Christian Family Sunday


Call to Worship

One: On this Christian Family Sunday, we gather to celebrate our biological families, chosen families, and the family of God.
All: We celebrate the generations that came before and come after us, and the memories, faith practices, and stories we share.
One: We are God’s family and among us all are equal.
All: We share in a common relationship with Christ.
One: Together, we join in worshiping and loving God,
All: with all our heart, soul and might.

Hymn: Come in, come in and sit down
Words: Keri K. Wehlander, Music: anonymous, arr. Linnea Good
© 1984 James K. Manley. J. Manley Publishing. CCLI #244102

Welcome & Gathering Prayer
concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation:  Alleluia
Music transcribed from the singing of George Mxadana by John L. Bell © 2012 WGRG, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent.  OneLicense #94098

Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia (2x)

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6: 1-9
read by Gaudet/Cawsey Family

Fun with the Young at Heart

Hymn #715: Love the Lord your God
Words: Jean Strathdee (1944-), Jim Strathdee (1941-)
Music:  LOVE THE LORD, Jean Strathdee (1944-), Jim Strathdee (1941-) Words: © Desert Flower Music, 1991. CCLI #1400093

Story: My Friends and me: A celebration of different kinds of families, by Stephanie Stansbie, illustrated by Katy Halford 

Scripture:  Psalm 78 (selected verses) read by Guse/Repar Family

Hymn: Who is my parent? Who is my sibling?
Words: © 1992 Shirley Erena Murray.  Hope Publishing. OneLicense #39768

Scripture: Galatians 3: 25-29     read by Food for Thought Family

Sermon…passing along faith
Rev. Courtney Crawford

Musical Reflection:  Would you bless our homes and families
Tune: Ron Klusmeier Text: Words © 1977 Walter Farquharson (admin. Hope Publishing Company) OneLicense #96746

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Presentation of our offering

Invitation to Offering

Offertory:  Never ending joy
Contriubuters: Daniel Charles Damon, Text: © 2005, Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission. OneLicense #60826

Doxology: O Bless the Gifts
Words & music Samuel Longfellow & Twila Paris
© 1985 Straightway Music and Mountain Spring Music. CCLI #1891966

O bless the gifts our hands have brought;
And bless the work our hearts have planned.
Ours is the faith, the will, the thought;
The rest, O God, is in your hand. 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Hymn #573:  I’ll love the Lord
Text: © 1987, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG.  OneLicense #34537


Sending Song:  God speed you on your way (v.1)
Words & music: Shona Murray & Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1999, 2000 Murray, Shirley Erena; Music © 1999, 2000
Murray, Shona CCLI # 3253959

God speed you on your way
Safe keep you every day
Give you wing, cause to sing
All this we wish and pray


Worship Leaders: The Rev. Hugh Donnelly, The Rev. Courtney Crawford, Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Tech Team: Kathleen Forde, Joe Gordon, Stephen Kauk

Copyright: CCLI License # 2580326. Onelicense A-713805  Images and videos used with permission.