April 25, 2021: “Unexpected, Ordinary Jars of Clay”

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Welcome & Call to Worship

Ben welcomes us and calls us to worship together.

Song of Praise

Sing along to STJ 9 Come, Now is the Time to Worship, accompanied by Ben. You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are, to worship.
Come, just as you are, before your God.
Come.

One day ev’ry tongue will confess you are God,
one day ev’ry knee will bow.
Still, the greatest treasure remains for those
who gladly choose you now.

Come, now is the time to worship.
Come, now is the time to give your heart.
Come, just as you are, to worship.
Come, just as you are, before your God.
Come.

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:

  • To cry out to God that racial inequalities, in all the various subtle and overt ways they are evident near and far, may finally disappear. May our own lives testify that we believe, as Paul says, that God made “ . . . from one forefather people of every race.” (Acts 17:26 Weymouth)  
  • Members of our church family, that even though we have largely been separated physically from each other for more than a year, we still feel connections to each other, feel a sense of purpose as a church body, share each other’s joys, and help to bear each other’s burdens. Let’s especially pray for our sister and brother custodial team, Wendy and James S. James has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • To ask that God’s will prevail for us as a church, and for Justin M. and family, as our vote whether to call Justin as our lead pastor takes place.
  • Each of us, that we may realize that God calls us to follow and serve, just as we are. (1Cor. 1:26)

Congregational Prayer

Introduction to Pastoral Candidate

Scripture Reading

Ben reads 1 Samuel 17:31-40 for us today. May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Feature

Thank you, Kristy L. H., for choosing the following children’s story for the young (and young at heart). Enjoy!

Meditation

Justin M. provides the meditation for us today, entitled “This is Me.”

Song of Response

Let’s respond to the meditation with 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.

Congregational Prayer

Benediction

Sending Song

Let’s go from our time of worship together with this song on our lips and in our hearts: STS 89 Christ is Alive, accompanied by Dianne H. and Michael P.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember, and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of diff’rence,
as faith and hope are born again.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
step from the past, and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new,
our God is making all things new.

Songs: Come, Now is the Time to Worship (Brian Doerksen ©1998 Vineyard Songs); God, Who Stretched (Catherine Cameron ©1967 Hope Publishing Co.); Christ is Alive (Brian Wren ©1983 Hope Publishing Co.; Lori True ©2003 GIA Publications, Inc.)

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