Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Advent Candles 2016

Note: the sung closing is one found on page 56 of Gathering: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 2016-17

Advent 1: November 27, 2016 – Hope
Scripture reading: Daniel 6:6-27, Joel 2:28-29
Sermon Title: God Saves

1. Our hope is in God, the One who protects and delivers. God is the light shining through the darkness, leading us into a new future.
2. God delivers and rescues, God works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth; for God has saved Daniel from the power of the lions. (Daniel 6:26-27)
1. O come, O Dayspring from on high...disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Light one candle
Sung closing Light a Candle (verse 1)

Advent 2: December 4, 2016 – Peace
Scripture reading: Isaiah 61:1-11
Sermon Title: Jubilee!
1. The Prince of Peace is about to be born! The Kingdom of God is at hand!
2. God has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Isaiah 61:1-2)
1. Created in God’s image we must make peace on earth...we shall find Christ among us as woman, child, or man (Fred Kaan)
Light two candles
Sung closing Light a Candle (verse 2)

Advent 3: December 11, 2016 – Joy
Scripture reading: Luke 1:26-49
Sermon Title: Congratulations!
1. The birth of a child is a cause for joy, God breaking into the world is a cause for joy.
2. When Elizabeth met Mary she said “And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:43-44)
1. Set every peak and valley humming with the word the Lord is coming. People look east and sing today (Eleanor Farjeon)Light three candles
Sung closing Light a Candle (verse 3)

Advent 4: December 18, 2016 – LoveScripture reading: Pageant
1. The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of love, the Christmas child is love incarnate
2. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (John 3:16a)
1. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. (Christina Rossetti)
Light four candles
Sung closing Light a Candle (verse 4)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For October 23, 2016 -- David is promised a house

God of Abraham and Sarah, of David and Bathsheba, of Jesus and Mary,
we open our hearts and souls to your presence, we open our ears to your voice.
God who long ago promised hope in the house of David,
we gather as those who follow David’s heir, Jesus of Nazareth.
In our time of worship,
remind us of your promise for the future, fill us with hope, invite us into your house.
And when we leave this place,
may we take the glory of your house with us to all corners of our world.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the shoot from the stump of Jesse, who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE (references the Hymn "Let Us Build a House" by Marty Haugen)
God, David had a vision to build you a house of cedar.
But you had another plan.
God, we sometimes get caught up in our own visions and plans and priorities.
Help us to stop and listen and look for your plans.
Let us build a house where love can dwell,
where prophets speak, where songs and visions are heard.
God of Grace, through grace help us,
to recognize where your house is, to live as followers of the promised heir of David.
God of steadfast love and grace,
go with us as you promised to be with your servant David.
So that we would live and thrive in your grace.
Today and all our tomorrows. Amen.

David was promised a house that would endure forever.
And from that house came Jesus of Nazareth, who we call Christ and Messiah
We have gathered as followers of David’s heir.
From David to Solomon down to Jesus and down the ages to us,
God is acting in the world, bringing hope, bringing change, bringing love.
And now we go out to share God’s hope and love with all we meet.
Confident that we are not alone, we live in God’s world.
God is with us. Thanks be to God.

Call to Worship for Oct/Nov 2016

May the Peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
The God of our past our present and our future has called us together
We gather to celebrate God’s presence, to pray and sing, to listen in faith.
Here God speaks to us about hope and promise.
P:(to be filled in each week)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Communion for October 2, 2016 -- Worldwide Communion Sunday, Story of the Passover

Note: Dayeinu is a Hebrew word meaning ‘enough’ it is pronounced Die-yea-noo

It is the season of harvest, the grain which once was scattered on the fields is now being gathered in.
Today the people of God gather from all corners of the earth to gather at tables like this.
Here at this table we take part in the feast of faith.
Here we share the meal that unites us with all the followers of The Way.
This is God’s table, God is the host,
and so all who seek to follow the Way of Jesus Christ are welcome to eat and drink.
Come and taste the grace eternal, come and see that God is good.

God is here
Blowing among us with the breath of life.
God is here
And we place our hearts in God’s hands.
Let us give thanks
Thanks to God who frees us from our chains.

Creator God, Source of Life,
You spoke into the chaos and brought order, into the darkness and brought light, into the void and brought life.
If that was all you had done, given us life and this earth
Dayeinu, that would have been enough. But you did more.

Then you called your people out of slavery,
you formed a covenant with them, gave them rules and guidelines about how they should live with each other and with you.
If that was all you did, bring forth freedom and community
Dayeinu, that would have been enough. But you did more.

But your people did not fulfill their side of the covenant,
they went astray, wandering from the path of wisdom and faithfulness. In response you sent messengers, men and women to remind them what life could be, who they could be.
If that was the end of your work,
Dayeinu, that would have been enough. But you did more.

Eventually, in the fullness of time, you tried a new path.
You spoke to the woman Mary, promising her a son,
a child who would teach in word and action about the depth and breadth of your love;
a man who would reshape the understanding of what it meant to be faithful to the covenant;
a teacher who would transform the lives of his followers.

In this child, this teacher, this man, Jesus of Nazareth, we realized we had met God in human clothing.
However we were not ready for his message.
And he was arrested, tried and convicted.
To show the depth of his love and commitment he allowed himself to be executed, put to death on a cross.
If that was the end of the story,
Dayeinu, that would have been enough.But you did more.

You raised Jesus, you broke the bondage of death, you continue to set us free from those things that would enslave us.
So it is that we continue to gather at this table to sing songs of thanksgiving, joining our voices to the voices of ages saying:
Holy holy holy are you, Lord of Creation
Blessed is the One who comes in your name.

As we gather at this table we remember the night before Jesus was arrested.
We remember that he gathered with his closest friends to share the meal of faith and freedom.
There, in an upper room, he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and passed it to them saying:
This is my Body, broken by and for the world. Take it, eat it, and remember.
Then he took a cup of goo wine, blessed it and passed it to them saying:
This is the cup of the New Covenant, sealed in my blood. Take, drink, and remember.
Remembering his life, death and resurrection, committing ourselves to follow The Way of love he taught, and anxiously awaiting the coming Kingdom of love and peace we eat and drink and we remember the great mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.

God of life, send your Spirit upon and among us as we gather at this table.
As we break bread together, unite us with the global family of faith.
As we eat and drink awaken the fire of hope in our souls, embolden us to live your love and share your promise with the world around us.
This we pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, who we call Christ and Messiah, and who taught us to pray saying...
Our Father, who art in heaven...

The Bread we share is the bread of freedom.
The Cup we share is the cup of promise.
These are gifts from God for the people of God
Thanks be to God

We have eaten, we have drunk, we have tasted God’s goodness.
God of freedom, grant that this meal we have shared today will remind us that in you and your love we are set free.
God of love, grant that in eating and drinking here our hearts are warmed and we are changed, moving us closer to being who we are created to be.
God of community, grant that this meal we share with our sisters and brothers around the globe helps to build a sense of unity and closeness that chases away all fear, mistrust, and hatred. These things we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

COmmissioning for October 2, 2016 -- Worldwide Communion Sunday

We have gathered at the table of faith
we have joined with the worldwide family of faith to break the bread and pour the cup
And now we go out to continue to live and serve
in a world crying out for love, where so many cry out to be set free.
So go, carrying with you God’s promise of freedom, God’s word of hope, God’s acts of love
to share with all we meet.
Go with God, who is with you always
Dayeinu, it is enough, Thanks be to God.

Friday, September 2, 2016

For September 11, 2016 -- Looking at the story of "The Fall"

Creator, Source of life and light and love;
we have gathered for worship.
As we sing and pray and eat and listen,
move in our hearts and souls, remind us who we were created to be.
As we move from this time of worship,
continue to move within us, pushing us to be who we were created to be.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Teacher, Saviour, Guide and Redeemer.
The one who came to open our eyes and remind us who we were created to be. Amen.

God of Creation, of Original Blessing, who calls us to be in relationship;
we know that we have not always been who or what we could be:
we let our own desires take precedence over your wisdom,
we see with eyes shaded by our own biases,
we choose violence and hatred and fear over the path of peace and love.
And yet you continue to seek relationship with us,
even when we are ashamed or confused and seek to hide from your presence.
As people who long for Paradise, we open ourselves to your grace,
trusting in your mercy to rebuild the relationship strained by our pride and wilfulness.
...time of silent prayer...
God is loving and gracious and merciful.
Thanks be to God.
God continues to invite us into relationship, seeking us when we hare lost or trying to hide.
Thanks be to God.
In Christ's life, death and resurrection we find the visible signs of God's grace, we find the path back to relationship,
Thanks be to God! Amen.

We have gathered, we have broken bread, we have shared in the continuing story of faith.
And now we go to share in God's mission in the world.
Go out into the world, knowing that you are beloved creations of a loving Creator
Go out to share the love of Gd with all you meet.
Go out to use the wisdom and knowledge that God has given you to enhance the world around us.
We go to live and serve.
Go knowing that the God who created you, Christ who redeems you, and the Holy Spirit who sustains you is with you each and every moment of every day.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Christ Candle for Fall 2016

In the beginning God said '”let there be light” and there was light,
and the light continues to shine.
As the candle glow reminds us of God's steadfast light we center ourselves for worship...