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Great God: Thank you for the constant call we hear from you every day. The wind whispering around our ears, the birds singing to us from the trees, rain pinging on the window, the good earth inviting our steps. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at leadinginworship
What God has joined together now lies in pieces. What began with delight and tenderness, reeks now with bitterness and festering pain. What began with soft words of love, grates now with harsh words of blaming. Jesus, we look for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at leadinginworship
You are the Great Provider, the Giver of all gifts; your love the only true currency. Thank you for putting money into our hands, and so we freely offer it back to you, for use in your service. We do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at leadinginworship
We come to the Lord’s supper together as children of our one God. Jesus makes the guest list, not us. Our family, chosen by God, is gathered from west and east, and includes everyone, even the lowest and the least.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
You are invited to the table of our Lord Jesus Christ Here we have a feast for the people of God, a sign of Jesus’ body and blood given in love to save us. Everyone who has committed their lives... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God, thank you for the dawn that comes every morning, even after our darkest nights. We give you thanks for life resurrecting from the death of winter. For birds singing their spring songs in the dark before the dawn; for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Early in the morning we come to you, Lord, with gratefulness and wonder, with awe at your power to save us. This morning we want to follow the women to the tomb. We want to hear the surprising words, “He... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of Resurrection, we come on this most holy of mornings, thankful and awed by your power to save us. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ whose resurrection brings us life. You know us, Lord, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Great God of heaven and earth; we come to sing of your mighty power this morning, your wisdom, your goodness, your strength flaming out. We come to give thanks for great gifts. This morning, we ask that you would resurrect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Holy Spirit, we need your presence here on planet earth. Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, it is there he was crucified. Today many still suffer in that same city. Racism and oppression are rampant; a giant dividing wall of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Jesus, you walked a dark path; you took on the suffering of the world as your own. And so today we pray for all who suffer. We see your face in the face of those in captivity, and so we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of grace, we have dragged ourselves to church with heavy hearts. We are reluctant to hear this story of Jesus’ suffering, we would rather skip this somber day and go straight to Easter. We long for happy hymns that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
When you arrived in Jerusalem and the crowds gathered and cheered, you gathered your followers in an upper room. Were they expecting to hear a plan of attack for the takeover of Jerusalem? Were they expecting your master plan for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of hope, hear our lament. Since we heard the news of ____________________ our minds are reeling. This is violence happening in our own neighbourhood. Some of us knew the victims, some know people who knew them. Our community is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
For richer, for poorer, for better, for worse. I made these vows, God, before you and witnesses. You know I meant them. But how worse is worse? What does faithfulness mean when he hurls his dinner at the wall? What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
God, you see our world. The girl baby told she is sweet and lovely, the boy baby praised for strength and power. The little girl told to be quiet and sit still, the boy allowed to run and play because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
Lord, you are my rock and my redeemer, you are my shelter, an ever present help in times of trouble. You know that violence has been my diet, day and night. I called to you from the depths, “Lord, save... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. When I think I can change another person, remind me that I can change only myself. When I think that being hurt is your will, remind me of your exodus call to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
Go into your week knowing you are loved perfectly, saved eternally, and empowered as a disciple of Jesus to share God’s love with everyone you meet. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at leadinginworship
1. Dear God, this grief for our loved one has hit us like a truck. Our lives have not been the same since we heard. You know the exact weight of our heavy hearts, you know the volume of tears... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at leadinginworship
Lord, we are praying for those we love whose lives are chained by the power of drugs. They have sacrificed everything to this cruel master : work, home, relationships, honesty, even love seems barely to matter. And still more is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at leadinginworship
We’re still here, God, another year come and gone like a freight train. Some parts are clear and memorable, and there are blurry parts that went by too fast. Thank you for every hug and handshake, every smile and look... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at leadinginworship
Thank you for bare trees outlined in white, and steely gray skies brooding over the blue lake. Thank you for the sound of wind rushing all the way from the far north. Thank you for the crack of ice puddles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at leadinginworship
God, the message of the angels of Bethlehem was true. Good news of great joy came with Jesus’ birth, with his life, with his sacrifice for us, and with his glorious resurrection, also announced by angels. We wait so hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at leadinginworship
God who hears us: as advent begins, we are already filled up with waiting. Waiting to hear the next report of bad news; another mass shooting, another refugee crisis, another famine, another environmental disaster, another deadly virus outbreak, another war.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at leadinginworship