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

October26, 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

As children of God, who strive to live in God's Way,

we gather together in this place.

As people seeking to follow the path of wisdom,

we gather together in this place.

As people trusting that God flows around and through us, giving us wisdom,

we gather together in this place.

As we gather, seeing God in friend and stranger, we start by exchanging words and signs of God's 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 life, we open our hearts, our souls, our very selves, to you.

In this time of worship move within and around us we pray.

God of life, we seek to know, to understand the world around us.

In this time of worship open us to the wisdom that lies beyond knowledge and intellect.

God of life, in you we live, we move, we exist.

In this time of worship fill us with hope and love, refresh us to return to the world where we live and serve and have our ministries.

This we pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us about the Way of Wisdom, and who taught his friends to pray saying...

LORD'S PRAYER

Gathering Hymn MV10 Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom

 

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

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10)

We stand in awe, asking, like Solomon, to be filled with wisdom.

...fools despise wisdom and instruction... (Proverbs 1:7)

We stand foolishly independent, unwilling to listen.

God we seek wisdom,

the knowledge of right from wrong, an understanding of how the world works.

God we seek wisdom,

but sometimes we equate facts and figures with wisdom, we think being smart and being wise are the same thing.

God we seek wisdom,

eyes to look deeper, ears to listen carefully, hearts open to the Spirit.

God of grace, God of glory, God of wisdom,

lead us on the path of wisdom, in grace help us grow wiser in your love and in your kingdom.  Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

1 Kings 3:4-28

 

SERMON The Gift of Wisdom

 

Hymn VU686 God of Grace and God of Glory

 

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: MV209 Go, Make a Diff'rence

 

COMMISSIONING:

We have gathered, we have worshipped, we have opened ourselves to God's wisdom.

Now we go out into the world where there is a different wisdom.

Jesus called us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves as we journey in the world (Matthew 10:16)

As we try to avoid being eaten as sheep living among wolves.

As you go to live and serve in the world, carry with you the wisdom of love, the wisdom of hope, the wisdom of God

We go to share the alternative wisdom, the love of God, the hope of the Kingdom.

And may God: Parent, Child and Spirit, Wisdom and Hope embodied, go with you.

All ways and always.  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