Sunday, October 08, 2006

Bulletin for October 1st 2006



One: God, the promise of life in little bodies and tiny seed,.
All: We seek eyes that wonder at the mystery of the earth.
One: God, the promise of life in the fragile wings of a butterfly,
All: We seek to know our part in the intricate pattern of being.
One: God, the promise of life in a child’s trusting hands,
All: We seek to make the way of wholeness and peace.
One: God, the promise of life in friendship and companionship,
All: We seek to understand the miracle of every shared meal.

HYMN # 477 I Come With Joy

One: Come.
Let us celebrate the supper of the Lord.
Let us make a huge loaf of bread
and let us bring abundant wine
like at the wedding at Cana.
All: Let the women not forget the salt.
Let the men bring along the yeast.
Let many guests come,
the lame, the blind, the crippled, the poor.
One: Come quickly.
Let us follow the recipe of the Lord.
All of us, let us knead the dough together with our hands.
Let us see with joy how the bread grows.
All: Because today we celebrate the meeting with the Lord.
Today we renew our commitment to the Kingdom.
Nobody will stay hungry.

One: Eternal God, maker of the skies above,
Lowly Christ, born amisdst the growing earth.
All: Spirit of life, wind over the flowing waters,
In earth, sea and sky,
You are there.
One: O hidden mystery,
sun behind all suns,
soul behind all souls,
in everything we touch,
in everyone we meet,
your presence is around us,
and we give you thanks.
All: But when we have not touched
but trampled you in creation,
when we have not met
but missed you in one another,
when we have not received
but rejected you in the poor,
forgive us,
and hear now our plea for mercy.
One: Hear now the words of Jesus
for all who are truly sorry
and seek to renew their lives:
Your sins are forgiven,
Go in peace;
Come and follow me.
Lead us now, O God,
All: to acknowledge your costly generosity
by living as forgiven people,
until heaven and earth rejoice
and the whole earth cries Glory!
through Christ our Lord.

HYMN # 642 Be Thou My Vision (vs 1, 2, 5)


HYMN Jesus Loves the Little Children
Vs 1: Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world.
Shades of brown and black and white we are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Vs 2: God has made us all a rainbow. Colours dancing ‘round and ‘round.
In our hair and skin and eyes big and little every size
God has made us all a rainbow dancing ‘round.
Banquet Earth Grace
Chapathi! Chapathi! Puri and rice!
Burrito, Taquita, Spaghetti and Spice!
Dim sum, Egg Foo Yung,
Two all-beef patties, special sauce on a bun!
Hands across the table, Hands across the sea,
Sharing in the Banquet of the Earth! Thanks!

One: God be with you
All: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts!
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to almighty God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
One: We praise and thank you, God, because you are loving and just.
You treat all people with fairness. You challenge us to do the same
even those who feel unfit, unloved, or unlovable.
All: When we feel that we – or others –
Do not deserve even your leftovers,
You invite us all to the feast.
One: On this day we especially celebrate
our sisters and brothers all around the world
who have shared in this sacred meal this day,
as if we are gathered at one table.
All: You send us your child Jesus to be our friend,
To heal the hurting and bring new life to the hopeless.
One: He taught us to love one another,
challenging us to be open to new ways of seeing, hearing,
and living your love. And so with your faithful people
in all times and places, we sing this song of praise:
All: Holy, holy, holy God,
loving and giving creator
blessed Saviour, eternal presence –
glory to you in the highest!
One: Even when the world rejected Jesus –
on the very night he was bertayed –
he continued to feed others.
he sat with his friends, took bread, blessed it, broke it,
and gave it to them saying,
“This is my body, given to you.”
All: Open us, and feed us, O God.
One: After supper, he took a cup of wine, offered you thanks,
and gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for the forgiveness of sin. Whenever you share this cup, remember me.”
All: Open us, and feed us, O God. And so, gracious God,
your church in all times and places continues to share this meal,
remembering how much you love us.
One: Send you Holy Spirit upon this meal, and upon us,
that we may be fed by your love and your word,
and go from this place refreshed and renewed by your spirit.
All: Amen.

One: The body of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God for the bread of life.
One: The blood of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God for the cup of blessing.

HYMN # 467 (during communion) One Bread One Body

One: God, who nourishes us for the journey:
it is strengthening to know that,
All: as we gather at your table today,
your people throughout the world
are offering praise and thanksgiving
as bread and wine are shared.
One: May the mystery of your presence,
experienced in our worship,
bind us together into one worldwide community. Amen.

HYMN # 468 Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ

SCRIPTURE READING: James 5: 13 – 20 / Psalm 124 (# 848 VU)

CHOIR ANTHEM: Oh Living Bread From Heaven

SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 9: 38 – 50

SERMON: Gifts of Faith




HYMN # 427 To Show By Touch and Word

One: May the everlasting God shield you,
east and west and wherever you go.
And the blessing of God be upon you.
All: The blessing of the God of Life.
One: The blessing of Christ be upon you,
All: The blessing of the Christ of Love.
One: The blessing of the Spirit be upon you,
All: The blessing of the Spirit of Grace.
One: The blessing of the Trinity be upon you.
Now and for evermore.
All: Amen.

SUNG RESPONSE: # 299 Teach Me, God, to Wonder
Vs 1: Teach me, God, to wonder, teach me, God, to see;
Let your world of beauty capture me.
Praise to you be given, love for you be lived,
Life be celebrated, joy you give.

Vs 4: Teach me , God, to know you, hear you when you speak,
see you in my neighbour when we meet.
Praise to you be given, love for you be lived,
Life be celebrated, joy you give.

The worship has ended…
…the work of God’s people has just begun.
Go in peace.

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