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Service Outline for October 30
All Saints Sunday
In-person or Online Worship
 
We are open for in-person worship in our location at 6025 Stanley Street
and hope to see you there.

 
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Sunday mid-afternoon.
Service Outline for Sunday, October 30, 10:30 AM
 
Below you'll find the service outline. You can also view and print it as a
separate page by clicking
 THIS LINK.
 
 
ORDER OF  WORSHIP
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Prelude

Welcome and Announcements,
     Acknowledgement of the Land
   
Gathering Song, “Gentle Spirit” (Nancy Nelson)
     Gentle spirit, move among us as we gather here today.
     May we feel you as the strength and tie that binds
     Our souls in love and unity to share the common will.
     Open arms. Open hearts. Open minds.

Lighting the Candles and Placing the Bible
 
Opening Hymn, MV #10:  “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”
           1. Come and seek the ways of Wisdom,
               she who danced when earth was new.
               Follow closely what she teaches,
               for her words are right and true.
               Wisdom clears the path to justice,
               Showing us what love must do.

 
           2. Listen to the voice of Wisdom,
               crying in the market-place.
               Hear the Word made flesh among us,
               full of glory, truth, and grace.
               When the word takes root and ripens,
               peace and righteousness embrace.


          3.  Sister Wisdom, come, assist us;
               nurture all who seek rebirth.
               Spirit guide and close companion,
               bring to light our sacred worth. 
               Free us to become your people, 
               holy friends of God and earth.


The Passing of the Peace, MV #173: “Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands"
Put peace into each other’s hands
and like a treasure hold it,
protect it like a candle flame,
with tenderness enfold it.

 
Opening Prayer
   
Time With All Ages  

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-15 (Solomon prays for wisdom)
          One: Listen to what the Spirit is saying.
          All:   Thanks be to God! 

                        
Reflection

Anthem, “For All The Saints” (J. Bell/B. Moore)
         

Centering Song:  "In the Sound and in the Silence" (Nancy Nelson)
In the sound and in the silence...
may Holy Wisdom draw near.
Let us feel the power of hearts and minds
that are joined in Thanksgiving
and praising and longing and hoping
for Love to appear.

Honouring the Saints of our Lives and Prayers of the Community 

Responsive Hymn, VU #356:  “Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God"
          1.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God
               and God's righteousness,
               and all these things shall be added unto you.
               Hallelu, hallelujah.

  
          2.  Ask and it shall be given unto you;
               seek and you shall find;
               knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
               Hallelu, hallelujah.


          3.  We do not live by bread alone,
               but by every word
               that proceeds from the mouth of God.
               Hallelu, hallelujah.

      
Invitation to the Offering,
              Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
              Praise God, all creatures high and low;
              Give thanks to God in love made known:
              Creator, Word and Spirit One.

We Bless our Offerings    

        May our giving this day uplift the values of the mentors, the guiding
        spirits and the saints of our lives, so that their faith and actions
        might be a benchmark for all of us.  We pray in the name of our great
        mentor, Jesus.  Amen.


Sending Hymn, VU #707:  “For The Faithful Who Have Answered” 
          1.  For the faithful who have answered
               when they heard your call to serve,
               for the many ways you led them
               testing will and stretching nerve,
               for their work and for their witness
               as they strove against the odds,
               for their courage and obedience
               we give thanks and praise, O God.


          2.  Many eyes have glimpsed the promise,
               many hearts have yearned to see.
               Many ears have heard you calling
               us to greater liberty.
               Some have fallen in the struggle,
               others still are fighting on.
               You are not ashamed to own us.
               We give thanks and praise, O God.


          3.  For this cloud of faithful witness,
               for the common life we share,
               for the work of peace and justice,
               for the gospel that we bear,
               for the vision that our homeland
               is your love - deep, high, and broad -
               for the different roads we travel
               we give thanks and praise, O God.


Sending and Closing Blessing 
One:  May you go out with Christ’s peace and share it with all you meet.
          On the road in between, may you find what fills your heart,
          feeds your mind and fires your imagination.
          Go in peace and may you come back in joy.

All:    Amen!
 
Choral Blessing
         The peace of the earth be with you,
         The peace of the heavens too;
         The peace of the rivers be with you,
         the peace of the oceans too.
         Deep peace falling over you,
         God's peace growing in you. 

 
         Quote of the week:
 
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”
 
  ~ George Elliot, British author (1819-1880)
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