August 6, 2023

Maple Grove United Church

August 6, 2023

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 

God Invites Us To Gather

Words of Welcome

Prelude:  “Preludio” by Enrique Granados

Acknowledgment of the Land

Call to Worship:

ONE:  Rejoice, folks, Jesus is in our midst.

MANY:  Feed us, Jesus, and fill us with hope.

ONE:  Be glad, friends, Jesus has bread and fish to spare.

MANY:  Free us from the pursuit of food that does not satisfy.

ONE:  Sing for joy, people of God.

MANY:  God gathers up the pieces of our life.

ONE:  So nothing will be lost.

MANY:  Thanks be to God.

ONE: We are here to worship and to be transformed in the image of God.

(adapted words from Ministry Matters website

*Hymn: Come, Let Us Sing  VU 222

Prayer of Approach & The Lord’s Prayer:   

God of every good gift:
we come to worship today seeking many things.
Some of us are seeking peace,
some are seeking healing,
some are seeking answers,
and others are looking for the right questions.
We trust you, that you will give us
what we need;
food for our deepest hunger. Amen.

(Copyright Carol Penner

(Followed by The Lord’s Prayer)

Our Creator

in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kindom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread 

And forgive us our trespasses 

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

for yours is the kindom

The power and the glory

Forever and ever


Children leave for Light Connection with Alex

Prayer of Confession: Loving God, we confess there are times we do not gather, but exclude.  We do not welcome, but ignore.  We do not share, but stash and hoard. There are times we close doors and turn our backs, rather than receive and embrace. And other times, we hide ourselves away, frightened and protected, rather than risk reaching out.  

Give us courage, God, to take chances and be bold where love is concerned, to trust you are with us when we feel vulnerable.  Forgive us when we are fearful and uncertain, or simply unaware of the needs of others around us.  Embolden us to step up and offer what we have, whether loaves and fish, a listening ear, or a capable skill.

You have already graced us with everything we need to love and serve our neighbours.  Make us grateful and generous.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

(from Gathering Worship Pentecost 1 2023, words by Elise Feltrin, Chemainus U.C., B.C.)

Assurance of Pardon

The Word of God Proclaimed

Prayer of Illumination 

Reading: Responsive Psalm 17:1-7, 15 (VU p.739)

Gospel Reading:  Matthew 14:13-21

Sermon: “Is It Enough?”

Hymn:  All Who Hunger  VU 460

Our Response to God

Offering Prayer 

Meditative Music:  “Largo – Ombra mai fu” from the opera “Serse” by G.F. Handel

Prayers of the People

*Hymn:   All the Way My Saviour Leads Me   VU 635


Sung Blessing: Go Now In Peace