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

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

June 19th, 2022                                 Trinity Sunday
PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP
“As the deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” (Ps. 42:1-2)
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CELEBRATIONS, and LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE:
 

We Acknowledge this land as the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat First Nations, governed by the Williams Treaties and Treaty No. 20. We give thanks for the stewardship of this land.

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP
GATHERING, WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  Today, we have gathered to worship God.
ALL:    We have come seeking comfort, inspiration, community, and insight.
One: We have come to open ourselves to the power of God’s presence in our midst.
ALL:    We have come to offer up the seasons and the turnings in our lives and to ask God’s help in our learning and in our growing.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH

One: The Holy One who created heaven and earth forms us afresh today. Let us Pray: Breathe life on us today, Holy God, as we gather before you
ALL:      Encircle us with your love
One: Bless us with your sustaining Breath of Life in the Spriit
ALL:       Surround us with your grace
One: Draw us to your Word through the silent stillness that is the calling of the Spirit
ALL:       Bind us together as one in Christ whose spirit is in our midst like a fresh breeze.

 
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: CELEBRATION, CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION:

One: Almighty God, God of the Desert, God of the Wilderness, God of Consolation and God of Refuge, hear our prayers we pray:.

ALL:        Holy God, in earth, sea and sky
You are here, in everything we hear, see, and touch
You are here, in everyone we meet
You are here, in earth, water, air, and sunshine
Your presence surrounds us.
If is You that we have not touched but trampled in creation
It is You we have not received but rejected in the poor, and the unprivileged
forgive us, we pray.

[moment of silence for personal reflection and silent prayer]

One: Loving Parent, our God who is mother and father for us all, we thank you that you have heard our prayer.  God of formation and transformation, help us to discern your still small voice, and to follow where you lead us. Soften our hearts to openness, growth, and change that we might labour together to establish your Kingdom living in our families, our communities, and in our world. In Christ we pray, Amen.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNGAND EVERYONE: “The Gentle Guidance of a Sacred Spirit

HYMN OF DEVOTION: VU #766 “As the Deer Pants for Water”
(Re: Linked song lyrics we sing the verses in this order: Verse 1, 3, then 2.)

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT, AND LECTIONARY READINGS:

1 Kings 19: 1–15a                    (Click here to read today’s scriptures)
Psalm 42
Galatians 3: 23–29

One: The Word of God for the People of God
ALL: Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION AND SUNDAY MESSAGE: “The Audible Silence of God“
 
RESPONSE PRAYER AND HYMN: VU #652 “Be Still, My Soul”
 
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?” MV 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!

Prayers of thanksgiving for gifts to the ministry

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, THE PRAYER OF JESUS:
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving & Supplication for: our Planet, World, Nation, and Region; for: our Civic, Church, Familial, Social, and Marginalized Communities; and that the Kingdom of Peace, Health, Dignity, Safety, Acceptance Unity will Reign.

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 FROM SCRIPTURE AND THE CREEDS OF THE 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,” the doctrinal statement of the United Church of Canada. Let us join in a shared pronouncement of our faith. Together, we declare that:

We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untameable,
Who is creatively and redemptively active in the world.
The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy
Not only in what is familiar, but also in that which seems foreign.
We sing of the Spirit, who speaks our prayers of deepest longing
And enfolds our concerns and confessions, transforming us and the world.
We offer worship as an outpouring of gratitude and awe
And a practice of opening ourselves to God’s still, small voice of comfort,
To God’s rushing whirlwind of challenge. Through word, music, art, and sacrament,
In community and solitude, God changes our lives, our relationships, and our world.
We sing with ?Trust. Grateful for God’s loving action, we cannot keep from singing. Amen.

SENT FORTH  INTO MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: VU #586 ‘We Shall Go Out With Hope of Resurrection’

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

CHORALE

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.

Sending Forth: MV  8 “And On this Path”

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


Sources:

*What Can I Do? Words and music: Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy; arr. Alan C. Whitmore, 2005. Words and music copyright © by Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy. Arrangement copyright © 2005 Alan C. Whitmore. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

*Go Now in Peace. Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Music by Don Besig. © Copyright MCMLXXXVIII, Harold Flammer, Inc. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

 



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

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

June 12th, 2022                         Trinity Sunday
POST SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP
PERSONAL REFLECTION: BREATHE, READ, REFLECT, PRAY:
Breathe: Eyes closed, take a few deep breaths and invite the revelation of God’s Spirit.
Read: Weekly Lectionary selected verses from Psalms, slowly focusing on each word.
 
O LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established—
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour.

(Psalms 8, selections
)

Reflect: What does this truth me to me? How do I show it in thought, word, and action?
Pray: Loving God, thank you for enlightening my thoughts. Help me live for you every day.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS
 
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE:

R1: “Scripture reminds us that, ‘When God began to create the heavens and the earth, the earth was complete chaos, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.”

R2: “Scripture also reminds us that: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it”.

R1 & R2: In celebration of the Light of the Trinity, we light this candle today to remember the Light of God in the Creator, in the Christ, and in the Comforter. Amen.

 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LAND:

Since time immemorial, First Peoples’ lives and spirituality have been deeply connected to this land. We acknowledge that the land we are worshiping on as the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat First Nations.  This territory is governed by the Williams Treaties and Treaty Number Twenty. We give thanks for the stewardship of the first people of this land. May we challenge ourselves to live into the agreements of Truth and Reconciliation in our community of faith and in our daily lives.

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP
WORDS OF WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  On this brilliant summer day in June, God’s Spirit calls to our spirits
ALL:    inviting us to worship.
One: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits
ALL:    inviting us to love.
One: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits.
ALL:    calling us to new life in the warmth of the season.
One:  Let us worship together in unity, in humility and in reverence.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH

One: As we gather together to celebrate the Trinity of God, the One God who chooses to present to our understanding in three different relationships. we understand that, Just as God is three but one, the church also is many, but one in community one in faith, and one in spirit.
ALL:      As we travel this Way of the Spirit, we journey together, but also alone
One: Deepening our faith through intentional dedication, thought and action
ALL:       living Christ’s call to love God with all that we are, and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
One: Practicing our unity in faith in thought, in word and in action.
ALL:       As we meet God who presents as the Creator, as the Christ, and as the Comforter we walk alone in discipleship knowing that we also walk together in community.

 
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH: CELEBRATION, CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION:

One: Jesus taught us not to be anxious about our lives or about tomorrow.  And yet, we hold on to anxieties that cause us to feel separated from the peace that Jesus promises. Let us turn to God, who alone is the source of all loving kindness, for consolation in prayer: Almighty God, God of the Exodus, God of the Desert Places, God of the Wilderness and God of Refuge, Hear our Lenten prayers we pray.

ALL:        In times of temptation, we forget what you have done for us. You give us everything we need, yet we often remain dissatisfied. You entrust us with the care of the Earth, its elements and life forms, yet we have abused that trust, and we have spoiled nature’s balance and beauty. You have shown us the way of peace and prosperity, yet we have chosen conflict and self-indulgence. Forgive us, we pray

[moment of silence for personal reflection and silent prayer]

One: Loving Parent, our God who is mother and father for us all, we thank you that you have heard our prayer.  God of formation and transformation, help us to discern your still small voice, and to follow where you lead us. Soften our hearts to openness, growth, and change that we might labour together to establish your Kingdom living in our families, our communities, and in our world. In Christ we pray, Amen.

 
PASTORAL AFFIRMATION

One: And this is the proclamation of the Gospel: God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. God has compassion for our fears, our failures and our regrets.  God has promised that God is with us.  God accompanies us on our Lenten journey.  Be assured that whenever we admit our shortcomings, God forgives, restores, and heals Through the grace and peace of Christ.  Amen.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNGAND EVERYONE:
   Hampton: ‘The Bells of Blessing: ‘Shine Jesus Shine’

   Eldad: The Mystery of the Trinity

HYMN OF DEVOTION: VU #377 “Holy Spirit Hear Us”

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT
One: Spirit of Wisdom, who enlightens our minds to hear your word, our hearts to love your word, and our lives to be obedient to your word, we ask that you renew our vision. Give us your eyes to see with, your heart to feel with, and your Spirit of understanding.
ALL:    Thanks be to God for the Spirit and the Living Word. AMEN.
 
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS (New Revised Standard Version Anglicised, NRSVA)


Proverbs 8: 1–4, 22–31                   
(Click here to read today’s scriptures)
John 16: 13–15
Romans 5: 1–5

One: The Word of God for the People of God
ALL: Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

One:   May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight oh God, our Rock and our Redeemer.
ALL:    Amen.

SUNDAY MESSAGE: “Acceptance without Comprehension: The Truth of the Faith of a Little Child“

PRAYER OF RESPONSE

One:   Loving God, we trust in you. We have heard your invitation to be the church in our age.
ALL:    We welcome the revelation of the Spirit, and proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge, and our hope. Thanks be to God, Amen
.

HYMN OF RESPONSE: VU #367 “Come Down, O Love Divine”

THE CHURCH SHARED RESPONSE TO
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

SPECIAL MUSIC (Hampton): The Bells of Blessing: ‘God Be With You’

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions and Messages from Ministries:

We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit
ALL:
(Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” MV 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!

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

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH II: Supplication, and Intercession

Hampton (Neil Killens)
Eldad (Pastor Doug)
Prayers of the church concluding
with The Lord’s Prayer:

One: Almighty God, we lament and call on you…
ALL: Loving God, hear our prayer and answer
One: Almighty God, we intercede…
ALL: Loving God, hear our prayer and answer

[Brief pause for silent or discreetly worded extemporaneous prayer, recognizing online presence]

One: Faithful God, we give thanks that you have heard both our silent prayers and our spoken petitions, that you know our hearts, and that you respond through the liberating work of the Holy Spirit in Christ who 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 FROM SCRIPTURE AND THE CREEDS OF THE CHURCH:
The Church’s faith is founded on timeless truths. With Christians throughout the ages, we affirm our belief in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the standard of Christian faith. These truths, however, must be embraced anew by each generation in the language of their own age. Our current statement of faith, “A Song of Faith,” from 2006, is not a statement for all time, but for our time and in our contemporary language.  Therefore, we stand together and declare that:

With the Church through the ages,
we speak of God as one and triune:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We also speak of God as
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer
God, Christ, and Spirit
Mother, Friend, and Comforter
Source of Life, Living Word, and Bond of Love,
and in other ways that speak faithfully of
the One on whom our hearts rely,
the fully shared life at the heart of the universe.
Grateful for God’s Loving action,
We cannot keep from singing.

RENEWED, COMMISSIONED AND SENT FORTH  INTO MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: VU #514 ‘God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian”

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

CHORALE

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.

Sending Forth: MV  8 “And On this Path (The Gates of Holiness are Open Wide”

POSTLUDE AND SENDING FORTH
THE CONCLUSION OF
WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST


Sources:

*What Can I Do? Words and music: Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy; arr. Alan C. Whitmore, 2005. Words and music copyright © by Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy. Arrangement copyright © 2005 Alan C. Whitmore. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

*Go Now in Peace. Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Music by Don Besig. © Copyright MCMLXXXVIII, Harold Flammer, Inc. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

 



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

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

June 5th, 2022                                  Pentecost Sunday
POST SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP
PERSONAL REFLECTION: BREATHE, READ, REFLECT, PRAY:
Breathe: and invite the revelation of God’s Spirit.
Read: slowly focusing on each word.
 
O LORD, How manifold are your works!
In Wisdom you have made them all.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord.
(Psalms 104, selections
)

Reflect: What does this truth me to me?
Pray: Loving God, help me live into this truth today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS
 
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE:

One: On this celebration of the Day of Pentecost, we light this Christ Candle to remind ourselves that the Light of Christ comes to us, just as it did on that Day of Pentecost so long ago, that we may be one with all in the light of Christ, just as the prophet Joel proclaimed: “God will pour out the Spirit on all.”. Amen.

 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LAND:

We acknowledge that the land we are worshiping on as the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat First Nations.  This territory is governed by the Williams Treaties and Treaty Number Twenty. We give thanks for the stewardship of the first people of this land. May we challenge ourselves to live into the agreements of Truth and Reconciliation everyday.

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP
WORDS OF WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

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

HYMN OF APPROACH:  VU #375 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION

One: All embracing God: god of the stranger, the refugee, the alien, and the beggar, hear us we pray: We confess that we have fallen short in many ways.
ALL:      Sometimes, we prefer pride over compassion, resentment over understanding, and selfishness over generosity.
One: God of infinite diversity and creativity, we confess that sometimes we all short of recognizing Your image in your created works.
ALL:       Sometimes, we judge, prioritize, or exclude others that you have accepted.
One:  We confess that we have not always lived up to our calling in Christ. We have not always loved you with our whole heart. We have not always loved others as ourselves.
ALL:       Forgive us, we pray. Create in us a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within us.
One: In this quiet space, let each of us, listen for the inner voice of the living Spirit and respond in reflection, confession, and thanksgiving as the Spirit enlightens us.

 [moment of silence for personal reflection and silent prayer]

One: Forgiving God, we have heard the voice of your spirit, calling us back to communion with you.
ALL:       Loving Parent, we give thanks for forgiveness in Christ and regeneration by the Spirit. Amen
.

PASTORAL AFFIRMATION
 

WORDS FOR THE YOUNGAND EVERYONE:  “Child’s Play: Three Truths and a Fib”

HYMN OF DEVOTION: VU #380 “She Comes Sailing on the Wind”

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT
One: Spirit of Wisdom, who enlightens our minds to hear your word, our hearts to love your word, and our lives to be obedient to your word, we ask that you renew our vision. Give us your eyes to see with, your heart to feel with, and your Spirit of understanding.
ALL:    Thanks be to God for the Spirit and the Living Word. AMEN.
 
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS (New Revised Standard Version Anglicised, NRSVA)


Acts 2: 1–21
  (Click here to read today’s scriptures)
Revelation 3: 7–8; 14–20

One: The Word of God for the People of God
ALL: Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

One:   May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight oh God, our Rock and our Redeemer.
ALL:    Amen.

SUNDAY MESSAGE: “Contextual Ethics“

PRAYER OF RESPONSE

One:   Loving God, we trust in you. We have heard your invitation to be the church in our age.
ALL:    We welcome the revelation of the Spirit, and proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge, and our hope. Thanks be to God, Amen
.

HYMN OF RESPONSE: VU #376 “Spirit of the Living God”

THE CHURCH SHARED RESPONSE TO
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions and Messages from Ministries:

We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit
ALL:
(Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” MV 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!

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

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH II: Supplication, and Intercession

Hampton (Lois Boynton) / Eldad (Pastor Doug) Prayers of the church concluding with The Lord’s Prayer:
One: And in the words of Jesus, who 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 FROM SCRIPTURE AND THE CREEDS OF THE CHURCH:
The Church’s faith is founded on timeless truths. Christians affirm the scriptures of the Tanakh, Gospels and Letters as the source and standard of christian fiath and life and must be embraced by each generation in the thoughts of their own age. “A Song of Faith” is not a statement for all time, but for our time. Let us stand and declare a portion of our shared faith:

The fullness of life includes
moments of unexpected inspiration and courage lived out,
experiences of beauty, truth, and goodness,
blessings of seeds and harvest,
friendship and family, intellect and sexuality,
the reconciliation of persons through justice
and communities living in righteousness,
and the articulation of meaning.
And so we sing of God the Spirit,
who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation,
animating all energy and matter
and moving in the human heart.

We place our hope in God.
We sing of a life beyond life
and a future good beyond imagining:
a new heaven and a new earth,
the end of sorrow, pain, and tears,
Christ’s return and life with god,
the making new of all things.
We yearn for the coming of that future,
even while participating in eternal life now.

Divine creation does not cease
until all things have found wholeness, union, and integration
with the common ground of all being.
AS children of the Timeless One,
our time-bound lives will find completion
in the all-embracing Creator.
In the meantime, we embrace the present,
embodying hope, loving our enemies,
caring for the earth,
choosing life.
Grateful for God’s loving action,
we cannot keep from singing.
Creating and seeking relationship,
in awe and trust,
we witness to holy Mystery who is Wholly Love.
Amen.

RENEWED, COMMISSIONED AND SENT FORTH  INTO MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: VU #716 “My Life Flows On”

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

CHORALE

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.

Sending Forth:            MV 76: “Your Love is Amazing”

POSTLUDE AND SENDING FORTH
THE CONCLUSION OF
WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST


Sources:

*What Can I Do? Words and music: Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy; arr. Alan C. Whitmore, 2005. Words and music copyright © by Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy. Arrangement copyright © 2005 Alan C. Whitmore. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

*Go Now in Peace. Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Music by Don Besig. © Copyright MCMLXXXVIII, Harold Flammer, Inc. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

 



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

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

May 15th, 2022                                    5th Sunday of Easter
POST SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP
PERSONAL REFLECTION: BREATHE, READ, REFLECT, PRAY:
Breathe: Eyes closed, take a few deep breaths, and invite the revelation of God’s Spirit.
Read: Weekly Lectionary Selected verses from the Psalms, slowly focusing on each word:
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, Oh God. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God.By Day YHWH commands steadfast love and at night God’s song is with me. A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 43, selections)
Reflect: What does this truth me to me? How do I show it in thought, word, and action?
Pray: Loving God, thank you for enlightening my thoughts. Help me live for you every day.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS
 
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE:

One: Just as Light shone in the darkness to proclaim God’s Love we light this candle today to remember that, like Jesus, the light of the Holy Spirit still shines before others to glorify god and proclaim that the Kingdom of God has come near. Amen.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LAND:

Since time immemorial, first Peoples’ lives and spirituality have been deeply connected to this land. We acknowledge that the land we are worshiping on as the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat First Nations.  This territory is governed by the Williams Treaties and Treaty Number Twenty. We give thanks for the stewardship of the first people of this land. May we challenge ourselves to live into the agreements of Truth and Reconciliation every day in our community of faith and in our daily lives.

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP
WORDS OF WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  On this verdant Sunday in May, God’s Spirit calls to our spirits
ALL:    Inviting of to worship
One: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits
ALL:    Inviting us to love
One: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits
ALL:    Inviting us to new life in the warmth of spring
One: Let us worship together in unity, in humility and in reverence
.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH

Let us pray:
One:       As we travel this Easter pathway with Christ, this Emmaus Road, where we do not fully know our companions, we journey together as a community in unity, and as a community in diversity.
ALL:  As we travel this Way of Jesus, this Way with Jesus. We journey together as one in Christ. Amen
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HYMN OF APPROACH:  VU #296 This Is God’s Wondrous World

PRAYERS OF CELEBRATION, CONFIRMATION, AND AFFIRMATION

One:  Jesus taught us not to be anxious about our lives or about tomorrow. And yet, we hold on to anxieties that cause us to feel separated from the peace that Jesus promises. Let us turn to God, who alone is the source of all loving kindness, for consolation in prayer:
Almighty God, God of the Exodus, God of the Desert Places, God of the Wilderness and god of Refuge, Hear our Lenten prayers we pray.


ALL:     In times of temptation, we forget what you have done for us. You give us everything we need, ye we often remain dissatisfied. you entrust us with the care of the Earth, its elements and life forms, yet we have used that trust, and we have spoiled nature’s balance and beauty. you have shown us the way of peace and prosperity, yet we have chosen conflict and self-indulgence. forgive us, we pray.


  [moment of silence for personal reflection and silent prayer]

One:  Loving Parent, our God who is mother and father for us all, we thank you that you have heard our prayer. God of formation and transformation, help us to discern your still small voice, and to follow where you lead us. Soften our hearts to openness, growth, and change that we might labour together to establish your Kingdom living in our families, our communities, and in our world. In Christ we pray, Amen.

PASTORAL AFFIRMATION

WORDS FOR THE YOUNGAND EVERYONE:  The Gospel According to “The Princess Bride”.

HYMN OF DEVOTION:  VU #766 Psalm 42 As the Deer Pants for Water

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT
One: Spirit of Wisdom, who enlightens our minds to hear your word, our hearts to love your word, and our lives to be obedient to your word, we ask that you renew our vision. Give us your eyes to see with, your heart to feel with, and your Spirit of understanding.
ALL:    Thanks be to God for the Spirit and the Living Word. AMEN.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS ((New Revised Standard Version Anglicised, NRSVA)
(Hampton: Pam Killens)


1 Samuel 18: 1–3; 20: 14–17
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Acts 11: 1–18

One: The Word of God for the People of God
ALL: Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

One:   May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight oh God, our Rock and our Redeemer.
ALL:    Amen.

SUNDAY MESSAGE: “One Family”

PRAYER OF RESPONSE

One:   Loving God, we trust in you. We have heard your invitation to be the Church in our age.
ALL:    We welcome the revelation of the Spirit, and proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge, and our hope. thanks be to God, Amen
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HYMN OF RESPONSE: VU #289 It Only Takes A Spark

THE CHURCH SHARED RESPONSE TO
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Moments for Memories, Messages from Ministries:

We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit
ALL:
(Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” MV 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!

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

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH II: (ACTS) Adoration, Thanksgiving, Response, & Supplication

One: Almighty God, we lament and call on you…
ALL: Loving God hear our prayer, and answer.
One: Almighty God, we intercede….
ALL: Loving God hear our prayer, and answer.
[Brief pause for silent of discreetly worded extemporaneous prayer, recognizing online presence]
One: Faithful God, we give thanks that you have heard both our silent prayers and our spoken petitions, that you know our hearts, and that you respond through the liberating work of the Holy spirit in Christ who taught us to pray saying
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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: Weekly Selections from “A Song of Faith, 2006”.

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 then.

Grateful for God’s loving action,
We cannot keep from singing.

RENEWED, COMMISSIONED AND SENT FORTH  INTO MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: VU #606 In Christ There Is No East or West

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

CHORALE

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.

POSTLUDE AND SENDING FORTH
THE CONCLUSION OF
WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST


Sources:

*What Can I Do? Words and music: Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy; arr. Alan C. Whitmore, 2005. Words and music copyright © by Paul Rumbolt and Michele McCarthy. Arrangement copyright © 2005 Alan C. Whitmore. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.

*Go Now in Peace. Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Music by Don Besig. © Copyright MCMLXXXVIII, Harold Flammer, Inc. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.