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Voices United # 402 verse 1. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures high and low; give thanks to God in love made known: Creator, Word and Spirit, One. Call to Worship We have set aside this time

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Praise god from whom all blessings flow praise god from whom all blessings flow

Voices United # 402

verse 1

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures high and low;

give thanks to God in love made known:

Creator, Word and Spirit, One.


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Call to Worship

We have set aside this time

to gather here in this place.

Even though many of you have long lists of things to do, people to see, and places to go,

we have set aside this time

to gather here in this place.

Even though you may be tempted to laze about in your own homes on this “day of rest”

we have chosen to use this time to gather here in this place.


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Even though you could be sleeping or shopping or sporting or socializing elsewhere

we have chosen to use this time to gather here in this place.

Why have you chosen to use this time to gather here in this place?

Because here we are able to celebrate God’s presence in our lives with friend and stranger alike.

Then let it be so. Let us worship God.


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Voices United # 395

Come In, Come In and Sit Down

Come in, come in and sit down,

you are a part of the family.

We are lost and we are found,

and we are a part of the family.

1You know the reason why you came,

yet no reason can explain;

so share in the laughter

and cry in the pain,

for we are a part of the family.


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Come in, come in and sit down,

you are a part of the family.

We are lost and we are found,

and we are a part of the family.

2God is with us in this place,

like a mother’s warm embrace.

We’re all forgiven by God’s grace,

for we are a part of the family.


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Come in, come in and sit down,

you are a part of the family.

We are lost and we are found,

and we are a part of the family.

3There’s life to be shared

in the bread and the wine;

we are the branches, Christ is the vine.

This is God’s temple,

it’s not yours or mine,

but we are a part of the family.


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  • Come in, come in and sit down,

  • you are a part of the family.

  • We are lost and we are found,

  • and we are a part of the family.

  • 4There’s rest for the weary

  • and health for us all;

  • there’s a yoke that is easy,

  • and a burden that’s small.

    • So come in and worship

  • and answer the call,

  • for we are a part of the family.


Praise god from whom all blessings flow praise god from whom all blessings flow

Come in, come in and sit down,

you are a part of the family.

We are lost and we are found,

and we are a part of the family.


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Opening Prayer

Gracious and ever-loving God, we have been taught and believe that you are with us in every place and in every time. And yet we don’t always feel your presence. At times we ache for some sign that assures us that you have not abandoned us. In our time together this day, we hope that we might have one of those moments when we feel especially close to you and, having experienced again your Divine touch, may be re-energized in our faith and purpose when we re-enter the world outside this sanctuary. Amen.


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Prayer for Transformation

O God, our steadfast source of love and forgiveness, you created us in your image, and yet sometimes we find our hearts hardened by feelings of anger, resentment, hurt, and pride.

At those times we find it impossible to forgive …

to forgive others…

to forgive ourselves…

to forgive you.

When that happens we are prevented from being whole, from being healthy, from being truly and deeply happy. The distance between us widens.


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Take those feelings away from us, O God. Help us to forgive as you forgive

so that we can be healed and free again

to love as you would have us love

and live as you would have us live.

We ask this in the name of Jesus,

our model of the power of forgiveness. Amen.


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Voices United # 684

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

1Make me a channel of your peace;

where there is hatred,

let me bring your love;

where there is injury, your healing power, and where there’s doubt,

true faith in you.

O Spirit grant, that I may never seek

so much to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand ,

to be loved as to love with all my soul.


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2Make me a channel of your peace;

where there’s despair in life,

let me bring hope;

where there is injury,

your healing power,

and where there’s doubt,

true faith in you.

O Spirit grant, that I may never seek

so much to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand ,

to be loved as to love with all my soul.


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3Make me a channel of your peace

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

in giving to all that we receive,

and in dying

that we’re born to eternal life.


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Voices United # 364

Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

1“Forgive our sins as we forgive,”you taught us, Christ, to pray;

but you alone can grant us grace

to live the words we say.

2How can your pardon reach and blessthe unforgiving heat that broods on wrongs,

and will not let old bitterness depart?


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3In blazing light your cross revealsthe truth we dimly knew;

what trivial debts are owed to us,

how gret our debt to you!

4O cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease;

then, bound to all in bonds of love,

our lives will spread your peace.


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Announcements


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Offertory Hymn –

We Give Thee But Thine Own

Voices United # 543

1 We give thee but thine own,

what e'er the gift may be;

all that we have is thine alone,

a trust, O God, from thee.

2 May we thy bounties thus

as stewards true receive,

and gladly, as thou blessest us,

to thee our first-fruits give.


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Offertory Prayer

Accept our gifts, O God, and with them our desire to make a difference in our hurting world.

We ask that your blessing be upon all who are touched by our offerings

that they may know your love and forgiveness in the core of their very beings. Amen. 


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Prayers of the People

It is hard to forgive.

We are called on to forgive many in our world.

We want to forgive those who have resorted to violence and warfare to solve problems. We want to forgive those who have oppressed women and children.

We want to forgive those who have looked down on persons of another race or colour.

We want to forgive those who have stolen from the infirm, the gullible, and the innocent.

We are resolved to help bring change. We are resolved to support the process of change.


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Peter asks Jesus, “How often should I forgive, seven times?”

Jesus replies, “Not seven but seventy times seven times.”

We are called on to forgive many among the suffering.

We know those who have stolen to feed their drug or alcohol habit.

We know those who have looked down on persons struggling to make ends meet.

We know those who have treated children harshly.


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We know those who have treated older persons with a lack of respect.

We know those who have discouraged loved ones from seeking the treatment they need.

We know those who have told a bereaved person to get over their grief.

We remember those who are sick or bereaved (time of silent reflection).

We are resolved to help bring change. We are resolved to support the process of change.

Peter asks Jesus, “How often should I forgive, seven times?”

Jesus replies, “Not seven but seventy times seven times.”


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We are called on to forgive many in the church:

members and friends who do not see the need for the careful welcoming of newcomers,

members and friends who see young children as a disturbance rather than a joyful opportunity,

members and friends who see the practical and financial responsibilities of the church as someone else’s task,

members and friends who do not listen to other views on the pattern or style of worship,

members and friends who support the local church, but not missions or the wider church.

We are resolved to help bring change. We are resolved to support the process of change.

Peter asks Jesus, “How often should I forgive, seven times?”

Jesus replies, “Not seven but seventy times seven times.”


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We need to forgive and be forgiven:

to forgive ourselves for inflicting hurt on another,

to forgive ourselves for not venturing out and taking risks,

to forgive ourselves for avoiding controversy when we were called to become involved,

to forgive ourselves for not saying the words of thanks or encouragement,

to forgive others who have gnawed away at our self-confidence,

to forgive others who have poured cold water on our enthusiasm,

to forgive others for ignoring or disparaging our faith.

We will consider fresh insights and be ready for change.


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Peter asks Jesus, “How often should I forgive, seven times?”

Jesus replies, “Not seven but seventy times seven times.”


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More Voices # 626

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

1I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Come unto me and rest;

lay down, O weary one, lay down

your head upon my breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was,

weary and worn and sad;

I found in him a resting place,

and he has made me glad.


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2I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“Behold, I freely give

the living water, thirsty one,

stoop down, and drink, and live.”

I came to Jesus, and I drank

of that life-giving stream;

my thirst was quenched,

my soul revived,

and now I live in him.


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3I heard the voice of Jesus say,

“I am this dark world’s light;

look unto me, your morn shall rise,

and all your day be bright.”

I looked at Jesus and I found

in him my star; my sun;

and in that light of life I’ll walk

till travelling days are done.


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Go with us, Lord, as now we depart,

calming the fears that trouble each heart.

Keep us all in your grace

until we come, again, to this place.


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Go with us, Lord, as now we depart,

calming the fears that trouble each heart.

Keep us all in your grace

until we come, again, to this place.

 (candles are extinguished and the Bible closed)


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Go with us, Lord, as now we depart,

calming the fears that trouble each heart.

Keep us all in your grace

until we come, again, to this place.

 (candles are extinguished and the Bible closed)

Now we will walk in peace with the Lord,

living in faith and teaching His word.

Share His love ev’ry day,

for He has surely shown us the way!

Amen, Amen.


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Please join us in the hall for fellowship and refreshment.


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