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LIVE STREAM WORSHIP DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP     Theme:  Forgiveness and Peace

    September 13, 2020      11:00 a.m.

Officiating Clergy & Friend: Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher

Today’s Organist: Gail Downing

Lead Singer: Denise Tetford

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WELCOME TO WORSHIP

Welcome everyone. Thank you for joining our virtual worship. I hope that had a good week, as well, you continue to practice public health and safety measures, such as social distancing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, hand washing and wearing mask when in a crowd or indoor.    While more measures are loosening up, we should still remain vigilant and careful  during this Covid-19 pandemic. I pray for patience and steadfast faith as we adapt to the new normal. Let us continue to uphold each other in prayer and loving kindness.  The Theme for this Sunday is “Forgiveness”. I will reflect on the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-35. Forgiveness is a gift from the Spirit, and once exercised, it frees us and thereby help us experience peace! As well,  I will be sharing object lessons and hopefully through this, we will hear the Word of God speaking to us and transforming us in a new way. Let us remember those who are not well of the body, mind and spirit. May healing grace be with you! Let us worship together!

 

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP

MUSICAL PRELUDE      

 

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

 

GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP:

People of God, come into this space of worship; come into this space of healing; come and be quenched by the Spirit’s living water! Come and be renewed.

The Spirit of God moves and creates in our midst; We enter this space of worship with joy and thanksgiving! We know that the Spirit of God is with us, healing and enabling us to greater task of discipleship.

 

OPENING PRAYER

We bless you, O God, for giving us the grace and good health to worship in your name. You have provided us with all of our needs and ensure that we are never lacking. Accept our worship in the holy name of Jesus. We pray as we continue today’s worship that we will feel your presence, and, your energy to move and create in us, healing and restoring us to your Spirit, and, our brothers and sisters within the human family. We pray for all of those here in this space of worship, and those who have yet to see your power that we may always serve you and grow in you. At the end of today, let us go out in the world to glorify your name and live in your presence. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

 

HYMN         God of Grace and God of Glory   -VU 686         

 

THE CHURCH IN CONFESSION

God is merciful and loving. Come, let us confess our sins... O God, there is much in this world that is wrong, but we do not cry for the world until wrong touches our lives and family. There is much in our church that is wrong, but we blame it on others. God, there is much in our lives that is wrong, but we’d rather not face that, at least not yet. Help us to face the hurt and wrong of this world. Touch us with the hope that, in you, wrongs can be righted. Increase in us your justice and compassion. Give us confidence that you will forgive and guide. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. . .

(SILENT CONFESSION)

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND PARDON

Rejoice and be glad! You have been forgiven many years ago through the living sacrifice of Jesus on the cross! Receive God’s forgiveness and be forgiving people of God.

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG & YOUNG AT HEARTS

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS               - Reader: John Ivanowskoff

   PSALM 103:1-11 GENESIS 50:15-21

 

HYMN     Great Is Thy Faithfulness  - VU 288

 

GOSPEL READING    MATTHEW 18:21-35

 

SERMON           “Forgiveness, A Discipleship Call”

 

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE (Lord’s Prayer)

 

RESPONSE : Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying -VU 400

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace!

 

GOING FORTH TO SERVE

 

HYMN   Make Me A Channel of Your Peace  -VU 684

 

SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION  

Go into your week  knowing you are loved perfectly, forgiven and empowered as a disciple of Jesus to share God’s love with everyone you meet.

 

POSTLUDE  MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIFE & MINISTRYOF OUR FAITH COMMUNITY

 

The In-Person Worship. As we return to our church building  starting September 27th  we asked that  you to follow the guidelines that have been in placed for In-Person worship. Should you wish to attend to worship service, you must pre-register on the phone prior to coming to church. Details of the information regarding this will be mailed to every member and friend of Coughlan United Church this week. Let us pray for God’s guidance and safety as we return to our church building.

 

Please note that our Church building is now open BUT only for Sunday worship (starting September 27th) and Board meetings during this Pandemic. We will notify you of any changes as Public Health and Safety measures become more relaxed or restricted.

 

The Official Board will meet on September 24 Thursday at 7:30 pm. Board members are asked to wear mask as you enter the building. Social distancing marks will be in placed for the seating arrangement. 

 

Let us continue supporting  the Mission & Service fund of our United Church of Canada. It is also our mission!

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

 

 

National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering 2019

 

 

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the important work of reconciliation with Indigenous members of The United Church of Canada. One of the programs Mission & Service supports is the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering. Many Indigenous members met on the territory of the Chippewas of Rama near Orillia, Ontario, in August 2019 to discern and decide on the structure and priorities for the self-determining Indigenous church within the United Church. This fourth National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering provided opportunities for listening to and discerning the Creator’s plan, visioning, spiritual nurture, mutual accountability, inspiration, education, youth development, and expressing the voice of the Indigenous community on spirituality and ministry. Using the Biidaabin* (“first light of a new day”) process of education, reflection and discussion, discernment, and decision-making, participants created and named a new national Indigenous church organization, elected a new National Indigenous Council, appointed a National Elders Council, and set priorities for the next triennium. The National Indigenous Council is an intergenerational group that includes two youth leaders. As the planning team declared in its vision statement, the gathering would “inform, transform, and manifest healing and vitality. This is our act of decolonizing.” This vision and the decisions made at the gathering will help the Indigenous church to speak with a strong voice as its members continue to live into right relations. If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much!