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January 25, 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: Set the Sun Dancing See insert
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
CALL TO WORSHIP
Children of God! Gather together to worship!
We come to share the life of faith with friends new and old.
Children of God! Open your hearts and souls and minds and ears!
We open our very beings to let God speak and move in our midst.
Children of God! Your brothers and sisters in faith are all around you. Let us greet them with words and signs of God's peace...
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST
LIGHTING OF THE Christ CANDLE
God is here! Among us, within us, bringing Light to our lives!
We light this candle to reminds us of God's Light that can never be extinguished.
OPENING PRAYER (Celebrate God's Presence p.27)
We come to you, O God, our River of Life:
May we drink deeply, and receive your grace.
We come to you, O God, our Rock of Ages:
May we stand in trust, and receive your strength.
We come to you, O God, our Source of Compassion:
May we open our hearts,
and receive your healing love. Amen.
Gathering Hymn VU365 Jesus Loves 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
Blessed are those who...
God of life, we give thanks that we have been blessed in so many ways.
But woe to those who...
God of life, we wonder if we are the hungry or the filled, the winners or the losers in the game of life.
Blessings and curses, praises and woes, all seem so intermingled.
God of life, help us to sort them out, help us to seek the path of blessing.
As we walk the road that leads to the Kingdom,
may we be open to the upturning of the world, ready to challenge the injustices we see, willing to risk the changes that Kingdom living brings.
And may we be graceful and grace-filled as it happens.
God of grace, God of blessings, God of the Kingdom, we pray and wait in hope. Amen.
SERMON Blessed or Cursed??
Hymn VU896 Blest Are They
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Dedication Offering Hymn: Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands
#173 MV verse 5a then verse 5
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Hymn VU642 Be Thou My Vision
Children of God! Our time of worship draws to a close.
And we prepare to return to the mission field, the world where we live and work and serve.
Children of God! As those who have been blessed,
we go out to share our blessings with others.
Children of God! In a world where there are winners and losers,
we go to share God's word of hope and promise for the Kingdom of Justice and peace.
Children of God! Go with God: Parent, Child and Spirit; One in Three.
We go secure in the knowledge that God is with us every step of the way. Amen.
Sung Benediction: I Am the Light of the World #87 Voices United
(refrain, verse 1, refrain)POSTLUDE