Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin for Sept 23, 2018
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Through Faith, we walk on the path Jesus has set for us. The People of St. Paul’s will: Belong… Believe… Love… Lead.

 

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

WELCOME Halle Halle Halle            (sung twice)                          #958 Voices United

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

CALL TO WORSHIP

Friends, be strong and do not fear, for we are in the presence of God.

Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.

The burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

God brings forth abundance where before there was scarcity.

There is nothing that is impossible with God.

We are gathered to share God’s blessings with one another.

Come, let us worship God.

(found at https://www.liturgylink.net/2018/09/04/ctw-water-breaks-forth/)

 

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

In the beginning God said “Let there be light” and there was light.

May the flame of this candle remind us of God’s light shining throughout our lives.

Sitting in the glow of the Light, we calm our hearts, souls, and selves for worship.

 

OPENING PRAYER
Canticle of Creation by St. Francis of Assisi

 Gifts of Music: I Am Your Mother                                                                                    Choir

LORD’S PRAYER

 Gathering Hymn: Water Flowing from the Mountains                             # 87 More Voices

 

WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

We greet each other with the peace of Christ

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Spring of Life, in the beginning you moved over the waters,

and you called out life.

Spring of Life, in our beginning you watch us grow in water,

coming to full form, ready to live as your Beloved Child.

Spring of Life, Living Water, we need water to live

water that is clean and clear and fresh.

And some of us have it, while others get water that is tainted, or hard to find.

God of water, challenge how we spread the Water of Life around our world.

…time of silent prayer…

Water is all around us, Water fills our bodies. As it is with Water so it is with God.

Water cleans us, Water revives and energizes us. As it is with water so it is with God.

In Christ, called the Living Water, God reminds us that we are loved, we are forgiven, we are called to drink deep from the well of life and live fully

Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Psalm 104:1-9, 24-35 (VU p.826)

Revelation 22:1-5

Matthew 8:23-27

 

SILENT REFLECTION

(trusting that God is at work in our midst we allow the words we have heard to settle and stir in our souls)

 

SERMON  Uisce Beatha

 Hymn: Crashing Waters at Creation                                      #449 Voices United

 

WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn: For the Fruit of All Creation                   (vs 2) #227 Voices United

 

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

Hymn: River                                                                                                       #3 More Voices

 

COMMISSIONING:

In the beginning, at creation, there was water,

bringing life.

In the beginning, Spirit hovered over the water,

transforming it into many oceans.

The water flowed from the oceans and became rivers…

Humankind, fish and fowl flourished.

Communities sprang up around rivers and streams…

And God’s spirit flowed throughout the land.

Once again, God is calling us to the River…

We are naturally drawn to the River of Life.

God is calling us to enter Into the Waters

We hesitate at first, but we know the waters will bring us renewal.

Go into the Waters to share the Living Water of Christ, to give the thirsty a drink

Go knowing that the God who first moved over the waters is with all of creation all of the time.

(Adapted from https://www.liturgylink.net/2012/03/21/gathering-liturgy-into-the-waters/)

Sung Benediction: Go Gently, Go Lightly                                                            (see insert )

POSTLUDE

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