Second Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 9, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 27

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Phil Wickham - O Come O Come Emmanuel
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Chris Tomlin - Angels We Have Heard On High
Bethel Music - King of My Heart
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

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ADVENT: CANDLE OF LOVE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Today marks the second week in the season of Advent; a season focused on waiting.

The word “advent” means “approach.”

This is the season where we wait for the approach of God’s love in human form; this is where we witness the divine located in human flesh.

In this season of waiting, divine love approaches us in the form of a baby. Here we are reminded of love’s humble nature, soft embrace, and tender patience.

God’s love is strong enough to be vulnerable and courageous enough to come close to you.

Today we light the second candle of Advent: the candle of love.

Let us pray:

Advent God, this is a season where we are invited to let ourselves be loved by you.

Jesus, as your body was formed in Mary’s womb, we ask that you form us into a community of Christ’s body.

In a loud world, will you to help us be still enough to hear your voice.

In an impatient place, will you to slow us down to see new life taking shape.

In a sorrowful space, will you to bring comfort that guards against bitterness.

With the expectation of your approach, we wait for your love. AMEN.

Worship Night: Tuesday, December 2, 2018

Worship Night: Tuesday, December 2, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Phil Wickham - O Come All Ye Faithful
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
Elevation Worship - Do it Again
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

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ADVENT REFLECTIVE PRAYER
Written by Yelena Pakhomova
In the liturgical calendar, Advent marks the beginning of the church year, but it also falls at the end of our calendar year and catches us in this tension when we have so much to do before the end of the year, and yet we sense that this is the time to slow down. We feel the need to get in touch with ourselves and be honest about how we are doing while balancing our to-do lists and the emotional complexity the season brings, especially around family and relationships.

In our time of prayer tonight and in this season of Advent, let’s breathe deeply and know that God finds us in our waiting, in the midst of everything that is going on, and his word to us is the same as it was to Zechariah, Mary and the shepherds - “Do not be afraid.”

Let us pray.

Our loving God,

As we wait for Jesus, 
We thank you for the gift of this time 
When we can re-order our rhythms and 
pay attention to what’s going on inside.


Lord, would you draw near to us right now,

Quieting our emotions and embracing us in our restlessness.

Let us know that we are held by you, as we bring to you 
the physical and emotional pain we carry,

the unresolved conflicts we feel we need to fight on our own,
the dreams we stopped to believe you are interested in,
all those things that hold us captive and do not let us live freely and lightly,

all the brokenness that we hide so well. Sometimes even from ourselves.

God, our hope, come to us in our waiting and help us see where it is that we need You most right now.

We pause now to listen and to name some of those things that make our hearts heavy this season. And we ask ourselves a question -

Where do I need God most right now?

Jesus, our Light,

Always with us, always coming,

As we wait for you, we place the pieces of our life before you
and ask you to make us whole.

We also remember how people did not recognize you,

because you did not fit their expectations of who the Messiah should be 
and how the Messiah should save.

Christ our Saviour and our Lord,

in your grace, set us free from the false expectations,

from the false images of you and of ourselves that we’ve constructed,

from everything that is not ours to carry and from all those things we believe we need to control. Speak to us and show us the way of life.

We pause now to let go off what we are clenching in our hands to make space for what you want to give us this season. And we ask ourselves a question -

Lord of my life, what do I need to trust to you right now?

Spirit of the Living God,

Always creating and always calling us deeper into love. 
Would you fill us with deep joy and lead us into the rest of this season with renewed hope and anticipation.


As we wait to see the full coming of God’s kingdom, 
Instill within us your peace,

And help us to know and choose what moves us closer to you.
God, make your presence real and give us the strength 
to bring your love and peace into our workplaces, relationships, and commitments. 


Holy Spirit, our teacher, and our friend help us see the new and gentle work you are doing in our lives this season and give us the courage to take a step forward.

We pause now and listen to the word of hope you want us to hold on to as we wait.

And we ask ourselves a question - What are You inviting me into this season, God?

And we close here trusting that you are the God who comes in the most unexpected ways and who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

In the name of the one we so eagerly await, Amen.

First Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 2, 2018

First Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 2, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
Phil Wickham - O Come All Ye Faithful
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Phil Wickham - O Come All Ye Faithful
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

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ADVENT: CANDLE OF HOPE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Today marks the first Sunday in the season of Advent; a new beginning in the church year.

The word “advent” means “arrival.”

This is the season where we wait in hope for the arrival of Jesus; during Advent, we focus on the moment when God came near in human form.

In this season of inward preparation, we anticipate with hope all of the ways God still comes near.

There is no limit to God’s drawing close -
God will approach you in the calm or the storm,
the quiet moment or the chaotic terror,
the grasping for more or the settling down.

Today we light the first candle of Advent: the candle of hope.

Let us pray:
Advent God, this is a season where we are invited to let ourselves be found by you.

As you approached Mary, a woman who would become a refugee,
mother in a blended family,
and holder of the life of the world –
God, you approach us, offering us your life.
In our suffering and in the suffering of the world, will you come to us with hope.
May our hearts be humble and ready to welcome your arrival this Advent season.
AMEN.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 80

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
All Sons & Daughters - Almighty God
Holy Holy Holy
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God

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EUCHARIST INVITATION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Today is the last Sunday in the Christian year - the Sunday before our Advent journey begins - a Sunday traditionally called the Feast of Christ the King.

The feast reminds us that no matter the chaos in the world – Christ reigns. Now, Christ’s reign is not one of force, or violence, or deception. Not at all. Christ’s reign is patient, it’s compassionate, it suffers alongside before it raises up.

The sorrowful.
The battered.
The lost and lonely.

So, as you approach the Eucharist table today - a sacred meal set for us all - may you see that Jesus sits at the table’s head and stoops to wash the feet of all who sit around it.

May you sense Christ’s reign where you need it the most.

Hear the invitation:

The Apostle Paul says that on the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

After the meal, Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Whenever we eat this bread and drink from the vine we proclaim the death of Christ until he comes again.

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

Let’s pray together:

Loving God, you invite us to the table A foretaste of things eternal
For those in need of Christ’s mighty reign – In places of confusion
In times of uncertainty
In relationships that are full of turmoil Spirit, as we gather around the table,
will you bring wisdom, power, and strength
For those in need of Christ’s servant way – In places of grief
In feelings of desperation
In a desire for something more trustworthy Spirit, as we gather around the table,
will you bring companionship, presence, and comfort
We pray, AMEN.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - You Have Won Me
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God

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REMEMBRANCE DAY PRAYER FOR PEACE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

On this Remembrance Day, we hear an invitation to pray for peace. And more, to consider how we can live more peacefully.

Please join with me as we prayerfully remember victims, traumatized persons, and soldiers of conflict and war. May we imagine and work for a world where Jesus’ love shows us how to live and belong together.

Let us pray:

All over the world, in times past and present, there have been struggles for power and justice.

In peace and in war, God, you are near.

We know that there are countless women and men who have paid for that struggle with their bodies and lives.
We do our best to remember those who were and are forever changed by violence, trauma, and death due to conflict and human struggle.
We lament the abuse of power, the disruption of community, and the fear of the other that tramples the vulnerable and ignores the cry for peace.

In this moment of silence, we remember and lament together.

(Silence)

And now, we consider how we might take action to work for peace.
If we have power, Jesus show us how to share it.
If we have peace, Jesus show us how to uphold it.
If we have resources, Jesus show us how to share them.

Together we pray this prayer of St Francis.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope, Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that we 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,
It is in dying that we are born again
To everlasting life.
Amen.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 34

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Elevation Worship - Do It Again

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PRAYER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

As followers of Jesus, we are invited to pay attention to the pain in the world and to work for a world made new.

The stories we tell can make safer spaces for others.
The money we spend can consider the health of creation.
The people we see, with all their differences, can be icons of the divine.

Please join me in holding the places in our world that need peace and justice. Let us pray.

Loving God, you call all life into being.
The mountains, the oceans, the islands are yours.

For places of conflict –
In homes, countries, communities,
In hearts, relationships, families
May your peace come on earth.

For places of fear –
In attachments, desires, storms,
In politics, neighbourhoods, battlefields
May your peace come on earth.

For places of despair –
In violence, poverty, addiction,
In loneliness, grief, inequality
May your peace come on earth.

Spirit of the living God,
Teach us the compassion we see in Jesus
Show us the grace we find in your love
Expand our imagination for a just and loving world we pray,

Amen.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
Hillsong Worship - You’ll Come
All Sons & Daughters - Almighty God
Melody Green - There Is A Redeemer
Gungor - Beautiful Things

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Elevation Worship - Give Me Faith
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name It Is

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Hillsong United - Came To My Rescue
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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EUCHARIST INVITATION
Written by Scott Wall

As part of our worship today, we gather around the table. The practice of the Eucharist is important to our community because it puts the person of Jesus, the work of Jesus, and the presence of Jesus at the centre of our gathering.

It is fitting that we gather around this practice today because, on this Thanksgiving weekend where some of us get together and consider life's bright moments, we too join around the table in thanksgiving. The word Eucharist, after all, roughly means 'thanksgiving'. By coming to the table, we offer our lives...in whatever state they are, to our gracious God. And at the table we receive bread and wine as sacraments of God's great goodness and generosity. Whether we come with joy today...or loneliness, or pain...we offer thanks for Christ's real and transforming presence here with us.

You are welcome at the Eucharist table; come forward to eat together.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Phil Wickham - This is Amazing Grace
Elevation Worship - Give Me Faith
Brenton Brown - All Who Are Thirsty
Elevation Worship - Do It Again

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Jesus Culture - I Exalt Thee
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
*Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

There was once a boy who wrote a poem.*

The poem is called “The Monster Who Was Sorry.” In it, the boy admits that he hates it when his father yells at him. The boy’s response is to push his sister down, and then to wreck his room, and finally to wreck the whole town.

The poem ends like this: “Then I sit in my messy house and say to myself, ‘I shouldn’t have done all that.’”

Of course, we know the boy is not a monster; he’s human. And our Christian tradition gives us a place for our messy humanity – moments where we are truly sorry for our actions. It’s called confession. But even before we confess our sins to one another, we have to sort them in our own hearts.

So, please join me in this reflective prayer of confession. A moment when you say honestly to yourself, “I shouldn’t have done all that.”

Please pray with me:

Loving God, Jesus our friend, Spirit of life –

You know every action, intention, and misstep
You know betrayal, abandonment, and the cost of our violent defensiveness
We pause to reflect on the spaces in our lives where we have not been our best selves Places in the past; places in the present
We confess what we have done
And what we have failed to do

Maybe our confession today is about fear, mistakes, or selfishness
Maybe our reflection today is about forgiving ourselves, moving forward in liberation, or longing for peace

If we are aware of a place of sin and error within, we take a moment to acknowledge those and to pray the Jesus Prayer. I will repeat it three times.

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

And now as you hear this assurance, may it inspire your bravery, your integrity, and your love:

The Creator’s love for you is loyal
Jesus’ renewal in your life is imminent
The Spirit’s approval of you is without end
AMEN

THE LORD’S PRAYER (A PARAPHRASE)

In the sermon in Kensington Jeremy ended with a paraphrase of the major petitions that Jesus offers in the Lord’s Prayer.
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Our Father in the heavens that surround us, help me to live as if you are the source of all that good is the universe.

May your will be born in me so that I might help close the gap between heaven and earth with my choices today.

Remind me of my daily dependence on you and help me to want for just enough.

Teach me where I need to let go of old hurts and wounds so that I can experience forgiveness fully for myself.

And show me where I need to say no so that I can truly follow the path that leads me back to life and to you.

For thine is the kingdom the power and glory forever and ever, Amen.

Worship Night: Sunday, September 25, 2018

Worship Night: Sunday, September 25, 2018

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
Jesus Culture - Revelation Song
Phil Wickham - Great Are You Lord
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
HIllsong Worship - Came To My Rescue

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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.

REFLECTIVE PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Sometimes new seasons and beginnings require new ways of speaking.

In fact, when I started seminary, I was startled by my language. I realized I needed bigger ways of speaking to and about God. I reached for books with words I could hardly pronounce, I mumbled ancient prayers from prayer collections, I read poems to name the beauty of the human experience.

Nothing was off limits in my quest for new language to speak to and about God.

For our time of prayer tonight, I invite you to explore new ways of speaking about and to God.

Let’s trust that God welcomes our play with language and that God can meet us as we fumble with words in our mouths and phrases in our hearts. Listen for what sticks out to you and to let go of what doesn’t connect.

Let us pray.

God we come to you, and some of us need to be reminded of your
Power, praise-worthiness, authority
We need to trust that you are in control
That you are above all
That you know all

But some of us come to you and we need to be reminded of your
Vulnerability, gentleness, meekness
We need to trust that you will not bully us
That you will be patient with us
That you put trust in us

God our father, God our mother
God our strength, God our softness
God our lord, God our love

We pause now to listen for a creative word from you.
A word to calm the chaos or disturb the numbness.
A holy word to carry us or a creaky word to leave behind.

[pause]

Jesus as we sit with you, some of us need to hear you speak a word of
Correction, challenge, strength
We need to be shocked by the truth of our lives
That you have made us for more
That love is hard at work in our story

But many of us come to you and need to be reminded of your
Friendship, humour, playfulness
We need to be soothed by the truth of your life
That you have always been with us
That you will never leave us

Jesus our teacher, Jesus the listener
Jesus our healer, Jesus the broken one
Jesus our life, Jesus our death

We pause now to remember your story of life, death, and resurrection.
Is there a part of your life we need to zoom in on tonight?
How does your story cross paths with our own?

[pause]

Holy Spirit, as we wait for you, some of us need an experience of your
Persistence, passion, newness
We need to be blown over by your call in our lives
To take a road less travelled
To welcome wild transformation in our lives

But many of us need something more like
Comfort, reassurance, kindness
We need to be held in the calm of the Spirit’s care
Hoping that our fears will not overtake us
Hoping that the best in our imagination will be just the very beginning

Spirit our source, Spirit our breath
Spirit our disturbance, Spirit our comfort
Spirit the stranger, Spirit our friend

We pause now to listen to our feelings with you as our guide.
Show us our desolation, loneliness, anxiety
Show us our consolation, relief, support

[pause]

We close with this grace:
The grace of Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the bond of the Holy Spirit, be with us all forever and ever. AMEN.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 20

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Elevation Worship - Do It Again
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
In just a moment we will join our voices together for a responsive reading. For this reading, we borrow the prayers of the past to shape our prayers for today. So, I’ll read a portion of a prayer and then I’ll invite you to echo parts of that prayer with me. Let us pray.

A prayer by Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself,

so that our hearts are restless till they rest in you. And together we pray:

Our hearts are restless till they rest in you.

A prayer by Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179)

Jesus Christ, the love that gives love, You are higher than the highest star; You are deeper than the deepest sea; Let all the world worship you. And together we pray:

Let all the world worship you.

A prayer by Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889 - 1929)

My Lord God, my all in all, Life of my life, and Spirit of my spirit, look in mercy on me and so fill me with your Holy Spirit. From you I ask not for the world or its treasures, neither do I beg for heaven. I desire and long for you alone, and where you are, there is heaven. And together we pray:

Where you are, there is heaven.

And finally, a community prayer from Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.

Holy and compassionate God: so direct our strength and inspire our weakness that we may enter with power into the movement of your whole creation towards wholeness, justice and peace. And together we pray:

Direct our strength towards wholeness, justice and peace. Amen.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
John 1

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
All Sons & Daughters - Almighty God
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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COMMUNITY PRAYER
Written by Yelena Pakhomova
Living God, the one who makes us, loves us, and sustains us,
as we come out of another busy week at work,
out of our struggles to be meaningful in our world,
out of all that competes for our attention,

we want to know you as the centre of our being.
We come with our faith and our doubts and we ask you to meet us, Lord,
and to hear the longings of our hearts, those we can put into words

and those we can only feel deep inside.

Loving God, we thank you that we are not alone and that we can carry each other’s burdens. Lord, we ask you now to bring your healing and peace 
to those who suffer from illness and physical pain, those who are wounded in soul and spirit, 


those who experience brokenness in relationships, and those who feel distant from you and unloved by you. 
We also pray for those who experienced loss or whose loved ones are in hospital or in care. May your Spirit comfort them and fill them with love and compassion. Lord Jesus, would you also give rest and assurance to those going through the times of transition, 
who are worried and do not know what the future might hold.

Gracious God, we give you thanks for all the blessings we share this day too, 
 for our families, friends, and the church, 
for the gift of new babies and new relationships. 
We thank you for strong bodies and minds, 


for the avenues to express ourselves, 
for the good work we get to do 
and for all the opportunities that encourage us to grow and become more like you. For many of us, Lord, September marks a fresh start, 
the beginning of new routines at school and work, with their joys and their stresses. 

And we ask you to be close to us and give us wisdom in how to embrace all the complexity of life and yet be present to you and others. We pray all these things in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 9, 2018

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 9, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 27

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
Audrey Assad - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
John Mark McMillan - How He Loves

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PRAYER
Written by Kevin Borst
God we are thankful for your goodness.
In a moment like this we can see your goodness running after us.
But for those moments Lord where we feel you are distant, Lord draw near.
For those moments where we are uncertain of life, Lord draw near.
For those moments where we feel no hope, Lord draw near.
Draw your community near Lord and make your goodness shine bright.
We love you Lord.
Amen.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 48

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - The Goodness of God
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus

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APOSTLE'S CREED
In a moment we are going to speak together the words of the Apostle’s creed. When we join together in speaking this creed on a Sunday we are joining in to something significant - something much larger and much more historical than our small but important piece of God’s grand story… 

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, August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 111

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Heaven Come

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Jesus Culture - God With Us
Austin Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Joshua Leventhal - Steadfast
Elevation Worship - Do It Again

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EUCHARIST INVITATION
by Bobbi Salkeld
Here at Commons we practice an open table, which means all are welcome to participate.
The elements of the Lord’s Supper are tangible elements. As we eat the bread and crush the grape, we are reminded of how our brokenness is transformed into new life in Christ.
In Jesus, we see body and spirit united and whole. And so, we prepare our hearts and bodies to eat together. We remember the last meal Jesus ate with his friends, how he blessed them by serving them, and how he calls us to do the same for each other.

Hear this invitation.
Come to this table, not because you must but because you may,
not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
but because you need mercy and help.
Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love God more.
Come, because God loves you and Christ died for you.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are Jesus’ body.

Let us pray.
Loving God,
We give you thanks.
You are our maker, our home, our safe place.
You are our comfort, our hope, and our justice.
For the life we have in you
And the life you call us to live
We ask for your help, your healing, your purpose.
We need your love, your forgiveness, your grace. God of power and might,
The whole earth is full of your glory.
At this table, we come together with our differences And we need not be afraid.
AMEN.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Jesus Culture - I Exalt Thee
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION
by Bobbi Salkeld
To work at being a healthy community, we have to work at being healthy people. Health involves a level of awareness, reflection, and ruthless honesty. In just a moment, I will guide you through a prayer of confession. Prayers of confession are honest prayers. Prayers that acknowledge our part in division, in painful places, in disappointment. Thankfully, after confession, we are given words of assurance. We don’t have to be stuck; we can move on and grow with God’s help. So, I invite you to bow your head or close your eyes - do whatever it takes to pray inwardly.

Loving God, to whom all hearts are open –
We pause to reflect on the places in our lives where we are on shaky ground.
Maybe we believe that there is not enough to go around - enough love, enough attention, enough money.
Maybe we’re stuck in old stories that are holding us back - thinking that we are not good enough, that we are invisible, that we are incomplete.
Maybe we are adding something unhealthy to the life of another person - it could be negativity, insecurity, and the pain we pass off to protect our own vulnerability.
If we are aware of a place of sin and brokenness within, we take a moment to hear and to pray the ancient Jesus Prayer.

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.

Merciful One, to whom all desires are known –
You forgive us so that we can forgive one another.
You heal us so that we can work to heal one another and to heal creation. You renew us so that we can be makers of peace.
We hear these words of assurance spoken by Jesus in the gospel of John:
If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.
May we walk in this assurance.
AMEN.