Unwrapping the Vision October 27, 2019

Hymn: I Send you Out

The Gathering of the Community

Hymn: Forever

The Collect of the Day
Let us pray,
Almighty God, by your grace alone we are accepted and called to your service. Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word
2nd Corinthians 4.1–6
Gradual Hymn: Here I Am to Worship
The Holy Gospel: John 15.9–16
Sermon: Archdeacon Katherine Bourbonniere

An Affirmation of Faith (Colossians 3.10-16)

The Prayers of the People

Confession and Absolution

The Peace

Hymn-at-the-offering: Children of the Light

The Celebration of the Eucharist
Prayer Over the Gifts
Let us pray,
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts:  our selves, our time and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. 

Eucharistic Prayer 4

The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

Lamb of God
- 656: She Comes Sailing on the Wind
- P263: Freely, Freely
- P225: Holy Ground

The Sending Forth of the Community
Hymn: What Does the Lord Require (Our 250th Anniversary Hymn)

Prayer After Communion
Let us pray,
O God, our life, our strength, our food, we give you thanks for sustaining us with the body and blood of your Son.  By your Holy Spirit, enliven us to be his body in the world, so that more and more we will give you praise and serve your earth and its many peoples, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.

Commissioning for Ministry
Since the Day of Pentecost of 2006
the inspired Vision of St. Paul’s Church is:
      To show the Transforming
      Love and Justice of God in Action.
And the Mission of St. Paul’s Church is:
To be a Christ-Centered Community living out our Baptismal Covenant with Joy and Thanksgiving.
This Mission is characterized by:
Creative worship
         in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
A radical hospitality that seeks
         and serves Christ in all persons.
The value of family, tradition and community.
A commitment to educational
         and spiritual growth.
Service to our St. Paul’s family
         and the greater community.
In fulfilling our Vision and Mission we will:
Look to Christ for wisdom and strength.

Almighty God, we thank you for our communion in the household of faith with all who have been baptized into your name. Keep us faithful to our Vision and Mission, and so make us ready for that day when the whole creation shall be made perfect in your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the day of Pentecost, bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ. And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn: I Send you Out

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Risen Lord.
      Thanks be to God.