Watchword for the Week
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord.
(1 Corinthians 12:4-5)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2016)
WELCOME and OPENING RESPONSES
Lord, your constant love reaches the heavens;
your faithfulness extends to the skies.
Your righteousness is as high as the
mountains, your justice as deep as the seas.
How precious, O God, is your constant love!
We find protection under
the shadow of your wings.
We feast on the abundant food you provide;
you let us drink from
the river of your goodness.
You are the source of all life,
and because of your light, we see the light.
Hymn 336 Christ is our light!
PRAYER of APPROACH (Iona Community)
Let us pray.
if we came to your house,
we would find the door open,
because there are no closing hours
for the hospitality of heaven.
If we came to your house,
we would hear many accents,
ours just one among them,
for there is no favoured nation
in the Commonwealth of heaven.
If we came to your house,
we would see people who never thought
they would be allowed in,
had entrance been by merit
rather than by your gracious invitation.
So, as we gather in Jesus’ name,
let the characteristics you cherish become
evident in all we do and share together.
Gather into one
the glorious assortment of unlikes
which is your true church.
Reveal within this community
what we must do,
what we must hear,
and who we must welcome
if we are to know Jesus among us.
God, give us the grace
to surrender our presumptions
as to what we should be or do;
and then amend our lives
until we become the people you intended.
WORDS of ASSURANCE (Psalms 133 & 134)
How good and how lovely it is
to live together in unity.
Precious it is, like oil,
poured out to anoint the head.
Unity is like the dew
falling on holy mountains.
With it comes God’s blessing:
life for evermore.
Come, bless the Lord, your servants
fulfilling God’s commands;
love and praise your Maker,
the God of heaven and earth.
Hymn 204 * I am the Church!
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
I am the Church! (point to yourself)
You are the Church! (point to neighbour)
We are the Church together! (shake hands)
All who follow Jesus (stretch out hands)
all around the world, (circle with hands)
yes, we’re the Church together. (link arms)
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may leave for their Kids’ Church program)
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 NT p. 216 (215)
Hymn 620 * Spirit of the living God
St. John 2:1-11 NT p. 118
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 510 * Jesus calls us here to meet him
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 327 Brightest and best of the sons
(Hymn of the Month, January 2016 – Tune: Epiphany 638)
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
God of abundance and overflowing love,
we offer to you our gifts of money and of
ourselves. Use them and us to help people
feel and see and experience the amazing
fullness of your love for us. Like wine
overflowing from jars, may that love overflow
to touch and cheer the lives of others. Amen.
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: God, send your Spirit;
renew the life of the earth.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy 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 thine
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn 622 We sing a love…
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)