Order of Worship – June 09, 2024

June 9, 2024, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Victor C. Gavino

Liturgist: Robert Beeksma

10:30 - 11:30 AM at the Chapel

 


Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Land Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples: Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship - Responsive (from Psalm 138)

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise.
I bow down before you and give thanks for your steadfast love and faithfulness.
On the day I called, you answered me and increased the strength of my soul.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Let us worship God!

Songs

"Be exalted O God" and "Great is thy faithfulness" (verse 1 and chorus only)

Prayer of Adoration

A prayer written by one of the great theologians of our era, Karl Barth, 1886-1968.
Lord, our God, you desire that each of us, even today in this house, may hear your comforting and admonishing Word, call on you, and praise you. It is your unmerited kindness that would have it so. For what are we before you and for you? But you have called us, and we have heard your call. And now we have come together, your creatures, in all the weakness, darkness, and stubbornness that is in us; your children, whom you love, even if we hardly love you or certainly do not love you properly; your community, that both here and everywhere is a great throng, in which you still wish to be present, and with which you still wish to begin something.
And now, we wait, totally directed toward you, for your good Holy Spirit and its gifts. Make this hour bright, pleasing to you, and helpful and fruitful to us! Make it happen from your perspective that what we as people pray, say and sing has power and truth, comes from our hearts, and returns again to our hearts! Be now our Master and Teacher, a strong, good Lord over all that might happen to each of us in this hour!

Prayer of Confession - Unison

We confess, O God, that we listen to voices other than yours. The voice of “easy answers” whispers that we need not accept the cost of discipleship. The voice of “earned merit” tempts us to satisfy our own desire rather than to care for others. The voice of “bitterness” calls us to nurture grudges rather than to offer forgiveness. The voice of “cozy friendship” invites us to love those who love us instead of labouring to build up our community with your gift of unity. Forgive us. Silence all other voices so that we may listen to and follow yours alone, through the grace of Christ. Amen..

Assurance of Pardon

Passing of the Peace

Catechism for Today (from the Presbyterian Church in Canada)

Question 43. How did Jesus fulfil the office of king?

Jesus was a servant king. His royal power was shown in his mastery over sickness, sin and death, yet revealed in weakness, lowliness, and the apparent defeat of the cross. As the exalted and resurrected Son of God, he reigns as King over all creation.

Question 44. What does Jesus’ ministry teach us about God?

In his ministry of healing the sick, feeding the hungry, freeing people from bondage to demons and proclaiming the reign of God, Jesus revealed a loving God who is concerned with all of life. In sharing meals with outsiders, showing mercy to sinners and even forgiving those who nailed him to the cross, Jesus revealed a God who embraces all and whose salvation extends to the ends of the earth.

Hymn - Book of Praise #379: "From heaven you came, helpless babe (The Servant King)"

“My life journey in Christ – a testimony” Geoffrey Githae

Prayer for understanding

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 (ESV)

Sermon:

"It's not about you: It's all about God"

Song: "Be unto your name"

Offering

Prayer of Dedication

Prayers of the people

The Lord's Prayer

Hymn: Book of Praise #472"We are God's people"

Charge and Benediction

Three-fold Amen

Postlude

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