August 9, 2020: “No Foundation but Jesus”

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

Lawrence S. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Songs of Praise

Join in singing one of our two theme songs for this series, STJ 3 Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the songbook 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 God’s people live and care.

Praise the God who keeps their 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 singing with HWB 288 Rejoice, the Lord is King, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore!
Mortals, give thanks and sing and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,
rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

Jesus the Saviour reigns,
the God of truth and love.
When he had purged our stains he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice, rejoice,
again I say, rejoice.

His kingdom cannot fail,
he rules o’er earth and heav’n.
The keys of death and hell to Jesus now are giv’n.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice, rejoice,
again I say, rejoice.

Rejoice in glorious hope,
Jesus the judge shall come
and take his servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice,
the trump of God shall sound, rejoice!

Offering

Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries even though we are not meeting in person, even during 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:

  • Each of us through the rest of this summer, that we would find enjoyment in the simple things of summer life: time with family and friends, the warmth of sunshine, the shade of a tree, the beauty of flowers and sunsets, the bounty of summer gardens.
  • 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 “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 build our life as a church and our lives as individuals on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ. “[Jesus said,] ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise person who built their house on rock” (Matt. 7:24).

Lawrence S. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Let us continue in prayer as we sing STJ 79 As I Went Down to the River, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

As I went down to the river to pray,
studyin’ about that good old way,
and who shall wear the starry crown.
Good Lord, show me the way.

Oh, sisters, let’s go down,
let’s go down, come on down.
Oh, sisters, let’s go down,
down to the river to pray.

As I went down to the river to pray,
studying’ about that good old way,
and who shall wear the robe and crown.
Good Lord, show me the way.

Oh, brothers, let’s go down,
let’s go down, come on down. 
Come on, brothers, let’s go down,
down to the river to pray.

Oh, fathers, let’s go down,
let’s go down, come on down.
Oh, fathers, let’s go down,
down to the river to pray.

Oh, mothers, let’s go down,
come on down, don’t you wanna go down.

Come on, mothers, let’s go down,
down to the river to pray.

Oh, sinners, let’s go down, 
let’s go down, come on down.
Oh, sinners, let’s go down,
down to the river to pray.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is from 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, read for us by Lawrence S. 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

In this story-sermon called “No Foundation but Jesus” 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 3:10-11, 16-23:

If you’d like some historical background to this story-sermon series on 1 Corinthians 1-3, check out Michael’s comments here.

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 94 Blest Are They, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You may use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Blest are they, the poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow,
they shall be consoled.

Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you,
holy are you! Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!

Blest are they, the lowly ones,
they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst,
they shall have their fill.

Blest are they who show mercy,
mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart,
they shall see God!

Blest are they who seek peace;
they are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith,
the glory of God is theirs.

Blest are you who suffer hate,
all because of me. Rejoice and be glad,
yours is the kingdom; shine for all to see.

Benediction

Lawrence S. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together:

Sending Song

Join in singing As You Go Out from Here by Bryan Moyer Suderman, accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can follow the lyrics below.

As you go out from here, 
may the Lord go with you.
The face of God shine on you ev’ry day.
We are sent by God wherever we are living,
salt and light as people of the Way.

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.); Rejoice, the Lord is King by Charles Wesley & John Darwall (Public); As I Went Down to the River by James E. Clemens (© 2004 James E. Clemens); Blest Are They by David Haas & Michael Joncas (© 1985 GIA Publications Inc.); As You Go Out from Here by Bryan Moyer Suderman (Public: https://www.smalltallministries.com/music/songbooks-sheet-music/)
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