Watchword for the Week
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. (Lamentations 3:22) (Moravian Daily Texts 2015)
WELCOME & CALL to WORSHIP (Mark 5: 21–43)
With friends and strangers,
with family and neighbors, we gather: Come among us, Healing God,
with Your love which never ends.
With faith reaching out to touch,
with hearts straining to trust, we hope: Come among us, Friend of the broken, with your compassion which makes us whole.
With word and wonder,
with silence and song, we wait: Come among us, Dryer of our tears,
to lift us to our feet to follow you.
Hymn 198 * Let us build a house
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
(Psalm 130 & using an excerpt from Cohen’s: Hallelujah)
Out of the depths of despair, we cry to you, O God. We are lost in a world of pain and suffering.
When we put our trust in weapons of war, we find no peace. When we put our faith in our own resources, we feel the ache of our true needs.
When we put our hope in the health of our bodies, we suffer pain and find no healing. Come to us, O God.
Forgive our doubts and fears. Heal our brokenness, that we may rejoice in your steadfast love. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
There is forgiveness and healing with God. God’s steadfast love has the power to redeem our brokenness and make us whole. Amen.
Hymn 561 Blessed Assurance
Hymn 351 Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may leave for Kids’ Church in the halls next door)
SCRIPTURE READINGS &
St. Mark 5:21-43 NT p. 52 (51)
Psalm 130 OT p.
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
The Word of God. Thanks be to God!
SERMON Rev. Ed Top (Calgary, Canada)
Hymn 556 I Need Thee
OFFERING Joyful Singers Medley
Come forward with your offerings to place them in the basket at the sanctuary steps.
Accept these gifts, God of giving. Although we know that our financial giving is only one way that you call us to practice Christian discipleship, we pray that you will blend our actions, our gifts of money, our talents and our prayers, so that we may touch the lives of others who seek your love. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS See Notices overleaf
PRAYERS for OTHERS Lord in Your mercy Hear our Prayer.
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 547 What a Friend We Have
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)