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SUNDAY, May 26, 2019
Dorchester United Church
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

ACKNOWLEGEMENT OF THE LAND
We acknowledge that we worship and live on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wedat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

MUSIC PRELUDE (We invite you to quiet reflection and preparation for worship)

CALL TO WORSHIP :
We come from East and West, from North and South
We come with our joys and concerns
Moved by the Spirit we gather as God's people.
To pray and to sing, to listen and reflect.
Come, let us celebrate and praise the God of Love.

PASSING OF THE PEACE-
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the holy spirit be with you…
And also with you

As you are able and comfortable, let us make peace with one another.

HYMN "Spirit Open My Heart" M.V 79
(Please Remain Standing for the Sanctus)
SANCTUS (Holy, Holy, Holy V.U. 315 verse 1)

* Children are welcomed to the front of the Sanctuary for Children's Time during the Sanctus.

CHIDREN'S TIME, LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE,
strong>CHILDREN'S PRAYER
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
Jesus is our friend who loves us always

LORD'S PRAYER

ANTHEM

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CREED :

We are not alone,
we live in God's world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON:

Gracious and Loving God, Ruler of Creation, we sing your Praises. Let our souls praise the wonder of Your work and word for the health and salvation you so freely provide. Though we have been on this long road a while, though we have stumbled and, at times, veered off course; remind us that you are with us, calming our seas, laying a foundation, sheltering us, and defending us. Through growth, through change, through bumps in the road, You are there guiding us on.

HYMN "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go" V.U. 658

INVITATION TO INVEST IN GOD'S MISSION:

DOXOLOGY

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION:
Holy God, we come here to be open to opportunities of personal, spiritual renewal. We celebrate many who were examples of those moved by your Spirit. We remember, God, the ways that your people have been led into faithful action and guided by new awareness. From the beginning in a garden to a time of flood, from an era of renewed identity and purpose to years of exile, your people have been on a never-ending journey of insight and hope. So it is today we come into worship to find the power of your Spirit to renew and encourage us in our time.
O God, how great and good you are.
From earliest times to modern experiences, your people, God, have sought to establish a land where justice rules, where divine kindness is shared, and where lives of faithful purpose are made whole. We read in the Bible stories about rulers and prophets, priests and seers, shepherds and labourers, servants and water bearers who found within their lives special times of affirmation, and unique moments of divine inspiration. They felt your spirit, God, in their lives, and in the midst of their communities. We now seek your presence here, so that we may be encouraged in all of our lives.
You, God, are the source of goodness for us all.
Today we celebrate the spirit as we approach Pentecost -
a time of faithful service, and a time of being renewed as a community.
Your Spirit, God, can make the ordinary special, and the extraordinary memorable.
We remember the ways in which your call upon our lives, God, has been shaped and influenced by the response of those who have gone before us: those who have offered a welcoming presence to individuals who were lost and alone; those who have sought justice and acted with righteousness; those who have been living examples of how the Spirit is alive
You invite us, God, to follow in the ways of Jesus, to share the power of the Spirit, and to live the good news in our time and in this place.
We give thanks for all that we have received from believers who have gone before us.
It is within this community that we have gathered for worship and celebration. We pray for those special to us. In silence or aloud, we invite you to name those for whom you wish to offer prayers at this time
(time of prayer in silence)
Be present, God, with those we have named and may your healing Spirit be present for them.
Worthy is Christ, Christ the holy one, the one who redeems and encourages us.
Send your Spirit, God, upon us and upon these elements of the faith so that we may be blessed by you, now and always.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 27:3-5, Luke 22: 33-34 & 60, Luke 24:1-12

MESSAGE: "My Doubts: No Match for God's Grace" Tabitha Carey

HYMN "I Heard the Voice of Jesus" V.U. 626

COMMISSIONING & CHORAL RESPONSE: V.U. 969

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