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St Columba, Pt Hardy - Sunday Morning Worship May 24, 2020
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Order of Service and Hymns
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We gather to meet with God Father, Son and Holy Spirit

To give God praise And to seek God’s face

To bring before God all our days And every part of our lives

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, draw near to us As we draw near to you.

Amen (silence is held)  

Hymn: God of the Bible MV 28 (v. 1,2,3,5)

 1. God of the Bible, God in the Gospel,

hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come,

you are our centre, daylight or darkness,

freedom or prison, you are our home.

Refrain (x2):

Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise,

God always faithful, you do not change.  

2. God in our struggles, God in our hunger,

suffering with us, taking our part,

still you empower us, mothering Spirit,

feeding, sustaining, from your own heart.  

3. Those without status, those who are nothing,

you have made royal, gifted with rights,

chosen as partners, midwives of justice,

birthing new systems, lighting new lights.  

5. Hope we must carry, shining and certain

through all our turmoil, terror and loss,

bonding us gladly, one to the other,

till our world changes, facing the Cross.  

Words: Shirley Erena Murray © Hope Publishing Company and music: Tony Alonso © 2001 GIA Publications.

The Invitatory

(From The Daily Office: A Book of Hours for Daily)  

Prayer of Approach O God, you have glorified our victorious Savior with a triumphant resurrection from the dead, and ascension into heaven, where he sits at your right hand:

Grant, we ask you, that his triumphs and glories may ever shine in our eyes to make us see more clearly through his sufferings, and more courageously endure our own; being assured by his example, that if we endeavor to live and die like him, for the cause of your love in ourselves and others, you will raise our dead bodies again, and conforming them to his glorious body, call us above the clouds, and give us possession of your everlasting kingdom. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen (Silence is Kept)  

Children’s Prayer Time

Song: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

1. He’s got the whole world in his hands…

2. He’s got all of our islands…

3. He’s got everybody here…  

To Hear God’s Word

Psalm 47

Refrain: Clap your hands all you peoples, shout to God with loud songs of joy.

The Gospel: Luke 24: 44-53  

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.  Thanks be to God.  


To Respond in Prayer and Action…  

The Apostles Creed: Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen  

Offertory Hymn:  Now Thank We All Our God VU 236

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;

who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.  

2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us,

and keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.  

3. All praise and thanks to God for all that has been given,

the Son, and Spirit blest who dwell in highest heaven,

the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;

for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.  

Words Martin Rinckart, music Johann Cruger public domain    

VU 541 The Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heav'nly host: praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.  

Offertory Prayer  

Prayers of the People

In our Shared Ministry Church Cycles of prayer, we pray for…

The church / The authorities

The World / The Local Community

Those in need

The departed and those who grieve  

(With confidence & trust let us pray to the Lord, saying “Lord, have mercy.”)  


The Lord’s Prayer     

Closing Hymn: Canticle of Turning MV 120  

1. My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,

And my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant's plight, and my weakness you did not spurn,

so from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?  


Refrain: My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn!  


2. Though I am small, my God, my all, you work great things in me,

and your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for you yearn,

you will show your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.  


3. From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone.

Let the king beware for your justice tears ev'ry tyrant from his throne.

The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn;

there are tables spread, ev'ry mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn.


4. Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast:

God's mercy must deliver us from the conqueror's crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound,

‘til the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.


Words Rory Cooney music traditional © GIA Publications Inc.  


Threefold Amen  

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Words reprinted and hymns sung during podcast under License #A-720359


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