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Service Outline for October 2
World Communion 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.


To participate online, on Sunday morning, just click HERE, and it will take you directly to the live-stream on our YouTube channel.  No account or log-in required.  

You can also watch a
recording on  Facebook, available by Sunday mid-afternoon.
Service Outline for Sunday, October 2, 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.
 
Friday, September 30, is
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 
We encourage you to visit the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation's website where there is a wealth of resources, videos, and other materials, some tailored to children and young adults/families, to help us educate and learn.

If you'd like to take action then, together with others, check out the TRC events taking place right here in Halifax.
 
 
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, VU # 402:  “We Are One” 
     1.  We are one as we come,
          as we come, joyful to be here,
          in the praise on our lips
          there's a sense that God is near.
          We are one as we sing,
          as we seek, we are found;
          and we come needful of God's grace
          as we meet, together in this place.

     2.  We are one as we share,
          as we share brokenness and fear,
          in the touch of a hand
          there's a sense that God is here.
          We are one as we care,
          as we heal, we are healed;
          and we share warmth in God's embrace
          as we pray together in this place.

     3.  We are one as we feast,
          as we feast, peace becomes the sign;
          in the bread and the wine
          there's a sense of love divine.
          We are one as we come,
          as we feed, we are fed;
          and we feel God's refreshing grace
          as we meet at table in this place.

     4.  We are one as we hear,
          as we hear, heart and hand unite;
          in the word we receive
          there's a sense that God is light.
          We are one as we leave,
          as we love, we are loved;
          and we seek justice in God's ways
          as we move together from this place.


Opening Prayer
         
Scripture Reading: Exodus 14: 5-7, 10-14, 21-29 (Egyptians pursue Israel)

Time With All Ages, Story/Song:  "We Remember"
     1.  When we break the bread, we remember. (3x)
          We remember God’s love.
          Break the bread... break the bread.

     2.  When we pass the cup, we remember. (3x)
          Break the bread, pass the cup. (2x)
          Break the bread, pass the cup. (2x) 

     3. When we share the meal, we remember. (3x)
         We remember God’s love.
         Break the bread, pass the cup,
         Share the meal, we remember!
         Break the bread, pass the cup,
         Share the meal, we remember! 

                             
Reflection

Anthem, “God Is There” (Bruce Snell)


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    

     For these gifts, and for all your gracious gifts, we give thanks,
     compassionate 
God.  May what we offer here today be part
     of your vision for this faith community 
and for all the world. Amen.

Sung Invitation to Communion,
VU #469:  “We Gather Here”
      We gather here in Jesus’ name,
      His love is burning in our hearts like living flames;
      For through the living Son, God fashions us as one.
      Come, take the bread, some, drink the wine, come share the Lord.


Communion Liturgy 

One: The Lord is here.

All: God's Spirit is with us.

One: Lift up your hearts!

All: We lift them to the Lord.

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to offer thanks and praise.

One: We thank you, Creator God, that you made us in your image,
and breathed into us the breath of life.  When we turned away,
our love failing and over-confident in our own powers, you reached out to us
again and again, providing healing,wholeness, and new life.When the flood
came, you provided an ark. When exile came, you provided liberty.  When we
got lost, you sent us Jesus.  When death seemed triumphant, you offered
resurrection.  And so with your people on earth,and all the company of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn.

All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord! God of power and might!
Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest!


One: We are here because on the night before he died Jesus
shared a last meal with his friends.
There he took some bread and gave thanks to you, God.
He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them.
‘This is my body,’ he said,
‘Do this, and know that I am with you.”
Later, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you.
He shared it with them, and said
‘This is my blood, which brings new life.
Do this, and know that I am with you.’
And so, remembering Jesus, who died,
was raised to new life by you, and is alive forever,
we are glad to share that life and live in him
and proclaim the mystery of our faith:

All: Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.


One: Send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and wine
can be for us the body and blood of Jesus, and through this food
give us strength to live as your people. Help us to care for your world
and for each other in the ways that Jesus showed us.  Until he comes
again, with all your people in every time and every land we anticipate
your kin-dom here on earth as it is in heaven. 
 
The Lord’s Prayer (sung, VU #959)
             Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
             Your kingdom come, your will be done
             on earth as in in heaven.
             Give us this day our daily bread,
             forgive us our sins
             as we forgive those who sin against us.
             Save us from the time of trial
             and deliver us from evil
             for the kingdom the pow’r and the glory are yours,
             now and for ever.


Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Music During Communion, "A Place At The Table" (S. Murray/L.True)
       1.  For ev'ry one born, a place at the table,
            For ev'ry one born, clean water and bread,
            A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
            For ev'ry one born, a star overhead.

            Refrain:  And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy,
                          Yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy.

       3.  For young and for old, a place at the table,
            A voice to be heard, a part in the song,
           The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled,
            For young and for old, the right to belong.  Refrain.

       5.  For ev'ry one born, a place at the table,
            To live without fear and simply to be ,
            To work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
            For ev'ry one born, the right to be free.  Refrain.


Prayer After Communion
Holy One, thank you for the opportunity
to remember you in the ordinary things of our lives.
May we who have been fed at this table remember
that we are the body of Christ in the world today. 
May our hearts be open, our words grace-filled,
and our actions life-giving. 
May all that we do and say reveal the presence of Christ,
who has met us at this table.
Amen.

  

Sending Hymn, VU #468:  “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” 
      1.    Let us talents and tongues employ,
             reaching out with a shout of joy:
             bread is broken, the wine is poured,
             Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

             Refrain:  Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
                            pass the Word around: loaves abound!
                           Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
                            pass the Word around: loaves abound!


       2.   Christ is able to make us one,
             at the table he sets the tone,
             teaching people to live to bless,
             love in word and in deed express.  Refrain.

       3.  Jesus calls us in, sends us out,
             bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
             gives us love to tell, bread to share:
            God (Immanuel) everywhere!  Refrain,

     
Sending and Closing Blessing 
One:  May the blessing of Jesus who announced God’s righteousness, 
          of the Creator who fills Earth with beauty, 

          and of the Spirit who nurtures awe,
          bless, inspire, and empower you.
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:
 
“It is often easier to be outraged about injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”
 
~Carl T. Rowan, American journalist and diplomat (1925-2000)
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