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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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Worship Night

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Worship Night

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Jesus Culture - Revelation Song
John Mark & Sarah McMillan - King of My Heart
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - After All These Years
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
Hillsong United - Heaven Knows (Bridge Only)
Hillsong United - What A Beautiful Name

OPENING PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God of grace and peace
We are gathered here tonight
To be in relationship with you
We desire to hear from you God
And in all we do may you be glorified God.
Amen.

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship
God of grace, 
you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, 
and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory and worship you in spirit and in truth; Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

INVITATION TO EUCHARIST
By Bobbi Salkeld
The Eucharist is the Table of Thanksgiving
for all the ways God breathes divine life into everyday objects like bread and wine. 
We receive and eat these elements of the field and the vine
as reminders of the meal Jesus ate with his disciples. 
This is a table where best friends and betrayers sit.  
And still, all are welcome to participate.  
If you long to sense Jesus at the centre of your life,
the sacrament of communion is for you.

The invitation is this:
Come to this table, not because you must but because you may
Not because you are always super strong, but because you are often weak
Come, because you love God a little and would like to love God more.
Come, because Jesus loves you and gave himself for you, for all of us, 
and for the life of the world
As we eat we remember that Jesus transforms the worst parts of the human experience, even death, into life.  

Let’s pray together:
Jesus, on the night of your arrest
you took bread, gave thanks and fed it to your disciples.
This bread is a sacrament of your forgiveness and your kingdom.
And then you lifted the cup, inviting your followers to drink of you
the true wine that seals and makes our hearts glad.
Loving God, as we eat we imagine the feast of your kingdom for all
And we give you thanks.  AMEN.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 95

MUSIC
Curated by D'Arcy Watsham
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Brian & Jenn Johnson - After All These Years
I Exalt Thee
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
By Bobbi Salkeld

It is a Lenten practice to not only fast and practice charity, but to also engage in repentance.  For some of us, that word - “repentance” - is familiar and comforting.  
For others, it is stuffy and unfamiliar. 

Either way, I believe that prayers of confession can be for all of us.  

Confession is another name for the act of being really honest with ourselves - the condition of our hearts and the longing of our relationships.  
Confession carves out a place where we can be assured of the depth of God’s love for us, no matter how much we struggle.  

I invite you to consider with me some responses to these questions, 
and then I will walk us through a prayer of confession and words of assurance:

What do I bring with me today that I need to be set free from?  
Perhaps it is worry, or selfishness, or stubbornness.  
Maybe it’s denial, hiddenness, or dishonesty.  
Where do I need to experience a new beginning?
Maybe it’s in how you see yourself, or a loved one.  
Maybe it’s in how you compare yourself to others, or how you just don’t feel quite like yourself these days.  

Let us pray this prayer of confession:

In your presence, Loving God, we confess that we so easily lose our way.
We lose an awareness of your closeness.
We lose our identity as your children.
We lose the connectedness to the world we live in, the world you created and named as good. 

We confess our culpability in the cracks and brokenness we experience. 
We confess that we do not always choose love or extend grace.  
We do not always choose kindness or contentment.  
We do not always stop ourselves from speaking or defending, so that we can listen and learn. 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Now, hear these words of assurance:

You worship and follow a God who forgives you,
Christ who renews you,
And the Spirit who enables you to grow in love. 

Be freed and be made new this Lent as you journey with Christ, AMEN.

PRAYER
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks on this day. Because all blessing we have comes from you. Teach us to be a reflection of the blessing and grace that you show us.
Thanks be to God,
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Sermon By The Sea

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Hillsong United - You'll Come
Citizens & Saints - Be Thou My Vision
Brian & Jenn Johnson - After All These Years
Hillsong United - Oceans

INTRODUCTION TO EUCHARIST
By Scott Wall

As part of our worship today, I want to invite you to gather around the Eucharist table with us.
We come from our varied experiences in this season of Lent, our success and failure, our celebration and grief, our optimism and our fatigue and we are presented with simple bread and a grape. In these, as the children of God we join together and acknowledge our common weakness and, we also acknowledge our common search for mercy and renewal, which we confess as being found in the Lord Jesus.

In coming forward today we step out from where we are and where we've been and onto a path toward God's embrace. And in doing so we find that, as one author (priest and theologian Alexander Schmemann) puts it, "The liturgy of the Eucharist is best understood as a journey or procession…It is not an escape from the world, rather it is the arrival at a vantage point from which we can see more deeply into the reality of the world.”

So whether you've been on the journey for some time...maybe you've recently discovered the Divine in Christ...maybe you're curious and intently searching...maybe you're unsure of what to make of it all...

As you come, may you see and experience God's goodness toward you in this moment. As you come, may you see your sorrow and whatever challenge you face in the light of his mercy. As you come...may thankfulness be found in your heart and on your lips. 

Come journey with Christ today.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God of love, Wherever we find ourselves today... may we know that you are constant with your love and you never give up on us. Thank you God for always staying the same.
In your name we pray,
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Sermon By The Sea

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 32

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
Hillsong Worship - You'll Come
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Hillsong United - Lead Me To The Cross
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

RESPONSIVE READING
By Devon Scott

Leader: As we take our first steps on the road of Lent, Jesus Christ, give us faith and trust.
Everyone: Lord of Lent, Renew Our Lives
Leader: For the times that we have given into the temptations of the desert please forgive us.
Everyone: Lord of Lent, Renew Our Lives
Leader: When we feel like we've walked for too long, and there is too much darkness, help us to see your light
Everyone: Lord of Lent, Renew Our Lives
Leader: Jesus Christ meet us as we walk on the road of lent, following after you.
Everyone: Lord of Lent, Renew Our Lives, Amen.

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship

God our Creator, yours is the morning and yours is the evening. Let Christ the Sun of righteousness shine in our hearts and draw us to you. We ask this for the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Amen. 

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Sermon By The Sea
 

Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Phil Wickam - Doxology
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Jon Foreman - House of God Forever
John Mark Mcmillan - How He Loves

SCRIPTURE READING
Psalm 51

RESPONSIVE READING
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship

Leader: Cry, and God will answer.
Everyone: Call and the Lord will say, I am here.

Leader: If you do away with the burden, the clenched fist, the wicked word; if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed.
Everyone: Call and the Lord will say, I am here.

Leader: Your light will rise in the darkness and the Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in desert places.
Everyone: Seek and God will answer. Call, and the Lord will say, I am here.

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst
God of mercy, may we find forgiveness in your unfailing love. May we remember that it is only by your love and grace, through the gift of your Son, that we are given life. May all the praise be given to you God,
Amen.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 23

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Hillsong Worship - It Is Well With My Soul
All Sons & Daughters - I Surrender
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

REFLECTIVE PRAYER
By Scott Wall

We stand in a break at the end of one week, looking out over another, and we celebrate God's goodness. But don't you find that at times these moments can feel foreign or even forced, because we can't escape ourselves as we come to them?! No, we bring our heaviness, our trial, our darkness, our doubts with us. And in doing so we are not unfaithful, we are human. So, as part of adopting a posture of worship today I want to invite you for a moment to ask yourself, 'What is demanding in my life today? What area, relationship, activity is most draining?' For some, there is no mystery, you know immediately. For others, perhaps you need to reflect.

Let's take a moment of quiet, I will offer a prayer .and then invite you to consider one more thought before we continue.

God our Father, we stand here in this moment, known by you. All our failures, all our efforts, all our inconsistencies, all our humanness, these are no mystery. As we have just sung, we pray now in surrender, acknowledging that you are God, and that our need of you is great. Grant us grace to experience you today, we pray in the name of Christ.

And now, I want to invite you to consider where the Divine might have been near to you recently. To consider what you are finding most life-giving in this season. It might be something profound or significant or something simple and easy to miss. Where have grace and joy been present to you? Let's reflect for a moment, and then I will pray a prayer of hope.

God our Father. Giver of all good things, we celebrate this life we have today, and how you are present to us in it. Awaken our hearts to see you and know you in the many ways that you bring abundance to us. As we worship, draw our attention to the hope that we have in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose powerful name we pray these things,
Amen.

PRAYER
Paraphrased Prayer from Covenant Book of Worship

God of grace and peace Because of your presence there is forgiveness Because of your presence We become more of the people you imagined us to be May all of the glory and honor be unto your name. Praise be to God, Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Thes. Vs. Thes.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 121

MUSIC
Curated by D'Arcy Watsham
Bethel Music - You Have Won Me
Brenton Brown - All Who Are Thirsty
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Kristian Stanfill - Jesus Paid It All

PRAYERS FOR THE COMMUNITY
By Kevin Borst

Let's pause for a moment and I want to invite you to join me in praying for the needs of our community.

Whether it those who have lost their jobs or maybe work isn't in a good place.
Those who have loved ones who are sick or in the hospital.
Or a relationship that isn't where you want it to be.

Together as a Church we want to pray for the needs of our community.
I want to invite you to pray silently with me in these next few moments,
lifting up our needs to God.

Silent Prayer

We also recognize that there are areas in our lives that we can be thankful for.
Whether it is the celebration of a new baby being born into a family.
Or maybe it's a new friendship.
Or a new season in life for you or a loved one that is just a better place to be in.

Join me in praying silently as we thank God together,

Silent Prayer

God, we lift our needs and our thanksgivings to you. 
Amen.

PRAYER
By Bobbi Salkeld

Loving God,
We thank you for the personal and communal aspects of our worship.
May this gathering be a place where we genuinely meet with you, meet with each other and meet with our own soul. If we sense you near today, we thank you for your closeness. If we are longing for your presence, we thank you for the absence. For in all of these experiences of your nearness and distance, you are God – Perfect Parent, Son, and Holy Spirit.  
AMEN.  

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Thes. Vs. Thes.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - Love Came Down
Phil Wickham - Doxology
All Sons & Daughters - Brokenness Aside
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit

EUCHARIST INTRODUCTION & RESPONSIVE READING
By Jeremy Duncan

As part of worship today, we want to invite you to participate in holy communion.
As we celebrate together, the eucharist or the good gift of our God. So I invite you to come to this sacred table today, not because you must, but because you may; I invite you to come to this sacred table to testify - not that you are righteous, but that you desire to love our Lord Christ Jesus. I invite you to come to this table not because you are strong, but because you are weak; not because you have any claim on the grace of God, but because in your frailty and sin you stand in constant need of mercy and help; I invite you to come to this sacred table today - not to express an opinion, but simply to seek God’s grace and to pray for his Spirit in your life.

So I would ask you to join me in a simple reading before we come:

Leader: His dying we proclaim; his rising we declare.
All: May Jesus Christ be praised!
Leader: His coming we await, now as these gifts we take.
All: May Jesus Christ be praised!
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

PRAYER
By Joel Braun
Loving God of all,
We are grateful in this moment that you do in fact choose to be here with us - your spirit is welcome and we are welcome and so we gather in this space to hear from you, to tell you and each other of your goodness, and to be honest in our wrestling with you and being with you. Thank you that in your power you peacefully and graciously meet us in this space today.
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Thes. Vs. Thes.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 121

MUSIC
Curated by Mel Renaud
All Sons & Daughters - You Will Remain
Paul Baloche - How Great Thou Art
All Sons & Daughters - I Surrender
Jesus Culture - God With Us

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Introduction by Joel Braun

As God's children, we gather in this space and we remind and retell each other of the things God has done and is doing. We often use new songs and new language and newly written prayers to do this, but we also use historically significant pieces to help center us in the story of God. This morning we get to join together and speak the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray in the gospels. 

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. 

January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 16

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Jeremy Riddle - Love Came Down
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION
I am going to be reading from the message version of Ephesians 1, and since we have found ourselves these past few weeks in a series on forgiveness I invite you to listen for themes of belonging to the family of God and the freedom that comes from that.
Hear these words from the scripture,

Long before God the Father laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

Thanks be to God for this message of freedom.

PRAYER
Even as we worship this morning, most of us will be aware of recent changes in immigration policy to the south that have left many refugees stranded and unsure of their future. Regardless of our politics today — for all those who seek peace we pray

Heavenly Father,
you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.

We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope,
and lives torn apart be restored.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.

Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Ashes

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 51

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - You Have Won Me
Auston Stone Worship - How Deep The Father's Love For Us
Bethel Music - Jesus We Love You
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

EUCHARIST INVITATION
By Bobbi Salkeld
Hear this invitation to the Lord’s table – a place where we gather together. To remember, to commune, and to receive spiritual nourishment From the body of Jesus and the life of the Spirit

The invitation is this:
Come to this table, not because you must but because you may
Not because you are always strong, but because you are often weak
Come, because you love God a little and would like to love God more.
Come, because Jesus loves you and gave himself for you,
For all of us, and for the life of the world.

As you come forward you are invited to tear off a piece of bread or receive a gluten free cracker. You will hear words spoken over you to express that the body of Christ was broken so you could be made whole. Then, you will pull a grape from the vine and hear words spoken over you to express that you participate in the new covenant, where all creation is made new in Jesus’ blood poured out for you. You are welcome to respond “Amen” or “Thanks be to God” or you can simply smile and pray quietly.

Let’s pray together,
Jesus, on the night of your arrest you took bread, gave thanks and fed it to your disciples. This bread is a sacrament of your forgiveness and your kingdom. And then you lifted the cup, inviting your followers to drink of you the true wine that seals and makes our hearts glad. Loving God, as we eat we imagine the feast of your kingdom
And we give you thanks.  
AMEN.

Come and eat; this is your spiritual feast.

PRAYER
From Covenant Book of Worship
God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory and worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

OFFERING PRAYER
By Bobbi Salkeld
Generous God, All we have comes from you - our friendships & relationships, our homes & communities, our jobs & passions, keep us from the belief that we are the masters of these gifts. Keep us thankful and participating in your life-giving ways in the world. You love us and share your divine life with us. May we do the same for the needs of others near and far.
AMEN.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 84

MUSIC
Curated by D'Arcy Watsham
Hillsong Worship - Cornerstone
Jesus Culture - Fierce
There Is A Redeemer
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign

APOSTLES CREED
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.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Ashes

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 30

MUSIC
Curated by Justina Gendy
Phil Wickham - This Is Amazing Grace
My Jesus I Love Thee
Hillsong Worship - Thank You Jesus
Hillsong United - Oceans

REFLECTIVE PRAYER
By Bobbi Salkeld
Prayers for Forgiveness, The Pattern of Our Days, ed. Kathy Galloway, 124. 

Creator God,
By your design we are whole people
But, we have also been people of division
We divide mind and body
We divide inside from outside
We divide differences and unknowns
We separate the noise from the quiet
The city from the country
The healthy from the sick
The living from the dying
Some of this is natural, but some of this is unnecessary

God, we confess that we can be so quick to build dividing walls, 
Sometimes, those walls are needed and they keep us safe
Walls can protect us and give us the space to figure things out for ourselves
To wrap some bandages around wounds that bleed or keep breaking open
To rehydrate and gain our strength after a difficult time in our lives
Thank you for times when we are invited to just be, to protect ourselves, and to wait for your care and healing

But sometimes, God, you invite us to dismantle the walls we’ve built
Maybe it’s not all at once, but sometimes it is
Sometimes we’re stronger by your Spirit than we realize
And you invite us to a new path of reconciliation
Jesus, you lead the way, inviting us to step out into new spaces and take in new views
of health and wholeness

So we ask you, God … what walls in our lives are no longer necessary?  
What hurt do you invite us to move away from or through?  
How are you already at work healing our hearts, minds, bodies, relationships, places of disconnection?  
If it’s time to move past the hurt we feel, how do we move towards the horizon of your compassion?  

Even if we don’t know the answers, we trust that you do and you will guide us.
May our worship together in singing, teaching, extending kindness towards ourselves and one another offer us wisdom on a path towards wholeness.  

We pray together, in the name of Christ who reconciles all things,
Amen. 

PRAYER
By Kevin Borst

Almighty and gracious Father, 
we give you thanks on this day. 

All blessing we have comes from you. Teach us to be a reflection of the blessing and grace that you show us. 

Thanks be to God,
Amen.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION NOTES
Ashes

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 98

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
All Sons & Daughters - God With Us
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

PRAYER
Paraphrased from Covenant Book of Worship

Almighty God, 
your Son has revealed the wonders and the greatness
of your love. 
Renew us with your heavenly grace, 
and in all our weakness sustain us
by your mighty power; 
through Jesus Christ
who is our Lord and our saviour. 

Amen.

PRAYER FOR A NEW YEAR
Paraphrased from “Prayer for a New Day” by St Philaret of Moscow from Prayer Book of the Early Christians. 

Lord, grant us the strength to greet the coming year in peace.
Help us in everything to rely on your holy will.
Show your will to us every hour of every day this year.
Bless our dealings with all people.
Teach us to treat those who come to us throughout the year with peace of soul,
and with the firm conviction that it is your will that governs all things.
Guide our thoughts and feelings in everything we do and everything we say.
In unexpected events let us not forget that all have been sent by you.
Teach us to act wisely and firmly, without embittering or embarrassing others.  
Give us the physical strength to bear the labours of this day.
Direct our will.  
Teach us to pray: rather, yourself pray within us.

Amen.