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SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MAY 28, 2017

Dorchester United Church

Congregational Worship for Conference Weekend 2017

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

MUSIC PRELUDE

HYMN: " Let Us Build a House" M.V. 1

WELCOME AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL TERRITORY:

Welcome to this service on the theme of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We begin by acknowledging the traditional territory upon which we gather this morning. For many thousands of years, the Original Peoples have sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travellers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CALL TO WORSHIP:

One: Let us give thanks to our Creator, for the Creator is always with us.

All: Creator and creating God, you have given life to all around us.

One: You call us to be with you whether we are inside in the shelter of these walls or outside in the shelter of your trees.

All: God is with us when we gather together and when we are alone.

One: We are here to answer that call.

All: We will sing joyfully and we will listen attentively for your whispering voice.

(Adapted from "The Dancing Sun Vol. VIII," Anglican Church of Canada and United Church of Canada, 1992).

PRAY:

Creator God, we pray for Your loving guidance as we continue the journey towards reconciliation. As we worship this day we pray that we will be open; open to hearing each other's stories; open to honouring our differences; open to celebrating all that unites us as one. Ground us in faith and hope. Help us to know we are loved, and to be true reflections of that love in the world. These things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who taught us to pray as one, saying (The Lord's Prayer, sung or spoken as is your tradition).

HYMN "Teach Me God To Wonder" V.U. 299

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN:

What is foregiveness and why do we need it?

SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CANDLE:

As we light the Christ candle we are reminded that Christ came into the world to be a light and inspiration to all peoples and not just to a select few. We are called to follow that light by living with respect for all of creation.

ANTHEM:

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

SCRIPTURE READINGS :


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Habakkuk 1:1-4, & 2:1-3


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Luke 15: 11-24

HYMN : "Just As I Am" V.U. 508

REFLECTION: "To Reconcile and Make New"

RESPONSE: V.U. 400 Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place,

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Send us love, send us power, send us grace

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:

With MV Hymn # 154, Deep In Our Hearts

Sing Verse 1 of Deep In Our Hearts…

Holy God, we gather this night, aware that the church has not always lived up to its vision. It requires the Spirit to reorient it, helping it to live an emerging faith while honouring tradition, challenging it to live by grace rather than entitlement, for we are called to be a blessing to the earth. We pray for your loving guidance as we seek to be people who live into right relations; as we seek to be people who reconcile, and make new…

Sing Verse 2 of Deep in our hearts

Creator God, We sing of Your good news lived out, a church with purpose: faith nurtured and hearts comforted, gifts shared for the good of all, resistance to the forces that exploit and marginalize, fierce love in the face of violence, human dignity defended, members of a community held and inspired by You, corrected and comforted, instrument of the loving Spirit of Christ, creation's mending. We offer up prayers now for our congregation and all that is happening for the people in it (silence petitions or spoken aloud, as is customary for your congregation) ….

Sing Verse 3 of Deep In Our Hearts

Our story is one where we are all touched by this brokenness: the rise of selfish individualism that erodes human solidarity; the concentration of wealth and power without regard for the needs of all; the toxins of religious and ethnic bigotry; the delusion of unchecked progress and limitless growth that threatens our home, the earth; the covert despair that lulls many into numb complicity with empires and systems of domination. We seek forgiveness for the times when we have sat idly by, or turned a blind eye to the needs of Your world, and our brothers and sisters. This day, we seek to be a people that rely on Your grace, and that create relationships built on trust, and faith. We bear witness to Holy Mystery, who is Wholly Love, this day and always

Sing Verse 4 of Deep In Our Hearts Amen

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

OFFERING INVITATION:

OFFERTORY RESPONSE:

Grant us, God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free, that ourselves and all our living we may offer faithfully. V.U. 540

OFFERTORY PRAYER:

Holy One, we offer these gifts to you now, and pray your blessing upon them. May they be used for the mission work of your church, as we continue the work of reconciliation, and making things new in your name. These things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, Amen.

HYMN: "Bless Now O God, the Journey" V.U. 633

SENDING FORTH:

And now may we go forth in the certainty of faith, in the knowledge of love, and in the vision of hope. And in our going, may we be blessed with all good things on this day and forevermore. As our worship ends, our service begins. Amen.

POSTLUDE LicenSing # 620168