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, Jim and Valerie Jenner, Heather Waldie, Hazel Bloomfield

November 2, 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

Children of God! Gather in this place!

We come to worship with our brothers and sisters in faith.

Children of God! Come to break bread together!

We come to worship with friends new and old.

As we gather together to share the Word and the Meal we turn and greet friend and stranger with words and signs of peace

 

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

Over the centuries, God has spoken through many prophets.

May the light of this candle remind us that God is still speaking to us and to the world.

 

OPENING PRAYER

God of community, as we gather together,

open our hearts, our souls, our very beings to feel your presence.

God of community, as we break bread together,

remind us that those things which bring us together are more important than those which divide us.

God of community, we come as people who know brokenness in our lives,

remind us of the love which surrounds us, restoring wholeness, naming us as clean, bringing us back together in community.

God of community, when this time of worship is ended,

send us back out to share the Good News of the Christ who names us clean, the love which will never let us go.

This we pray in the name of Jesus, the one we call Christ.  Amen.

 

Gathering Hymn MV144 Like a Healing Stream

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

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

MUSIC MINISTRY               “The Prayer”

Celebration of Communion

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

2 Kings 5:1-14

Matthew 8:2-3

 

SERMON Go Take a Bath!

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND CLEANSING

God, you created the world and said “it is very good”.

So why are we so quick to find fault with each other and ourselves?

God you offer us cleansing in a way that is so simple we can hardly believe it.

So why do we have trouble hearing that we are clean and acceptable?

God for those times when we lose our way,

those times when our motives or our actions are less than pure, possibly even unclean.

we seek cleansing, we seek to reminded that we are accepted in the community,

even when we aren't sure it is possible.

God of life, God of Grace, God of Renewal,

for those times when we are less than we could be, for those times when we stray from the path of wisdom, for the times when we fail to live out the goodness inherent in our creation, forgive us

...time of silent prayer...

Jesus looked at the unclean in his world with pity and said “I do choose, be made clean”.  Christ looks at us in our brokenness and offers us cleansing, renewal, and health.  We are a forgiven, cleansed, and purified people.

Thanks be to God!  Amen.

 

Hymn VU622 Your Hands, O Christ

 

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

Hymn MV3 River

COMMISSIONING:

We have immersed ourselves in the river of God's Love.

We stand soaked in love, with the excess dripping off us.

We have eaten at God's table.

Fed in body and in soul, we go to share the Bread of Life with the world.

As those who have been reminded that in God's love we are made clean

We return to a world where too many are made to feel unclean, unaccepted, unlovable; called to remind them that they too are clean, accepted and loved.

We go in God's name, confident of God's love, living in God's grace.

Thanks be to God!

 

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