Sunday Worship

When Dayspring’s Session and Board believe that it is safe to do so, worship will be offered in the Sanctuary, although with strict guidelines per the advice of public health officials. Meantime, those leading virtual worship are doing so from the Sanctuary.

When we have the “all clear,” Dayspring’s Sunday Worship Services will be “Mixed Presence” worship.  That is, those who are willing and able to do so will gather in the sanctuary (following the federal, provincial, and municipal guidelines and regulations). However, we will continue to broadcast worship via ZOOM as we have been doing since mid-March. Please prepare for the return by watching the Welcome Back video that you will find here.

Even when everyone feels comfortable about worshipping in the sanctuary and we have the all-clear from public health officials, Dayspring will continue to broadcast our services. That is, we envision an ongoing “mixed presence” congregation in our worship, educational activities, community services, and governance.

We are a Food Bank Depot and Sponsor a World Vision Child

DAYSPRING IS A FOOD BANK DEPOT

Thursday Afternoons, 3:30-5:00: Dayspring Volunteers staff this service to the community. The Dayspring congregation makes donations of items on a regular basis to supplement the food boxes provided by the Edmonton Food Bank. The process has been reorganized so as to observe COVID-19 distancing requirements. Click here for a list of Items regularly needed.


WORLD VISION CHILD

Sponsored by our Sunday Church School …..

Sunday (Zoom) Message: Human desires and Godly plans

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

August 30, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Those who wait on the Lord

Those who wait on the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall rise up on wings as eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint:
help us, Lord; help us, Lord, in your way.

Those who serve the suffering world
shall renew their strength;
they shall rise up on wings as eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint:
help us, Lord; help us, Lord, in your way.

Those who live the risen life
shall renew their strength;
they shall rise up on wings as eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint:
help us, Lord; help us, Lord, in your way.

Those who love the Mystery
shall renew their strength;
they shall rise up on wings as eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint:
help us, Lord; help us, Lord, in your way.

Those who die on the march
shall renew their strength;
they shall rise up on wings as eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint:
help us, Lord; help us, Lord, in your way.

Words: trad., public domain
arr. J. Bell; © WGRG Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Greeting“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”  

Welcome and announcements:

Call to Worship

L: Give thanks to God and tell of God’s gifts.
P: We will sing praises for all that God has done.
L: Let your hearts be joyful!
P: We will seek God’s presence continually.
L: Call to mind God’s wonderful works.
P: We will always remember the blessings of God and glorify God forever!

Music: Glory, Glory Hallelujah

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

African American spiritual
public domain 

Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Confession

Eternal and ever-loving God, deep is our desire for what is true and enduring. Deep is our need to see clearly. Deep is our longing for You, dear Lord. In You we live and move and have our being. You are the root of love, the fountain of knowledge, the source of wisdom, the path of right living. You are the beginning and end of all things. Our thoughts cannot comprehend your mystery. And so we worship You in humble praise, Holy God, ever three and ever one.

God of wisdom, You teach us with your love, You touch us with your mercy, and You challenge us with your truth. Send us your Holy Spirit to help us understand the scriptures so that we may encounter You as we listen for your living Word.

Although You satisfy our deepest desires, dear Lord, we confess together that we have often turned away from You:

We have sought meaning in shallow places. We have clung to old hurts and familiar habits. We have nursed anger and envy. We have been self-absorbed and lacked compassion. We have turned our backs on those in need. Forgive what we have been, amend who we are, and guide us toward what we may become according to your grace. Hear our personal prayers of confession now, dear Lord…

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

Friends in Christ, the apostle Paul declared that from now on, we regard no one from a human point of view. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation. Everything old has passed away. See, everything has become new! Thanks be to God that we can all make a new start through God’s grace

Music: Jesus loves me

Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me…
The Bible tells me so.

Anna Bartlett; William Bradbury
public domain

Music: Open our eyes, Lord

Children’s time: Fionna McCrostie (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music:  At the name of Jesus

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him King of glory now;
’tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

Humbled for a season, to receive a name
from the lips of sinners, unto whom he came;
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true.
Look to him, your Savior, in temptations’ hour;
let his will enfold you in its light and power.

Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again,
with his Father’s glory o’er the earth to reign;
for all wreaths of empire meet up on his brow,
and our hearts confess him King of glory now.

Words: C.M. Noel, public domain
Music: R. Vaughn Williams. © Oxford University Press
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Scripture readingMatthew 16:21-28 (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

The Cross and Self-Denial

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Music:  His truth is marching on

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on

African American spiritual
public domain

Message: “Human desires and Godly plans”

How easily do we, like Peter, in last week’s passage, get the feeling everything is now going my way? Especially when we get that glowing affirmation?

Peter had made that rock-solid confirmation that “Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” With everything else being shaky, there was at least his one solid statement to make. It was upon this firm statement that Jesus said that the church would be built.

This is the church that has lasted 2000 years and counting. Not our church, the church that God established as the ones called out to be God’s, followers of Jesus Christ.

The grand plan of God is unfolding in a world with so many unjust things happening, back in the time of Jesus, and also in our day. People tend to be rooted in systemic human positions of comfort, often only thinking of their own desires.

Have you ever stood in the way of the ‘grander plan’ that God had through Jesus? How easily do I also stand in the way?

It’s so comfortable to know that our church is a solid sign of God’s presence. We can have the desire to sustain, maintain and perpetuate that which we might never examine more closely. The question that arises in my mind, is how much of it has been upset by Covid-19? When the pandemic upsets our lovely peace and tranquillity, one can’t but wonder whether something new and even better might be born out of the upheaval.

When the plan that God has in the gospel according to Matthew, remember that there were certain steps in God’s grander plan that hadn’t unfolded yet. When Peter had been admitting that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, Simon Peter wasn’t aware of the bigger things waiting around the corner.

How don’t you also look at the way things are or were until recently, thinking this is just fine. We get all impressed with our accomplishments and have a sense of arrival. Perhaps that was Peter’s problem. He might have felt that way. My goodness, I’ve done well. I’ve even heard from Jesus that this confession of mine is what is going to be the basis upon which things in the future will be built. I’ve got it right.

Then, there are events in our lives when we become self-conceited, just like Peter. It even feels like I want to build a monument, put up a plaque and shout hurray! I got my degree, I’ve become a Canadian citizen, people have affirmed me. I reached Canada Hall of Fame status. Our city has its own Light Rail Transit (LRT). Canada is rated as one of the best countries in the world. And then, when life takes a turn, and our desires aren’t met, then we want to put up a roadblock. Our human desires become more important. Our systemic ways of being, of having become comfortable, could become the exact parts of our lives that need to be dismantled.

When Jesus “began to show his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Matthew 16:21), it was Peter, the maker of solid confessions, that turned around and said to Jesus “Stop! This ain’t gonna happen, not under my watch!”

How easily don’t we too want to maintain the status quo, have things going my way, nothing turned over in favour of the disenfranchised? Peter had it right and then it all went horribly wrong in a short few sentences (narratively speaking).

It is when justice comes to its fuller purpose on earth, that one sees the “Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” It is for this reason that Jesus would undergo great suffering, be killed and be raised on the third day.

Isn’t it eventually when we are prepared to give in and not have our way under all circumstances that systemic injustices can be put right? We can’t always have it our way. Just as Simon Peter couldn’t have it his way.

In the end, God’s project of love is allowed to flourish. New ways are opened up. The vista upwards towards God gets clearer and more visible. We are often very familiar with God’s project of love. Here it is, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Isn’t this the reason why Jesus must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering? God wanted to give his only Son so that we could live eternally.

Eugene Peterson wrote: “Hoping that God’s love would bring eternal life, does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying.

Hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what God said He will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it. That is not hoping in God but bullying God. ‘I pray to God — my life a prayer — and wait for what God will say and do. My life is on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.’” [i]

It isn’t about my human desires, but much rather about the Godly plans that are unfolding in this life.

Amen

Music:  Take up your cross

Take up your cross, the Saviour said,
if my disciple you would be;
deny yourself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me.

Take up your cross; let not its weight
fill frightened spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let your foolish pride rebel:
for you the Saviour bore the cross,
to save your soul from death and hell.
Take up your cross, then, in Christ’s strength,
and every danger calmly brave;
’twill guide you to a heavenly home,
and lead to victory o’er the grave.

Take up your cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down,
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

songwriters: C.W. Everest, H. Baker; public domain

Prayer of gratitude:

Dear Lord in whom we live and move and have our being. We come to You in prayer as the summer season draws nearer to its close. And we prepare for an autumn filled with many changes: We give You thanks for the occasions we have enjoyed this summer, savouring the beauty of your creation right outside our doors. Thank You for the chances we’ve had to catch up with family and friends, and whatever opportunities for travel, recreation and restoration have been possible. We recognize how blessed we are to live in Canada and so we are grateful for each moment in which we found rest and relaxation in the summer season. Amen

Reflection on giving:

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So, we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described on the screen and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Music:  Forever

Give thanks to the Lord
our God and King
His love endures forever

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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PrayerDear Lord, we offer these gifts to you in hope and thanksgiving. Use them to transform the world you love with the good news we celebrate in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Blessing:

“The love of Jesus Christ, the grace of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” (2 Corinthians 13:13)

Music:  God to enfold you

God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you
Spirit to keep you in heaven’s sight
So may God grace you, heal and embrace you
Lead you through darkness into the light

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © WGRG Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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[i] Taken from A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson Copyright (c) 1980, 2000 by Eugene Peterson. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com (https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations-2/sermon-illustrations-hope/)


Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf                                             
Welcoming Elder: Jim Jeatt

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie
Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (ZOOM) Message: “Feeding the Five Thousand”

Leading Worship: Elder Bill Davis and the Rev Dr. John Carr
Pre-recorded Music provided by Gord McCrostie and Binaifer (Binu) Kapadia

Gathering

Music:  As the deer

 As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you

 You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you

Songwriter: Martin J. Nystrom; 1984 © Maranatha! Music, The Copyright Co.
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”   

Welcome and announcements:

Welcome to this Worship Service with the Congregation of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – whether you are nearby or far away.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper, today, so we invite everyone to have a piece of bread or a cracker and some wine or fruit juice available, so that you can share in Communion. Please note that our children share with us in the Lord’s Supper.

Additional Announcements …

 Call to Worship

L: Each day God opens to us new doors of potential and hope.

P: God offers us new challenges and a new call to commitment and service.

L: God offers us fresh possibilities for deepened relationship.

P: In worship, we hear the challenge voiced, gain strength for the tasks ahead, and learn and grow in our faith.

ALL: We are here to worship God!

 Prayer of approach: We pray …

Loving God, in You we know the power of redemption. You stand among us as Light and Life even in our darkest times.

Elusive God, Companion on the way, you walk behind, beside, and beyond. You catch us unawares.

You break through the disillusionment and despair when it is clouding our vision so that we may find our way and journey on.

You stand with us and are hoping for us even when we find it difficult to hope for ourselves.

Prayer of confession

We are mindful, this day of the fact that we stand before you revealed in all our weaknesses and faults. You know what goes on in our minds and you see the way we behave towards each other in the human family.

We are mindful also of the ways in which our environment cries out in pain because of the many wounds with which we have afflicted it.

Now, we reflect on the way we have lived our lives and, in the silence of our own hearts, we confess our personal sin and waywardness …

Prayer for God’s help

We know that we as individuals – along with organizations and institutions – have a role to play in the healing process.  But we also know that Your love and care is, itself, a healing balm for human pain and for the consequences of human sin.

And so we live with trust and faith, knowing that Your loving “arms” are around us and Your loving “hands” are underneath our world. AMEN.

 Assurance of God’s forgiveness

We receive God’s full forgiveness when we own up to our sin. To confess a sin means to uncover it and call it exactly what God calls it. This honest confession must include the willingness to forsake the sin. God promises not only to forgive us but also to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To God be the glory. AMEN.

Children’s time:   Heather Tansem (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music:  I will trust in the Lord

 I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
I will trust in the Lord
’til I die

African American spiritual public domain

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

13 Now when Jesus heard about the tragic death of John (the person who had baptized Him), He withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When He went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, along with many women and children.

 

Today’s Message: “Feeding the Five Thousand”

The Revised Common Lectionary lists several passages for today. The message is informed by three of those passages but, as you will have inferred, I am focussing on the passage from Matthew. However, I did do a lot of thinking about the interplay among three of the listed Scripture passages in preparation for worship, this morning:

  1. Isaiah 55:1-5: An Invitation to Abundant Life
  2. Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21: God’s Compassion for us Humans
  3. Matthew 14:13-21: Feeding the Five Thousand

Three things stood out for me as I reflected on these passages.

  1. God wants the best for God’s people.
  2. God is thoughtful about our situation as humans.
  3. God wants us to look after one another in the human community.

First, a comment about the last verse in the passage from Matthew’s Gospel.

Matthew is telling the story from a Jewish perspective, and from a Jewish perspective, households were under the control of the husband/father. We don’t think of families in that way – so the language is a bit awkward for us. But Matthew is basically saying that there were 5,000 families there.

Secondly, it is unlikely that 20,000 people would have gathered together on the shores of that lake. Undoubtedly the crowd was large – leading to the recording of that figure. But storytellers of that day were prone to embellishment of reality – speaking figuratively, not literally. So, at the literal level, there were just a lot of people there.

While Jesus’ teaching and compassionate care for those who were sick is important, Mathew’s emphasis seems to be on the way in which the people who gathered on that day were fed.

Jesus really wanted to spend that day grieving the death of his friend and mentor, John the Baptist. However, the needs of those who came were great and Jesus’ loving heart caused Him to set aside his own need and be the pastor to all those people.

It’s difficult for us to understand how a large crowd could be fed on five loaves and two fish. There are two ways in which theologians explain this.

  1. That this was a symbolic act – much like modern day observances of the Lord’s Supper. People were fed spiritually, not physically.
  2. That the fact that some offered up the food that they had brought created a cascade effect – with everyone who had food sharing with those who did not.

I prefer the second explanation – which really reflects what happens in everyday life.

One person acting kindly towards others creates a ripple or cascade effect. That is, at least some who see another behaving kindly and with care for others are motivated to do the same – and the ripples spread out into the surrounding community and even have the power to transform culture.

It seems to me that that ripple effect has continued to be experienced by many throughout the world as the years and centuries have unfolded since those days when Jesus was among us humans in the Middle East.

I have not been involved personally in Dayspring’s Food Bank Depot. But I know from stories Audrey and others have told how the act of serving others in that way impacts on those who have been served – as well as on those who provide the service and on others of us who are supportive in various ways of the Thursday afternoon teams.

The same can be said of the “Jam and Butter project” which Darolyn inspired us to get involved in – providing breakfast materials for young kids who come to school without having had breakfast.

As a congregation, we love to eat together. And that’s a good thing. There’s an even better thing about that. Did you know that, a few years ago, when a couple of Food Bank clients saw that we were having a congregational dinner, they wandered in and asked if they could have some food? Immediately, they were provided with more food than they could eat and it seems to me that they might even have taken some extras home with them.

And then there is the experience that our young people had, feeding the clients of The Mustard Seed in Edmonton’s City Centre – and the gallons of soup Dsypringers have donated over the years to the Edmonton Urban Native Ministry.

Also, many of the folks of our congregation help to “feed others” in other ways, literally or figuratively, emotionally, physically – individually and through people-serving organizations.  For example:

  • playgrounds for children
  • scholarships
  • supporting Kids on Track (a community-building organization that provides hope, direction, and ongoing support for children, youth, and their parents)
  • summer programs for children during COVID-19
  • lunch programs for less advantaged children
  • helping or performing music at senior centres
  • making a turkey dinner at Christmastime for 6 teenage girls who had just come off the streets
  • making Christmas dinner for 20 women who were in a safe house with their children in December
  • and that’s just a small sampling based on some very limited research

Beyond these local service contexts, we contribute to Canada Food Grains Bank and Presbyterian World Service – doing our part to feed the hungry of the world and helping to create conditions that enable people to feed themselves.

So maybe “feeding five thousand” is actually an understatement. As a direct result of Jesus’ ministry hundreds of millions have been fed during the last two millennia because followers of Jesus, fed by Jesus through our participation in communities of faith and care gathered around Him, have reached out in care for others.

 

“And those who ate were about five thousand families.” Given what has happened since, I think we could add a few zeros.

Music:  Freely, freely

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name,
I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you
to share his love as he told me to.

He said:
‘Freely, freely you have received;
freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe,
others will know that I live.’

All power is given in Jesus’ name,
in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you
to share his power as he told me to.

songwriter: Carol Owens, 1972 © Lexicon Music Inc.
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The Lord’s Supper

Invitation

When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed, broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

Luke 24:30, 31

We invite you, each in your own homes, to recognize and experience the presence of Jesus.

This celebration of the Lord’s Supper is not a Dayspring celebration.

Neither is it a Presbyterian celebration.

It is a celebration for all humankind – for men and women, girls and boys, who are seeking, or have found, a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe that we are not in charge of the Lord’s Supper – rather that Jesus is – and Jesus says that all are welcome.

And now we pray …

As we partake of this bread and wine, we honor Creator and creation.

As we bless and share these gifts, we celebrate the Table fellowship of Jesus and know that all are made worthy by Jesus – adults, teenagers, children – and that all are welcome!

We celebrate the communion and community of all humankind.

In Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life and the True Vine, You feed us with the Word. You nourish us with Your Love poured out in abundance upon us.

O present Spirit, help us recognize the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

You feed us and all the world with this bread.

You bring joy with this wine and grape juice.

Bread and Wine are leaven, salt, and life in us – a community of faith strengthened by this symbolic meal.

We pray in the name of Jesus who came among us – a deep mystery of faith. AMEN.

Music:  Come now you blessed

“Come now, you blessed, eat at my table, “
said Jesus Christ to the righteous above.
“When I was hungry, thirsty, and homeless, 
sick and in prison, you showed me your love.”

When did we see you hungry or thirsty?
When were you homeless, a stranger alone?
When did we see you sick or in prison?
What have we done that you call us your own?

“When you gave bread to the earth’s hungry children, 
when you gave welcome to war’s refugees.
When you remembered those most forgotten, 
you cared for me in the smallest of these.”

Christ, when we meet you out on life’s roadways, 
looking to us in the faces of need, 
then may we know you, welcome and show you
love that is faithful in word and in deed.

words: Ruth Duck, 1992 © GIA Publications Inc.; music: Emily Brink; 1994 © CRC Publications
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Offering of Bread and Wine

Because there is one bread,
we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread. I Cor. 10:17.
When we break the bread,
it is a sharing in the body of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.
When we bless the cup,
it is a sharing in the blood of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.
The wine, like Christ’s blood, is poured out as a declaration that we can have life and have life more abundantly.

Communion

Offering of the Bread: “The Bread of life is for all who come in faith.”
Offering of the Wine: “Christ’s love is poured out for all of us.”

Prayer after Communion

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us symbolically and we have experienced your Real Presence.

We thank You for all those who have shared in this mystery, and thus in You throughout two millennia.

And we offer ourselves, and all that we have in the service and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Reflection on givingWelcoming Elder

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described on the screen and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Intercessions

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs.

Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our prayers for those of our congregation, or those who are the family members or friends of our members, whose names are listed in our weekly mailing …

We think, especially, of those in our congregation who are dealing with the frailty of our bodies as we grow older. …

And about those who grieve the death of loved ones …

We offer our prayers, also, for those in our wider community, province, nation, and world who are struggling, many of them not knowing how they will survive …

Words are able to accomplish much, but actions speak louder than words. So, along with our prayers, we commit ourselves to acts of care, justice-seeking, and peace-making.

Commissioning and Blessing

Go in peace. Love and serve the Lord.
And know that God Is with you each step of the way. Amen


Copyright 2020 by The Rev. John C. Carr, ThM, PhD, DD (HC)

Sunday (ZOOM) Worship: Message “The Best is Love” (Darlene Eerkes)

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship: July 12, 2020 at 10 am MDT
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Leading Worship: Darlene Eerkes

Gathering

 Music: The love of God comes close

The love of God comes close
where stands an open door,
to let the stranger in,
to mingle rich and poor.

The love of God is here to stay,
embracing those who walk the Way;
the love of God is here to stay.

The peace of God comes close
to those caught in the storm,
forgoing lives of ease
to ease the lives forlorn.

The joy of God comes close
where faith encounters fears,
where heights and depths of life
are found through smiles and tears.
The grace of God comes close
to those whose grace is spent,
when hearts are tired or sore
and hope is bruised and bent.

The Son of God comes close
where people praise his name,
where bread and wine are blest
and shared as when He came.

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
Music: public domain
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”   

 

Welcome and announcements

Welcome to this Worship Service with the Congregation of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – whether you are nearby or far away.

 Call to Worship

L: We come together today to hear your words, O Lord
P: To hear your words of challenge and opportunity
L: To hear your words of comfort and encouragement
P: To know your presence is with us in every circumstance.

 Music:  What wondrous love is this

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To lay aside his crown,
For my soul, for my soul,
To lay aside his crown for my soul.

 To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM, ”
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

American folk hymn
harm.: © World Council of Churches

Prayers of approach and for God’s help and Prayer of confession

Loving God – When we see and hear the news of conflict around our world we are often overwhelmed with many emotions. We wrestle with problems in our society that are so big and systemic that it is hard to know how to react and what to do.

God – We wonder if we would act differently if we saw YOU in each face we encountered in our days?

If we saw YOU in each face, would we do a better job of listening?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we see past race? age? deformity?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we verbally put down another person?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we accept the bullying or destruction of others?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we find a way to understand and bless those we meet instead of rushing to our next task?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we want each one to know YOU and understand how this world belongs to YOU?
If we saw YOU in each face, would we work and live so that all people feel valued and loved?

God – We confess that we do not love our neighbour as we should. Amen.

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

God knows our failures.  God understands our struggles. God is merciful to us, embracing us with a love that is beyond all measure, beyond all words. Because of God’s love we are forgiven.  Love is the greatest gift God gives us.

Children’s time:   Lynn Vaughan                  (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music: Jesus loves me

Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me…
The Bible tells me so.

Anna Bartlett; William Bradbury
public domain

Scripture reading

Today’s readings are taken from the New International Version of the Bible and The Message translation.

  • Our first reading is from Galatians 5: 14-15 and verses 22-23: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbour as yourself.  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Verses 22 and 23 state: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

  • Our second reading is from the Gospel of John 13:35 Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
  • And our final reading is from the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians – a text showing us the Way of Love. Lynn has already shared many of the ideas in the first section of this chapter so I will highlight only the completion of 1 Corinthians. These words are taken from The Message translation:

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing God directly just as God knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

Message:  The best is love!

Darlene Eerkes

God loves you! God loves all people.  We play a role in the Greatest LOVE story imaginable!  You have just listened to a selection of Scripture verses that are likely quite familiar to many of you.  As followers of Jesus we seek to be wise and faithful, living out God’s hope for the world.  We heard in these scriptures that God shares with us the gifts of Spirt of God.  And, that LOVE is the best. 

We all know that there are times when loving is easy. 

For example, as I hold my little granddaughter one and a half years old, I feel the power of love.  One day she was not feeling well, she was cranky and needed lots of comfort and love.  I was holding her as she was falling asleep.  I held one of her tiny hands and I was humming softly.  It was a very quiet moment – a connection moment. I felt her little heart beating against mine. And then She looked up into my eyes and I was looking into her dark brown ones. We gazed at each other – Time stood still.  In that moment I felt LOVE – beyond words.  My granddaughter, in spite of not feeling well, smiled a slow gentle look. She felt it too! “Love your neighbour” does not feel like a command to be obeyed when I look into the eyes of any of my grandchildren. 

To “love others” is a command for those times when loving is hard, when Love compels us to give up something or to make tough decisions in the name of love. For example:  A previous colleague of mine is a very passionate man who has been active for many years in Christian education.  Just over two years ago, my friend was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Part of his treatment was a bone marrow transplant which severely impacts a person’s immune system. His medical health is fragile and his life holds great uncertainty. Covid-19 is particularly serious for people in his situation. 

In a recent Twitter post my friend said: Those who protest wearing a mask b/c they feel it is the gov’t taking away their personal freedom are forgetting that the only real freedom comes when we love others. It is what we are created and commanded to do. Having the mind of Christ compels us to put others first.

My friend reminds us that real love means thinking about the needs of others.  At times it may mean wearing a mask even when we don’t want to OR following the directional arrows in a grocery store OR completing the multitude of questions asked of you before being admitted to a place of business OR allowing your temperature to be taken as you wait for service OR waiting in line ups so social distancing can be maintained.  Love motivates us to find new ways of connecting with our families and neighbours while trying to keep everyone safe. Loving our neighbour means all our neighbours, not just the ones we find it easy to love.

The Scriptures today speak of many fruits of the Spirit of God in us/with us – but the BEST of these is LOVE.  Faithful followers of Christ will ACT in ways that reflect God’s love to the world around us, even when doing so is difficult.  We will love and protect our neighbours in the same way we would love and protect our families and ourselves. 

Our call to love has never been more urgently needed than it is in this time of distancing and fear and fragmentation. Every day, each of us make decisions about what it means to be loving.

In listening to the news you are aware that there is an increasing threat of a different kind of pandemic in our world, based on the colour of our skin, and we hear about the violence which erupts in society because of the deep systemic lack of equity bred by racism and poverty. 

We are called and committed to follow Christ… to love as Jesus loved. 

God invites us to breathe hope – goodness – beauty – joy and love into the world.

We are invited to join in the work of transforming the world and all of creation. 

This work of reconciliation is NOT easy!

In this invitation to follow in the ways of Christ is also the promise that God is always with us.

God embraces ALL of us.  That is every single person.  Every community.   

God invites “all nations” to come together in justice, in peace and love. 

God is with us as we proclaim with all our strength that every single person is wondrous and valued and loved.

I am reminded of a statement by Desmond Tutu: If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. 

The Great News of God’s love for each of us, should propel God’s people of all faiths to stand together and proclaim that every single life matters… there are no scum, there are no losers, there are no people who are beneath our notice. All are valuable and loved in the heart of God – loved beyond measure or words.

To love one another means standing in solidarity with one another.

It means crossing all geographic – political – racial – religious divides.

Love means combatting racism – promoting diversity, equity, inclusion. 

It means building just educational communities together, joining hands with our neighbours, standing firm and rooted in the gospel of love.

With this in mind I have asked our Youth Coordinator, Saúl, to share the experiences of some of our youth and young adults a few weeks ago as they stepped forward to act out a little of what it means to “love your neighbour.”

Saúl Carvajal (Youth Coordinator)

On Thursday June 4, 2020, I sent a mass text to all of the Dayspring youth and young adults reminding them of our Youth connect taking place the following day in the evening. That same day, most of the youth replied telling me that they would not be able to make it because they were planning on attending the “black lives matter ” peaceful protest at the Alberta Legislature. Instead of feeling disappointed because most of us couldn’t attend the Youth connect, I felt excitement and pride, for they were choosing to take a stand for justice, speaking out against racism and inequity. 

On Friday June 5, 2020, a crowd of roughly 10,000 people rallied in a peaceful protest at the ALberta legislature, joining a chorus of voices across North America demanding an end to systematic racism against black communities in the wake of the death of George floyd. As Darlene mentioned earlier, there is an increasing threat of pandemic in our world, one that is based on the colour of our skin. 

The speakers at the protest represented a diverse cross-section of Edmonton’s black community. There were school teachers. In fact, one of the main speakers was my sibling’s Highschool social and Phys ed teacher. There were poets, musicians, artists, professors, and various other activists. And of course, amongst the 10,000 + crowd, were most of Dayspring’s youth and young adults practicing safe social distancing. 

As the program took place at the legislature grounds, we were asked to take a knee in a very moving moment of silence in order to remember the legacy George Floyd left behind. As everyone took a knee in solidarity and as a sign of respect, there were a couple that stood out within the crowds that remained standing. Of course, in a crowd of 10,000 people kneeling, the ones that remained standing stood out. Some people around them questioned their behaviour, but those on stage reminded everyone saying: “this is a peaceful protest… please do not pay any attention to any negativity that might occur”, and  they continued by saying, “we can only fight hatred with love”

LOVE… such a simple word, yet a challenging task. 

LOVE… this is what some of our youth have to say about love as a prominent theme in their experience at the black lives matter peaceful protest:

”Love is free, why hate?”

“There can be no love without Justice”

“Love is a movement, and I am glad to be a part of it”

“As humans, we see others through the same lens that we see ourselves… it is important then to love ourselves within before we try to share that love”

And of course, a reminder that comes from a very prominent and familiar spokesperson about justice during his time… “love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

On June 5th, 2020, Dayspring youth reminded me, and it should also remind us, that praxis guided by an ethics of care and love, and ultimately empathic solidarity is, in fact, the service of transformative justice.

Darlene Eerkes

Loving our neighbour is more than just saying the words, there must be action. 

We journey together, following in the ways of Jesus, in partnership with God, to love our neighbour, all our neighbours.  We do not walk this journey alone.  Jesus has promised, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Music: A new commandment

A new commandment I give unto you:
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.

By this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.
By this shall all know that you are my disciples:
if you have love one for another.

Words: John 13:34-35
Music: anonymous; arr. © from the Australian Hymn Book; 1977
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Prayer of gratitude

Creator God, from YOU every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your love – a love that is unmeasurable and beyond words.  We are empowered by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.  Strengthen and guide us to better “love ALL our neighbours” so that we may grow into the fullness of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen.

Reflection on giving

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described on the screen and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Lord, we know you see the great confusion in our world and in our hearts. Yet your words of promise provide us comfort and encouragement. Thank you for the times when loving is easy.  Thank you for your many blessings and abundant mercies which are new every morning.  Thank you for your Spirit that draws us back to you even when we wander far from your ways and are blinded by our own desires and perspectives. We give thanks for people who work to find solutions for disease, sickness, poverty, and inequities. Thank you for all who work to bring justice, reconciliation and peace into all situations. Thank you for your patience as you continue to teach us what it means to love all our neighbours. Thank you for being with us – our Emmanuel. Amen.

Blessing

And now – receive the Benediction:
Whenever we love … God shines through us. 
Go and love your neighbour – all your neighbours! Amen!

Visiting

Thank you for joining us.. 

Questions you might ask yourself …

  1. Where did you see God this week – in people “loving a neighbour”?
  2. What can you give thanks for in this past week?

Copyright 2020 by Dr. Darlene Eerkes

Sunday (ZOOM) Worship Message: “The yoke that makes our burden light” (John Carr)

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 
July 5, 2020

Leading Worship: The Rev Dr John Carr      Welcoming Elder and Reader: Nick Nation

Gathering

Music Prelude: All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their little wings.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day.

words: Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander; English folk melody public domain

Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”   

Welcome and announcements:

Welcome to this Worship Service with the Congregation of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – whether you are nearby or far away.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper, today, so we invite everyone to have a piece of bread or a cracker and some wine or fruit juice available, so that you can share in Communion. Please note that our children share with us in the Lord’s Supper. 

Call to Worship

L: Our help is in the name of the Lord,     who made heaven and earth
P: God’s steadfast love endures forever
L:  Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Prayer of approach

We pray: Loving God, in You we know the power of redemption. You stand among us as Light and Life even in our darkest times.

Elusive God, Companion on the way, you walk behind, beside, and beyond. You catch us unawares.

You break through the disillusionment and despair when it is clouding our vision so that we may find our way and journey on.

You stand with us and are hoping for us even when we find it difficult to hope for ourselves.

Prayer of confession

We are mindful, this day of the fact that we stand before you naked and revealed in all our weaknesses and faults. You know what goes on in our minds and you see the way we behave towards each other in the human family.

And we are mindful also of the ways in which our environment cries out in pain because of the many wounds with which we have afflicted it.

Now, we reflect on the way we have lived our lives and, in the silence of our own hearts, we confess our personal sin and waywardness …

Prayer for God’s help

We know that we as individuals – along with organizations and institutions – have a role to play in the healing process.  But we also know that Your love and care is, itself, a healing balm for human pain and for the consequences of human sin.

And so we live with trust and faith, knowing that Your loving “arms” are around us and Your loving “hands” are underneath our world. AMEN.

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

We receive God’s full forgiveness when we own up to our sin. To confess a sin means to uncover it and call it exactly what God calls it. This honest confession must include the willingness to forsake the sin. God promises not only to forgive us but also to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To God be the glory. AMEN.

Children’s Time:   Lynn Vaughan (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music meditation: When we are living

When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus,
and when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.

Both in our living and in our dying,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Through all our living, we our fruits must give.
Good works of service are for offering.
When we are giving, or when receiving,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

‘Mid times of sorrow and in times of pain,
when sensing beauty or in love’s embrace,
whether we suffer, or sing rejoicing,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Across this wide world, we shall always find
those who are crying with no peace of mind,
but when we help them, or when we feed them,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Words translation: E. Eslinger, R. Escamilla, G. Lockwood; Music: Hispanic folk song; public domain
Words translation © 1989, United Methodist Publishing House
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Today’s Message: “The yoke that makes our burden light”

Introduction

The message is being shared, this morning, in a format that is different from our usual approach. 

In a moment, Nick will read the passage from Romans 7 that is listed in the Order of Service. Then I will reflect on that passage for a few minutes. Next, Nick will read the Psalm 145 and Matthew 11 passages. Following that, I will do a concluding reflection.

These passages provide perspectives on the Christian life that need to be held in tension and in dialogue, the one with the other. That was the intention of those who constructed the Revised Common Lectionary and specified this combination of passages for today.

Friends – let’s listen to Romans 7:15-25a.

Romans 7:15-25a (CEV) Read by Welcoming Elder

This is the Apostle Paul talking about his struggle to be the kind of person he knows Jesus wants him to be.

… I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.

I know that my selfish desires won’t let me do anything that is good. Even when I want to do right, I cannot. Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong. And so, if I don’t do what I know is right, I am no longer the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.

The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me.

Reflection 1

I doubt that there is anyone who is participating in this worship service who has not experienced what Paul was writing about. Living the Christian life is not easy. There are many things that we do that we know are not pleasing to God. And there are so many things that we know God would like us to do that we just screw up on. Our lives are marked by sins of commission and sins of omission.

Many people think that they need to hide these “dark” aspects of our personalities; to sweep sins of commission and omission under the carpet; to pretend that “I’m all right, Jack.” (no offence intended to the “Jacks” in the congregation)

However, here, in Romans 7, we see a leader of the early church being upfront about his struggles – and in a letter which was intended for wide circulation.

The thing is – it’s OK to acknowledge our shortcomings because having shortcomings is a normal aspect of being human. Some of us have more difficulty with this than others – but we just aren’t perfect and never will be.

And God isn’t going to come down on us like a ton of bricks for being imperfect or for fronting up about that. The authors of Psalm 145 and Matthew 11 knew this.

Psalm 145:8-14 (CEV)
You are merciful, Lord!
You are kind and patient and always loving.
You are good to everyone,
and You take care of all Your creation.

All creation will thank You,
and Your loyal people will praise You.
They will tell about Your marvelous kingdom
and about Your power.

Then everyone will know about the mighty things You do
and about Your glorious kingdom.
Your kingdom will never end,
and You will rule forever.

Our Lord, You keep Your word
and do everything You say You will do.
When someone stumbles or falls,
You give a helping hand.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (CEV adapted)

In this passage, Jesus is challenging the sincerity of the adoring fans who had gathered to hear Him talk. He said:

You people are like children sitting in the market and shouting to each other, “We played the flute, but you would not dance! We sang a funeral song, but you would not mourn!” John the Baptist did not go around eating and drinking, and you said, “That man has a demon in him!” But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, “That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom is shown to be right by what it does.

Then Jesus began to reflect on these things.

And He said –

My Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that is what pleased you.

My Father has given me everything, and he is the only one who knows the Son. The only one who truly knows the Father is the Son. But the Son wants to tell others about the Father, so that they can know him too.

Then Jesus said to the gathered people: If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

Reflection 2

A few years ago, quite impulsively, I bought myself a new knapsack. For a couple of decades previously I had used a knapsack as my carryon luggage on my many airline trips to conferences, professional meetings, and overseas events. That old knapsack was purchased before I started lugging around my laptop computer to these gatherings.

I had the knapsack with me when I was visiting the Taj Mahal and it still bears the mark of a pigeon flying overhead. (Better the knapsack than my head.) So I was reluctant to trade in this old friend even though I knew that it was no longer doing the job.

But the time came when I realized that I had to. And my new knapsack fit perfectly. It was designed for carting around the electronics that I took to my meetings – and made my burden feel an awful lot lighter than did my old pigeon-marked bag.

This knapsack talk is by way of illustrating what is meant in Matthew 11 when Jesus is reported as saying that His “yoke is easy to bear, and [His] burden is light.”

It’s highly synchronous that Nick is reading the Scriptures today – because he is a veterinarian who has done a lot of work with large animals. So we had an email conversation about “yokes” and about some of what is involved in fitting beasts of burden with a yoke.

Yokes were made out of wood. They were as light as possible so that they did not add unnecessarily to the burden but were strong enough for the tasks the ox had to do. They were shaped to fit the ox comfortably and enable it to pull a plow or a cart without irritating the skin of their shoulders.

More than that, Nick wrote, “a poorly fitted yoke will cause, over time, damage to the radial nerve supplying the front legs which will result in lameness and, in really bad cases, paralysis that makes the animal unfit for service.”

Keep in mind, that Jesus’ father was a carpenter and Jesus undoubtedly learned about these things when working with His father.

Jesus is telling us that hard as it is, sometimes, for us to live the way that we know we are intended to live – to be the person we are intended to be – Jesus really just wants us to take on what we are able to take on. And he is assuring us that He will be, for us, what we need Him to be.

I’m saying that Jesus is the yoke that makes our struggles and burdens light – that we can “put on Jesus” – that we can be “Christ-bearers” – and because that is what we are intended to be, we will be able to navigate whatever it is that we have to navigate. Jesus is a good “fit.” I see that in many of you as we pull together to make Dayspring a vibrant community of faith and care.

Now as to how you “put on Jesus” – how you live life as “Christ bearers” – that’s something you might want to discuss in the breakout rooms at the end of worship. For now, let’s listen to, and maybe sing – each in our own home – this song by Fred Kaan and Ron Klusmeier.

 Music Meditation: To show by touch and word

To show by touch and word
devotion to the earth,
to hold in high regard
all life that comes to birth,
we need, O God, the will to find
the good you had of old in mind.

Inspire our hearts to choose
the things that matter most,
to speak and do the truth,
creating peace and trust.
For every challenge that we face
we need your guidance and your grace.

Let love from day to day
be touchstone, guide and norm,
and let our lives portray
your Word in human form.
Now come with us that we may have
your wits about us where we live.

Words: F. Kaan, Music: R. Klusmeier; © 1975, Hope Publishing Co.; WorshipArts
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The Lord’s Supper

Invitation

When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed, broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. Luke 24:30, 31

We invite you, each in your own homes, to recognize and experience the presence of Jesus.

This celebration of the Lord’s Supper is not a Dayspring celebration.

Neither is it a Presbyterian celebration.

It is a celebration for all humankind – for men and women, girls and boys, who are seeking, or have found, a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe that we are not in charge of the Lord’s Supper – rather that Jesus is – and Jesus says that all are welcome.

And now we pray …

As we partake of this bread and wine, we honor Creator and creation.

As we bless and share these gifts, we celebrate the Table fellowship of Jesus and know that all are made worthy by Jesus – adults, teenagers, children – and that all are welcome!

We celebrate the communion and community of all humankind.

In Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life and the True Vine, You feed us with the Word. You nourish us with Your Love poured out in abundance upon us.

O present Spirit, help us recognize the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

You feed us and all the world with this bread.

You bring joy with this wine and grape juice.

Bread and Wine are leaven, salt, and life in us – a community of faith strengthened by this symbolic meal.

We pray in the name of Jesus who came among us – a deep mystery of faith. AMEN.

 Song: Here is bread, here is wine

Here is bread, here is wine
Christ is with us, he is with us
Break the bread, drink the wine
Christ is with us here 

Here is grace, here is peace
Christ is with us, he is with us
Know his grace, find his peace
Feast on Jesus here 

In this bread there is healing
In this cup there’s life forever
In this moment, by the Spirit
Christ is with us here

Here we are, joined in one
Christ is with us, he is with us
We’ll proclaim, till he comes
Jesus crucified

Songwriter: Graham Kendrick Copyright © 1992 Make Way Music/ Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
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Offering of Bread and Wine

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. I Cor. 10:17.

When we break the bread, it is a sharing in the body of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.

When we bless the cup, it is a sharing in the blood of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.

The wine, like Christ’s blood, is poured out as a declaration that we can have life and have life more abundantly.

Communion

Offering of the Bread: “The Bread of life is for all who come in faith.”

Offering of the Wine: “Christ’s love is poured out for all of us.”

Prayer

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us symbolically and we have experienced your Real Presence.

We thank You for all those who have shared in this mystery, and thus in You – here and in many places through two millennia.

And we offer ourselves, and all that we have in the service and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Reflection on giving:

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described above and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Intercessions

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs.

Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our prayers for those of our congregation, or those who are the family members or friends of our members, whose names are listed in our weekly mailing …

We think, especially, of those in our congregation who are dealing with the frailty of our bodies as we grow older. …

And about those grieve the death of loved ones …

We offer our prayers, also, for those in our wider community, province, nation, and world who are struggling, many of them not knowing how they will survive …

Words are able to accomplish much, but actions speak louder than words. So, along with our prayers, we commit ourselves to acts of care, justice-seeking, and peace-making.

Commissioning and Blessing: Go in peace. Love and serve the Lord.

And know that God Is with you each step of the way. Amen.

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Copyright 2020 The Rev Dr. John C. Carr

Sunday (ZOOM) Worship Message: “Replenish, Renew, Reach Out” (Lorraine Wheatley)

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost,
June 28, 2020 10 am MDT
Welcoming Elder: Iris Routledge                        Leading Worship: Lorraine Wheatley

Gathering

Music Prelude: As the deer pants for the water

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You

Songwriter: Martin J. Nystrom; 1984 © Maranatha! Music, The Copyright Co.
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”   

Welcome and announcements: Welcoming Elder (Iris Routledge)
Welcome to this Worship Service with the congregation of Dayspring Presbyterian Church in Edmonton, Alberta Canada – whether you are near at hand or far away.

A special welcome to Lorraine Wheatley, one of our members, who is leading us in worship, today. Starting on June 14 our own musicians, Gord and Binu have been providing the music. We also hope to have some soloists in upcoming weeks.

A reminder that help is always welcome at the Food Bank. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference where there is a huge need. They minimize physical contact, making for a safer process. We still need more volunteers to help on Thursdays. If you wish to help, contact either Jim Jeatt or Audrey. The contact details are in the DWN.

The Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf will be on holidays for three weeks from June 22 until July 12. The Rev Harry Currie will be covering Pastoral Care. Please notify him of an illness, surgery or emergency at 780-232-1160 while Heinrich is away.

A notice went out earlier this past Monday regarding virtual summer camp at Kannawin. Please check your email for the details.

Call to worship:
L: The church lives to praise God.
P: We have no higher calling than to offer God our lives in worship day to day, Sunday by Sunday, now and always.
L: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
P: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, to the ages of ages!  Amen.

Music meditation: To show by touch and word

To show by touch and word
devotion to the earth,
to hold in high regard
all life that comes to birth,
we need, O God, the will to find
the good you had of old in mind.

Inspire our hearts to choose
the things that matter most,
to speak and do the truth,
creating peace and trust.
For every challenge that we face
we need your guidance and your grace.

Let love from day to day
be touchstone, guide and norm,
and let our lives portray
your Word in human form.
Now come with us that we may have
your wits about us where we live.

Words: F. Kaan, Music: R. Klusmeier; © 1975, Hope Publishing Co.; WorshipArts
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Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Lord God, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

From north and south, from east and west, drawn by your majesty we come to worship you, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

For the gift of this new day, fresh from your hand, we rejoice.

For the renewal we discover in your friendship in Christ, we praise you.

In the Spirit’s energy, blessing us in each moment, whether joyous or difficult,

we place our hopes.

Lord God, we trust that all of life is your gift, so give us glimpses of your splendor, glory, and love in this time of worship.

Accept our praise, Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit.

Lord of all life and each life,

Forgive us when we forget that life is a gift and that you are with us in both our struggles and our achievements.

Forgive us when we ignore the value of each person you have created and for the pain we have caused to others.

Bless those who have been hurt by our actions and by our inaction with your healing love.

Heal us, too, of the hurts and harm we carry and forgive us the grudges that weigh us down.

Restore our faith in your goodness and free us to live with you and with each other in reconciling grace through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Jesus said, Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Friends, trust that peace and forgiveness are God’s gifts to you this day. Be renewed by the power of the Spirit that moves with you into each new day.

Children’s Time:    Heather Tansem – Reaching Out (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music meditation: I the Lord of sea and sky

I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky,
I Have Heard My People Cry.
All Who Dwell In Dark And Sin,
My Hand Will Save.
I Who Made The Stars Of Night,
I Will Make Their Darkness Bright.
Who Will Bear My Light To Them?
Whom Shall I Send?

Here I Am Lord, Is It I, Lord?
I Have Heard You Calling In The Night.
I Will Go Lord, If You Lead Me.
I Will Hold Your People In My Heart.

I, The Lord Of Snow And Rain,
I Have Borne My People’s Pain.
I Have Wept For Love Of Them,

They Turn Away.
I Will Break Their Hearts Of Stone,
Give Them Hearts For Love Alone.
I Will Speak My Word To Them
Whom Shall I Send?

I, The Lord Of Wind And Flame
I Will Tend The Poor And Lame.
I Will Set A Feast For Them,
My Hand Will Save
Finest Bread I Will Provide,
Till Their Hearts Be Satisfied.
I Will Give My Life To Them,
Whom Shall I Send?

Words and music: D. Schutte; © 1983, New Dawn Music
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Prayer for Understanding

Spirit of wisdom, be our guide as we listen for God’s Word speaking in the scriptures. When we are puzzled, grant us clarity. When we resist hearing, open our hearts. Guide us to measure our understanding by Christ, God’s Living Word and Witness. Amen

Scripture reading:

Matthew 10:40-42 (New Revised Standard Version)

About Rewards
40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;
42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward

Message: “Replenish, Renew, Reach Out”              Copyright 2020: Lorraine Wheatley

It has been about three months since the start of the pandemic. We watch the news, listen to the statistics of the pandemic, of people infected, people healed and people who died all around the world and

Wonder – when will it end.

Wonder – how will it end.

Wonder – will it end.

We have closed businesses, schools and churches. We no longer go out for dinner, meet a friend for coffee at our favourite coffee shop, drop in on our families or meet in our church to worship together on Sundays. It is unlikely we will return to normal until a vaccine is created. We are waiting for the new normal.

In the past few months I’ve heard people say since they’ve had more time at home they have spent time on replenishing their relationships with their families. If nothing else, this pandemic has thrown us a curve. It has thrown a sharp curve in that we’ve had to pause in our daily lives and take stock of where we are at and what is most important to us. This pause, it seems, has been more positive than negative. Of course there have been and still are many negative repercussions but for a moment let’s look at the positive.

REPLENISH

This has been a time where we can replenish ourselves, to pause and take time out of our hectic lives to think about who we are.  It has been a time to sit with ourselves and take stock of the journey we are on in our daily physical lives as well as our spiritual lives.

An earlier chapter in Matthew tells us to loosen our hold on earthly treasures. This is not easy is our consumable society. It is too easy to get lost in what he have, what we want, what we think we need and forget about our spiritual selves.  As we move forward think about taking some time to focus on your spiritual self and replenish your faith.

RENEW

This has been a time to renew our relationships, spend time with our families and our children. We have the opportunity to spend time together, read together, watch television together, play board games and simply listen to each other. 

For the past few weeks as we read through Matthew we see how Jesus groomed the disciples and helped ready them to continue Jesus’ work. As we hear these passages we might think about our own calling with more of an open mind.

We are all called to continue Jesus’ mission. Our mission is to reach out.  The way we do that will be different for each of us.

A photo was taken by Alex Taliadoros of food baskets in the pews of the main sanctuary of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC. It appears the church has renewed part of their mission.

In these uncertain times people and business and churches are looking at ways to renew their mission. They found a different way to renew their mission and reach out. 

REACH OUT

This has been a time for us to reach out and help those in need.

Jesus prepares his disciples to follow him. They watch as he ministers to crowds of people asking nothing in return.  They watch as Jesus travels with no money or gold, no food no extra clothes and no possessions. They watch Jesus depend on others for food and shelter. He tells his disciples the journey will be sometimes difficult, there will be times when the disciples will be turned away and will face hardship but they must continue on. Jesus has instructed them where to go and who to speak to. The disciples have been given the tools they need; the power to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead.

He taught the disciples and gave them specific messaging telling them to preach, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and then sent them out to continue the mission.  A couple of weeks ago in Matthew 9:37 we read, “The harvest truly is plentiful but the laborers are few.” We are also asked to reach out and continue Jesus’ mission. What does it mean to be sent?

Does it mean we step forward? Will you raise your voice with a group of others like those protesting world-wide against the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of those who swore to uphold the law. Will you speak up, will you step forward when you see injustice?

All acts of service whether large or small matter.

Reach out to people you know well and maybe those you’ve just met and invite them to worship in our church community on Sunday. While we meet online we can invite guests to worship with us online. We can reach out and bring our church to others instead of waiting for people to find their own way through our doors. People are waiting to be asked. People are waiting for good news. People want to belong to a community.

St Francis of Assisi said “Preach the gospel, and when necessary, use words.”

We can share our faith.

We can share our time.

We can share our possessions.

I see people reaching out with compassion when I see the front-line workers and grocery store clerks.

I see people reaching out with compassion when I see the truck drivers and many others who continue to do their jobs. When we reach out we are continuing Jesus’ mission.

As we review Jesus’ words in Matthew once again, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward,” reminds us that this simple act is meant for each one of us. Even small acts of kindness and compassion go a long way.

Music Meditation: The love of God comes close

  1. The love of God comes close
    where stands an open door,
    to let the stranger in,
    to mingle rich and poor.
    The love of God is here to stay,
    embracing those who walk the Way;
    the love of God is here to stay.2. The peace of God comes close
    to those caught in the storm,
    forgoing lives of ease
    to ease the lives forlorn.3. The joy of God comes close
    where faith encounters fears,
    where heights and depths of life
    are found through smiles and tears.4. The grace of God comes close
    to those whose grace is spent,
    when hearts are tired or sore
    and hope is bruised and bent.

    5. The Son of God comes close
    where people praise his name,
    where bread and wine are blest
    and shared as when he came.

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
Music: public domain
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Prayer of gratitude:

Lord God of heaven and earth, with joy and thanksgiving, we praise you for you create, sustain, and redeem all things.

For making us in your image to love one another and to care for your creation, we give you thanks.

For the gift of your Son whose life is the pattern for our lives and learning, we give you thanks.

For the energy of your Spirit to inspire us in times of challenge and change, we give you thanks.

For those who serve as teachers, healers and caregivers in these stressful days when their work is so demanding.

For our friends and families whom we love, and with whom we grow and journey.

Strengthen us in these difficult days to show your love to others as we pray for the church and those who lead as we adapt to new ways of worshiping and being together.

Hear us now as we pray in silence for situations on our hearts this day. ………………

God eternal, keep us in communion with your people across all times and in all places. May we serve you faithfully, blessing others as we have been blessed by your love through Jesus Christ.

Jesus teaches that even the gift of a simple cup of water is a gift worthy of his disciples. Fellow Dayspring members, whatever we can give to God can bless the world in Jesus’ name. Give so that others may taste God’s living water.

Reflection on giving………….

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described on the screen and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Generous and gracious God, we receive so much from you. What we return to you this day has first come to us from you. By your Spirit, multiply our gifts so that those who are in need may taste your abundance which we know already in Christ, our Living Lord. Amen.

Blessing

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:13)

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Copyright 2020 Lorraine Wheatley