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October 31, 2010 Pentecost 23

October 31, 2010     Pentecost 23

 

WE GATHER TOGETHER

MUSIC IN PREPARATION

TRINITY IN ACTION

WE CENTRE OURSELVES IN GOD’S LIGHT

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

There are many who have walked the path toward God before us, showing us the way with their lives.

We come to give thanks for them.

As they were called, so we are called, to live as Jesus did, answering the call of God, saying, “Here I am! Send me.”

We come to ask for guidance and courage.

We are, each of us, like those who have gone before, a strange mixture of saint and sinner. God accepts us that way and fills us with the Spirit, who empowers us to act.

We come to worship God in Holiness and wonder.

 

HYMN: From the Voices United Hymn Book - Sing Praises to God                    228

PRAYER OF APPROACH:  Gracious God, who creates, sustains, and redeems all life, we come seeking your disturbing presence and comforting peace.  We praise you for the joy of being your people.   May your Spirit be with us and move within us, in this time of worship.  Give us hearts that hear your Word, and minds that are open to the transforming power of your love. Following Jesus we pray:  Our Father.....JESUS’ PRAYER

                   

A TIME FOR LEARNING

 

HYMN: From the Voices United Hymn Book - Teach me, God, to wonder          299

 

WE LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

Psalm 119:137-144 (Part 6) VU p841

Luke 19:1-10   Reader: Joan Rainbird-Sharp

 

REFLECTION

AND WE RESPOND

 

HYMN: From the Voices United Hymn Book - Shall We Gather at the River           710

 

PRAYERS FROM OUR HEARTS

 

OFFERTORY:  For the gift of creation, VU 538

the gift of your love,

and the gift of the Spirit by which we live,

we thank you and give you the fruit of our hands.

May your grace be proclaimed by the gifts that we give.

 

PRAYER DEDICATING OUR GIFTS

Inspired by the commitment of saints in times past; rejoicing in our present opportunity to support this faith community;

Giving, so that the saints at home and abroad will know solid support in coming months;

We ask your blessing on these gifts, O God.

We have put our money where our faith is, and we give thanks. Amen.

 

WE ARE SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD

 

HYMN: From the Voices United Hymn Book -  For All the Saints           705

 

BLESSING AS WE GO OUT TO BE GOD’S PEOPLE

The saints of all the ages go with us:

Calling us to commitment, preparing us for struggle, binding us into community readying us for learning, steeling us for hardship, reminding us of Jesus Christ and his Cross.

In their company we have nothing to fear!

We have not, God be praised!

Choral Blessing:  (VU 649) Sung twice

Walk with me, I will walk with you

and build the land that God has planned

where love shines through.

 

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