winter.
ALL:      Thanks be to God for the natural seasons on Earth, and for the seasons of faith in our lives. Let us worship the Creator and Sustainer of all that lives, in love, in thanksgiving and in praise.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH: Let us pray:

One: Sculpting God, it is you that gives galaxies their form, you that shapes the granite mountains, and you who designs butterfly wings and the iridescent colours of the chameleon.
ALL: 
   We are grateful for the beauty of your creation, Of God.
One: Dancing God, you choreograph the paths of stars, the branches that fan in the breeze, and the flight paths of Snow Geese.
ALL:    We look in wonder at the beauty of the world you have created, Oh God.
One: Singing God, your divine song reverberates in the song of the sparrow, the swoosh of mountain streams, and the breath of the gentle breeze.
ALL:    We rejoice to be a part of the divine natural world that you have created in the atom, the planet, and the swirl of galaxies. Amen.

HYMN OF APPROACH: Voices United #223Eternal ,Unchanging, We Sing” (Note: lyrics link, in the VU version we only sing the first 3 verses shown.)

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION

One: God, the Creator of all there ever was and of all that ever will be, had created as a loving partner in the fullness of creation on earth. Yet, we have fallen short of the caretaker’s call, and we have treated the Earth as our own. Let us turn to God as we seek a right relationship with all of God’s creation. Let us pray:
ALL:     Creator God, we confess that you have created us in love and as one with the Earth, our home. We acknowledge that, in collaboration with others, we have not honoured your gifts within nature. We have permitted ourselves to collaborate with our consumer culture to over-use and over-extend the delicate systems of the earth for our own comfort, convenience, and prosperity. Forgive us, O God, for our selfish over use of the minerals, vegetation, and animal life on Earth. We regret the affect that human interference has had on climate patterns, growing seasons, floods, storms, and global warming. We pray for forgiveness, and for an opportunity to work for good to improve the health of the Earth, our home. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
One:  Friends, this is the Good News of the Gospel: God loves each one of us with a love deep and profound beyond our human understanding, and God delights in an honest and contrite heart. Paradoxically, it is through humility that we rise, through honesty that we are esteemed, and through contrition that we are loved. Thanks be to God for the paradox of love.

PASSING THE PEACE

One:  The peace of Christ be with you all.
ALL:        And also with you.
One:  Let us greet one another with the Peace of Christ.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNG–AND EVERYONE: “Endurance”

HYMN OF DEVOTION: Voices United #218 We Praise You O God

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND LECTIONARY READINGS:

Isaiah 12: 1–6 
Luke 21:5-19

One: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
ALL:     Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION and SUNDAY MESSAGE: “Endurance”
RESPONSIVE PRAYER
RESPONSIVE HYMN: Voices United #589 Lord Speak to Me
THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Messages from Ministries, and receiving gifts offered to the work of the ministry:
We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit

ALL: (Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” More Voices 191

What can I do? What can I bring?/   What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy, I’ll say a prayer/   I’ll bring my love, I’ll do my share!

OFFERING PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVING FOR GIFTS TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF JESUS

One:  The Scriptures remind that, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”. Therefore, let us pray, and let us do so asking that God will shape us in the image of our prayers. Let us pray:
One:  Gracious, Loving, and Living God, we pray for the faithful all over the world, that all who love you may be united in your service. We pray for the church both here at home and throughout the world that your people will share your good news with the poor, and liberation for the captives, and witness that the day of the Lord has come near. Loving God, hear our prayer
ALL:        and in your love, answer.
One:  God of Peace, we pray for peace. We pray for the people and leaders of the nations, that they may be reconciled one to another, in pursuit of Your jusitce and Your peace. We pray for our fragile world…God of Peace, hear our prayer.
ALL:        and in your love, answer.
One:  God of the victim, we pray for all who suffer from prejudice, greed or violence, we pray for all who suffer from war, and insecurity, we pray for all who suffer injustice because of the misuse of politics, religion, and power, We pray for relief from oppression and for the return of justice for all. God of Equality, hear our prayer
ALL:        and in your love, answer.
One:  And here at home, Our Loving Parent, here in our own community, we pray for all who suffer the pain of sickness, loneliness, fear, or loss. We pray for those whose names are on our hearts, in our thoughts, and on our lips. We pray for weaknesses known to all, and for challenges known by You alone. Loving God we pray that they may receive strength, courage, healing, grace, and a renewed love and understanding of your presence in their lives, as we recall their needs in silence or repeat their names aloud in supplication before you
[PAUSE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENT OR EXTEMPORANEOUS PRAYER]
One:  God, you have promised that where two or three are gathered in your name, you are here, in our midst. Fulfill now the desires and petitions of your people as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come, life everlasting through the Spirit of Christ, that taught us to pray saying:
ALL:       
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE SCRIPTURES, TRUTH, AND CREEDS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
One: With Christians throughout time we affirm our belief in the Old and New Testaments as primary standards of Christian faith and life. The United Church of Canada also affirms that these timeless truths are expressed for our day in the poetic expression “A Song of Faith.” Let us declare our shared faith as one:

“We are not alone. We live in God’s world. We believe in God,
who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

SENT FORTH INTO THE MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: Voices United #676 God Make Us Servant of Your Peace

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to times like these. He said “the ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. It is not enough to say, ‘we must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace. True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. We must come to see that we seek a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its own conscience.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God’s countenance look upon you with kindness, and give you peace. Amen.

CHORALE BLESSING (“Go Now in Peace”)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

THE CONCLUSION OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY FOR ALL IN CHRIST



Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

November 6, 2022
PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

“Let me hear what YWHW will speak–because God will speak peace to the people, to the faithful to those who turn to God in their hearts. Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who trust that God’s glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The LORD will give what is good. (Psalm 85:8-12).

ANNOUNCEMENTS and CELEBRATIONS
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

We light this Christ candle today to remember that “where there is wisdom, strength and understanding, there is also length of days and life. There is also light for the eyes, and peace. (Baruch 3, selected).

GATHERING, WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Welcome, Friends! Today, we join together to worship God in a spirit of peace and unity.
ALL:      We come to celebrate God’s presence, to seek the peace of Christ and the joy of the Spirit.
One:  Like God’s people called by the prophet Isaiah, let us go to the mountain of the Lord.
ALL:      So that we can hear the word of God, the peace of Christ and the joy of the Spirit.
One:  In God’s loving community, all the people of the Earth will know the peace of God.
ALL:      Nations will turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.
One:  Nation shall not life sword against nation.
ALL:     Neither shall they learn war anymore. Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH: Let us pray:

One: God of peace, it is your will that there be peace on earth as there is in heaven. As Remembrance Day approaches, we admit that our thoughts turn to the tragedy of warfare both now and in the past.
ALL: 
   Come gently into our worship this morning that we may experience your peace. Call us to live lives of love, caring, generosity, and concern. As we worship together, we pray that the seeds of peace will take root in us so that we can be a community of peace that shares your love and your peace with the world. Amen.

HYMN OF APPROACH: Voices United #211Crown Him with Many Crowns

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: CELEBRATION, CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION:

One: Jesus taught us not to be anxious about our lives or about what tomorrow might bring. Are there anxieties that cause us to feel ashamed, anxieties that cause us to feel separated from others, and anxieties that cause us to feel separated from the love of God? Let us bring our anxieties and our shortcomings to God in prayer:
God of mercy and grace, we lower our heads before you and admit that, too often, we forget that we are Yours. Sometimes, we speak and behave as if there was no God at all.

ALL:     We acknowledge that, sometimes, prejudice obscures love, and thoughts of violence obscures peace. Heal us, O God. Give us clear minds to remember your voice, courage to follow your calling, and open hearts to serve You with compassion and understanding. Remind us of the honour that arises as we respond in faith to your high calling, and strengthen us to serve as Your ambassadors, regardless of where we are and who we are with.
One:  Embrace us with your loving kindness O God, and soften our hearts so that we can reach out in The Spirit with compassion, understanding, and holy love.
ALL:       In Christ we pray, AMEN.

One:  Friends, this is the Good News of the Gospel: God loves each one of us with a love deep and profound beyond our human understanding, and God delights in an honest and contrite heart. Paradoxically, it is through humility that we rise, through honesty that we are esteemed, and through contrition that we are loved. Thanks be to God for the paradox of love.

HONOURING ALL WHO SERVE IN PEACETIME AND IN CONFLICT
CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE: 
PLACING THE WREATH / READING THE HONOUR ROL
THE LAST POST / SILENT REFLECTION / REVEILLE
SINGING OF ‘O CANADA’

O Canada! Our home and native land! / True patriot love in all of us command
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée / Il sait porter la croix!
Ton historie est une épopée / Des plus brillants exploits,
God keep our land glorious and free! / O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

A Prayer for Peace (All)

God of peace, today, we remember, and give thanks
For all who have experienced the horrors of war,
For those who have returned, and for the lives of those who have not.
We give thanks for the lives of veterans, for those in active service
and for their families. We pray for their well being, and their protection.
Help us to remember, O God, and lead us in new pathways of justice and love.
May the seeds of peace take root in each of us we pray,
In the Name of Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.

HYMN OF DEVOTION: Voices United #527 God, as With Silent Hearts

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND LECTIONARY READINGS:

Isaiah 2: 4   
Joel 3: 9-11
Micah 4: 3
Matthew 10: 34-39
Matthew 26: 47-56 (Selections)

One: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
ALL:     Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION and SUNDAY MESSAGE: “The Most Difficult Choice of All”
RESPONSIVE PRAYER
RESPONSIVE HYMN: Voices United #266 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Messages from Ministries, and receiving gifts offered to the work of the ministry:
We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit

ALL: (Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” More Voices 191

What can I do? What can I bring?/   What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy, I’ll say a prayer/   I’ll bring my love, I’ll do my share!

OFFERING PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVING FOR GIFTS TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF JESUS

ALL:        Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE SCRIPTURES, TRUTH, AND CREEDS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
One: With Christians throughout the ages, we affirm our belief in the Old and New Testaments as the source and standard of Christian faith and life. We also affirm that these timeless truths are expressed for our society in the contemporary language of “A Song of Faith.” Let us declare our shared faith as one:

“Made in the Image of God, we yearn for the fulfillment that is life in God. Yet, we choose to turn away from God. We surrender ourselves from sin, a disposition revealed in selfishness, cowardice or apathy. Sin is not only personal but accumulates to become habitual and systemic forms of injustice, violence and hatred. We are all touched by this brokenness, the rise of selfish individualism that erodes human solidarity; the concentration of wealth and power without regard for the needs of all; the toxins of religious and ethnic bigotry; the degradation of human bodies and human passions through sexual exploitation; the delusion of unchecked progress and limitless growth that threatens our home, the earth; the covert despair that lulls many into numb complicity with empires and systems of domination. We sing lament, and repentance. Grateful for God’s loving action, we cannot keep from singing. Amen.

SENT FORTH INTO THE MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: Voices United #509 I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to times like these. He said “the ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. It is not enough to say, ‘we must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace. True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. We must come to see that we seek a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its own conscience.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God’s countenance look upon you with kindness, and give you peace. Amen.

CHORALE BLESSING (“Go Now in Peace”)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

THE CONCLUSION OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY FOR ALL IN CHRIST