Grace United Church October 24, 2010 Pentecost 22
God invites us to worship...
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
CALL TO WORSHIP (From Celebrate God’s Presence, adapted)
ONE: We are called here by our holy God,
ALL: who calls us each by name,
and gathers us together in the unity of
ONE: From classroom and kitchen,
from commerce and labour,
ALL: we are called to this place of worship.
ONE: Young and old and in between,
individuals and families,
soft-spoken and outspoken,
ALL: we hear our names being called to join in worship.
ONE: This is a special place. It is a place to listen for God
A place to learn of God’s love and purpose for us all.
ALL: In unity, joy and faith, let us worship together!
OPENING HYMN We Are One #402 VU
God of Amazing Love, you never cease to surprise us.
You shatter our judgments
of what is good and Godly behavior,
what is acceptable prayer, what is worthy worship.
You come to each one of us in love
and ask that we open ourselves to you.
May our hearts open to welcome you
and to worship you. Amen.
ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN
CHILDREN’S HYMN Love Us Into Fullness #81 MV
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, we gather today in church,
in our Sunday best, to meet you.
Here, we put our best foot forward.
Here, we present ourselves to you,
and to one another,
as we would like to be,
rather than as who we always are.
Yet you know us.
We often fail to be the people we would like to be.
Our neat ordered appearance on Sunday
is not who we are throughout the week.
God forgive our "self" which gets in the way
of who we would be as your people.
Forgive our play-acting
as we try to be what we want others to see.
Forgive our self-righteousness and our self-loathing.
God, you meet us where we are.
Blessing us with your presence.
We are your children,
although we do not always act like it.
We need your grace.
Forgive us our failures and deceits.
Give us that which we cannot have through our
own effort - give us yourself,
that we may become all you desire us to be.
We continue to pray, offering all to you in Jesus name
(A time of silent prayer …..) Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND HOPE
The scriptures speak to us …..
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
RESPONSIVE PSALM Psalm 65
EPISTLE LESSON 1 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Paul’s trust and confidence in God are not shaken in spite of
his trials and suffering.
GOSPEL LESSON Luke 18:9-14
Jesus tells a story about two men who come to the temple to pray.
ANTHEM: “When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace”
*words – Carolyn Winfrey Gillette; music – Blair Odney
REFLECTION In Dignity Before God
HYMN The Lone Wild Bird # 384 VU
God invites us to respond…
OFFERING INVITATION (By Pat Milliken)
DEDICATION OF OFFERING
“Thankful Praises” *words & music by Jason Barnsley
With all my heart I will thank the Lord
And praise his goodness for these gifts
with wondrous praises I will sing!
Oh Lord our God accept these offerings.
I will be faithful to my God
And I will serve you forevermore
And thanksgiving I will sing!
Oh Lord our God accept these gifts we bring.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER
God goes with us ......
CLOSING HYMN What a Friend We Have in Jesus
COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING
CHORAL BLESSING #974 (VU)
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The Sunday School Teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?”
“No sir,” Little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to, my mom is a good cook!”
Mission Statement: In response to God’s call, we the congregation of Grace United Church understand our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all ages. Using the Bible as our guide, we are challenged to worship and praise and celebrate God’s love and accept God’s grace, learn God’s will, live in faith, and reach out in humble service in the community and the world.
Worship leader today – Lois Greenlay Burwash THANK YOU!
Minister: Rev. Lyn Lamers – on medical leave
Pianist: Lois Sonnega
Organist: Linda Anderson
Music Director: Gladys Jack
Office Manager: Mary Laursen
Envelope Secretary: Diane Davies
Church Office: 780-875-8959; fax: 780-875-5850
web site: www. graceunitedchurch.ca
Office hours: 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4:30 p.m.