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

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Our Prayers are offered for, Betty & Bob Wilson, Jim and Valerie Jenner, Heather Waldie, Hazel Bloomfield

September 28, 2014

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 “Open Wide the Church’s Door “                               See insert

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

God has led us to this place, God will lead us past this place.

We have been led here to explore what God is doing among us, to find out who God wants us to be

Come, jump into the River of Life, come and immerse your self in God, come and worship the God who protects and guides us.

As God flows through us, we greet each other with signs and words of God's peace.

 

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH CHRIST'S PEACE

 

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

There is a promise, there is a God who promises to be with us, to lead us, to give us life – and that in abundance.

May the light of this candle remind us that we are people of the promise, and that God is faithful to the covenant of life.

 

OPENING PRAYER

River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Holy Mystery,

catch us in your current, make our souls resonate with your roar.

God who leads us through the desert and into the sea, in this time of worship,

guide us, pull us forward, open our eyes and ears that we would know your Way.

In our struggles, in those times when we feel under attack,

remind us to look around, that you are not asleep or absent, that your protecting love is with us.

These things we pray in the name and memory of Jesus, the one we call Christ, who taught his friends to pray with words like these...

LORD'S PRAYER

 

Gathering Hymn MV163 River Running in You and Me

 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

God, we stand on the edge of the sea and shake with fear.

Give us the courage, the faith, the trust to step into the water.

We watch our adversaries washed away, and we wing praises for obviously God is on our side.

Give us the wisdom to remember that all people are your children, and so you are on their side as well.

When we fall into tribalism and the politics of division,

push us to look beyond our self-imposed boundaries.

When we ask ourselves “whose side is God on”?

Reminds us that the real question is if we have placed ourselves on your side, if we have aligned our priorities with your priorities.

God of grace, through your grace,

Open us to the wondrous breadth of your love.  Push us to explore the amazing depth of your presence.  Challenge us to share the amazing wideness of your Promise.

In Christ's name we pray, Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29

 

SERMON Does God Take Sides?

 

Hymn VU842 Unto the Hills

 

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

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute                                    

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn VU581 When We Are Living verses 2 & 4

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

Hymn: VU651 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

COMMISSIONING:

As we continue our pilgrimage through the world, heading for the Kingdom

We share the prayer “Guide us, lead us Gracious God”

Where we encounter barrenness and struggle,

help us be sources of water for growth and comfort that defeats fear.

River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Deep Mystery

walk with us on our journey, show us where the Kingdom is being born.

Go now in peace, for God is with you always

Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 

Sung Benediction: “Until we meet again”   Lyrics by Ruth Duck  

Until we meet again,

Walk gently in the way;

Dwell in the hollow of God’s hand.

Rejoice and sing, and pray!

POSTLUDE