Sunday service starting at 6:30 pm on Zoom

If you would like an invite to this Zoom event please forward me your name and email address to christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

We also broadcast through this site, on the link below,

1155 THURLOW ST (corner of Pendrell)

If you are driving, please be parked by 6:25 PM as the garage will be locked after this, for security reasons. Ring the intercom at the top of the driveway.

The same goes with entering the worship area.  The side door at 1102 Pendrell St. will be unlocked until 6:25 PM and locked because of security.

 PHONE NUMBER  778 228 7956

OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

  Worship Service begins at 6:30 pmSunday evening

Click the following link: http://www.centralpc.ca:8000/worship.mp3 – for live feed

To listen to previously record worship service click the following 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

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

As we continue these days of social distancing, and as we can “commune” with each other on Zoom, you may wish to prepare a piece of bread and a cup of wine or grape juice which you can receive at the same time as I do during our communion service. Or, you may choose to “receive Communion spiritually,” which could involve quietly praying that your own heart, mind and body will be opened fully to the Presence of God’s Holy Spirit and that Jesus will draw you closer in love to those of us worshiping together and to all of God’s people.

CALL TO WORSHIP

ONE:  Come, let us worship God who provides for us.
ALL:   Even though we whine and complain, God hears our cries.
ONE:  Lift your voices in praise, for God has come to comfort you.
ALL:   Thanks be to God who forgives and heals our wounded souls.
ONE:  Come, celebrate God’s steadfast love.
ALL:   Open our hearts, O Lord, and let us truly listen to your words. AMEN.

 OPENING PRAYER

Loving God, we come this day to worship with so many things on our hearts and minds. We are drawn away by problems and cares. Heal our spirits. Open our hearts. Help us be your disciples. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION

How quick we are to say yes to you, O Lord, and then we turn around and forget our bold words of commitment. We really want to serve, but we are very weak and are easily drawn away by cares and fears. We pledge ourselves to working for your kingdom but find ourselves pulled this way and that by other demands on our time and energy. Forgive us, O Lord, when we so quickly drop our commitments to serving you. Heal our spirits and give us the bold courage to truly be your disciples. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE

God knows our hearts and our spirits. God sees our struggles and forgives our weakness. Know that it is in God’s healing love that you live and move and have your being. Rejoice, for God is with you always. AMEN

THE WORD OF GOD

OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS CHAPTER 17 VERSES 1 TO 7

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM  121  — ALEX O’NEIL

Antiphon:  My help comes from the Lord, My God who made heaven and earth

I lift my eyes to the mountains:

From where shall come my help?

My help shall come from the Lord (Yahweh)

It is he who made heaven and earth.

Antiphon:  My help comes from the Lord, My God who made heaven and earth

May he never allow you to stumble!

Let him sleep not, your guard.

No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, 

(The Lord) Israel’s guard. (Antiphon)

The Lord is your guard and your shade;

at your right side he stands.

By day the sun shall not smite you

nor the moon in the night.  (Antiphon)

The Lord will guard you from evil,

he will guard your soul.

The Lord will guard your going and your coming

both now and for evermore.

(The Lord will guard your going and your coming

both now and for evermore.)  (Antiphon)

OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE LETTER FROM PAUL TO EZEKIEL CHAPTER 18 VERSES 1 TO 4, AND  25 TO 32

The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.

PLEASE RISE AS YOU ARE ABLE IN A SPIRITUAL WAY FOR THE GOSPEL WHICH TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 21 VERSES 23 TO 32

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

MESSAGE   

 You must open the door

There’s a Savior who stands at the door of your heart.

He is longing to enter – why let Him depart? 

He has patiently called you so often before,

But you must open the door.

Refrain

You must open the door; You must open the door.

When Jesus comes in, He will save you from sin.

But you must open the door.

He has come from the Father salvation to bring,

And his name is called Jesus, Redeemer and King.

To save you and keep you He pleads ever more,

But you must open the door.  R

He is loving and kind, full of infinite grace,

In your heart, in your life, will you give Him a place. 

He is waiting to bless you, your soul to restore

But you must open the door. R

He will lead you at last to that blessed abode,

To the city of God, at the end of the road,

Where the night never falls, when life’s journey is o’er.

But you must open the door.

 

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

 BENEDICTION

If you wish to forward your offerings for the continued ministry of this church you may forward your tithe to Christ Alive Church to my home address:     204 – 2570 Hemlock St. Vancouver, BC  V6H 2V4

You may now use e transfer to forward your tithing and offering.  Use the church email address  christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com and it will go directly into our church account.

I praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening.  I pray always that the Spirit may touch each of your lives in a way that is appropriate for each of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Worship/Communion Service

6:30 pm – Sundays

 

1155 Thurlow St.

Vancouver, BC

Telephone:

778 228 7956

christalivecommunitychurch@gmail.com

 

 

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