January 31, 2021: “What About Faith and Hope?”

Preparing for Worship

It is time! It is always “time” for something. Our days, filled with so many varied experiences, remind us of God’s presence, his care, his love. Then there are those times when we wonder about life, about God, etc.

At this time we are all invited to look for a path that leads us to God, through the words spoken, the read Scriptures, the poetry and music of the songs. May we be embraced by his love, may we hear his voice, of comfort, of challenge, and always the assurance of his presence; “Lo, I am with you . . . always!” May the peace of Christ be with us, that we may Hear, Speak, and Do.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Ron F. welcomes us and calls us to worship. Follow along with the Call to Worship from Psalm 111.

Leader: Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

All: in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Leader: Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.

All: Full of honour and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

Leader: He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious
and merciful.

All: Holy and awesome is his name. His praise endures forever.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 37 Praise to the Lord, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near.
Join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen how thy heart’s wishes have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
as with his love he befriends thee.

Praise to the Lord,
oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the “amen” sound from God’s people again;
gladly forever adore him.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 16 God is Here Among Us, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

God is here among us; let us all adore him,
and with awe appear before him.
God is here within us; soul, in silence fear him,
humbly, fervently draw near him.
Now his own who have known God in worship
lowly yield their spirits wholly.

Come, abide within me; let my soul, like Mary, 
be thine earthly sanctuary.
Come, indwelling Spirit, with transfigured splendor;
love and honour will I render. 
Where I go here below, let me bow before thee,
know thee, and adore thee.

Gladly we surrender earth’s deceitful treasures,
pride of life, and sinful pleasures.
Gladly, Lord, we offer thine to be forever,
soul and life and each endeavour.
Thou alone shalt be known Lord of all our being,
life’s true way decreeing.

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 work of Eden Health Care Services as they seek to “help people on the mental health journey [to] experience hope, healing and community” through their work in housing, mental health, counseling and helping people find work.
  • The work of Youth for Christ in Morden. The Covid-19 restrictions have forced them to largely substitute their in-person contact with reliance on social media, computers and telephones. Pray the vital connections with youth may be maintained.
  • Our own church family, that we may find ways to celebrate with each other in our joys, and support each other in our hardships.
  • All who tune in to this week’s service, that “As [we] have received Christ Jesus the Lord, [we may] continue to live [our] lives in him,” (Colossians 2: 6).

Ron F. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Listen to Calm Me, Lord, played by Adalynne, Matthew, and Michael P. Feel free to sing along in STS 45 if you wish!

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease;
enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease;
enfold me, Lord, enfold me in your peace.

Scripture Reading

We turn our attention to the reading of Scripture. Ron F. reads Psalm 111; Colossians 1:15-17, 2:6 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

L. Esther M. Janzen shares the following meditation with us.

Song of Response

Join in singing STJ 95 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world.
The star of my life is Jesus.

In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God.
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path,
and show me the way to the Father.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ.
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
we shall know the joy of Jesus.

Benediction

Ron F. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 226 You are Salt for the Earth, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

You are salt for the earth, O people,
salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
life in the kingdom of God!

Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,
bring forth the kingdom of peace.
Bring forth the kingdom of justice,
bring forth the city of God!

You are a light on the hill, O people,
light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people,
shine for the kingdom of God!

You are a seed of the word, O people,
bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice,
grow in the kingdom of God!

We are a bless’d and a pilgrim people,
bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
love is the kingdom of God!

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. The Peace of Christ be with you.

Songs: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Text & Music: Joachim Meander/Catherine Winkworth); God is Here Among Us (Text & Music: Gerhard Tersteegen); Calm Me, Lord (Text: David Adam; Copyright © SPCK, Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone Road, London NW1 4DU. Music: Margaret Rizza; Copyright © 1998 Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Administered and sub-published in North America by GIA Publications, Inc.); I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Text & Music: Kathleen Thomerson. Copyright © 1970, 1975 Celebration); You are Salt for the Earth (Text & Music: Marty Haugen, 1985, Gather, 1988. Copyright © 1986 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.)
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