Call to Worship

One: We open up your eyes to see the love of God in our midst.
All: We open our hearts in gratitude.
One: We open our voices in song.
All: We open our minds to learn.
One: We open our ears to hear the call of Christ.
All: We open our lives to serve God and one another.

Hymn #434 “For the beauty of the earth”

Responsive Gathering Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: “Put peace into each other’s hands”(Fred Kaan, John Bell.  From Common Ground #103)

Put Christ into each other’s hands,
he is love’s deepest measure;
in love make peace, give peace a chance,
and share it like a treasure.

Fun with the Young at Heart

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Presentation of our offering:

Offerings may be given in prayer and service and with financial gifts…
Ways to Give to Knox

Offertory: “Home” (Phillip Phillips)
Performed by Mathieu Gaudet

Lord of All Good (Louis Bourgeois, Albert F. Bayly, from Sing the Journey #60)

Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to you
Use them your holy purpose to fulfill
Tokens of love and pledges brought anew
That our whole life is offered to your will
Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to you

Prayer of Dedication

Holy God, through these gifts, you nourish us.
You create and sustain our bodies and minds
and all the creatures and elements of earth that
enable us to move and grow.
With these gifts, we turn our lives toward
the needs of your people.
Bless what we offer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture Matthew 23:1-12

Hymn of the Month:  Rain Down (Jaime Cortez From Sing the Journey #49)

Rain down, Rain down
Rain down your love on your people
Rain down, Rain down
Rain down your love, God of life

Verse 1:
Faithful and true is the Word of our God
All of God’s works are so worthy of trust
God’s mercy falls on the just and the right
Full of God’s love is the earth

Wondering…about humility

Musical Reflection: “Come Sunday” (Duke Ellington)
Performed by Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Sacrament of Communion


Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Enjoying the gifts of the earth

Prayer of Discipleship

Hymn #557  “Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast”


Choral Closing “Walk with me”
Copyright 1988 Estate of John S.Rice
From Voices United

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