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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 25

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - This is Amazing Grace
Bethel Music - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
Bethel Music - Be Thou My Vision
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Bethel Music - Shepherd

REMEMBRANCE DAY PRAYER FOR PEACE
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

On this Remembrance Day Weekend we sense 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.  

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.  Please join me in praying, 
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.  

PRAYER
Written by Kevin Borst
God we are thankful that you are in front of us with open arms.
Thank you for your compassion and grace that you give us. Encourage us to invite others towards your grace.
In Christ we pray,
Amen.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 145

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Praise Will Be My Song
Bethel Music - Shepherd

REFORMATION SUNDAY REFLECTION
By Bobbi Salkeld

In the story of Christianity, there have always been shifts and renewals, upsets and reforms, power that rises and power that falls.   

This year we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  

The Reformation has its official beginning when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg in 1517. Martin Luther hoped that what was wrong and unjust about the Church could change. Some would say this call for change was a long time coming. 

Luther called for the Church to be reformed - he argued for access to scripture, to forgiveness, and to heaven without the need to earn the grace of God through good works or church structure. 

Of course, this chapter in history wasn’t that clean or simple.  It became violent, splintered, and incredibly divisive.  But that was not its ultimate conclusion.

The Reformation made popular by Martin Luther and the Printing Press led to deep and lasting change in the Christian tradition.  People could read the bible for themselves, they could decide what they believed, and they could find others who believed that way too. 

Within this historical chapter title called the “Protestant Reformation” we find two words which are familiar to us - “protest” and “reform.”  

Century after century has rolled along with these actions at the heart of sacred transformation and movements of renewal.  
It’s a human practice of love to look around, to notice places of injustice in the world or in the church, and to take compassionate steps of protest and reform.  

The scriptures remind us story after story that these disparate shapes of belief and experience can work together to bring about nonviolent transformation in the world.  
Because to a violent and threatened people Jesus said, “You can have my life.  We’re just getting started.” 

We still need movements of reform to clear out the divisions between us, to distribute wealth and power in equitable and just ways, to reorient our hearts and relationships to postures of gentleness, curiosity, and abundance.  
So, we thank Martin Luther, for the messy reboot he gave us 500 years ago. 
And we turn our hearts to Jesus, who shows us the way of peace. 

And together - with all of our differences - we remember the prayer of Jesus - that we would be one, as he and the Divine are one.  And we pray as Martin Luther prayed:
O God, graciously comfort and tend all who are imprisoned, hungry, thirsty, naked, and miserable; also all widows, orphans, sick, and sorrowing.  In brief, give us our daily bread, so that Christ may abide in us and we in him for ever, and that with (Jesus) we may worthily bear the name of ‘Christian.’
AMEN. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 100

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Jesus Culture - Revelation Song
Bethel Music - Shepherd
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

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, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 108

MUSIC [Kensington Parish]
Curated by Mel Renaud
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Hillsong United - Oceans
Bethel Music - Shepherd
Bethel Music - God I Look To You

MUSIC [Inglewood Parish]
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst

God as you walk you are
Guiding us and calling us towards you
And in our weakness
You are the strength
and hope that we cling to
Good shepherd, lead us on.
In Christ we pray,
Amen. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC 
Curated by Mel Renaud
Hillsong United - You'll Come
Come Thou Fount
Hillsong Worship - Grace To Grace
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

RESPONSIVE PRAYER
By Scott Wall

Our life as a worshipping community is shaped by our shared experience in this space…and in the city that surrounds us. And as part of our worship today, we pause in this moment to pray specifically for the peace of Calgary.

This kind of prayer derives from the practices of the ancient Hebrews…who prayed [with Psa 55] about the destructive forces rampant in their city, or acknowledged [with Psa 46] that God’s goodness sustained their city. With these prayers they enacted a holy locality…confessing a relationship with and to the divine tied to common place. 

Like them, we offer a petition now…centring ourselves in this key moment for our community…beginning a new liturgical year, yes…and we lean into our vision to bring our conversation about Jesus into two neighbourhoods. 

And so, I invite you to join me in a responsive prayer. Let us pray.

Gracious God
Of water, earth, and sky of road, cafe, and home alike.
You are the source of nature’s beauty, and you renew those things we make.
And so we pray

For this wide and expansive city…
For its unique neighbourhoods and communities we love
For its institutions and those who lead them
And specifically our upcoming municipal election.

ALL: We pray for peace, that your Kingdom would come. Give us strength to love and serve.

For those in our city
Who suffer in silent poverty
Who suffer from displacement and disparity
Who suffer with illness and distress
 
ALL: We pray for peace, that your mercy would be great. Give us strength to love and serve.

And for those places in our lives
Marked by fear of those we perceive as different
Marked by distance from those we long to love well
Marked by sorrow or loss that have come to us

ALL: We pray for peace, that your mercy would be great. Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Our Next Steps

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Launch Sunday: Sunday, September 10, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 27

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Hillsong Worship - Grace to Grace
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
I Exalt Thee

EUCHARIST INVITATION
By Scott Wall

In this posture of worship, friends, it is my privilege to invite you to the Eucharist table. Here at Commons we long to live as a community that is honest and passionate, while working hard to place Jesus at the centre in all we do. And consequently, the Eucharist is vital for us.

It is here in the receiving of bread and grape that we acknowledge God’s expansive goodness and his benevolent position toward us. And it is here, face to face with one another, that we can confess our need and longing for renewal…trusting that our hope comes from Christ within us.

So wherever you are today…jubilant, anxious, hopeful, or tired…know that this sacred meal is for you. 

Offered by Christ, restoring and fulfilling you in this moment. And now…know that this Table “is offered to all, as surely as the living Jesus Christ is for all, as surely as all of us are [one] in him…all of us rich through his mercy.” (Karl Barth) 

Come, I invite you now.

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, September 3, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 105

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Hillsong Worship - Grace to Grace
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

APOSTLE'S CREED
Introduction by Joel Braun

I grew up in a small church, and can remember standing with my family and friends in our humble gatherings, reciting the Apostle's Creed - as some of us mumbled through and others spoke clearly and eloquently - everyone in their own tone & voice… and even their own pace, which i often thought sounded funny… yet: through the spirit of God we spoke together in unison. 

Much like today, it was a group of beautiful, imperfect, people - seeking God; standing together. and even, if at least for the moments of speaking of these ancient words, we were bound by these, the simplest and most basic of affirmations about the Triune God that we worship and that loves us so. 

At Commons, rather than create a statement of faith unique to our community we have chosen to affirm the historic Apostles' Creed. As we read and recite these words together today, we are connected into and celebrate our place in the long tradition of the Christian faith.

Would you read along with me, in your own voice, at your own pace even.

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.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst

God you are good to all. 
And because of your goodness, we receive grace without condition.
Over and over we have encountered this surprising grace that comes from you. 
May your goodness be all that we see. 
In the risen Christ we pray, 
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
David

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 138

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Bethel Music - Take Courage
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
By Scott Wall

As the fall looms, and with the passing seasons our lives take on new rhythms, vocations, commitments, and challenges... I want to invite you into a space of confession in our worship. 

Times of change and shifting in our lives call us to attention and urge us to be present. And the practice of confession can be a helpful ally in such moments. Where we acknowledge that God is great and good present to us. And, that we are in need, that we are overwhelmed and that our lives often stray from ways of light and peace.

As we pray together this day, I will name a series of confessions and then invite you into a moment of quiet reflection where you might name areas of pain, weakness, or shame. Then I will offer a prayer of confidence before we continue in worship.

Let us pray
Gracious God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, from whom no secret is ever hidden: 
cleanse our hearts and minds by your Spirit
In our unchecked search for security, 
In our willful missteps…our refusal to engage our hurtful actions,
In our unintentional error…and the ways we exclude, injure, and ignore
In our withdrawal from others…through resentment, unforgiveness, and envy,
In our faltering trust in your constant care,
We quiet our hearts now, and confess our need…

We hold these things here, because your love is great and your mercy endures.
And as we acknowledge them, we also confess your great and redeeming work in us.
Your unyielding pursuit of justice in our world.
That you are Love, and Light, and Hope, and Truth

Cleanse our hearts and minds by your Spirit and grant us strength to love you and reflect your goodness.

We pray in the name of Christ, 
Amen.

PRAYER
From Covenant Book of Worship

Holy and ever-living God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed.

Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live each day in love to one another and to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
David

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 133

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Audrey Assad - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God you are worthy of all of our praise. As the giver of life, you are the hope we are running after. May you continue to restore us and be our light.

We belong to you God. In the risen Christ we pray,
Amen.

EUCHARIST INVITATION
By Scott Wall
Friends, it is my privilege to invite you to the Eucharist table. 
As we come to the table today, I want to remind you of the themes of ‘receiving’ found here. 

First and foremost, in our observance of bread and wine, of Christ’s body broken and life poured out, we receive the mystery of the Church and its faithful rejoining of Christ’s final meal with his friends where all of his giving and self-emptying came into focus.

‘This is my body…for you. This cup is a new promise…for you.’ 

And in our grasping of fruit from field and vine, we as the Church join with those before us, and those gathered today around the world affirming that we are sustained and made whole as we receive from Christ. In addition to this mystery, we also receive each other here. 

In our coming forward we respond to the gifts of God but we also enact an invitation to one another. Where in our imperfection, our fatigue, and our search for meaning, we lay our hierarchies and comparisons down. And we draw near to each another on this level ground, extending God’s mercy as we do so.

So as you come, be aware of those who walk beside, behind, and around you. Acknowledge their frailty, their silent burdens, their beauty as God’s creation, as you do your own. Be present to your own heaviness or perhaps your buoyant joy today giving thanks for this moment. And as you come, do so not because you are compelled or because you’ve earned the right but because of Christ’s ever present welcome and his generous embrace. 

These are the gifts of God for all, receive them with joy and expectation now. Come.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
David

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
Bethel Music - This Is Amazing Grace
Nothing But The Blood
All Sons & Daughters - I Surrender
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

PRAYER FOR THE COMMUNITY
Adapted by Bobbi Salkeld from Gathering for Worship, “Community in Prayer”, 328

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the church habit of prayer
called “Prayers of the People.”  
It takes the shape of a person at the front naming a concern
- often local as well as global -
and the community responding with Lord, hear our prayer.  

Today, we won’t follow that exact rhythm, 
but our Prayers of the People will include some short pauses, 
along with a refrain which by the end, I think you’ll find yourself saying along.  

I’ll pray out loud, and I invite you to pray in the quiet of your own heart.
Let us pray:

Gracious God
We take a moment to centre on gratitude
And memories of your loving care in our lives
Together we join our hearts in prayer
for concerns in the world, concerns in our communities, and concerns in our lives.
We pray for the created world:
For those who rebuild where things have been destroyed;
For those who fight hunger, poverty, and disease;
For those who have power
to bring change for the better, to show humility and curiosity, to renew hope.

Silence

In the life of our world
Your kingdom come, Loving God,
Your will be done. 
We pray for our country, and the many countries represented in this room:
We pray for leadership that serves;
We pray for vision that shapes a common life;
We pray for those who administer justice,
For those who teach,
For those who heal,
And for all who serve the community.

Silence

In the life of the land we share
Your kingdom come, Loving God,
Your will be done.  
We pray for people in need: 
Those for whom life is a desperate struggle;
Those whose lives are clouded
By death, trauma, or loss,
By discouragement or fear,
By shame or rejection.

Silence

In the lives of those in need,
Your kingdom come, Loving God,
Your will be done. 
We pray for those in the circles of friendship and love around us;
Children and parents;
Sisters and brothers; 
Friends and neighbours;
And for those especially in our thoughts today

Silence

In the lives of those we love, 
Your kingdom come, Loving God, 
Your will be done.
We pray for the church
In its stand with those who struggle,
In its love for those who are often misunderstood,
In its service towards those who seek and long for connection,
In its proclamation of the good news we see and experience in Jesus.

Silence

In the life of your church,
Your kingdom come, Loving God, 
Your will be done.  
Eternal God:
Where we may be afraid, or feel broken, or experience the fringes and the tears in the world that you love,
We trust that you hear our prayers,
That nothing is a surprise to you,
And in all of this, you come to us in Christ,
You speak to us with your Spirit,
And you are praised and you are beautiful forever and ever. 
AMEN. 

PRAYER
From Covenant Book of Worship
God of peace, watch over us this day and keep us in the light of your presence. May our praise continually blend with the song of all creation as we experience the love and grace that come from you through Jesus Christ our Savior, 
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
David

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - You'll Come
Jesus Culture - I Exalt Thee
Bethel Music - Take Courage
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

RESPONSIVE READING
Liturgy from Iona Abbey Worship Book, The Iona Community, “The Morning Service”  

Leader: With the whole church
All: We affirm that we are made in God's image, befriended by Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Leader: With people everywhere
All: We affirm God's goodness at the heart of humanity, planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
Leader: With all creation
All: We celebrate the miracle and wonder of life; the unfolding purposes of God, forever at work in ourselves and the world.
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
David

National Indigenous Peoples Day & World Refugee Day: Sunday, June 25, 2017

National Indigenous Peoples Day & World Refugee Day: Sunday, June 25, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
By Bobbi Salkeld

Today we join with those who worshiped and honoured the Creator for generations
I invite you to join with me in this responsive reading as an invitation to worship.

Let us give thanks to our Creator,
for the Creator is always with us.
 
Creator and creating God,
You have given life to all around us.


You call us to be with You
whether we are inside in the shelter of these walls
or outside in the shelter of Your trees.
 
God is with us when we gather together
and when we are alone.

 
We are here to answer that call.
 
We will sing joyfully
and we will listen attentively for Your whispering voice.

Amen.

(From “Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation” at First Baptist Church Vancouver, Adapted from “The Dancing Sun Vol. VIII,” Anglican Church of Canada and United Church of Canada,
1992).


MUSIC
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
How Great Thou Art
Hillsong Worship - Oceans
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

EUCHARIST INITATION
By Bobbi Salkeld

This week held markers of two important days:  
World Refugee Day was on June 20; 
National Indigenous Peoples Day was on June 21.
 
We’ve chosen to gather around the table with these markers in our minds and hearts.  

As a community, Commons believes that we are invited to live and move and have our being in the world that God loves.  As such, places of brokenness and longing are the very places where Jesus invites us to listen, learn, and respond. We may also say that these places are the exact places Jesus is hiding out and waiting to meet with us. 
 
This season holds important efforts by Commons in refugee resettlement. 
In the last year and a half the first family we sponsored has been launched. 
We are currently in a waiting process for a second family.  
In addition, our volunteers have supported and loved 9 additional Syrian families making their homes here in Calgary.  

This brings us to the Eucharist meal, a meal of thanksgiving for the work of God among us: 

The Eucharist table is a place where we not only gather to encounter the risen Christ; 
it’s also the place from which we’re sent.  

Having eaten the meal that was handed down to us from the very hands of Jesus, 
we turn to feed one another, and this sharing and partaking doesn’t stop there.  

We turn with our bread and our wine, 
the body and blood of Christ, 
and we seek to participate in reconciliation and radical welcome. Today, may you hear the invitation to the sacred meal as people gathered to encounter Jesus in the elements of the earth and sent by Jesus to share God’s love for the world. 
 
Here is the table of the Lord,
We are gathered to Jesus’ last supper,
A foretaste of things eternal.  
 
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, to be made whole.
Come, old and young, 
There is room for all.

Let us pray:
We engage our imaginations with your spirit, Loving God.
On the night of Jesus’ arrest,
He took bread and the wine, gave thanks, broke it and poured it out saying:
This is my body and blood.  It is for you.  Remember me. 
 
Jesus, you are the bread that feeds us for the work of reconciliation,
May you be blessed forever. 
Jesus, you are the true vine that makes our hearts glad and our lives safe,
May you be blessed forever. 
 
Here at the table, all are welcome.  For this encounter with you and with one another, 
we give you thanks God.

Amen.

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship

O God, you are our only true refuge, our steadfast shelter.
We seek you and need you God.
Even when we run from you; even when we wander long and far from your heart,
you continue to call us home.
May we remain in the resting place of your love.
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Anxiety

Father's Day: June 18, 2017

Father's Day: June 18, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Hillsong Worship - Love To Great
Austin Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father

FATHER'S DAY PRAYER
By Scott Wall
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. 

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God today we honor you our redeemer. Jesus, on Father’s Day We thank you for all those here who care and love so graciously. May the blessing they have been to so many be honored on this day. For we pray in the Spirit of the risen Christ.
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Anxiety

Trinity Sunday: June 11, 2017

Trinity Sunday: June 11, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Hillsong United - Oceans
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Ascend The Hill - Be Thou My Vision

NICENE CREED
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
and who spoke by the prophets.
Amen.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God today we thank you for who you are: Father, Son, and Spirit.
May we be a reflection of the unity and relationship that is within you.
Triune God may all the praise be unto you.
Amen.

Pentecost Sunday: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pentecost Sunday: Sunday, June 4, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 57

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit

RESPONSIVE READING
By Bobbi Salkeld

The Spirit of God
Is the breath of creation
The wind that blows in new beginnings and fulfills ancient wisdom,
Together we pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts, 
make us one in your love.

The Spirit of God
Brings clarity to our cluttered hearts
We breathe in God’s provision and we exhale resistance to change,
Together we pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts, 
make us one in your love.

The Spirit of God
Opened the ears of all who heard the apostle’s preaching
Obstacles are removed when the wind of God’s grace blows,
Together we pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts, 
make us one in your love.

With the Spirit of God
We join into the renewal of all things
Through Jesus Christ the resurrected one,
We pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts, 
make us one in your love. 
AMEN.


TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Romans Pt II

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 71

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You

EUCHARIST INVITATION
By Bobbi Salkeld

In the ancient world, eating a meal with another person was considered a holy act.  
It expressed the sacredness of relationship.  
As we gather around the table, I invite you to be mindful of how we commune with Jesus together as a community both ancient and present. 

Holy Communion gives us a glimpse of the beauty of sacred relationship:  
that Christ is present here, Christ is host, and Christ welcomes and blesses us all.  
No one is above or below another – young and old, the wealthy and the poor, those who celebrate and those who mourn – we come forward and eat together.

Hear this invitation to the Eucharist table:
Come to this table, not because you must but because you may, 
Not because you are super-strong, but because you are also weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you that right, but because you need renewal and grace.
Come, because you love God a little and would like to love God more.
Come, because Jesus loves you and gave himself for you.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are his body. 

The apostle Paul tells us the story like this:
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, 
that the Lord Jesus on the night when 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 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.

Loving God,
At this table, we are not alone. 
We feast of you and we feast alongside your disciple people. 
Here we taste the bread of heaven;
here we share the new wine of your community.  
Empower us with your Spirit, 
that we may be a people who live through our sacred relationships the good news for all the world to see and experience,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. 

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Romans Pt II