St. Paul's United Church

United Church of Canada

10206 100 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 0V6


The United Church
of Canada/L'Église
Unie du Canada
St. Paul's building

If you have a prayer request, please write it down in our prayer book on the table at the entrance into worship. Your needs will be added to our community prayer. Thank you

Our Prayers are offered for, Betty & Bob Wilson, Hazel Bloomfield, Muriel Armstrong Sadie Macklin, Heatherington Family and Wilma Friesen

July, 2015

Putting one foot in front of the other, we will continue to walk on the path Christ has set for us. The People of St. Paul’s will: Belong… Believe… Love… Lead.

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

WELCOME VU324 Jesus Come to Our Hearts (vs. 2, 3, and 5)

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

In the dog days of the summer,

we gather to worship, to have the fire of the Spirit lit in our souls.

In this season of growth, as the earth puts out food,

we gather to worship, to be fed and energized.

As followers of Christ, we greet each other with Christ's peace...

 

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

LIGHTING OF THE Christ CANDLE

We light this candle as a sign of God's Spirit at work in the world,
may its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining through us brighten the world.
 

 

OPENING PRAYER (Celebrate God's Presence p.27)

O Holy Spirit, Breath of God, blow in our lives this day.

Fill us with the freshness of your living love. 

Cleanse and renew us that we might go from this place,

ready to be your people in the world.  Amen.

 

LORD'S PRAYER

 

Gathering Hymn

 

WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

 

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Gracious God, you blow life's breath into our lungs.

We live in you, we live through you.

You call us to live lives marked by forgiveness, love, hope, compassion.

And we strive to do so.

But if we are honest,

sometimes our lives are marked by resentment, dis-interest, fear, self-centeredness

God of Grace,

when we get it right celebrate with us, when we miss the mark gently guide us back to the path of wisdom.

...time of silent prayer...

God is gracious and merciful.  God celebrates our successes and mourns our mis-steps.  God continues to call us back to the Way with forgiveness and grace and mercy.

Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

 

SERMON

 

Hymn

 

WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute                                    

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn: VU538 For the Gift of Creation

 

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

 

Hymn

 

COMMISSIONING:

God calls us to serve with joy as we meet, one person at a time.

Go into the world to loosen the bonds of injustice.

We go, hand in hand, rejoicing in the freedom of living grace.

Go into the world to seek out and share with those on the margins.

We go, giggling with delight, to make a difference in love.

Go into the world to shout and not hold back!

We go, dancing and leaping, our lives shouting out our faith.

(Written by Gord Dunbar, Gathering: Pentecost 1 2015)

 

Sung Benediction:  Go Gently, Go Lightly

POSTLUDE



Scriptures & Hymns for July 2015
July 5, 2015
Sermon:  Sing! Rejoice!
Psalm 40:1-10
VU245 - Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
VU716 - My Life Flows On
VU244 - Sing Your Praise to God Eternal

July 12, 2015
Sermon: In God We Trust
Psalm 146
VU288 - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
V665 - Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour
VU286 - IF You Will Trust in God to Guide You

July 19, 2015 Worship Leader: Sharon Adams
Sermon: Walls that Divide
Ephesians 2: 11-22
Mark 6: 30-34; 53-56
MV 1 - Let Us Build a House vs. 1,2,4,5
 VU 691 - Though Ancient Walls
 MV 169 - When Hands Reach Out Beyond Divides-(to the tune of VU 625)

July 26, 2015 Worship Leader: Doug Currie
Sermon:  What is in a name?
Psalm 9: 1-4
2 Thessalonians 1: 5-12
Romans 9: 20-
Matthew 22: 36-40
MV 145 – Draw the Circle Wide
 MV 138 – My Life Colours Outside the Lines
 MV 150 – Spirit God, Be Our Breath