Bulletin for February 21, 2021

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This service will be livestreamed at 10 am Sunday, 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

 

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

WELCOME

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TREATY

The land where we live and work is ours to use for just a moment in time. This land has been home to many before us and will be home to many after us. Here in Grande Prairie we live and work on land shared under Treaty #8. It is the homeland of the Beaver and the Cree. Now we live together as treaty peoples.

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

CALL TO WORSHIP
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
We are not together in body, sharing the same space.
But we ARE together, sharing this virtual space
In this shared space and time we listen for the promises of God.
In this shared time and space we open ourselves to God’s presence.
Let us worship together….

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST
     ~you are invited to use the chat box on YouTube to share words of Peace with each other

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
Our faith story opens with the words “Let there be light”. Our weekly worship begins with the lighting of a candle.
May this candle remind us of the light that cannot be overcome, no matter how dark the road may be.
Let us centre ourselves for worship….

OPENING PRAYER
In covenant we come to worship you, O God.
In these times when treaties, pacts, and agreements have limited time frames, are not always adhered to, and may need repeated renewals,
we come to worship you, the God of our covenant.
Because your everlasting covenant includes not just us, but our children and grandchildren and their descendants, all humanity, and all the living creatures that are with us.
we come to worship you, the God of our covenant.
The seal of your covenant with the earth shows itself in the sky in all its beauty, reminding us that you will keep your promise of being always with us.
we come to worship you, the God of our covenant. Amen
                                      (written by Fern Gibbard Gathering: Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2021 p.34)

Gathering Hymn     VU  307     Touch the Earth Lightly     (1L)

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

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Promises Promises

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Creation was not what you hoped it would be God.
And you decided to start over.
But there was still something worth saving,
so you called out Noah to build an ark, a refuge for creation.
Then, after the waters washed away you made a promise,
setting your bow in the clouds, a sign that never again would the world be washed away, a sign of your love and grace.
Creation is not what you hope it would be God,
we continue to miss the mark, we continue to be less than we could be.
But still you see the possibility, still in grace you challenge us to live out the old covenants,
pulling us forward, reminding us who we are.
And still the bow is in the clouds, light bending through a prism, spreading into a display of colour.
Giving us hope, giving us beauty, promising us grace.
Thank you.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS
Genesis 9:8-17

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 Rainbow People, Covenant People

 Hymn     MV  174     Soil of God You and I    (1L)

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

THE OFFERING
            Mission Minute Young Adults Lead Church to Become Anti-Racist
             ( https://united-church.ca/stories/young-adults-lead-church-become-anti-racist )
             The Invitation

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

LORD’S PRAYER

Hymn     MV  135     Called by Earth and Sky     (1L)

COMMISSIONING
When the storms of life are raging,
we look for the Rainbow.
As this time of worship closes, we continue our living and loving and serving in a world full of storms.
A world in need of the Promise, a world in need of the reminder that God is with us.
As you live and love and serve, may you carry the presence of God to all you meet.
And may we see God all around us, reminding us that we are not alone.
Thanks be to God!
Who has made us a Promise in many colours.

SUNG BENEDICTION: May the Christ Who Walks on Wounded Feet

POSTLUDE

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Previous Bulletins
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January
Bulletin for January 3rd, 2021 – Epiphany Sunday
Bulletin for January 10th, 2021 – Baptism of Jesus Sunday
Bulletin for January 17th, 2021
Bulletin for January 24th, 2021
Bulletin for January 31st, 2021

February
Bulletin for February 7, 2021
Bulletin for February 14, 2021
Bulletin for February 21, 2021