200 – 761 CARDERO ST. (cross street Robson)
Worship Service begins at 6:30 pm — Sunday evening
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CALL US AT 604 739 7959 or email at email@example.com
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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: Praise is due to you, O God, O you who answer prayer.
ALL: Happy are those who live in your courts— those who are
satisfied with the goodness of your house and your holy
ONE: You are the hope of all things, Holy One, from the ends of the
earth to the farthest seas.
ALL: You make the gateways of the evening and the morning
shout for joy.
ONE: Rejoice in God, O people, and be glad.
ALL: Let us shout and sing together for joy. AMEN
God of all generations, on this Sunday, we remember mothers and fathers in the faith who took bold steps in new directions to re-form your church. Pour out your spirit upon us, that we too may dream dreams, see visions, and view the whole created order as your bountiful temple. With responsibility and joy, we pledge ourselves to renew this temple,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Creator God, we confess this day to engaging in habits that diminish the bounty of your creation. Not satisfied with the goodness of your holy temple, your seas and mountains, your rain and soil, we have fashioned a system of sustenance that seems good to us, but cannot be sustained. Be merciful to us, for we have sinned. Answer us with awesome deeds of deliverance, O Hope of the Earth. Give us vision and a prophetic spirit. Renew our vocation, as stewards of your creation. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Do not lose heart. Those who humbly admit their sins find favor with God. For God answers prayer, and forgives transgression. Believe this good news: We are forgiven and freed to newness of life.
OPENING HYMN: LORD, THE LIGHT OF YOU LOVE IS SHINING
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM JOEL 2: 23 – 32
23O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. 24The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. 26You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
28Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 30I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 32Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY 4: 6 – 8, 16 – 18
6As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
16At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
OUR GOSPEL LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE 18: 9 – 14
9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
HYMN OF RESPONSE: O GOD, OUR HELP OF AGES PAST
COMMUNION HYMN: LORD, I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN
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: O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .