Sunday Worship Service — November 23, 2014

Worship Service begins at 7:15 Sunday evening

1155 Thurlow St. (1 block north of Davie St.)

Click the following link: http://www.centralpc.ca:8000/worship.mp3 – for live feed

CALL US AT 604 739 7959 or email at info@christalive.ca

YOU MAY LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY RECORDED WORSHIP SERVICE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK http://www.christalive.ca/podcasts/?C=M;O=D .

 
Rev. Michel Amyotte — Pastor
We believe in inclusiveness and so if there are gender words which make you uncomfortable change them so that you may worship untroubled.
PRELUDE
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Come, let us praise God who has so richly blessed us!
ALL: Let us celebrate the many ways in which God has touched our lives.
ONE: God is always with us offering blessing and hope, comfort and
peace.
ALL: Praise be to the God of harvest and hope, of joy and salvation
for the wonders God has given to us. AMEN.
OPENING PRAYER
God of rapidly moving times, of holidays and gatherings, of sadness and loneliness, be with us this day as we gather to offer you praise in thanksgiving for the many ways you have touched our lives. We open our hearts to your stirring, healing words of love, poured out for us throughout all creation. We praise you for the bounty which surrounds us and for our time together. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Living God, we are a forgiven people in Jesus Christ, yet we forget this truth and need to hear again and again the assuring words and to feel the healing touch of your hand. We confess our tendency to keep ourselves apart from the needs of our neighbor. Sometimes we feel above their problems, too busy to get involved; too upright to be drawn in. We recognize our selfishness, our prejudice and greed. Hear our personal prayers which we bring to you in silence.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
We are not alone. No matter how lonely we may feel, God is with us. God’s loving care surrounds each and every one of us. Feel the power of God’s love in you. Be at peace. AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM EZEKIEL 34: 11 – 16, 20 – 24
11For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. 20Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS 1: 15 – 23
15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 25: 31 – 46
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
HYMN OF RESPONSE: THE LORD’S MY SHEPHERD
MESSAGE
OFFERTORY HYMN: HALLELUJAH
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father/Mother (Creator) 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, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
DISTRIBUTION
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
CLOSING HYMN: SON OF MY SOUL, MY SAVIOUR DEAR
BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE

  We praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening.  Our prayer always is that some part of this experience touched your heart and soul in some way.  

If you would like to share your experience please call us at 604 739 7959 or email us at info@christalive.ca .

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Monthly Community Breakfast

Each month we participate in a community food distribution program.
On the Sunday preceding the issue of welfare cheques, we participate in a community breakfast with Central Presbyterian Church at 1155 Thurlow Street. Serving begins at 8:00 am and continues till 9:30.  If you would like to participate, you can come on Saturday and peel potatoes and set up beginning 8:30 am or Sunday at 7:15 am

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Weekly Worship/Communion Service

7:15 pm – Sundays

 

1155 Thurlow Street, (One block north of Davie St.)

Vancouver, BC  V6E 1X2

Telephone:

604 – 739 – 7959

 

 

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