Grace United Church
Office hours: Mon.-Friday. 9:00 a.m.–noon & 1:00–4:30
Church Office: 780-875-8959; fax: 780-875-5850
web site: www. graceunitedchurch.ca
Rev. Tom Sawyer’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell: 780-991-9776
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Worship leader: Bob Smith
The Gathering of God’s People
L: We give thanks for the ministry you have given us in this community.
P: Thanks be to God.
L: We light this candle remembering that Jesus Christ is the
center of our worship.
P: Jesus said: “I am the light of the world.”
Introit: MV#156 “Dance with the Spirit”
We Gather to Worship
L: You are invited to the most amazing gathering imaginable!
P: What do we need to be included?
L: You are welcomed just as you are!
P: Will we be accepted if we are still learning about God’s ways?
L: Unlimited hospitality is God’s gift to all of us!
We sing God’s Praise: VU#326 “O for a Thousand Tongues”
We Turn to God in Prayer
All: Most gracious God, we bow before you this day,
recognizing our constant need of your presence in our
lives. In life, we are lost and void of compassion if your
presence is not with us. Come, be present in each heart
and life as we bow before you today. We know Your
Word tells us, “you will seek Me and find Me when you
will search for Me with all your heart.” Reach out with
your open arms and embrace us with your warmth and
presence, in Jesus Name we pray. AMEN.
Listening for God’s Message
We Sing God’s Praise: MV#104 Know that God is good
Know that God is love
Know that God is God
Children’s Time: Jeanne Smith
Psalms 34 VU#761
Luke 6: 43 – 49
James 3: 2 – 12
L: Hear what the spirit is saying.
P: Thanks be to God.
Hymn of Prayer: VU#371 “Open My Eyes, That I May See”
Today’s Message: “You are what you say”
Responding to the Good News
Sharing our Gifts: God knows our weaknesses and blesses us with
love just the same. Can we, as stewards, do any
less for others?
VU#537 “Your Work, O God....
Your work, O God, needs many hands
To help you everywhere.
And some there are who cannot serve
Unless our gifts we share.
Because we love you and your work,
Our offering now we make:
Be pleased to use it as your own,
We ask for Jesus’ sake.
Offertory Prayer: All: Accepting God, receive our gifts of
gratitude. We recognize we have such
abundance of hope and possibilities. May these
coins and bills be transformed into amazing
grace and radical love. Bless and empower us.
Prayers of the People:
Hymn: VU#424 “May the God of Hope Go With Us”
Commissioning and Benedictions: Numbers 6: 24-26
All: The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord turns His face toward you and gives you peace.
Choral Benediction: Amen