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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,
Join us in our Journey!

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

TO PONDER: We will learn to live in harmony when we fill our hearts with love, overflow with joy, focus on peace, and practice patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

MUSICAL PRELUDE: (A time for quiet reflection and
preparation for worship)

WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

HYMN: "Come Now Is The Time To Worship"

Come now is the time to worship
Come now is the time to give your heart
Come just as you are to worship
Come just as you are before your God
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CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN: " Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise" V.U. 264

A PRAYER OF APPROACH

SUNG RESPONSE
Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some brokenness in me;
Cleanse me from every wrong, and set me free.

SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CANDLE:

We light the Christ Candle to remind us that God calls us to love our neighbours. Today we remember that our neighbour can be next door or on the opposite side of the world.

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

HYMN: " Make Me A Channel of Your Peace" V.U. 684

MESSAGE: "Love Your Neighbour"

HYMN: " Let There Be Light" V.U. 679

PREPARING FOR PRAYER:

"Oh God Our Help In Ages Past" V.U. 806
vs 1 only

PASTORAL PRAYER

All: O God, our help in ages past,
it was you who led the Israelites through the wilderness,


Leader: a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day.
We pray that you will guide the vulnerable and desperate migrants who today search out new hope and new life.
As they search for a way out, as they board ships and trucks and cross fences, as they carry children and walk for miles,
protect them, Lord.

All: Our hope for years to come,

you created all people to flourish

Leader: to live in safety, to find meaning, to experience love, to seek after you.
We pray for those who have lost hope, safety, love, and faith.
We pray for parents whose children have been lost or have died.
We pray for children who are going without food, water, and safety.
We pray for communities abandoned and for communities overwhelmed.
Oh God, bring miraculous and life-giving hope.

All: Our shelter from the stormy blast,
you are the one who brings peace.


Leader: You are like a mother hen, protecting us under your wings.
We pray for an end to the tyranny around the world and to the violence in Syria.
Protect those who haven't yet found a way to leave.
We pray for the hearts of those who are intent to kill.
We pray for the eyes of the world to turn toward this war.
Give wisdom to the leaders who must choose how to facilitate peace.

All: Our eternal home, in you we find life and providence,

Leader: for this life and for the next.
For those who have lost everything, we pray you will rebuild their lives.
For those desperate for a new home, open the doors to safer places.
For those longing for the necessities of life, restore their material goods.
For those whose communities and families have been ripped apart, strengthen new bonds of friendship.
And for the church, near and far, which worships in safety today -- inspire us to welcome the stranger.
Help us to discern how to continue to reach out to refugees in acts of mercy and how to help them seek justice for long-term hope.

All: Amen.

And we continue to pray as Jesus taught us saying…
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

OFFERING INVITATION

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For The Healing of the Nations

V.U. 678 vs 1 only

OFFERTORY PRAYER:

HYMN: "I'd Like To Teach The World to Sing"
I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I'd like to build a world a home
And furnish it with love
The kind of love that builds us up
And never tears us down
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I'd like to build a world a home
And furnish it with love
The kind of love that builds us up
And never tears us down
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING
ASKING GOD'S BLESSING ON OUR LUNCH TOGETHER

POSTLUDE (A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning)