A Joint Worship Service between St. Paul’s Anglican and Fort Garry UC
(In-person or on Zoom)
Prelude: Let all Things Now Living (Held)
Call to Worship
Wisdom calls and understanding speaks. Majestic God, we recognize your voice. Creation declares your glory and humanity marvels at your care. Merciful God, we rejoice at your works. Peace, endurance, character, and hope are gifts. Mysterious God, we receive your love in thanksgiving.
God our Potter, God who becomes clay, God who shapes us in the fire, we are made new in your presence.
We come seeking your wisdom, crying out our concerns, needing your peace.
Use this time to form us as community, connected through your breath, life, and hope that propels us as your body in the world. Amen.
Hymn: Morning Has Broken VU 409
Prayer for Transformation and New Life
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, we confess that we do not always heed the wisdom you impact.
We turn toward other marks and means of validation rather than toward you.
We remain in awe of our own creation while devouring and decimating yours.
Continue to call us, we pray, and to surprise and delight us at your magnificence and majesty.
May we always be at awe at your glory and humbled by your nearness.
Let our character be shaped toward hope and reflect your peace.
Words of Grace Receive the peace extended to us from the God of Grace who joined our embodied experience.
God invites us to shared glory of the resurrected life in which we are made new and whole.
Invitation to Generosity (Offering)
Offering Response: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow VU 541
Generous, Abundant, and Precious God,
bless our offerings of presence, ability, and resources
as we participate as your co-creators. Amen.
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 – David Sanders
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: ‘To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth— when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
The Choir Anthem: A Vineyard Grows (Scott)
Prayers of the People – Debbie Houston
Hymn: Let All Things Now Living VU 242
Blessing & Sending Forth
May the God of Peace assure you.
May the God of Life invigorate you.
May the God of Wind direct you.
Go, in peace and hope, to transform your community
and the world to the glory of God.