Bulletin for June 28, 2020
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Through Faith, we walk on the path Jesus set for us.
The People of St. Paul’s Belong… Believe…Love ..Listen… Lead
St. Paul’s United Church
June 28, 2020
WELCOME In this time when we are not gathering together in the same space and time you are invited to use this as a framework for worship at home (or work or the lake or wherever you find yourself). Find a quiet place or time, gather with family (or not as works in your place) and center yourself in God’s presence. You may want to look for music online or in your own collection to accompany the service. Some suggestions are included below. Click on the blue verbiage to go to the video or reading and then click the back arrow to return to the service.
WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD
CALL TO WORSHIP
The summer starts, the days are long, the outdoors is calling.
As a part of our rest and re creation we take time to listen, to pray, to sing to worship.
Let us open ourselves to God’s Presence, let us worship together…
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
The flickering flame of the candle reminds us that God is here in this space of worship.
The glow shining from the flame reminds us that we are called to be sources of light to the world around us.
The heat radiating from the flame reminds us to bring warmth onto a world that often is cold and uncaring.
Source of life and love, Creator God;
we open our hearts and minds and lives to your presence.
Teacher and Guide, God in human form, known in Christ;
we come as those who try to follow the path you set for us.
Always present with us, giving hope, Spirit God;
we come to be filled with You, refreshed to live out our faith every day.
As those who bear Christ’s name we pray together the words he taught his friends…
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.
Lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn Suggestion MV #98 Like a River of Tears
WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:
TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Prayer
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of relationship, you call us to share our lives with you.
And we do. Or we want to, when we aren’t too busy to pray.
God of relationship, you ask us to listen for your voice.
Which sounds great, but we like to talk.
God of relationship, you encourage us to trust that you answer.
And we often wonder what our prayers accomplish, or we don’t like the answer, or we want to stay in control,
God of Grace, help us know that you are there, give us the confidence to trust in you, hear our prayers when they
are wordy and when they are silent.
…time of silence…
We offer up our prayers.. When they are selfless and when they are selfish, when we listen and when we only talk,
when we see results and when we wonder if it was all worth it we offer up our prayers.. And always God is there,
hearing, loving, responding.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
SERMON God Listens
Hymn Suggestion All My Hope on God is Founded
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Minute For Mission A Safe Home
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns I invite you to call to your mind those reasons to celebrate you want to lay before God in prayers of thanksgiving. Also call to mind those people or places or issues that weigh on your mind and need to be placed in God’s loving care.
Call to Prayer VU #400 Lord Listen to Your Children Praying
Prayers of the People
God we share our WOW moments.
Those times when the beauty of the world takes our breath away, when we are left awe-struck.
A glorious pink sky at sunrise or sunset, a crisp blue mountain lake,
joy beaming from the face of a child, love shining in a parent’s eyes.
For all the wonders of the world, we share our WOW…
God we share our OOPs moments.
Those times when we fail to live out the fullness of who we were created to be.
And we ask for the forgiveness and grace you offer so deeply…
God we share our words of THANKS.
We join in songs of praise and thanksgiving echoing around the globe, and around the block.
Thanks for all those things that bring abundance and fullness to life.
For family, friends, and loved ones,
for warm beds in which to sleep and food on our tables,
for the promise of new life in a baby’s birth or in the green of our garden,
for everything that brings warmth to our lives we say THANKS…
God we share our words of HELP.
We join our hearts to all those around the block, and around the globe, who cry out for help.
We pray with those who are weeping, whose hearts are heavy with grief…
We pray with those who are afraid and anxious and worried…
We pray with those who struggle to find the necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing, companionship, love…
We hold up their cries for help along with our own cries for help….
Where hearts are heavy or fearful or broken, may your love bring the promise of HELP.
God of life and love, we pour out all these prayers, the ones we put into words and the ones that have no words,
in the name of Jesus of Nazareth,: our Rock and Redeemer, our Teacher and Guide, whom we call Christ.
As we strive to follow The Way he lays before us, the path that leads to the life of the Kingdom.
Hymn Suggestion Will Your Anchor Hold
The time of worship draws to a close, the time of prayer-filled service continues.
We live and work and love and pray in the world day by day.
We spread the Love of God to all we meet, in actions big and small, in prayers of word and deed.
Go with God. Amen.
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This Sunday we are inviting folk to join together for a communion service. The service will be live streamed on YouTube at this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7jT09_1wYohTTqi0JqqlRA
starting at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 28th. You are encouraged to have bread and juice (or wine if you prefer) ready as you watch the service and we can break bread together.
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Living on the Edge! – A minute for (financial) stewardship.
You are “community” people! We ended May with a small surplus. Monthly revenue was $17,691 and the expense total was $15, 272. We will end June with revenue and expenses very close in number. The first installment of three for insurance is $2509. BUT we received a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy grant for $6118. There are a variety of ways of making donations to the church – thank you so much for taking the time and the advantage of contributing to our mission.
“Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own”
Submitted by Martha Dawson. If you have questions or comments about our church finances please contact Martha.
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