May 8 2016 – Mother’s Day and Baptisim

Links of Interest/Bibliography:

Celebrate God’s Presence
A Song of Faith
Rex Hunt 1
Rex Hunt 2
Rex Hunt 3

Worship Outline:

Hymn   River                                                                                         MV 3
Words of Welcome and Announcements
Centering & Lighting the Candle

Hymn     The Care The Eagle Gives Her Young   VU269 (Tune: 625, I Feel the Winds..)

 Call to Worship
One: We are called to gather:
All:  To celebrate love
One:  To celebrate diversity
All:  To offer vulnerability
One:  To offer gratitude
All:  To share joy
One:  To share sorrow
All:  To experience respect
One:  To experience compassion
All:  We are called to gather as family,
And as family, we worship.
Opening Prayer
Nurturing God,
May this be a time of transformative Love.  May we commit to building a compassionate community, that challenges and encourages each other to be the best we can possibly best.  May it be so.
Hymn  Water Flowing from the Mountains                                    MV 87
Baptism **

Special Music – Roots & Wings
The Word:  Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Brené Brown’s Parenting Manifesto
Our Manifesto

Hymn  River Running in You and Me                                               MV 163
Minute for Stewardship

Offering Invitation
The fires in Alberta have once again reminded us of all of our abundance.  Our M&S dollars will help Fort McMurray and many other places experiencing disaster.


Offertory  Ev’ry Day Is A Day of Thanksgiving                    MV 185

Offering Prayer
For these gifts and those given through PAR, we give thanks.  May they be a source of hope to those who need it most.  Amen.

Special Music   St. Luke’s Players – Sabbath Prayer

Prayers of the People & Prayer of Jesus

Commissioning and Benediction

Musical Blessing                  Amen                                                     MV 431
**Baptism Liturgy is from Celebrate God’s Presence unless otherwise stated.
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.

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 baptism:
Branson Eli Roos, son of Jennifer & Wouter Roos, brother of Makenna Roos

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.
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.
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.
Will you share your faith with Branson
growing with him in faith, hope, and love?
I will, God being my helper.

Each of us knows the need for support and care
as we share in a journey of faith.
As this family gathers around this font and this water,
symbols of belonging and community,
let us pledge our care for them.
All: We stand as witnesses to the commitment this family has made this day.
And we pledge ourselves to their support and care
as they discover the ways that the Spirit
unfolds for them
. (G Vosper)
Affirmation of Faith (taken from A Song of Faith)
Divine creation does not cease
   until all things have found wholeness, union, and integration
   with the common ground of all being.
As children of the Timeless One,
   our time-bound lives will find completion
   in the all-embracing Creator.
In the meantime, we embrace the present,
   embodying hope, loving our enemies,
   caring for the earth,
choosing life.
Grateful for God’s loving action,
   we cannot keep from singing.
Creating and seeking relationship,
   in awe and trust,
we witness to Holy Mystery who is Wholly Love.
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.
Branson, 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
May the blessing of Love
be with you today and always.
Branson, I mark you with the cross,
a sign of Love Incarnate.
Laying On of Hands
Branson, may the Holy Spirit, Love’s power,
guide you, inspire you, and work within you,
all the days of your life.
Presentation of Candle and Scarf
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.

Blessing:   May God’s Sheltering Wings                           MV 214

Ephesians 2:19-22

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