May 3, 2020: “You are loved”

Welcome!

Click on the video below for a welcome message from Pastor Michael.

Call to Worship

Please follow along below as Kristy L. H. leads us in this call to worship from HWB 661.

Leader: We gather as pilgrims
on a journey of faith.

People: We come seeking the cloud of your presence
as we travel the way.
We come seeking your pillar of fire
to light our darkness.

All: Shine in our hearts, O God,
with the light of your love.
Make your presence known
through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to STS 1 “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (text by Rusty Edwards), accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Praise the One who breaks the darkness with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris’ners, turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel, healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands with the very bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children with a strong yet gentle word;
praise the One who drove out demons with a piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water to the desert’s burning sand;
from this well comes living water quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

Praise the One true love incarnate: Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose for many that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness, seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory; praise the One who makes us one.

Now let’s join together in singing HWB 12 “Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing” (attr. to Howard Kingsbury), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Come, let us all unite to sing, God is love.
Let heav’n and earth their praises bring, God is love.
Let ev’ry soul from sin awake,
let ev’ry heart sweet music make,
and sing with us for Jesus’ sake, for God is love.

God is love! (God is love!) God is love! (God is love!)
Come, let us all unite to sing that God is love!

O tell to earth’s remotest bound, God is love.
In Christ we have redemption found, God is love.
Jesus has cast our sins away,
his Spirit turned our night to day,
and now we can rejoice to say that God is love.

How happy is our portion here, God is love.
His promises our spirits cheer, God is love.
He is our sun and shield by day,
our help, our hope, our strength and stay;
he will be with us all the way, our God is love.

Offering

You can continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person. You can mail a cheque to the church office. You can contact the church office or Randy S. and he will come pick it up. Also, you can donate as a bill payment if you have an Access Credit Union account, either in person at the credit union or online. For online giving in this way, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for those directly affected, and for all of us indirectly affected in different ways. Pray that we would have patience as restrictions are being phased out. Pray for our church and our community. Pray for our country and our world. May God have mercy upon us.
  • The HUB, which has begun delivering food hampers throughout Morden from our church building. The need for hampers has grown in recent weeks. We are grateful to God for their work and that we can partner with them in this way. May we all be attentive to the needs around us in our community and seek to help as we can.
  • Those facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15) and “cast all our burdens upon the Lord, for God cares for us” (1 Pet 5:7).
  • Those with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of difficult times. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom 12:15), and may we all experience bright moments of joy in these uncertain times.
  • Us as a church, that we would truly comprehend the deep and abiding love of God for each one of us, and that we would be generous in sharing that unconditional love with others. “The love of Christ compels us” (2 Cor 5:14).

Steve K. offers this congregational prayer for us today, reflecting on God’s love for us and our call to love others:

Prayer Song

Listen to STS 49 “I Will Come to You in the Silence,” played by Adalynne, Matthew, and Michael P. Feel free to sing along if you wish!

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Ephesians 3:14-21, read for us by Aidan, Sam, and Thomas K. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

Kristy L. H. shares this story for our children’s time. It’s one of their favourite stories as a family. If there are children in your household, gather them round to listen! As you listen, and as the service continues, you might want to colour this page: “You are loved.”

If you colour the page, we’d like to see it! Parents, take a picture of your child’s coloured page and send it by text or email to Pastor Michael in the next couple of days. Check out the submitted colouring pages from last week on our church Facebook page.

Meditation

Listen to Pastor Michael’s reflections on the first of his “Four Things”: “You are loved.”

Moment of Reflection

Let’s spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us.

  • How have we heard God’s good news to us? for others around us? for our world?
  • What will we do this week to live out God’s good news in our lives? in our life together as a community of faith?

Song of Response

Join in singing STS 39 “Will You Come and Follow Me” (by John L. Bell and Graham Maule), accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Benediction

Steve K. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Let’s leave this time of worship with this song in our hearts: STJ 49 “Rain Down” (by Jaime Cortez), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Rain down, rain down, rain down your love on your people.
Rain down, rain down, rain down your love, God of life.

Faithful and true is the word of our God.
All of God’s works are so worthy of trust.
God’s mercy falls on the just and the right;
full of God’s love is the earth.

We who revere and find hope in our God
live in the kindness and joy of God’s wing.
God will protect us from darkness and death;
God will not leave us to starve.

God of creation, we long for your truth;
you are the water of life that we thirst.
Grant that your love and your peace touch our hearts,
all of our hope lies in you.

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. If you want specific info about our Zoom Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

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