June 28, 2020: “The Abundant Grace of God”

Preparing for Worship

How do we experience the grace of God? Do we readily recognize God’s gracious presence in our day-to-day lives? Or do we have to kind of “squint” to see God’s generous goodness toward us? Join us as we reflect on the abundant grace of God, as we worship the God of all grace, the source of all good things!

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing HWB 145 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.

There is welcome for the sinner,
and more graces for the good.
there is mercy with the Saviour,
there is healing in his blood.

But we make God’s love too narrow
by false limits of our own,
and we magnify its strictness
with a zeal God will not own.

For the love of God is broader
than the measures of the mind,
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more simple
we should rest upon God’s word,
and our lives would be illumined
by the presence of our Lord.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 71 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before thee,
praising thee their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
blooming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever bless’d,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine.
Teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus 
which the morning stars began.
Love divine is reigning o’er us,
leading us with mercy’s hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife.
Joyful music lifts us sunward
in the triumph song of life!

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 during the 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 students and their families. Pray for safety as they transition to summer scheduling after the completion of their school year.
  • Our province of Manitoba. Pray for our premier, legislative members, and those who work for the province. Pray for other provincial leaders and those who provide essential services for Manitobans. Pray for the flourishing of all who live here.
  • 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. We want to especially remember Helen F. and her family as they mourn the passing of Henry this past week. Let us “always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).
  • Those among us with special reasons to rejoice. 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 experience the abundant grace of God, both in the world around us and in our own lives. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all” (Titus 2:11).

Elsie W. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in a spirit of prayer as you listen to Dianne H. play Just As I Am, set to the tune of “O Waly Waly.”

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from Psalm 145:8-21, read for us by Michael 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

Andrea T. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

Peter H. 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

Listen or sing along to The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate by Graham Ord, sung by Erin & Joel K. You may sing along with the lyrics below.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love
The Lord is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and rich in love

And the Lord is good to all
He has compassion for all that he has made

As far as the east is from the west
That’s how far he has removed
our transgressions from us

Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, oh my soul
Praise the Lord

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 14 Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell ev’rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant
to carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.

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: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy by Frederick W. Faber/Lizzie S. Tourjee (Public Domain, CCLI #: 123216); Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Henry van Dyke/Ludwig van Beethoven/Edward Hodges (Public Doman, CCLI #: 25321); Just as I Am (CCLI #: 7030603); The Lord is Gracious and Compassionate by Graham Ord (Lyrics and music available publicly at http://www.grahamord.com/media/lyrics-music/); Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song by Stephen Somerville (©1970 Stephen Somerville/© Les Petites Souers de Jesus and L’Arche Community)
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1 Response to June 28, 2020: “The Abundant Grace of God”

  1. sometimes when nothing else seems to work, it’s time to shed all inhibitions and get into a free time of Praise and worship…..you will find release like nothing else can bring…Thank you Michael for sharing some soul stirring songs with the lyrics posted…..

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