February 7, 2021: “He Came, Took Her Hand… and Lifted Her Up”

Preparing for Worship

On this first Sunday of February we welcome you again to our time of worship. In the midst of life we take time to retreat, to refocus our thoughts as we together “come into HIS presence with singing,” with praying hearts, with grateful voices, with open ears to hear, with open eyes to see God’s goodness even in the midst of a tiring pandemic. May we, with Isaiah, “wait for the Lord” that our strength can be renewed, and we can “mount up with wings like eagles.”

Welcome & Call to Worship

Al T. welcomes us, and Al T. and Loretta T. call us to worship together. Follow along with the Call to Worship from Psalm 147.

Leader: Praise the Lord!

All: How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

Leader: The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

All: He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

Leader: He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

All: Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

Leader: The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.

All: Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre
Praise the Lord.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 50 Praise the Lord, Sing Hallelujah, accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah,
from the heavens praise his name!
Praise the Lord, our great Creator;

all his angels, praise proclaim.
All his hosts, together praise him,

sun and moon and stars on high.
Praise the Lord, you heav’ns of heavens,

and you floods above the sky.

Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah,
for his name alone is high,
and his glory is exalted,
and his glory is exalted,
and his glory is exalted,
far above the earth and sky.

Let them praise the Lord Creator;
they were made at his command.
God established them forever,

his decree shall ever stand.
From the earth O praise your Maker,

raging seas, you creatures all,
fire and hail and snow and vapors,

stormy winds that hear his call.

All you fruitful trees and cedars,
ev’ry hill and mountain high,
creeping things and beasts and cattle,

birds that in the heavens fly,
kings of earth and all you people,

rulers great, earth’s judges all;
praise his name, young men and woman,

aged ones, and children small.

Let’s continue singing with HWB 185 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (recorded to the tune of HWB 174 Bless’d Be the God of Israel) accompanied by Loretta T. You can use the hymn book or follow the lyrics below.

Hail to the Lord’s anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captives free,
to take away transgressions,
and rule in equity.

He comes with justice surely
to those who suffer wrong,
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong,
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth.
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him, on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.

To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend,
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove.
His name shall stand forever;
that name to us is Love.

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:

  • Our mission partners in South Korea, Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park. A major project Bock Ki is working on is a Peace Journal periodical, seeking to present “Plan P” —a peaceful way of dealing with conflict. Sook Kyoung teaches after school English classes to children.
  • All students and teachers, amid the uncertainty and changing circumstances of learning/teaching during this Covid-19 time. Pray for wisdom for the decision makers in the education system. Pray for health and success as students, teachers and households make the necessary adjustments.
  • All those in our church family struggling with health or mobility or loss of independence issues. Let’s especially remember Helen B., in BTHC, and Henry F., as he faces surgery on Wednesday.
  • All of us, that we may feel our strength renewed, as we “wait for the Lord.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Al T. leads us in a congregational prayer.

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

Al T. reads Isaiah 40:21-31 and Milo K. reads Mark 1:29-39 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 children’s song for us. Feel free to sing along!

Meditation

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us.

On the Wings of an Eagle – by Steve Bell

As we hope in the Lord, we will gain our strength,
We will run for miles, we will stand up straight,  
We will not grow weary, we will not grow faint,  
On the Wings of an eagle we will rise.   

On the wings of an eagle we will rise, 
On the wings of an eagle we will rise, 
For our hope is found in the power of God, 
On the wings of an eagle we will rise, 
On the wings of an eagle we will rise. 

For the Lord, who is God, calls his people home, 
Not to be afraid as we journey the road, 
Hand in hand we’ll be walking with the Lord our God, 
On the wings of an eagle we will rise. 

Song of Response

Join in singing HWB 584 They that Wait upon the Lord, accompanied by Loretta T. You may use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

They that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
Teach me, Lord, teach me, Lord, to wait.

Benediction

Al T. offers this benediction for us as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing HWB 581 Take Thou My Hand, O Father (So Nimm denn Meine Hande), accompanied by Loretta T. Please join Loretta as she plays through three of the verses. All six verses are included below. Feel free to sing along in either English or German, and you can pick which verses you would like to sing. If you would like to sing all six verses just replay the audio. Enjoy!

Take thou my hand, O Father, and lead thou me,
until my journey endeth eternally.
Alone I will not wander one single day.
Be thou my true companion and with me stay.

So nimm denn meine Hände
und führe
mich
bis an mein selig Ende
und ewiglich!
Ich kann allein nicht gehen,
nicht einen Schritt;
wo du wirst gehn und stehen,
da nimm mich mit.

O cover with thy mercy my poor, weak heart!
Let ev’ry thought rebellious from me depart.
Permit thy child to linger here at thy feet,
and fully trust thy goodness with faith complete.

In deine Gnade hülle
mein schwaches Herz,
und mach es endlich stille
in Freud und Schmerz.
Lass ruhn zu deinen Füssen
dein schwaches Kind;
es will die Augen schliessen
und folgen blind.

Though naught of thy great power may move my soul,
with thee through night and darkness I reach the goal.
Take, then, my hand, O Father, and lead thou me,
until my journey endeth eternally.

Wenn ich auch gar nichts fühle
von deiner Macht,
du bringst mich doch zum Ziele
auch durch die Nacht.
So nimm denn meine Hände
und führe
mich
bis an mein selig Ende
und ewiglich!

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 the Lord, Sing Hallelujah (Text: based on Psalm 148; adapted by William J. Kirkpatrick, The Book of Psalms, 1871, alt. Music: William J. Kirkpatrick, ca. 1893); Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Text: based on Psalm 72, James Montgomery, Evangelical Magazine, 1822); Bless’d Be the God of Israel (Music: George J. Webb, 1830, The Odeon, 1837); On the Wings of an Eagle (Steve Bell); Healer of Our Every Ill (Text and Music: Marty Haugen, 1986, Gather, 1988; Text and music copyright © 1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.); They that Wait upon the Lord (Text & Music: Stuart Hamblen, 1983; copyright © 1953 renewed 1981 Hamblen Music Co.); Take Thou My Hand, O Father (So Nimm denn Meine Hande) (Text: Julie K. Hausmann, So nimm denn meine Hände, Maiblumen Lieder einer Stillen i9m Lande, Vol. 1, 1862; tr. Herman Brückner, Wartburg Hymnal for Church, School, and Home, 1918; Music: Friedrich Silcher, Kinderlieder, Vol. III, 1842)
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