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.

Sunday, August 3, 2018

Sunday, August 3, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 51

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - This is Amazing Grace
Audrey Assad - Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Jesus Culture - God With Us

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Hillsong Worship - You'll Come
Audrey Assad - Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - The Passion

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THE LORD'S PRAYER
Introduction by Bobbi Salkeld
In just a moment we will put our voices together to pray the Lord’s Prayer. This is the prayer Jesus teaches us to pray when we ask, “How do we pray?” You can find this prayer in Matthew chapter 6. Matthew 6 is also where we are told that God hears the prayers we pray in secret and God will respond. We are told that we do not need to babble on and on, because God knows what we need before we even ask. But still, Jesus tells us to use our mouths and our hearts to pray, and something profound will happen in our relationship with God.
And so, as Jesus taught us to pray, we are bold to pray together:

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, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 23

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
Bethel Music - Shepherd

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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EUCHARIST INVITATION
By Bobbi Salkeld
Jesus calls us to meet with God in the elements of this meal –
The earth has given us the bread and grapes
Kneaded and broken for the feast that shapes our imagination of God’s work in the world.

Jesus calls us to confess our failings and missteps at this table –
We are not turned away
We are welcomed, forgiven, and sent out to live our lives in love and compassion.

Jesus calls us to honour each other in this sacramental supper –
In Christ, there are no divisions. All are brother, sister, and friend of the Savior. The faithful and the doubter are on equal ground on the path to know God.

Hear the 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.

Loving God,
Through your goodness
We enjoy the meal of your presence
We celebrate the life that Jesus shares
As your church, we are not alone
Your Spirit brings heaven and earth together And your beauty stretches on forever.
AMEN.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 36

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

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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RESPONSIVE READING
By Bobbi Salkeld
From Iona Abbey Worship Book, The Iona Community, p. 74-75

In just a moment, we’ll join our voices together to affirm our faith through a responsive reading. The beauty of this responsive reading is found in the tensions. Together we name the places of hurt and longing, and together we name the joy of celebration and provision.

As we read together, we lift up our hearts. 

In the midst of hunger and war
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF PLENTY AND PEACE. 

In the midst of oppression and tyranny
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF SERVICE AND FREEDOM.

In the midst of doubt and despair
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF FAITH AND HOPE.

In the midst of fear and betrayal
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF JOY AND LOYALTY.

In the midst of hatred and death
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF LOVE AND LIFE.

In the midst of sin and decay
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF SALVATION AND RENEWAL.

In the midst of death on every side
WE CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF THE LIVING CHRIST. 
AMEN.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - He is Faithful
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Matt Maher - Lord I Need You
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am

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CANADA DAY PRAYER
Paraphrase Prayer by Carol Penner
God, thank you for our country. This weekend, while we celebrate 150 years, we recognize the people who have lived in this land much longer than that. Thank you for the beauty that lies in oceans and mountains and prairies, all created by you, all giving glory to you.

We thank you for the leadership of this country, 
we pray for continued wisdom and guidance as they lead.
Help us to be a people of vision, and courage, and commitment, offering hope and comfort to all who find themselves here as well as those that choose to live here.
Help us to live faithfully as your people while we live and work and share this land.
We pray all this in the name of Jesus, 
Amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 10

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

MUSIC: KENSNGTON PARISH
Curated by James Sylvester
Bethel Music - He is Faithful
Robin Mark - Jesus All For Jesus
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am

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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 10, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 10

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - You Are Life
Jesus Culture I Exalt Thee
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
HiIlsong Worship - Cornerstone

MUSIC: KENSNGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - This is Amazing Grace
Brenton Brown - All Who Are Thirsty
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
Bethel Music - Shepherd

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EUCHARIST INTRODUCTION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
Let’s take a moment to consider the everyday elements before us. 
With the bread we remember the body of Christ - one that was broken so that we can be made whole. With the grape we remember the blood of Christ - poured out to transform violence and alienation into forgiveness and grace. In the bread and the grape we see the death-to-life cycle of faith and life in tangible ways. The wheat was harvested for our nourishment; the grapes are crushed for our joy. These are the gifts of God for the people of God - the sacrament of communion is for all. 

Hear the 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 you have done the work to be here and you deserve these gifts, 
But because you need mercy and help always. 
Come, because you love God a little and would like to love God more.
Come, because God loves you and gives you life, always.
Come and meet the risen Jesus, for we are Christ’s body.

Let’s pray together: 
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
All desires known, 
And from whom no secrets are hidden:
Renew the thoughts of our hearts by the care of your Holy Spirit,
That we may love you and genuinely love each other,
And stand before you with reverence and awe,
Through Christ our Saviour,

AMEN. 
All are welcome at God’s table

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 139

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by James Sylevster
Bethel Music - This is Amazing Grace
All Who Are Thirsty
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSNGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
I Exault Thee
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus

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APOSTLE'S CREED
When we join together in speaking these creeds 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, May 27, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 29

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clinton Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Bethel Music - Shepherd

MUSIC: KENSNGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Reckless Love
Hillsong Worship - The Passion

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BAPTISMS PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today at Commons, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism.
We have the honour of baptizing 2 people fte the noon service and 6 people fte the 7pm service at our Kensington parish. And baptism is a big deal for us. Christian thinkers describe the sacraments as mysteries. The sacraments are ordinary things clothed with transcendent meaning.
The ordinary thing in baptism is the water. The mystery is that we are joined with Christ in his dying as we go under the water and we rise with Christ to new life as we come out of the water. It is a joy to watch one another take this step of faith in community and it is a joy to remember our own baptism. And so whether you witness the baptisms at Commons today or not, let’s take some time to pray for the journey of these soon-to-be-baptised friends. We also pray for our own journey of being united with Christ and living out the gift of invisible grace.

Let us pray:
God our Creator and Redeemer, we thank you for the gift of water.
We remember the sacred story where your Spirit hovered over the waters and brought creation into being.
Will you hover over our lives to bring calm where there is chaos.
We also remember the sacred stories where waters were miraculously parted, where water poured out of rocks, and where water was made into wine.
Will you give us eyes to see how you are wildly at work in the everyday objects of our own lives - miraculously opening new spaces, bringing about what is good when we have real needs, and transforming the details of our lives into joy.
For those newly baptized today, we trust you to carry them in times of trouble and rejoice over them always.
For those of us remembering our baptisms, will you remind us of your constant care for us - in good and bad times you are near.
For those of us unsure of your presence, or of what steps you invite us to take - may we sense your perfect patience and loving acceptance.
To God our maker, Christ our savior, and the unifying Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever.

AMEN.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

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

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

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 138

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

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

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

EUCHARIST INVITATION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 104

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 9

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 8, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 8

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

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

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

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

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

God gives me a vision to...

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Good Friday: Sunday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday: Sunday, March 30, 2018

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

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