Preparing for Worship
During July and early August we are exploring the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians, focusing on Jesus as the foundation of our church. For our meditations each Sunday, we are hearing some of Pastor Michael’s sermons from the church archives: his 2017 story-sermons about Gaia, a fictional first-century woman in Corinth, as she and the church hear Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers for the first time.
Join us as we “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2)!
Call to Worship
Esther J. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:
Songs of Praise
Join in singing along to STS 1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.
Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.
Praise the One who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word;
praise the One who drove out demons
with a piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;
from this well comes living water
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.
Praise the One true love incarnate:
Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory;
praise the One who makes us one.
Let’s continue singing with HWB 12 Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.
Come, let us all unite to sing, God is love.
Let heav’n and earth their praises bring, God is love.
Let ev’ry soul from sin awake,
let ev’ry heart sweet music make,
and sing with us for Jesus’ sake, for God is love.
God is love! (God is love!) God is love! (God is love!)
Come, let us all unite to sing that God is love!
O tell to earth’s remotest bound, God is love.
In Christ we have redemption found, God is love.
Jesus has cast our sins away,
his Spirit turned our night to day,
and now we can rejoice to say that God is love.
How happy is our portion here, God is love.
His promises our spirits cheer, God is love.
He is our sun and shield by day,
our help, our hope, our strength and stay;
he will be with us all the way, our God is love.
Please 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
This week in our prayers we especially remember:
- Our world. Pray for world leaders, that they would strive for harmony and collaboration among the nations and peoples of the earth. Pray for God’s reign of justice and peace and life to come, God’s will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- 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. 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. 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 seek the unity of Christ’s Spirit among us as a church. “Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:3-6).
Esther J. offers this prayer for us today:
Let us continue in prayer as we sing STS 50 Come, Bring Your Burdens to God, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.
Come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
come, bring your burdens to God,
for Jesus will never say no.
Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, read for us by Esther J. 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.
Brenda U. F. shares this for the young (or the young at heart!) among us:
In this story-sermon called “Jesus Is Not Divided” originally from 2017, Michael P. shares the story of Gaia, a fictional first-century Corinthian woman, as she hears and lives out the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10-18:
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 STJ 72 One is the Body, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.
One is the body and one is the Head,
one is the Spirit by whom we are led;
one God and Father, one faith and one call for all.
Christ who ascended to heaven above
is the same Jesus whose nature is love,
who once descended to bring to this earth new birth.
Gifts have been given well suited to each,
some to be prophets, to pastor or preach,
some, through the Gospel, to challenge, convert and teach.
Called to his service are women and men
so that his body might ever again
witness through worship, through deed and through word
to Christ our Lord.
Esther J. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:
Join in singing HWB 427 You Shall Go Out with Joy, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.
You shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break forth before you.
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
will clap, will clap their hands.
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,
the trees of the field will clap their hands.
The trees of the field will clap their hands,
while you go out with joy.