Bulletin: September 12, 2010

Grace United Church September 12, 2010

God invites us to worship...
Prelude: Brenda & ‘The Pic Ups’
Welcome
Life and Work of the Church Family: A Special Birthday
Passing the Peace
Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship:

Leader: We gather today as kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors to celebrate
your presence among us.
People: We come because we care for each other, the community we live in, and our Earth.
Leader: We come together on this Sunday to renew our commitment to preserving this beautiful world we live in.
People: We come because we know that you will guide us to be wise in how we judge others, and in the personal choices we make.
Leader: We gather to greet one another, to sing, to pray, to share stories, and to laugh.
All: We come because we believe in your love.

HYMN: Morning Has Broken #409 VU


Opening Prayer:

We are not alone.
Mountains and rivers are our grandfathers.
Wind and sky are our grandmothers.
Rain and snow are our children.
Great Spirit, Holy Mystery
Find us where we are
And draw us closer
In wonder and praise
To the miracle that joins us as one:
In your creating love, we rejoice.
Amen.

Children’s Story – Loretta Mitchell

YouTube-Masaru Emoto Water is Life (Narrative Version)


Hymn: Like A Healing Stream #144 MV

The Scriptures speak to us...
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Luke 15:1-10

Anthem:
“Sing Unto God”
*words & music by James Moffatt

Reflection:

“Who really is Responsible for our Environment?”

Hymn: “Called by Earth and Sky” #135 MV

God invites us to respond...
Offering Invitation

Solo: Brenda Ellison
“Thanks Be to God” *words- P.J.O. Reilly; music- Stanley Dickson

Dedication: “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.

Offering Prayer:


Prayers of the People
Lord’s Prayer: 959 VU

God goes with us in our daily lives...

Hymn: “Let all Things Now Living” #242 VU

Commissioning and Benediction:
No matter what challenges face us in preserving
our beautiful Earth, we are strengthened by God’s
guidance and love. So live vibrantly and joyfully
with the confidence of God’s love.

Choral Blessing: #974 (VU)

Amen! Amen!
Hallelujah, amen!

Postlude

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 – Darrel Howell
Minister: Rev. Lyn Lamers – on medical leave
Pianist: Lois Sonnega; pianist today – Irene Knowlson
Organist: Linda Anderson
Music Director: Gladys Jack
Office Manager: Mary Laursen
Part-time office: Wendy Chapelski – on medical leave
Envelope Secretary: Diane Davies
Church Office: 780-875-8959; fax: 780-875-5850
email:graceu@telusplanet.net
web site: www. graceunitedchurch.ca
Office hours: 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4:30 p.m.