NOVEMBER 19, 2017
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
CALL TO WORSHIP
By faith, we trust that we were created in the image of God.
By faith, we hope and dream and make plans.
By faith, we face our fears and insecurities.
By faith, we till the soil of our lives and plant seeds of love.
By faith, we follow where God leads.
By faith, we trust that God is present in our midst.
By faith, we gather in this place to worship God together.
GREETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of mercy, we place our trust in tangible things—
things we can see and touch—
and question whether you are really there.
Forgive us, Holy One, when we fail to recognize
that you are always nearby, patiently waiting for us to recognize your presence and your glory.
Help us when we lose our way, and forgive us when we forget
to whom we truly belong. Amen.
HYMN #374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
You have been faithful to your people throughout time. Calm our minds. Open our ears and our hearts this day that we might still hear of your faithfulness. Amen.
* OFFERING HYMN #540 “Grant Us, God, the Grace”
God, source of all that is, lover of justice and source of equity,
help us live boldly and truthfully as we seek to follow your ways.
Embolden us to share with others the gift of grace
that you have so abundantly given us.
Receive and bless these gifts that we return to you now.
In the name of the One who gives us life, we pray. Amen.
Go from this place with the confidence that you are God’s beloved children.
We go, to labour in love with all we meet.
Go out into the world with steadfast hope and joyous trust.
We go, remembering our faithful God who goes before us.
In God’s love, the Spirit’s power, and the peace of Christ, go now in peace.
* CLOSING HYMN #675 “Will Your Anchor Hold”