Your Family Church
Clergy:  Rev. Nathan Wright
August 18, 2019

Gathering Songs:   “Draw the Circle Wide”         MV Supp. (p. 15)
     “Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”    VU 563
Candle Lighting

Call to Worship:
One:     God is doing something new!
All:     May we open our minds to see what God is doing around us.
One:     God is planting new seeds.
All:     May we open our hearts to feel what God is doing within us.
One:     God is calling your name.
All:     May we open ourselves to the call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
One:     Come, let us worship God!
All:     We join together our hearts and minds to follow Jesus Christ our Lord!

Hymn:         “Will You Come and Follow Me”        VU 567

Bible Verse (Hebrews 12:1): “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”

Prayer of Confession:
One:    Let us pray…Holy One, we come before you confessing that sometimes it is too hard. Sometimes we are so tired. We don’t want to hear the cries of the poor because they never stop. We don’t want to see our homeless neighbours because we don’t know how to help them. We don’t want to know how bad things are for others because we are caught up in how bad things are for ourselves.
All:     Forgive us when we turn inward. Forgive us when we are selfish and short-sighted. Forgive us when we close ourselves off, forgetting that our Saviour called upon us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Forgive us, for all the things we confess before you in the silence of our hearts…

Assurance of Grace
One:     God knows our flaws and our shortcomings, and God says to us, “I made you exactly as you are, and I love you. You are precious to me. Come, walk with me. Forgive others, and know you are forgiven, and join your hearts with me in this work.” So go, and do the work God has called you to do, forgive as you are forgiven, and love as you are loved. Amen.

Hymn:         “Take My Life and Let It Be”            VU 506
Story Time
A New Creed (back of bulletin)                    VU 918

Choir’s Ministry of Music
Offering Song:     “Grant Us, God, the Grace”            VU 540
Prayer of Dedication

Scripture:      Luke 12:  49-56
Hymn:         “O Jesus, I Have Promised”             VU 120

Sermon:      “Division”

Hymn:         “Be Still, My Soul”                  VU 652

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Commissioning and Benediction
Sung Benediction:     “Go With Us Lord” (back of supplement)