- STEPHEN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OCTOBER 31, 2021
Rev. Sabrina Ingram
Guest speaker: Rev. Jonathan Baird
Call to Worship 1 Timothy 3: 16
Christ appeared in a human body,
was proved right by the invisible Spirit,
was seen by angels.
He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples,
believed in all over the world,
taken up into heavenly glory.
Lighting of the Christ Candle (The Light of the world)
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
God of goodness and purpose,
in you we live and move and have our being.
You are the Fountain of Life, and you refresh us.
You are the Light of the world, and you show us the way.
You are the Spirit of life, and you move in us each new day.
We praise you for the good news of Jesus Christ and for the life he brings through his death and resurrection.
We are grateful that we are among those who have heard his call.
On this Reformation Sunday, we give thanks for your Word – incarnate, written, and spoken.
We thank you for people who recognized your grace and invited people to live in your kingdom.
God of goodness and mercy,
we confess that we have been indifferent to your gospel,
we have taken your grace for granted,
we do not study your scripture,
we do not put our faith into action.
We have stayed silent, keeping the treasure of salvation to ourselves.
We have lacked compassion for our neighbour.
We have sought our own ease over the discomfort of telling others what Christ has done in our lives.
Forgive us, O God, and give us courage and commitment
to serve as your saints in this time and this place,
whatever the challenges may be.
We thank you today for those who join us from home and for Jonathan being with us. Keep us mindful of one another. On this All-Saints Sunday, we join our voices with the angels and archangels, with the saints and disciples of every time and place, to worship you as Creator, Healer, and Source of our hope and our joy.
Praise to you, God most holy, ever Three and ever One, Amen.
Assurance of Pardon Romans 10: 13 & 14
“Everyone who calls, ‘Help, Lord Jesus!’ is saved.”
But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust?
And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?
And how can they hear if nobody tells them?
Hymn: Praise Him, Praise Him
Prayer for Illumination
Lord Jesus, as we hear your Word, feed us with the Bread of Life, so that we may be strong in our conviction and ready to share with others. Amen.
Mark 8: 1 – 10
Message: God’s Mission (Rev. Jonathan Baird speaking on Living Waters Mission)
Silent Prayer and Reflection
Generous God, you have blessed us in so many ways. May you take the gifts we bring and use them to build your kingdom. Take our lives so that we may share your blessings in Christ with others. Amen.
Hymn: Lord Jesus You Shall be My Song
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
On this Reformation Sunday, we thank you today for your faithfulness to us
and to the tradition that has shaped us as disciples of Jesus.
Thank you for your living Word which continues to reveal him,
and for the gift of your Spirit to help us interpret your wisdom.
On this Sunday marking the faithfulness of all your saints,
we give you thanks for people in our lives and across the ages
who have shown us your loving kindness through their witness to Christ
in so many different situations.
Inspire us by their examples and show us how we, too, can live in faithful obedience to you.
You keep calling us to care for those in need and show hospitality to strangers in our midst.
Thank you for your persistent love which continues to comfort and challenge us all. Open our hearts and eyes so that we can see how to offer that love to others, open our mouths so we can speak of your goodness.
We thank you for Living Waters mission and the way they are reaching out to people from all walks of life to speak to them of your hope in Jesus Christ. We pray that this ministry would flourish and that many people will come to know your grace and salvation. We pray for Jonathan as he brings leadership to this newly birthed vision. We pray that what is needed to make this mission successful will be provided. These are challenging times when people are hostile to the Church or lack interest in having a relationship with you. Teach us how to connect with them in ways that show your love.
You bring new life to the discouraged and those facing danger and death.
Amid this pandemic, we pray for those who are unhappy and struggling.
We pray for those who are not able to work.
We pray for those who are ill and frightened.
We pray for all who grieve.
we praise you for the beauty of this world and the rhythms of nature which sustain us.
Give us courage to act on behalf of your creation where it is stressed or broken,
and nurture our commitment to act as your stewards within creation
in the midst of challenging times.
God of guidance,
Speak into our lives today.
Wise God, we hold up to you those we love who are ill…
Who are in grief…
Who have lost their way…
Hear us in this time of silence as we lay before you the people and places on our hearts this day:
(Keep a time of silence for 15–30 seconds.)
Now we join our voices with the followers of Jesus in every time and place in the words he taught us all:
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: I the Lord of Sea and Sky
Invitation to Mission
We go out beyond these walls filled with gratitude.
and open to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ
Postlude: Goodness of God