May 15 2016 Confirmation & Pentecost

No sermon today…we had a crazy number of confirmations and re-affirmations.  For the Theme Time, I told the story of Pentecost in my own words and debuted this awesome headband.

Pentacost head-gear (Small)

The Confirmation and Re-affirmation class chose the hymns, readings and vows based on the ones offered by the service book Celebrate God’s Presence.

Hymn   Shall We Gather At The River                              VU 710
Words of Welcome and Announcements
Lighting the Christ Candle and Centering
Hymn  Spirit God?                                                                MV
Call to Worship
One:  As the Spirit moves about this room
All:  May we deepen our understanding
One:  As the Spirit moves about our lives
All:  May we deepen our passion

Prayer of Approach
As our lives spin with commitments and responsibilities, we’ve gathered today to find the Holy Spirit amid the crazy. May we find what we need today as we celebrate the community we have created. Amen.
 
Hymn  As A Fire is Meant for Burning                              VU 578
Pentecost
Ministry of Music
Baptism*
Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Ministry Music
Transfer of Membership

Hymn  I Have Called You By Your Name                          MV 161 
Minute for Mission
Offering Invitation
You have come today because you have heard a call.  Perhaps it was a call of social justice, perhaps it was a call to community, perhaps it was a call to live out your love.  How will you answer this call?
Offering
Offertory  And When You Call for Me                              MV 96
Offering Prayer
May these gifts and those given through PAR become a way to answer the collective call we hear as followers of The Way.  Amen.

Prayer Music  O God Here My Prayer                              VU 948
Prayers of the People & Prayer of Jesus
Commissioning and Benediction
Musical Blessing                  Dance With The Spirit                         MV 156

*In grateful response to God’s abundant love,
we bear in mind our integral connection
to the earth and one another;
we participate in God’s work of healing and mending creation.
To point to the presence of the holy in the world,
the church receives, consecrates, and shares
visible signs of the grace of God.
In company with the churches
of the Reformed and Methodist traditions,
we celebrate two sacraments as gifts of Christ:
baptism and holy communion.
In these sacraments the ordinary things of life
—water, bread, wine—
point beyond themselves to God and God’s love,
teaching us to be alert
to the sacred in the midst of life.

Before conscious thought or action on our part,
we are born into the brokenness of this world.
Before conscious thought or action on our part,
we are surrounded by God’s redeeming love.
Baptism by water in the name of the Holy Trinity
is the means by which we are received, at any age,
into the covenanted community of the church.
It is the ritual that signifies our rebirth in faith
and cleansing by the power of God.
Baptism signifies the nurturing, sustaining,
and transforming power of God’s love
and our grateful response to that grace.

At various moments on the journey of our life in Christ,
we have opportunity to reaffirm and renew
the faith proclaimed in baptism.
As those who have been baptized
together with those who today will be baptized
profess for themselves the faith of the Christian community
in which they have been nurtured,
we gather to reaffirm the power of the Holy Spirit
and to celebrate the place of Phillip, Leanne, Lauren, Jim & Marilyn
in the people of God.
We give thanks for their gifts
as witnessed in this community of faith,
and promise to continue to walk with them.
With joy and thanksgiving we celebrate the faith we all share,
and rededicate ourselves
to the life and work of the body of Christ.

The church is a community of people with varied gifts,
united by the Holy Spirit.
We gather to celebrate God’s presence,
to discern God’s truth,
and to follow the way of Jesus.
By our baptism we are made members of Christ’s church.
We exercise this membership
in the denomination to which we belong,
which for us is The United Church of Canada,
and within the context of a local community of faith.
Today, we welcome into this congregation
those who are already members
of the church of Jesus Christ: Joanne, Jennifer, Jenn, & Amanda
 
Presentation of Candidates
On behalf of the congregation of St. Luke’s United Church,
I present the following person
for initiation into the body of Christ through profession of faith and baptism:
Phillip Bentley

On behalf of the congregation of St. Luke’s United Church,
I present the following person
who seeks to renew the faith proclaimed
in her baptism:
Lauren Parks

On behalf of the congregation of St. Luke’s United Church,
I present the following persons
who seek to reaffirm publicly the faith proclaimed
in their baptism and confirmation:
Leanne Bentley
Jim Mac Donald
Marilyn MacDonald
 
On behalf of the congregation of St. Luke’s United Church,
I present the following persons
whom we welcome into the membership
of this community of faith: Joanne Ellis, Jennifer Dean-Levy, Jennifer MacLaughlin, Amanda Walker, Dawn Fredrick, & Karen Muxlow

The United Church of Canada gives us a number of questions in five categories to answer as our profession of faith.  As a group we’ve talked about these categories and questions, and each of the five people have decided on a set of questions that best describe their faith and a commitment they can live out.

I ask these questions that you may publicly profess the faith
proclaimed in baptism.
 

  1. Profession of Faith in the Triune God

Phillip, Leanne & Lauren
Do you believe in God, who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
and who works in us and others by the Spirit?
I do, by the grace of God.

Jim & Marilyn
Do you believe in God, Source of love;
in Jesus Christ, love incarnate;
and in the Holy Spirit, love’s power.
I do, by the grace of God.
 

  1. Commitment to Seek Justice and Resist Evil

Lauren
Desiring the freedom of new life in Christ,
do you seek to resist evil, and to live in love and justice?
I will, God being my helper.

Phillip, Leanne, Jim & Marilyn
Will you follow in the way of Jesus Christ,
resisting oppression and evil, seeking justice,
and witnessing to God’s love for all creation?
I will, God being my helper.
 

  1. Commitment to Follow the Way of Jesus Christ

Phillip, Leanne, Lauren, Jim & Marilyn
Will you follow the way of Jesus Christ?
I will, God being my helper.
 

  1. Commitment to the Mission and Ministry of the Church

Phillip, Leanne, Lauren, Jim & Marilyn
Will you join
with your brothers and sisters in this community of faith
to celebrate God’s presence, live with respect in creation,
and love and serve others?
I will, God being my helper.
 

  1. Commitment of Candidates

As mentors and sponsors to each other,
will you continue to support and encourage each other
in your Christian life and discipleship?
I will, God being my helper.
 

Let us pledge to these persons
our continued support and care.
We will continue to support you,
walk with you, and grow with you.
With God’s help, we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Jesus Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
encouraging one another in God’s work.
 
 
 
Pouring & Blessing the Water
Gracious and Holy God,
we bless you for the gift of life,
and, within it, the gift of water.
Over its unshaped promise your Spirit hovered at creation.
By water, comes the growth of the earth.
Through water, you led the children of Israel to freedom.
In the waters of the Jordan your Child Jesus was baptized.
Now may your Spirit be upon us and what we do,
that this water may be a sign for all of new life in Christ,
in whose name we pray.
Amen.
 
Phillip, I baptize you
in the name of the Father, Mother, the Source of Love
and of the Son, the Christ, the Beloved One
and of the Holy Spirit, Wisdom, the Power of Love
Amen.
May the blessing of Love
be with you today and always.
Amen.
Phillip, I mark you with the cross,
a sign of Love Incarnate.
Amen.
 
Laying On of Hands
Phillip, may the Holy Spirit, Love’s power,
guide you, inspire you, and work within you,
all the days of your life.
Amen.
 
Presentation of Candle and Bible
 
Laying On of Hands
Lauren, may the Holy Spirit, Love’s power,
guide you, inspire you, and work within you,
all the days of your life.
Amen.
 
Presentation of Bible
 
Laying On of Hands
Leanne, may the Holy Spirit, Love’s power,
guide you, inspire you, and work within you,
all the days of your life.
Amen.
 
Presentation of Bible
 
Laying On of Hands
Jim, may the Holy Spirit, Love’s power,
guide you, inspire you, and work within you,
all the days of your life.
Amen.
 
Presentation of Bible
 
Transferring Membership
Joanne, Jennifer, Jenn, Amanda, Dawn & Karen
will you join with us
as together we celebrate God’s presence,
live with respect in creation,
love and serve others,
seek justice and resist evil?
I will, with God’s help.
 
Let us pledge to these persons our support and care.
As your brothers and sisters in Christ,
we rejoice in the gifts you bring to us.
We pledge to you our love and our support.
With God’s help, we will together live out
the mission and ministry of Christ’s church.
 
Symbol of Welcome
 
It’s not very often that I get to welcome 10 people to a congregation and celebrate a renewal of baptismal vows.  In celebration of all the commitment demonstrated today, let’s rise as we’re able and join in an Affirmation of Faith: A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.
 
Congregational Welcome
All: By one Spirit, we are all baptized into one body.
We are children of the one God,
Mother and Father of us all.
We welcome you into the community of faith.

In the name of Jesus Christ,
we welcome you to the privileges and responsibilities
of membership in this congregation.
We give thanks to God for your witness among us.

Blessing:   May God’s Sheltering Wings                           MV 214
special day (Small)

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