July 3, 2011

Trinity United Church,  Collingwood

July 03, 2011     10:30 AM

 

Welcome to this hour of praise and thanksgiving.

May this time of worship be meaningful to you - and give you peace!

 

PRELUDE  - Music in Preparation

TRINITY UC  in Action  (Announcements)

WE CENTRE OURSELVES IN GOD’S LIGHT

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:  (please stand)

L.  Make this place, O Lord, not just any place, but a holy place today.

P.  Make this hour, O Lord, not just any hour, but a holy hour.

L.  Make our thoughts, O God, not just any thoughts, but holy thoughts.

P.  Make our hearts, O God, not just any hearts, but holy hearts.

L.  Make our hands, not just any hands, but hands made holy, lifted up to you.

P.  Make our eyes, not just any eyes, but holy eyes that see as you see.

L.  And make our voices not just any voices, Lord,

P.  but holy voices lifted now and always in praise!

 

OPENING HYMN:  VU 315  Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (all verses)

 

PRAYER OF APPROACH:  (let us pray together …)

Spirit of life, we gather grateful for the companionship of hearts and minds seeking to speak the truth in love.   We are grateful for the gift of life itself, mindful that to respect life means both to celebrate what life is - and to insist on what it can become.  Make us receptive and open to the Good News you bring.  And let your peace live in us, even in the struggles of life, as we try to be good disciples of Jesus, for we pray together as he taught us saying …

THE LORD’S PRAYER … Our Father, …

 

“A Time for All Ages”

 

HYMN:  VU 570  Jesus Hands were Kind Hands

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Responsive Psalm 145     p. 866 in Voices United     Led by Lay-Reader – Maija Colborne

         Romans 7: 15 – 25a  (St Paul wrestles with his own sense of wrong-doing, and the things he knows he shouldn’t do and does anyway)    page 1372

                 Read by Lay-Reader – Maija Colborne

 

GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 11:  16 – 24 & 28 – 30  (Jesus wrestles with how to share God’s message for all of us)  (Read by Minister)  page 1154

 

SERMON:  “The Yoke’s On You!”

 

 

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S LOVE

 

HYMN:  VU 649  Walk With Me

 

WE PRESENT OUR OFFERING TO GOD

 

OFFERTORY:  VU 218 (verse 1)

    We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;

    in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.

    We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;

    We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION:  (Let us pray together …)

With these offerings, O Lord, we tell the story of what you have been doing in our lives. May the story go on in the lives of others, made possible through these gifts. We offer them to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

CLOSING HYMN:  VU 472   O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (all verses)

 

WE ARE SENT INTO THE WORLD

 

COMMISSIONING & BLESSING

 

CHORAL RESPONSE:  VU 964  Go Now in Peace (sing twice)

         Go now in peace, go now in peace. 

May the love of God surround you

Everywhere, everywhere you may go.

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