“arêtes” Doing what we are intended to do (Bob Calder)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
PWS&D Sunday     10:00 am     February 06, 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering as a Worshipping Community
Led by the Rev. Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia     Vocalist: Sam Malayang
Elder: Iris Routledge
Children’s Time: the Rev. Bob Calder

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you
P: and also with you

Lighting of the Christ candle
Welcome and announcements
Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: Our souls wait in silence;
P: our hope rests in God
L: our rock
P: our salvation
L: our refuge.
P: We will not be shaken.
L: In this time of worship,
P: we pour out our hearts
L: because we trust in God’s steadfast love.

Opening praise: Forever God is faithful

Give thanks to the Lord our God and King His love endures forever, For He is good, He is above all things His love endures forever Sing praise, sing praise

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm His love endures forever For the life that’s been reborn His love endures forever Sing praise, sing praise; sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong. Forever God is with us, forever and ever; forever

From the rising to the setting sun his love endures forever, by the grace of God we will carry on, his love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise; sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong. Forever God is with us, forever and ever; forever

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship
L: Come and worship,
P: everyone on earth,
L: everywhere the sun shines,
P: let’s praise God together!

Prayers of adoration and confession

Light of the world,

In the sparkle of the snowflake, we see your gentle beauty.

In the towering frosted treetops, we are reminded of your splendour.

You created each hibernating animal and every chirping bird.

Even in the cold of winter your creation amazes us.

We thank you for blessing the world with such beauty and giving us a place within it.

Yet we confess that too often we take your creation for granted.

We squander your gifts and ignore our responsibility.

Sin and pride take us over;

selfish wants consume our thoughts.

Forgive us we pray.

Take away whatever holds us back from living fully in your light and loving your world.

May we experience the Holy Spirit’s presence with us this morning.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Amidst the darkness of all of our sin, Christ shines a redeeming light.

With faith in him we are forgiven, restored and made new.

Response: Glory, glory, hallelujah

Glory, glory hallelujah, Since I laid my burden down Glory, glory hallelujah Since I laid my burden down.

I feel better, so much better since I laid my burden down. I feel better, so much better since I laid my burden down

Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, help me lay my burden down. Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, help me lay my burden down.

African American spiritual, public domain

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Amidst the darkness of all of our sin, Christ shines a  redeeming light. With faith in him we are forgiven, restored and made new.

We listen for the voice of God

Open our eyes, Lord

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch him and say that we love him, Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord We want to see Jesus

 Words and music: Bob Cull; © Maranatha! Music 1976; The Copyright Company Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Children’s Time

Story: Tigers, Cats, Coaches, and Rules

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Transition music                                

Song: Shine Jesus shine (Lord, the light of your love is shining)

Lord, the light of your love is shining in the midst of the darkness, shining; Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us. Set us free by the truth you now bring us. Shine on me, shine on me

Refrain: Shine, Jesus, shine fill this land with the Father’s glory; blaze, Spirit, blaze set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow flood the nations with grace and mercy; send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light!

Lord, I come to your awesome presence, from the shadows into your radiance; by your blood I may enter your brightness, search me, try me, consume all my darkness, Shine on me, shine on me.         Refrain

As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness, ever changing from glory to glory; mirrored here may our lives tell your story. Shine on me, shine on me.                             Refrain

Words and Music: Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Scripture reading: 2 Peter 1:5-11 (NT(NRSV)

Response: Jesus, remember me

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Words: Luke 23:42 public domain; Music: Jacques Berthier, Taizé Community © Les Presses de Taizé, 1981. Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Message: “arêtes” Doing what we are intended to do

Since the Super Bowl is next Sunday I would like to look at the man who is credited with crafting and bringing innovations to the sport of football, Amos Alonzo Stagg.

He was born in 1862 in West Orange, New Jersey, during the early stages of the American Civil War.

His devotion to hard work produced success both in the classroom and on the athletic fields during his youth.

At the same time, he sharpened his spiritual obedience in the Presbyterian church.

Acting on the guidance of trusted mentors—

his pastor, Sunday school teacher, and sister—Stagg enrolled at Yale University intent on becoming a Presbyterian minister.

There Stagg excelled at baseball and football, earning recognition on the first All-American football team.

His pitching abilities secured him lucrative offers from Major League baseball clubs, but the sport’s hard-drinking reputation and his love for amateur competition persuaded him to pass it by.

He still wanted to become a pastor, but Stagg struggled to express his faith in front of large groups.

Stagg was a quiet man who spoke with a soft voice.

During one conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, he eavesdropped on legendary university evangelist John Mott, who asked an associate why Stagg “simply can’t share his faith.”
Stagg had no such problems living his faith, however, and decided to pursue coaching.

He accepted his first job out of college in 1888 as head football coach at the School of Christian Workers, a YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Anchoring the center of his offensive line was none other than James Naismith, another Christian sports innovator.

Naismith bounced his ideas about the new game of “basketball” off Stagg, who was prevented by a prior engagement from playing in that sport’s landmark first game.
When the 30-year-old Stagg was offered the head-coaching position at the University of Chicago in 1892, he told the university president,

“After much thought and prayer, I decided that my life can best be used for my Master’s service in the position you have offered.”
As we look at Coach Stagg, we come to the realization that we also are to serve the purpose for which we were created.

In our N.T. lesson this morning, Peter calls for excellence in our character.

The Greek word is “arêtes.”

“arêtes” was used to describe anything that did what it was created to do, that performed its intended function, or that fulfilled its proper purpose
A saw was called “arêtes,” if it was sharp and cut things well!
A jar called “arêtes,” if it held water and did not have cracks!
Now, the question is “For what purposes have we been created?”
To be “arêtes”, we need to find and fulfill those purposes.

God has given us all that is necessary.

Because He has, we must be diligent in cultivating it.

There must be desire, determination, and discipline on our part.

One purpose is glorifying and bringing pleasure to God:
Isaiah 43:7 says “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”
It helps us to be a good citizen and friend.

It helps us in the technique of living well.

Arêtes helps us to live an effective life in the service of God and people.
Another purpose is loving and helping and serving others.
In Galatians 5:13 we read: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love.”

Christianity is not about selfish fulfillment, but about serving others.

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.

It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.

If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God.

You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years.

That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves.

We ask self-centered questions like ‘What do I want to be?’

‘What should I do with my life?’

‘What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future?’

But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose.

God intends all Christians to be active participants in life and has assigned each one of us a function in the Christian community.

No exceptions!

Just as each of us has one body with many parts, and these parts do not all have the same function, so in the Church we, who are many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
Gifts are to be used to serve others and for the common good of the entire Body.

And if you’re thinking I can’t do anything, you’re wrong.

There are certain things that all of us can and need to do.

The first thing we can all do is to give love to those around us.

You don’t have to be healthy, extremely intelligent, or athletic to do this.

Many of us have close friends who are very special to us.

To those people you can give your heart.

Remember that you are important to them and you are important to God.

Our abilities are given to us, by God, to bless other people.

In March of 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., and was hospitalized for several weeks.

Government carried on.
On the other hand in 2008 garbage workers in Naples went on a two week strike.

The situation got so bad that the Italian Prime Minister deployed several units of the Italian Army to clear away the garbage.
Who is more important the President or a garbage collector?
Who is more important in your church?

The minister or the pianist or those people who greet at the door?

Remember, each activity is necessary and important to God.
Many of us fail to fulfill the purpose for which we are created.

We live our lives in utter frustration and futility.
Ask yourself these questions:

  • “What have I done that I believe in and am proud of?”
  • “What have I done that I was created to do?”

We need to serve the purpose for which we have been created.
In Amos Alonzo Stagg’s day, college administrators were more concerned about academics than sports.

Few of them saw any value in athletic competition.

However, Stagg’s vision for football’s ability to impart virtue to its participants led to the violent sport’s acceptance by cautious college administrators.

Teamwork, sacrifice, and determination would aid colleges in their mission to develop

well-rounded Christian men, Stagg argued.

As head coach, he invented the tackling dummy, numbered jerseys, huddles, men in motion and the Statue of Liberty Play.

When the forward pass became legal in college football, he had 64 such plays ready to spring upon unsuspecting adversaries.

Stagg was more than just a technical innovator, though.

He placed athletics within the Biblical teachings of Christ and His church.
From Coach Stagg we learn to: choose a worthy course in life.
The word “arêtes” refers to choosing and following a virtuous, righteous, moral course of life consistent with the revealed will of God in the Bible!
We all face many choices in life.
To be “arêtes,” we must choose the best options.

We must choose God’s options.

Song: Will you come and follow me (vss 1,3,4)

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name be known; will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

 Words: Iona Community; © 1987, WGRG, c/o Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. Music: John Bell; © GIA Publications, 1987 License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

O Lord, May our expressions of gratitude never deafen us to the cries of those in need; and in celebrating your love may we never forget that your love reaches others through us.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Response: Give thanks to the Lord (instrumental)

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Reflection on giving: We have been giving faithfully even though we have not been passing the Offering Plate sin the beginning of the pandemic. It may be a while before most of us return to the sanctuary, but we are all committed to continuing the ministry and mission that define Dayspring – using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contributions, which come freely from hearts full of gratitude. For those in the sanctuary, if you have offering envelopes with you, simply put them in the offering plate at the back of the sanctuary as you leave the service today.

Transition: Be still and know that I am God

Words and music: anonymous and public domain

Prayers for others and ourselves

We pray for those who need your justice, Lord.

We think of all who sleep on the cold streets,

all who have no food to eat.

We pray for refugees and political prisoners.

We think of the children who must work instead of going to school.

Fill them with your hope so each day might be a step closer to a normal lifestyle.

We pray for all who need your healing touch.

We pray for people who are confused and afraid,

for those in hospitals and nursing homes and who are dealing with long-term or mental illness.

Those who are suffering because of Covid-19.

We pray for our families and the families in our communities that are in conflict and for relationships that are strained or broken.

Surround us all with your peace and comfort so that we can find new life and new hope each day.

Compassionate God, we ask that our prayers and our worship would be more than just words and motions. Open our hearts so that our affection for you and all you are to us runs deep and wide within us.

Encourage us to be the salt and light that you desire, not pious and presumptuous but compassionate and caring.

Lord your light calls us to follow and serve you.
Your light still shines for all to see in this world.
May we continue to reflect your light in our lives,
in our service, in our words and in our deeds.

In times like these we need to hold each other up in prayer.
In times like these we need to encourage each other.
In times like these  we need to be there for one another.
In times like these we need to cry out to God for those in need.

I pray for Dayspring congregation as next week they consider a candidate to be their new minister. May they be open to your will and follow your leading. I pray for the candidate that that person will be listening to your still small voice and seek your leading in his life.

Hear us now as we bring our personal thoughts and prayers to you in a moment of silent prayer.

May the Holy Spirit touch all of us this morning.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Master and Lord. Amen.

Communion

Invitation

Song: Help us to help each other

Help us to help each other, Lord, each other’s cross to share; let each our friendly aid afford and feel each other’s care.

Up into thee, our living Head, let us in all things grow, and by thy sacrifice be led the fruits of love to show.

Drawn by the magnet of thy love let all our hearts agree, and ever to each other move, and ever nearer thee.

This is the bond of perfectness, thy spotless charity, Oh let us still, we pray, possess the mind that was in thee.

Words: Charles Wesley © public domain. Music: Scottish Psalter 1615 © public domain

Affirmation of our faith: The Apostles’ Creed

Sharing of the Elements

The prayer after communion

Song: Joyful, joyful we adore You (vss 1,3,4)

Joyful, joyful, we adore You, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before You, Opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!

You are giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blessed, Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest! God Creator, Christ our Saviour, all are yours who live in love. Teach us how to love each our neighbour, Lift us to your joy above.

Morning stars awake the chorus, mortals join with every part for what joy is set before us, as Christ’s love joins heart to heart! Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife, joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.

 Words: Henry Dyke © public domain. Music: Ludwig van Beethoven arr; Edward Hodges © public domian

Sending out with God’s blessing

Response: Amen, we praise your name, O God (X2)

Sing Amen, Amen, we praise your name, O God!
Sing Amen! Amen, we praise your name, O God!
Sing Amen! Amen, amen. Amen, amen.
Amen, we praise your name, O God!

Words: Xhosa,S.C.Molefe © Lamko Institute,1991. Music: S.C.Molefe © Lamko Institute,1991. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Music postlude

(Zoom breakout rooms)

“…as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

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Bob Calder retains the copyright (© 2022) on all original material presented by him. The Communion liturgy is based on the Book of Common Worship of the PCC (1991). As far as Bob Calder is aware, all of the material presented that has not been attributed to others is his own creation or is in the public domain. Unacknowledged use of copyrighted material is unintentional and will be corrected immediately upon notification being received.

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