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. We live stream our services to Facebook and You-Tube, starting with announcements about 10:20 am and worship at 10:30 am.  Thank you for making time to nurture your spirit and add to the goodness in Creation!
 
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First United Church, Wetaskiwin – February 5th,  2023
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 beginning with announcements at 10:20 am and worship at 10:30 am,  Sunday, February 5th.  Links will be provided below and should be active by 1 pm, Sunday. 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT   You’re invited to breathe deeply of the Spirit’s presence.
 
GATHERING MUSIC #10 More Voices    “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”
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.
 
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.
 
Sister Wisdom come, assist us; nurture all who seek rebirth.
Spirit guide and close companion, bring to light our sacred worth.
Fee us to become your people, holy friends of God and earth.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
This is a special place to be with God. We come,
To hear the stories of faith.  We are ready,
To make space for the Spirit to act in us. We long,
To know and to be known by Holy Mystery. We are together.
In this time and place, through out our days, God is with us.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God, You call us to be salt and light. Season our living with faith, and our relationships with enthusiasm. Accompany us into the shadows of life and death. Strengthen us to share Your light with all who long for good news. Through worship and wonder, to service and discipleship, let Your Spirit work amongst us. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS   Psalm 112 p.834 with Refrain, Matthew 5:13 – 19
 
MESSAGE
 
WELCOME TO THE TABLE
This is the table, not of the United Church, but of the Good Shepherd. It is made ready for those who love Jesus; And for those who want to love him more.
So come, you who have much faith and you who have little; You who have been here often
and you who have not been here long. You who have tried to follow and you who have failed.
Come because it is the Christ who invites you. And it is God’s grace that awaits you here.
The Peace of Christ be with you…And also with you.
 
HYMN #80 More Voices    “Beyond the Beauty & the Awe” [Tune 709 VU]
Beyond the beauty and the awe, beyond the fear and dread,
We long, O God hear your word, to taste your transformed word.
 
Our lives feel torn between the world whose needs are grimly real
And empty talk of peace and joy with distant, vague appeal.
 
Oh, teach us how to hear your voice despite the traffic’s din;
To keep the blasts of rancour out and let your Spirit in.
 
In sound of silence, sight or smell, may we some token find
That makes your living presence known to body, soul, and mind.
 
Then help us live as Jesus taught, as light and salt and yeast,
That others may be brought to share your promise and your feast.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
God, You are with us,

In this place, and wherever we journey.
We lift our hearts to You, Holy Three in One.
In joy and in sorrow, we turn to You for hope.
Blessed are You gracious God, in whom there is life and love and being.
You love us not only as we are, but into what we can become.
Your grace is ours for the receiving, not because we earn it or deserve it,
But because You are a gracious and generous God.
We sing our gratitude with all creation. [MV #203]
 
O Holy, holy, holy God, O God of time and space,
All the earth and sea and sky above bear witness to Your grace.
Hosanna in the highest heav’n, Creation sings Your praise.
And blessed is the One who comes and bears Your name always!
Light of the world, Bread of Life and Cup of Blessing,
You were born among strangers, and grew up without privilege or status;
You told the deepest truths in ordinary ways;
Touched and healed, blessed and disturbed, without fear or favour.
Christ Jesus, You show us the way.
You invite us to faith-filled living, to seek and to question, trusting that You can satisfy our deepest need.
You call us out, believing that we can make a difference.
You show us the strength in being vulnerable,
That we might stand together with those who suffer.
We remember the power of Your love to change lives.
Together we sing the mystery of our faith. [MV #204]
Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen, Christ will come again! [Repeat]
 
We gather at this table seeking the strength and courage to live Christ’s vision in this world.
We long for the day when all humanity will be one family, united in justice and compassion.
Holy Spirit, brood upon us and upon these gifts. As we share in this loaf and this cup,
So may we share in Christ’s work. Feed us with Your love and Your word. Send us into the world refreshed and renewed by Your grace, to be signs of Your presence. [MV #205]
 
Amen, amen, O Holy One, Hosanna and Amen! [Repeat]
 
SHARING AT TABLE
… These are the gifts of God, for the people of God.
Thanks be to God!
Come and eat, there is room for all.
 
PRAYER FOR THE JOURNEY & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Thank You for sharing Yourself with us, Holy One. In Your company, we find our way. In cup and bread shared, You make the broken whole. Your presence is salt and light for our living. Enliven us by Your Spirit to share in Your purpose and passion for this earth. We join in prayer with the great cloud of witnesses, singing a version of the prayer Jesus taught his friends … Sung #959 Voices United
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 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–
 
SHARING OUR GIFTS WITH GOD & BLESSING PRAYER
 
HYMN #33 All God’s Children SingJust Like Salt”
Refrain Oh Jesus says that we should be just like salt. And if worlds forgets God guess whose fault?
Yes, Jesus says that we should be just like salt. And if the world forgets God, guess whose fault?
Salt brings out the flavour of food we eat. Salt that’s lost it’s saltiness is thrown in the street. Refrain
Those who follow Jesus, who know God’s care,
Are those who live creatively and aren’t afraid to share. Refrain
Guess whose fault! Guess whose fault! It’s mine! Guess whose fault? It’s yours!
Guess whose fault? It’s ours!
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT  Now wherever you go, the Light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
We are called to be salt.
Sprinkle us God, into our relationships and communities,
That we might enliven this world You love.
We go with the blessing of God who creates light.
The love of Christ who is light; And the power of the Spirit to share the light.
We go to be radiant with the glorious Mystery that is love. Amen and amen.
 
ON THE WAY #646 Voices United   “Si Ya Hambe”
We are marching in the light of God, we are marching in the light of God (repeat)
We are marching – oooo – we are marching in the light of God. (Repeat)
 
Siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, Siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, (repeat)
Siyahamb’ oooo – siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, (repeat)
 
Thank You for Making Time to Nourish Your Spirit!
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 29th, 2023
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 at 10:30 am,  Sunday, January 29th.  Links are provided below and should be live by 1 pm Sunday.
 
 
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT   – You’re invited to breathe deeply of the Spirit’s presence.
GATHERING MUSIC #10 More Voices    “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”
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.
 
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.
 
Sister Wisdom come, assist us; nurture all who seek rebirth.
Spirit guide and close companion, bring to light our sacred worth.
Fee us to become your people, holy friends of God and earth.
 

CALL TO WORSHIP
God, who makes the weak strong, calls us to this place.
We will befriend our enemies and wage love.
God, who makes the broken whole, calls us to new life.
We will let go fear and practice freedom.
God, who makes the foolish wise, calls us to worship.
Thanks be to You, Holy Three-in-One, whose foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and whose weakness is stronger than human strength!

OPENING PRAYER [Together]
God of mystery and wonder, we have answered Your call. Illumine our hearts and minds with the radiance of Your love. Through Christ, may we abandon every fear and prejudice. May we grow more in Your likeness and a welcoming and blessing people. Grace us with Your wisdom, that we might light the way home to You for those who wander. Amen.

 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE     – Sacrament of Baptism
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS – Psalm 130 p.853 with Refrain #2, Matthew 5:1 – 12
 
HYMN #585 Voices United     “Jesus Bids us Shine”
Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light, like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world is darkness, so let us shine, you in your small corner, and I in mine.
 
Jesus bids us shine first of all for him, well he sees and knows it if our light grows dim:
Jesus walks beside us to help us shine, you in your small corner and I in mine.
 
Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around, many kinds of darkness in the world are found:
Sin and want and sorrow: so we must shine, you in your small corner and I in mine.
 
MESSAGE
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER (Sung)
Holy Wisdom teach us… Each day is a gift to share.
Loving God, in whom we live and move and find our being, thank You for this day. For the beauty of sunshine on snow, for places of warmth and safety; for music and laughter and the many blessings in our lives. Holy Wisdom teach us… Each day is a gift to share.
God of unexpected blessings, sometimes we lose faith, in You, in ourselves, in each other. We are impatient, wanting instant results. When our discipleship requires effort, it is easier to give up or give in. Sometimes we are reluctant Author of Love, to set aside our hurt, our anger, our disappointment. Open our eyes to the power of love, touch us with the promise of reconciliation.
When we ignore the gifts of others, or see difference as more curse than blessing, increase our tolerance, lead us toward understanding, that we might practice acceptance even as you accept our living. Holy Wisdom teach us… Each day is a gift to share.
Christ who blesses children and lepers, help us to touch gently the hurts that need healing. We pray for those who are grieving, for those who feel abandoned, unloved, for those mocked or belittled because of difference. We pray for those who wonder and question. May we all seek to know you better. Deepen our faith. Increase our understanding. May our living be a blessing in this weary world. Holy Wisdom teach us… Each day is a gift to share.
Source of Hope, disturb our complacency, we pray for people in conflict situations, in our community, our country and around the world. We pray for mediators and negotiators, for people who listen to the hurt, for those who speak out against injustice. Remind us there is always more to life than our limited vision offers. Holy Wisdom teach us... Each day is a gift to share.
Spirit of life, you know our hearts and our situations. Strengthen us to be your people in this world you love. We add our voices to the Angel song, using
Sung #959 Voices United    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 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–
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION“Learning Racism at a Young Age”
SHARING OUR GIFTS WITH GOD & BLESSING PRAYER
 
HYMN #896 Voices United     “Blest are They”
Blest are they the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow, they shall be consoled.
 
Refrain Rejoice – and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice — and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, the lowly ones, they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst, they shall have their fill. Refrain
 
Blest are they who show mercy, mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart, they shall see God! Refrain
Blest are they sho week peace; they are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith, the glory of God is theirs. Refrain
 
Blest are you who suffer hate, all because of me.
Rejoice and be gald yours is the kingdom shine for all to see. Refrain
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT – Now wherever you go, the Light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
Blessed are you people of God.
In our grief, God is the breath of comfort. In our despair, Spirit be the word of hope.
In our quest for justice, Christ be our guide.
Go from this place to bless the world in Christ’s name, with compassion, hope and mercy. Amen.
ON THE WAY #646 Voices United    “Si Ya Hambe”
We are marching in the light of God, we are marching in the light of God (repeat)
We are marching – oooo – we are marching in the light of God. (Repeat)
 
Siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, Siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, (repeat)
Siyahamb’ oooo – siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos, (repeat)
 
Wishing you a luminous Epiphany!
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 22nd, 2022
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 on Sunday,  January 22nd beginning with announcements about 10:20 am and worship at 10:30 am. Links are available below.
 
 
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT    You’re invited to breathe deeply of the Spirit’s presence.
 
GATHERING MUSIC #87 Voices United    “I am the Light of the World” verses 1 – 2
Refrain I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me!
If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home, the work of Christmas is begun: Refrain
To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above! Refrain
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
In the warmth of winter sunshine and activities,
We listen for Your call.
In the quiet stars of a frosty night and restful slumber,
We listen for Your call.
In the business of our everyday lives, In classroom and kitchen, in office and farm yard,
We listen for Your call.
And You call us into community, and send us out in love.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
Fisher of women and trans and men, of young and old, of followers and wanderers, we come to You this morning, longing to be caught and held. Guide our hearts to Your love. Open our lives to Your Word. Tease our will with Your hope. Call and we will listen. Amen.
 
HYMN #597 Voices United   “Simon, Simon” Vss 1 – 3
Simon, Simon, a fisherman was he, Simon, Simon, lived beside the sea,
Until the day when Jesus came and calling Simon by his name, said,
“Simon, Simon, follow, follow me.”
 
Simon’s younger brother Andrew, loyal, brave and true,
Simon’s younger brother Andrew followed Jesus too.
They left their ship beside the sea, to follow and disciples be, when
Jesus calling them by name, said, “Follow, follow me.”
 
Mary loved to listen, Martha liked to do. Both were friends of Jesus, just like me and you.
No matter what our different ways we all can help when Jesus says,
“Mary, Martha, follow, follow me.”
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS    Micah 6:8, Psalm 27 p. 754 with Refrain, Matthew 4:18 – 25
 
HYMN #71 More Voices    “When the Wind of Winter Blows”
When the wind of winter blows, bringing times of solitude,
Fill the silent icy night; be our hearts’ compassion.
 
Refrain Holy light, warm our night, warm the time of winter [repeat]
 
When we shiver in despair, when the chill of death comes near,
Hold us, Spirit, calm our fear, while the evening deepens. Refrain
 
When in days of fallen snow, change confounds or love burns low,
From the ashes may there rise phoenix of our growing. Refrain
 
MESSAGE
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Creator God ... Send us out in love.
God of fishing nets and long hours, you know what it is to labour in hope for those You love, through the night, in all kinds of weather. Thank You for Your persistence in reaching out to us, grant us the grace to feel the net of Your peace around us, draw us closer to You. By our actions may we reveal Your love. Creator God … Send us out in love.
Christ who calls us by name, we give thanks for all those who answer Your call to discipleship. We give thanks and pray for those within this congregation who share Your ministry. We pray for members of the Leadership Team and its Ministry & support Teams. Grant them wisdom and vision in their decision making. We pray for those who offer care, Pastoral Care Visitors and prayer shawl knitters, Community Kitchen volunteers, for all those who discern the face of Christ in those around them. We pray for those who offer their gifts of speech and music in worship. We pray for those who study your word and support others in their journey of faith. For Adalynn and her family; for all those who carry Your discipleship into offices, job sites, playgrounds and schools, farms and hospitals. May Your spirit sustain us and grant us the grace to grow more in Your likeness. Creator God … Send us out in love.
Spirit of Life, breathe new hope into us. Some of us are weary, some are discouraged, some are uncertain, some of us are afraid of what tomorrow holds. May the words we speak to one another encourage and inspire. May difference be a source of growth. May respect be the way we live. We offer these prayers and those too deep for words into Your care. You know our hearts and our situations. Strengthen us to be Your people in this world you love. We add our voices to the Angel song, using
 
Sung #959 Voices United   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 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–
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION   “Dignity is on the Menu”
HYMN #701 Voices United    “What Does the Lord Require of You?” [x 3]
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.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT    Now wherever you go, the Light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
You are disciples of the living Christ,
Ordinary people with an extraordinary calling.
You are God’s beloved,
Spirit-washed people practising kindness and generousity.
Trusting in God to guide us, In the Spirit to renew us, And with Christ to accompany us,
We go to be a blessing. Amen.
 
ON THE WAY #79 Voices United    “Arise Your Light is Come” verses 1, 3 & 4
Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;
Show forth the glory of your God, which shines on you today.
 
Arise, your light is come! All you in sorrow born,
Bind up the broken hearted ones and comfort those who mourn.
 
Arise, your light is Come! The mountains burst in song!
Rise up like eagles on the wing; God’s power will make us strong.
 
May you come close to the Holy Presence throughout this coming week!
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 15th, 2022
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 on Sunday, January 15th beginning with announcements at 10:20 pm and worship at 10:30 pm. Links are available below and should be active by 1 pm, Sunday. 
 
 
 
WELCOMING THE LIGHT   You’re invited to breathe deeply of the Spirit’s joy!
 
GATHERING MUSIC #87 Voices United     “I am the Light of the World” verses 1 – 3
Refrain I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me!
If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
 
When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home, the work of Christmas is begun: Refrain
 
To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above! Refrain
 
To free the prisoner from all chains, to make the powerful care,
To rebuild the nations with strength of good will, to see God’s children everywhere! Refrain
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
God’s call us into the light.
We come – open to discovery.
Christ accompanies us into unknown territory,
We respond with courage and curiosity to seek and to be found.
The Spirit equips us to face evil, to discern truth.
We come seeking wisdom for the path before us.
In the most unexpected places, the Holy Three in One welcomes us,
And our lives are never the same.
Let us worship in awe and thanksgiving!
 
OPENING PRAYER
Holy God, You call us to be bearers of light and justice in Christ’s name. Strengthen us through prayer and practice to speak Your message of love to all people. Season our living with Your Spirit. Open our eyes to recognize You in those around us. May we worship with thanks and serve with joy. Amen.
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE
SCRIPTURE READINGS      Psalm 40 p. 764 VU, John 1:19 – 28
HYMN #91 All God’s Children Sing    “Hey! Hey! Anybody Listening?”
Refrain Hey! Hey! Anybody list’ning? Hey! Hey! Anybody there?
Hey! Hey! Anybody List’ning? Anybody Care?
 
We’ve got good news, good news, good news, good news: Jesus Christ will soon be found here.
Good news, Good News, Good news, good news! Let’s help spread the news around here!
If I had a drum I’d drum it, a mandolin I’d strum it, a hummingbird hum, I’d hum it,
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere! Refrain
People come on, come on, come on, come on: Let’s sing out for Mary’s son here!
Come on, come on, come on, come on: He’ll bring joy for everyone here!
If I had a harp I’d twang it, a tambourine I’d bang it, a finger bell I’d clang it,
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere! Refrain
 
Come on, Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out! Tell the world about his birth now!
Sing out, sing out, sing out, sing out: Loud and clear for all the earth now!
If had a chime I’d ring it, a finger cymbal ching it, We’ve got this song let’s sing it,
Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, everwhere! Refrain
 
MESSAGE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Shine your light in us O God. That we might shine for others.
Healing Creator, as the frost reaches into the earth, deepen our awareness of Your presence. We are in a season of shadow and stillness. After the intensity of Christmas life seems flat. Winter settles into our soul and we long for light and spring. Teach us a mindfulness of Your rhythms of rest and growth. Soften us to receive Your strength in the midst of our weariness.
Shine Your light in us O God. That we might shine for others.
Holy Mystery, we give thanks for the many ways You reveal Your great love. In the colours of a sunset, in the sparkle of moonlight on fresh fallen snow, in the laughter of a friend, in music that teases our toes and the smile of a stranger. Let that love flow through us in word and deed to comfort those who mourn, to listen to the hurts of the world without being consumed by them, to take action where and when we can that others might sense that breath of spring, the promise of hope.
Shine Your light in us O God. That we might shine for others.
Loving God, in whom is heaven, we pause to listen for Your wisdom … [Time in silent prayer]
Spirit of life, You know our hearts and our situations. Strengthen us to be your people in this world you love. We add our voices to the Angel song, using a musical adaptation of words Jesus taught his friends singing,
Sung #959 Voices United   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 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–
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION    “Making a Difference in Everyday Ways”
HYMN #96 Voices United    “Will You Come and See the Light” verses 1 – 3, 5
Will you come and see the light from the stable door?
It is shining newly bright, though it shone before.
It will be your guiding star, it will show you who you are; will you hide or decide to meet the light?
Will you step into the light that can free the slave? It will stand for what is right, it ill heal and save.
By the pyramids of greed there’s a longing to be freed, will you hide or decide to meet the light?
 
Will you tell about the light in the prison cell? Though it’s shackled, out of sight, it is shining well.
When the truth is cut and bruised, and the innocent abused,
Will you hide, or decide to meet the light?
 
Will you travel by the light of the babe new born? In a candle lit at night there’s a gleam of dawn.
And the darkness all about is too dim to put it out, will you hide or decide to meet the light?
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT   Now wherever you go, the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
God bless our centre, that our faith may grow deeper.
Christ lead us to the edges,   That our love may grow wider.
Spirit fill our whole lives, That we might be a blessing.
Go and be radiant with the glory of God.
We will search diligently for the Christ in others. Amen!
 
ON THE WAY #79 Voices United    “Arise Your Light is Come” verses 1 & 2
Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;
Show forth the glory of your God, which shines on you today.
 
Arise your light is come! Fling wide the prison door;
Proclaim the captive’s liberty, good tidings to the poor.
 
Wishing You wonder and health in the New Year!
 
Thank you for worshiping with us! God bless, be well and look after each other.