The United Church of Canada
SILOAM UNITED CHURCH
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Seasonal Colour – White
WE GATHER IN GOD’S LOVE
WORDS OF WELCOME Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive):
ONE: We are gathered in the house of God, which is meant to be a house of prayer and worship. It is up to us to make this church a true house of prayer.
ALL: Let us pause for a moment to reflect on the attitude we bring to our worship this morning. (silence)
ONE: Jesus, who is present among us, helps us to worship God in the Spirit and in truth.
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE:
All remain seated and sing, “Let There Be Light”, #679 VU:
Let there be light.
Let there be understanding.
Let all the people praise God.
Hallowe’ed be thy name!
OPENING PRAYER (unison):
Lord Jesus, you help us to worship God in humility and sincerity. You help us to worship God not only with our lips, but also with our hearts. You help us to worship God as members of a community reconciled in love. We praise you now with our voices and our songs. Amen.
HYMN: “Praise My Soul, the God of Heaven” #240 VU
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
MINISTRY OF MUSIC Siloam Choir
“A Loving Heart”, by Timothy G. Bushong;
Dr. Todd Wieczorek – director,
David Parisi – accompanist, Gianna McGrath - violinist
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Reader: Heather Elliott
Exodus 20:1-17 The Ten Commandments
Mark 9:2-7 The Transfiguration
Matthew 22:36-40 The two greatest commandments on which all of the law and prophets depend.
SUNG RESPONSE: “Now Thank We All Our God” #236 VU
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 mother’s arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
THE MESSAGE: Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
“Moses and the Top Ten”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
All remain seated and sing #400VU “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”:
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
send us love, send us power, send us grace!
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S LOVE
Jesus said: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
OFFERTORY HYMN: “God of Love” Tune: Edelweiss
God of Love, hear our prayer. Bless this offering we bring you. May our lives do your will; guide and guard us forever.
Give us courage to stand for truth; help us give to others.
God of Love, hear our prayer. Bless the offering we bring you.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison):
Holy God, we are in awe of you and your miraculous power! Your glorious light shone around Jesus as he prayed on the mountain. Thank you for this glimpse of Jesus’ divinity before his resurrection. The world may see just a humble teacher who died on a cross. Your Spirit gives us faith to recognise Jesus as the Saviour of the world. Fill us with joy in sharing that good news, so that those who are far away will be drawn to you. Receive our offerings through your beloved Son Jesus. Amen. (Mark 9:2-9)
HYMN: “Jesus Bids Us Shine” #585 VU
(Children return to sanctuary at this time and
join Jen for the Children’s Message.)
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Jen Prince
THE LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION
SUNG RESPONSE: “You Shall Go Out with Joy” #884 VU
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;
there'll be shouts of joy, and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands!
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands
while you go out with joy.
CLOSING SONG David Parisi
Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor, Lead Minister & Minister of Worship & Pastoral Care
Kerry Stover, Ministry of Visitation
Jen Prince, Program Assistant, Ministry of Children & Youth
Rev. Wib Dawson, Minister Emeritus
Dr. Todd Wieczorek, Director of Music
David Parisi, Musical Accompanist
Carla Lord, Soul Groove Jr. Choir Director
Chad Brown, Joyful Noise Music Program
Erin Salter, Administrative Assistant
Music by permission CCLI License 2427001