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You are the God who calls. You are hiding in the pauses of the winter wind whipping around the corners of my house. You are present in the space between the opening petals of the first spring crocus. You are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at leadinginworship
Thank you, Lord, for your care for all creation. You watch over the sun, whose rays warm us, you order the moon, whose light silvers the night. The seasons follow your guidance, and we give thanks for farmers and their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at leadinginworship
Your mercies are new every day. When I could hardly catch my breath, fear clenching my stomach, and every horizon dark, you were there for me. Whether I stood on the precipice of grief, or pain, or loneliness or despair:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at leadinginworship
As night falls as we lay our bodies down, as muscles relax... take, Lord, the burdens of the day, hold, Lord, our loved ones in safety, remove, Lord, all clinging fears, give, Lord, the sweetest dreams, grant, Lord, a restful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at leadinginworship
Our call to worship is from Psalm 68:8-9: "Bless our God, O people, let the sound of God’s praise be heard, who has kept us among the land of the living, and has not let our feet slip." Let's pray:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at leadinginworship
Loving God, thank you for our families. Thank you for the people who light up our lives, whose tender presence is dear beyond all words, people who have enriched our lives beyond all measure. Give us love for our families,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at leadinginworship
All-seeing God, hear my prayer for the future that I will not see. For all the children of my children's grandchildren, and all the others born when this century is a long ago memory. Let their feet touch this good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at leadinginworship
Today we pray for those among us who seek shelter every day. Home is gone for them, for many reasons; addiction, mental illness, violence, or they just couldn't pay the rent. Evicted or just drifting, they wander. Some live in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at leadinginworship
The tears are shed and the words are spoken and the body, blessed, is laid under six feet of cold ground. We walk away reeling, at least inside, holding each other together all the way to the church auditorium where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at leadinginworship
God bless the bent over people, the ones who are stooping. God bless the arms stretched out people, the ones who are reaching. God bless the heavily laden people, the ones who are carrying. God bless the on-the-move people, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at leadinginworship
We listen this morning to the sound of our own breath, and the breathing of those around us. [pause for 30 seconds] Thank you God for breath, for life flowing in and out of each of us. It is wonderful... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at leadinginworship
The world is filled with your glory, and you’ve given us eyes to see it, ears to hear it, a nose to smell it, hands and mouth to touch and taste. Thank you for the taste of fresh strawberries, for... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at leadinginworship
My brothers and sisters, this service has come to an end. Go into your week, serving your Saviour with love, delighting in the life God has given you. God be with you till we meet again. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at leadinginworship
Our call to worship is from Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Let’s pray together: We need your presence on the long road, Lord. The road... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at leadinginworship
Grace is on our lips and in our hearts this morning, Lord: your grace is in our hands. We take it with us, spreading thankfulness wherever we go. Amen. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at leadinginworship
It doesn’t always go as planned. Bowled over with newborn love, the way ahead seems clear and untroubled, devotion deep and wide enough to weather any storm. So we say a prayer, Darling Mother, for when the crying baby will... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at leadinginworship
It’s not easy to trace the tears, the gaping holes where mothering went wrong. I can point to the withering look that day at the dinner table when I took my father’s attention. Or maybe the stony face accusing me... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at leadinginworship
The transgender man beaten, and the woman harassed on the bus. The disabled student not accommodated, and the bomb threat at the Jewish child-care centre. Racial profiling at the border and another refugee told to go home. A million tiny... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at leadinginworship
We all have one. She goes by different names: mom, mama, mummy, my mother, my birth mother, the woman who bore me. We may know her intimately, or she may be just a name. But it was she who carried... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at leadinginworship
Our call to worship today is from Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. Let's pray together: We come to church hungry, Lord! We are hungry for comfort,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at leadinginworship
The night God took a deep breath for all that must be saved, even the stars outshone themselves and hillsides gloried with angelic music, the good, good, good news bouncing down like boulders, shaking the foundations royally, announcing the advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at leadinginworship
For every closed mind that has creaked open just a crack; For every call to arms that was not heeded; For every homemade bomb that was not left in the shopping mall; For every generous gift that made the difference... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at leadinginworship
Thank you for human ingenuity, God, for our ability to think and reason and figure things out. On this landmark day when a vaccine to prevent the spread of ebola is announced, I give thanks for science researchers everywhere. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at leadinginworship
God of Winter even at mid-day today the winter solstice sun crouched low over the southern horizon. Low noon, and the day is short. Darkness sits with us early and late, lingering longer the further north we go. Bundled against... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at leadinginworship
Jesus, you grew up in a family that did not always understand, who questioned you and no doubt squabbled; hear our prayer for family gatherings this year. Thank you for families that get along, showing unconditional love and support: families... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at leadinginworship