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prayer for Reformation Sunday

Eternal God, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness: Let the desire of our souls be to you; let us draw near you with our hearts, and not only with our lips; and worship you in spirit and truth. Let your word be spoken and heard by us as the word of God. Give us attentive, hearing ears, and opened, believing, understanding hearts, that we may no more refuse your calls, or disregard your merciful, outstretched hand, or slight your counsels, but be more ready to hear. Put your laws into our hearts, and write them in our minds, and let us all be taught by you. Let us magnify you with thanksgiving, and triumph in your praise. Let us rejoice in your salvation, and glory in your holy name. Open our lips, O Lord, and let our mouths show forth your praise. And let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.

Adapted from Richard Baxter’s Savoy Liturgy of the English Presbyterians, 1661, by Daniel Hayward, South Stormont Pastoral Charge, The United Church of Canada, South Stormont Township ON.

CTW: the gate of heaven


Jacob was on the run, and slept outdoors. He dreamed of a stairway to heaven, and angels were going up and down on it. And God spoke to him in the dream.
And so God tells us, “I’ll stay with you. I’ll protect you wherever you go. I’ll stick with you.”
Jacob woke up and said:
“God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!”
And he was afraid, and said,
“Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s house. This is the gate of heaven.”
This is God’s house, the gate of heaven this morning. Surely God is in this place. Let us worship God.


A Call to Worship for Ordinary 16A, based on The Message version of Genesis 28.10-19a, submitted by Rev. Dan Hayward, United Church of Canada, Ingleside and Newington United Churches, South Stormont, Ontario.

dedication: gifts

God, you have given us each of us gifts to use as members of the body of Christ. Here are our gifts – the work of our hands, our hearts, and our lives. We pray that they may help to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our world, today and always, here and everywhere. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Daniel Hayward, Trinity Ingleside and Newington United Churches (The United Church of Canada), South Stormont ON.

illumination: moving

Loving God, we will hear how long ago the people told Ezra to read the Scriptures to them. As we listen to your Word today, may we find it as moving as they did, as we are filled with the light of your love and opened to your call which sends us to live your message. Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Daniel Hayward, Trinity Ingleside and Newington United Churches (The United Church of Canada), South Stormont ON.

ctw: trinity in unity

Now the Christian faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit.
So the Father is God, the Son God, the Holy Spirit God;
And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
There is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity there is no before or after, no greater or less;
But all three Persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Adapted from parts of the Creed of St. Athanasius, late fifth or sixth century, by Daniel Hayward, Ingleside-Newington Pastoral Charge, The United Church of Canada, South Stormont, ON.