Welcome to worship through First United Church!
There are so many ways to come close to the holy! We hope you make time regularly to refresh your spirit, learn some and commit some to being some of the visible presence of love in this world!
 
You can join us in the sanctuary in person each week or catch up with us on-line anytime. Worship during June is at 10:30 am, Sunday in person and live-streamed to Facebook and You-Tube.  There are also a number of services and Godly Play stories already on line for you to check out. 
 
We’ll be taking some Sabbath time during July. There will be NO in person or live-stream services during July. Services will resume in August. There are many services and Godly Play stories available on line to refresh and deepen!
 
If you’re going to be traveling and want to check out other United Churches …
The United Church of Canada offers a map of all the UCC congregations across Canada who are on-line.
 
Thank you for making time to nurture your spirit and add to the goodness in Creation!
 
You can read over the print version for upcoming Sunday service below.
 
Thank you for worshiping with us. If you’d like to know more about First United, you can call our office at 780-352-2157; check us out on Facebook at First United, Wetaskiwin or on this web page. Worship and Godly Play videos can also be found on our You-Tube channel (firstunitedwetaskiwin). 

First United Church is a  registered charitable organization. This ministry is made possible by the generous donations of people like you! Tax receipts are issued for all contributions to this ministry. Find out more on “Contact Us – Donate”
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – 10:30 am,  June 16th, 2024
God calls us to create a community of faith where all are welcome and encouraged to participate fully: no matter where you’re from, when you were born, however you self-identify, whom you love,
or what you believe.
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service will be  live-streamed to both Facebook and You-Tube at 10:30 am,  June 16th, 2024.  Links will be provided below and active by noon on Monday, June 17.
 
 
 
LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT   You’re invited to take a deep breath making space for God’s Spirit.
 
GATHERING MUSIC #376 Voices United    “Spirit Of the Living God”
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. [x 2]
Melt me, mold me, fill me use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
 
Spirit of the living God, move among us all. Make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love.
Humble, caring, selfless, sharing. Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love!
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
Beloved of God, as we gather in the welcome of God’s love and in the power of God’s Spirit, let us listen for the voice of God.
We worship God who has spoken and still speaks to those who will listen to the roar of the whisper of the Holy One. Amen
[“Touch Holiness” ed. Ruth Duck and Maren Tirabassi]
 
OPENING PRAYER (together)
God of growth and new beginnings, enter into the struggles of our lives. Nurture our souls, that we may be fertile ground for wisdom and love to spring forth in our lives. Dwell within us, that we may have strength of purpose to live out Your calling. Let the words of Your teachings be a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. Touch us with Your truth. Amen
 
RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY JUNE 21ST
 
HYMN #60 Klusmeier Vol. 5 “Sweet Grass and Candle”
Sweetgrass and candle, the peace pipe and Bible, The stories of elders, and beat of the drum;
These are symbols of hope, faith and justice. We gather in circle affirming we’re one.
 
Welcome the stranger for he is our brother And she is our sister of mother earth.
Care for creation for all life is sacred And we are united by vision’s rebirth.
 
Join in the circle that will have no ending. For we are all equal and loved in God’s sight.
Praise the great Spirit! We gather as family To sing of Love’s freedom and dance with delight!
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS   1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20 p 742; Mark 4:26-34
 
GOOD NEWS  
 
HYMN #291 Voices United    “All Things Bright and Beautiful” v.1,2,5
Refrain All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful: in love, God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colours, God made their tiny wings. Refrain
 
The purple-headed mountains, the river running by,
the sunset and the morning that brightens up the sky, Refrain
God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
how great is God our maker, who has made all things well. Refrain
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
…God of Grace… Show us Your Way
 
THE LORD’S PRAYER #959 Voices United    “The Lord’s Prayer” [sung together]
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. For–give 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 power and the glory are yours, now and for-ev-er–
 
YOUR GRACIOUS OFFERINGS BUILD THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
We pray together: God of all creation, with these offerings help us plant seeds even as we bear fruit. Bless our efforts and nourish our lives that we may be a harvest of generosity and love. Amen
 
HYMN #161 More Voices    “I have Called You by Your Name”
I have called you by your name, you are mine; I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.
I will not abandon you; all my promises are true. You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine.
 
I will help you learn my name as you go; read it written in my people, help them grow.
Pour the water in my name, speak the word your soul can claim, offer Jesus’ body given long ago.
 
I know you will need my touch as you go; feel it pulsing in creation’s ebb and flow.
Like the woman reaching out, choosing faith in spite of doubt,
Hold the hem of Jesus’ robe, Then let it go.
I have given you a name, it is mine; I have given you my Spirit as a sign.
With my wonder in your soul, make my wounded children whole;
Go and tell my precious people they are mine.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT    The light goes with you wherever you go…
 
SENDING FORTH
Christ’s is the world …….in which we move
Christ’s are the folk …. we’re summoned to love,
Christ’s is the voice……. which calls us to care,
And Christ is the one…. who meets us here.
Go out now in peace to love and serve as Jesus has modelled for us. Thanks be to God!
 
ON THE WAY #716 Voices United   “My Life Flows On” v.1 only
My life flows on in endless song, above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the sweet, though far off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing:
It finds an echo in my soul – how can I keep from singing?
 
Strength for the journey!
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – June 9th 
 
God calls us to create a community of faith where all are welcome and encouraged to participate fully: no matter where you’re from, when you were born, however you self-identify, whom you love,
or what you believe.
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service was live and live-streamed to both Facebook and You-Tube on Sunday,  June 9th, beginning at 10:20 pm and worship at 10:30 pm. Links are provided below and should be active by noon on Monday, June 10.
 
 
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT  You’re invited to take a deep breath making space for God’s Spirit.
 
GATHERING MUSIC #376 Voices United   “Spirit Of the Living God”
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. [x 2]
Melt me, mold me, fill me use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
 
Spirit of the living God, move among us all. Make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love.
Humble, caring, selfless, sharing. Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love!
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
From deep soil comes bold and daring growth. From the seeds of our past will come fresh new growth.
We come today to marvel at what has been harvested and prepare for what will come.
We come to celebrate where we are and where we have been. We come rejoicing with our ancestors in faith across generations:
The Methodists, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians, The Evangelical Brethren, and Local Union Churches, and our full communion partners across this world:
The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, The United Church of Christ, The United Church of Christ in the Philippines, and The Disciples of Christ (Christian Church).
We give thanks to God for the blessings of past, present, and future, and dare to plant these seeds of faith anew!
 
OPENING PRAYER
Please pray responsively with me. Again and again, God, we come to this place with a song!
Each day you give us a chance to begin anew: to drink deeply of your Spirit,
to boldly follow in the Way of Jesus, and to dare to seek justice as we seek relationship with our neighbours and you.
Again and again, God, you call us out of our old lives and into your new day.
And so, as we celebrate the 99th anniversary of this United Church of yours,
help us reflect back with clarity upon all that deserves to be celebrated,
all that deserves to be lamented, and all that deserves to be let go.
We are not perfect, God, but we are yours, and we trust that you are with us every day.
This day, and always, help us to be good grain that is planted and tended by your love,
so that in the year to come we may flourish in this time and place. Amen and amen.
 
HYMN #222 Voices United    “Come Let Us Sing”
Come, let us sing to the Lord our song, we have stood silently too long;
Surely the Lord deserves our praise, so joyfully thank God for our days!
 
O thirsty soul, come drink at the well, God’s living waters will never fail.
Surely the Lord will help you to stand, strengthened and comforted by God’s hand.
 
You dwell among us and cause us to pray, and walk with each other following your way;
Our precious siblings and neighbours will grow in the fulling love they know.
 
Deserts shall bloom and mountains shall sing to the desire of all living things.
Come, all you creatures, high and love, let your praises endlessly flow.
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE Oriole Wilson, age 9, in 1925
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS   Psalm 138 p.860 VU with Refrain;
John 12:20-28, [First Nations Version, An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament]
 
HYMN #120 Voices United    “O Jesus, I Have Promised” v. 1,3,4
O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end; remain forever near me, my Saviour and my friend:
I shall not fear the journey if you are by my side, nor wander from the pathway if you will be my guide.
 
O let me hear you speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; Now speak, and make me listen, O guardian of my soul.
 
O Jesus you have promised to all who follow you, that where you are in glory your servant shall be too.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Saviour and my friend.
 
GOOD NEWS
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
God of the past, present and future, from this moment, we are on the threshold. The church is almost, but not yet, 100 years old. As we remember backward to dream forward, help us go forth to prune—
gathering in all that is good and lovely, repairing the damage we find, lamenting that which has died and is dying. Guide us through this year, so that in one year, we will witness how the seeds planted today have blossomed. Let this year be a time of preparation so that what you will grow in the next 100 years can take root. All of this we pray, in Jesus’ name.
Let us join our hearts and minds using the words Jesus taught…Our Father, who art in heaven … Amen.
 
YOUR GENEROSITY MATTERS    “Lannae Hoskins, Living Spirit United Church”
 
HYMN #703 Voices United    “In the Bulb there is a Flower”
In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree;
In cocoons a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free.
In the cold and snow of winter lies a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.
 
There’s a song in every silence seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
 
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT    The light goes with you wherever you go…
 
SENDING FORTH
Beloved, as you go into the world this day and this year,
may we receive this blessing as both gift and call:
Blessed are you who give your life to living deeply within the Spirit’s call,
who long to be planted fully within the heart of Christ and to love God’s world with all our heart.
Blessed are you who give your life to bold discipleship:
who plant the Saviour’s seeds of love, faith, hope, and joy, and
trust that God will nurture these seeds with a future good beyond our imagining.
And blessed are you who give your life to daring justly for all Creation,
you, whose heart breaks open like a seed in the earth as you give your life for the flourishing of all places and people.
Blessed are we who live this life and give this life, for we are not alone in this living and dying and rising again.
God is with us! And we are blessed to be a blessing, now and always.
Thanks be to God! Let the people say…Amen!
 
ON THE WAY #161 More Voices   “I have Called You by Your Name”
I have called you by your name, you are mine; I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.
I will not abandon you; all my promises are true. You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine.
I will help you learn my name as you go; read it written in my people, help them grow.
Pour the water in my name, speak the word your soul can claim, offer Jesus’ body given long ago.
 
I know you will need my touch as you go; feel it pulsing in creation’s ebb and flow.
Like the woman reaching out, choosing faith in spite of doubt,
Hold the hem of Jesus’ robe, Then let it go.
 
I have given you a name, it is mine; I have given you my Spirit as a sign.
With my wonder in your soul, make my wounded children whole;
Go and tell my precious people they are mine.
 
I wonder what questions have helped your faith grow?
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – June 2, 2024
God calls us to create a community of faith where all are welcome and encouraged to participate fully: no matter where you’re from, when you were born, however you self-identify, whom you love,
or what you believe.
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service was live and live-streamed to both Facebook and You-Tube on Sunday,  June 2nd, beginning at 10:20 pm and worship at 10:30 pm. Links are provided below and will be active by noon on Monday, June 3.
 
 
 

COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT   You’re invited to take a deep breath making space for God’s Spirit.

GATHERING MUSIC  #376 VU     “Spirit Of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. [x 2]

Melt me, mould me, fill me use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

               Spirit of the living God, move among us all. Make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love.

Humble, caring, selfless, sharing. Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love!

CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise to the God in worship; Praise to the God of epiphanies;
Holy is the God among us, relentless in presence
Present in the water, the fluid strength that carves canyons,
Present in the bread, the many made one,
Present in the wine, spirit of the earth,
Present in the people, each a burning bush,
Present in the cloud, messenger of vision

Present in the sacred space, multiplying holiness!

Holy! Holy! Holy!

                    from Crossingsby Susan Palo Cherwien
© 2003 MorningStar Music Publishers of St Louis, Fenton, MO

 

OPENING PRAYER [together]

Compassionate God, as we worship, help us to sense your presence. For a few moments, we step back to listen. May we treasure such moments with you – moments when we can bring to you the things we are doing, and find new meaning for them, and new strength for doing them. And moments for recalling how we are meeting you already, in the stuff of daily living and happenings. Sometimes we have doubts and questions; sometimes we are able to be the compassionate people you intend us to be. We know you do not forget us because you have our names carved into the palm of your hand and we are grateful for your love. Amen

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS   Psalm 139 p 861 R; Mark 2:23-3:6

GOOD NEWS     Pastor Darryl Roste

HYMN #154 More Voices   “Deep in Our Hearts”

               Deep in our hearts there is a common vision: Deep in our hearts there is a common song;

Deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.

               Deep in our hearts there is a common purpose; deep in our hearts there is a common goal;

Deep in our hearts there is a sacred message, justice and peace in harmony.

               Deep in our hearts there is a common longing; deep in our hearts there is a common theme.

Deep in our hearts there is a common current, flowing to freedom like a stream.

               Deep in our hearts there is a common vision; deep in our hearts there is a common song.

Deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

   Holy One, we come into your Presence as we pray for our communities, ourselves, and our world.

[A brief silence]

    Guide your church into expressions of faith that bring rest and release. Teach us to be attentive to the spiritual, physical, and societal weariness of our neighbors, so that we live your grace through tangible acts of mercy and justice.  Holy One…  lead us in your way

    Keep us mindful of the rhythms of nature as the days lengthen and the seasons shift toward summer. Grant relief to areas facing flooding or drought and bring favorable weather for the flourishing of crops, gardens, and orchards.  Holy One…lead us in your way

    Where world leaders are perplexed, bring clarity of vision and healing. Give a spirit of discernment to political advisors, researchers, and all vocations that inform the work of governments and policymakers. Holy One lead us in your way.         

   Provide wholeness and respite to all who are weary: those who struggle in any way and those who care for them (especially those in our thoughts now). Strengthen first responders and health care workers in their times of exhaustion or frustration.  Holy One…   lead us in your way

    Stir our hearts toward abundant generosity among neighbors who experience hunger and food insecurity. Bless community food efforts, especially community gardens, farmers markets, food depots and community kitchens. Open both our hearts and our tables.  Receive our prayers through the power of the Spirit and the love of Jesus.  Amen.

 

WELCOME TO THE TABLE

The One who healed on the Sabbath – paying no regard to the rules of the day – this One now invites you to his Feast. This is not the table of First United – it is Jesus table and it is Jesus who welcomes you. There are absolutely no limitations to who is welcome at this Feast – we are all the beloved Children of God equally celebrated and affirmed by God. And we join in praising God as we strive for justice and equity learning about the world and each other. All are welcome and All Means All!

We greet one another in the name of Jesus who welcomes All

The Peace of Christ be with you……….And also with you

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING  

God be with you.                                           And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.                                        We lift them to God.

Let us give thanks to God.                           It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Jesus was always the guest. In the homes of Peter and Jairus, Martha and Mary, he was always the guest.

At the meal tables of the wealthy where he pled the case of the poor, He was always the guest.

Upsetting polite company, befriending isolated people welcoming the stranger, he was always the guest.

But here, at this table, he is the host.

Those who wish to serve him                     must first be served by him,

Those who want to follow him                   must first be fed by him,

Those who would wash his feet                 must first let him make them clean.

For this is the table where God intends us to be nourished;

this is the time when Christ can make us new.

So with saints present and saints past, we join and sing your praise:

 

HYMN #203 More Voices “Holy, Holy, Holy”

O holy, holy, holy God, O God of time and space

               All earth and sea and sky above bear witness to your grace.

               Hosanna in the highest heaven, creation sings your praise.

               And blessed is the One who comes and bears your name always!

 
Come, you who hunger and thirst for a deeper faith, for a better life, for a fairer world.

Jesus Christ, who has sat at our tables, now invites us to be guests at his.

What we do here, we do in imitation of what Christ first did.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Loving God, send now, in kindness, your Holy Spirit to settle on this bread and wine

and fill them with the fullness of Jesus.

And let that same Spirit rest on us, converting us from the patterns of this

Perplexing world, until we conform to the shape of Jesus

 

SHARING AT TABLE For those at home please get your elements ready

… These are the gifts of God for the people of God

              Thanks be to God!

Come and feast at Jesus’ table

HYMN #471 Voices United “Eat this Bread and Never Hunger”

Refrain Eat this bread and never hunger, drink this cup and never thirst;

Christ invites us to the table where the last become the first.

               Asking for a cup of water, Jesus touched forbidden ground;

And the woman with a question, told the world what she had found. Refrain

               Walking down a desert highway, Jesus healed a man born blind;

Soon the man became a witness to the truth we seek and find. Refrain

               Weeping for his friend at grave-side, Jesus felt the pain of death;

Yet he knew God’s power to waken: living water, living breath. Refrain

 

PRAYER FOR THE JOURNEY & THE LORD’S PRAYER

For the bread we have eaten, for the wine we have tasted, for the life we have received, we thank you God.
Grant that what we have done and have been given here, may so put its mark on us, that it may remain always in our hearts. Help us to become mature Christians so that ours may be a faith lived in action. And we pray in the words Jesus taught us saying,   Our Father in heaven, … Amen.

 

HYMN #48 More Voices  “I Can Feel You Near Me God” 

I can feel you near me God, I can feel you near, Yes I know you’re with me God, I feel you here

I can feel you near me God, I can feel you near; Yes I know you’re with me God,

Heaven is here.

Refrain And I’ll jump for joy, I’m singing Alleluia! Jump for joy for you!

I will jump for joy I’m singing alleluia! Jump for joy for you!

I can feel you loving me yes I know you care. God I know you’re loving me always everywhere,

I can feel you loving me yes I know you care, God I know you’re loving me I know you’re there. Refrain

 

SENDING FORTH 

Gracious God, you grace us with life and breath and give us bread for the journey. Send us out in service to this world that you love, telling the amazing news of your coming to bring freedom and life for all. Amen 

 

ON THE WAY     HYMN #156 More Voices “Dance with the Spirit”

Dance with the Spirit early in the morning Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day

Work and pray for a new day a dawning. Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

 
 
 
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – 10:30 am, May 26, 2024
God calls us to create a community of faith where all are welcome and encouraged to participate fully: no matter where you’re from, when you were born, however you self-identify, whom you love,
or what you believe.
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service was live-streamed to both Facebook and You-Tube beginning with announcements at 10:20 am and worship at 10:30 am,  Sunday, May 26th.  Links are provided below and should be active by 1 pm, Sunday.  
 
 
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to take a deep breath and make space for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING MUSIC #395 VU “Come in, Come in and Sit Down”  verses 1, 2 &4
Refrain Come in, come in and sit down, you are a part of the family.
We are lost and we are found, and we are a part of the family.
 
You know the reason why you came, yet no reason can explain;
So share in the laughter and cry in the pain, for we are a part of the family. Refrain
 
God is with us in this place, like a mother’s warm embrace;
We’re all forgiven by God’s grace, for we are a part of the family. Refrain
 
There’s rest for the weary and health for us all.
There’s a yoke that is easy, and a burden that’s small.
So come in and worship and answer the call, for we are a part of the family. Refrain
 

CALL TO WORSHIP
In the warmth of sun that births new life, and stars that sparkle our dreams,
You bless us God.
In refreshing rains that fall, and with swift running rivers, You bless us God.
In our friendships and family of faith, With love and compassion given and received,
You bless us God.
In this time of worship, with young and old, Music and tears, You bless us God.
And we grow strong, in heart, and mind and Spirit because, You bless us God.

OPENING PRAYER [together]
God of vineyards and mustard seeds, of greening pastures and still waters we have heard Your call. May we follow with joy and gratitude. Through places of danger, You guide us. Into the community we could become, inspire us. You go before us to prepare a way. Grant us grace to follow and love and share Your mystery. Amen.

 
HYMN #30 More Voices “It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker”
It’s a song of praise to the Maker, the thrush sings high in the tree.
It’s a song of praise to the Maker, the gray whale sings in the sea.
Refrain And by the Spirit you and I can join our voice to the holy cry
And sing, sing, sing to the Maker too.
It’s a call of life to the Giver when waves and waterfalls roar.
It’s a call of life to the Giver when high tides break on the shore. Refrain
It’s a hymn of love the Lover; the bumble bee hums along.
It’s a hymn of love to the Lover; the summer breeze joins the song. Refrain
It’s the chorus of all creation; it’s sung by all living things.
It’s the chorus of all creation; a song the universe sings. Refrain
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE 
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 121 p. 844 VU with Refrain
 
HYMN #299 Voices United “Teach Me God to Wonder” vss 1, 2, 4 and 1 en francais
Teach me God to wonder, teach me God to see. Let your world of beauty capture me.
Praise to you be given; love for you be lived. Life be celebrated, joy you give.
Let me God be open, let me loving be; let your world of people speak to me.
Praise to you be given; love for you be lived. Life be celebrated, joy you give.
Teach me God to know you, hear you when you speak;
See you in my neighbour when we meet.
Praise to you be given; love for you be lived. Life be celebrated, joy you give.
Met dans mon coeur l’amour, ne de ton espirt; pour ce monde que tu as tant aime.
Gloire te soit rendue, pour le don de vie; nous chantons ton amour, notre joie.
 
GOOD NEWS Called
 
YOUR GENEROSITY MATTERS The difference we’ve made together 
 
ANTHEM “A New Creed”
 
ACT OF DECOVENANTING & BLESSING
ALL Together we have been called by God into Christian community. We have covenanted with one another and committed to a ministry of worship, study, prayer and action within the communities we serve and around the world through Mission and Service.
 
First Ruth, by the grace of God, you have given yourself to us, that we might grow in Christian maturity; and that we might communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to those around us. You’ve reminded us to wonder, to be curious, open and to trust in God’s presence. Thank you. We respectfully acknowledge that this covenantal relationship is coming to an end. With the oversight and recognition of Northern Spirit Regional Council we release you, with our gratitude and blessing, to a future held in God’s keeping.
 
Ruth By the grace of God, you called me to this ministry. You have entrusted me with your care, welcomed me into your homes and your lives, offered me your joy and sorrow, laughed and learned, forgiven and inspired me to a deeper relationship with God. Thank you. I respectfully acknowledge that this covenantal relationship is coming to an end. With the oversight and recognition of Northern Spirit Regional Council I release you, with gratitude and blessing, to a future held in God’s keeping.
 
NSRC In the name of Jesus Christ, by the authority of Northern Spirit Regional Council, we honour the ministry that has flourished, the hospitality extended, the faith inspired, the seeds sown for future generations, because of this covenantal relationship. We thank you and declare the pastoral relationship between First United Church, Wetaskiwin and the Reverend Ruth Lumax coming to an end effective June 30, 2024. May God grant us the grace and the courage to respect the boundaries and new possibilities enacted by this ending.
 
Ruth I bring the records of our twenty years of work together; these planners are a symbol of what we have done together. I lay them down as a symbol of the work I relinquish on your behalf; and with deep gratitude. I keep this shawl as a reminder of the ways you have blessed and enriched my life and faith.
 
First We acknowledge these symbols of our shared ministry, reminders of the people, gifts and work that have both enriched our time together and made it possible, by the grace of God.
 
Ruth I bring this partially knit prayer shawl as a symbol of the work that has been started and will be completed by others. I offer it to the Leadership Team as they undertake the care and responsibilities for this community of faith.
 
Leadership Team
We receive and acknowledge this symbol of our ongoing commitment and responsibility to be the people God calls in this time and place. May it be a reminder of both the trust and accountability involved as we work together to be a blessing in our communities, by the grace of God.
 

Ruth I bring this wool as a symbol of the work that is possible, but as yet undreamed. I entrust it to the representatives of the Transition/Search Team as they seek to discern God’s will, with your wisdom, and by the grace of God, for future ministry.

Transition Team
We receive and acknowledge this symbol of our ongoing commitment and responsibility to support this community of faith in discerning its future ministry by the grace of God.

 
First We will support you and one another as we explore the possibilities that are yet to be knit together in the Spirit’s vision for us as a community of faith.
 
Blessing 
You’re invited to place your left hand on the shoulder/arm of the person beside you. If you’re at the end of an aisle and can comfortably reach ahead to the person in front of you, please do so.
 
First May God bless you and keep you. May God inspire you to discover new ways to love and serve. May God grant you curiosity to explore creation’s vast and surprising mysteries. May God fill you with eagerness to embrace the unknown and the unexpected. May the God of playfulness lead you in laughter and joy. May you go confident in God’s guidance wherever your journey takes you, knowing that seeds you have planted will continue to grow and bear fruit. Go with God, dear friend, to be a friend to all you meet along your way. Amen.
 
GRACE #549 Voices United “For all Your Goodness God” [x2 round as you like]
For all your goodness God, we give you thanks.
Thanks for the food we eat, and for the friends we meet, for each new day we greet,
We give you thanks!
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT The light goes with you wherever you go…
 
SENDING FORTH
The Good Shepherd goes before you into green pastures and through the valley of death.
In the presence of our enemies and at table with friends, God is with us.
On paths as yet untravelled, into a future held in God’s keeping,
We go accompanied by love and equipped to serve.
Sung May the Spirit of God be upon you. May God’s peace abide with you.
May God’s presence illuminate your life. Now and forever more.
 
ON THE WAY #701 Voices United “What Does the Lord Require of You?” [x3]
What does the Lord require of you? What does the Lord require of you?
Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your God.
– To seek justice, – and love kindness, – and walk humbly with your God.