Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Written by Yelena Pakhomova

"We know that absolutely nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love, because of the way that Jesus has embraced us." Romans 8:38-39 (The Message)

As part of our liturgy today, we are invited into a prayer of confession, a space where we do not need to hide because nothing about us can break that embrace. We confess because it is safe to name our brokenness. Because when we choose to be honest, when we are truly sorry, we are set free. We confess because we long to be made whole.

As we pray together, you will hear the Jesus prayer three times, and you are welcome to say it out loud if you'd like.

Let us pray together:
Creator God, in your loving presence, we confess:
That we allow our fears to speak louder than your love,
That our worries drive us to possess and to consume more than we need,
That we struggle to trust that you are good and that we are enough.
We want to be safe so much that we build walls that become our prisons.
God, we are poor in spirit, we have no clue, we lose our way without even realizing it.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners…

Jesus, we seek your peace within and peace without, and we confess:
The wrong we have done and the good we have left undone,
The times we were unkind and impatient with those who needed our care and support,
The ease with which we hold others to a higher standard than ourselves,
Our failure to respect another's freedom to be different from us,
The carelessness of our thoughts and our words.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners…

Spirit of hope, we ask you to breathe new life in us, as we confess:
That we are slow learners, who have wasted your gifts,
Participated in systems that take life instead of giving it,
Avoided the hard work of incarnated love in the places you send us to live and to work.
We do not know how to ask you for help,
And we forget that your power is the power of resurrection and life…
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us, sinners.

And now, hear these words of assurance:
The one who created you loves you,
Jesus gives you a new life,
And the power of the Spirit is yours to live it.
AMEN.

Worship Night: Sunday, September 24, 2019

Worship Night: Sunday, September 24, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 62

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Hillsong Worship - Whole Heart
Hillsong Worship - King of Kings
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Hillsong United - Good Grace
The Belonging Co. - Peace Be Still
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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REFLECTIVE PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Along with the Eucharist, fixed-hour prayer is the oldest practice of Christian spirituality. 

The notion of fixed-hour prayer is taken from the psalms, which tell us to pray seven times a day. One of the earliest Christian texts known as the Didache found first Christ-followers praying the Lord’s Prayer three times a day. The Common Prayer Book frames fixed-hour prayer around Morning, Noon, and Night. 

This kind of prayer is an act of reorientation. In the practice, we turn our attention from the many mundane distractions our brains buzz with. We settle ourselves and we focus on the divine. 

Tonight, the intention we come together around is “beginnings.” New seasons. Fresh starts. This is time to unclutter and reorganize. To take stock. To shift our attention to what really matters most to us. 

Maybe a goal.
Maybe an intention.
Maybe a longing. 

Maybe you really want to learn something new. 
Maybe you crave an adventure. 
Maybe you want this season to hold a new sense of confidence and peace. 

I invite you to an adapted fixed-hour prayer - something like Vespers. I will weave together poems, readings, prayers, and quiet moments. Take deep breaths. Feel your feet on the ground. Perhaps place your hands in a prayerful open posture on your lap. 

Let us pray. 

A Call to Prayer
Do you bow your head when you pray or do you look
up into that blue space? 
Take your choice, prayers fly from all directions. 
And don’t worry about what language you use, 
God no doubt understands them all.
(Mary Oliver, “Whitling Swans”)

The Request for Presence
We begin this season here, honouring this life, with all its potentials and possibilities. 
We begin this season with trust, knowing we are created for loving encounter. 
We begin this season with hope, knowing each day can hold love, kindness, forgiveness and justice.
(Adapted from Padraig O Tuama. Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community)

A Reading 
A reading from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner: 

Blessings give reverent and routine voice to our conviction that life is good, one blessing after another. Even, and especially, when life is cold and dark. Indeed to offer blessings at such times may be our only deliverance. We have specific and unique phrases by which we bless a sacred book before we read it, our children at the Sabbath table, our hands while washing them, the bread we eat, the moon, the fact that we are not slaves, and that the rooster can distinguish between night and day. We bless … trees in first blossom. We bless the hearing of good news and any kind of wine. We bless everything. Or, to be technically correct, we bless the Holy One who stands behind and within them all. Blessings keep our awareness of life’s holy potential ever-present. They awaken us to our own lives. Every blessing says, “I am grateful to be a creature and to remind myself and God that life is good.” With each blessing uttered we extend the boundaries of the sacred and ritualize our love of life. One hundred times a day. Everywhere we turn, everything we touch, everyone we see. The blessing can be whispered. No one even needs to hear. No one but the Holy One. “Holy One of Blessing, your Presence fills the universe. Your Presence fills me.”
(Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, The Book of Words)

The Refrain
When we are at the start of a season
When we are aware of new beginnings
GOD WELCOMES US
WITH LOVE

When we are at the end of a season
When we are aware of the grief of what is no more
GOD WELCOMES US
WITH LOVE

The “Beginnings” Prayer 
Lord, help me now to unclutter my life, to organize myself in the direction of simplicity. 
Lord, teach me to listen to my heart; teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it. 
Lord, I give you these stirrings inside of me.
I give you my discontent. 
I give you my restlessness. 
I give you my doubt. 
I give you my despair. 
I give you all the longings I hold inside. 
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
Help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door. 
(Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals)

The Refrain
When we are at the start of a season
When we are aware of new beginnings
GOD WELCOMES US
WITH LOVE

When we are at the end of a season
When we are aware of the grief of what is no more
GOD WELCOMES US
WITH LOVE

The Gloria
Glory be to God the Maker, God the Liberator, and God the Spirit. 
As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end.
Alleluia.

The Concluding Prayer
Loving God, mighty and most gentle Presence, 
You have brought us in safety to this fall season. 
Preserve us with your care, 
that we may not choose a selfish way, 
nor be overcome by our struggles, 
and in all we do will you invite us into your shalom - where nothing is broken and nothing is missing, through Jesus, our friend and the source of all that is true. 

AMEN.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Commons Worship - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Hillsong Worship - Be Still
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Scott Wall

In just a moment, as part of our liturgy, I invite you to participate in a responsive reading.
Its lines centre us on the words of Jesus we’re looking at this fall.
And acknowledge the difficulty and hope we stand with today.

Leader :
We are blessed - and your goodness endures.
In our moments of weakness —
When our strength is gone
When we can do nothing to change our situation.
In our grief — Those moments when we are lost -
When we can’t imagine a way forward.

All:
We are blessed - and your goodness endures.

Leader:
When we choose to be gentle —
Those moments when we are pushed aside
When we choose tenderness instead of dominance
When we choose to be dissatisfied —
Those moments we long for justice to prevail
When our souls thirst for what is right.

All :
We are blessed - and your goodness endures.

Leader:
When we are single minded —
Our intentions honest, and selfless, and true.
When we work to preserve peace - and create peace.In our solitude
Those moments when we stand alone.
When others reject, ignore, or attack our efforts to live in Grace.

All:
We are blessed - and your goodness endures.

Leader:
Creating - Redeeming - Sustaining God
We are blessed - and your goodness endures.
Amen

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 48

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Hillsong Worship - Whole Heart
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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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, August 25, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 34

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina G.
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Phil Wickham - How Great Is Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin B.
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Hillsong Worship - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 111

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann

The Passion - Hillsong Worship
O Praise the Name (Anástasis) - Hillsong Worship
My Jesus I Love Thee - [Hymn Arrangement] by William R. Featherston and Adoniram Judson Gordon
Another In The Fire - Hillsong United

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong Worship
Jesus All For Jesus - by Jennifer Atkinson and Robin Mark (Commons Worship Arrangement)
Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co
God I Look To You - Bethel Music

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WORSHIP ELEMENT
Eucharist Invitation

Written by Bobbi Salkeld 

Ritual is a part of our everyday lives. We begin the day with ritual: the ringing of an alarm, the brushing of our teeth, the brewing of great coffee.

Daily rituals place us in the world, set us up for the day, develop children as they grow. Communion - the Eucharist meal - is ritual, too. 

As we take part in the sacrament handed down to us through the centuries, we are shaped by this ritual.

A table that includes friends and enemies.
Grains and grapes crushed to provide sustenance.
The elements ingested to remind us that Christ lives in us.

Hear this invitation:

This is the table of God,
We are gathered to this meal,
A foretaste of things everlasting.
Come, when you are fearful, to be made new in love. 
Come, when you are doubtful, to be made strong in faith. 
Come, when you are regretful, and be made whole.
Come, old and young,
There is room for all.

PRAYER

Loving God,
We thank you that you nourish us at the Eucharist table - 
A table where all are welcome,
A table where you transform our brokenness into beauty, 
A table that turns away violence and insists on grace. 
We pray for those who hunger and thirst -
May we all be filled in every good way by you.
Come, Holy Spirit
Empower us with your love
Inspire us with your life.
AMEN.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Stand in Your Love - Bethel Music
Jesus All For Jesus - Commons Worship Arrangement] by Jennifer Atkinson and Robin Mark
Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co
God I Look To You - Bethel Music


MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert

The Passion - Hillsong Worship
Holy Spirit - Bryan and Katie Torwalt
Good Grace - Hillsong United
King Of My Heart - Bethel Music Arrangement by John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

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WORSHIP ELEMENT

Prayer of Confession
Written by Scott Wall

As part of our liturgy today, we are invited into a moment of confession.
This practice has a long history in Christian spirituality — a tradition in which we are invited to intentionally tell the truth to God, to ourselves, and perhaps to each other.
In a moment, I will lead us in brief confessions of pain and dislocation that might be present here.  
And then we will conclude with a confession of hope.
At the end of each section, we will take a brief pause, where I invite you to speak the truth in your own heart, from your own story, and to consider the words and images that might be lying just beneath the surface, perhaps naming what’s overwhelming you, some weight you’ve brought with you.
In this practice, we affirm our trust - however fragile - that we are known, and that we are seen, and that we are heard.

So let us pray.

Loving God
We choose to be still now. We take a breath. We focus our attention -
And we acknowledge that you are present to us. 
And in this space, we choose a posture of openness.
Where we don’t hide, and we don’t pretend,
Where our spiritual practice is rooted in where and who we are right now. 

And we confess our pain -
In our bodies, in our minds.
The ways others words have hurt us - the ways we’ve been careless with our own.
The ways we’ve been disappointed or let down - the ways we’ve failed others, and ourselves.
We name these now, in quiet honesty…
[pause]

We also confess the ways we might be dislocated on our journey.
In our emotional health, in a key relationship,
In how we work too hard, or we avoid what needs to be done.
In our pursuit of a perfect version of ourselves, or a version that is actually someone else’s.
In the rhythms and habits that have pulled us far from what’s best.
We name these now, in quiet honesty…
[pause]

And in this space, we confess our hope -
That the darkness we feel will lift.
That the weakness we know will fade.
That the beauty of this life would come and stir our hearts again.
And - that Truth would expose those whose power is a destructive force in the world.
That Love would hold the broken and restore those who feel they are lost.
And that Grace would find its way to us - our homes - and to all who search for it today.

We ask in the name of Christ,
Amen.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 51

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Brad Knibbs

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong Worship
Forever Reign - Hillsong Worship
Great Are You Lord - All Sons & Daughters
What a Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Raise a Hallelujah - Bethel Music
Come Thou Fount - Robert Robinson and John Wyeth
How Great Is Your Love - Phil Wickham
King Of My Heart - John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

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WORSHIP ELEMENT
Ancient Prayer

The Christian tradition includes thousands of prayers that inspire our faith and help us to grow.
There is a story about a prayer written by Saint Francis of Assisi. Just two years before he died he climbed a mountain to worship. Saint Francis wrote a blessing on one side of the parchment to Brother Leo, his most loved disciple. On the other side of the parchment he wrote the prayer I will read today. It is a prayer of praise.
And as I read the prayer, I encourage you to take a second to dwell on one part that stands out to you. 

Let’s lift up our hearts to God.

You alone are holy, Lord God, you do wonderful things. 

You are strong. You are great. You are the Most High. 

You are Trinity and Unity, O Lord God, all goodness.

You are good, all good, the supreme good,

Lord God, living and true, 

You are charity and love. You are wisdom.

You are humility. You are patience.

You are serenity. You are peace. 

You are joy and gladness. You are justice and self-restraint. 

You are our wealth, our treasure, and our satisfaction. 

You are beauty. You are mercy. 

You are protector. You are our guardian and defender. 

You are strength. You are refreshment. 

You are our hope. You are our trust. 

You are our delight. You are eternal life,

Great and wondrous Lord,

Almighty God,

Merciful Saviour. 

Amen. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 145

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Jesus Culture - Revelation Song
Phil Wickham - How Great Is Your Love

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Hillsong United - Good Grace

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COMMUNITY PRAYER OF DELIGHT
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Summer can feel disorienting, especially if you’re going through a tough time. 

There’s more light in a day than your life may contain. People are resting, playing, vacationing and you may not have much of that. There are parties, barbeques, and festivals, all of which may feel out of reach for you. 

But today, as we prayerfully hold the needs of our community, we consider the delight that is on offer - even in a bleak time. Delight is in tough times, too. It’s hiding out in a moment. It’s quiet and easy to miss. 

Please join me in this community prayer of delight, where we focus on the everyday gifts of the Giver. Let us pray.

Loving God, guide our reflection as we 
Think back on this past week - 
To a moment where food tasted good,
To a gentle breeze that caressed our skin, 
To the sound of children playing, laughing, just being in a moment 
To laundry blowing beautifully on a line, 
To fresh-cut grass, to bike riding along the river, to the smile of someone we love
O God, give us minds that tune in to delight. 

Now, we pay attention to this present moment - 
To our bodies automatic functions, 
To the part where there is no pain, 
To the way our breath feels on our lips, 
To the longing in our hearts for peace, 
To the strangers and friends around us who want so many of the same things we do,
O Jesus, show us our humanity enlivened by delight. 

Finally, we anticipate the future - 
To the possibility of something good, 
To the care we’ll take just being alive, 
To the relationships we will work on so they can flourish, 
To the prayers we will hold in the quietest parts of our hearts, 
To the gardens we’ll tend, the meals we’ll eat, the kindness we’ll show one another, 
O Spirit, weave through our lives with the persistence of delight. 
AMEN. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 36

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
HIllsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
In this season of the church calendar known as Ordinary Time, you are invited to find God in your everyday, ordinary lives. 

It might not be miraculous, it might not be magnificent, it might not be monumental. But, God is there in simple pleasures, friendly faces, and tiny bits of beauty. 

Please join me in this responsive reading, where we consider the love of God that is near to us all.

When we are told 
That we have nothing to offer
That we are not perfect enough
That we do not belong 
Let us trust 
We are loved by God, the source of all good 

When we are told
That our struggle defines us
That our sin gets the best of us
That our suffering is all we can know for sure
Let us trust
We are loved by God, the source of all good

When we are told
That we are alone
That we are abandoned
That we are afraid of all that is different
Let us trust
We are loved by God, the source of all good
AMEN

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 91

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - Shepherd
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
HIllsong Worship - Cornerstone
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Today we gather with mindfulness that this week held National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Commons acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

It is a privilege to gather in this place.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Romans 5

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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FATHER’S DAY PRAYER
Written by Scott Wall

As part of our liturgy on this Father’s Day, we are invited to consider the ways in which our stories have been shaped by fathers, dads, mentors, and friends. In this community we acknowledge that, for some gathered here the sentimentally that swirls around us all and the use of this word ‘father’ bring reminders of pain, loss, or longing in our lives. We acknowledge too that, for others the celebration of fathers is a welcome opportunity to offer thanks and appreciation to those we cherish. From each of these places, we are invited to receive the revelation that Christ brought to us. That God as Father is fiercely loyal to the lowly and broken…that he searches for and welcomes home those who find themselves lost…that his great force of Love is actually for us. Holding these things, I invite you to pray with me before we continue…first in statements of thanksgiving, and then in a series of petitions. As I pray I invite you to be present to these simple words and to find joy and solace in God’s embrace.

Oh God, Creator and Father from all eternity. Our lives proceed from you and we confess that we are your children. For fathers everywhere, who have given us their time and affection…for those who balance their work, relationships, and personal weakness with integrity…we give you thanks.

For fathers who have adopted children…For those that have shaped lives without claim of family or kinship…For those who have taught us, guided us, and molded us…we give you thanks.

For new fathers, full of hope. For long-time fathers, full of wisdom.

For the fathers yet to be, and fathers soon to be.

God, we give you thanks.

And with grateful hearts we pray…

For fathers who parent alone…God grant them strength and wisdom.

For fathers who struggle with temptation, darkness, or addiction. We ask, gracious God, be near.

For fathers who grieve their absent children, those who have lost a child…or those who long for a child…Gracious God, be their comfort.

For those who grieve the loss of a father…who care for an ailing parent…and those who long for reconciliation or restoration with their father…God, bring them your lasting peace.

And finally, we remember fathers who helplessly watch their children suffer and die because of famine, drought, disaster and war. Oh great God…let your kingdom come, and may your mercy be great.

These things we pray in the name of Christ, God the Son, who reflects your goodness and teaches us to trust your fathering heart.

Amen.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - It Is Well
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today is Pentecost Sunday - a day in the church calendar to mark the end of Eastertide and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And Pentecost is a great story.

After Jesus’ ascension, the first followers gather and wait. For what, they’re not too sure. But then, a sound surrounds them. It’s the sound of wind and it fills the house. They themselves are filled with the Spirit and when they speak they are totally understood.

Can you imagine it? Telling your story with your own words and being completely understood. Hearing the story of someone so different from you, and understanding them.

I invite you to engage Pentecost with this responsive reading.

The Spirit of God
Opens us up to our own stories
In our time, in our place
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Creator
In challenges, in celebrations, and even in the unremarkable everyday

Come Holy Spirit
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers

The Spirit of God
Breaks down walls that entrap us in fear
In our poverty, in our wealth
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Savior
In differences, in similarities, and even in the tensions that call us to action

Come Holy Spirit
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers

The Spirit of God
Fills up the spaces that are lacking
In our scarcity, and in our plenty
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Spirit
In emptiness, in fullness, and even in long stretches of numbness

Come Holy Spirit   
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers  
A
AMEN



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 139

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand in Your Love
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
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Phil Wickham - Living Hope

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Curated by Clint Siebert
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - King of My Heart
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

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COMMUNITY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today we engage our imaginations with the story of Jesus’ ascension. It’s the very last sighting of Jesus by his first followers.

Just before the resurrected Jesus disappears from their sight, he says: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.

After this, Jesus is taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hides Jesus from their sight. (Acts 1:9)

In this short story, we have the disappearance and the appearance of God. The hiding and the finding. The coming and the going.  

So much of our own faith story can relate to this. Moments when we feel God’s nearness, and moments when we wonder about God’s distance.

As we take a moment to hold together the needs in your community, let us imagine a God who both takes up space, and gives up space. And let us find comfort in knowing that God is at work in the going and God is at work in the coming.

Let us pray.

Loving God,
For those who struggle against violence and injustice
For those who long for peace in a place of intense conflict
For those who are in need and don’t know where their next meal will come from, where their strength will come from, where their support will come from

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Creator, empower us.
For those whose bodies fight against them and those who worry about loved ones
For those who have trouble at work, at school, at home, in relationships, in complex situations, in disorienting circumstances
For those whose challenges are without end

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Jesus, remember us.
For those who feel all aloneFor those who have trouble being who they are
For those who feel trapped, separated, defeated, destroyed by forces they cannot control

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Spirit, draw near to us.  
And we hold the words of Christ as we close - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Come Lord Jesus, come.
Amen.