Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany
“Sweet Freedom’s Song” Franklin Ritter
“Introit” Sigfrid Karg-Elert, arr. By Edward Broughton
“Delight in the Lord” Gregg Sewell
Lighting the Christ Candle
Choral Introit: “I’m So Glad” African American Traditional
Responsive Call to Worship (Inspired by Psalm 36:5-10):
One: No matter how far we wander from you, O God,
ALL: your steadfast love finds us.
One: No matter how unjust the world seems to us, O God,
ALL: your steadfast righteousness sustains us.
One: No matter how vulnerable our lives seem to us, O God,
ALL: your steadfast presence gives us hope.
One: No matter how unloved and uncared for we feel, O God,
ALL: you hear our cries and answer our prayers. Thanks be to God! Let us praise our Maker!
* Praise: 20 The Steadfast Love of the Lord
Welcome and Ministry Announcements
Ministry Minute: Jane-Finch Reaching Up
Rev. Jan Hieminga
God Speaks to Us
Praise: 449 Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
(sung intermittently throughout prayer)
Response during Prayer of Adoration:
One: In wonder, we worship you;
ALL: Send us love, send us power, send us grace.
Response during Prayer of Confession:
One: Lord, listen to your children praying,
ALL: And have mercy on us, O God.
Assurance of Forgiveness
* Praise: The Kingdom of our God is Like (see words below)
The Kingdom of Our God is Like
The kingdom of our God is like a treasure trove concealed
beneath the ground, for which one sells all else to buy that field,
all else to buy that field.
The kingdom of our God is like a mustard seed in size
which grows to offer nesting space for every bird that flies,
for every bird that flies.
The kingdom of our God is like the yeast a woman takes
and mixes into leaven each and every loaf she bakes,
and every loaf she bakes.
The kingdom of our God is like a merchant who, to own
the rarest pearl, sells everything to gain that pearl alone,
to gain that pearl alone.
The kingdom of our God is like a net which has been cast
and draws in good and bad which must be sorted out at last,
be sorted out at last.
Words: Christopher L. Webber. Adapted from Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Music: DOVE OF PEACE (American folk medley)
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture: Matthew 13:24-43
Reader: Neil Coutts
One: The Word of the Lord
ALL: Thanks be to God
Rev. Jacqui Foxall
Our Response to God
* Praise: 802 For the Fruits of All Creation
Pastoral Prayer & Sung Lord’s Prayer (Praise #831)
Joyfully Sharing Our God-Given Abundance
Invitation for the Offering
To make an offering online visit canadahelps.org/en/dn/25176
Offertory Anthem: “Keep Your Lamps!” arr. Andre Thomas
* Doxology: 830
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise him all creatures here below
Praise him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
* Dedication of the Offering
We Are Sent Out
* Closing Praise: 717 We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky
* The Charge & Benediction
* Choral Amen
Organ Postlude: “Piece Symphonique” Cesar Franck