March 21, 2021: “Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls…and Dies…Where is its Life?”

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP!
Deep in the Earth: Called to Deep Growth

Preparing for Worship

On this first Sunday of Spring our minds and hearts are drawn to the natural processes of new growth, new life and all that goes with it. While the actual planting in our gardens and fields will not happen for a while, we may be starting some seedling. It’s a cycle in God’s creation that draws us to worship in many ways and at different times. As we give up our last potatoes for seed so they can produce more fruit, may we too, in this season of Lent, give up that which hinders us from experiencing new abundant life. Welcome to our time of worship. May God reveal his presence as we offer ourselves to our Creator, and wait on him to grant new life.

Welcome & Call to Worship

L. Esther M. J. calls us to worship together. Follow along with the call to worship below, based on Jerimiah 31, Psalm 51, and John 12.

Songs of Praise

Join in praise as we sing along to HWB 89 For the Beauty of the Earth, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You can use the songbook or follow the lyrics below.

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flow’r,
sun and moon and stars of light:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.


For thy church that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
off’ring up on ev’ry shore
her pure sacrifice of love:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

For our second song of praise, we sing along to HWB 614 In the Bulb There Is a Flower, accompanied by Joel & Erin K.

In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

There’s a song in ev’ry silence,
seeking word and melody.
There’s a dawn in ev’ry darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

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 Asian country of Yemen, where millions face unprecedented levels of hunger. Pray not only for immediate needs of the hungry to be met, but also that peace will replace the ongoing civil war.
  • Police forces, in all places, as well as in our province and city. Their jobs are often thankless, and sometimes dangerous. We thank God that the police are there when we need them – day or night.
  • Seniors among us, who in many ways, are feeling the ongoing isolation especially keenly, with limited programing for those in Seniors’ homes, and limited visitation for all. Sarah D., in Tabor PCH, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday! We could consider adding to our prayers a phone call to her!
  • To rejoice in God’s promises in Jeremiah 31, that “ . . . I will forgive their iniquity . . . “, and “. . . I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Congregational Prayer

L. Esther M. J. leads us in a congregational prayer.

Prayer Song

Let’s continue in a spirit of prayer as we sing TEXT, accompanied by TEXT. You may use the song book for the harmonies or just follow the lyrics below.

AUDIO

LYRICS

Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance

Join L. Esther M. J. in the prayer of confession below.

Scripture Reading

L. Esther M. J. reads Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-26 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!

Introducing

Voices Together 396 May You Be Rooted and Grounded, accompanied by Loretta T. Please watch the video below to hear the music and see the song sheet!

Meditation

Ben P. shares the following meditation with us, entitled “Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls…and Dies…Where is its Life?”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with STJ 40 As Rain from the Clouds, accompanied by Irene S.

As rain from the clouds will your word come to earth,
as snow from the heavens refreshing the land.
Then soften our soil that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the dew of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

As grain that is scattered your word has been sown
on rocks and on roadways, in good earth and sand.
Make fertile our soil that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the seed of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

As rays of the sun shall your word light the world,
awaking and warming and healing our land.
Then shine in our hearts that the good seed may grow
and ripen rich fruit to return to your hand.
We praise you, our God, for the light of your word;
we thank you, good gard’ner, for your tender toil.
We bless you, best farmer, for hundredfold yield,
for harvest of grace in our once-barren soil.

Benediction

L. Esther M. J. offers the benediction for us.

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 116 I Saw a Tree by the Riverside, accompanied by Joel, Erin, & Jude K. 

I saw a tree by the riverside one day as I walked along,
straight as an arrow and pointing to the sky,
growing tall and strong.
“How do you grow so tall and strong?”
I said to the riverside tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:

I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree.

I saw a tree in the wintertime when snow lay on the ground,
straight as an arrow and pointing to the sky;
and winter winds blew all around.
“How do you stay so tall and strong?”
I said to the wintertime tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:
I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree.

I saw a tree in the city streets where buildings blocked the sun;
green and lovely, I could see it gave joy to ev’ryone.
“How do you grow in the city streets?” I said to the downtown tree.
This is the song that my tree friend sang to me:
I’ve got roots growing down to the water,
I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine,
and the fruit that I bear is a sign of the life in me.
I am shade from the hot summer sundown,
I am nest for the birds of the heaven.
I’m becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be…
a strong young tree, a strong young tree,
a strong young tree.

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: For the Beauty of the Earth (Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, Lyra Eucharistica, 1864; Music: Conrad Kocher, Stimmen aus dem Reiche Gottes, 1838; adapted by William H. Monk, Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861); In the Bulb There Is a Flower (Text: Natalie Sleeth, 1985; Music: Natalie Sleeth, 1985; Text and music copyright ©1986 Hope Publishing Co.); May You Be Rooted and Grounded (Text: based on Ephesians 3:17–18, Romans 12:4–5, 1 Corinthians 16:14, Galatians 5:25, Philippians 4:6; Lisa Hubbell (USA), rev. 2019; Music: Lisa Hubbell, acc. Morgan Kusmer (USA); ©1994 Lisa Hubbell Mackinney); As Rain from the Clouds (Text: Delores Dufner OSB; Copyright ©1983, 1998 admin. G.I.A. Publications, Inc.; Music: English traditional); I Saw a Tree by the Riverside (Text: Ken Medema; Music: Ken Medema; Text and Music copyright ©1976 Word Music LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

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