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St Columba's Church Sunday Worship June 14, 2020
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Order of Service and Hymns
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The kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel. Mark 1.15  

God’s People Gather

Acknowledgment of Land

Call to Worship:   Leader:   The night has now passed and the day lies open before us.  

People:  Let us greet the beginning of a new week in Christ and acknowledge, with thanksgiving, the circle of life.  

Affirmation of Faith

We believe that God is present, in the darkness before dawn.

In the waiting and uncertainty, Where fear and courage join hands. conflict and caring link arms, And the sun rises over the town

We believe that God is with us, sits down in our midst, shares our humanity, walks the road we walk; paid a price we were unable to pay

And gave his life for this world. Amen

(Amos Trust: Words of Hope, p. 114)  

Hymn:            MV 191           What Can I Do?

What can I do? What can I bring?

What can I say? What can I sing?

I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer

I’ll bring my love I’ll do my share.  

Words and music: © 2005 Paul Rumbolt and Michelle McCarthy; arr. Alan C. Whitmore, 2005  

Prayer for Renewal: Gracious God, as people called to be your presence in the world, we search our hearts, and ask your forgiveness:  

For opportunities not taken, for care not given, forgive us we pray

For sorrow not shared, for joy not celebrated, forgive us we pray

For love not offered, forgiveness not extended, forgive us we pray

For those failings we cannot speak aloud, forgive us we pray  

Gracious God we seek your healing grace, and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus. Amen  

Words of Assurance  

Children’s Prayer Time

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

To Hear God’s Word

1st Reading: Romans 5: 1-8

The Psalm: 116: 1, 12-19

Refrain: I love the Lord because he has heard my voice.  

The Gospel:Matthew 9:35-10:8  

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

Sermon: The Greenness of God

To Respond in Prayer and Action…  

Offertory Hymn:  VU 264 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

In light in accessible hid from our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.  

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above

thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.  

3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small,

in all life thou livest, the true life of all;

we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,

then wither and perish but naught changeth thee!  

4. Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light;

thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;

all praise we would render, O help us to see

‘tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!  

Words: Walter Chalmers Smith and music: Welsh folk song. © Public domain.

Giving Thanks

Thank you Lord, for saving my soul

Thank you Lord, for making me whole;

Thank you Lord, for giving to me

Thy great salvation so rich and free.

Words and music: Seth and Bessie Sykes 1940, 1945 New Spring administrators Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.

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  


When you invade our private worlds and we feel you walking with us Lord, lead us on  

From where we are, to where you need us to be Lord, lead us on  

From the security of what we know to the adventure of what you will reveal Lord, lead us on  

To refashion the fabric of this world to the shape of your kingdom Lord, lead us on. Amen

(Amos Trust: Words of Hope, 116)  


The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn:  SFGP 67 Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace, go now in peace.

May the love of God surround you

Ev’rywhere, ev’rywhere you may go.  

Words and music: Natalie Sleeth © 1976 Hinshaw Music.  


Threefold Amen  

Gila’kasla! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of support. The church is here for you.  


Bible Study, Tuesday 5pm via Zoom (contact Rev. Alastair if you’re interested in joining)

Loaves and Fishes (Wednesday 1-2pm) church parking lot

Mission Focus is Vancouver School of Theology  


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