Worship Service for October 2, 2022

October 2, 2022 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Memorial Service

Welcome and Announcements

Lighting of the Christ Candle

This is the Christ Candle. We light the candle to help us remember that Jesus Christ, the light of the world, is with us in every place and every time.

Litany of Remembrance

Jenn Tuer

One: In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
All: we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength
we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Opening Hymn

O Lord my God / How great thou art” (Book of Praise 1997 Hymn 332). Words (1885) by Swedish poet Carl Boberg (1859–1940); English text by English missionary Stuart K. Hine (1899–1989). Music (tune: “O Store Gud”) based on a traditional Swedish folk melody; arrangement (1955) by Hine. English text and arrangement copyright © 1955, 1981 Manna Music, Inc.; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A.


John 11: 17–37

Guildwood Choir presents

Meditation and/or Readings on grief: Jesus understands our grief

Musical Reflection

Dedication of the Flowers

One: The flowers before us are a reminder of the special people in whose memory we have gathered. Their lives have touched ours.
All: We are grateful for the gifts they have given us.

One: These flowers remind us of the fragility of life. The need for the sunlight of friendship and the rich soil of companionship.
All: We are better people for having known them.

One: These flowers remind us of the journey of life.
All: We dedicate these flowers to the memory of our treasured loved ones.

Presentation of Flowers

As we call your loved one’s name feel free o come forward and receive a flower. If you prefer, you may receive it after the service.

Reading of the Names

Admas, Eileen
Archer, Bridget Isa
Joseph Croft
Coull, Harry
Fockler, Dean
Humphrey, Gladys
Innes, Dale
Johnson, Pauline
Gibbons, Ken
Grant, Rolly
Nerissa and Harris Kharag
Langhorn, Aubrey
Lawrence, Heather
Lewis Foubister, Susan
Lidgold, Gord (and Danny)
Loverick, Audrey
McMillan, Harry & Brenda
Moore, Gordon
Ramdihal, Charitra
Saunders, Dorothy
Schmidtke Koen
Seepersaud, Bramha
Shiposh, Bobby
Wasilishin Ron
Wood, Peter

Prayer of Awareness

Offering and prayer of dedication

We remind everyone that we must continue to pay our bills; in the absence of being present at Sunday worship, you may sign up for pre-authorized remittance (PAR), donate online, or drop off your offering envelope in the mailbox at the church. Do not leave a cash donation unattended in the mailbox; instead, please call the office (416.261.4037) to ensure someone will be there to receive it. The building will be checked daily for mail and phone messages. If you are not comfortable leaving an envelope, you are welcome to contact the office (once again, 416.261.4037) and someone will pick up your offering.

Closing Hymn

I danced in the morning / Lord of the dance” (Book of Praise 1997, Hymn 250). Music (tune: “Lord of the Dance”) and words (both 1963) by English poet, songwriter and musician Sydney Carter (1915–2004). Melody from the American Shaker song “Simple Gifts”. Words and music copyright © 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A.

Changing of the Light

Now, it is time to change the light. The light that was in one place can now be in every place and every time going with you wherever you go.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (the risen Christ), the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you always. AMEN.

Choral Amen

graphic of a movie film reel
Click to listen to the Choral Amen at YouTube.
  • Go Now in Peace”. Words by American educator, lyricist and composer Don Besig (1936–) and American lyricist Nancy Price (1958–). Music by Don Besig. Words and music copyright © 1988 Harold Flammer Music, a division of Shawnee Press; used by permission of One License, license number 722141-A.
  • Performed by Rachelle Risling (keyboard) and the GCPC Senior Choir. Audio and video production by Rachelle Risling.
  • Audio and video recording copyright © 2021 Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church.


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