CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR
"The sense of belonging to a people, the covenant, with the commitment that it implies, are at the heart of community life… A community is never there for itself. It belongs to something greater — to the poor, to humanity, to the church, to the universe. It is a gift, a witness to offer to all."
Jean Vanier, Community & Growth
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader:In a spirit of worship, we give thanks to God, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints of light, and transferred us to the dominion of Christ.
Voice 1:In Christ all things were created — in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
Voice 2:Christ is the one in whom all things hold together — the head of the body, the Church.
Unison:We gather in the power of God's glorious purpose, to worship and celebrate.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
CHILDREN LEAVE FOR CLASSES
LITANY OF COMMITMENT
Leader:Seekers is a Christian community where prayer, meditation, worship and retreat are ways we make ourselves available to the Spirit.
People:We are committed to an inner journey.
Leader:Seekers is a company of evangelists and peacemakers, committed to bringing Christ's gospel to every part of our lives and our world.
People:We are called to mission.
Leader:Seekers is a place of openness, of knowing others and being known.
People:We are committed to intimacy.
Leader:Seekers is a community richly blessed by God with an abundance of time, talent, money and power.
People:We are committed to stewardship.
Leader:Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.
Unison:Commitment is the word that speaks boldly of intentions and the action that speaks louder than words.
Often we expect too much of others in community life.
We are quick to judge, reject, or put people into categories;
They often feel obliged to hide behind masks.
We prevent each other from discovering and accepting ourselves
as we are.
O God, forgive us our selfish expectations.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Jealousies and insecurities are natural,
not some kind of spiritual disease.
They are part of our wounded nature, part of our reality.
God accepts us as we are, and offers forgiveness and healing.
(After Jean Vanier)
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We have gathered here this morning
as part of the universal church,
embracing all the dimensions of the human race.
We have shared a renewed commitment
to the community of all God's people.
We leave to go into the world
to live out our vision and commitment.