Sunday (Zoom) message: Hard to figure out

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting
Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: From you, Lord, and through You,
and to You, are all things
P: To Christ be the glory forever
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: Here I am to worship

Light of the world,
You step down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you
Hope of a life spent with you.

Here I am to worship,
here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

Songwriter: Tim Hughes © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Call to worship:

L: God knows us by name,
and calls us to follow.
P: The presence of the Lord is with us
     as we venture out.
L: Just as Moses was led by God’s goodness,
so are we guided.
P: God’s ways are sure
    and lead the faithful
    to righteousness.
L: Together let us seek God’s leading
in Word and in prayer.
P: Let us worship God together!

Prayers of approach and confession

Response: Glory, glory, hallelujah

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

We listen for the voice of God

Book of Praise: The Lord’s my shepherd    11

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E’en for His own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

Words public domain
music: Jessie Seymour
harmony by Thomas C.I. Prichard
© Oxford University Press
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Scripture reading:

Matthew 22:15-22         p.24 NT(NRSV)

The Question about Paying Taxes

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Response:  His truth is marching on

Message: “Hard to figure out”

One of the hardest lessons that we learn in life might well be that life is not all that simple.

Often we want to simplify things and see matters in clear cut black and white, right and wrong categories. If only life was that simple!

I must say, when I was a youngster, I loved mathematics for this exact reason. Math is a very exact exercise, even when it gets to complicated algebra, geometry and trigonometry. When you take 7 times 12, it’s 84 and 6 times 14 is also 84, as is 3 multiplied by 28! There are tons of such examples and this in itself is fascinating.

We do know, however, that there are situations where we get stumped.

The Pharisees, according to our passage that we read, were up against a mindset of having studied the law in all its details and now encountering the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was and is not to be pinned down to simple logic. Jesus came to this world to dwell in our complexities.

Jesus knew the dilemma of the Roman Empire and He knew how different every person’s heart is.

When the Pharisees sent some of their followers to go and entrap Jesus, along with some Herodians, Jesus saw right through their schmoozing attitude, trying to tell Jesus what a wonderful human being He is. No, Jesus knew right away that their question about paying taxes was filled with malice and was cleverly-crafted.

Jesus came out clear and deftly, acknowledging that life is not all that simple. Life is not exact, even if we wish it were.

If there has ever been a time in which we’ve learned how complicated life can be, it is now. There just aren’t absolute answers, as much as we wish for them. With the knowledge that we have today, we try to navigate an uncertain future. We know too little to be able to make decisions that will solve all our troubles.

There are times when there are so many options to choose from, and many consequences for each choice that we make. This is when we might find this thing we call “life” so daunting that it isn’t even clear whether the way to go is “possible” or “permissible.”

Quite often we find ourselves before a matter of you are damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t know.

At times we worry that no matter what we do, no matter which way we turn, there is no good and truly acceptable solution.

The good news, however, is that God does give us resources to cope. Perhaps we are tempted to ask, is this some sort of cruel joke then? Did God plunge us into a world without clear answers so that God could drive us mad?

No. Not at all. God wants us to struggle, to persevere, and to overcome, just as his Son, Jesus, did on our behalf. God wants God’s children to be resourceful, and for that task, we have been given resources. We have been given each other, we have received knowledge, means to do research. If it weren’t for this, we might have struggled endlessly without the possibility to worship through Zoom each Sunday since the pandemic started in mid-March.

Are we doing the exact right thing every time? Perhaps and perhaps not, and I think that this is the beauty of life.

Is it right to drill for oil in landlocked Alberta? In Jesus’ time it might have been the same as asking whether it is right to pay Caesar taxes. Would it be better to abandon fossil fuels completely? Perhaps this is a response of being obedient to God. But then again, if we stop the oil industry, we might not be able to get around in the many gas-driven cars that we still use. Would that be a responsible choice? Perhaps yes and no.

Is Medical Assistance in Dying the right thing to do? There aren’t always clear-cut answers to this. In certain instances it could be right, in other circumstances not. When is it the one or the other?

If I struggle with seemingly insoluble questions and difficulties, it will help me to remember that God walks beside me at such times, that God gives encouragement, that God strengthens me, that my victory over the Evil One and his purposes is of ultimate importance, and that there is a final destination at which I am promised an eventual arrival.

Today we are embarking on the path of worshipping in the sanctuary while having online worship available through Zoom. Some would say it is highly unsafe to go this route. For some it is. For others it is highly important to interact with our fellow Christian brothers and sisters and this brings back emotional health in the long run.

We just don’t have the exact right answer.

Sometimes we need to trust God for wisdom. And yes, it might be unwise to blindly trust God. But then there are situations where God’s wisdom is glaringly obvious.

Christians are cast into a strange and fascinating paradox when it comes to the use of reason and the powers of our minds.

God’s ways are not our ways in part because we are rational, calculating beings; love, and the miraculous, mystery and eternal hope do not fall into rational categories: they seem to defy reason. Still, we affirm them because our experience and the promises of God insist we must.

Until we see God face to face, we still will face a broken, sin-filled, ambiguous creation, where several evils crowd in on us at every turn and pure choices elude us.

Rely upon the resources God has given you, the Master says. Then leap into what’s so unknown, and God will be beside you, strengthening you for the task. Amen

Book of Praise: Praise, my soul              407

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Words public domain
Music  public domain

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

Book of Praise: God, we praise you        436

God, we praise you for the morning;
hope springs forth with each new day,
new beginning, prayer and promise,
joy in work and in play.

God, we praise you for creation,
mountains, seas and prairie land.
Waking souls find joy and healing
in your bountiful hand.

God, we praise you for compassion,
all the loving that you show;
human touching, tears and laughter,
help your children to grow.

Words Jim and Jean Strathdee
music Jim Strathdee © Desert Flower Musi
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Sending out with God’s blessing

Response: God to enfold you


10:00 am October 18, 2020

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Elder: Gina Kottke

Vocalist: Linda Farrah Basford


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Thanking is easy

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

October 11, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  For the beauty of the earth

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise
 

For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For a gentle thoughts and mild

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n

words: F.S. Pierpoint; Music: C. Kocher
public domain

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

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good;
P: God’s steadfast love endures for ever.
L: God crowns the year with bounty;
P: Pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy.
L: Valleys deck themselves with grain;
P: they shout and sing together for joy.
L: Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord or declare all God’s praise?
P: Let us praise God together for all God’s goodness to us.

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words and music: anonymous
public domain

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

Generous and forgiving God,
You are the first and the last, the giver of all good things.
Your glory is endless; your power, incomparable.
Your love stretches wider than the universe,
your mercy reaches beyond the heights of heaven.
We gather with hearts thankful for the abundance of your creation
to worship and adore You.
Inspired by this time of worship,
may our hearts overflow with praise each and every day,
and may our lives reflect our gratitude to You
in the ways we share your abundant love
in Jesus’ name.

Lord, we bring our needs before You.
You know our situation here in Edmonton, would you guide us in being careful regarding health practices, so as to prevent spread rather than contributing towards any spread.
You are our light and our wisdom, we trust You.

God of prophets and parables, as we gather to listen to the scriptures read and proclaimed, may we hear your voice, and in hearing, may our lives be transformed by your grace.

God of prophets and parables, as we gather to listen to the scriptures read and proclaimed, may we hear your voice, and in hearing, may our lives be transformed by your grace.

Let us confess our sins before God and one another:

Generous and loving God, we confess that in a world where many do not have enough, we enjoy more than we need. In a world where many live in fear, we take peace for granted. In a world where many have lost hope, we become indifferent to despair and grumble about small things. Forgive us, merciful God, and transform our lives to shine with the generosity, peace and hope You offer us in Christ Jesus. Now we also bring our personal prayers of confession to you during these moments of silence…

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Friends, while it is true we have all sinned, it is a greater truth that we are forgiven through God’s love in Jesus Christ. To all who humbly seek the mercy of God I say, in Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven. Be at peace with God, with yourself and with one another.

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

Children’s time: Peter Eerkes

Music offering:  Forever – Glynnis McCrostie

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

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Scripture reading: Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV) Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

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: “Thanking is easy”

Honestly, it is very easy to say thank you. These are two mere words, “thank you.” It’s one of the most natural things to do, and the lightest gesture to make.

I know that as human beings we are way more complex than that. We tend to be more like the nine other lepers than like the one.

Why would it be? Why would a thank you be so difficult? Especially when it evokes a smile in the other person’s inner being to receive the thank you.

“Thanks” is what this weekend is all about. And yes, there are many reasons to have a shroud of gloom hanging over us that take away the Thanksgiving spirit. For one, the pandemic has taken away so much of the lightness that allows thanks to live in us.

Eventually, the chances may well be nine out of ten that thanks is being obstructed by something within our inner being.

You may suffer from depression, or depression may even not be part of your experience. Your life might have turned out much harder than expected.

There can be so many corks in our lives that prevent us from saying thanks. Instead of a cork in the tenth leper’s life, there was a channel that opened him up to say thank you.

Billy Strayhorn on sermons.com wrote the following in one of his messages by the title “A gratitude adjustment”, and I quote some of his lines freely [i]: “One of the key differences between the nine and the one is, the nine were made well, they were healed. But the tenth leper was both healed and made whole. The other nine needed a definite gratitude adjustment.

Only one of the ten?

One can’t believe that only one of them came back to thank Jesus.

Only one. This is one of those passages where you actually see Jesus a little bedazzled by his bystanders. “Weren’t there ten of you? Where are the other nine?” All the poor Samaritan could do was shrug his shoulders and grin in embarrassment and gratitude.

It makes one wonder if acts like these aren’t what caused the spiritual struggle in the garden, the night Jesus also wrestled with his willingness to give his life on the cross for our sake. His encounters with the Sadduccees and Pharisees, the ungratefulness of these folks who used to have leprosy.

It all had to add up and weigh on Him that night. Only one. To quote Vizzini, the Sicilian in the Princess Bride: “Inconceivable.”

And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Ten were healed and only one returned to give thanks.

Maybe the other nine were like a poster I saw one time.

Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

Maybe that’s how we should look at the other nine, as a warning. Anyhow, out of the ten who were healed, only one gave thanks. The others needed what Billy calls a gratitude adjustment.

Billy continues then, that he read about a woman named Cheryl Stephens who definitely had this gratitude attitude. She didn’t need a gratitude adjustment. She could be the poster person for the concept of gratitude. She was a young mother struggling with cancer yet determined to continue ministering to others. Cheryl went home to the Lord on November 19, 2003 at the age of 44. Her friends say she lived out Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

The following is a poem Cheryl wrote in 1984, long before her bout with cancer.

“Remember me not for who I was
But for who Jesus was in me.

Remember me not for the things I’ve done
But for the things Jesus did through me.

Remember me not as one who loved
Without remembering that ‘He first loved me.’

Remember me not as one who gave
But one to whom much was given.

Remember me not as one who spoke of God
But as one who knew God through his Son, Jesus.

Remember me not as one who prayed
But remember the One to whom I prayed.

Remember me not as one who was strong
But as one who cried out to God to be my strength.

Remember me not as one who died
But as one who lives forever because I have believed.

Remember not my life and death
For they will profit you nothing.

But please — remember the life and death of Jesus.
For He gave His life that we might live.
He died that we might never have to and He rose again
That we might have eternal life.

Remember not me, but do remember Jesus.”

Cheryl Stephens knew, not only the presence of Christ in her life, she also had the attitude of gratitude which allowed her to burst into full bloom in the midst of an otherwise difficult life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to sit and do nothing and make the best of your situation by simply saying “Thank You.” Blooming where you’re planted is tough. You have to overcome all kinds of adversities.

All I am saying is that it might be good to make the best of our situation and to shine as much as we can for Christ. Through your life, through your thankfulness, others will be drawn to Christ. And isn’t that what it’s really all about, bringing others to Christ?

Ten lepers were healed. One came back and was healed and made whole. Ten miracles and only one word of thanks. But that word of thanks is what we remember the most.

You see, the greatest thing about this passage isn’t whether or not the lepers were healed. The greatest miracle in this passage is that one human heart was healed and received a gratitude adjustment. The tenth leper went from a life of misery and separation to a life of joy and thanksgiving. That would be a great novel wouldn’t it, how that moment changed his life and how it played out in the rest of his life?

Gratitude led to healing and wholeness for the tenth leper and it can do the same for us as well. And all we have to do is take time for a gratitude adjustment. Always bear in mind how easy thanking really is. Amen

Music:  For the fruits of all creation

For the fruits of all creation,
thanks be to God;
for the gifts of every nation,
thanks be to God;
for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labour,
God’s will is done;
in the help we give our neighbour,
God’s will is done;
in our world-wide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God;
for the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God;
for the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God.

Words: Fred Pratt; Music: traditional; 1970 © Hope Publishing Co.
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Prayer of gratitude

We give you thanks, dear Lord, for all things that make life good, and pray that all people will share in the blessings we know.

For the world, for the wonders of earth, sea and sky;
for beauty in nature and wildlife;
for the rhythm of the days and seasons;

We give You thanks, Lord, for waters that refresh and sustain life;
for soil that is fertile and rich; for those who tend crops and care for harvests; for those who produce, deliver and market our food and especially for those working tirelessly during the pandemic;

We give You thanks, Lord, for days to work and strength to do it; for the many different gifts and talents you have given us; for challenges met, especially during months of pandemic relief; and for moments of leisure and rest when you restore us;

We give You thanks, Lord, for human life; for talking and thinking together, working on problems and plans; for burdens and joys shared; for relationships that give life meaning, whether enjoyed face to face or at a distance;

We give You thanks, Lord, for our circle of family and friends; for children and their curiosity and joy; for the insight that comes with patience and experience; and for events shared and memories cherished;

We give You thanks, Lord, for your care and grace in times of anxiety, doubt and grief; for healing in times of illness, confusion, and distress; for rejuvenating strength and vision in times of renewal; for scientific knowledge and discovery to confront disease and improve health;

We give You thanks, Lord, for the trust we have that you hear each prayer and know every need; that you love and care for each soul and body; and that you walk with us through all our days and seasons, amen

Music:  In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
In the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near

composer: Jacques Berthier; 1991 © Taize Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Reflection on giving

Thanksgiving Sunday … what a wonderful time to give thanks for God’s Abundance! In the past few years we have honoured the Cameroonian tradition, as well as many other countries’ heritage and made our Thanksgiving Sunday one of significant thanks and contribution.  We have asked our congregation to bring food items for the Food Bank initiative, donations for the Richard Secord breakfast program or a special donation to Presbyterian World Sharing and Development.  As well, we asked people to come forward during offering and offer themselves to God’s work—in time or talent. This year because we aren’t physically in our sanctuary, let us consider our Thanks-giving—and give to an initiative listed above or perhaps you may decide to give a little extra towards our budget deficit as Dayspring faces financial challenges through the pandemic. 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: Gracious God, we present our gifts to you as tokens of our thanksgiving for all we have received from your hand. Bless these gifts and multiply them, just as Jesus multiplied a few loaves and fishes to bless others. Use our gifts and our energy to share your love in our community and around your world, for the sake of Christ our 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.

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] Strayhorn, Billy J. 2020. A gratitude adjustment. From www.sermons.com, (subscribed version)


Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Nick Nation

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Vocal soloist: Glynnis McCrostie


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Our call to stewardship

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

October 4, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  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

Call to Worship

L: The banqueting table is prepared and God calls us to the feast.
P: We have come from east and west, from north and south, to sit at Christ’s table.
L: Compassion, love and grace pour out like fine wine.
P: We taste the bread of life, bread for our journey.
L: These are gifts of God for all the people of God.
P: Let us taste and see that the Lord is good!

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

Holy God, Creator, Christ, and Spirit; when we hunger for fulfillment, You meet all our needs. You give us the bread of Life. When we thirst for your presence, You draw near to us in every place, at any time. You fill our cup to overflowing. You alone are truth,

You alone are love, for You are the One who was, who is, and who ever shall be. Holy One, You are our hunger filled, and our thirst quenched, You are our deepest desire fulfilled, so to You, O God, Creator, Christ and Spirit, we give praise with all your people, here and everywhere, now and always.

Dear Lord, by your Word and the gift of your Spirit, open our minds to greater understanding, our hearts to deeper love, and our wills for greater service.

Out of a desire to be free of past mistakes and start again with You and with one another, we join our voices in confession:

God of mercy, we confess that we have often failed to speak and act with kindness. We have not always cared for others as You care for us. We have not welcomed others as we have been welcomed to your table, nor have we forgiven others as we have been forgiven. We remember the good not done, kind words not spoken, and things we regret. If only we could make these things right! Hear our silent confession: …

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:

Friends believe the good news! Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation; the old life is fading; the new life has started to emerge—in us. Know that we are forgiven, and so let’s have the courage to forgive one another.

Music:  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
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Children’s time: Heather Tansem

Music:  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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Scripture reading: Matthew 21:33–46 (New Revised Standard Version – NRSV)

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?

43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Music:  Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
is now, and will be forever
Amen, amen, amen

words: trad.; music: J. Weaver 1978
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Message: “Our call to stewardship” Theresia Ndofor

One thing that is common about most humans is their love for nature. A lot of people feel relaxed, comfortable and secured when they are out there hanging around nature. Nature is not only soothing but comes with healing both to the soul and body. I remember at the time when I felt so much grieve for the loss of my husband, the therapist who was helping me through the process always encouraged me to take a walk outside whenever I could; so as to be able to feel that magic that nature has in bringing peace to the soul. I know a lot of us enjoy the beauty and sweet smell of flowers; the shed and beautiful breeze that blows around trees on a hot and may be distressful day. At summer, we notice that so many people rush to natural environments like lakes, beaches, hills, forests, etc. etc.  just so they can savour the beauty of nature as they enjoy God’s creation.

Talking about trees, I don’t know how many of us have experienced the beauty and freshness of the air we breathe each time we find ourselves around a forest or group of trees. It usually feels like the air around such areas is super refined and the feeling at such moments is usually like the best in the entire universe. Going beyond the beauty of the air we breathe around trees, I know also that we all love to eat the fruits or pick up the flowers that fall from the trees. One thing I have learnt about tress is their generosity to humanity. They do not only provide all these beautiful things to humanity, but also serves as food and shelter to birds and other animals out there. The willingness of the tree to serve creation demonstrates to us how much God wants us to be of service to one another and to the entire creation.

The tree is a selfless creature that, produces food, shelter and clothing for others. Yes, we just harvest from their hard work of digging their roots deep into the earth so as to stand up strong us, enduring harsh weather conditions just so that you and I will have enough oxygen breath in and good food to eat.

In our text this morning, we read a parable that falls within the narrative of what has been described as the parables of the Kingdom. Jesus Christ was in his last days when he came to Jerusalem and felt the need to warn his own people of the need to be faithful in their service of the vineyard of the Kingdom. This parable is told after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and is one of the three parables found in all synoptic gospels, demonstrating how important it is.

It is obvious that Matthew uses this parable as an allegory as the landowner represents God, the vineyard representing the Kingdom of God; the tenants representing the chief priests and Pharisees and the slaves representing the prophets and those sent to Jerusalem by God. The son, of course, is Jesus and the new tenants will be the new creation Christ came to establish.

When we read Mathew 23:37ff; we get a clear understanding of what Jesus is trying to communicate in this parable when he lamented over Jerusalem. Jerusalem had diverted the course of God for them and even went on to destroy the prophets whom God had sent to try to correct them. Most of the people did not listen to the prophets and finally, God decided to send his son Jesus to make clear God’s message to them and who was eventually killed like the other prophets that had come before him. Most of the people refused to accept Christ and as such the kingdom was given to a new people, the church of Christ.

Relating this text to our today’s context, I will like us to see this as a call or a reminder to our stewardship to God; Our call to servanthood as God’s own people. When we plant a fruit tree, we spend our time and resources taking care of the tree. All this we do just so that this tree produces good fruit for us at harvest time. Just like the fig tree that was cursed by Jesus for not producing fruit, when we spend our resources and energy on a fruit tree and it yields no result, we end up probably destroying that tree in favour of a better specie.

Dear friends in the vineyard, God has called us all for service in the kingdom and his expectation is that we yield good fruits so that like that beautiful tree we are able to feed the owner and the world. As responsible stewards who stand like that tree planted by streams of water, whose leaves never goes dry, and which produces fruits in and out of season, we have been equipped by God for service in the kingdom. We are therefore charged to honour the authority of the Landowner and by so doing we will realize that we are not only working for the owner but for ourselves. Like the selfless tree, we must be able to gather God’s own people together as our acts of faith and commitment to the Lord.

I did not only observe that the tenants were wicked, but greed pushed them to the extent that they had to kill the heir thinking they will own everything. How foolish is wickedness and selfishness. I wonder how they forgot so quickly that the landowner was still alive and could will his property to whosoever he desired.

One thing I like about this parable is the fact that though the tenants were portrayed as wicked, their hard work did not go unnoticed. In fact, without their effective service, the landowner would not have sent the slaves to come collect the harvest. The landowner was surely pleased with the work they did, but at the end of the day, because of the wicked attitude portrayed by these tenants, they lost the reward they deserved for their hard work and others had to reap from their rewards.

Dear congregation, this tells us that there is a possibility of rendering effective service in the vineyard and losing it up all at the end of the day just because of a stupid act of wickedness. This morning I admonish us all with the words of the apostle Paul who said, “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us looking up to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. God has blessed us with various gifts and graces. Don’t tell yourself ‘my gifts and talents are meant for me alone;’ no; you have been blessed to be a blessing. That is our call to a responsible stewardship., we are called to be a blessing to a lost a dying world. As the light in the midst of darkness, let us be like that city built on a hill that cannot be hidden as we continue to shine as the light of the world. Like the selfless tree may we step out this day, ready to feed, shelter and offer a safety to creation. May we be selfless stewards in the vineyard of God as we extend the love of God to humanity and to the entire creation.

God bless us all and to him be the glory.

Amen

Music:  One bread one body
One bread, one body,
one Lord of all
One cup of blessing

which we bless
And we, though many,

throughout the earth
We are one body

in this one Lord

Songwriter: John B. Foley; 1978 © New Dawn Music
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The Lord’s Supper

Prayer

Communion

Prayer of gratitude

Music:  Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done

in whom God’s world rejoices

words: M. Rinkart; music: J. Cruger
public domain

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

Blessing

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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Minister: The Rev. Dr Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Jan Ray Moncada

Ministry Student: The Rev. Theresia Ndofor

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: Together on the journey (Presbyterians Sharing Sunday)

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost,

Date: September 27, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Jesus in the morning

Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus in the morning, Jesus in the noontime;
Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus when the sun goes down!

Love him, love him…
Serve him, serve him…
Thank him, thank him…
Praise him, praise him…

African American spiritual
public domain

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

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L:    We are here because God’s Spirit calls us to worship.
P:    We are here to offer our praise and thanksgiving for God’s presence in our lives.
L:    We are here to acknowledge God’s love all around us.
P:    We are here to claim the promise that wherever we are, God is with us.
L:    God is among us as we praise, pray, love and serve.
P:    God is here! Let us worship God!

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words: Psalm 46
music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1998 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Confession

God of desert days and wilderness nights, we rest in the comfort of your presence and trust in the sustaining power of your love. We come to You today, seeking the help and hope that comes only from you. We long to be fed and nourished by your Word. We want to be filled with your Spirit of peace and joy. We ask only that you will provide us with all that we need to live abundantly and to serve with abandon. We pray through Christ our Lord.

Dear Lord, when we hear your words, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word. Amen

Dear Lord, we stand at the brink of what has been and what is yet to be. We long to receive the gift of your liberation and to taste the sweetness of your promises. But the way forward is unknown, and so we hesitate: discouraged, frightened, insecure, complaining. Still, we know we must move ahead on our journey. Make us mindful of your sustaining presence and, like a bird in full flight, may this assurance soar within our faith so we can rise above the challenges of this moment and follow You together in faith and obedience. We now pray the following words in silence…

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

God rains down manna in the wilderness and squeezes water from a rock. With fire and cloud God leads us out of the bondage of our past into a future of freedom and safety. God has been with us in the past, is with us in this present moment, and will be with us forever and ever. Thanks be to God.

Music:  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
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Children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

Music offering:  Come, thou almighty King  Binu Kapadia

Come, thou almighty King;
help us thy name to sing;
help us to praise.
Father, all glorious,
o’er all victorious,
come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

Come, thou incarnate Word;
gird on thy mighty sword;
our prayer attend:
come, and thy people bless,
and give thy word success;
Spirit of holiness,
on us descend.

Come, holy Comforter;
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour!
Thou who almighty art,
now rule in every heart,
and ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of power.

To the great One in Three
eternal praises be
hence evermore!
His sovereign majesty
may we in glory see,
and to eternity
love and adore.

Words: anon.; Music: F. de Giardini; public domain
arr. © Philip Keveren 2003; Hal Leonard Corp.
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Scripture readings: Exodus 17:1-7 and Matthew 21:28-32 (NRSV)

Exodus 17: Water from the Rock

1 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Matthew 21: The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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: Presbyterians Sharing message from The Right Reverend Amanda Currie, Moderator of the 145thGeneral Assembly (PCC)  https://youtu.be/ja5-clDDxhA

“Together on the journey”

Called to the vineyard

The parable of the vineyard is about two sons.  Both were called to work in the vineyard.  The first son says won’t go, but then shows up. The second son says he’ll go, but the never arrives to work.

After telling this story, Jesus asked those who were listening, “Which of the two sons did what the father wanted?”

I am sure that everyone would reply the son who showed up. The parable reminds us that faith must be more than just words. The son who promises to work in the vineyard and then fails to do so is no help to his father. In contrast, the one who hesitates to work, but then decides to take up the task, likely pleases his father with his unexpected generosity.

I think about this scripture today, as we reflect on the call to participate in our denomination’s shared ministry and mission.  We are connected through faith, governance, and sharing in ministry and mission. Through our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing, we participate in God’s mission.

Together, we equip congregations, ministries and presbyteries with skills and tools for evangelism and discipleship, stewardship and Christian education. Together we create and support new faith communities and participate in national and international mission. We engage in healing and reconciliation and support Indigenous ministries.  We prepare and support leaders and live out God’s call to justice. We empower, encourage and support youth. And we do so much more to participate in God’s mission.

Each year, congregations are invited to contribute to Presbyterians Sharing. General Assembly has agreed to encourage congregations to give a tithe – 10% of what they raise for regular congregational ministry – to our common ministry. Knowing how much funding is expected helps the General Assembly to plan and budget appropriately. It’s like a father with a vineyard knowing how much help he’ll have in planting, tending, and harvesting in the upcoming season.

Showing up to work in the vineyard is not always easy. 2020 has been a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world and through our communities – disrupting our plans, testing our capacity to adapt, and challenging us to be the church outside our buildings and without our usual gatherings for worship and fellowship.

Thinking about how much things changed during the pandemic makes me realize we don’t know what was going on with the two sons in the parable.

When the second son said he would go to work in the vineyard, he might have had every intention of doing so. Maybe he became ill or injured or had to give priority to a more urgent task at that moment.  And the other son who decided he could help… Was that because he saw that his brother was suddenly unavailable?

Was that because he realized that he had more time and energy than he expected? Or was it because he loved his father deeply, and he suddenly saw how desperately his dad needed his help?

Although we don’t know why the second son didn’t show up, we do know that showing up is important, and we can imagine how delighted the father was when the first son was able to be there. But, while Jesus’s parable calls us to follow through on the promises and commitments we make, there is room for grace. We are called to give according to our ability, and while some congregations might not reach their goal, others are surprised when the generosity of their members allows them to surpass it.

There are a variety of ways that we are invited to share our gifts of money, time, and talents for the work of God’s reign on earth, and in difficult times we can pull together to support those who are struggling more. The important thing is that we all participate in the mission that God is calling us to do.

Together on the Journey

Today we’ve also read about the Israelites journeying through the wilderness in the hope of finding their way to the Promised Land. It reminds us of the importance of being on the journey together.

In those days, the struggles included the enormous challenge of finding food and water for all the people on the way. And their journey through that difficult time lasted not months or years, but generations of wandering.

The author of Exodus tells us that the whole congregation journeyed together – and they did so by stages.  Sure, they quarreled and complained about the hardships as they went along, but they looked after each other and didn’t abandon the weakest ones along the way.

In the midst of severe hardships, some of them began to wonder if God was still with them, guiding their journey. They complained against their leaders and questioned the whole plan of leaving Egypt in the first place. But when Moses asked for God’s help, he received it. The people needed water, and God showed him where to find it. God was still among the Israelites, and we know that God eventually guided them all the way through that difficult time to a new normal in a new land.

The story may lead us to gratitude for the fresh, clean water that is available for most of us right from our taps, and it may spur us to action for those communities around the world that do not benefit from such basic amenities – including many Indigenous communities in Canada. It also reminds us that God is with us as we continue to make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve endured months of restrictions, economic impacts and social isolation, and at times we have become frustrated and impatient, just wanting everything to go back to normal. Like Moses, we don’t know how long the journey will take, how many challenges we will face, or how many needs will arise that we will be called to respond to. We may feel scared and ill-equipped to deal with all the issues. But God is still with us.

When the pandemic began earlier this year, the Presbyterian Church in Canada at every level pivoted and adapted to changing circumstances and needs. Congregations moved online for worship, Bible study, meetings, prayer groups and fellowship. Large church gatherings like General Assembly and Canada Youth were cancelled or postponed. Planned meetings and events were moved online or put off until some uncertain date in the future.

Even as staff at our church offices in Toronto began to work from home, they quickly moved to produce resources and supports for congregations during the crisis. Guidance and support for worshipping online became a priority. Resources for pastoral care, stewardship, and Christian education at home were produced to support the new realities of physical distancing and sheltering at home. Information about government grants and loans was shared broadly and the church made its own emergency funding available for ministries severely impacted by the pandemic. Staff phoned clerks and ministers across the country to check in, offer support and encouragement, identify needs and resources. As the possibility of some churches reopening emerged, a resource was produced to help Sessions with step-by-step guidance and considerations for how to do so safely and responsibly.

Communication has been vital in keeping Presbyterians across Canada journeying together through the challenges of 2020. Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support the staff and resources required to communicate across the church through the website, PCConnect e-news, social media, and the Presbyterian Connection newspaper. Even as we are spread across this huge country, we do not need to feel isolated or alone because we can connect with each other and share the journey together.

We continue to support health, theological and Christian education, evangelism, leadership development, Bible translation and other ministry initiatives of our international partners.  Although international mission staff were called back to Canada, they are staying in touch with partners and providing support from Canada. Extra funds were sent to support the Near-East School of Theology when the devaluation of the Lebanese currency, political unrest and COVID restrictions, put the seminary in a precarious situation.

We’ve provided essential grants which train Indigenous women for ministry in Guatemala, offer spiritual and physical care for prisoners in Malawi and provide a safe space for people with mental health issues – a highly marginalized population – in rural Nepal – to name just a few.  Our partners ask us that we keep their work in our prayers during these challenging times.

Mission and ministry in Canada continue because of our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing. Grants continue to support new and renewing congregations and specialized ministries which support vulnerable populations such as refugees and people living in poverty. When physical distancing guidelines temporarily suspended in-person programs run by Indigenous ministries within the PCC, a special grant helped them shift to drop-off food programs to ensure that some of the most vulnerable community members could access healthy meals and personal supplies. New innovation grants equip qualifying ministries to develop discipleship, faith sharing and community outreach programs.

Due to the pandemic and cancellation of the General Assembly, the Rev. Amanda Currie was asked to continue to serve as Moderator for a second year. She invited Presbyterians to join her every day of the summer to walk and pray for the church and its ministries. More than 100 people joined the pilgrimage of prayer, lifting up congregations and ministries from the West coast to the East, with additional prayers for our ecumenical partners.

It was a ministry of encouragement, solidarity, and love for one another, combined with a celebration of the beauty of creation and the gift of life, breath, and movement.  Presbyterians Sharing funds the General Assembly Office and provides a small grant for the Moderator’s congregation so that she is free to devote significant time and attention to that role without jeopardizing her local ministry.

Walking and praying across the country and considering our diverse ministries brings to light the reality that some communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and are struggling more. In the last few months, we’ve all become more aware of the inequalities that persist in our country and the devastating effects of systemic racism. We tend to assume that Canadians value multiculturalism and diversity, but we are learning that people – particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour – still endure discrimination, hatred, and even violent racism in our communities.

Seeking justice is an important part of our shared ministry that is funded by Presbyterians Sharing. National staff, the International Affairs Committee, the National Indigenous Ministries Council, the ecumenical social justice agency KAIROS, and other partners are just a few who provide leadership and resources for our work towards the justice and peace that God desires for the world. In 2020, statements and resources to help congregations sow seeds of hope and respond to the justice imperatives of the gospel include a study guide on racism and hate in Canada, as well as resources for understanding and responding to the final report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The community that first sang Psalm 78 proclaimed their commitment to “tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that God has done.” Remembering their ancestors’ perilous journey through the wilderness, they sang about how they experienced the presence and help of God as they made the difficult journey together. “God split rocks open in the wilderness,” they told their children, “and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.”

I wonder… When we tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic some years from now, or when our grandchildren tell their children about it even later, what will we say? Will we talk about the people who died, the economies that crashed, the hardships that people endured, the complaining and quarrelling that surfaced? Or will we share stories of God’s presence among us during this time? Will we tell the coming generation about how we stayed together, how we looked out for each other’s needs, how we gave generously as we were able to the continuing ministry and mission of the church, and how God enabled us to do that?

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul describes his hope for a church that is united in the love of Christ. He encourages the Christian community to be “like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” He invites each one of them not to look to their own interests, but to the interests of others, humbling themselves as Jesus did when he gave up his life for the life of the world.

Supporting Presbyterians Sharing is an important way for Presbyterians across Canada to give of ourselves for the needs of others, to share together in making God’s presence seen and felt in the midst of difficult times, and to be faithful to God’s call to work in the vineyard for the sake of the coming reign of God. Thank you for your gifts to Presbyterians Sharing. Amen

Music:  We are one in the Spirit

We Are One In The Spirit
We Are One In The Lord

 And We Pray That All Unity
May One Day Be Restored


And They’ll Know We Are
Christians By Our Love, By Our Love;
Yes, They’ll Know We Are Christians
By Our Love!

We Will Walk With Each Other
We Will Walk Hand In Hand

And Together We Will Spread The News,
That God Is In Our Land

We Will Work With Each Other
We Will Work Side By Side

And We’ll Guard Each One’s Dignity,
And Save Each One’s Pride.

Songwriter: Peter Scholtes; harmony R. Wetzel
© F.E.L. Publications 1991; Lorenz Corp.; harm. © Westminster Press 1972
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Prayer of gratitude:

Music:  In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
In the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near

composer: Jacques Berthier; 1991 © Taize Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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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 and blessing: Minister

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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Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder:  Gina Kottke

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie

Pianist: Binu Kapadia


Copyright 2020 – Amanda Currie, Moderator of the 145th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Comforting and encouraging one another

Dayspring Zoom Connect Worship, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 20, 2020, at 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Love divine

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, oh breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest;
take away our love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return and never,
never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly re stored in thee,
changed from glory into glory
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love and praise.

words: C. Wesley; music: R.H. Pritchard
public domain

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

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: In Jesus Christ, there is a new creation.
P: Everything old has passed away. Everything has become new.
L: This newness is from God, who has reconciled us through Jesus Christ.
P: Rejoice and be glad! Everything has become new.

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

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

Dear Lord, compassionate Son, healing Spirit, You meet us in so many places and in so many different ways, when our need is deep and we long for You, and when we think we can manage on our own. You draw near to us in kindness, regardless of our state or condition. You turn weeping into laughter, sorrow into joy, death into life. You speak a word of challenge and a word of comfort to draw us to You. In gratitude, we come before You this day, to seek your word for us, and to enjoy your gift of life in its fullness. Receive our praise and our prayers this day offered in the name of Christ, our Lord.

Now, holy, healing God, your thoughts are not our thoughts, and your ways are not our ways. As we hear your Word read and proclaimed, guide us by your Spirit, so that our thoughts and our ways are transformed by your grace, through Christ, your Living Word.

Lord, You are the giver of all good gifts, yet we confess that our own generosity is limited. We share what we have, but often reluctantly. We complain about our lot. We compare ourselves to others and see what they have that we lack. We fear running short of things rather than trusting your attention to our needs. Forgive us our worries about tomorrow and give us generous hearts that trust in You. We now turn to You in personal prayers of confession in the following moments of silence…

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

The mercy of our God is from everlasting to everlasting. Friends, hear and believe the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ, God’s generous love reaches out to embrace us. In Christ, we are forgiven and set free to begin again. Thanks be to God!

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

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

Music:  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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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (The Message)

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.

Music:  Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
is now, and will be forever
Amen, amen, amen

words: trad.; music: J. Weaver 1978
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Message: “Comforting and encouraging one another”

Life certainly has its ups and downs. Today, we experience one of the more painful times in human existence without even knowing how we got here. Paul, the apostle, knew many types of pain all too well. In his most intensely personal letter, the second letter to the congregation at Corinth, Paul pointed out that life is never just plain sailing.

What we see about Paul, is that he doesn’t succumb to some kind of health and wealth gospel. He is convinced that when you find yourself discouraged and ready to quit, it’s necessary to get your attention off of yourself and focus on God. Out of his own difficult experience, Paul explains the place of suffering, the purpose of suffering and how to persevere in suffering. Tragically, so much grief has been caused by the shallow and unbiblical view that if we have true faith we will not suffer. I believe the most harmful doctrine pervading the church today is the so-called health and wealth gospel.

Paul was a realist. God convinced Paul that there are good times in life, as well as severely bad times. Both types of experiences needn’t deter us from bringing glory and honour to God. This is what Paul starts out with, “All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah!”

Probably the most important word in the whole letter is the word ‘comfort’ or encouragement. The Greek word means “called to one’s side to help.” The verb is used 18 times in this letter, and the noun 11 times. In spite of all the trials he experienced, Paul was able (by the grace of God) to write a letter saturated with encouragement. What was Paul’s secret of victory when he was experiencing pressures and trials? I think his secret lay in trusting in God.

Today we are going to focus quite a bit on the comforting and encouraging ministry that is available through Stephen Ministry. This is a ministry that we are approaching in a very careful and diligent manner. As the well-known adage goes, fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Here too, we are doing our planning and recruiting in careful ways. This type of ministry can be done in ways where a huge difference can be made, especially during a time where a pandemic has struck the entire planet earth.

Let us now turn to what Nesta Sawdon has to share with us as she will be telling us about the Christ centred ministry made possible through the total dedication that lies in Stephen Ministry.

Intro to Stephen Ministry and Videos: Nesta

Videos: https://youtu.be/JcuVe39UXYs  and  https://youtu.be/Mu1W7JC36L0]

Conclusion

Music:  With the Lord as my guide

With the Lord as my guide
I will walk through the desert,
rest by the water, run in the wind.
With the Lord by my side
I will stand on the mountain,
drink from the fountain of love deep within.

With the Lord as my guide
I will see all the talents,
accept the balance of who I am.
With the Lord by my side
say yes to the calling,
fear not the falling, trust in God’s plan.

With the Lord as my guide
I will work with my sister,
care for my brother, bend with their pain.
With the Lord by my side
we will rise up together,
strengthen each other, courage regain.

With the Lord as my guide
I will rise in the morning,
praise for the dawning beauty of day.
With the Lord by my side
I will sing, sing forever,
always a lover, seeking God’s way.

Words and music: Jim Strathdee; © 1977, Desert Flower Music
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Prayer of gratitude

Music:  Give thanks to the Lord

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

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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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:

Blessing: Minister

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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Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Sam Malayang

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: Setting free through forgiveness

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 13, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Seek ye first

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu, Alleluia

Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you
Allelu, Alleluia

Songwriter: Karen Lafferty; copyright © Maranatha! Music, The Copyright Company, 1972
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Praise the Lord.
P: Let us praise the name of the Lord together.
L: For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love;
P: as far as the east is from the west,
    so far God removes our transgressions from us.
L: So let us rejoice in God’s presence!
P: Let us praise the name of the Lord together.

Music:  I waited on you, Lord

I waited, I waited on you, Lord
I waited, I waited on you, Lord

You bent down low and remembered me
When you heard my prayer

words: Psalm 40
music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1987 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Lament

Holy and loving One, God of might and mercy, the heavens and the earth are full of your glory. Your love transforms our lives. You take darkness and give light. You take grief and give healing. You take fatigue and give strength. You take fear and give courage. You take death and give new life. So, we come before you in worship, handing over to you all that weighs us down, waiting for your refreshing gifts. Renew us in this time of worship, we pray, so that we may serve you in Jesus’ name.

Now, as we turn to your scriptures, Lord of all knowledge, prepare our hearts and minds to receive your wisdom. Quiet in us all distracting thoughts so that we may hear your Word, and be strengthened to follow your way. In the name of Christ, we pray.

We turn to You, Lord, as we confess that our lives do not always reflect your transforming power. You are gracious, but we cling to judgment. You are kind, but we can be cruel. You are forgiving, but we nurse grudges and old wounds. You are filled with joy, but too often we are filled with dissatisfaction and complaints. Forgive us, O God, and fill us with your Holy Spirit this day, and make us new through Christ, your Son and our Saviour. In the following moments, we reflect in silence on the parts of our lives that weren’t according to your will…

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were sinners, Christ died for us.  Know that we are forgiven by his grace and let’s be at peace. Amen.

Music:  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
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Children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

Music offering: Fairest Lord Jesus Linda Farrah Basford

Fairest Lord Jesus, Lord of all creation
Jesus, of God and Mary the Son
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor
O thou, my soul’s delight and crown

All fairest beauty heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in thee
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer
Than thou, my Saviour, art to me

Words and music: anonymous; public domain

Scripture reading: Matthew 18:21–35 (New Revised Standard Version)

Forgiveness

21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25 and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31 When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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: “Setting free through forgiveness”

How many of us listening, watching, or even reading this here, as well as preaching it, can honestly say that throughout our lives we think we have always forgiven every one that has crossed paths with us? We don’t hold any form of resentment or grudges against anyone? Who can truly say they have never been kept stuck in a place of unforgiveness?

Think of the times we are in right now. It is so easy to understand someone’s action as rubbing me against my grain. Parents can hold a sense of unforgiveness against their children. And children can be unforgiving towards their parents for past mistakes. How many missed opportunities have we experienced because of the pandemic? Flights that had to be cancelled. Trips overseas had to be put off. Jobs had to be cut. Some folks had to be laid off. Others lost an entire business, all due to a tiny microscopic virus. Mismanagement could have let opportunities slip through the fingers.

My wife and I wanted to visit our son and his wife in July when they had a son, and grandson for us, on June 13. We wanted to travel to Manitoba to see our grandson. Three months further along in time, we’ve only seen him online on FaceTime. At first, we felt very angry and upset, even rejected, and only now, the bad feelings are wearing off. I would be dishonest if I say I just forgave them right away for refusing a visit from us.

Unforgiveness can take a lot of joy away from us. Sometimes it’s a matter of simple misunderstanding. There is so much more potential for us as human beings if only we could be more willing to let go, to forgive.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you” Lewis B. Smedes wrote in 1984. [i]

There’s an extra insight that came to me this week, and maybe I first need to let this insight be tested. This came from a devotion that was about mercy. The devotion described how someone couldn’t really experience that God can be merciful. Only when that person was able to go and practice mercy towards someone in need of help, things changed in their heart. Showing mercy to another person opened up the ability to see that God can actually have mercy towards the writer. It sounds counterintuitive. We should learn about the mercy that scriptures teach us about God’s mercy and Jesus’ mercy towards people. But here it’s about experiencing it by practicing mercy.

Now, my question is, could it be that we can only learn that God forgives us when we are enabled to forgive others? This too might be counterintuitive. It could be that we feel we should first learn about God’s forgiveness and then know that we can be forgiving towards one another.

I get the notion that the kingdom parable that we heard this morning might, in fact, be telling us of how forgiveness works. Yes, indeed, it is the landowner that has a labourer owing him a huge amount of money. When the landowner asks for the money, the labourer deeply asks for it to be forgiven. The lord of this slave has a huge pity on him and forgives him all his debt. This example of huge and complete forgiveness might touch a few readers and listeners. But as it went with this labourer of the landowner, he had something similar happening with one of his fellow slaves, he was owing to him an amount, a much smaller amount than that which had been written off for him. He wanted every single bit of it paid off. He was clearly not applying what he had just seen happening to him.

Perhaps the case is that we all have a hard time hearing an example, and we too make the tremendous mistake of holding something against someone else, almost for a lifetime. No, this parable teaches us. Look at what you’re doing. When someone else owes you a bit you want every single cent of it paid back, referring to a sin that has been done against a fellow believer.

No, no, no! Let go of it, just as the Lord has done for you. Perhaps we too don’t learn the magnitude and ability of the Lord to forgive us our sins, because we are just humans. Perhaps we too need to do that awful thing of being unforgiving by wanting every single bit of the human error, or wrongdoing given back and put right.

Only when we get that opportunity to live out the forgiveness, do we really understand God’s huge forgiveness towards us. My goodness, how much do I mess up, and the Lord turns around and writes it all off!

This realization enables new growth to happen. It is like a pretty flower that can grow in our hands that have been set free. How beautiful it is when people can let go of the past wrong and hurtful, maybe grievous things, that have been done, and then to start thriving together because they live as if the past has never been.

What would happen when all parties in the Middle East can bury their differences and “study war no more?”

What a wonderful world it would be if all could find ways to settle their differences. Unfortunately, these events are rare. This might be what emphasizes that we need a Saviour, Jesus Christ to bring healing and reconciliation.

It might well be that you and I, as faithful believers could start the healing. If one person can start forgiving one other person, things will turn for the better.

I’m reminded of the man that was walking on the beach. There was a whole mass of starfish that were stranded on the beach and none of them could get back in the ocean. They would all lie in the sun and bask till they die from not being in the water. One person started picking them up and throwing them back in the sea. An onlooker came along and said to him “Are you nuts? You’re not going to change this!” Upon this, the man picked up on more, and throwing it in the ocean, said: “It will make a difference for this one.”

The whole world might be bent on not forgiving, but for this one situation, we might make a difference, one unforgiven sin at a time. Let’s start with ourselves. Amen

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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Prayer of gratitude

Music:  Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done

in whom God’s world rejoices

words: M. Rinkart; music: J. Cruger
public domain

Reflection on giving

We give because we are the recipients of God’s overflowing love. We give because our givings support our minister and the church staff who enable us to be a community of Faith and Care. We give in order to take care of our building – an inheritance from those who have gone before us and from the Presbyterian Church in Canada – and the means by which we offer care to our community. We give in order to be able to meet together for worship via the internet. We give in order to support the ministry and mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada across our nation and throughout the world. And in these days of COVID-19 distancing, we do our giving in the various ways described in the Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your generosity.

Prayer

We give thanks to You, dear Lord, because You have blessed us with so much. Yet we know that others have too little. May the offerings we share today become a source of healing and justice in the world, for the sake of Jesus Christ, the One who sends us out in love. 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.” (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] Smedes, Lewis B. (1984) Forgive and forget: Healing the hurts we don’t deserve. HarperCollins


Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Gina Kottke

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Music soloist: Linda Farrah Basford


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Freedom!

Dayspring Zoom Connect Worship, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 6, 2020, 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Spirit of gentleness

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing;
“Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”

You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise.

songwriter James K. Manley ©; published in Everflowing Streams (1981). “Spirit,” l. 1-4 (1978)
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: Sing to the Lord a new song.
P: We will worship God, our Maker!
L: Let us praise God with song and dance,
P: For God is gracious and loving!
L: Let us bring God glory and honour,
P: For God deserves our praise.

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words and music: anonymous
public domain
arr. G. McCrostie

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

Holy One, God of grace and glory, Your creative power is beyond imagining. Your love is wider than the whole universe; your mercy, greater than the heights of heaven; your wisdom, deeper than the sea. Maker of all things, You became one of us in Jesus Christ, and through your Spirit, You are present with us in every place and every time. We worship You, Creator, Christ, and Spirit, one God, now and always,

God ever-present, yet ever new, guide us by your Word and Spirit, so that in your light, we may see clearly what You call us to do. In your truth, may we know how best to follow You, and in doing so, find true peace through Christ, your living Word. Amen.

In confidence and honesty, let us now confess our sins to God and to one another:

Although Christ is among us as our peace, we confess we are a people divided, within ourselves and against each other. We cling to the values and habits of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue harm creation and the lives of others. The fears and jealousies we harbour set neighbour against neighbour, and nation against nation. The freedom and abundance we enjoy belong mostly to a few when they are God’s gift to all. Have mercy upon us, dear Lord. Heal us, forgive us, and set us free to serve You in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

The apostle Paul declared that the night is far gone, the day is near. So let us lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. Know that we are forgiven by God’s grace and that we may be at peace with God, with yourself and with each other.

Music: 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
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Children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

Music:  I, the Lord

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?

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.

Words and music: D. Schutte; © 1983, New Dawn Music
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Scripture reading: Exodus 12:1-14 (New Revised Standard Version)

The First Passover Instituted

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10 You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Music:  Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
is now, and will be forever
Amen, amen, amen

words: trad.; music: J. Weaver 1978
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Message: “Freedom!”

There are so many ways in which we can be stuck.  We can be run into the ground by man-made problems, or even just circumstances where we are held in a place of not being able to go anywhere.

It could be addictions. It could be marital relationships. Or it could be poverty that holds us in a tight grip. How about being held tightly by abuse that happened during our childhood days?

“Stuck” can be a condition of not being able to think in new and fresh ways. “Stuck” can also be an emotional feeling of being held bound and not able to escape out of this emotional feeling, as if you’re scared of failing or not being able to overcome the awful predicament you are in. “Stuck” can also perhaps be the inability to see very far, being in a state of twilight.

Turning to Exodus 12, we hear a story of the Israelites being stuck in the foreign land of Egypt and receiving instructions for what they have to do when they are liberated from Pharaoh. Just in the verse before chapter 12, this is what one hears: “the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.” This whole nation of Israel was stuck in bondage, trying their utmost to get out of Egypt. They were doing hard labour as slaves. Moses was to lead them out.

Their instructions were how and when to prepare a sacrificial meal that became known as “Passover”, or “Pesach”. This event lies smack in the middle of the story of how there were ten plagues that the Israelites were afflicted with, of which the very last one was that “every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die.” “How cruel and tragic” we might say, and we might want to say that this is just a myth and only a deeper message of how powerful God is. This, however, dismisses the meaning of Passover. The people of Israel were to slaughter a lamb or a goat and their stance was to be one of readiness, hurry and disquietude. All of this was to happen in the middle of the night, like a thief arriving at an unannounced time. What is very significant, is that Pharaoh’s attack on the Hebrew children must be interpreted in light of God’s ancient promises to Abraham and Sarah: “He (God) brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be’.” Pharaoh of Egypt would not be allowed to stand between God’s promises and the people through whom these promises would be fulfilled.

The way in which it would happen was that the Israelites would, on that particular day, the fourteenth of the first month, take the blood of the slaughtered lamb and paint it on their doorposts so that the angel of the Lord would protect the firstborn of the Hebrew people of Israel. The struggle that was happening was God fighting on the Israelites’ behalf. The Egyptians, alas, did not get that memo. The Israelites were in the middle of God acting out war against Pharaoh’s heinous crimes. This was to ensure the future of the promise to Abraham.

With the fog of war fully engulfing the land, God summons the Israelites to the work of liturgy, ritual, and memory. [i]

This is why the Passover becomes the sacrificial meal that would be celebrated throughout the centuries, right through to the Thursday before Jesus Christ was crucified, and beyond, until this very time we live in right now. The Last Supper was the celebration of Passover. The crucifixion of Christ was happening right at the same time of the year, the weekend when most Jews were on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to celebrate the struggle that the Hebrews experienced before they could go out of Egypt.

As we know, many movies were inspired by this event. Some of us who are older can remember the movie “The Ten Commandments” directed by Cecil B DeMille, released in 1956 and starring Yul Brynner as Pharaoh and Charlton Heston as Moses. Others might remember “Out of Egypt” starring Kara Cooney in 2009, or the animation musical “The Prince of Egypt” released in 1998.

Is there something to learn from the Passover and the liberation from Egypt? As Michael Chan puts it: “The ritual offers its participants a specific promise, bound to the concrete reality of the sacrificial victim’s blood: “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt” (verses 12-13). The blood of the sacrifice distinguishes the people of God from the Egyptians and shields them from death and judgment. [ii]

Today too, we can live in a freedom that God brought to us by the victory that Jesus gained over sin and death.

We too, don’t need to be bound to any systems, or to death, because there is a second death that we won’t be part of as we are allowed to know that we live eternally.

This, dear friends, is what we celebrate as we take part in the Lord’s Supper. “You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations, you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.” Our faith in Jesus Christ gives the Lord’s Supper a brand-new dimension. It gives the believers in Jesus Christ a brand-new life. Amen

Music:  Here is bread

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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The Lord’s Supper

Communion Prayer

Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, you formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made a covenant with us to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets. So with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

Communion:

Prayer of gratitude

Lord God, in gratitude, in deep gratitude for this moment, this meal, these people, we give ourselves to you. Take us out to live as changed people because we have shared the living bread and cannot remain the same. Ask much of us, expect much from us, enable much by us, encourage many through us. So, Lord, may we live to your glory,
both as inhabitants of earth and citizens of the commonwealth of heaven. Amen

Music:  In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
In the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near

composer: Jacques Berthier; 1991 © Taize Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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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 and blessing: Minister

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] Michael J. Chan, 2020: Commentary on Exodus 12:1-14 (online at http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4569)

[ii] Michael J. Chan, 2020: Commentary on Exodus 12:1-14 (online at http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4569)


Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Ransford Kusi-Menkah

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: Seeking certainty in a shaky world

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost,

August 23, 2020, 10 am MDT

Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf              

Welcoming Elder: Darlene Eerkes

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie            

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Soloist: Binu Kapadia

Gathering

Music:  Jesus life of all the world

Jesus, life of all the world,
source and sum of all creation,
Son of God and Son of man,
only hope of our salvation,
Living Word for all our need,
life you give is life indeed.

Life of freedom, gladness, truth,
all our guilt and fear transcending,
life that leaps beyond the grave,
God’s own life that knows no ending;
life eternal, gift unpriced,
freely ours in Jesus Christ!

Yours is life that makes us stand
firm for truth, all wrong defying;
yours the strength by which we strive,
on your holy arm relying;
yours the war we wage on sin,
yours the pow’r by which we win.

Jesus, life of all the world,
you are Lord of ev’ry nation;
by your Holy Spirit’s pow’r
 
make your church your incarnation
till our lives of truth and grace
show our world your human face!

Words: Margaret Clarkson; 1983, © The Hymn Society, Hope Publishing Co.
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”          

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship
L: We give You thanks, O Lord, with all our hearts
P: for your faithful love endures forever.
L: We sing your praise, O Lord, with all our might
P: for your promises speak of your goodness to all the earth.
L: We place our trust in you, O Lord, with full confidence
P: for your salvation continues from generation to generation.
And so we come to worship You, O Lord, and lift up our hearts in praise.

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words: Psalm 46
music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1998 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Confession
Eternal God, You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and yet You come to us afresh each new day. You breathe new life into what has grown tired and discouraged. You offer healing for what is broken and worn. You restore hope for what seems impossible. You are the source of life and love for us and all your creatures, and so we worship you as Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, one God, now and always.

As we turn to You for wisdom, we pray to You, Source of all wisdom and understanding, in the midst of all our distractions, still our hearts and minds. Amid competing voices, let us hear your word for our times. By the gift of your Holy Spirit, help us discern your will and follow your path.

Merciful God, we confess that we have strayed from your purposes. You set a path for us to follow, but we conform to the ways of this world. You offer us your transforming love, but we cling to familiar patterns and habits. You give each of us gifts to use for the work of your kingdom, but we wait for others to do what needs doing. Forgive us for taking the easy way out and failing to serve You with eager hearts. Now we turn to you in a few moments of silent prayers of confession…

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:  Minister
Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn us? Only Christ – and Christ died for us. Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and set free by God’s generous grace. So, let us make a fresh start today!

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

Music offering: Breathe on me breath of God  Binu Kapadia

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Words: E. Hatch; Music: R. Jackson; public domain
arr. © Philip Keveren 2003; Hal Leonard Corp.
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Scripture reading:  Matthew 16:13-20

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Music:  Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
is now, and will be forever
Amen, amen, amen

words: trad.; music: J. Weaver 1978
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Message: “Seeking certainty in a shaky world”

Human beings can be quite resilient. When our world becomes shaky and goes topsy turvy we have the ability to get back at it and adjust so that life can go on. We know how to fix things and how to find people who can fix them for us.

But there are times when everything goes haywire. You can be in a car accident and for a while, you lose all your bearings and can even suffer from the shock for months and even years afterwards. The question arises, “Where is God in this?”

There are even times when folks lose their job, slip on the proverbial banana peel, end up using or abusing substances and before they know it, lose all their sensibilities.

What about landing in quicksand? I’ve never encountered quicksand and have only read about it. This is, however, a situation where one can get stranded and if you’re alone it can take a long time to get out of it. It’s as if the sand sucks you in, and we’ve seen it in the films. A man is caught in quicksand, begging onlookers for help, but the more he struggles, the further down into the sand he is sucked until eventually, he disappears. All that’s left is sinister sand, and maybe his hat. There are so many films featuring death by quicksand, from Lawrence of Arabia to The Monkees. In the 1960s one in every 35 films had a scene with quicksand in them.[i] Shaky for sure! Where is God in all of this, or is there really a God? This type of question lingers under the surface.

Then there is the uncertainty that the year 2020 brought us. We all know about it. Will we survive it? How is the pandemic going to affect me, we ask? We try to live safely and make the most of all sorts of safety measures and protocols. Still, what about the long-term effects? What about airlines, are they going to go broke? Our pension funds, will they be able to remain stable? What about the futures of our children and grandchildren? Then there is this alarming tendency for suicide to be on the rise. Are people saying it doesn’t help to believe in God?

The world has indeed become a weird and wild place. Is there any direction? Can anyone tell me where things will be going? Who is going to pull me out of the suction of the existential quicksand? There are signs out there. Though, it seems that they just show all directions and there is no direction to take. Do I go see a general practitioner or a psychiatrist? Do I keep my children out of school and home-school them? What if I go and study, will there be a work for me? Different folks deal with uncertainty in different ways. Some become stronger in their approach to life, others succumb to mental issues. Some become grumpy and even angry. “There can’t be a God if things go like this!” we might be tempted to say.

This brings me to our text for today. “(Jesus) said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’” (Matthew 16:15-16, NRSV).

This isn’t just a speculative thing that Simon Peter says. He isn’t just putting out some kind of assumption or theory of some kind. Nor is it some kind of slippery, muddy statement that is floating in many directions.

Simon has a second name, it is Peter. In Greek, the word “petra, and petros” refer to “rock.” Now it doesn’t really seem that Peter is as solid as a rock. It may indeed mean that Simon Peter’s statement is based upon the real rock, the God of steadfastness, the cornerstone, the foundation, and even the stumbling block. How about it referring to Peter’s confession of faith in the Rock, the reliable One?

There is very little certainty to be found in the world we live in. Yes, we can still create some form of certainty. But in my estimation, there is the overpowering stability to be found in the One whom Peter is referring to. It appears that God, in the end, is the only real certainty.

When all the foundations, all the reliable financial plans, all the predictable outcomes start failing, there still remains this One, the rock-solid God who has been, is, and will always be. What an assurance!

Is this an awareness that everyone has? Unfortunately, not. How does it become a reality in one’s own awareness? I don’t think it is “something” to “have” or to “not have”. It is more a sense that grows in a person. It is God who makes us aware. “…flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, (Peter), but my Father in heaven” we hear in the 17th verse.

Yes indeed, it is a place we come to through the work of God, and not by our hard work or efforts. In a way, it happens to us. God reveals this acknowledgment in our inner being, so that we just know.

I personally find that it isn’t really a matter of I don’t care, it is more a matter of I trust. Trust and faith go hand in hand.

Do I tell others to believe the same way I do? I don’t think I can. Each of us goes through our unique struggles. When Jesus sternly orders the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah, this may be what Jesus refers to. People need to discover that Jesus was the anointed one on their own in their own time and in their own pace. It is not for us to shove these discoveries down others’ throat. Nor is it for us to expect everyone to believe the way we believe. God has a unique way of revealing this to human beings.

We are, however, assured that there is certainty in a very shaky world. To me, it seems to be a certainty that goes way beyond this life on earth.

Amen

Music:   With the Lord as my guide

With the Lord as my guide
I will walk through the desert,
rest by the water, run in the wind.
With the Lord by my side
I will stand on the mountain,
drink from the fountain of love deep within.

With the Lord as my guide
I will see all the talents,
accept the balance of who I am.
With the Lord by my side
say yes to the calling,
fear not the falling, trust in God’s plan.

With the Lord as my guide
I will work with my sister,
care for my brother, bend with their pain.
With the Lord by my side
we will rise up together,
strengthen each other, courage regain.

With the Lord as my guide
I will rise in the morning,
praise for the dawning beauty of day.
With the Lord by my side
I will sing, sing forever,
always a lover, seeking God’s way.

Words and music: Jim Strathdee; © 1977, Desert Flower Music
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Prayer of gratitude

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: Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done

in whom God’s world rejoices

words: M. Rinkart; music: J. Cruger
public domain

Prayer

Blessing: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love 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] Can quicksand really suck you to your death? and article at https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160323-can-quicksand-really-suck-you-to-your-death


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Persistence and faith can make a powerful pair

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost,

August 16, 2020, 10 am MDT

Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf 

Welcoming Elder: Gina Kottke

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie            

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Instrumental Soloist: Kathleen de Caen

Gathering

Music:  Be thou my vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Words and music: Irish traditional
Music harmony copyright © 1975, Hope Publishing Co.
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”          

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: Let the people praise You, dear Lord;
P: let all the people praise You!
L: Let the nations be glad and sing with joy,
P: for You guide the nations upon earth.
L: Let the people praise You, dear Lord;
P: let all the people praise You!

Music:  I waited on you, Lord

I waited, I waited on you, Lord
I waited, I waited on you, Lord

You bent down low and remembered me
When you heard my prayer

words: Psalm 40
music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1987 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Lament

Dear Lord, we come into your presence with praise and thanksgiving. You have searched us, known us, cared for us, and welcomed us as daughters and sons. In You, we find our home. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, and the inspiration of your Word, continue to work in us and through us. Transform us into your image. Make us signs of grace and hospitality to the world around us, so that your kingdom would come and your will would be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. We pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God’s creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people,
and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us. We pray for all nations and people who already enjoy the abundance of creation and the blessings of prosperity, that their hearts may be lifted up to the needs of the poor and afflicted, and partnerships between rich and poor for the reconciliation of the world may flourish and grow.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of all the ages, as we gather to listen to your Word today, silence the thoughts that distract us. Open our hearts to hear the challenge and the comfort You offer us in the name of Jesus Christ, your Living Word.

Hear our cry, Almighty God.
Listen to our prayer.

How long will we have to hide in our homes from this invisible enemy? Where will it strike next? And whom? And what if…? Our screens relay a continuous escalation of suffering and death around the world. Panic and anxiety abounds. Our souls are weary from the strain of the life-altering unknowns. Heavenly Father, from the depths of our pain and confusion, we cry out to You. From fear-filled hearts and anxious minds, we plead with You. Rescue us, Father of compassion and grace. We lift up our eyes to You, Lord God, the One who sits enthroned in heaven. 

On all who have contracted the virus,
Lord have mercy 

On all who have lost loved ones to this sickness and are in mourning and anguish, 
Lord have mercy 

On all who are unable to earn an income because their jobs have been suspended 
Lord have mercy

Assurance of God’s faithfulness

Nothing can separate us from the Lord’s unfailing love and kindness, not even sickness or the fear of tomorrow. The Lord is our Light as we walk in this darkness. We will remember to celebrate the beautiful gifts the Lord has given us in this present moment.

Music: 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
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Music: Open our eyes, Lord

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

Music offering: Prelude from J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite #1   Kathleen de Caen

Scripture reading: Matthew 15:10-28

Things That Defile

10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.[a] And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16 Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19 For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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: “Persistence and faith can make a powerful pair”

In a world where almost every single thing has changed due to a tiny virus, we might do well to know that there is One who hasn’t changed and never will change. It seems clear that admitting that God, our creator has and never will change.

We might feel like things have changed irreversibly, or something along these lines. God, I still believe, as believers have done throughout the centuries, will not change. God still remains faithful and almighty.

What does it mean to have faith in this faithful God? “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This is what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews said in the 11th chapter. Looking closer at it, there are three words in this statement that jump out at me. They are “assurance”, “hoped” and “conviction.” These are strong words.

When you’re in dire trouble as most of us are at this point in history, and you are being assured, of things hoped for, right there you have a lot!

And then to have a “conviction” of things not seen, this too makes a person able to persist. The best is that this type of faith is given to each believer by God. There is no way in which we can muster it up.

Jan Koum is the founder of WhatsApp which sold to Facebook for 19 billion dollars. He grew up very poor in Ukraine and didn’t even have running water. After finding his skills in Silicon Valley he was almost hired at Facebook but got passed over in the last interview. Instead of sulking, Jan went on to found WhatsApp. Jan is quite the epitome of hard work and never giving up.

What I learn from this is: Don’t take no for an answer. If you believe in yourself keep going towards your goal. Know that once you complete it you will have the satisfaction of succeeding when others doubted you or told you it was impossible. [i]

This is just one example. There are many more. Just page through the Old Testament of the Bible, and Moses persisting in getting the Israelites freed from Egypt’s Pharaoh. It took persisting through ten plagues. Ruth is another one. When her mother-in-law, Naomi, lost her husband and both sons she just didn’t give up. Naomi told her to stay in the country of Moab. But Ruth persisted. She ended up becoming the grandmother of King David and therefore became part of the lineage of Jesus.

The Canaanite woman that we read about in the gospel reading from Matthew, is one more example of a woman with persistence.

Just in the previous piece Jesus had been teaching the crowds and the Pharisees, along with the disciples that a person becomes polluted not by what she puts in her stomach, but by that which comes from inside her heart and which shows up in her life. The implication of what Jesus said, is that one’s race, ethnicity, gender, disability or class doesn’t make a person unclean or defiled. We might be surprised by Jesus’ silence and his response to the Canaanite woman. First, Jesus lets the Canaanite woman down by not acknowledging her plea for mercy.

There is something interesting that happens in our reading. Jesus’ response to the disciples’ urging to send her away, seems to affirm the disciples’ desire to dismiss her. He says, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” What? How can Jesus be saying this?

Mitzi Smith from Columbia Theological Seminary [ii] speculates that Jesus is taking the disciples up on their view so that the Canaanite woman needs to struggle against the statement. This way she can demonstrate her persistence and faith against all the odds.

Life is never a straight and easy road. It’s complicated and often tough.

But so many anonymous women like the Canaanite woman have persisted as lone minority voices among a majority of authoritative and powerful men. She persisted!

Here at Dayspring, we too are invited to persist, especially from a place of weakness. It is God who will equip us with faith. Is it perhaps the other way around? That faith brings about persistence, or maybe persistence feeds faith. You see, whichever way we do it, persistence and faith make a powerful pair.

Whether it’s someone who is disenfranchised in whichever way, in trouble, struggling against impossibilities, persistence can take us to the opening up of new possibilities.

It doesn’t matter which congregation finds themselves in dire straits, the chances are that we will be like a seed that goes into a crack in a rock, with the sun blazing from above. Under normal circumstances, we might not make it. But with God’s help in nurturing our faith and persistence, we could still forge through and come out on the other side with renewed strength.

Nobody ever said it would be easy. In fact, it is going to be hard, it is going to be very much against all odds. Let’s leave aside complaints and moaning. Let’s live the love that Christ brought into this world. Let us be grateful and responsible for what we have. We are invited to look after each other and the communities we live in.

These times are uncertain and totally unpredictable. Nobody has it easy. Let’s support each other by spending locally. Help your friends’ businesses whenever possible. Help keep small businesses in your community going.

We may have limited chances to live out Christian love, and there may actually only be now to do it. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Today is the time to let our light and our love shine.

Amen

Music: Come my way, my truth, my life

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life: 
Such a way as gives us breath;
Such a truth as ends all strife;
Such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength: 
Such a light as shows a feast;
Such a feast as mends in length;
Such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart: 
Such a joy as none can move;
Such a love as none can part;
Such a heart as joys in love.

Words: G. Herbert
Music: R. Vaughn Williams. © Stainer and Bell Ltd. 1911
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Prayer of gratitude:

Reflection on giving………….

We give because we are the recipients of God’s overflowing love. We give because our givings support our minister and the church staff who enable us to be a community of Faith and Care. We give in order to take care our building – an inheritance from those who have gone before us and from the Presbyterian Church in Canada – and the means by which we offer care to our community. We give in order to be able to meet together for worship via the internet. We give in order to support the ministry and mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada across our nation and throughout the world. And in these days of COVID-19 distancing, we do our giving in the various ways described in the Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your generosity.

Music: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
In the Lord I will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near

composer: Jacques Berthier; 1991 © Taize Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Prayer and blessing: Minister

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] 8 Inspiring Perseverance Stories to Make You Never Give Up, at https://www.inspireyoursuccess.com/inspiring-perseverance-stories/

[ii] Mitzi J. Smith, (2020) Commentary on Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28, at workingpreacher.org


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom) message: Out, and into the world

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost,

August 9, 2020  10 am MDT

Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf                

Welcoming Elder: Jane de Caen

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie            

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Vocal solo: Glynnis McCrostie

Gathering

Music:  She comes sailing on the wind  

She comes sailing on the wind,
her wings flashing in the sun;
on a journey just begun, she flies on.
And in the passage of her flight,
her song rings out through the night,
full of laughter, full of light, she flies on.

Silent waters rocking on the morning of our birth,
like an empty cradle waiting to be filled.
And from the heart of God the Spirit moved up on the earth,
like a mother breathing life into her child.

Many were the dreamers whose eyes were given sight
when the Spirit filled their dreams with life and form.
Deserts turned to gardens, broken hearts found new delight,
and then down the ages still she flew on.

To a gentle girl in Galilee, a gentle breeze she came,
a whisper softly calling in the dark,
the promise of a child of peace whose reign would never end,
Mary sang the Spirit song within her heart.

Flying to the river, she waited circling high
above the child now grown so full of grace.
As he rose up from the water, she swept down from the sky,
and she carried him away in her embrace.

Long after the deep darkness that fell upon the world,
after dawn returned in flame of rising sun,
the Spirit touched the earth again, again her wings unfurled,
bringing life in wind and fire as she flew on

Songwriter: Gordon Light; 1985 © Common Cup Company
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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 the Lord!
P: We will tell everyone we meet what God has done!
L: Let us bring praise to the name of the Lord!
P: We will honour God’s holy name with shouts of joy!
L: Be mindful of all that God provides for us.
P: We will remember the world of wonders God has made!

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words and music: anonymous
public domain, arr. G. McCrostie

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

Surprising and mysterious God, You come to us when we least expect it, calling us out of our routines and our plans, inviting us to follow Christ on a great journey of faith.

We praise You for the many ways You comfort and guide us. In our moments of fear, You speak to us with words of reassurance. In our moments of doubt, You reach out your hand to save us. In our moments of turmoil, You bring calm to the storm. We place our trust in You this day and every day, and worship You as our Redeemer and Saviourin the name of Christ, our Lord and friend.

Gracious and loving God who hovers over the pain of your world. We pray for all who suffer or experience pain through the chemical explosion in Beirut yesterday. We remember especially this day the people of Beirut. Help the injured, protect those in danger, support the dying, bring comfort to the grieving and soothe the anxious whose families and lives are forever changed by grief and loss. Bless with your strength and comfort those who have survived the trauma and devastation of this disaster. We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their security and their hope. Strengthen and guide doctors, nurses, and all those who serve in emergency services and all who bring comfort and relief. God of wisdom, as we gather to hear your Word this day, calm our spirits and still our minds so that we are able to receive the fullness of your message and respond with faithfulness.

Merciful and patient God, we confess that we still live in fear and doubt, even though we have been touched by your saving grace. You call us to live with courage and perseverance, yet we give up too easily and opt for the safer route. You encourage us to be bold in our faith and steadfast in our fight for justice, yet we remain silent in the face of inequality and violence. Forgive us all the times we have let You down. Renew our lives through your mercy and grace. Amen

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:  Minister

Rest assured, God’s forgiveness and saving grace are for everyone. Accept these gifts for yourselves and offer forgiveness to others in the name of Christ our Lord.

Children’s time:    ……………. Darlene Eerkes                                        (Lord’s Prayer)

Music offering:   Forever                                                                           Glynnis McCrostie

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

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

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22-33 (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land,[a] for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Message: “Out, and into the world”
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught (Peter), saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Just before Jesus started walking over the Sea of Galilee, He had retreated to go up the mountain to be by Himself to pray. I’ve often had similar feelings to the ones, I think we sense in what Jesus was doing in our Scripture reading. When I want to flee into my own little fort, away from all the buzz, it’s just for my own sanity and serenity. Sometimes the busy-ness of all the daily things of life simply become a little bit too much. As one example, I have found the lovely flowers of summer that we have in our garden at home, to be a way of finding some form of escape from the madness of life.

Jesus was on the stormy Sea of Galilee and decided to try once again to find some solitude. He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.

Jesus is in need of a fort this week, I think. He wanted to get away from everything that was pressing in on Him.

As we saw in last week’s Gospel reading, Jesus, having heard of the gruesome murder of the man who baptized Him, John the Baptist, Jesus tries to get some time alone with his grief. But large crowds seek Him out, desperate for his healing, and so He tends to their sicknesses and their need for food to eat. This week, Jesus tries again for some alone time. He sends away the crowds and the disciples and goes up the mountain alone to pray. He was in search for some isolation, some time in his own little fort, so to speak.

What else is a lockdown than building forts, living in our own places of safety, away from all the danger, all the outside forces that bring fear into our lives? The pandemic has different effects on each person. Two people in a marriage, or mother and son, even brother and sister, can have radically different views on the coronavirus pandemic.

A parent would fully comply with children’s play parks being closed down and know it’s safer. Then there is another parent that wants children to play safely and develop naturally. One person might feel rather relaxed about protocols, while the next may indeed be fearing that the worst might happen to them. The one may wipe every surface down and the other may act quite oblivious to all these acts of the “new normal.”
 
One may see empty restaurants as the right thing to do, the other may be exuberant when restaurant patios start opening up.

It was during such an alone time that Jesus sent his disciples out on a boat onto the lake to go and fight the waves, rowing as hard as they can.

What if this boat full of disciples is the church? That the boat on the water is the church not only then, but also now, today in 2020? In our own times, the church is rocked by storms of one kind or another, from inside or from outside. There are forces of chaos and uncertainty that make us tremble at times. Financially, so many churches find it hard to get by. Viewing church attendance decade after decade one notices how it keeps dropping to lower levels. Can anything be done? And now the pandemic.

Early that morning, Jesus came walking toward the disciples struggling on the sea. The disciples saw this happening and were terrified, they said, “It is a ghost!”

Upon Jesus’ assurance, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid”, Peter replies, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus encouraged him to come on over. But when Peter noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

At this point Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him.

Peter was brave, but the heaving and tugging of the wind made him lose some of his bravado. We as the church of our Lord during this pandemic time can also lose a lot of our bravado. Nobody can blame us.

However, God wants to make things happen.

It is not the end. The church isn’t just collapsing. God has something in stall for us. God, Jesus’ Father, also reaches out his hand and catches us. Our own hands are in God’s. God uses us in the work that God’s church is called to do.

Jesus doesn’t stay on the mountain, or in the tent, even though He no doubt really wants to sometimes. Jesus strolls across the sea and out into the world. He shows compassion for the sick and the poor, hangs out with sinners and misfits, and acts with sacrificial love in life and ultimately in death.
 
Jesus also calls us out of our forts of security and calm and into the messy business of living out justice and mercy in the world. That is as true now as it was before the pandemic. Of course, “going out to the world” looks different now—we make connections over Zoom, or several feet apart in backyards and on patios. We preach on livestreams, and we wear masks wherever we go.

The world still belongs to God. The coronavirus pandemic that spews out Covid-19 and causes devastation, remains subject to the rule of God, whether we can see that or not. One day it too will pass, and the world will still be there. We, the people that follow Jesus Christ, will still, with the power of God’s Good News, continue to have a difference to make in a world in need of healing and repair. Amen

Music: There is a redeemer

There is a redeemer
Jesus, God’s own Son
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Holy One

Thank you, oh my father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving Your Spirit
‘Til the work on Earth is done

Jesus my redeemer
Name above all names
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Oh, for sinners slain

When I stand in Glory
I will see His face
And there I’ll serve my King forever
In that Holy Place

Words and music: Melody Green; © 1982, BMG Music Publishing Co.
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Prayer of gratitude: 

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: 

Faithful God, bless the gifts we bring to you today. Use them and us to plant seeds of faith, hope and love in the world so that your goodness will grow among your people, and your name be honoured for Christ’s sake. Amen

Blessing: Minister

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love 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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Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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