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ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH
Scriptures for July 2014
– Sermon: Sibling
Hymns for July 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
WELCOME VU415 God We Praise You For the Morning (verses 1 & 4)
CALL TO WORSHIP (by Karen Boivin, Gathering p.28)
Christ calls us to be the church
Let us gather once again to sing God's praises.
Christ entrusts this congregation into our hands.
Let us lovingly care for and nurture it.
Christ binds our hearts together.
Let us uphold each other in Christian friendship.
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH CHRIST'S PEACE
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
As the Spirit blows into our midst, fanning into life the spark of hope in our souls,
may the light of this candle remind us of the fire that warms our hearts, the love that we are called to share, the light that guides our way.
OPENING PRAYER (by Cindy Randall Gathering p.30)
Gracious One, we enter into your holy presence, giving thanks and praising you.
We come seeking transformation and renewal.
Without you, we are not whole; we lack completeness.
Touch us in this time of worship, O God, that we may become your new creation, rooted in Christ and open to the Spirit. Amen
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 of gentle rains and warm sun, God who encourages growth;
we are creatures who sometimes grow quickly, and sometimes get stuck.
God of freedom, of liberation, of binding ropes being cut;
we are bound in ways we don't always understand or recognize.
God of exodus and exile and homecoming, God who calls us to leave where we are and come home;
help us to have the courage to make the journey and to trust in the path.
God of health and healing, God who wants us to be made whole;
we come as people who are wounded in body and in spirit, people who seek healing.
God who has laid out a way for us to live, who has given us rules for living in community;
we come as people who sometimes go astray, people who stretch the rules.
God of Grace, we come as people who live through that Grace.
And so we praise you for the growth, we rejoice in being set free, we dance along the path that leads us home, we give thanks for the healing we have received, we relax in the knowledge that we are forgiven and we live as people of Grace. Amen.
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Dedication Offering Hymn VU537 Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
COMMISSIONING (by Kate Crawford Gathering p.36)
Let us go from this place with hearts lifted up!
Let us go with spirits rejoicing!
Let us go with music in the air around us
and a story of love among us! Amen.
Sung Benediction: VU639 One More Step Along the World I Go (verses 1, 3, 4)