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First United Church, Wetaskiwin – October 25th, 2020
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service was livestreamed to our Facebook page on Sunday at 10:30 am. A link is provided below.  
 
And you might be able to find us on YouTube First  United Wetaskiwin.
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING SONG #42 More Voices “Praise God for this Holy Ground” vss 1, 2, 4 & 5
Praise God for this holy ground, place and people, sight and sound.
Refrain Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God’s goodness is eternal.
 
Praise God in whose word we find food for body, soul and mind. Refrain
 
Praise God’s Spirit who befriends, raises, humbles, breaks and mends. Refrain
 
Though praise ends, praise is begun where God’s will is gladly done. Refrain
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
In this time and place, to worship and service, To be part of the body of Christ,
God gathers us in.
Through joy and sorrow, in the decisions we face, The Spirit sustains us.
Whether we are ready or not, willing or not, trusting or not, Christ calls us to follow.
Let us worship together, in the great company of saints. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God!
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God of justice, we are here because You call. Sometimes we are tempted by the shortcuts of token promises and retail therapy. We wander in the wilderness of unrealistic expectations. By Your Spirit, guide us. With Your presence, comfort us. In Your word, teach us truth. Amen.
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE
I wonder if you’ve ever been away from home? What did you pack to take with you?
I wonder what you would take on a long trip ? I wonder how you pack God?
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Exodus 13:17 – 22 Psalm 99 VU p.819 with Refrain
 
HYMN #186 Voices United “If You will Trust in God to Guide You”
If you will trust in God to guide you, and hope in God through all your ways,
God will give strength, whatever betide you, and bear you through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love builds on the rock that will not move.
 
God will embrace your pain and weeping, your helpless anger and distress.
If you are in God’s care and keeping, in sorrow will God love you less?
For Christ, who took for you a cross, will bring you safe through every loss.
 
Sing, pray, and keep God’s ways unswerving; so do your own part faithfully,
And trust God’s word; though undeserving, you’ll find God’s promise true to be.
God never will forsake in need the soul that trusts in God indeed.
 
MESSAGE
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Holy Friend… show us your way.
We have wandered or rushed through this week, too often missing the beauty around us, too busy to call a friend, too lonely to ask for help. We trap ourselves in anxiety or expectations. Still you surround us with love and call us together. Thank you God, for your love and companionship. When we become distracted or discouraged, Holy Friend… show us your way.
Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy… Freedom to choose… freedom to love… to worship… to gather without fear… freedom to live into all the possibilities with which you bless us. Help us to cherish such freedom. To choose wisely the best ways to live that others also might know such freedom. We pray for people who have loved and do love us enough to show us the best ways; for people who lay down their lives and their livelihoods in order that your love might reach into the violent and fearful places in our world and in our lives. Where human freedoms and rights are trampled, Holy Friend… show us your way.
We pray for the generations who have gone before, who have sown the abundant harvest which we now reap. We pray for those who will come after us, may we leave them an inheritance that will sustain them. We pray for relationships that have been broken, between fathers and sons, parents and daughters, between spouses, neighbours and nations. For the hurtful things we say, forgive us, from the hurt we carry release us. Pour your healing presence onto each one of us, that we might be whole in mind and body and spirit.
Holy Friend... show us your way.  We ask this in Jesus’ name who taught us to live and to pray together saying … Our Father who art in heaven …. Amen.
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION “Thank you to our ministers”
 
HYMN #131 Voices United “If our God had simply saved us” vss 1, 3, 5, & 11
If our God had simply saved us, merely brought us out of Egypt,
only opened up our prison: Dayeinu!
 
Refrain Dadayeinu (x 3) dayeinu, Dayeinu, dayeinu! [again]
 
If our God had kept our feet dry, Kept our heads above the waters,
Kept us safely without drowning: Dayeinu! Refrain
 
If our God had only led us, only gone ahead to guide us,
Given cloud and fire to lead us: Dayeinu! Refrain
 
If our God had only given seventh day for joy and gladness,
Without all the rest to help us: Dayeinu! Refrain
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
Into this world that God loves so much, God sends us.
With the power of the Spirit and the Peace of Christ, God equips us.
To be a blessing and a sign of hope, God trusts us.
Go then with the blessing of God’s patience, the laughter of Christ and the music of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah and Amen!
 
#884 Voices United “You Shall Go Out with Joy”
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the fieldwill clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap) while you go out with joy.
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – October 18th, 2020 – World Food Sunday
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST  A video link for this service is provided below.
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING SONG #174 More Voices “Soil of God, You and I”
Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear Seeds of faith nourished by God’s tender care.
Growing in everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are …. Holy ground.
 
Soil of God, you and I, now ready to be, part of God’s promise, for others to see.
Open to everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are …. Holy ground.
 
Soil of God, you and I, now called to rebirth, joining as partners with all of the earth.
Living in harmony for here God is found. All stand together, this is … Holy ground!
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
Creator God, you are the source of wisdom and love. In the whisper of the wind, in the giggles of children, in the silence of our souls, You call to us.
Grant us ears to hear and hearts to respond.
In the fertile soil paved over, the lament of species at risk, In the waters that long to flow.
Grant us ears to hear and hearts to respond.
In the beating of our hearts, In the cries of the ones we love, In the tears that scald the night, You call to us.
Grant us ears to hear and hearts to respond.
In this time of worship, In the tasks that await us. You call to us,
Grant us ears to hear and hearts to respond.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God of all earth and sky and sea, You shaped us from Your Holy Ground. You breathed spirit into our souls. Your heartbeat echoes in the rhythms of Creation. You burn around us in unexpected places. May we turn aside in this time of worship to know You better. Teach us to live with respect in Your good creation. Call us once again to service in Christ’s name. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Exodus 3:1 – 14, Psalm 27 VU p.754-5 with Refrain, Matthew 22:15 – 22
 
HYMN “Who am I to Say No?” verses 1, 3 – 5
I will send you to the Pharoah, God of mercy said to Moses. So that you can free my people.
Who am I to say no?
 
Refrain Who am I? [Repeat 4 x], Oh-oh-oh, who am I? Who am I to say no?
 
I will send you to the palace, God of mercy said to Esther. So that you can free my people. Who am I to say no? Refrain
 
I will send you to the world, God of mercy said to Jesus. So that you can free my people. Who am I to say no? Refrain
 
I will send you to the nations, God of mercy said to ME! So that you can free my people. Who am I to say no? Refrain
 
MESSAGE
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Creator God, we have forgotten, Teach us to live with respect in Creation.
You, O God, created land, and sea, and sky: small, tiny plants to grace the Earth,
giant trees with roots deep in soil and arms reaching into the sky; and animals, from giant, blundering elephants to chattering chipmunks, You, O God, created, but too often we take ownership and assume the world is ours to use. Creator God, we have forgotten,
Teach us to live with respect in Creation.
You, O God, created an abundance of space: forests to shelter a herd of deer and a pack of wolves;
prairie grasslands to host thundering bison and whistling prairie dogs; bogs for turtles and water snakes; ponds for bull frogs and great blue herons. We have fenced others in or out, bought and sold and put interests first. You, O God, created. Creator God, we have forgotten,
Teach us to live with respect in Creation.
You, O God, created all kinds of people in a never-ending variety of shapes, sizes, and colours:
people to cultivate the land and tend the earth, people to gather in praise on a Sabbath day, people to minister, to support, to love. We pray for all your relations, those who grieve, those who have no home, those who live in fear. Speak your holy peace upon the leaders in the headlines and those in places forgotten or ignored by the word smiths of our culture. When we are confronted by anger, when we are tempted to lash out in our hurt, grant us patience and grace us with forgiveness.
Creator God, we have forgotten, Teach us to live with respect in Creation.
We ask this in Jesus’ name who taught us to live and to pray together saying … Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Your names. Your kin-dom come. Your 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kin-dom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
 
HYMN #509 Voices United “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”
I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Refrain Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
 
I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain,
I have wept for love of them; they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send? Refrain
 
I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them; my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send? Refrain
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH Let love be genuine. We will hold fast to what is good.
Rejoice in hope. God grace us with patience in our suffering.
Persevere in prayer.
We do so with the peace of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
 
#884 Voices United “You Shall Go Out with Joy”
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the fieldwill clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap) while you go out with joy.
 
First United Church, Wetaskiwin  -October 11th, 2020 – Thanksgiving Sunday
 
A Video link to our Facebook page for this worship is provided below. You can livestream with us each Sunday at 10:30 am.
 
All the music is copyright and used with permission under our agreement with One License A-605619. The liturgy is shared with permission.
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT
You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.
GATHERING SONG #242 Voices United “Let all Things Now Living”
Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God our Creator triumphantly raise;
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us, by guiding us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us, pure light goes before us, a pillar of fire shining forth in the night;
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished, as forward we travel from light into Light.
 
By law God enforces, the stars in their courses and sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We, too, should be voicing our love and rejoicing; with glad adoration a song let us raise:
till all things now living unite in thanksgiving, to God in the highest, hosanna and praise.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
God, who is the hope of all creation calls us by name. We remember and give thanks.
God, whose love embraces all our relationships, calls us to love one another.
We remember and give thanks.
God, who girds the hills with joy, and holds us in our sorrow, calls us into community.
We remember and give thanks.
God calls you and I, to worship and service in Christ’’s name. We remember and give thanks.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God of all creation, thank You for the beautiful colours of autumn and for the changing seasons. Thank You for earth’s harvest to feed our bodies. Thank You for Your love which feeds our spirits and Your grace which enables us to begin again. Renew our will to care for one another and to live with respect in creation. We need Your healing, in our relationships, in Your church, in Your world. Unburden us from a past we cannot change; free us for a future in which we can be changed. Grant us wisdom to learn from our mistakes and the strength to make the most of second chances. Amen.
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE God is good … All the time.
All the time … God is good.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Deuteronomy 8:7 – 18, Luke 17:11 – 19
 
HYMN # 25 All God’s Children Sing “Thank You, God” [Think of 3 things to name in thanks]
Thank you, God, for giving us life. (X 3) right where we are.
Alleluia, praise our God (x 3) right where we are.
 
Thank you, God, for giving us love (x 3), right where we are.
Alleluia, praise our God (x 3) right where we are.
 
Thank you, God for giving us __________, Thank you, God, for giving us _________
Thank you, God for giving us __________, right where we are!
Alleluia, praise our God (x 3) right where we are.
 
MESSAGE “Second Chances”
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & THE LORD’S PRAYER
God of Love, call us into service.
Abundant hope, we pause to give thanks. So much blessing in our lives. Too often we take for granted or pass by without noticing – simple and essential gifts of air to breathe, water to drink, light to guide our way and welcome us home; the company of people who care and encourage. Still You notice us and call us to live purposefully and gratefully.
God of Love, call us into service.
Healer of our every ill, You bless us with the possibility of healing and reconciliation. Sometimes we lose sight of Your presence, of the hope You offer. Deepen our trust in Your presence. Grant us courage to reach out to those who grieve, to those who feel lonely or abandoned. Increase our willingness to listen, to seek understanding with those who are different; humility to recognize our privilege.
God of Love, call us into service.
Spirit of Truth and Justice, You remind us we are all a part of a great family. We pray for our many partners in Mission and Service, for the peace-keepers and peace-makers, for village and community leaders who commit to improving quality of life. We forget You are always willing to enter into human suffering; when we hold back, You are already there, in the cities and towns of our province and around the world, where children sell their bodies and their futures in order to feed themselves. You are in the hands of the aid worker; You are in the wisdom of the social worker who sees people not numbers; You are in the community of homeless who look out for one another. On the reserves and in isolated communities, in any place where despair and frustration twists life into violence, You are the seeds of hope, the courage to begin again, the promise of new life. May we accompany You.
God of Love, call us into service.
That we might follow more closely the Good Shepherd, who calls us each by name, who taught his friends to pray together saying … Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Your names. Your kin-dom come. Your 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kin-dom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION I wonder who inspires you to give generously?
 
HYMN #174 More Voices “Soil of God, You and I”
Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear seeds of faith nourished by God’s tender care.
Growing in everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are …. Holy Ground.
 
Soil of God, you and I, now ready to be, part of God’s promise, for others to see.
Open to everyone for here God is found. All stand together, we are …. Holy Ground.
 
Soil of God, you and I, now called to rebirth, joining as partners with all of the earth.
Living in harmony for here God is found. All stand together, this is … Holy Ground.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
The way is long, let us go together.
The way is difficult, let us help each other.
The way is joyful, let us share it.
The way is open before us, let us go:
With the love of God, the grace of Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
 
884 Voices United “You Shall Go Out with Joy”
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
There’ll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the fieldwill clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands, (clap, clap)
The trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap) while you go out with joy.
First United Church, Wetaskiwin
October 4th, 2020 World Wide Communion Sunday
Video for this worship may be found via the following links to our Facebook Page. There are two, the main worship and a separate communion segment.  While the audio and worship leader video are mostly good, the powerpoint did not work as planned. Our apologies!
 
 
We hope to be live streaming for Sunday Oct. 11, 2020!
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.  
 
GATHERING SONG #72 All God’s Children Sing “The House of Our God” vss 1, 3 & 4
The House of God is not just for the holy, the house of our God is not just for the wise;
Come in and be one with the common and lowly who wait with the hunger for God in their eyes.
 
Refrain So welcome, welcome each other, the old and the youthful, the fit and the faint;
Welcome, welcome each other, welcome the seeker, the sinner, the saint.
 
The table of God is not just for the certain the bread and the cup are not just for the pure;
The cross of the Christ- has torn back the curtain, the temple thrown open for the searching and sure.
Refrain
 
The work of our God is not just for the clever, the service of God is not just for the strong;
The way of the cross is a journey forever, so gather to pray, then we’ll travel along. Refrain
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
We are called, From the known to the unknown.
We are known, By God, who comes so close to us.
We come close to God, In this time of worship
and whenever we trust God’s promise.
People of promise, we are part of God’s great family,
As many as the stars in the sky, Or grains of sand in the desert.
Let us worship together with gratitude and hope.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God of windswept desert and starry nights, thank You for the gift of family, for the promise of love and the assurance of faith. On this worldwide Communion Sunday, we gather side by side, heart by heart, with all our relations on this planet. When we forget Your love extends beyond our reach, enlarge our embrace. May Christ’s love and passion burn within us. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Genesis 11:31 – 12:3
Psalm 107 p.831 Voices United, Parts 1 & 4 with Refrain
2 Timothy 1:1 – 7
 
HYMN #639 Voices United “One More Step” vss 1, 3 & 4
One more step along the world I go, one more step along the world I go,
From the old things to the new, keep me travelling along with you:
Refrain And it’s from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.
As I travel through the bad and good, keep me travelling the way I should;
Where I see no way to go you’ll be telling me the way, I know: Refrain
 
Give me courage when the world is rough, keep me loving though the world is tough,
Lap and sing in all I do, keep me travelling along with you: Refrain
 
MESSAGE [The Video and Sunday will move to Prayers of the People. Communion segments have been pre-recorded and will be posted on Sunday.]
 
WELCOME TO THE TABLE
This is the table of the Good Shepherd, who goes before us to show us the way, who calls us to follow. Here is the bread and cup of the Good Shepherd. Sometimes there is a Candle or other symbol to remind us of the Good Shepherd, but the Good Shepherd is already here in the cup and bread. The Good Shepherd invites all of creation to gather at this table. And at this table all means all.
You are welcome whether you were born in Canada or somewhere else; whether your skin is light, dark or in between. You are welcome whether you are young, old or in-between; whether you are male, female or transgendered; whether you are a new or lifelong Christian, of another faith, agnostic, atheist, or aren’t really sure. All are welcome here.
You are welcome whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, widowed, partnered, or “it’s complicated;” whether you are straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual. You are welcome whether you are politically active, apolitical or indifferent; whether you own your home, rent, live in a half-way house, group home, with your parents or are homeless; whether you are mentally, physically or not noticeably challenged or gifted. All are welcome here. The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
 
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING & THE LORD’S PRAYER
God of our ancestors and children, Lead us in thanksgiving and service.
We thank You God, for all good things – light and dark, warmth and moisture, times of growth and rest – all work together to sustain life. May we honour Your intentions for abundant life in all we say and do. Stretch our gratitude beyond one holy day to a life grounded in thanksgiving.
God of our ancestors and children, Lead us in thanksgiving and service.
God who comes amongst us in Jesus, touch our hurts with Your healing grace. Pour out Your peace upon our troubled spirits. As we gather at table, in our work places, while others feast, may we remember the many blessings that You freely share. We pray for people and places around the world where life is a struggle. Grant wisdom to the leaders of nations, to political candidates on campaign, to those who vote and those who choose to follow.
God of our ancestors and children, Lead us in thanksgiving and service.
Spirit of life, we give thanks for the people those past and present who help make this place a sanctuary of hope. We gather our hearts and minds with those around the world, in many languages who have chosen to answer the Good Shepherd’s call. We pray together in the words he taught his friends, saying … Our Father 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
 
SHARING AT TABLE
We gather at this table with the great company of saints, those who sit beside or across from us, those who have inspired us and those who will come after us. We gather because it is God who calls us here, feeds and strengthens us and sends us out into the world, that others might be fed and strengthened.
We remember that Jesus gathered at table with his friends, and by then he knew it would be their last meal together. After they had eaten all they wanted, he took the bread, blessed it, and broke it, and shared it with them saying something like, this is my body broken for you. Whenever you share the bread like this, I’ll be there.
And then he took a cup filled with the fruit of the vine, and he gave thanks and shared it with them, saying something like, This cup is the covenant made with my life. Whenever you share the cup like this, I’ll be there.
And so we gather to share the bread and the cup, looking forward to a time when we can do so together in a more direct way. And we trust that Christ is present.
These are the gifts of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
Come and feast at the welcome table!
 
PRAYER FOR THE JOURNEY
Spirit of the Living God, we have held Your body in our hands. We have touched Your grace and felt Your love. May we carry that love in all we say, in all we do, and in all are. Send us into the world as Your hope-filled people; rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
 
HYMN #634 Voices United “To Abraham and Sarah”
To Abraham and Sarah the call of God was clear,
‘Go forth and I will show you a country rich and fair.
You need not fear the journey for I have pledged my word,
That you shall be my people and I will be your God.’
 
From Abraham and Sarah arose a pilgrim race,
Dependent for their journey on God’s abundant grace;
And in their heart was written by God this saving word:
‘That you shall be my people and I will be your God.’
 
We of this generation on whom God’s hand is laid,
Can journey to the future secure and unafraid,
Rejoicing in God’s goodness and trusting in this word:
‘That you shall be my people and I will be your God.’
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
May God whose promises are steadfast and sure,  Be the peace in our hearts today.
May Christ who accompanies us into abundant life,  Be the hope in our hearts today.
May the Spirit of truth and knowledge, comforter and friend,
Be the strength in our hearts today.
And the people say … Amen!
 
Thank you for worshiping with us! God bless, be well and look after each other.
 
Thank you for worshiping with us! God bless, be well and look after each other.