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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
Curated by D'Arcy Watsham
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

Mother's Day: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day: Sunday, May 14, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 31

MUSIC
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Nothing But The Blood
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart

MOTHER'S DAY PRAYER
By Bobbi Salkeld

I realized this week as I was preparing a prayer for Mother’s Day that 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.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst

God we lift our hearts with praise to you. Jesus, on Mother’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.

We pray in the Spirit of the risen Christ.
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Romans Pt II

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 116

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
My Jesus I Love Thee
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Vertical Church Band - Exalted Over All
John Mark McMillan - How He Loves

APOSTLES CREED
When we stand and recite the creeds, what we do is proclaim together that we believe in the core message of the Christian faith. We also recognize that we take part in a long tradition of faithful people who have stood up and said these words together.

I believe in God the Father Almighty
Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into Hell;

The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy Christian Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship
Loving Creator of all, 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, Jesus Christ you are our loving Savior. Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Romans Pt II

2017 Easter Set Design: Flag Triangles

2017 Easter Set Design: Flag Triangles

This year our Commons Set Design Team wanted to create a special set for the Easter season. Our goal with designing this set was to highlight the cross as the center of focus and make stage look completely different as a reminder of the significance of the Easter season. 

Our inspiration came from other various churches using flagging tape for their set design. Using one inch wide white flagging tape, we taped both ends down to a beam on the floor and strung it through a ring hook in the ceiling. Rather than making each triangle the same we decided to make each triangle a different height using string. Lastly, to add texture we placed an LED light at the base of each triangle.

Easter Set Design Installation Timelapse 

Thanks to our Set Design Team for the installation! If you are interested in joining our Set Design Team visit our Next Steps site Commons.Life.

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 23, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 16

MUSIC
Curated by D'Arcy Watsham
David Crowder - Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
Bethel Music - Love Came Down

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.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Vision Sunday 2017

ASHLEY'S STORY: VOLUNTEERING WITH COMMONS
 

COMMONS CHURCH VISION WALL EXPERIENCE
We invited everyone to write on a "vision card" answering where is God inviting you forward?
 

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Matthew 28:1-6a

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen just as he said."

MUSIC
Curated By Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Phil Wickham - Doxology
John Mark McMillan - King of My Heart
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION
Ephesians 2 (MSG)

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Holy Week

Good Friday: April 14, 2017

Good Friday: April 14, 2017

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Brian & Jenn Johnson - Here I Bow (Special Opener)
There Is A Redeemer
Austin Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
All Sons & Daughters - Nothing But The Blood
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Hillsong United - Lead Me To The Cross

SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS
Jesus' Anointing  Matthew 26:6-13
Jesus In The Garden  Matthew 26: 36-42
The Soldiers Mock Jesus  Matthew 27: 27-31
Jesus Laid In The Tomb  Matthew 27:57-61

PRAYER
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 T
he 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.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Holy Week

Photos by Deanna Braun from our Photography Team

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC
Curated By Mel Renaud
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - He Is Faithful
Young Oceans - Let This Heart Not Wonder
Matt Maher - Lord I Need You
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone

Eucharist Invitation
By Scott Wall

Today, we come to the Eucharist table. In this practice, we as a community acknowledge the mystery of God's presence at work in our gathering. We affirm the ancient hope that this bread and wine reveal to us: that God is making all things new, and that we see this newness embodied in Christ.

And, in this practice we as individuals acknowledge the mystery of God's work in our lives. Each of us receives today, even as Christ's disciples did in their last meal together, the gratuitous affection of the Divine...free for our taking, if we will open our hands and hearts to receive it. 

As you come today, do so knowing that God's mercy is great. As you come today, lay down for just a moment your Lenten fasting...and feast on the goodness of God served to you in Christ. As you come today, receive new life...new hope...and new assurance of God's face turned toward you.

Come... journey with Christ today. 

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship

God of all, By your grace you gave your Son to take the form of a servant, and to be obedient even to death on a cross. As Christ Jesus was a servant to all, give us Lord the will to serve others. Christ’s name we pray,
Amen. 

EASTER 2017 INVITATION

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Sermon By The Sea

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MUSIC
Curated By Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Bethel Music - After All These Years
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION
By Scott Wall

As part of our worship today, in this season of Lent, I invite you to listen to a passage of scripture and reflect. I will be reading from Psalm 90, which is considered one of the psalms of communal lament. Perhaps you bring some heaviness with you today, or some challenge you're facing. Perhaps this season of fasting and preparation is wearing thin, and you're longing for Easter's brightness. Wherever you find yourself, I encourage you to listen for a word or image of solidarity with where you are and I encourage you to hear a word or expression of hope for this moment.

Hear now God's word to you, His children

Psalm 90 (NIV 11)

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.

17 May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God we proclaim together that you are with us. That whatever season of life we may find ourselves in, we see you reminding us that your presence never leaves us.
God would you help us sense your guidance.
Thanks be to God,
Amen.