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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
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