SUNDAY, OCT. 25 – FAREWELL SERVICE (see info page)
WE ARE TEMPORARILY MOVING TO
761 CARDERO ST. (cross street Robson)
on November 1
Please be advised that, when we move, our time of worship will be 6:30 pm
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
Note: if you are using Windows Media Player, and it asks you about downloading the file “listen.pls”, then we suggest you download and run this AWESOME Workaround from Jon Galloway!, or alternatively switch to WinAmp player.
CALL US AT 604 739 7959 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: In the midst of struggle and strife, God is with us.
ALL: Praise be to God for God’s steadfast presence.
ONE: Even though many things in life hurt and disappoint us, God is
ALL: We seek God’s mercy and grace to heal our wounded souls.
ONE: Come, bring your needs and wants to God, for God will hear
your cries and restore your souls.
ALL: Praise be to God for mercy, peace, and hope. AMEN.
God, we come to you today with so many things on our hearts. You call us to be in relationship of trust and love with you and you offer healing to us for those portions of our lives that are broken and injured. Help us to be open to your mercy and healing love. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, you know that we are stubborn and willful. We believe that we know the right way to do everything and to heal all the troubles of the world. We resort to extraordinary means to provide healing only to find that we have not placed our trust in your redeeming love. Our efforts fall far short of the goal of reconciliation. Forgive us our stubbornness and arrogance. Heal our wounded souls and restore hope and compassion to our relationships with you and with each other. Lift us up and cause us to serve you by serving others in this world. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God’s love and restoring mercy are poured out for us. Receive these blessings, for we are loved by God and granted forgiveness and mercy. AMEN
OPENING HYMN: ALL WHO HUNGER GATHER GLADLY
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM JOB 1:1, 2:1 – 10
1There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
2One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. 2The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the Lord, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.’ 3The Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.’ 4Then Satan answered the Lord, ‘Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. 5But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.’ 6The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.’
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.’ 10But he said to her, ‘You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
OUR SECOND LESSONS IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE HEBREWS 1:1 – 4, 2: 5 – 12
1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, ‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7 You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, 8 subjecting all things under their feet.’
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, ‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MARK 10: 2 – 16
2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ 5But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.” 7“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’
10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
HYMN OF RESPONSE: I COME WITH JOY
COMMUNION HYMN: 556 NOW LET US FROM THIS TABLE RISE
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
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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: SENT FORTH BY YOUR BLESSING
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 email@example.com .