Sunday Worship Service — August 31, 2014

     Worship Service begins at 7:15 Sunday evening

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

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

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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.
PRELUDE
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Have you heard God’s call in your life?
ALL: We’re not sure. Sometimes we think we know what God wants
us to do; but at other times things are not very clear.
ONE: Place your trust in God for God is with you always.
ALL: God, it is a scary thing to do–to just place our trust in you.
ONE: God is with you. You will be safe.
ALL: Thanks be to God who watches over us and guides us. AMEN.
OPENING PRAYER
God, we have gathered here today to hear your word for us. We marvel at the witness of Moses who received your call to liberate your enslaved people. We also struggle with the issues of safety and security that plagued Peter when Jesus set his sights on entering Jerusalem. Be with us this day, guiding our spirits and opening our hearts to hear your forgiveness and call to us. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, perhaps your voice issuing forth from a burning bush is what we need to shake us from our complacency. We have a hard time comprehending your call to us because we feel so inadequate to respond in faithful service. So we look to others to do the work. We are happy to support their efforts with our funds and our limited interest. Now, God, we need to take the next step into actual service to you. Forgive our slowness of action and heart, O God. Quicken our spirits to accept the call you have for us. Give us courage and strength to do your will and help others in need. We ask these things in the name of Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
In the power of the burning bush, in the quiet stillness, in the everyday noises of living, God is calling to each one of us, telling us to trust in the gifts with which God has bestowed on us. You are beloved and blessed by God to be a blessing to others. Rejoice! AMEN
OPENING HYMN: GOD OF MERCY, GOD OF GRACE
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM EXODUS 3: 1 – 15
3Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ 4When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 5Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ 6He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ 11But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ 12He said, ‘I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.’
13 But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ 14God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ 15God also said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you”: This is my name for ever, and this my title for all generations.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 12: 9 – 21
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ 20No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 16: 21 – 28
21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ 23But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
27 ‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’
HYMN OF RESPONSE: JESUS CALLS US, O’ER THE TUMULT
MESSAGE
OFFERTORY HYMN: JESUS, GOOD ABOVE ALL OTHER
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: YOU WALK ALONG OUR SHORELINE
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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