Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
I Exalt Thee
John Mark McMillan - How He Loves
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

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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, February 10, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 138

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

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RESPONSIVE PRAYER
Written by Yelena Pakhomova
Based on Col 1: 15-23, John 15 and John 16.


Jesus, we look at you and see the invisible God of Love.
Who is at the center of the universe,
repairing every broken and dislocated piece of creation.
We trust that in your goodness You will make us whole, and we ask:
LORD, GROUND US IN YOUR LOVE AND FILL US WITH JOY.

Jesus, our true Friend and Giver of Life,
As we come to know the gift of your friendship,
We see that it was always meant to be shared.
We trust that as we draw close to you,
You will help us love one another, and we ask:
LORD, GROUND US IN YOUR LOVE AND FILL US WITH JOY.

Jesus, always with us through the Spirit of Truth,
Who helps us to make sense of the world,
Strengthens us and gives us hope.
We trust that in how we live and through what we do,
We join your work of peace-making, and we ask:
LORD, GROUND US IN YOUR LOVE AND FILL US WITH JOY.

In your strong name we pray, Amen.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 91

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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EUCHARIST INVITATION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Here at Commons, we celebrate an open table for the Eucharist.
Which means everyone is welcome to participate.

At the root of our worship is a festival. Earliest Christ-followers gathered together every week to celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

They did this on sunny days and stormy days.
They did this when they felt great faith and when they faced real doubt.
They did this in trust and in betrayal.

The Eucharist meal isn’t so much about what’s going on for you, it’s about the self-giving love of the Divine to meet us in the dust of our lives and reconcile all things to God.

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 help and mercy.
Come, because you love God a little and would like to love more.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are Jesus’ body.

Let’s pray together.

The words of Athanasius in the 4th century:
Christ, risen from the dead,
makes the whole of human life a festival without end.*

Loving God,
You are the source of our lives
As we come forward for the Eucharist feast
A table without end
Will you remind us of our unity,
Will you speak a profound word to us about your love,
And will you remind us that we are not alone,
AMEN.

*Moltmann, Jürgen. The Living God and the Fullness of Life (p. 192). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 19

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
I Exalt Thee
Passion - Build My Life
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Kristan Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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ANCIENT PRAYER
Saint Francis’s Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there 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, December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus
Bethel Music - Holy Spirit
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
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.

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24, 2018

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Emmanuel
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Phil Wickham - O Come All Ye Faithful
David Crowder - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Phil Wickham - O Come O Come Emmanuel
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
Hillsong Worship - O Holy Night
Silent Night

CANDLE LITURGIES
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

HOPE
Christmas fills us with the expectation that God’s presence is near.
Emmanuel has come to you through Mary and the world is pregnant with gifts of the Divine.
We light the candle of hope to recall that the one who lifts us up is here.

Hope is with you in Jesus and you need not be afraid.

LOVE
Love is with you in Jesus and you need not feel alone.

JOY
Christmas fills us with the expectation that joy is near.
Emmanuel has come to you in newborn simplicity. All happiness hides out in this small baby.
This is God made flesh for you.
We light the candle of joy to illuminate the shadows and to trust in God’s gift to the world.

Joy is with you in Jesus and you need not despair.

PEACE
Christmas fills us with the expectation that peace is possible.
Emmanuel has come to bring peace, the end to all our violence. Peace reminds us that we meet the Messiah in our neighbours and good news is for all people.
We light the candle of peace to illuminate the path to Jesus. The one who gathers herdsmen and angels, kings and refugees, is here.

Peace is with you in Jesus and you need not be divided.

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 23, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 89

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Phil Wickham - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Phil Wickham - O Come All Ye Faithful

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
Be Thou My Vision
Phil Wickham - O Come O Come Emmanuel
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

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ADVENT: CANDLE OF PEACE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today marks the fourth week in the season of Advent; a season that holds space in the dark.

All season long, we have been waiting for the ways Jesus comes into our midst. We have been waiting for God’s hope, love, and joy to arrive.

Today we focus our hearts on a holy announcement – the declaration that a new revolution was dawning. A revolution centred on peace.

This is –

Peace that subverts corrupt power structures.

Peace that preferences the least popular.

Peace that comes in the night with a song to you.

Today we light the fourth candle of Advent: the candle of peace.

Let us pray:

Advent God, in this season we consider all the ways Jesus comes to us - Jesus arrives in the flesh in Bethlehem, Jesus arrives in our hearts every day, Jesus arrives in glory at the end of time.

We know we cannot have the world you promise without the constant approach of your peace. This Advent, we welcome the surprise of your coming, the revolution of your peace, and the never-ending life we find in you.

Where there is insecurity, will you bring your peace.

Where there is scarcity, will you bring your peace.

Where there is fear, will you bring your peace. AMEN.

Third Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 16, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 89

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Chris Tomlin - Angels We Have Heard On High
All Who Are Thirsty
Kids Song - Go Tell It On The Mountain
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Joy To The World
David Crowder - The First Noel
Kids Song - Go Tell It On The Mountain
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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ADVENT: CANDLE OF JOY
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Today marks the third week in the season Advent; a season focused on preparation.

The word “advent” means “coming.”

This is the season where we prepare with expectant joy to encounter God’s coming to the world; this is where we centre on simple contentment.

In Advent, we find joy in giving, in human solidarity, and in the light that dawns in dark places. This season is pregnant with joy just below the surface. Together we trust in the anticipation of God’s quiet arrival.

No matter where you are, joy is on the horizon, the day of God’s coming is near.

Today we light the third candle of Advent: the candle of joy.

Let us pray:

Advent God, this is a season where we are assured that to wait as Mary waited is to welcome a gift of great joy.

Mary moved forward in her story even with great threat ahead. God, may her story be our story too: strengthen us to sing songs of your joyful coming, even when the future is unclear.

Joy scatters the proud and exalts the lowly. O God, your joy satisfies the hungry and does not forget those in need.

In a divided and needy world, we ask for you to show us lasting joy and to remind us how generosity makes the world more whole. AMEN.

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.