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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
For a world where lies are accepted at face value; hear our prayer, God of truth. For a world where racism in high places is tolerated; hear our prayer, God of the oppressed. For a world where people with disabilities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at leadinginworship
This Christmas I would like… the clear conviction that beauty is for beholding and that I don’t have to own everything that gives me pleasure. I want to have joy in gift-giving, seeking to delight those I love. I would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at leadinginworship
Immanuel, thank you that you are God with us even in our final good-byes. Thank you for the ebbing of life, which is as holy as its birth, even with all the indignities that infirmities bring. Thank you for loved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at leadinginworship
We love you in the manger, Jesus. Your little hands and feet, your soft breathing, your eyes closed in sleep. You may be a revolutionary, but we like our revolutionaries in diapers. Forgive us, Lord, for preferring a Saviour that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at leadinginworship
Lord, I am instrument of your peace. Where there is self-hatred, let me sow love; where there is negative self-talk, kindness; where there is loathing of my body, acceptance; where there is nursing of old injuries, release; where there is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at leadinginworship
God of angel armies, hear our prayer for your beloved city of Aleppo. Cast out the demon of bomb dropping. Cast out the demon of rocket hurling. Cast out the demon of bullet shooting. Cast out the demon of hostage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at leadinginworship
Thank you for the gift of music, for melodies and harmonies, for voices of every pitch. Thank you for composers and poets, for instruments and musicians. Thank you for ears to hear and minds to comprehend the gift that was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at leadinginworship
Joy may be like a fountain, but it has no on/off switch. We can’t manufacture joy or produce it on demand. Running after joy is like running after the wind; you can’t catch it. Joy is wild and treasured, like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at leadinginworship
I was always captivated by “Once upon a time”: the magical invitation into a world not mine. The world of giants and talking animals, the world of spies and zookeepers, pirates, pioneers and pilots-- I followed them through deserts and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at leadinginworship
Words dance into space bouncing off satellites: my voice rocketing through the stratosphere here ricocheting into your ear there. Your thumbs type text and even as you press send, I receive your message. Across the miles the image of your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at leadinginworship
God of the afflicted: On this anniversary of the Montreal massacre where a man who declared feminists his enemy opened fire in a school, killing fourteen, wounding fourteen, on this day we turn to you. We pray for healing for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at leadinginworship
God of hope. be with all tonight who are waiting for a miracle. Waiting for God, waiting for justice, waiting for a diagnosis, waiting for a phone call, waiting for a job, waiting for death, waiting for inspiration, waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at leadinginworship
God of every tongue and nation: thank you for the multiplicity and beauty of languages, each one a treasure, each one unmatched and irreplaceable. Thank you for their slow growth over time, their plasticity and adaptability, their ability to convey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at leadinginworship
Hear our prayers for reporters, Lord. In this surroundsound world with information and lies mixed on every platform, raise up truth-tellers who want to get the story right. People who are not content with face value, who smell a rat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at leadinginworship
Immanuel, thank you for being with us in our HIV/AIDS filled world. We pray expecting your presence among us! Be with all who live with the effects of this disease. Be with those who wait to die because they have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at leadinginworship
Creator God: I am sorry for this little stream, its banks straightened and cemented. Graffiti decorates the culverts, and it’s dotted with plastic bags and bottles. But trees still grow and shelter, dappling with shadow, ducks and dragonflies dally, birds... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at leadinginworship
Great God, hear my prayer for every person in prison convicted of a sexual offence. These are the people I count as enemy, that our society counts as enemy; rapists, abusers, child molesters. Jesus, you are the key of David,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at leadinginworship
Dear God: Thank you for the invitation you so kindly extended, inviting me to become pregnant with the Prince of Peace. What an honour to be asked, and I am so grateful for your confidence in me. The world needs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at leadinginworship
Creator God hear our prayer for settlers everywhere, for people living on land stolen or traded unfairly from indigenous peoples. You know our cruelties, our disregard for cultures and histories, our cavalier dismissal of treaty rights, our personal prejudices, our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at leadinginworship