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, Lorena Ramsankar, Betty & Bob Wilson, Jim and Valerie Jenner, Hazel Bloomfield

March 1, 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

 

WELCOME:  Simply to Be                                 (See insert)

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

We have this ministry, and we are not discouraged

We have a ministry of food, of fellowship, of faith.

Here in this place we come to be refreshed so that the ministry can continue.

Here we come to meet the God and Christ who calls us to serve and empowers us to share our living.

Brothers and sisters, let us worship together. Let us greet each other with words and signs of God's Peace...

 

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

LIGHTING OF THE Christ CANDLE

Our faith story opens with the words “Let there be light”. Our weekly worship begins with the lighting of a candle.

May this candle remind us of the light that cannot be overcome, no matter how dark the road may be.

 

Music Ministry:  “Shhh”                       Jr. Choir

 

OPENING PRAYER

O Christ the tree of life, our end and our beginning,

Help us to grow to full flower, help us to be what we are created to be.

In this time together, as we worship, pray, sing, and celebrate, may you be part of our gathering.

Holy Spirit, made known in bread, wine, and water. Spirit present in our laughter and our tears. Fill us with hope and promise in this hour together.

Threefold God, empower us so that when we leave we are better able to live out the ministry we share. Amen.

 

Gathering Hymn: We Gather Here                  #469 Voices United

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

 

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

 

Music Ministry: One at the Feast                      Sr. Choir

 

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Celebration of Communion

 

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Brothers, sisters, clergy, lay, God you have called us all to serve.

We join in the ministry of sharing your love and life in abundance.

Young and old, new-comer and long timer,

Each of us offers what we have that the world would be filled with your Grace, O God.

God of Grace, you call us to a high and holy task, sharing the Kingdom with the world.

The yoke of Christ is ours, the whole world is our parish... and yet we are too often unsure how or if we can take on the task, the yoke, we have been offered.

We have this ministry,

O God, in your Grace, help us to live it out.  Receive our living, our giving, our loving. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Matthew 28:16-20

Joshua 24:1-18

 

SERMON Why Are We Here?

 

Hymn: Lord You Give the Great Commission                # 512 Voices United

 

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

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute                                    

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn:       I Ask You God                (See insert)

 

Hymn: Go to the World                       #420 Voices United

 

COMMISSIONING:

We have this ministry. May we not be discouraged.

The yoke of Christ is ours, we go as people called to serve.

Openly we share God’s word of love, speaking truth as we believe

Praying that this troubled world would healing light receive.

We have this ministry

God, will use our living, our giving, our loving

And we go out knowing that the God who calls us also helps us grow to full flower, rooted in the love of Christ.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

Sung Benediction:  Jesus Shepherd of My Soul (vs. 1, 4 See Insert)

POSTLUDE

(Liturgy for this week is based on the words to We Have this Ministry VU510)