Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - New Wine
Bethel Music - Heaven Come

COMMONS WORSHIP MUSIC PLAYLISTS
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MOTHER'S DAY PRAYER
By Bobbi Salkeld
There was no way to name all the experiences we have with this noun: mom. For some of us mom is a word filled with love, safely, and joy. And sure, we likely know that our experience with our mom is not perfect, but we also know it is deeply good. For others mom is a word filled with tension, or longing, or heartbreak. Maybe our own relationship with our mom is fraught, or we live with the loss of our mom, or we’ve lost a child or terminated a pregnancy. We believe that our prayers can hold all of this. That we can sit with God when our hearts are happy and we can sit with God when our hearts need healing.

Together let’s offer this prayer in three parts: 
First, celebrating moms,
Second, praying for each other, 
Third, resting in the palm of our parenting God.

Let us pray: 
For all of the ways we have been mothered well – through moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, friends, and mentors, Jesus, we give you thanks.
For those who welcomed new life this year, who expanded their role as mothers, who deepened their connection with the children in their lives, Jesus, we give you thanks.
For those who are in the trenches of parenting, who are working so hard to feed, teach, nurture, and shape children and youth while juggling so much more, Jesus, we give you thanks.
For those who have lost a mom, grandma, or a child this year, we grieve; Holy Spirit send your comfort and care.
For those who experience distance from moms, who cannot have children of their own, who have redefined motherhood for themselves as something bigger than giving birth, spirit, send your comfort and care.
For moms in need of encouragement, strength, and support, spirit, send your comfort and care.

The prophet Isaiah (49:15-16) said that God is like a super-mom. That God’s children are never forgotten. Isaiah shows us this image when God says, “See, I have written your name on my hand.”

Holy One, you keep us close, you keep track of us, and you never stop loving us. 
God, parent us with your love.
For all needs mentioned and those that go unnamed,
God, parent us with your love.

May you infuse all of our mothering efforts with grace and bless those in need of your mothering care today we pray,
God, parent us with your love.
AMEN.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clinton Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - Remembrance
Joshua Leventhal - Steadfast

COMMONS WORSHIP MUSIC PLAYLISTS
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THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. 
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.  
Amen.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 138

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Phil Wickham - This is Amazing Grace
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Hillsong Worship - Remembrance
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Hillsong Worship - New Wine
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

COMMONS WORSHIP MUSIC PLAYLISTS
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PRAYER
Written by Kevin Borst
God of creation,
We see the life that you breathe into us And we are thankful.
Shine through us Lord that we may be love, kindness, and peace towards those who need it.
Amen.

EUCHARIST INVITATION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

It is now our joy to celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist meal. All who put simple trust in Christ, who desire the Spirit’s help to live a full life; all who walk a path of forgiveness and spiritual striving; all who work for love and renewal in neighbourhoods and relationships, are invited to draw near to God through this meal of thanksgiving and remembrance. This is an open table. Young and old are welcome here. In your diversity and your unity, you are welcome here.

The words of Christ offered to us by the apostle Paul go like this:
“The Lord Jesus on the night that he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup, also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

Let’s pray together:
God of all, we take a moment to reflect honestly on where we have not lived as our best selves Where we have forgotten our security as your beloved children
Where we have sinned in word, deed, and thought
Where we have not loved with our whole heart, where we have believed fear over trust
God you are always faithful, you forgive in a flash, and we are free
Spirit of God, unite us to Jesus and to his death and resurrection - patterns of new life all around us
Unite us to one another and your saints
As we participate in this sacred meal - remind us that you feed us with these holy mysteries May we be renewed in the love and generosity of Christ by the power of the Spirit,
AMEN.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 104

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Auston Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Joshua Leventhal - Steadfast

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
I Exalt Thee
Bethel Music - Shepherd
Hillsong Worship - Grace to Grace

EARTH DAY RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Scott Wall
Inspired by Wendell Berry’s agrarian essays, collected in “The Art of the Commonplace.”

Today is Earth Day, where we are called to attend to our world, to repent of the ways we abuse it and to work for preservation.

Sustaining God,
You are Light, Water, and Life.
In you we experience creative, teeming energy.
Reflected in the world around us.

Oh God, grow in us a love for all living things.

We are sustained by this earth we walk
We are part of a community: creature, land, soil, and fruit.
We ingest their gifts with thanks.

Oh God, grow in us a love for all living things.

And we repent of the ways we waste.
And we consume.
And we spoil what you have made.

Oh God, grow in us a love for all living things.

We repent of how our technology exploits.
We use it to solve our problems… 
And it captures our attention.
Give us grace to see the world,
To be at peace with it,
At play, in work, and in care.

Oh God, grow in us a love for all living things.
So that we might love You more.
Amen.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Heaven Come

PRAYER
Written by Kevin Borst
God in these moments we recognize all the ways that you have been pursuing us.
Continue to reveal to us Lord your grace and love that you have for us.
Breathe life into us Lord, that we may be love to those around us.
Amen.

COMMUNITY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
[Refrain from “Living Resurrection Life” in athering for Worship]


Together we hold the places in our lives and world that need the renewing work of Christ.

Let us pray:
Loving God, with you, Easter is a season of new life, the closeness of your presence, and the gleam of Jesus’ self-giving love. Together we centre our hearts on human needs and vulnerabilities, trusting that even and especially in pain, your Spirit is near. For those who feel the closeness of death - loss in relationships, loss in opportunities, loss in hope. For those who feel the suffocation of worry and anxiety - in work, in family, in spaces deep within. For those who have a tough time feeling grounded and whole - God we pray,

Resurrect in our lives faith, hope, and love, as surely as you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.

For those far away and trapped in conflict and global power struggles
For those near to us who struggle to engage life in regenerative ways
For those who re-play or numb-out from the trauma they have absorbed - God we pray,

Resurrect in our lives faith, hope, and love, as surely as you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.

For those in need of repair and healing
For those who are caught in loops of unresolved conflict For those of us who feel alone and afraid - God we pray,

Resurrect in our lives faith, hope, and love, as surely as you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.

Holy Spirit, you are in us, you work through us, and you draw us into the community of the Divine. For this and so much more we give God thanks,
AMEN.

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 8, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 8

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Be Thou My Vision
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
Hillsong Worship - Love on The Line

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Be Thou My Vision
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Bethel Music - God I Look To You

VISION SUNDAY ELEMENT
By Bobbi Salkeld
Today is Vision Sunday, and we want to consider God’s vision in our own lives as well as in the life of our community. The theologian Karl Rahner wrote about his daily life like this:

"I should like to bring the routine of my daily life before You, O Lord, to discuss the long days and tedious hours that are filled with everything else but you."*

We too know this mental and spiritual crowding. The clutter and noise of our daily lives make it hard to centre on God. But Rahner offers this comfort. He says if there is any path at all in which we can approach God, the path must lead through the very middle of our ordinary, daily lives.
I’m going to give you about 30 seconds to consider one aspect of your ordinary daily life - your family, friendships; your work, play, pleasure; your rest, rhythms, thoughts - and prayerfully consider this unfinished sentence.

God gives me a vision to...

I ask you to hold alongside this sentence one part of your life and see what emerges. It could be a virtue like, God gives me a vision to practice patience. It could be an action, like God gives me a vision to pay closer attention to everyday beauty. For me, I finished the sentence like this. “God gives me a vision ... to engage creative rhythms.” Take a few moments to prayerfully consider God’s vision now, and then I’ll close with a short prayer.

Loving God,
Thank you for the details of our ordinary daily lives. With you we can know ourselves and with you we can offer ourselves to the world for peace, love, and justice.
Amen.

I encourage you to journal your response to the unfinished sentence od gives me a vision t ...
You can find the Vision Sunday page in your Commons journal on page 89. We would love it if you’d share that experience on Instagram with the hashtag #commonsvision.

*(Karl Rahner in Richard J. Foster and Emilie Griffin piritual Classic, p. 217.)

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God in you is the vision we are reaching towards. We desire Lord to be a reflection of your kindness, patience, and love. May our eyes be fixed on you. God be our vision,
Amen.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Good Friday: Sunday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday: Sunday, March 30, 2018

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Special Song: Hillsong United - Splinters & Stones
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood
Austin Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
I Exalt Thee
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Hillsong United - Lead Me To The Cross

PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Holy One, today is the day where we draw as closely as we can to your suffering.
In awe and recognition, we have followed you to the cross.
We see in your face, on your shoulders, and through your hands and feet
The pain you endured
So that your Spirit could sanctify death by filling it with yourself.
In the darkest moments to come, we are here to meet with you,
To encounter the endless ways you turn violence into healing
And surrender into love.
Hear our prayers and be your whole self toward us
We offer you our adoration, Jesus, and commit ourselves to you,
Amen.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 51

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Amazing Grace
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Jesus Culture - God With Us
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood

ANCIENT PRAYER: PEACE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS
Prepared by Bobbi Salkeld

Please join me in reading together Saint Francis’s Prayer for Peace.
The language of planting the virtues of love, generosity, and light fit well with our Lenten journey with Christ.

Let us pray:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there where there where there where there where there where there
is hatred, let me sow love; is injury, pardon;
is doubt, faith;
is despair, hope;
is darkness, light; is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 25

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - You'll Come
Auston Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love
Joshua Leventhal - Steadfast
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - Love On The Line
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

It is a Lenten practice to not only fast and give, but to also repent. Repentance means we change our minds and our behaviour. For some of us, that word “repentance” is positive, signalling a fresh start and a new beginning. For others, “repentance” is a word that requires a bit more work - frank self-talk, real inner searching. Either way you consider the word repentance, prayers of confession and coming-clean are good for all of us. I invite you to consider your responses to these reflective questions, and then I will walk you through a quiet prayer of confession and words of assurance. Feel free to bow your heads, close your eyes, look inward.

First question:
What do I bring with me today that I need to confess and to hold up to God?
Perhaps it is cyclical worry, or selfishness, or fear.
Maybe it’s aggression, secrecy, or dishonesty.
Maybe it’s about hiding or living from a place of scarcity.

Second question:
Where do I long to experience a fresh start and a new beginning?
Maybe it’s in how you talk to yourself, or someone close to you.
Maybe it’s in how you feel insignificant or isolated. Maybe it’s in conflict or perspective.

Let us pray this prayer of confession:
In your presence, Loving God, we confess that we so easily lose our way.
We lose an awareness of your closeness.
We lose our identity as your children.
We lose the connectedness to the world we live in, the world you created and called good.
We confess our culpability in the cracks and brokenness we experience. We confess that we do not always choose love or extend grace.
We do not always choose kindness or generosity.
We do not always stop ourselves from speaking or defending, so that we can listen and learn.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Now, hear these words of assurance:
You worship and enjoy a God who forgives you,
Christ who renews you,
And the Spirit who enables you to grow in love.
Be freed and be made new this Lent as you journey with Christ,
AMEN.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

APOSTLES' CREED
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 68

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Jesus Culture - God With Us
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
Bethel Music - Shepherd

RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld. Inspired by “Name unnamed” in The Pattern of Our Days: Liturgies and resources for worship ed. by Kathy Galloway, The Iona Community.

Leader:

Creator God, whose presence is
Closer to home than we dare to imagine
Fill us with wonder of you

People:
That we may be filled with wonder of ourselves

Leader:
Jesus our friend, whose care for others
Is boundless and truthful
You surprise us with diversity and startle us with difference

People:
That we may be filled with wonder of others

Leader:
Holy Spirit, our constant companion
You reshape our perceptions,
Our politics, and our prayers

People:
That we may be filled with wonder of a world made whole
Amen

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 145

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

COMMUNITY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
There is an old Celtic Christian prayer for a brother in despair that goes like this:
O God, you rule over your creation with tenderness, offering fresh hope in the midst of the most terrible misery. We pray for our brother whose soul is darkened by despair, infusing him with the pure light of your love.

Celtic prayers are fitting for this season of Ordinary Time in the church calendar between Christmas and Lent. They help us to see the sacred in many ordinary places - in the events of nature and in daily life. Today our community prayer refrain, which you will hear me pray three times, will come from this Celtic prayer. Let us pray.

Most loving God, we bring the needs of our community before you today. We trust that in some great way, you shoulder these concerns with us. So we pray to you, the Maker of all, for the despair in the world – For those in need of homes, communities, and care.
For those who lack power, who are marginalized, and who fight a complex web of systemic injustice.
For those who abuse their power, or are frivolous with weighty decisions, or choose to do nothing when something more must be done.

We pray:
O God, you rule over creation with tenderness; Infuse our world with the pure light of your love.
We pray to you, Jesus Christ, for the despair in our relationships, near and far –
For those in need of relational healing and careful companionship For those who have wronged others or been wronged.
For those who are afraid to speak their needs or to hear the needs of another spoken

We pray:
O God, you rule over creation with tenderness;
Infuse our relationships with the pure light of your love.
We pray to you, Holy Spirit, for the despair in our own selves –
For those in need of physical strength, renewed energy, and a bigger imagination for your work in the their lives
For those in need of calm, of comfort, and of grounding self-care
For those reworking their vision of the Divine and renewing their hope for what is possible

We pray:
O God, you rule over creation with tenderness;
Infuse our body, mind, and soul with the pure light of your love.
We give thanks to you, Maker, Savior, and Spirit You have compassion on all that you have made. AMEN.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 90

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

APOSTLES CREED
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.