Worship Outline

September 20, 2020 – Worship Outline

Prelude – Henry Remiz

Opening – Rob Smith
Welcome to our gathering.
We celebrate Creation time during this seasonal shift and seek to evermore be present to our Great Mother Earth.
We honour and acknowledge the land of our indigenous brothers and sisters, that we each gather on today. We commit to be reconciled with all life and Great Mother Earth that sustains.
May Great Spirit God walk with you through this time and offer you invitation and space to reflect on your own journey.

Prayer – Robin MacKenzie
O Spirit, you swept through the ages:
be among us now to fill us with radical amazement
at the wonder of creation and creativity.
Call to us that we may hear your voice
in beauty, in witness, in song, and in prayer,
and respond with all that we have to offer:
body, mind, soul, and spirit.
Whisper to us when we doubt your goodness and despair of hope
in a world fraught with signs of destruction,
that we may yet hear your still small voice. Amen.
by Ralph Carl Wushke

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:24-33 – Rob Smith                                                               
No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Reflection: We are together in the greening – Rev Patti Armstrong

Music: Each Blade of Grass MV #37 – Henry Remiz


Postlude – Henry Remiz


September 13, 2020 – Worship Outline

Centering Prayer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 130 – Peter Miller 
Out of the depths I cry to you, O God.
Hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, O God, mark our guilt, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness; and for this we revere you.
I trust in you, O God, my soul trusts in your word.
My soul waits for you, O God, more than sentinels wait for the morning.
Like those who wait for the morning, let your people wait for you.
For with you is unfailing love and plentiful redemption.
You will redeem your people from all their iniquities.
(Iona Abbey Worship Book)

Reflection: Waiting in the corner with God

Hymn: Come and Find the Quiet Centre VU #374 – Henry Remiz

Prayers for the Life of the World – Barbara Lewis
For everything that emerges from the earth
Thanks be to you, O, God,
Holy Root of being
Sacred Sap that rises
Full-bodied Fragrance of earth’s unfolding form.
May we know that we are of You
may we know that we are in You
may we know that we are one with you
together one.
Guide us as nations to what is deepest
open us as peoples to what is first
lead us as a world to what is dearest
that we may know the holiness of wholeness
that we may learn the strength of humility
that together we may live close to the earth
and grow in grounded glory.
(Praying with the earth. J. Philip Newell.)


Postlude – Henry Remiz


September 6, 2020

We honour and acknowledge the land of our indigenous brothers and sisters that we gather on today. We commit to be reconciled with all life and the Great Mother Earth that sustains.

Breath prayer: Word; love-filled.  Breathe in love, hold, breathe out filled.
Listen to the word inside your mind. Do this 3 times.

Scripture adapted from Romans 13:8–14
Owe no one anything but love.

Love for One Another
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has been filled with the heart of God. Be honest with one another. Respect all life. Share with others without expectation. Find contentment with what you have. Do no harm. Filling your heart with God can be summed up through this directive: Love your neighbour as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of God’s heart.

Besides this, you know what time it is, it is the moment for you to wake-up from the world’s greed and power. For spiritual awareness is nearer to us now then when we first started to see; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us lay aside the works of injustice and put on the cape of love; let us live honourably, not in ways that separate us from one another, instead live out from the Christ-light, and make no provision for the ego to gratify its dishonourable desires.

Reflection: The mindfulness of Paul

Blessing: Create your own!


August 30, 2020

Online Worship gathering

We honour and acknowledge the land of our indigenous brothers and sisters that we gather on today. We commit to be reconciled with all life and the Great Mother Earth that sustains.

Centering prayer: Breathing into this moment, we give thanks to the one who holds all things, accepts all things and loves all thing without condition.

Readings-New testament & Hebrew testament. NRSV bible.
Matthew 16:21–28

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Exodus 3:1–15
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“ God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.

Reflection: This journey

Prayer of creation: Holding the world in all its hope, sadness and beauty together with God.


August 23, 2020

Online Worship Gathering

We honour and acknowledge the land of our indigenous brothers and sisters that we gather on today. We commit to be reconciled with all life and the Great Mother Earth that sustains.

Breath prayer: Word-peace-full. Breathe in peace, hold, breathe out full.

Listen to the word inside your mind. 3 times.

Reading: Matthew 16.13-20

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Reflection: Building sanctuary within

Prayer of creation: Holding the world in all its hope, sadness and beauty together with God.


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