June 21, 2020: “Waiting on God”

Preparing for Worship

Today is Father’s Day. Although this is not a church holiday, as a church we normally do acknowledge those in our lives who fulfill a fatherly role for us. This includes biological fathers and fathers through adoption or fostering, of course, and we give thanks to God for these who show strength with compassion and share wisdom with humility, who have cared for us with the love of Jesus. However, this also includes all those who have taken on this role in our lives even when there were no blood ties or family connections. We give thanks to God for you all.

Though some among us have not experienced good “fatherhood,” and we are sensitive to the pain this brings, it is because of these good fathers among us we know what it means to think of God as our “Father.” Today we look to God our loving parent; we wait upon our God with patience and trust.

Call to Worship

Cara W. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near.
Join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen how thy heart’s wishes have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
as with his love he befriends thee.

Praise to the Lord,
oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the “amen” sound from God’s people again;
gladly forever adore him.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. It’s not one we’ve sung often so it’s good to sing it two Sundays in a row! You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of our strength, enthroned above,
the source of life, the fount of love,
O let devotion’s sacred flame
our souls awake to praise thy name.

God of our strength,
we wait on thee,
our sure defense forever be.

To thee we lift our joyful eyes,
to thee on wings of faith we rise.
Come thou, and let thy courts on earth
ring out thy praise in days of mirth.

God of our strength, from day to day
direct our thoughts and guide our way.
Oh, may our hearts united be
in sweet communion, Lord, with thee.

God of our strength, on thee we call.
God of our hope, our light, our all,
thy name we praise, thy love adore,
our rock, our shield, forevermore.

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, and even through these summer months. 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:

  • Our two graduates Thomas T. and Brooklyn H. Pray for them as they find ways to celebrate in these days and discern the roads ahead.
  • Our community, the city of Morden. Pray for our mayor, city councillors, and those who work for the city. Pray for other civic leaders and those who provide essential services among us. Pray for compassionate, neighbourly love among us.
  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need.
  • Those among us 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 among us with special reasons to rejoice. Let us “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom 12:15), and may we all experience bright moments of joy in these uncertain times.
  • May we trust in God with patience and hope, especially through challenging times. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom 15:13).

Cara W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Healer of our ev’ry ill, Light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness.
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision, God of love.

Give us strength to love each other,
ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother.
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.

You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing.
Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Isaiah 40:27-31, read for us by Cara W. 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 for the young (or the young at heart!) among us, a story called “Waiting” by Kevin Henkes:

Meditation

Lawrence S. shares this meditation for us today:

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Let us join together in singing Wings of an Eagle, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You may follow the lyrics below.

As we hope in the Lord we will gain our strength
We will run for miles we will stand up straight
We will not grow weary we will not grow faint
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
For our hope is found in the power of God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

For the Lord who is God calls His people home
Not to be afraid as we journey the road
Hand in hand we’ll be walking with the Lord our God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

Benediction

Cara W. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 430 God Be with You, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Loretta L., “His Eye is On the Sparrow”

God be with you till we meet again;
loving counsels guide, uphold you,
may the Shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
unseen wings, protecting, hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
smite death’s threat’ning wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Meander/Catherine Winkworth (Public Domain, CCLI Song #: 43073); God of Our Strength by Fanny J. Crosby/William H. Doane (Public Domain, CCLI Song #: 646841); Healer of Our Every Ill by Marty Haugen (©1987 G.I.A. Publications Inc.); Wings of an Eagle by Steve Bell (©1992 Signpost Music, CCLI Song #: 1662745); God Be with You by Jeremiah E. Rankin/Ralph V. Williams (© Oxford University Press, CCLI Song #: 2647645)
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