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KNOX UNITED CHURCH

A SACRED SPACE

LAY SERVICE, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

“Come to the edge.”

“We can’t.  We’re afraid.
“Come to the edge.”

“We can’t.  We will fall!”

“Come to the edge.”

And they came.

And he pushed them.

And they flew

                                                       Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918

 

 

GATHERING

*Please rise, as you are able.      +Please remain seated.

 

Prelude:  “Gavotte from the Holberg Suite”   Edvard Grieg

Greetings:  Welcome

The peace of Christ be with you all.  And also with you.

 

+Introit:  VU292  “Creating God, We Give You Thanks”

                                                                  (vs. 1 and 5)

             (The Christ candle is lit

              and the candle and bible are brought forward.)

 

Call to worship and opening prayer:

As we gather together for worship, we know that some among us come seeking comfort; others inspiration, still others community and insight.

God, we all come seeking to open and offer ourselves to Your powerful and healing presence and we pray together.

 

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Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desire known, and from whom no secrets are hid: inspire us with your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and show our love by caring for each other and for this beautiful earth that supports us and sustains us with life and air, food and water.  We are called to be co-creators with you…teach us what this really means as we share this wonderful gift that is our home.

 

*Hymn:  VU409   “Morning Has Broken”

Prayer for Healing

God, Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, we place those hurtful things we have done and those things we should have done in your care.  We confess we have often fallen short of the mark and ask for Your forgiveness and healing.

 

Words of Assurance

Christ calls us to Redemption, to change our ways, the Good News is that we can be Confident of Fresh Starts, with clean slates!

Thanks be to God.  Amen!

 

ATTENDING TO THE SPIRIT

+Hymn: VU575   “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” (vs. 1 & 2)

   I’m gonna live so God can use me….

   I’m gonna work so God can use me….

Learning together

+Hymn:  VU575  “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” (vs. 3 & 4)

   I’m gonna pray so God can use me…

   I’m gonna sing so God can use me….

Responsive Psalm 123   VU847 and refrain.

 

 

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The Gospel Reading:  Matthew 25:14-30 

                                                  “The Parable of the Talents”

 

Response:  Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church.

                  Thanks be to God.

 

Anthem:  “Kyrie”   by John Leavitt

Reflection/Readings:  Climate Change – Challenges and Hopes

Meditative Music:  “Bunessan”   arr. Lani Smith

 

Hymn:  MV144   “Like a Healing Stream”

Prayers of thanksgiving and concern:

The Lord’s Prayer spoken:  VU914

Offering our gifts

Offering song:  MV191   “What Can I do?”

 

The Life and work of the Church

 

Prayer of dedication:  Receive these, our gifts of time, talent and treasures, offered in the name of the One who calls us together as the Body of Christ in this time and this place.  Amen.

 

Hymn:  VU509   “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”

 

Blessing:  The grace of Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all as we move forward, thinking and acting in new ways…to care for our planet, our home.

Amen.

 

Sung Benediction:  VU974  

      Amen! Amen! Hallelujah, amen!  (three times)

 

Postlude:  “Gavotte from Symphony #5”    William Boyce

 

 

 

Copyright:

“Amen”, Words and Music:  Jim Strathdee, 1985. Copyright©1985, Desert Flower Music.  All rights reserved; Used with permission.  LicenSing #605555.    

 Participating in this morning’s service are members of the Men’s Breakfast Group:

 Presider:  Richard Dunsterville

Readers:  Phil King

Reflection:  Richard Dunsterville, Bruce Herzer, David Cass

Prayers of the People:  Bill Herzer

Children’s Ministry:  Anne MacKenna

Choir Director:  Colleen Coulter

Organist:  Madelene Klassen

Saxophone Solo:  Bob Copeman

Music Leadership:  Knox Choir

Usher:  Bob Norton

PA System and Service Recording:  Ed Williams

Church Officer:  Don Bliss