We apologize for the past two Sundays for the lack of broadcast. We experienced technical difficulty and we hope it is resolved. Thank you for your patience.
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 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: Our hearts are lifted up toward God.
ALL: God created all that is!
ONE: We celebrate that great love of God.
ALL: God gifted us with God’s only son, Jesus the Christ.
ONE: Rejoice and be glad today!
ALL: Our hearts and spirits praise God for all God’s blessings. AMEN.
God of light and hope, be with us this day as we have gathered to hear your word. Help us open our hearts to the commandments to love, even when loving is difficult. Give us the courage to be people who will commit their whole lives in your service. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, it isn’t easy for us to follow the commandments of loving. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbors. But we have allowed misunderstanding, fear, hatred, and prejudice to cloud our spirits, turning them away from those who need our love. We place a test before you, asking that you prove your love to us, or we threaten not to believe in you. Please forgive us for this foolishness and stubbornness. Give us the courage to be people who will care for others. Let us dedicate our lives in your service, always aware of your awesome love for us. This we ask in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
People of God, though our hearts were hardened to the needs of others, God has touched them with God’s compassionate care, healing our wounds and giving courage and strength to our souls. Be assured that God’s love is poured out for you and rejoice! AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: JESUS, GOOD ABOVE ALL OTHERS
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM LEVITICUS 19: 1 – 2, 15 – 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. 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 THESSALONIANS 2: 1 – 8
2You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 22:34 – 46
34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 44‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? 45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
HYMN OF RESPONSE: LO! CHRIST COMES WITH CLOUDS
OFFERTORY HYMN: HOW BLEST ARE THEY WHO TRUST CHRIST
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: ALL PRAISE, TO THEE, MY GOD, THIS NIGHT
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 .