March 7, 2021: “What Are the Heavens Telling Us?”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Changing Sky: Called to Deep Wisdom

Preparing for Worship

We come this morning from a variety of places, different experiences during the week, and we bring ourselves, as we are, into the Presence of God, looking for the Peace of Christ, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We can be assured that God sees us, and hears our praise, our prayers, as also our lament. We want to confess our short-comings, and also confess Jesus as Lord. As we look to the ever present skies, and “listen” to what they are telling, we long to learn the wisdom that comes from the Creator of heaven and earth.

Welcome & Call to Worship

Margie & Charlie H. welcome us and call us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below…

Leader:    The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

All:  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

   Leader:    There is no speech… yet the voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

All:  In the heavens you set a tent for the sun… It is rising from the end of the heavens, its circuit to the end of them; nothing is hid from its heat.

   Leader:    The law of the Lord is perfect… sure… clear, true and righteous.
                The fear of the Lord is pure.

   All:  God, clear us from hidden faults; teach us to trust you.
Let the words and meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you,
O Lord, our rock and redeemer.
We call out to you, as you call us to deeper wisdom.

Songs of Praise

Join in singing along to HWB 414 God, Who Stretched, accompanied by Irene S.

God, who stretched the spangled heavens,
infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance
through the silent fields of space;
we, your children in your likeness,
share inventive pow’rs with you.
Great Creator, still creating,
show us what we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
since the childhood of our race,
known the ecstasy of winging
through untraveled realms of space,
probed the secrets of the atom,
yielding unimagined pow’r,
facing us with life’s destruction
or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
may it challenge us anew,
children of creative purpose
serving others, hon’ring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise,
each endeavor well begun.
Great Creator, give us guidance
till our goals and yours are one.

Let’s continue worshiping with HWB 648 Morning Has Broken, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.

Morning has broken like the first morning;
black-bird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
praise for them, springing fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
like the first dew-fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning,
born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise ev’ry morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.

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 ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic: the vaccines, the variants, the researchers, the sick, the medical workers caring for the sick, the bereaved, the medical and political decision makers . . . all need strength and wisdom. All of us need patience and hope.
  • Bock Ki Kim, one of our Witness Worker partners in South Korea. Thank God that his work for restorative justice has been noticed by the local schools, police offices and provincial school boards. Pray for wisdom from God and passion and energy to bring peace to the city of Chuncheon where he and Sook Kyoung Park live.
  • Those among us facing challenges – named and un-named. Let’s especially pray for Helen B., who was transferred to the St. Claude Health Centre on Tuesday, and is awaiting placement in Tabor PCH.
  • To thank God for the joys among us. The recent bright, mild weather brings cheer and hope!
  • All of us, that we may experience in our varying circumstances “. . . Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1st Cor. 1:24)

Congregational Prayer

Margie H. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing STJ 35 O Breath of Life, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and pow’r;
O Breath of Life, come cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore for this we plead.

O Spirit of Love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in every part!

Reflection

Please take this time to reflect, to pray for the items listed in the bulletin, or to send up your own personal prayers as we listen to Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us, accompanied by Loretta T.

Scripture Reading

Ian F. reads John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Join Kristy L.H. and Cooper H. as they continue their discussion on Lent!

Meditation

Follow along with Ben P. as he sings VT 196 Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom. He will sing it through once before his sermon as an introduction, and then once after his sermon, inviting us to join along! The lyrics and song sheet will be visible in the video right after the sermon. Enjoy!

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Join Margie & Charlie H. in the prayer of confession below.

All:  Deep calls to deep. We call to you from the depths of our hearts.

Leader:    We confess when we have settled into sameness, forgetting the rhythms of the heavens. Ignoring the rhythms of justice.
We confess when we have not looked up into the eyes of a neighbour, into your Word that still lives…
Deep calls to deep. You call to us from the depth of your love.

All:  Calling us to deep wisdom, we come to you, O God.

Benediction

Margie H. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STJ 67 Let There Be Light, Lord God, accompanied by Dianne H. 

Let there be light, Lord God of hosts!
Let there be wisdom on the earth!
Let broad humanity have birth!
Let there be deeds instead of boasts.

Within our passioned hearts instill
the calm that ends all strain and strife.
Make us your ministers of life.
Purge us from lusts that curse and kill.

Give us the peace of vision clear
to see each other’s good, our own,
to joy and suffer not alone:
the love that casts aside all fear.

Let woe and waste of warfare cease,
that useful labor yet may build
its homes with love and laughter filled!
God, give your wayward children peace!

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: God, Who Stretched (Text: Catherine Cameron, 1967, Contemporary Worship I, 1969, alt. Copyright ©1967 Hope Publishing Co. Music: The Columbian Harmony; 1825);Morning Has Broken (Text: Eleanor Farjeon, Enlarged Songs of Praise, 1931, alt. Copyright ©1957 Eleanor Farjeon; Music: Gaelic melody, Songs and Hymns of the Gael, 1888; harmonized by Martin Shaw, alt. Harmonization copyright © Oxford University Press, London); Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom (Text: Ruth Duck (USA), 1993, © 1996 The Pilgrim Press; Music: Donna Kasbohm (USA), 1995, © 1997 The Pilgrim Press); O Breath of Life (Text: Elizabeth Ann P. Head; Music: ©1989 James E. Clemens); Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us (Text & Music: W. B. Bradbury, arr. Victor Labenske); Let There Be Light, Lord God (Text: William M. Vories, 1908, Advocate of Peace, 1909, alt. Music: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551)
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