200 – 761 CARDERO ST. (cross street Robson)
Worship Service begins at 6:30 pm — Sunday evening
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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.
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Hear the word of God: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
ALL: We choose holiness and reject futile thinking.
ONE We look today at life and turn our eyes from the vanities of this world.
ALL: We want to be holy, for the Lord is holy.
ONE: We affirm that we belong to Christ.
ALL: We crave his wisdom and his ways. AMEN
Almighty Teacher, instruct us in your statutes today. Help us turn the other cheek when we are wronged and do so without bitterness.
Inspire us to give to those in need and do so without resentment.
Turn our hearts, that we may learn how to love our neighbor,
even our enemies. Teach us and show us the way of holiness,
that we may be a holy people. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most merciful God, we confess that we have gone astray in our thoughts, words and deeds. We have followed too much the devices of our hearts by what we have left undone and by those things which we ought not to have done. We have not loved you and sought your will with our whole heart. We have not tried to love our neighbours as ourselves. We humbly repent. For the sake of your Child, Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us, and grant that we may come to delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. AMEN
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God for the love that you pour over our lives we thank you. We are assured of your forgiveness each time that we sincerely ask it. We praise you and thank you in the Holy Name of Jesus. AMEN
OPENING HYMN: TEACH ME, O LORD, YOUR WAY OF TRUTH
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS 19:1 – 2, 9 – 18
19The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 9When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.
11You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. 12And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning. 14You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord. 15You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. 16You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. 18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 3:10-11, 19-23
10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.
11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
21So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, 23and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 5:38 – 48
38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
HYMN OF RESPONSE: BROTHER, SISTER LET ME SERVE YOU
COMMUNION HYMN: WE‘VE A STORY TO TELL TO THE NATIONS
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
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
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
CLOSING HYMN: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
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