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TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

NOVEMBER 26, 2017
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY

Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,
Join us in our Journey!
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD TO PONDER:

Read 'A Prayer for the Reign of Christ' at V.U. 214

MUSIC PRELUDE

HYMN: "Crown him with many crowns" V.U. 211

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
We are gathered to give witness to the enduring realities of life.
We have come to affirm that life is a gift, that the gift is good, and that it comes from God.
We are gathered to renew our hope in Jesus as we travel life's journey.
We find God in our present and our past, but we also trust God for our future.
The same God guides us all the way, every day of our lives, even beyond life.
Let us praise God with all that we have and are as we trust in God's power to renew us.

OPENING PRAYER (IN UNISON)

Suffering God, present with all humans, help us to know You in the hungry, the stranger, the sick and the prisoner. May our souls be fed with the fruits of justice, our hearts made glad with healing and hospitality, and our feet set to dancing with the freedom of Your Spirit alive in Jesus. AMEN

HYMN: "Dance with the Spirit" M.V. 156

SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

A candle burns brightly to dispel this world's darkness.
May it shine into our lives that we may be true witnesses to the light who is Jesus.

ANTHEM

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (In Unison)

Righteous God, we live in a world where human life is exploited and abused. Violence is taken lightly, and people are often viewed as objects. Images of hunger and war and murder flash before us until we become almost hardened. Forgive us when we take on the values of this world. Give us tender hearts. Help us to reflect Your righteousness and give us courage to challenge the wrongs we see, through the power of Your Holy Spirit. AMEN

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God is ever more ready to forgive us than we are to forgive ourselves. Let us accept God's gift of forgiveness, given freely and unconditionally.

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

RESPONSIVE PSALM Psalm 100 V.U. 824

FIRST TESTAMENT READING Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

GOSPEL READING Matthew 25: 31-46

MESSAGE "NO JOB DESCRIPTION"

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
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER [See Insert]

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

HYMN: " When I needed a neighbour" V.U. 600

OFFERING INVITATION

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For food in a world where many walk in hunger, for friends in a world where many walk alone, for faith in a world where many walk in fear, we give you thanks, O God. V.U.552

OFFERTORY PRAYER: You have called us to follow You, O God. May we follow You to the bedside of the sick, to the table of the hungry and to the prison cells of the captive. We cannot be everywhere, so bless these gifts as an expression of Your love to all people, in all places. AMEN

HYMN: "Blessed assurance" V.U. 337

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE LicenSing #620168