July 5, 2020: “The Fellowship of Jesus”

Preparing for Worship

During this summer of COVID-19, and with Pastor Michael on sabbatical, we are reaching back into the vault for our summer sermon series. The series is from early 2017, called “Jesus: The Church’s One Foundation.” Each sermon is, as always, grounded in a particular text of Scripture, in this case walking through 1 Corinthians 1-3. Yet what makes this series distinct is that each sermon tells part of a story, the story of a fictional first-century Corinthian woman named Gaia.

Through this series of story-sermons we hear 1 Corinthians through Gaia’s ears. We see the church struggling to understand and live out Paul’s teaching about Jesus through Gaia’s eyes. And in the process we can hear 1 Corinthians and Paul’s teaching about Jesus more clearly, for us as Christians, and as the church, today.

Join us this Sunday and in the coming weeks as we listen to the story of Gaia and learn about Jesus, our diverse church’s one foundation. Let us “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2)!

Call to Worship

Steve K. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Welcome
Call to Worship

Songs of Praise

Join in singing STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Jesus calls us here to meet him as,
through word and song and prayer,
we affirm God’s promised presence
where his people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps his promise;
praise the Son who calls us friends;
praise the Spirit who, among us,
to our hopes and fears attends.

Jesus calls us to confess him
Word of Life and Lord of all,
sharer of our flesh and frailness
saving all who fail or fall.
Tell his holy human story;
tell his tales that all may hear;
tell the world that Christ in glory
came to earth to meet us here.

Jesus calls us to each other:
vastly diff’rent though we are;
race and colour, class and gender
neither limit nor debar.
Join the hand of friend and stranger;
join the hands of age and youth;
join the faithful and the doubter
in their common search for truth.

Jesus calls us to his table
rooted firm in time and space,
where the church in earth and
heaven finds a common meeting place.
Share the bread and wine, his body;
share the love of which we sing;
share the feast for saints and sinners
hosted by our Lord and King.

Let’s continue with HWB 117 Fairest Lord Jesus, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or 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

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 country of Canada. Pray for our prime minister, members of parliament, and those who work for the federal government. Pray for other national leaders and those who provide essential services for Canadians. Pray for greater justice and peace among us as a nation.
  • 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 know the sweet communion of Christ’s Spirit among us as a church. “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Cor 12:13).

Steve K. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in a spirit of prayer as you listen to Loretta T. play Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, read for us by Steve K. 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

Megan K. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:

Meditation

Michael P. 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 HWB 322 For We Are Strangers No More, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may sing along with the lyrics below.

For we are strangers no more,
but members of one family;
strangers no more,
but part of one humanity;
strangers no more,
we’re neighbours to each other now;
strangers no more,
we’re sisters and we’re brothers now.

Come, walk with me, we’ll praise the Lord together,
as we join song to song and prayer to prayer.
Come, take my hand, and we will work together
by lifting all the burdens we can share.

Where diff’ring cultures meet we’ll serve together.
Where hatred rages we will strive for peace.
Come, take my hand, and we will pray together
that justice come and strife and warfare cease.

There is a love that binds the world together;
a love that seeks the last, the lost, the least.
One day that love will bring us all together
in Christ from south and north, from west and east.

Benediction

Steve K. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 78 (We Will Walk With God) Sizohamba Naye, accompanied by Erin K., Joel K., Jude K., and Milo K. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

We will walk with God, my brothers,
we will walk with God.
We will walk with God, my sisters,
we will walk with God.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.

Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.

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: Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him by John L. Bell/Graham Maule (©WGRG The Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc.); Fairest Lord Jesus by Heinrich von Fallersleben/Richard S. Willis (Public Domain; CCLI#27800); Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us by Dorothy Ann Thrupp/Joshua Frerichs/Travis Doucette (CCLI#5768150); For We Are Strangers No More by Kenneth I. Morse/Dianne Huffman Morningstar (©1979 Church of the Brethren General Board/Dianne Guffman Morningstar); (We Will Walk With God) Sizohamba Naye by Swaziland traditional transcribed by John L. Bell (©2002 WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications, Inc.)

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