May 17, 2020: “You are needed”

Welcome!

Come on in to our worship service! We are glad you have joined us, and we pray that you will experience the love, joy, and peace of God as we worship “together apart.” The Spirit of the risen Christ is among us, prompting us toward faith and hope and love!

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

Call to Worship

Listen along as Margie H. calls us to worship: “We come to be your people, O God!”

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 53 God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea (by Samuel Longfellow and Henri F. Hemy), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

God of the earth, the sky, the sea!
Maker of all above, below!
Creation lives and moves in thee,
thy present life through all doth flow.

We give thee thanks, thy name we sing!
Almighty God, our praise we bring.

Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,
Thy life is in the quick’ning air.
When lightnings flash and stormwinds blow,
There is thy pow’r; thy law is there.

We feel thy calm at evening’s hour,
thy grandeur in the march of night,
and when thy morning breaks in pow’r,
we hear thy word, “Let there be light.”

But higher far, and far more clear,
thee in our spirit we behold;
thine image and thyself are there,
th’indwelling God, proclaimed of old.

Let’s continue in singing with HWB 117 Fairest Lord Jesus (by Heinrich A. H. von Fallersleben; translated by Joseph A. Seiss), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and Mary’s Son,
thee will I cherish, thee will I honour,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host.
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour, Lord of all the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man,
glory and honour, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

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, both directly and indirectly. Pray for our church and our community. Pray for our country and our world. May we seek the common good, “looking not to our own interests but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
  • Those among us facing significant personal challenges, both concerns shared publicly and burdens borne privately. This week we especially remember those experiencing loneliness, grief, anxiety, or depression. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice, even in the midst of these 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).
  • May we continue to live into our purpose as those created in the image of God and being re-created in the image of Christ. “You have clothed yourselves with the new humanity, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In this renewal…Christ is all and in all! As God’s chosen ones, then, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:10-14).

Margie H. offers this prayer for us today.

Prayer Song

Listen to Nothing is Lost on the Breath of God (by Colin Gibson), sung COVID-style (recorded separately) by Lora B., Andrea T., Erin K., Larissa P., Joel K., and Michael P. Feel free to sing along in STS 121 if you wish. Thanks to Henry H. for the song suggestion!

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Psalm 8, read for us by Jadyn and Rylee T. 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

Watch the video below where Lora B. reads a story for our children’s time called “Room on the Broom,” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It’s a favourite in their household, a magical story of helpfulness and hospitality. If there are children in your household, gather them round to listen!

[Note: If your sensibilities don’t allow for fictional witches, even good ones, you may wish to move on to the next part of the service.]

As you listen to the story, and as the service continues, you might want to colour one of these pages: “You are loved,” “Jesus teaches me to forgive,” “God made me special.”  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. Or, you might be like Ian F. who did some “alternative service” instead of a colouring page. Check out his “You are loved” LEGO heart!

Meditation

Michael offers these reflections on the third of his “Four Things”: “You are needed.”

In his meditation Michael refers to these three NASA photos of earth: 1) “Blue Marble”; 2) “Earthrise” from the moon; 3) “Pale Blue Dot” from Voyager 1.

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 STJ 56 Make Me A Channel of Your Peace (traditional prayer; adapted by Sebastian Temple), accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord.
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light.
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Benediction

Margie H. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Let’s leave with a song of praise on our lips! Join in singing STJ 17 Halle, Halle, Hallelujah! (Caribbean traditional; arr. by John L. Bell), accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Halle, halle, hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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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