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Bulletin for Sunday July 25, 2021
This service will be livestreamed at 10 AM Sunday morning,
on the St Paul’s YouTube channel
Through Faith, we walk on the path Jesus set for us.
The People of St. Paul’s Belong … Believe … Love … Listen … Lead
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
CALL TO WORSHIP
As we gather here today, may the peace of Christ be upon this house of worship.
As we come together, may God’s peace rest on us as we listen to the message, sing songs of praise, and give thanks.
May our time together ignite in us a desire to go out and share the peace and love of Christ with others.
Let us worship God, singing and praising God’s wonderful love for all
(written by Stephanie Richmond, Gathering: Pentecost 1 2021 p.38)
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST
~ those present online are invited to use the chat function on YouTube,
~ those present in person are invited to turn and greet the people around you as we all exchange words of peace
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
As the candle flame flickers to life then burns with a steady glow
So may the Spirit move in and around us so that God’s light would shine through us.
Opening ourselves to the breath of the Holy Spirit, we centre ourselves for worship.
Wisdom of God, we awaken and the day calls to us.
May we find you in our days.
We gather here, and your Spirit calls to us.
May we find you in our midst.
When we worship, we experience the world as you experience it
where your word and the world lead us today.
Amen (written by Robin Wardlaw, Gathering: Pentecost 1 2021 p.43)
Gathering Hymn – MV 1 Let Us Build a House (1L)
WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:
A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
so often we have a fear of missing out –
missing out on social events,
or missing out on the latest brand products,
or missing out on the most modern updates to our stuff.
Focusing on the siren calls of consumerism and status, we can easily miss out on your most powerful gift – love.
Work within us, creating and re-creating God, showing us our place and our purpose in walking humbly with you
…time of silent prayer…
Hear this Good News!
We are worthy because God first loved us.
Because we are so completely loved, we learn how to love.
We are worthy of love so we can love ourselves.
Knowing how to love, we can risk loving others just as Jesus loved.
In this loving is our forgiveness, In the power of love we become ever more whole.
Thanks be to God!
(written by Gord Dunbar, Gathering: Pentecost 1 2021 p.46, Adapted)
2 Samuel 11:1-15
A MOMENT OF 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 It’s All About the Power
Hymn MV 171 Christ Has No Body Now But Yours (1L)
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Hymn VU 420 Go to the World (1L)
Go from this place today
filled with God’s abundant love.
Go from this place today
filled with God’s love in your heart.
Go now from this place
and share the abundance and love with others.
Go no from this place
and know that God is grateful for each and every one of you
Go from this place. Go with peace. Go with grace.
(written by Julie Hutton, Gathering: Pentecost 1 2021 p.53)
Sung Benediction: VU 429 May the Blessing of God Be Upon You
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