Worship Outline

January 16, 2021

St. Mark’s Community of Faith Online Worship Service
January 17, 2021
Health & Wellness Ministry: Body Mind & Spirit

Organ Prelude-Largo and Fugue (W. Boyce)

Welcome

Introit-Hear our prayer, O God VU 865

Matthew 9.18-26

Finding Healing
Self Care for Kids
De-Stressing

Hymn-Come and Find the Quiet Centre VU 374 (all three verses)

Being a Rose
Caring

Special Music-Improvisation

Dear God

Hymn-Body, Mind and Spirit MV 153 (all four verses)

Blessing

Choral Closing-Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing VU 824b

Organ Postlude-Allemande (G. Telemann)

 

January 9  

Worship Outline for January 10, 2021

Baptism Sunday
Rev Patti Armstrong

Prelude-Voluntary in E minor (J. Stanley)

Introit-Hear our prayer, O God VU 865

Welcome & Honouring the Land

Centering prayer

Hymn-Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized VU 99

Scripture-Mark 1.4-11

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Reflection-Meeting John

Special music-Improvisation Pastorale (P. Hayes)

Prayer of the Heart-Living Water

Abba Father, Your Word promises that whoever believes in You will have rivers of living water flowing from their heart.
I’ve given my heart to You, Lord. I’m Your blood-bought child.
My name is engraved in the palm of Your hand.
I’m thirsty. I long for Your living water to flow in all its fullness through me today and every day You give me on this earth.
Holy Spirit, fill me afresh right now.
Fill me to overflowing with the fullness of Your Peace, Presence, Love, Joy and Hope.
Just as you ensure a spring is constantly renewed with fresh water to keep it pure and flowing freely, renew me today.
Awaken me each day with a deep and abiding desire to meet with You.
Give me an unquenchable thirst as I sit at Your feet.
Ignite a passion in me for more of You and more of Your Word.
Convict me.
Minister to my heart.
Encourage and equip me.
I love you, Creating Spirit God, and ask this in Jesus’ most precious and holy name. Amen

Adapted from: Living Water. A Prayer for You-Wendy Blight

Hymn-My Soul is Thirsting for You MV 109

Blessing

Choral Closing-Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing VU 824b

Postlude-Improvisation

 

January 3 -Epiphany

Organ Prelude: Improvisation

Introit: Christ is Born VU 41x 3

Welcome & Honouring the Land

Invocation                                                                                                                                 
Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!
Darkness covers the earth and its people,
but the radiance of God’s Light
burns away its shadows,
illuminates the smallest corner,
and heralds in the start
of a new dawn,
where hearts no longer fear,
souls might be set free,
and sister shall follow brother,
nation shall follow nation,
and kings and princes bow down in awe
before the one who comes to reign.
Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come!
Alleluia!

Hymn: A light is gleaming VU 82

Matthew 2.1-12 
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Hebrew people? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Special Music: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich (J. Walther)

Reflection: The start of every Star

Hymn: First-born of Mary MV 110

Prayer of creation
Your Word is
truth
for victims of injustice,
light
for all who cannot see,
love
where there is hatred,
freedom
for the oppressed.
Your Word is
healing
where there is sickness,
comfort
in times of sorrow,
mercy
where there is humility,
hope
for eternity.
Let us be still before God
rest quietly in this presence
Listen.
(Pause)
Let us bring before God
the words that may have hurt
and all those left unsaid;
the anger we have felt
and resentment we have fed.
Let us be still before God
rest quietly in this presence
Listen.
(Pause)
God is slow to anger
willing to forgive
Full of Grace.
Draw near to Holy God
rest quietly in this presence
Listen.
John Birch, 2016

Hymn: The first Nowell VU 91

Blessing
Parent God, the star that led the Magi to the stable announced to the world that its Saviour was born. Today we live in a world that is still covered by darkness, and still needing to make that journey to the stable door. May our lives reflect your light day by day, as we seek to serve where you have placed us. That we might be the means through which others can encounter your Creating Spirit. Amen

Choral Closing: Joy is Now in Every Place VU 45 vs 2

Organ Postlude: Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir (W. Volckmar)

December 27 – More Christmas!

Prelude- Vieux Noel (C. Franck)

Introit- Christ is Born VU 41 x 3

Welcome & Honouring the Land

Centering prayer

Your love
flows like a stream
into the ocean of your Grace.
Your love
encircles this world,
displays your faithfulness.
Your love
is patient and kind,
brings wholeness and true peace.
Your love
is all we desire
to heal our brokenness.
As all things pass
and fade away
love remains
eternally

Carol: Joy to the world VU 59 verses 1,2 & 4

Psalm 148 (Iona Abbey Worship Book)

Praise God!
Shout your praises from the heavens.

Shout them from the heights.

Sing praises, all you angels, all you heavenly beings.

Sing praises, sun and moon, and all you glittering stars.

Praise God, you highest heavens, you water above the heavens.

Praise the holy name of the God who called you forth,

Who established you for ever and ever by decree that will never change.

Shout your praises, all the earth, you sea monsters and all depths.

Fire and hail, snow and frost, storm winds, fulfilling God word.

You mountains and all you hills, you orchards and every cedar.

You beasts, both wild and tame; creeping reptiles, flying birds.

Monarchs of earth and all people rulers and judges of every land.

Women and men and all people alike, young and old together.

Praise the holy name, the name beyond all names.

God’s splendour above earth, above the heavens, giving strength and hope to the people.

God be praised by all the faithful people.

By people close to God!
Alleluia!

Carol:  In the bleak midwinter VU 55 verses 1,2,3 & 4

Reflection: Ever becoming Oneness

Special music-Improvisation

Prayer of the Earth

For those who seek a Saviour
we lead them to the Stable
To the One who was born
To bring freedom
Forgiveness
Liberty
For those who seek Assurance
we lead them to the Light
To the One who opens eyes
to understanding
God’s Word
Truth
For those who seek Forgiveness
We lead them to a Grace
beyond comprehension
To wholeness
Healing
Peace.

Carol:  What child is this VU 74 verses 1,2 & 3

Blessing

Where your love resides
there is wholeness,
Where your peace inhabits
there is harmony,
Where your Spirit lives
there is freedom.
God of gentle whisper
cooling breeze
and sweet perfume,
infuse our lives
with all that is good
and pure and holy,
and we shall be a
fragrant offering
wherever you might need us. Amen

Choral Closing: Joy is Now in Every Place VU 45 x 3

Organ Postlude: Fugue in D (G.F. Handel)

December 25 – Christmas Prayer

We pray during this time, when a baby came to being in a trough surrounded by young parents and barn animals, that all who are cold be wrapped in warm blankets.
Let it be so.

We pray for all alone to find one true friend.
Let it be so.

We pray that guns and weapons become obsolete and part of our past.
May it be so.

We pray to you, O Holy One, that all children have shoes, homes, books, nourishing food, medicine and endless amounts of love.
May it be so.

We pray that all our Indigenous sisters and brothers here in Canada and throughout the world, live to experience true justice, whole reconciliation and abiding compassion.
May it be so.

We pray for New Canadians and immigrants everywhere, seeking lives free of oppression, torment, gunfire, starvation, who are filled with new hope.
Let it be so.

We pray for our lost, struggling, ever-seeking and damaged world, especially now during the ravages of a pandemic we continue to endure.  We hold all who suffer, who have died, who are sick and who have lost their way.  For all who work to help alleviate suffering and who put themselves at risk. May we listen to your call Holy One to see everything as sacred and thereby take gentle, kind hearted care of all around us.
Let it be so.

We pray to you O Holy One for a brand new kind of peace for ourselves and the children of our world.
May it be so.

We pray for our resplendent, groaning and steadfast earth. Open our eyes to her and all the life she nurtures with constancy and resilience.
Let it be so.

We pray with you for all those we love. Strangers around us. And with conviction and heart felt love, for ourselves.
May it be so.

And with gratitude beyond our understanding, thank-you for the baby coming once again into our lives. It changes everything.

December 24 – Christmas Eve

Carols, Readings, Communion and our Collective Light!

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

Prelude #1:  Organ Presto (J.S. Bach)

Prelude #2:  Mixed Blessings Little Child, Born in a Manger (W. Treadgold)

Prayer of Welcome & Honouring the Land & Illuminating the candle of Creation’s light
Gracious God, fill my heart with the delight and abandon that is so palpable in children.  Give me the desire to stare wide-eyed and curious at the miracle of life, the power of love, and the profound awe of mystery.  Remind me to be child-like in my joy as I look expectantly for the blessings that saturate my life.  I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Introit: Christ is Born VU 41 x 3

O come all ye faithful VU 60 verses 1, 2, & 5

1st reading. Adapted from Luke 2.1-6

In days, long ago a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the known world should be registered in their home towns. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, and returned to the city of David called Bethlehem, from where he was descended. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, seeking shelter, the time came for her to give birth to her child. In a stable, surrounded by barn creatures and the night sky, Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in the pieces of cloth she had carried with her, and laid him in a manger.

2nd reading Adapted from Luke 2.7-14
Nearby there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock in the still night. From beyond the hills an angel of the Lord came before them, and the glory of God’s light shone around them, and they huddled close to one another in fear. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for you will see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people! To all is born this day, in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the son of our Lord. And this will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among all!’

Sheep fast asleep VU 52

3rd reading. Adapted from Luke 2.15-20
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see what has taken place, which God has made known to us.’ So together they went and found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they told Mary and Joseph what God had made known to them about this child.  All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Mary quietly treasured all these words and pondered them deeply in her heart. The shepherds then returned to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Lord’s prayer VU 959

Sharing the cup of blessing and bread of life

Prayer for Our Community
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
Father Richard Rohr

Special Music – Mixed Blessings: Mary’s Christmas Child (W. Treadgold)

Hark the herald angels sing VU 48 verses 1, 2 & 3

4th reading. Adapted from Isaiah 9.2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. All who lived in a land of only night, light has shone upon them. The Holy One has blessed all nations, increasing our joy. We rejoice before all, as with joy at the first harvest. For the yoke of our burden and the bar across our shoulders and the ignorance of our oppressors has been broken. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us and the authority of love rests upon his shoulders; and he is named: Wonderful Counsellor. Everlasting One. Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace. He will establish and uphold it with justice, compassion, righteousness and inclusive love, from this time onwards and for evermore.

St. Mark’s Community of Faith’s Collective Light

Choral Closing: Joy is Now in Every Place VU 45 vs 1

Christmas eve blessing 

May the blessing of the God who is beyond you and as close to you as your own beating heart rain down upon you the dew of grace.

Resources adapted from: explorefaith.orgresources

Chancel Choir: At Christmas, Be Merry (J. Hinton)

 

December 19, 2020 – 4th Advent

St. Mark’s Community of Faith Choral service
December 20th, 2020
LOVE 4th Advent-The geography of waiting
Welcome and Lighting the Candles

What do You Love? – Kids answer

Carol – The First Noel

The Christmas Story in Clips

Carol – Away in Manger

The Legend of Mistletoe

How do You Show Love? – Kids answer

Carol – Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

The Prayer 

Closing 

Susan’s 10th Anniversary

 

December 13, 2020 – 3rd Advent

St. Mark’s Community of Faith Choral service

December 13th, 2020

JOY 3rd Advent-The geography of waiting

 

Let Joy find me. Let Joy find you. Let Joy find us.

The question is not, “How am I to love God, but 

How am I to let myself be loved by God.” 

Henri Nouwen.

Organ Improvisation: ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

Chancel Choir:  While We are Waiting, Come (D. Cason)

Welcome and Opening Prayer

O Holy One,
you are tender shepherd,
architect of the Way,
beguiling hope of all who go looking for you deep in their lives.
Surprise us here with sweetness, challenge, vision—
Whatever we may need in this moment to recognize you
and follow you into the future.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Beloved.

See Amid the Winter’s Snow

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear VU 44

Mixed Blessings:  Mary’s Lullabye (Wm. Treadgold)

The Baby Jesus (Wm. Treadgold)

Chancel Choir:  He Is Born (arr. R. Wetzler)

Unto Us a Boy is Born (traditional)

Christmas Cradle Song (A. Hollins)

Reflection

What Child is This VU 74

The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

Mixed Blessings: Go, Tell It on the Mountain (J. Work Jr.)

Chancel Choir: At Christmas Be Merry (J. Hinton)

Mixed Blessings: A Christmas Wish (Wm. Treadgold)

Joy to the World VU 59

Blessing (based on Isaiah 43:1-7)
The God who breathed this world alive
And sustains it day by day
Whose hands flung stars into space
And controls our destiny
Says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
The God who filled the ocean depths
And set tides on their way
Who caused mountains to be raised up
And rainbows to display
Says, “I have called you by name, you are mine.”
The God who made the fertile earth
And seed within to sow
Whose artistry creates butterflies
And the early morning dew
Says, “You are precious in my sight.”

 

December 5, 2020 – 2nd Advent

The Geography of Waiting. December 6th  2020

Let Peace find me.

Let Peace find you.

Let Peace find us.

The question is not, How am I to love God but,                            How am I to let myself be loved by God?

Henri Nouwen

 Prelude: Quasi Allegretto (C. Franck)

Welcome & Honouring the Land

 Introit: Hope is a Star VU 7 vs. 2 (J. Collier)

 Advent prayer

Let us hear what God is saying to us; tender words for a burdened people:
Comfort, comfort, my people!
The days of sorrow are ending!
Let us hear what God is saying to us; encouraging words for an anxious people:

Prepare a way for the Holy One,
Through deserts of despair
build a green and resplendent highway for our God!

Let us hear what God is saying to us; words of vision for a weary people:
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss!
Let us hear what God is saying to us: join me on the journey to transformative love.

Luke 3:3-6

John went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth; and all shall see the salvation of God.”

Special Music: Improvisation

Carol: Angels we have heard on high VU 38

Pauls’ prayer to the Philippians 1.3-6

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus the Christ.

Prayer of creation

The year past has been riddled with crisis and losses:
Covid-19, natural disasters of fire and hurricane,
exposure of societal injustices rooted in racist and sexist structures,
painful political reckonings.

In this moment we are called to examine our hearts.
Are there things in our lives left undone?
Relationships to mend?

Kindness needed toward ourselves. Toward each other. Toward our earth.

How can we help alleviate the pain we see around us?

How can we open ourselves further to the mystery and abounding love of Great Spirit God?

Brief silence.

Comfort, comfort, my people, says the God of Justice and Compassion.
You are forgiven and showered with grace to change your life,
and to work toward the kin-dom of the One who is to Come; who is always here.

New heavens and new earth, where righteousness is at home in all life,

as the living presence of the Christ in the world. Amen.

Amen.

Carol: Twas in the moon of wintertime VU 71

Reflection: Awake in the waiting of peace-Patti

Carol: Good King Wenceslas

Blessing-Patti

Go forth into the world
energized to seek signs of God’s  future
everywhere:
especially in the unruly, unkempt, and persistent voices
of Prophets in our midst:
calling us to prepare the way
in our lives and our world
For the Holy One who is coming!

Amen.

Choral Closing: Prepare the Way of the Lord VU 10 (M. Burkhardt)

Recessional: Quasi Allegro (C. Franck)

Liturgy Adapted from Service Prayers for Advent 2 Year B 2020 are written by the Rev. Susan A. Blain, Minister for Worship and Gospel Arts, Faith INFO Ministry Team, UCC.

 

 

November 28, 2020

1st Advent-The Geography of Waiting. November 29th  2020

Let Hope find me. Let Hope find you. Let Hope find us.

The question is not, How am I to love God but,  How am I to let myself be loved by God?                                                              Henri Nouwen

Prelude: Voluntary in G minor (S. Long)

Welcome & Honouring the Land

We acknowledge that the Durham Region forms a part of the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nation, the Mississauga Peoples and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we gather in worship today.

Advent prayer

                                                                                                  Creator God, we are lost without you.                                            We pray that you will find us and open our minds to you.
Inner light Christ, remind us in our hope that we can make a difference. We pray that you will find our hearts open to you.
Dancing Spirit, encourage us to not lose hope in your ability to make a difference through us. We pray that you will find our hands open to do your loving work. We pray for all humankind. That the homeless find shelter, that the hungry find food, that the lonely find friendship, that the sick find health, and that we find the ways to make this happen. Hope come find us all.

Introit-Hope is a Star VU 7 vs. 1 (J. Collier)

Candle lighting

Hymn: Come, come Emmanuel MV 11

Luke 21.25-28

                                                                                                           There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your hands, because your redemption is drawing near.

Hymn: We come now to your table MV 192

 

Table fellowship

We open our hearts to Spirit of Christ, birthed into the world in the beginning and birthing now into our lives.

God of humble births and the stars in the heavens, we thank You for Your persistent love for all creation.  We thank You for those who see You and make connections that lead toward meaning.  We thank You for those who are wise—who will journey out to strange lands and unknown territories in search of truth or to bring justice.  We thank You for Your way of breathing life into us, and of helping us to take deep breaths when we need them.

God of love, creativity, novelty, joy, meaning, peace and hope, in spite of all the challenges on earth and in our personal lives, we give thanks for Your persistence throughout the universe.

We rejoice with Jesus our brother, born humbly and marginalized, who communed with those others called outcast, who lived a complex life that sought justice, who died unfairly, and whose Spirit lives among us still.

 

Communion music -Fuga a 2 Voci (J. Pepusch)

 

The bread of life

Long ago our tradition says, Jesus came in the humble birth of a child, a child of amazing and divine love, a child of Mary’s love and a child of Joseph’s acceptance. A child of our humanity.

We pledge ourselves to be embodiments of the dream he dreamed.

 

Long ago our tradition says, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said: ‘This bread is broken, as my heart and body will be’.

And he handed it to his friends inviting them to eat:

‘Remember all that I have been to you and all we have been to each other.

 

The cup of blessing

Long ago our tradition says, Jesus poured a cup of wine,

offered thanks for it, and gave it to his friends saying:

‘This wine is poured out as my life will be poured out.

As you drink give thanks for all I have given’.

 

It is through the goodness and effort of others, that

we have this bread and wine to offer…

bread, that was once scattered as grain in a paddock

and gathered together and baked into a loaf;

wine, that was once grapes grown on a hillside

and gathered together and pressed into juice.

May this gathering of this Community of Faith be comforted and challenged to see God’s light in everything during this season of love and new beginnings.

May we find the courage and the generosity that characterized Jesus’ life.

 

Reflection-Awake in the waiting of hope

 

Special Music-Adagio (T. Albinoni)

 

Prayer in the midst of the spread of COVID19

O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear.

Hear our cry, O God, Listen to our prayer.

 

Come to our aid as the coronavirus spreads globally, heal those who are sick, support and protect their families and friends from being infected.

Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus.

 

Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive in the eradication of all diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and the many others that create suffering and often result in death for many people.

Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that makes us worry only when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond timidity and fear that too easily ignore our neighbor. Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession: care-givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who commit themselves to caring for the sick and their families. Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine.

 

Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions… protect and guard all those who must travel.

Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing.

 

Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.

Hold in your gentle embrace all who have died and who will die this day. Comfort their loved ones in their despair.

Remember all your family, the entire human race, and all your creation, in your love. Amen!

 

Hymn: All earth is waiting VU 5

 

Blessing

God of Advent, keep us awake in the waiting for signs of You in our midst:

the cries of the earth,

the songs seeking justice,

the awakening of the people of the land.

Keep us awake in the waiting that we might see You when You come into our midst and enliven the deepest yearning of our hearts and souls—to know You. Amen.

 

Choral Closing-Prepare the Way of the Lord VU 10 (M. Burkhardt)

 

Recessional-Improvisation

 

Liturgy adapted from: Carolyn Bohler. Rev. Rex A E Hunt. Iona abbey worship book. Alternative futures for worship. Vol 3. The eucharist, praying a new story; The communion book, Uniting in Worship. Leader’s Book, Seasons of prayer, resources for worship. Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, KAIROS. The Lutheran world federation. A communion of churches.

 

November 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/uaAZ0xr4r2k

Worship Outline for Sunday, November 22, 2020
Transgender Day of Remembrance & Reign of Christ.

Prelude: Gloria (J.M. Missio)

Introit: We Are One VU#402 vs.1 (J. Sam)

Welcome and honouring the land
We acknowledge that the Durham Region forms a part of the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nation, the Mississauga Peoples and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we gather in worship today.

Psalm 25.1, 4                                                                                                                 
To you, God of everything, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust.
Make me to know your ways,
O God; teach me your paths.

Centering prayer

Our Creating God, whom we call by many names, but who calls each of us “Beloved,” I come in gratitude for the richness, the diversity, the great abundance of unique souls in this world. Thank you for the very complexity that distinguishes each one of us. May all people find those who will love and accept them, will value their distinctive beauty and spirits. May we each feel the presence of your transcending mystery, may we know that we are part of a process of life that is rooted in divine, emanating love, and may we feel the comfort of knowing that every one of us is cherished by God.        Joanna Fontaine-Crawford

Hymn: Make a Joyful Noise VU#820

Reflection

Special Music: Bourrée (J.S. Bach)

Prayer of diversity                                                                                                              
To the creator of humanity, the sculptor of beauty, and the artist of diversity, your people are before you. When you reached down from the heavens to mold us from the earth, you created within us a uniqueness and beauty that knows no bounds. When you knelt down to breathe life into our lungs, you passed on your love for us that we might share it with others. With hate too great a burden to bear, let us learn to embrace each other with love, welcome the stranger with benevolent kindness, and turn an enemy into a friend. As the creator and artist of diversity, let us not shun your ways. Instead, let us reach out to those who are different than us, demonstrating the love you have instilled in your people. For indeed we are your people: black, brown, and white; Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian; Gay, Straight, Transgender-on a spectrum of diversity. And with so many others, may we never forget that each of us carry your breath within our lungs. We are your people; your beautiful, conflicted, wonderful, broken, and diverse people. Only you can make us one, only you can take this large diverse world and bend the arc of the moral universe to justice. Therefore, we submit ourselves to your will. We fall down at your feet asking forgiveness from our intolerance and hate. Today, may we celebrate the diversity you created in order to practice the love you have shown us. In your sacred, beautiful, and diverse name, we pray, Amen.
R. Mitch Randal 

Hymn: Like a Healing Stream MV#144

1 Thessalonians 3.11-13 adapted  
May our God and our brother Jesus direct our way. And may God make us increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for You. And may they so strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless and free before God and our brother Jesus, with all saints.

Blessing
I pray to the birds.
I pray to the birds because
I believe they will carry the messages of my heart upward.
I pray to them because I believe in their existence,
the way their songs begin and end each day,
the invocations and benedictions of earth.
I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love
rather than what I fear.
And at the end of my prayers,
they teach me how to listen.
Terry Tempest Williams

Choral Closing: May the God of Hope Go with Us VU#424 vs. 1 (Argentine Folk Melody)

Recessional: Toccata (J. Pachelbel) 

 

November 15, 2020

Worship Outline – 194th Anniversary Celebration

Prelude: Improvisation

Introit: We Are One vs. 4 VU#402 (J. Sam)

Welcome & Honouring the Land

We gather, looking back to see the paths taken, looking forward to see our path. We honour those who have gone before us, 
learning from their successes and failures. 
We celebrate who we are today, 
and welcome the possibilities and opportunities before us. 
We gather to worship God, 
the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow.                                             

worshipwords.co.uk

Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling VU333

1st message

Isaiah 40.6-13 (adapted from Hebrew bible)
A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of God blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of love and constancy of our God will stand forever.
Get up to a high mountain, O Zion,
herald of good tidings;                                                               
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;                                                                       
say to the cities of all nations,
‘Here is your God!’ See God comes with light,                                                       
and their arms work for Parent God;
the reward is with God, and they recompense before God
God will feed the flock
like a shepherd;                                                                              
God will gather the lambs in comforting arms,
and carry them in their bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

Special Music: Tierce en Taille (F. Couperin)

Prayer of hope
God of our present and our future, as we gather here today we look for hope.
The future is uncertain, we wonder what it will bring.
Fill us with a vision for what we could be.
Give us hope for our Community of Faith,
our Global World and our Planet Earth.
Help us find the choices that lead to life in abundance.
God of hope, in a time of uncertainty we so often fall into fear and worry.
Show us the opportunities and possibilities in our chaotic world,
remind us to consider seriously where our priorities and faith-filled discernment lie and push us to see how our choices matter, and then fill us with hope in a new heaven and a new earth.
God of our future, may we walk boldly into what may come, as people, not only of faith, but of hope.
May we share your hope, unbounding love and promise, with the world in which we live.
Amen. 
(Adapted from: worshipofferings.blogspot.com)

2nd message

Hymn:  I Have Called You By Your Name MV161

3rd message

Prayer of peace & fortitude 

In this age of anxiety & stress, we ask for your Presence,
Great Spirit God to be made clearly amongst us. 

Be with us as we confront illnesses that leave many of us in a state of deep concern for our families, our friends, our colleagues, our communities, our nation and our world.                                                                                                                                
As hospitals and health care providers seek to continue the healing ministry of You, may they have fortitude for the road ahead, knowing that you are walking this journey with them with your ever-present Hand.                                             
Remind them of both their strength and Your strength.                                                                                                        
We ask for Your comfort upon those who have already lost loved ones during this Pandemic. And may healing be upon all who are physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually suffering. 

In the wilderness of this time & uncertainty, may we strengthen our resolve to lean on You, abide in your presence, and be guided by your enduring and powerful transforming Love & Spirit.                                                                                                  
You have been with us in every age and will remain a refuge — to take solace, to re-collect and reflect on our thoughts, to remember that all things of this world are fleeting, and this too shall pass.  

Let us recall the calming of the storm by your Hand. Let us today and tomorrow and the days ahead lean on and in You and resolve to care for each other and support each other through this difficult journey before us in our lives both collectively and individually. 

Amidst the darkness, the confusion and the storm of worry, may your Presence be made abundantly revealed so that Your light, Your hand and Your unmitigated love of everything, give us comfort, refuge, clarity, and hope.             Amen. 

Adapted from prayer by Elizabeth Ecks

4th message

Blessing
All shall be well and all shall be well                                              and all manner of things shall be well.
Julian of Norwich

Choral Closing: May the God of Hope Go with Us vs. 2 VU 424 (Argentine Folk Melody)

Anniversary hymn

Recessional: Hornpipe (S. Wesley)             

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020 – Worship Outline

World Food Sunday

Prelude:  Poco Allegretto (C. Franck)

Welcoming

Introit:  Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying (K. Medema) VU#400
World Food Day Prayer

Creator of all that is, all that has ever been, and all that will ever come, in the season we know in the North as autumn, we offer gratitude for the cycle of the seasons. In this season we begin to reap what we have sown, tended to, prayed over, and fretted on.

In all of this, we know that you have been there, watching over your creation and all its creatures.

We lament over crops that were lost this year, to drought, and hail, and floods, to frost, to lack of workers, to pandemic. We lament over crops that were never planted, where farmers could not access their land or do not have the privilege to acquire land. Help us to stand in solidarity with farmers whose harvest never came to yield; help us to see land not as a resource to use, but as a gift to share.
As the leaves begin to turn brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, we begin to pull from the ground the fruit of our labour. The potatoes, squash, brussels sprouts, cabbage, apples, pears and more begin to fill our baskets. We give thanks. The corn and beans are ready to be stored; they have dried on their stocks. We know that these foods will sustain us through the winter.

We give thanks for labourers who have come to harvest, workers from near and far, many who travel to this land to find work. Sustainer, open our eyes to their sacrifice and help us to honour their gift. We pray for a safe harvest for all labourers and farmers.

As the honeybee prepares for winter, we enjoy honey’s nectar sweetness.
Creator, we are called back to remember our interconnectedness during this harvest season. Forgive us the times that we have been disconnected from our relations in our desire to take more than we should. Call us back into the fabric of creation so that we might live in the abundance of life.
For all this, and more, we give thanks.
Amen.

Michael Shewburg is Executive Director of Five Oaks and lives on an organic farm with his farming partner Ryan and son Marshall.

World Food Day Community Message

Hymn: Fairest, Lord Jesus VU341

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Reflection: Food In-Security-Indigenous Canada

https://yellowheadinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/covid-food-insecurity.pdf

Special Music: Improvisation

Hymn: Soil of God, you and I MV174

Prayer at the Table
More than enough O God of Grace and Mercy, we are a nation of all-you-can-eat buffets and fast foods. We have forgotten what it is to eat what we need to be healthy, and to know when we have had enough. Remind us of the morning manna in the desert, of simply gathering what is needed each day, and gratefully trusting in your provision for the next. Disturb us at the thought of “haves” and “have-nots.” Help us to realize that a true feast is not defined by the quantity of food, but by the certainty that everyone—even our enemy— has a welcome place at the table. Amen.

Deborah Harris, in Feast Together. Posted on the Seeds Publishers website

Choral Closing: God Be With You till We Meet Again (W. Tomer) VU#422

Recessional: Maestoso (C. Franck)