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
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
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.

Worship Night: Sunday, May 28, 2019

Worship Night: Sunday, May 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 23

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
The Belonging Co. - Peace Be Still
Hillsong United - Oceans
Hillsong United - Good Grace
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
John Mark McMillan - How He Loves

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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, May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 57

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Heaven Come

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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THE LORD’S PRAYER
Introduction by Bobbi Salkeld

Since the earliest years of the church, the Lord’s Prayer has deeply shaped prayer, worship,
direction, and theology.

The point of the Lord’s Prayer is never to limit our prayer but to open up the potential of our prayers.

Maybe you grew up with the prayer; maybe you didn’t.
Maybe you’re growing up with the prayer right now.

As we pray together, may the words of the Lord’s Prayer shape us in profound ways -
reminding us of God’s infinite care and compassion. Please join me in praying 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, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Phil Wickham - In Christ Alone
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Phil Wickham - How Great is Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today is Mother’s Day. And there is no way to name all of the experiences we have with this noun: mom.

For some of us … mom is a word filled with love, safely, and joy. And sure, you likely know that your experience with your mom is not perfect, but you also know it is deeply good.

For others … mom is a word filled with tension, or longing, or heartbreak. Maybe your own relationship with your mom is fraught, or you live with the loss of your mom, or you’ve struggled with fertility or issues with pregnancy. We believe that our prayers can hold all of this.

Together let’s offer a prayer in 3 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, be our comfort.

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, be our comfort.

For moms in need of encouragement, strength, and support,

Spirit, be our comfort.

The prophet Isaiah (49:15-16) said that God is like a super-mom.

That God’s children are never forgotten.

In Isaiah, 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 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 30

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - This Is Amazing Grace
Commons Worship - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 5

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - How Great is Your Love
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

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REFLECTIVE PRAYER: VISION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time looking at images of other people’s lives. Maybe it’s on Instagram or Facebook, or it’s simply what we notice when we watch the people around us live their lives.

And before we know it, we’ve got more visions of others in our minds and imaginations than we have of ourselves.

Today is vision Sunday and while we consider the Easter vision of resurrection and the vision for our Commons community, let’s pause for a moment to consider the vision we have for our own lives.

Contemplating vision is a mix of reflection, imagination, and prayer.

So I invite you to consider one aspect from your life - your key relationship, your work, your understanding of yourself, and ask: what is God giving me a vision for in this part of my life?

Maybe it’s a vision for patience and forgiveness in relationships.
Maybe it’s a vision for endurance and creativity in your work.
Maybe it’s a vision for getting help and saying “no” in your self-care.

Vision comes before action.
And God is with us in the stillness and in the stirring.

I’ll give you some time to reflect on personal vision, maybe jot something down in your journal, and then I’ll close with a short prayer.

Loving God,
You created the world and everything in it
You know our stories, our hopes, and our frustrations
In this moment of reflecting on vision in our lives, and how you are present, may we trust that you are with us
And all things find their belonging in you, AMEN.

KATE’S COMMONS STORY

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - This Is Amazing Grace
Kristian Stanfill - In Christ Alone
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - God I Look To You

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Austin Stone Worship - How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - God I Look To You

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APOSTLE’S CREED
We believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,
the 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;
Jesus descended to the dead.
and on the third day rose again;
Christ, our saviour, ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the loving God,
and will come again 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.

Worship Night: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Worship Night: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Hillsong United - Whole Heart
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - King of My Heart
Hillsong United - Another In The Fire
Jesus Culture - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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PRAYER MOMENT
Written by Scott Wall

We are all Lenten pilgrims here.
Invited, in this space, to consider our pathways through this season.

Some of you may be fasting during Lent - and you can feel your appetites now.
Your longings for food - attention - relief.
Some of you may be attempting to pray more intentionally - and you may feel like a failure in your efforts.
Some of you may be intentionally sharing and giving these days - perhaps you feel spent, or stretched - or maybe full, and satisfied.

Which is why I invite you to take up the opportunity this moment brings.
Where, together, we allow Jesus to come to us in this way-station in our travels.
Where the noise and confusion that cloud our senses can be suspended, 
And in reflective prayer we hear, and sense, and know the grace of God.

As we pray, I will offer some words - and then a series of three questions derived from St. Ignatius’ practice of daily examen - and give you time for contemplation

Where we are invited to detect and respond to the Divine present to us - where we are.
So, let us pray.

Creator God - 
Source of Beauty - Bearer of Light - 
Streaming force of Being that, like the universe, is ever expanding - ever searching - ever echoing.


In that vastness we centre ourselves now.
We zoom into the details of our lives - the pressure, the details, the difficulty -
And we let all the spinning slow - as we ask - 
God, where did I see and encounter you today?

Lord Jesus Christ - 
Source of Grace - Bearer of a body like our own -
Humble force of Being that, like we know so well - found sorrow, and rejection, and frailty along the way.

In your life we centre ourselves now.
We take up the good news of your story - the hope, the promise, and luminance -
And we let it centre us - as we ask -
Jesus, what do I have to be thankful for this night?

Gracious Spirit - 
Source of Love - Bearer of our breath -
Invigorating force of Being that, as we carry you, teaches us to change, to grow, and to create.

In your invitation we centre ourselves now.
We take up the work of imagination, taking risks, and choosing to be in awe.
And we let you move us forward - as we ask -
Spirit, what future are you inviting me into?  

Keep us now, as we journey toward Easter light.
Hold our searching and longing hearts - 
Teaching us to trust your renewal more than all our striving.
We ask, in the name of Christ, our Hope.
Amen.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 63

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Nothing But The Blood
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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RESPONSIVE PRAYER
Written by Yelena Pakhomova
References to Psalm 62, 63, Isa 55:1-2., John 10:1-18, Ephesians 3:20.

On this third Sunday of Lent, we continue our worship by joining in responsive prayer. 
The alternating pattern of this liturgical practice encourages us to respond to God’s grace in our lives and to participate in the work God is doing in and through us.  

Leader:
Creator-God, you are the source of life.
All power belongs to you and with you is unfailing love. 
We confess that with our whole being we thirst for you 
And yet we spend ourselves on what does not satisfy. 
We need you, Lord more than we can imagine.

All:
Walk with us, Lord, the journey is long. 
Root us in your love and deliver us from fear. 

Leader:
Jesus, Good Shepherd, you show us that
True power always chooses the way of self-giving love. 
Your grace finds us when we are lost and catches us when we fall.
You want us to have life and have it to the full, 
And we trust you to form us into people you want us to be. 

All:
Walk with us, Lord, the journey is long. 
Root us in your love and deliver us from fear.

Leader:
Spirit of the Living God, deeply and gently at work within us. 
Sustain us as we journey to the cross in this season of Lent.
Teach us to seek justice and to work with you for the healing of the world. 
Enable us to live out of grace we have received.
And in everything we do, may we celebrate your goodness.

All:
Walk with us, Lord, the journey is long. 
Root us in your love and deliver us from fear.

In the strong name of the risen Christ we pray.
Amen.