Bulletin for Sunday October 24, 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

PRELUDE

WELCOME Welcome In, Welcome All verses 1&2
                                             (Written by Bryan Cook Gathering: Pentecost 2 2021 p.55)

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

CALL TO WORSHIP
To be a church family is a blessing
To encourage and care for one another is a joy.
To work for the common good of all people and all creation is our calling
Come, let us worship as the body of Christ
We come as followers of the Way of Jesus,
as those inspired by the Spirit of God,
to worship, sing, and pray.
                               (written by Susan Lukey Gathering: Pentecost 2 2021 p.31)

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 wave or bow to the people around you as you exchange words of peace

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
In a world that can be chaotic and frightening,
we light a candle of hope.
In a world where the way is uncertain
may this light of Christ show us the way.
Let us centre ourselves for worship….
                                          (written by Beth W Johnston Gathering: Pentecost 2 2021 p.30)

OPENING PRAYER
Come to us, Holy God, as we gather before you;
encircle us with your love.
Bless us with your sustaining presence;
surround us with your grace.
Draw us ‘round your living Word,
and bind us to one another as disciples of Christ,
whose Spirit is in our midst.
Amen.
                                                              (Celebrate God’s Presence p.25)

LORD’S PRAYER

 Gathering Hymn   MV 79    Spirit, Open My Heart (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 GRACE AND HEALING
My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.
God of life, there are times when the wounds of life seem overwhelming.
The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.
God of hope, there are times when hope seems to have left us permanently.
With those among us whose lives sometimes seemed mired in darkness, with those among us who live in a shadow of depression, with those among us who live with the constant panic of anxiety…
We pray for comfort, for healing, for hope.
Knowing that there are times when we all are struck by such issues
We pray that we too will find the support we need, and we remember…
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
God of life and hope, God of light that shines in the darkness, through your grace bring us through the deepest shadows of life and lead us back into the place of healing and hope.
There IS a balm in Gilead.
And wherever else God’s children are in pain. Thanks be to God. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS
     Mark 10:46-52

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 The Squeaky Wheel

Hymn   VU 266      Amazing Grace (PD)

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

THE OFFERING
            Mission Minute Growing Stronger Together: Maina’s Story
                            
https://united-church.ca/stories/growing-stronger-together-mainas-story 
            The Invitation:
            Sung Dedication VU 518 verse 3

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

Hymn   VU 699    Live into Hope (1L)

COMMISSIONING:
Go into the world: dance, laugh, sing, and create.
We go with the assurance of your blessing, O God.
Go into the world: risk, explore, discover, and love.
We go with the assurance of your grace, O God.
Go into the world: believe, hope, struggle, and remember.
We go with the assurance of your love, O God.
Thanks be to God!
                                                           (Celebrate God’s Presence p.73)

SUNG BENEDICTION: Welcome In, Welcome All verses 4&3
                                                                           (Written by Bryan Cook Gathering: Pentecost 2 2021 p.55)

POSTLUDE

 

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Previous Bulletins  (you will need Adobe Reader to read the bulletins!)

September
Bulletin for Sept. 5, 2021
Bulletin for Sept., 12, 2021
Bulletin for Sept. 19, 2021
Bulletin for Sept. 26, 2021

October
Bulletin for October 3, 2021 – Worldwide Communion Sunday
Bulletin for October 10, 2021
Bulletin for October 17, 2021
Bulletin for October 24, 2021