Click on the video below for a welcome message from Pastor Michael.
Call to Worship
Please follow along below as Larissa P. leads us in the call to worship based on Psalm 103.
Leader: Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless God’s holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and do not forget all God’s benefits—
All: who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
Leader: who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
All: who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Leader: The LORD works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
All: The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Leader: God does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
All: For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is God’s steadfast love toward those who fear God;
Leader: as far as the east is from the west,
so far God removes our transgressions from us.
As a mother has compassion for her children,
so the LORD has compassion for those who fear God.
All: The steadfast love of God is from everlasting to everlasting!
Songs of Praise
Holy Spirit, come with power, breathe into our aching night.
We expect you this glad hour, waiting for your strength and light.
We are fearful, we are ailing, we are weak and selfish too.
Break upon your congregation, give us vigour, life a new.
Holy Spirit, come with fire, burn us with your presence new.
Let us as one mighty choir sing our hymn of praise to you.
Burn away our wasted sadness and enflame us with your love.
Burst upon your congregation, give us gladness from above.
Holy Spirit, bring your message, burn and breathe each word anew
deep into our tired living till we strive your work to do.
Teach us love and trusting kindness, lend our hands to those who hurt.
Breathe upon your congregation and inspire us with your word.
Let’s continue in singing with HWB 89 For the Beauty of the Earth (by Folliott S. Pierpoint, Conrad Kocher), accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flow’r,
sun and moon and stars of light:
For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:
For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild:
For thy church that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
off’ring up on ev’ry shore
her purse sacrifice of love:
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Community Life & Prayer
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.
- Those among us who reside in personal care homes. We think especially of those in Tabor Home, Homestead South, and Salem Home, who are strictly isolated. Pray for them, for their health and peace of mind. Pray for care home staff as they look after them. Pray for families unable to visit them or care for them.
- Those facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
- Those with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of difficult times. Let us “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
- Us as a church, that we who wrestle with shame and guilt would fully fathom what it means to be forgiven by God’s grace, and that we would be eager show that same grace and forgiveness to others who are shackled by shame and gripped by guilt. To paraphrase Jesus: “I have come not for the self-righteous but for those who know they are sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Larissa P. offers this Mother’s Day prayer for us, written by Carol Penner:
Listen to Calm Me, Lord, played by Adalynne, Matthew, and Michael P. Feel free to sing along in STS 45 if you wish!
Our Scripture reading this morning is from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, read for us by Sara L. 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.
Andrea T. shares this story for our children’s time. 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 one of these pages: “You are loved,” “Jesus teaches me to forgive.” If you colour a 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 this week.
Michael offers these reflections on the second of his “Four Things,” based on our Scripture passage: “You are forgiven.”
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 HWB 299 New Earth, Heavens New (by Harris J. Loewen), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.
Sing a new song to the One who has said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”
New love, mercies new, Spirit of God moving;
new strength, hopefulness new, Spirit of life moving;
new hearts, spirits new, image of God moving.
New minds, wisdom new, Spirit of God moving;
new law, covenant new, Spirit of life moving;
new name, nature new, image of God moving.
New earth, heavens new, Spirit of God moving;
new birth, creatures new, Spirit of life moving;
new men, women new, image of God moving.
Larissa P. offers this benediction for us based on Psalm 103 as we leave this time of worship together.
As we leave this time of worship let’s sing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth (by Marty Haugen), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.
You are salt for the earth, O people,
salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
life in the kingdom of God!
Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,
bring forth the kingdom of peace.
Bring forth the kingdom of justice,
bring forth the city of God!
You are a light on the hill, O people,
light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people,
shine for the kingdom of God!
You are a seed of the word, O people,
bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
grow in the kingdom of God!
We are a bless’d and a pilgrim people,
bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
love is the kingdom of God!
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!