Sunday Worship Service Order of Service

Christ Church Gabriola's Sunday Hybrid Worship Service starts at 10:00 am.

Monister: Rev Suzanna Bates

Musician: Dorothy Dittrich

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Hybrid Worship

June 16, 2024
Pentecost IV

Stories of our Faith


Rev. Suzanna Bates

Music Director: Dorothy Dittrich

We acknowledge these lands upon which we worship are the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey,

you are welcome here!

Words for Worship

Words in bold italics, please say together

Prelude: Touch The Earth Gently             (Colin Gibson/Shirley Murray 1991)

Gathering & Call to Worship:

In the story of creation, God made the earth a garden and entrusted it to us to till and to keep, 

      a place of peace and beauty where we could walk with God. 

In the story of suffering, Jesus struggled in prayer in a garden, 

      and there you gave him strength to greet his path. 

In the story of God’s people, God tends us as a garden, a place of careful pruning and abundant harvest, 

      where we can work with God. 

God meets us in all the gardens of life where we go for nourishment, refreshment and prayer, including this place.

      Come let us worship God.

Hymn: Before The Earth Had Yet Begun                                 CP #409

Opening Prayer

O God, maker of all that is beautiful,  

Jesus gave us the seeds of your justice and peace.  

      In this time together, touch us, teach us, inspire us 

      to sow those seeds through our ministries 

      so that all may share in Creation’s abundance 

      to make true the promise 

      that no one will know scarcity 

and no one will suffer deprivation in this community and beyond.  Amen.


Lighting of the Candle

We light this candle as we draw near to God and to one another.

      We are here. God is here. 

      This place is sacred ground. 

Acknowledgement of the Land

Prayer for Reconciliation

Let us take a moment of silence and reflect on our own lives, 

on our limitations, on the seeds which never flourished, on the wounds we inflict.

      Gracious God, you are indeed generous.  

You give us gifts from your hand which enable us to 

have so much.  

      We forget, however, that we have been recipients 

      of other people’s generosity.

      They have sown seeds and we have benefited and grown.               

      We believe that what we have is ours, 

      we forget that all we have is yours.  

      Forgive us and help us.  

      Help us to remember that being made in your image, 

we are called to be generous and life-giving, 

wherever we are planted.  Amen.

Words of Assurance

God is generous beyond imagining! The rain of God’s love falls gently on us to restore us, lift us and encourage us to full flower.

      Thanks be to God.

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

Prayer Before the Reading of Scripture

Let us open up the scriptures and listen to the evergreen stories of our faith. We pray:

      Loving God, we open our hearts to receive your Word that it

      may take root in our lives and be watered by your Spirit until we bear the fruit of your blessing. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Samuel 15:34—16:13 (NRSV)            Reader: Pat Armstrong

David is anointed as King.

Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do, and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said,  “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably. I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely his anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him, for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him, for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him, for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

This is God’s Word.

      Thanks to God for the Word today.

Gospel Reading                                                           Reader: Tom Leadem                                

As is your custom, please stand or sit for the reading of the gospel. 

God be with you. 

      And also with you 

The Good News of Jesus the Christ according to Mark. 

      Glory to you, Christ Jesus.

Mark 4:26–34 (The Message)

Parables of the growing seed and the mustard seed.

Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by someone who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!

“How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like an acorn. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge oak tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.”                                                                                                      4

With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke. When he was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots.

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      We give thanks for Good News today!

Word: Seedy Sunday

Hymn: When a Grain of Wheat                                                 MV #125

Life & Work of the Church

Mission & Service Story 

ADES works closely with the community to grow food in a rural region of El Salvador

Prayer of Transformation                                       (Catholic Relief Services)

God, I was a pile of ash and you made me a light for the world.

I was a stone and you made me salt for the earth.

I was as lifeless as clay and you made me part of the Body of Christ.

I was sinful and you made me holy.

I was nothing and you made me part of everything.

God, in you I am transformed and transformed still again.

When the discouraged cry for hope, make me hope.

When the hungry cry for bread, make me bread.

When the thirsty cry for water, make me water.

When the suffering cry for help, make me help.

When the sick cry for healing, make me healing.

When the bound cry for freedom, make me freedom.

When the outcasts cry for love, make me love.

God who is hope,

who is bread and water,

who is help and healing,

who is freedom,

and who is love,

transform me anew,

and so keep me close to you,

as you transform the world. Amen.


Offertory Response:  Behold, I Make All Things New            MV #115

Prayer of Dedication

      You have been exceedingly generous to us, O God.  

      Bless our offerings that they will nurture the seeds 

      of hope and healing in this community and beyond.  


Prayers of the People                                                           Betty Schultze

Loving God,

      Hear our Prayers.     

(followed by)

The 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 in the time of trial

      and deliver us from evil;

      for the kingdom, the power and the glory

      are yours, now and for ever.


Hymn: For The Fruit Of All Creation                                        CP #259


May God’s love be with you as you sow seeds of justice and peace 

along the paths you will travel so all may know the gospel’s promise. 


The peace of Christ be with you always. 

      And also with you. 

Postlude: The Spring Has Come              (Shirley Murray/Colin Gibson 1990)