January 17, 2021: “God Calls! And So…?”

Preparing for Worship

On this third Sunday of January we welcome you, as always, to join us for worship. Wherever you find yourself, we hope that you can be at peace, even with the concerns of life, as you/we together enter into the Presence of God.  Join us in listening to the voice and the words of God. Join us in singing the songs that lift us and challenge us. Let us pray together to express our gratitude, our questions, our concerns. May God bless us as we examine and hear the words of Jesus’ invitation “Come and see, follow me.”

Welcome & Call to Worship

Steve K. welcomes us and calls us to worship.

Songs of Praise

Our first song of praise is 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.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. You can send a cheque to the church office by mail, or you can give through an Access Credit Union branch or their online banking services (see the information here).

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the weekly email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • The continuing Covid-19 crisis around the world: Pray for wisdom for political and health leaders as they make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions to try to minimize the spread of Covid. Pray for strength for healthcare workers as they care for the large number of sick people. Pray for a sense of God’s presence for those who are sick, or those who have lost loved ones to Covid. Thank God for a vaccine. May leaders have wisdom to know how best to distribute it.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges: Pray for Otto and Susan H. and the extended family, as Otto is hospitalized. Pray for Irene and Randy S., as well as Mary D., in the passing of Irene’s brother and Mary’s son-in-law, David H.  
  • That we have good things to celebrate as well: Even in the midst of darkness, may we look for and spread flickers of light.
  • That we may, with Samuel, be ready to listen for and respond positively to God’s call.

Steve K. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer by singing HWB 523 Dear Lord, Thou Life of Humankind, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow along below.

“Dear Lord, thou life of humankind,
forgive our foolish ways.
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper rev’rence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love;

drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm.
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire,
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!

Scripture Reading

We turn our attention to the reading of Scripture. Steve K. reads 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Kristy L. H. has chosen the following video for the young (and young at heart). Enjoy!

Meditation

Sing along with Ben to the song God’s Love is For Everybody. It’s a new song. The chorus is centered to distinguish it from the verses.

God’s Love is For Everybody – Brian Moyer Suderman 

God’s love is for everybody, everyone around the world, 
You and me and all God’s children from across the street to around the world,
Across the street to around the world. 

Abe and Sarah listened closely, this is what God said, 
“Go where I send you, keep walking straight ahead, 
I am going to bless you beyond your wildest dreams 
And I’ll make of you a blessing for all earth’s families,” . . . ’cause . . . 

Jesus went to Nazareth and from the scroll he read, 
“The Spirit is upon me to bring good news,” he said, 
Freedom to the captives, to help the blind to see, 
And I think I’ll call disciples to share this job with me,” . . . ’cause . . .

Paul the apostle wrote some letters to his friends.
He said, “Do not be frightened, be faithful to the end.
You are God’s own temple and God’s Spirit lives in you 
Oh—and Aquilla and Priscilla said to say “Hello” to you!” Yes … 

Lydia, my neighbour, lives just down the street from me, 
Seatla in Botswana lives across the great big sea, 
Santi in Colombia, Keisuke in Japan. 
We are partners all together in God’s great big wonderful plan; for … 

Ben P. shares a meditation for us entitled “God Calls! And So… ?”

Join along with Ben as he closes his sermon with STS 60 Come to Me, Come to Us.

Come to me, come to us, you who are burdened.
Come to the word, and come to the meal.
Come without question or pressure or price:
Come, be embraced by the body of Christ.

Come to me, come to us, pilgrim or stranger,
looking for change, or challenge, or light.
We are the people whose calling is care,
bearers of mercy, nourished in prayer.

Come to me, come to us, broken or building,
come with your children, your choices, your chains.
All are invited to friendship or rest,
to share in our struggle, our call and our quest.

Song of Response

Join in singing HWB 395 Here I Am, Lord, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night;
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame, 
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide,
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Benediction

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

Sending Song

Let’s go from our worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 40 Som’landela (We Will Follow), accompanied by Joel, Erin, Milo, and Jude K.  You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

We will follow, we will follow Jesus.
We will follow, ev’rywhere he goes.
We will follow, we will follow Jesus.
Ev’rywhere he goes—we will follow.

Som’landela, som’landel’ uJesu.
Som’landela yonke indawo.
Som’landela, som’landel’ uJesu.
Lapho Eyakhona som’landela.

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 (Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule; Music: Lewis folk melody; arranged by John L. Bell. Text and Music copyright © WGRG The Iona Community, Scotland. Used by permission of GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive agent.); Dear Lord, Thou Life of Humankind/Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Text: John Greenleaf Whittier, The Atlantic Monthly, 1872. Music: Frederick C. Maker, Congregational Churhc Hymnal, 1887.); Here I Am, Lord (Text: based on Isaiah 6, Daniel Schutte, 1980, Lord of Light, 1981. Music: Daniel Schutte; arranged by Michael Pope, SJ, and John Weissrock. Text and Music copyright © 1981 Daniel L. Schutte and New Dawn Music.); Som’landela (We Will Follow) (Text & Music: Zimbabwean traditional); God’s Love is For Everybody by Brian Moyer Suderman; Come to Me, Come to Us (Text: Rory Cooney. Music: Rory Cooney. Text and music copyright © 1986 North American Liturgy Resources. Published by OCP.
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