Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Order of Service - Covenanting Service October 31st 2010 - Flesherton Pastoral Charge

*Asterisks invite all who are able to stand
Gathering Music: David Kell

Words of Welcome:
One: The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The love of God and the
Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Let us quiet ourselves before God
The lighting of the Christ Candle symbolizes the presence of Christ

*Introit: Come Let Us Sing. VU 222

Opening Prayer:
One: Holy One, as we mark the heritage of our past and celebrate the
gifts offered by All the Saints, may we be a church that
is more courageous than cautious;
a church that will not merely comfort the afflicted but
afflict the comfortable;
a church that will not only love the world but
also judge the world;
a church that will not only pursue peace but also demand justice;
a church that will not remain silent when
people are calling for a voice;
a church that will not pass by on the other side
when wounded humanity is waiting to be healed;
a church that will both call us to worship and
send us out to witness;
a church that will follow Christ even when
the way points to a cross.
ALL: Holy One, as your church, we offer ourselves in the name
of the one who loved us and gave themselves for us. AMEN


Presider: We are gathered here in the presence of God to celebrate a
new ministry and to covenant together for the service of God in this place.

Member of the pastoral charge: We present The Reverend Shawn
Ankenmann who has been called to a ministry of Word and Sacrament and Pastoral Care in Flesherton Pastoral Charge. We believe he is qualified and has been prayerfully and lawfully selected.

Presider addressing the new minister
Shawn, you are here in response to the call of Flesherton Pastoral Charge and by the action of Northern Waters Presbytery and Toronto Conference. We come together to mark a new relationship among you, the presbytery, and the pastoral charge.
May the God who has given us the will to do these things give us the power and grace to perform them.

*Hymn: In the Bulb There is a Flower VU 703

After the lessons the reader may say, The Word of the Lord.
And the people say, Thanks be to God.

Hebrew Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-6
Epistle Lesson: Phillipians 4:4-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:16-21

*Hymn/Psalm: Make a Joyful Noise VU 820

Sermon: “A Toolkit for New Ministry”
The Reverend David Shearman

*Hymn: I, The Lord of Sea and Sky VU 509

Renewal of Baptismal Faith:One: Let us stand and join in a statement of our communal faith.

ALL: 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. Amen

Statement of this New Ministry:

Presider: Shawn, you are about to undertake the ministry of Word,
Sacrament, and Pastoral Care in this place.
You, the members of this pastoral charge are called to join
Shawn in worship, study, prayer, and action.
We, the presbytery, will be responsible for the oversight of this
ministry. Let us ask for God's grace as we covenant together this day. Let us pray:
ALL: Gracious God, by our baptism you have called us
to Christ's ministry; pour out your Holy Spirit
upon us as we commit ourselves to work
together in Christ's name. Amen

Promises of the New Minister:
Shawn, do you, in the presence of this congregation, commit yourself
to this new trust and responsibility?
New Minister: I do.
Will you accept the discipline of the presbytery and, together with its
other members, be responsible for the oversight of the church's life?
New Minister: I will.
Will you accept the support and encouragement of this pastoral charge and this presbytery?
New Minister: I will.

Promises of the Pastoral Charge:
The members of the pastoral charge shall stand.
Will you join with Shawn in a ministry of worship, study, prayer, and action within this pastoral charge and in the world?
Members of the pastoral charge: We will.

Will you support him/her as he/she serves among you in this ministry?
Members of the pastoral charge: We will.

Promises of the Presbytery:
Members of the presbytery shall stand.
Will you, as members of Northern Waters Presbytery, join with Shawn
and the People of Flesherton Pastoral charge in the ministry that is both theirs and ours?
Presbytery members We will.

Will you exercise oversight for their work and witness, support and encourage them in this ministry?
Presbytery members We will.

Presentation of Symbols:Take this Bible. Be among us as one who teaches
and proclaims the Word.
People: Amen
The new minister places the Bible on the pulpit or lectern.

Take this pitcher of water and be among us as one
who baptizes in the name of Christ.
People: Amen
The new minister pours the water into the font.

Take this bread and cup and be among us as one who breaks the bread
and blesses the cup, caring for those who hunger and thirst.
People: Amen
The new minister places the bread and wine upon the table.

Take this computer and atlas, be among us as one who is available
within this community and to the greater world around us.
People: Amen
The new minister places the computer and atlas upon the table.

Take this coffee cup and be among us as one who shares
our stories and joins in our fellowship.
People: Amen
The new minister places the coffee mug upon the table.

Take this puppet and be among us as one who celebrates
the Love of God to all people with joyfulness and play.
People: Amen
The new minister places the puppet upon the table.

Take this Manual and be among us as one who affirms and
strengthens our place within this United Church of ours.
People: Amen
The new minister places the Manual upon the table.

Presider: Shawn and the people of Eugenia and St John’s United
Churches, who are together the Flesherton Pastoral Charge, let these be signs of the ministry that is ours and yours in this place and to your community.
People: AMEN

New Minister’s Prayer for the People:
One: Holy One, we gather before you as Your Church,
Trusting in the gift of grace claimed through our prayers …
Hear us as we pray for ourselves, and for ALL your children …
Today, in this time and in this place,
We pray for children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who can never find their shoes.
And we pray for those
who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.
We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die,
who can’t find any bread to steal,
who don’t have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
whose monsters are real.
We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed
and never rinse out the tub,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church or temple and scream in the phone,
whose tears we sometimes laugh at
and whose smiles can make us cry.
And we pray for those
whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who have never seen a dentist,
who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
who live and move, but have no being.
We pray for children who want to be carried
and for those who must be,
for those we never give up on,
and for those who don’t get a second chance.
For those we smother with attention
and for those who will grab the hand of anybody
kind enough to offer it.
O God, we pray for all your children. Most gracious God,
we pray for your Church throughout the world.
Fill it with all truth,
and with all peace. we offer ourselves
in the name of the one who loved us and gave of himself for us,
In the name of the Risen One, we pray. AMEN.

Response to the Covenant

Passing of the Peace:
Presider: Many grains are gathered to make the loaf we share,
many grapes are mixed to craft the wine we pour out,
and so we, who are many and who come from many places,
are made one in Christ.
May the peace of Christ be with you as we rejoice
in the covenant we have made this day.
Let us greet one another with the sign of peace...

* Hymn: Jesus You Have Come to the Lakeshore VU 563

The money collected during today’s service will be
divided and shared a family who have been facing a pastoral care crisis to help in unexpected expenses they are facing, and with the Pastoral Care Chaplaincy with Grey Bruce Health Services.

Offering Hymn: “We Praise You O God” VU 218
We praise you, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your Holy Name, glad praises we sing.
Offering Prayer:


The Invitation:
The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready.
It is the table of company with Jesus, and all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
and all those whom Jesus identified himself with.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
in which Christ became incarnate.
So, come to this table, you who have much faith,
and you who would like to have more;
You who have been here often,
and you who have not been for a long time;
You who have tried to follow Jesus,
and you who have failed;
Come. It is Christ who invites us to meet him here

As we join together offering the prayer:
Voices United page 959
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. AMEN

The Story of The Last Supper:
Blessed is our brother Jesus, who walks with us on the road
of our world’s suffering, and who is know to us
in the breaking of the bread.
On the night of his arrest, Jesus took bread and having
blessed it, he broke the bread and gave it
to his disciples saying, ‘This is my body, given to you.’
In the same way he took wine and having given thanks for it,
he poured it out and gave the cup to his disciples, saying, ‘This cup is the new relationship with God, sealed with my blood. Take this and share it. I shall drink with you next in the coming Kingdom of God.’

Let us pray:
Loving God, through your goodness we have this bread
and wine to offer, which earth has given us, and which human hands have made.
May we know Your Presence in the sharing of the
bread, so that we may you’re your touch in
all bread, and all matter.
We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared among his
community through the centuries, and shares with us now, made one in Christ, and one with each other, we offer these gifts and with them ourselves as a single, holy and living sacrifice. AMEN

The Great Thanksgiving:

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts,
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We offer you our praise Dear God, with hearts lifted high,
for in the fellowship of your love
Christ comes close to us and we come close to Christ.
Therefore with the whole realm of nature around us,
with earth, sea and sky we sing to you.
With the angels of light who envelop us,
with Michael and the host of heaven,
with all the saints before and beside us,
with our brothers and sisters of everytime and place,
With our family east, west, north and south, we sing to you,
and with our loved ones, separate from us now,
who yet in this mystery are still close to us,
we join in the song of your unending praise:

Holy, holy, holy, God,
Power of life and love!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Hear us, O Christ, and breath your Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and wine.
May they become for us Your Body, vibrant with your life,
healing, renewing and making us whole.
And as bread and wine which we now eat and drink,
are changed into us, may we be changed again into you, bone of your bone, flesh of your flesh,
loving and caring in the world. AMEN.
Christ has died.
Christ is Risen.
Christ will come again.

The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup:

Behold, the Body of Christ is broken for the life of the world.
He is Christ coming to us in bread and in wine,
The Gifts of God for the People of God.
Come the table is ready …

Hymn: Eat This Bread and Never Hunger VU 471
The hymn will be sung while we are seated
& receiving the elements. It shall be repeated until all are served.

Prayer after Communion:Let us pray:
For the bread we have eaten, for the wine we have tasted,
for the life we have received, we thank you God.
Grant that what we have done and have been given here,
may so put its mark on us,
that it may remain always in our hearts.
Grant that we may grow in Christian love and
understanding, and that ours may be lives of
faithful action, in Christ’s name. Amen.

We Go Forth Into The World

*Hymn: May the God of Hope Go With Us VU 424
Choral Response: Amen, Amen, Hallelujah, Amen (VU 974)

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