May 24, 2020: “You are not alone”

Welcome!

We are glad you have joined us today! As we worship together may you be assured that you are loved, you are forgiven, you are needed, and you are not alone.

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

Call to Worship

Listen along as Peter H. invites us to worship God in the midst of our present situation.

Songs of Praise

Let’s continue in singing with HWB 5 There is a Place of Quiet Rest (by Cleland B. McAfee), accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

Pebble art from Loretta L., “Be Still”

There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, bless’d Redeemer,
sent from the heart of God,
hold us, who wait before thee,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Saviour meet,
near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
near to the heart of God,
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God.

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 recovering from injury or journeying with a persistent condition or disease. 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 be assured of God’s presence with us always, and may we find ways to be present for others. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

Peter H. offers this prayer for us today.

Prayer Song

Listen to Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us, played by Dianne H.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Genesis 2:18-23, read for us by Larissa P., and John 14:15-19, 25-27, read for us by Adalynne P. 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

Our children’s story today is from Sol S., who is working with Camps with Meaning for the summer. In it Sol shares how important it is for all of us to stay connected. Gather round and watch the video below.

As you watch, and as the service continues, you may want to colour one of these pages from our last three Sundays: “You are loved,” “Jesus teaches me to forgive,” “God made me special,” or one of these for today: “You are not alone” (the link on the page might lead to conversations with older children!); or this four-page “You are not alone” which can be coloured and posted in your front window for all to see. 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.

Meditation

Michael offers these reflections on the last of his “Four Things”: “You are not alone.”

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

God says to each one of us: “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” Let us join together in singing STS 49 I Will Come to You in the Silence (by David Haas), accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.

I am hope for all who are hopeless.
I am eyes for all who long to see.
In the shadows of the night I will be your light,
come and rest in me.

Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

I am strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free,
and all will know my name.

I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name, embracing all your pain,
stand up, now walk, and live!

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Jesus calls us to follow him, and to follow him alongside one another—even while physically distancing! We are companions together in this journey with Jesus. 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 can 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.

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 Sharing & Prayer and Drop-in-Bible-Study times, please contact Pastor Michael. Grace and peace to you this week!

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