October 25, 2020: “Who May Ascend God’s Holy Hill?”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

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

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to This is God’s Wondrous World, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You will notice the lyrics are slightly different than you may be used to. These are the new lyrics for the new hymnal for “This is My Father’s World.”

This is God’s wondrous world,
and to my list’ning ears
all nature sings and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is God’s wondrous world;
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
the wonders God has wrought.

This is God’s wondrous world;
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the dark of night,
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is God’s wondrous world;
a wand’rer I may roam.
What e’er my lot, it matters not,
my heart is still at home.

This is God’s wondrous world;
oh, let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is God’s wondrous world;
the battle is not done.
Jesus who died shall be glorified,
and earth and heav’n be one.

Let’s continue singing our praise to God with HWB 61 Let All Creation Bless the Lord, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below. You may note that this is a different song than what is in the bulletin. That is because we have not recorded that one yet.

Photo by Adeline P.

Let all creation bless the Lord,
till heav’n with praise is ringing.
Sun, moon, and stars, peal out a chord,
stir up the angels’ singing.
Wing, wind and rain! Sing, snow and sleet!
Make music, day, night, cold, and heat
Exalt the God who made you.

All living things upon the earth,
green fertile hills and mountains,
sing to the God who gave you birth!
Be joyful, springs and fountains,
lithe water life, bright airborne birds,
wild roving beasts, tame flocks and herds!
Exalt the God who made you.

O men and women ev’rywhere,
lift up a hymn of glory.
Let all who know God’s steadfast care
tell out salvation’s story.
No tongue be silent – sing your part,
you humble souls and meek of heart!
Exalt the God who made you.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, 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 Indigenous siblings who are facing significant challenges across Canada. There are ongoing land disputes in B.C. and lobster fishery disputes in Nova Scotia. There are still many First Nations that do not have clean drinking water, and high-profile incidents of racism against Indigenous persons continue surfacing. Pray that the Government of Canada would honour the treaties that have been made with First Nations and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples. As Christians may we follow the way of Jesus and walk in solidarity with all who suffer and are oppressed.
  • Our national, provincial, and regional health authorities which are guiding us through this pandemic. We give thanks for their expertise and insight. May they have wisdom as they provide guidance and shape regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us from getting COVID-19.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. Today we especially remember Gerald, Simon, and Rowan in our prayers as they grieve Lora’s passing. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church, that we would “seek first God’s reign and God’s justice,” devoting ourselves in love for God by loving our neighbours as ourselves (Matt 6:33; 22:37-40).

Steve K. offers this prayer for us today:

Prayer Song

Continue in prayer as we sing HWB 377 Healer of Our Every Ill, accompanied by Loretta T. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow along 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 Psalm 24:1-10, 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

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song produced by iCharacter: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Who May Ascend God’s Holy Hill?”:

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

Join in singing The Mountain of God, by Phil Campbell-Enns. You can follow the lyrics below.

Come let us go to a place that is pure
To learn about love and wipe away tears
He’ll melt swords of steal and hearts made of stone
He’ll set prisoners free and give strangers a home

So come, come as you are
Oh come, from near and far
Oh come, salvation we’ll taste
As we climb the mountain of God

From each corner and end of the earth
We’ll gather together to sing of Your worth
Of blind who can see, and weary who rest
Good news for the poor, freedom for oppressed

New life awaits for all who believe
All who love mercy, do justice, walk humbly
With Christ as our guide, united we’ll be
Living the Kingdom secure in God’s peace

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Steve K. as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 77 The Peace of the Earth Be with You, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.  You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

Pebble art by Loretta L.

The peace of the earth be with you,
the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,
the peace of the oceans too.

Deep peace falling over you.
God’s peace growing in you.

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: This is God’s Wondrous World (originally “This is My Father’s World”; Text: Maltbie D. Babcock, Thoughts for Everything, 1901; Music: traditional English, adapt. Franklin L. Sheppard, Alleluia, 1915); Let All Creation Bless the Lord (Text: based on the Benedicite, Carl P. Daw, Jr., A Year of Grace, 1990, ©1990 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: Melchior Vulpius, Ein schön gestlich Gesangbuch, 1609); Healer of Our Every Ill (Text and Music: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; Text and music copyright ©1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); The Mountain of God (Text and music: Phil Campbell-Enns, ©2016 Phil Campbell-Enns; permission granted for use in congregational singing); The Peace of the Earth Be with You (Text: Guatemalan traditional; translated by Christine Carson; Music: Guatemalan folk melody)
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