Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Source of growth

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
P: and also with you
Lighting of the Christ candle
Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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

Opening praise: Everlasting God

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord X2

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God. You do not faint, You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need, You lift us up on wings like eagles 

Songwriters: Brenton Brown/ Ken Riley
©2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship

L: Happy are those who are without blame.
P: Blessed are those who walk in God’s way.
L: Happy are those who are faithful.
P: Blessed are those who seek God.
L: We will obey your word, O God.
P: We will praise you forever

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, this morning again, we look up to You for our strength. There is no other God than You. We are weak and in You seek our strength. Your love spans across the entire world and across the entire congregation here at Dayspring. Would You be merciful under the circumstances in which we find ourselves. We put our full trust in You. Today’s baptism is also in your hands.

We look to You for help as we only do what we as humans can. Our eyes are upon You for the every single bit of growth that You bring.

Now, dear Lord of each and every generation, send us your Holy Spirit as we listen to your message through the sacrament of baptism, children’s time, prayers, song, and above all, the scriptures read and interpreted. Open our minds to your wisdom, open our eyes to see how to serve you, and open our hearts to receive and share your healing love. Amen.

Response: I waited, I waited on You, Lord

Baptism of C W

Baptism is a gift from God.

The sacrament of baptism is a visual aid for our faith. It portrays God reaching out to us. In baptism we see that God is the one taking the first step by coming to us, claiming us as God’s children, cleaning us from every sin that comes between God and us. We receive God’s gift with reverent joy and respond in faith and obedience.

Baptismal invitation

I now ask P and B to come forward

The Presentation for Baptism

Who comes to receive the gift of baptism?

An elder (Darlene) presents the child for baptism saying:

“On behalf of the session, I present C W to receive the sacrament of baptism.”

Parents of infants and young children

(The minister addresses parents of children)

P and B do you desire that C T be baptized?

We do.

(The minister addresses parents of young candidates for baptism only)

B and P

Do you promise to raise your daughter in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ within the home and the fellowship of the church?

We do.

(The minister asks the congregation to stand and questions them saying)

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture C T by word and deed, with love and in prayer, encouraging her to follow the way of Christ and to be a faithful member of his church?

We do

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Water is poured visibly and audibly into the font)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We give You thanks, dear gracious Lord, for the gift of your Spirit and the sign of water.

In the water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized and anointed by your Holy Spirit. And now, with your people of all times and places, we wait with eager longing as we look for the city of God, from which will flow the river of life for the healing of the nations. (Rom. 8; Rev. 22)

Gracious God; by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit You sustain all life.

(The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font)

Almighty God; by the power of your Holy Spirit, by the sign of this water, You cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ, those who receive this sacrament; You raise them to new life through his resurrection, and You graft them into his body, the church.

Pour out your Spirit upon this your child that she may have power to do your will and continue forever as a servant of Christ to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever. Amen.

The Act of Baptizing

(The minister takes the child from the parents)

C T, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

(The minister lays a hand on the head of the baptized children saying)

May the Spirit of God dwell in you
and uphold you, now and forever. Amen.

(The minister leads in prayer as follows)

Declaration and Welcome

See what love God has given us that we should be called the children of God; and that is what we are.

C T you are now received by Christ’s authority into the holy, catholic church.

You are a child of God’s covenant with his children.

I know that all the grandparents are present here today. At this point I want to ask you to stand.

My best wishes to you as you have been the bearers of faith in Christ that is being handed down through the generations as part of God’s story with us as human beings, and with Charlotte. Congratulations! I invite you to be seated.

C T:

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Response: The Lord bless you and keep you (Aaronic Blessing)

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time:

   Open our eyes, Lord
Story
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

Song: Creating God, Your fingers trace 

Creating God, your fingers trace the bold designs of farthest space; let sun and moon and stars and light and what lies hidden praise your might.

Sustaining God, your hands uphold earth’s mysteries known or yet untold; let water’s fragile blend with air, enabling life, proclaim your care.

Redeeming God, your arms embrace all now despised for creed or race; let peace, descending like a dove, make known on earth your healing love.

Indwelling God, your gospel claims one family with countless names; let every life be touched by grace until we praise you face to face.

Words: Jeffery Rowthorn ©1979 the Hymn Society, Used by permission of Hope Publishing Co; Music: William Davies © William Davies, 1975Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI 

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

3 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people
of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Response: Jesus, remember me

Message: “Source of growth”

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer recalls a lesson about overconfidence:

“It was the final hole of the 1961 Masters tournament, and I had a one-stroke lead and had just hit a very satisfying tee shot. I felt I was in pretty good shape. As I approached my ball, I saw an old friend standing at the edge of the gallery. He motioned me over, stuck out his hand and said, ‘Congratulations.’ I took his hand and shook it, but as soon as I did, I knew I had lost my focus. On my next two shots, I hit the ball into a sand trap, then put it over the edge of the green. I missed a putt and lost the Masters. You don’t forget a mistake like that; you just learn from it and become determined that you will never do that again. I haven’t in the 30 years since.” [i]

How often don’t we get tied up in the importance of our own abilities?

When the apostle Paul was writing to the people in Corinth, he was speaking about this type of trouble. There were Christians who looked at themselves and had a type of pride in which person had taught them about Christ. They had lost focus. To them it had become all about their leaders. [ii]

Some were proud about Apollos being their leader, others took pride in Paul being their leader who had led them to faith. “No” says Paul, then your focus is placed in human doings.

Paul emphatically sets things straight, if they were to have ears to hear, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”

The same applies today. All that happened and happens, all the growth here at Dayspring, belongs to God. It belongs to the head of the church, Jesus Christ. Every minister that serves here, can only be pointing in the direction of Jesus. Indeed, effectiveness in pointing in the direction of Jesus always remains of utmost importance. This, however, never takes away from the ultimate focus, namely the focus on God who is the source of all the growth.

Servants of the Lord always do well in keeping in mind how we can only prepare the soil, fertilize, sow, water, and let God give the growth. God’s love is what keeps everything intact.

Turning to every action here at Dayspring, we may also know that as parents, Paul and Bethany can only apply the same principle. Charlotte’s faith is in God’s hands, because God’s love for her is immeasurable. God deep love spans from her birth, throughout her life, and you two have been given the wonderful chance to raise her in God’s ways and to point her in the direction of Jesus, who was crucified for her, and ascended to God, also for her, as for each of us.

There remains this mystery of how God works in each congregation, giving the growth, and the minister merely being the messenger. Keep the focus clear, don’t mistake the messenger for the message. As in Paul, the apostle’s case, not looking to him for eloquence or wisdom, but to the Gospel. The wonder of it all is that the power of the cross is the power that is made perfect in weakness. This appears to be very similar to God displaying his awesome power in the weakness of the crucified one, the one who died on the cross for us.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that I had to convey the message of Christ, the crucified, raised to the right hand of God. It was sheer joy. Not because of who I am, but because of the message that I had the chance to convey.

In each generation, God raises up witnesses, messengers, ministers, to continue the ministry that happens here at Dayspring. Some will plant, others will water, but it is God who is the source of growth. Amen

Song: We cannot own the sunlit sky

We cannot own the sunlit sky, the moon, the wild-flowers growing, for we are part of all that is within life’s river flowing. With open hands receive and share the gifts of God’s creation that all may have abundant life in every earthly nation.

When bodies shiver in the night, and weary, wait for morning, when children have no bread but tears, and war horns sound their warning. God calls humanity to wake, to join in common labor, that all may have abundant life, in oneness with their neighbour.

God calls humanity to join as partners in creating
a future free from want or fear, life’s goodness celebrating. That new world beckons from afar, invites our shared endeavor that all might have abundant life and peace endure forever.

Words: Ruth Duck © GIA Publications Inc, 1984, 1989.
Music: attributed to Robert Lowry; public domain.
Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, dear Father, for creating the whole universe and for holding us in your strong hand. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for living with us humans in our brokenness. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving us direction and insight every day.

This we pray in your name, Amen.

Response: Give thanks

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Solo: On Eagle’s Wings

Words and music: Michael Joncas ©1979 by North American Liturgy Resources.

Sending out with God’s 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) 

 Response: God to enfold you


[i] Mann, C. (2021, June 26). Pride (see also humility). Sermonillustrations. http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/p/pride.htm

[ii] Floyd, R. (2010, October 1). God gives the growth: A retirement sermon. When I survey. https://richardlfloyd.com/2010/10/01/“god-gives-the-growth”-a-retirement-sermon/


5th Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am June 27, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder:: Heather Tansem

children’s time: Vivian Houg

vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Turmoil to tranquility

Dear Lord, we turn to You in thanks for all the beauty that we see around us during this season Spring turning into Summer. How can we ever thank You for the abundance in which You care for this world. Thank You that we can rest assured that even during our worst storms, You will be the one bringing a calm that goes beyond our understanding.  Thank You, for life, for love, for the countless ways that fathers make a difference in the world. We know there is no perfection and that’s why we turn our eyes toward our heavenly Father. We bring all our gratitude to You. Amen

 

We gather to worship God

 

Music prelude 

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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

P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: Lord I need you

Lord, I come, I confess Bowing here I find my rest Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

Songwriters: Christy Nockels / Daniel Carson / Jesse Reeves / Kristian Stanfill / Matt Maher

© Universal Music Publishing Group

Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

Call to worship:

L: Amid life’s storms, God is there.
P: What have we to fear?
L: In the darkness and terror,
God is with us.
P: Of whom shall we be afraid?
L: Rise up, people of God,
for you are loved and saved.
P: Thanks be to God
    who cares deeply for us. Amen

Prayers of approach and lament:

Holy and gracious Lord, source of life and love, we gather in your presence to wonder at the beauty and complexity of all You have made, acknowledging how small and insignificant we are, each on our own. Yet You love us with a promise that gives us significance and restores our purpose in the midst of the creation You love. When we are overcome by forces around us, You speak words of peace. When trouble or sorrow sets in, You give us the strength we need to persevere in our witness to your love. In this time of worship, dear Lord, we remember all You have been, all You are and all You will be; offering You all praise and honour, love, and loyalty, with our lips and with our lives to the end of our days.

Lord, now we bring our prayers of lament to You. Our hearts are broken by the innumerable instances in which the world we live in, is broken. When we came into this world, our child-eyes thought this world would be a place of sunshine and happiness. Yes, while we know there is much to be happy about, our eyes are drawn to the way our world is tainted. When, o when, Lord, will You restore this world to that which it was intended? How long are we still going to fight the pandemic that feels so endless? Many of us are fatigued and we just don’t see when the lost energy will be regained. Have mercy upon us Lord. Now we pray our own silent and private prayers of lament to You…

   Response: I will trust in the Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

Dear friends, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, the Lord’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is his faithfulness. Amen

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, we look up to You, as we know our wisdom, our strength, everything that we are, all comes from You.

Would You, in your unending love be merciful by journeying with us as we seek renewal of strength and vigour. We feel weak and heavy-laden, stretched to the limits. We pray for your guidance toward the search committee here at Dayspring as they diligently work towards preparing a congregational profile before searching for someone to lead our congregation forward into the future. We look up to You for your endless wisdom in this process.

Now, God of wisdom and wonder, send us your Holy Spirit to guide us as we listen for your Word. Teach us through what we hear and inspire us to act with the courage and compassion we meet in Jesus Christ, your Living Word. Amen.

 

We listen for the voice of God

 

Children’s time:

Jesus loves me

Story
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

Song: In suffering love

In suffering love the thread of life is woven through our care, for God is with us: not alone
our pain and toil we bear.

There is a rock, a place secure within the storm’s cold blast; concealed within the suffering night
God’s covenant stands fast.

In love’s deep womb our fears are held; there God’s rich tears are sown and bring to birth, in hope newborn, the strength to journey on.

Lord, to our hearts your joy commit, into our hands your pain, so send us out to touch the world with blessings in your name.

In suffering love our God comes now, hope’s vision born in gloom; with tears and laughter shared and blessed the desert yet will bloom.

Words: Rob Johns © Elinor F Johns, 1983
Music: William Gardiner’s Sacred Melodies 1819 © public domain

Scripture reading: Mark 4:35-41 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus Stills a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Response: Glory to the Father

Message: “Turmoil to tranquility”

I came across some thought-provoking words written by Lloyd John Ogilvie, “Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.” [i]

Many of us experience storms. Either we’re heading out from a storm that’s behind us. Or we’re weathering one right now. Then again, a storm could be awaiting us. This is a reality of life.

Just the other day, my daughter and I were washing our dog. We had set everything up in a table in our backyard, and then all out of the blue the wind started up and lashed all that was carefully placed in a northerly direction. The towel took off, the one tub went, the gloves, everything was just swept away.

The disciples were on the Sea of Galilee with Jesus. The Sea of Galilee is situated in a funnel-like part of Israel. Mount Hermon lies towards the north and southward there is deep rift known as the Jordan Rift Valley. East are the Golan heights, and west is the Galilee region. The Jordan river flows into it from the north and outward going south. The Jordan Rift Valley is below sea level. So, when the wind blows onto this lake, it can easily become a life-threatening event. Hence the fear that was in the hearts of the disciples.

There are storms in life that threaten us, and lately, I think I might be quite realistic in saying that many of us have experienced the pandemic or the side effects of it to be similar to storms.

Great windstorms arise in our own lives as well. Perhaps it might be relationships going awry. It could be our entire financial situation. One’s health could go into a tailspin. Life sinks into one huge chaos. A congregation could experience changes as a threat to its well-being. A business may be close to having to close its doors, or already has done so after more than 50 years of operation.

These are the times during which our boat could be swamped.

This was happening to this group of Jesus’ disciples. In the stern of the boat, Jesus was taking a nap. Right in the back, the Son of God was present, but clearly not alert and awake.

Why would this be? Was Jesus just calm and trusting, knowing that little can go wrong? Or was He tired? We don’t know. We too in some similar way or another, have Jesus in the stern of our boat.

Take note that the disciples were all in a boat, a beautiful symbol of the church that stands to this day. We often speak of Dayspring as a boat. Our building is meant to have the appearance of a boat. Then there are churches that are being emptied out by COVID-19, and many of their ceilings look like the bottom of a boat. [ii]

God has given us the grace to weather the storm so far. I have confidence that our Lord will continue leading us through the storm. Still, we can’t take this for granted.

We too, might at times want to wake Jesus up so to speak, and say, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” In our homes, or our businesses this may be the question on our lips.

Our scripture reading goes on, saying, “He (Jesus) woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’”

Perhaps this is exactly what we learn at this stage. When the wind ceases and there is a great calm and Jesus whispers to us, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”, we too, like the disciples might find ourselves in awe, acknowledging that we needn’t have been too frantic.

Then a deeper discovery might occur in our minds. This Jesus is more than just a mere human being that wandered on the dusty roads and paths of Israel. He is the one who is the Son of God. He is God embodied in our human condition.

When He brings us to asking the question, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” we become transformed into folks who learn that we really have little to fear. Yes, things can go wrong, life can be turned upside down, the wind can blow everything in all kinds of directions, and still this Jesus remains the one to take charge of all that can fall apart. He might not restore everything to its former condition.

Perhaps that was never the intent. He might indeed be doing something to form a better person out of us, than we were previously. Amen

Song: Be still my soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to thy God to order and provide; in every change God faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake to guide the future wisely, as the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know the voice that ruled them here on earth below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the vale of tears, then shalt thou better know God’s love, God’s heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay from his own fullness all death takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord, when disappointment, grief and fear are gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall meet at last. 

Words: Jane Borthwick and Katharina von Schlegel © public domain Music: Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; arrangement, The Hymnal 1933 © Breitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden: arrangement © The Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1933,1961

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

Dear Lord, we turn to You in thanks for all the beauty that we see around us during this season Spring turning into Summer. How can we ever thank You for the abundance in which You care for this world. Thank You that we can rest assured that even during our worst storms, You will be the one bringing a calm that goes beyond our understanding.  Thank You, for life, for love, for the countless ways that fathers make a difference in the world. We know there is no perfection and that’s why we turn our eyes toward our heavenly Father. We bring all our gratitude to You. Amen

Response: Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: One more step along the world I go 

One more step along the world I go. One more step along the world I go. From the old things to the new keep me traveling along with you.

Refrain:

And it’s from the old I travel to the new. Keep me traveling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn. More and more about the world I learn. All the new things that I see you’ll be looking at along with me                    
                                                           Refrain

As I travel through the bad and good keep me traveling the way I should. Where I see no way to go, you’ll be telling me the way, I know.     

                                                            Refrain

Give me courage when the world is rough. Keep me loving though the world is tough. Leap and sing in all I do. Keep me traveling along with you.                                                                                Refrain

You are older than the world can be. You are younger than the life in me. Ever old and ever new, keep me traveling along with you.   Refrain

Words and Music: Sydney Carter © 1971 by Stainer & Bell Ltd. Used by permission of Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

Sending out with God’s 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)

   Response: God to enfold you


[i] Ogilvie, L.J. (2013, July 3). Daily Christian quotes: Storms. https://www.dailychristianquote.com/tag/storms/

[ii] Jacobsen, D.S. (2021, June 19). Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Commentary on Mark 4:35-41. Working Preacher. https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-12-2/commentary-on-mark-435-41-5


Worship on the Lord’s Day

4th Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am June 20, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Welcoming elder: Laura Patterson-Fortin

children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

vocalist: Kara Little


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: A house divided?

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise the Lord’s holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all the Lord’s benefits — who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. We bring all the thanks to you, dear Lord! Amen

Worship on the Lord
s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: 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: Forever God is Faithful

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call to worship:

L: We give You thanks, O Lord,
with our whole hearts.
P: We give thanks for your
    steadfast love and faithfulness.
L: O God, we call on you,
for you will increase our strength of soul.
P: Though we walk in the midst
    of troubling times,
    you will stretch out your hand to us.
L: So we gather to worship God,
trusting in God’s goodness and guidance.
P: We come to offer our prayers
    and praise, seeking God’s renewing love
    day by day. 

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Dear Lord, this morning we gather in your presence so that we can find our strength from You. You know the times that we are living in. You know our yearnings, You are aware of all that is going on in our hearts. We approach You for help. Would You be the One to show our authorities, our leaders, the way, as they deal with fighting the coronavirus that has disrupted our entire lives. Would you bring comfort to the various families who lost loved ones and haven’t really been able to connect in ways that we were used to. We ask for light our country’s distressed minds as we are reminded of the horrific darkness that was opened up with the discovery of unmarked graves at a former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Lord, we are shaken and don’t have words…

Now dear Lord God, Loving God, our souls wait for You, more than those who watch for the morning. Send your Spirit upon us as your Word is read and interpreted, so that we will hear your voice and know the way of truth and love through Christ, the Living Word. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Recognition

High School Graduate — C V

Aaronic Blessing

Song:  We are God’s people 

We are God’s people, the chosen of the Lord,
born of the Spirit, established by the word;
our cornerstone is Christ alone,
and strong in him we stand: oh let us live transparently
and walk heart to heart and hand in hand.

We are God’s loved ones, the bride of Christ our Lord,
For we have known it, the love of God outpoured;
now let us learn how to return
the gift of love once given: oh let us share each joy and care,
and live with a zeal that pleases heaven.

We are the body of which the Lord is head,
called to obey him, now risen from the dead;
he wills us be a family, diverse yet truly one:
oh let us freely give our gifts to,
and so shall God’s work on earth be done.

We are a temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place,
formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God’s grace;
alone we die, for on its own each ember loses fire:
yet joined in one the flame burns on
to give warmth and light, and to inspire.

Words: Bryan Leech © 1976 Fred Bock Music Co.
Music Johannes Brahms © 1976 Fred Bock Music Co. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Scripture reading: Mark 3:20–35 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

20 And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

28 “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

The True Kindred of Jesus

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

   Response: Glory to the Father

Message: “A house divided?”

An issue of National Geographic included a photograph of the fossil remains of two saber-tooth cats locked in combat. To quote the article: “One had bitten deep into the leg bone of the other, a thrust that trapped both in a common fate. The cause of the death of the two cats is as clear as the causes of the extinction of their species are obvious. When Christians fight each other, everybody loses. As Paul put it, “if you keep biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (Galatians 5:15). [i]

King Duncan tells that “Certain scribes were trying to impugn Jesus’ great acts of healing. They were disturbed at Jesus’ escalating popularity.” [ii]

A divided house may be a home in which people live as a family. It is said that there came a time in the Old West of America when cattlemen began fencing off their ranches. Barbed wire was used to mark the boundaries. The wire let everyone know whose land was whose, and which cattle belonged to which ranch. The barbed wire kept cattle in, and it also kept the stranger and the rustler out. One author has suggested that every family goes through a process of “putting up barbed wire.” We define our boundaries as a family unit. But what happens when the barbed wire is taken down and moved inside the house — restrung down the centre of the living room? “A house divided…”

However, you can see that it’s a little unrealistic to say that any home can ever be free from conflict or controversy. Where real human beings live together there will be honest disagreement. This is natural and it is healthy.

As a French philosopher once put it, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle it without debate.”

David Augsburg wrote a helpful book titled “Caring enough to confront.” In it he suggests there are five possible steps to solving disagreements: The first one is “I win, you lose.” That game is played everywhere and, obviously, is destructive to a relationship. The second is “You win, I quit.” Most of us have seen this game played too. The third one he calls “Doormat.” One person decides, “Well, walk on me; step on me; I want peace at all costs. I don’t care about the substance of this issue, but at least we will have peace in our home.” Do you recognize anyone at this point?

An obvious example of “Doormat” was Jean Stapleton’s marvelously played Edith Bunker on “All in the Family.” In one scene Edith is talking to her friend Amelia. The dialogue went something like this:

Amelia: “Of all the people I know, you’re practically the only one who has a happy marriage.”

Edith: “Really? Me and Archie … Oh, thank you.”

Amelia: “What is your secret, Edith?”

Edith: “Oh, I ain’t got no secret. Archie and me still have our fights. Of course, we don’t let them go on too long. Somebody always says “I’m sorry.” And Archie always says, “It’s okay, Edith.”

No matter how much you love your family, God did not create you to be a doormat.

This week, our Presbyterian Church in Canada denomination will once again be meeting as a General Assembly. It will be done from everyone’s home. It’s going to be online, similar to Zoom.

It’s unavoidable that there will be matters that people differ about. There will be votes that go a certain way, and at times we might feel differently about matters, or we may actually agree wholeheartedly.

We need to unite our lives around one love, one Saviour, and one Lord. “A house divided against itself cannot stand…” That is true. No house is big enough for cohabitation by the spirit of Christ and by a spirit of malice, of envy, of hatred and of hostility. Dayspring, I believe, will also be able to stand together. Not because all think the same, but because of the Spirit of Christ that lives among us.

How can Satan cast out Satan? He can’t. But Christ can. Amen

Song: Let us break bread together 

Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees;
when I fall down on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees;
when I fall down on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees;
when I fall down on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Words and Music: African-American spiritual; public domain

 

We celebrate at the Table

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

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.

[Let us all come to the table of the Lord!]

Affirming our faith:

Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand
of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen

Communion prayer:

Luke 24 (institution)

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ ‘The Lord has risen indeed.’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

The Communion:

Breaking bread and offering the cup
These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
(Breaking of Bread)
Because there is one bread,
we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.
When we break the bread,
it is a sharing in the body of Christ.
The body of Christ, broken for you, take eat.

(Offering of the Wine)
When we bless the cup,
it is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ, shed for you, take, drink.

We respond to serve God

 
New member welcome — S S

I now call on S S to come forward. Shirley has been attending our services on Zoom in the last number of months. She expressed how she wants to become part of Dayspring and has been a very faithful member at C R P Church. Today the day has arrived for us to receive you as a member, by means of your transfer of membership.

Give certificate.

Shirley, we welcome you with warm hearts into our faith community. May the Lord show you the way as you find ways in which you wish to become involved. We have so many activities. I trust that your decision to participate in the life of Dayspring Presbyterian Church will be a blessed one.

Response: May the Lord bless you

Prayer of gratitude

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise the Lord’s holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all the Lord’s benefits — who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. We bring all the thanks to you, dear Lord! Amen

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Make me a channel of your peace

Make me a channel of your peace
where there is hatred let me bring your love
where there is injury, your healing power
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you

Make me a channel of your peace
where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
where there is darkness, only light
and where there’s sadness ever joy

O Spirit grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
in giving to all let we receive
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life

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Sending out with God’s 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)

   Response: God to enfold you


[i] Alwinson, P.A. (2021, June 5). Division. Sermon illustrations. http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/d/division.htm

[ii] Duncan, K. (2021, June 5). A house divided. Dynamic preaching: Collected sermons. https://www.sermons.com/sermon/a-house-divided/1346934


Second Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am June 6, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Welcoming elder: Nick Nation


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, working in us

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, dear Father, for creating the whole universe and for holding us in your strong hand. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for living with us humans in our brokenness. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving us direction and insight every day.

This we pray in your name, Amen.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting: 

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: 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: How Great is our God

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice, all the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light and darkness tries to hide and trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me; how great is our God, and all will see how great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands and time is in His hands,
beginning and the end the Godhead three in one
father, spirit, son the lion and the lamb.
The lion and the lamb

songwriters: Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
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Call to worship

L: Holy are You, Source and Creator of all things;
P: We bring You our praise
    for your gift of life.
L: Holy are You, Son and Redeemer of all things;
P: We bring You our thanks
    for your gift of new life.
L: Holy are You, Spirit and Sustainer of all things;
P: We come to bear witness to your truth
    and worship your holy name, Ever Three and Ever One.

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

God of Mystery and Mercy, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we meet you in wonder as the Blessed Trinity. You are the Ancient of Days, eternal and unchanging; yet You are the Source of each new day, renewing all things.

In Christ, You encounter us in whatever each day brings with a heart that beats in love for us.

Through the Spirit, You breathe life into what is growing older, energizing us to serve You in good times and hard times.

In the mystery of the Trinity, You are always with us and so we bring you our worship and praise to join in your dance of life and love, Holy One and Holy Three, now and evermore.

We reach out to You, knowing that we need your constant help in our lives. We think of the two persons who passed from this life to the next. We don’t know the next, yet we thank You for the gift of eternal life. In particular, we bring the loved ones of Denise Schmidt before You. We pray for them in this time of loss. We pray for your comfort, day by day, moment after moment.

We also pray for so many others. We bring the dark depression of some before You and ask for your merciful light. We pray for our leaders in this beautiful country. Would You equip them with wisdom.

We pray for our Church’s General Assembly that will be meeting as of next Sunday evening. Your wisdom, your love and your presence on the journey with the Presbyterian Church in Canada is deeply sought. We know that You will guide the meeting which will be held online this year.

Now, Lord, as we step into our worship service, as we listen for You, guide us by your Spirit, lead us to deeper understanding. Always yearning for more and still satisfied with what You give us this day. By your Spirit we ask this in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Profession of faith, Baptism     J/H

The Presentation

(The minister moves to the baptismal font before saying:)

Congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ: MJ and VH have expressed their desire to become professing members of Dayspring. After that, their daughters are being presented to receive the sacrament of baptism.

(The minister addresses candidates who are professing their faith) 

V and M, do you desire to profess your faith?

We do.

(The minister addresses the adults for profession of faith)

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God who has been faithful to us in all generations, do you turn away from sin, renounce evil and all powers in the world that rebel against God or oppose God’s rule of justice and love?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin which separate you from the love of God?

I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, trusting in his grace and love?

I do.

Do you desire, in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, to mature as a Christian in the church, to seek the guidance of Christ as you listen for his Word, to celebrate his death and life at the table He provides, and to engage in his mission to the world?

I do.

The Presentation for Baptism

The minister says:

Who comes to receive the gift of baptism?

An elder presents the child for baptism saying:

“On behalf of the session, I present C and M J to receive the sacrament of baptism.”

Parents of infants and young children

(The minister addresses parents of children:)

M and V do you desire that C and M be baptized?

We do.

(The minister addresses parents of young candidates for baptism only:)

V and M

Do you promise to raise your children in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ within the home and the fellowship of the church?

We do.

(The minister asks the congregation to stand and questions them saying:)

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture C and M by word and deed, with love and in prayer, encouraging them to follow the way of Christ and to be faithful members of his church?

We do

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Water is poured visibly and audibly into the font.)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, dear gracious Lord, for the gift of your Spirit and the sign of water.

In the water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized and anointed by your Holy Spirit. And now, with your people of all times and places, we wait with eager longing as we look for the city of God, from which will flow the river of life for the healing of the nations. (Rom. 8; Rev. 22)

Gracious God; by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit You sustain all life.

(The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font.)

Almighty God; by the power of your Holy Spirit, by the sign of this water, You cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ, those who receive this sacrament; You raise them to new life through his resurrection, and You graft them into his body, the church.

Pour out your Spirit upon these your children that they may have power to do your will and continue forever as servants of Christ to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever. Amen.

The Act of Baptizing

(The minister takes the child from the parents.)

C, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

M, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

(The minister lays a hand on the head of the baptized children saying:)

May the Spirit of God dwell in you

and uphold you, now and forever.     Amen.

(The minister leads in prayer as follows:)

Declaration and Welcome

See what love God has given us that we should be called the children of God; and that is what we are.

C and M you are now received by Christ’s authority into the holy, catholic church.

You are children of God’s covenant with his children.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Response: Aaronic blessing

  

We listen for the voice of God

 

Children’s time:

 Jesus Loves me
 Story
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer 

Song:  God, we praise you for the morning 

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.

God, we praise you for your Spirit,
Comforter and daily friend;
restless searcher, gentle teacher,
strength and courage you send.

God, we praise you for the Saviour,
come that we may know your ways.
In his loving, dying, rising,
Christ is Lord of our days.

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Christ is Lord of our days!

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Scripture reading:

John 3:1-17 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Nicodemus Visits Jesus

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Response: Glory be to the Father

Message:

“Father, Son, Spirit, working in us”

Someone once said, Christmas is about God with us, Easter is about God for us, and Pentecost is about God in us.

I have often sought for words that adequately describe the Trinity of God. My inability to find the best description of this three-and-one at the same time, illustrates just how limited our human condition is. There are many depictions, but the conclusion that I’ve come to over the years, is that none of the depictions can really capture anything of the great mystery that God is.

There are so many demonstrations of the triune God, and none of them is perfect. One I’ve heard, could be the Father being the candle, the Son Jesus Christ, being something like the burning wick, and the heat from the flame being something like the Holy Spirit. Or another could be the three ways in which water exists, Father, the solid, Jesus the running form and the Holy Spirit being the steam. One I came up with for my kids, was a rope with three strands, forming a unified, strong God. Then there is the attempt to explain the how the Spirit is less visible, like one musician in a band like the Beatles. There was one of them, Ringo Starr, who wasn’t as prominent. Each try at the Trinity can barely give us an idea of who God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit are.

It remains a mystery, and you know what? I’m okay with the mystery. Never on this earth will we know the fullness of God.

All I would want to focus on, is the notion that there is something happening in the world when God the Spirit touches a person’s life. We merely discover that we are believers. It seems to be a mysterious inexplicable thing that happens and we are part of God’s kingdom or God’s realm.

The nice part today, here in the sanctuary, we have two adults, V and M becoming members, and their two children were baptized this morning. My “guess” is that this ties in with this mysterious thing of becoming children of God. We have no way of telling, but in a wonderful way God, Father, Son and Spirit are at work.

Becoming part of God’s New Reality isn’t something we can put in words. We can only know it as a deep and special, mysterious, overarching reality that happens to us as humans. Do we see it in a single person? “Yes”, and at the same time “no.” I don’t find myself living in a God-glorifying way every moment of the day. However, God as our Father cares for us so much, and loves the God-hating world, that He sent his Son to live among us and give each of us the chance to be in a relationship with this Jesus. And then the Spirit steers and guides us on a daily basis. Do we know when this happens? Sometimes, but not always. At times the Spirit is so natural to our human lives, that I would daresay, our common sense leading us, could also be the Holy Spirit guiding us.

Jesus told Nicodemus that night in which Nicodemus was deeply doubtful and lacking insight (hence the visit at night), that we need to be born anew. Nicodemus took it literally, as a second time. See, the word that is used for “anew” sounds in the original language the same as “from above.” “Anew” might sound and be spelled the same as “from above.” But they can easily be misunderstood. Think of the English word “bark.” What comes up in your mind? Is it the outer layer of a tree? Or is it the sound a dog makes? Being born from “above” is actually being affected by the Spirit and becoming part of God’s new reality. It can be very profound, and at the same time so commonplace that our lives belong to God and we live as people loved by Jesus.

Bringing a message about the Trinity on Trinity Sunday might leave us with more questions than answers. Still, I would say that’s okay. That’s the very nature of God and our spirtual life.

My hope is for the Trinity of God to spur each of us on to humility, just because we know that we only see our spiritual life dimly. We hear the wind blowing, but do we know where it comes from? The wind might bring goosebumps and the wind might be the Spirit moving within us.

Indeed, Christmas is about God with us, Easter is about God for us, and Pentecost is about God in us. Trinity Sunday, today, attempts to understand the mystery of all three at once. Amen

Song: Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though our eyes in sinfulness thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea. Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Words: Reginald Heber © public domain

Music: John Bacchus Dykes © public domain

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, dear Father, for creating the whole universe and for holding us in your strong hand. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for living with us humans in our brokenness. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving us direction and insight every day.

This we pray in your name, Amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful 

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the precious ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various way described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Lord, the light of your love is shining

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

Refrain:

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

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

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

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

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

Sending out with God’s 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)

         Response: God to enfold you


Trinity Sunday

10:00 am May 30, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Sam Malayang

children’s time: Vivian Houg

vocalist: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: God’s Spirit breathes new life

Lord God, thank You for this day of Pentecost
when we celebrate the coming of your promised Holy Spirit.
We give thanks that in eons past You poured out your Spirit on the earth,
fashioning men and women in your image
to enjoy the wonders of nature You had created;
that You kept rescuing us from ourselves despite our foolish ways
and our lack of understanding of what it means to be your children.
Lord, we give You thanks that You have kept your promises throughout the ages. We thank You for a new ministry taking shape within our congregation.
At Easter, through your Son, Jesus the Christ, You were glorified;
At Pentecost, through your Holy Spirit,
you set the early church on fire
and led the disciples into the world to preach your Word.
May all praise and worship be yours!
Amen.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

 

We gather to worship God

 

Music prelude 

Greeting

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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

Opening praise:

Holy Spirit, you are welcome here
There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
Nothing can compare. You’re our living hope…

Your presence, Lord  
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for To be overcome by Your presence, Lord. Your presence, Lord

I’ve tasted and seen Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free And my shame is undone… Your presence, Lord

Words: Francesca Battistelli Music: Katie Torwalt / Bryan Torwalt © Capitol Cmg Genesis, Jesus Culture Music.
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: Today is a special day!
P: Today is Pentecost!
L: Today is the church’s birthday!
P: Today is Pentecost!
L: Today we celebrate God’s love
shown to us through the promise
and presence of the Holy Spirit.
P: Red is the colour of Pentecost!
Red is the colour of love!
God loves us and we love God!  
    Alleluia!

Prayers of approach and confession:

God of power and possibility,
With the flame of your Spirit, you give us energy
to move into the world in Jesus’ name.
With the breath of your Spirit, you refresh us
to engage life in its complexity.
Your Spirit embraces us in our diversity
and invites us to find unity in your love.

We honour you for the gift of creation in all its beauty and bounty.
We praise you for your presence with us in every time and place.
In this time of worship, send us the Holy Spirit once again,
and renew us to serve you in the world,
the world that aches for the healing and wholeness you offer
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God of mystery and mercy,
We confess that we have not always paid attention to the urging of your Spirit,
calling us to follow your will and your way.
Too often we claim to belong to Jesus,
but choose instead to ignore his teaching.
You created us to love you and one another,
but we fail to offer your love to those who differ from us.
Stir in our hearts and in our lives with your Holy Spirit.
Transform who we are,
and direct who we shall become through Christ’s redeeming love.
Hear now our personal prayers of confession to You, Lord.

   Response: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

This faithful saying is worthy of our trust and acceptance: “In Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven. Be at peace with God, with yourself and with one another. Thanks be to God for God’s steadfast love and mercy!”

Response: Be still and know

Stephen Leader Commissioning: * (see Copyright notice at the end of this Commissioning section)

A Note to Todays Worshippers:

While this service reminds our congregation that caring ministry is a part of the life of every Christian, it specifically recognizes those who are offering themselves to organize, teach, and supervise our Stephen Ministers, the trained caregivers who will minister to hurting people in our congregation and community.

(Stephen Leaders, M and N come forward.)

Presentation
Leader: (addressing the Stephen Leaders) N and M, you have been trained as Stephen Ministers and then went on to complete a Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course and have been asked to serve as Stephen Leaders at Dayspring. You are a gift of God to us, to lead us in this ministry of equipping and caring.

Address
Leader: (addressing the congregation) As Christians who are a part of the priesthood of all believers, all of us are called to offer ourselves to our Lord in thanksgiving for what God has done and continues to do for us in Jesus Christ. But it is also our privilege to recognize and support those who are trained for specific ministries in this congregation; especially today as we recognize and affirm Stephen Ministry and those Stephen Leaders who will direct this ministry.

Leader: (addressing the Stephen Leaders) Because of your gifts, your calling, and your training, we charge you with these responsibilities.

  • To build awareness of our growing Stephen Ministry
  • To solicit the commitment of this congregation to Stephen Ministry at every opportunity
  • To recruit, select, and train thoroughly as Stephen Ministers those members of this congregation whose gift it is to share one-to-one caring ministry
  • To use the resources of our community as appropriate to enrich the training and ongoing supervision of Stephen Ministry in this congregation
  • To work with the minister of this congregation to identify members who could benefit from this confidential caring ministry
  • To assign the trained caregiver who most appropriately fits a person’s need
  • To supervise these confidential caring relationships and offer regular opportunities for continuing growth in the skills and practice of caring ministry

Vows

Leader: (addressing N and M) Will you assume this ministry in the confidence that it comes from God?
Answer: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Leader: Will you nurture the skills you have learned and use them in service to others—to support, encourage, build up, and heal people in all their needs?
Answer: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Leader: (addressing the congregation) Members of Dayspring Presbyterian Church, here on Zoom, will you open your hearts to the ministry of these Stephen Leaders and pray for them as servant of Christ? If so, answer wherever you are: “Yes, with the help of God.
Congregation: Yes, with the help of God.

Leader:
I am asking you as elders and members of Dayspring Church, will you support the ministry of these trained Stephen Leaders, affirm the training of Stephen Ministers, carefully refer trained caregivers to those in need of supportive ministry, encourage confidentiality, and thereby help to “equip the saints for ministry”? If so, answer, “Yes, with the help of God.”

Prayer
Leader:
Let us pray.
Gracious God, you have called these people to lead us into new paths of caring ministry. You have gifted and empowered them for this task. Grant them joy in their service and a spirit of bold trust in you, that their ministry may stir us to greater caring and more fruitful service. Help us all to be both willing servants and thankful recipients of this ministry, so that your name may be glorified, your people live in peace, and your good and gracious will be done, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing
Leader:
May the Lord of the church fill you with the Holy Spirit and guide, bless, and keep you, so that you may be faithful in the ministry to which you have been called, gifted, trained, and sent.
Amen.

Go in peace.

* [Copyright © 2000 by Stephen Ministries, St. Louis. All rights COPY reserved. Permission to make copies of this document is given ONLY to enrolled Stephen Series congregations and ONLY for use within the enrolled congregation.]

Response: The Aaronic Blessing

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, we bring ourselves before You, admitting how much we lean on You for strength and wisdom. Grant us the ability to gain that which we need in order to deal with what is lying before us. You are our rock and our strength. You know how broken so many folks are, due to the difficulties of the past year. We pray for each of them in their own situation.

Now, as we turn to your Scriptures, we pray Holy Spirit, open our ears, our minds and hearts so that we encounter God’s Living Word. May that Word change our hearts and inform all our actions in the example of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

We listen for the voice of God

 
Children’s time: Lynn

   Jesus, we are gathered

Story

Prayer

Lord’s Prayer 

Song: There’s a Spirit in the air

There’s a spirit in the air,
telling Christians everywhere:
‘Praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working, in our world!’

Lose your shyness, find your tongue,
tell the world what God has done:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When believers break the bread,
when a hungry child is fed,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working, in our world.

Still the Spirit gives us light,
seeing wrong and setting right:
God in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

When a stranger’s not alone,

where the homeless find a home,
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working, in our world.

May the Spirit fill our praise,
guide our thoughts
and change our ways God
in Christ has come to stay.
Live tomorrow’s life today!

There’s a Spirit in the air, calling people everywhere:
praise the love that Christ revealed,
living, working, in our world.

(Descant)
Praise the love! Praise the love!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

Words: Brian Wren © 1969, 1975 by Hope Publishing Co
Music: John Wilson © 1979 Hope Publishing Co
Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Scripture reading:

Ezekiel 37:1-14 — Old Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

Response: His truth is marching on

Message: “God’s Spirit breathes new life”

Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.[i] This is another way of saying the well-known Proverbs 4:23 gem: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

It takes very little to allow the circumstances outside ourselves to take over our inner spiritual strength.

Looking at our scripture reading from Ezekiel, we can take note of one specific detail. This lies in the name Ezekiel itself. Ezekiel is Hebrew for God strengthens. We too, in our times that we live, may find our strength in God. God strengthens and speaks to us through Ezekiel.

During the pandemic, it has become even more acute that our inner spiritual strength could be zapped. Many exterior events surrounding us, bring up new questions in our minds, regarding so much of life. Will life ever return to normal? If not, what will the new normal be?

In my mind, it’s fortuitous that we encounter the passage about the dry bones on this particular Sunday. It seems to speak exactly about what we, and the whole wider world, could benefit hearing. In my mind, it also speaks about that which God does through Stephen Ministry. I believe that this ministry could, among many other things, have a way of edifying the inner spiritual strength of many here at Dayspring. This is a story of hope being woven into our congregation.

This is what we hear from God according to the prophet Ezekiel.[ii] The valley of dry bones is a story of hope. It’s a story of promise. It’s a story about a people who have a future. The theme that runs through this passage seems to be “you shall live.”

“Mortal, can these bones live?” the Lord asks Ezekiel. It’s a question most of us might be wondering about. Can we recover from this, even with our vaccines? And, if so, when and how will that happen to its fullest extent? What will the future look like?

Ezekiel responds but he doesn’t answer the question. He just says, “O Lord God, you know.”

Don’t you love the honesty in what Ezekiel says? I hear an uncertainty. I sense his feeling of powerlessness. I picture him looking around and shaking his head at the overwhelming enormity of it all. God only knows if these bones can live again.

That’s how I feel every time I read the newest numbers of cases, deaths, job losses, and financial hardships. And I’m guessing you might feel the same way. Today we all are Ezekiel.

I know how easy it is to focus on and despair over the number of dry bones. But I also know that is not the final story of God and God’s people. So, I want to give you some other numbers to focus on: ten and three. These numbers bear much meaning. They’re symbolic numbers that are used repeatedly in the Biblical scriptures.

Ten times God promises to do something about the dry bones, even to the point of repeating God’s self:

  1. “I will cause breath to enter you”;
  2. “I will lay sinews on you”;
  3. I “will cause flesh to come upon you”;
  4. I will “cover you with skin”;
  5. I will “put breath in you”;
  6. “I am going to open your graves”;
  7. I am going to “bring you up from your graves”;
  8. “I will bring you back to your land”;
  9. “I will put my spirit within you”; and
  10. “I will place you on your own soil.”

Ten times God promises life and wholeness. Ten times God promises return and homecoming. Ten times God promises that the dry bones of this valley are not our final reality. Throughout those ten promises – at the beginning, the middle, and the end – God says, “and you shall live.” “You shall live” is the river of reassurance that flows through the valley of dry bones.

God says it three times:

  1. “And you shall live”;
  2. “And you shall live”;
  3. “And you shall live.”

Those promises and reassurances are the paths we walk in this valley. So, the next time you read the numbers in the news, the next time you get scared, the next time you feel anxious and overwhelmed, remember those other numbers, ten and three.

Remember God’s promises. Remember God’s reassurances. And then listen for the rattle; the rattling of “bones coming together, bone to its bone.”

That rattling sounds like faith, hope, and love. It sounds like courage and a refusal to be ruled by fear. It sounds like church bells ringing in remembrance. It sounds like helping those who have lost jobs or work hours. It sounds like patience, gentleness, and compassion for others and us. It sounds like support and care for healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers. It sounds like people asking, “Are you ok? Do you need anything?” It sounds like people smiling and laughing as they connect on Zoom. It sounds like a text message saying, “All shall be well.” It sounds like an openness to the future. It sounds like life, and life abundant.

So, let’s rattle this valley. Let’s rattle this valley as if it’s never been rattled before.

Let us not allow what’s happening around us get inside us and weigh us down. Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them.
Amen

Song: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness

Refrain: 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.”                         Refrain

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.                   Refrain

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.                         Refrain

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.                     Refrain

Words and music: James K. Manley ©; James Manley
Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

 

We respond to serve God

 
Prayer of gratitude:

Lord God, thank You for this day of Pentecost
when we celebrate the coming of your promised Holy Spirit.
We give thanks that in eons past You poured out your Spirit on the earth,
fashioning men and women in your image
to enjoy the wonders of nature You had created;
that You kept rescuing us from ourselves despite our foolish ways
and our lack of understanding of what it means to be your children.
Lord, we give You thanks that You have kept your promises throughout the ages. We thank You for a new ministry taking shape within our congregation.
At Easter, through your Son, Jesus the Christ, You were glorified;
At Pentecost, through your Holy Spirit,
you set the early church on fire
and led the disciples into the world to preach your Word.
May all praise and worship be yours!
Amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the precious ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various way described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contributions, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. 

Spirit of the living God, move among us all; make us in heart and mind, make us one in love: humble, caring, selfless, sharing, Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love

Words: v.1, Daniel Iverson; v.2, Michael Baughen © Birdwing Music 1935, 1963; 1982 Hope Publishing Co. Music: Daniel Iverson © Birdwing Music, 1935, 1963. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Sending out with God’s 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)

Response: Go forth into the world


[i] Eagleton, H. (2021, May 19). To the point and easy to comprehend; be careful what you let into your mind, body, soul and heart; “Above [Image attached] [Post]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=1839834092865376&set=a.351865644995569
[ii] Marsh, M.K. (2021, May 22). And you shall live – A sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14. Interrupting the silence.https://interruptingthesilence.com/2020/03/29/and-you-shall-live-a-sermon-on-ezekiel-371-14/


Pentecost Sunday  10:00 am May 23, 2021

led by the Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Jan Ray Moncada

children’s time: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Jesus continuing to pray for us

Lord our hearts go out to You, as we see how much there is to be thankful for. You are beside us, You are ahead of us, catching us from behind if we tend to fall backwards. Thank You Lord, for surrounding us with your loving prayers and presence. Thank You that You take care of our struggles and pains, and assure us that You continue, by the Son and the Holy Spirit, that You are continuously praying for us.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

 

We gather to worship God

 

Music prelude

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Recognition for Gord

Response: Jesu, fill us

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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

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.

King of all days, oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

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 © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: Clap your hands, all you peoples;
P: We will shout to God with loud songs of joy.
L: For God, the Most High, is awesome,
reigning over all the earth.
P: We will sing praises to God this day and every   day.
L: Let us worship God with all we have to offer!
P: We will offer God our love – heart, body, mind and soul!

Prayers of approach and lament

God of promise and purpose,
we greet You this day with thankful hearts.
As flowers open and buds unfurl around us,
the beauty of your world lifts our hearts in praise.
As children grow and students prepare to graduate,
their energy and enthusiasm encourage us toward your future.
You lifted up Jesus to be by your side,
and so we know He is always by our side as the future opens before us.
Draw close to us in this hour of worship
and show us the promise and purpose in our own lives—
how we can unfurl with new life
and move into the future with the energy of your Holy Spirit
and the abiding love of Christ our Lord.

Now Lord, we turn to You in a prayer of lament. We express the pain that we experience due to all that has changed in our lives. Why Lord, has all of this come upon us. Have You forgotten us here? Is your back turned toward us? Why, o why does our lot have to be all of this? Don’t You hear us?

Response: I waited on you, Lord

Assurance of God’s faithfulness

Dear friends, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is the Lord’s faithfulness.

   Response: Be still and know

Profession of faith and Baptism

Baptism:  G and A

(The minister moves to the baptismal font before saying…)

Congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ:

G and A have expressed their desire to be baptised and to become professing members of Dayspring.

They are coming to receive the sacrament of baptism.

Hear the words of the risen Christ.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you;
and remember, I am with you always,
to the close of the age.”

(The minister addresses candidates who are seeking baptism by making their own profession of faith) 

G and A, do you desire to be baptized?

We do.

The minister addresses the adults for baptism

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God
who has been faithful to us in all generations,
do you turn away from sin,
renounce evil and all powers in the world
that rebel against God
or oppose God’s rule of justice and love?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin which separate you from the love of God?

I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ,
accepting him as Lord and Saviour,
trusting in his grace and love?

I do.

Do you desire, in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit,
to mature as a Christian in the church,
to seek the guidance of Christ as you listen for his Word,
to celebrate his death and life at the table he provides,
and to engage in his mission to the world?

I do.

(Water is poured visibly and audibly into the font before the prayer begins.)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, O gracious God,
for the gifts of water and your Spirit.
In the beginning,
when your Spirit moved over the waters,
you gave order and life to your planet earth.

Gracious God;
by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit
you sustain all life.

(The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font.)

Almighty God;
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and by the sign of this water,
you cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ,
those who receive this sacrament;
you raise them to new life through his resurrection,
and you graft them into his body, the church. Amen

The act of baptising

G, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

A, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

(The minister lays a hand on the head of the baptized person saying:)

May the Spirit of God dwell in you
and uphold you, now and forever.     Amen.

(The minister leads in prayer as follows:)

Gracious God;
we praise you for calling us to be your people,
and for gathering us to be the church, the body of Christ.

We thank you for leading our brother and sister
to this time and place
in affirmation of your gifts to them in baptism.

Together, may we live in your Spirit,
grow in faith, hope, and love,
and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit
we give honour and glory, now and forever.     Amen.

G and A, children of God,
may you live and walk in the Spirit,
increasing daily in the gifts of love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
as one who belongs to Christ Jesus, our Lord.

   Response: Aaronic blessing

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Dear Lord, we are so often at a loss as to how we can move forward. It is in these times that we see how You are our guide, our wisdom. It is in these times that we look up to You for the insight we need. You know those in our midst who are ill, those who are grieving, or suffering from financial strain. We bring ourselves before You, as You know our needs.

Now, dear Lord as we turn to your scriptures, by the power of your Holy Spirit, open our minds and hearts to receive your Word, O God, so that we may recognize your call to serve in the name of Jesus Christ, the Living Word. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time: Heather

Open our eyes LordStory, Prayer, and Lord’s Prayer

Song: Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks     

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
He is the King of creation.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Spread the good news o’er all the earth:
Jesus has died and has risen.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

We have been crucified with Christ.
Now we shall live for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Come, let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Saviour.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Words and music: Donald Fishel ©The Word of God 1973. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE     

Scripture reading:

John 17:6-19 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Response: Send me, Lord

Message: “Jesus continuing to pray for us”

You might be all too familiar with the sense of moving on after completing a certain part of training or studying. If you’re at school, leaving from elementary school to high school could be one example. Getting your degree and being a freshly minted fully trained knowledgeable graduate. Only when you are applying for a job, do you find that you aren’t quite as experienced.

Jesus was moving on from his time on earth and there were people, his disciples, who didn’t really know what was awaiting them.

The world that would be what they are part of, would often be hostile towards them and towards their work. Their ministry wouldn’t be equally welcome wherever they went.

This is what Jesus was talking about in his prayer with the Father.

The neat assurance is that God’s Son, Jesus, was by implication praying for all of those that would become followers of Jesus because of the spreading of the Good News to those that disciple would encounter.

Praying for, could definitely also mean “be loved by…” When we are continuously being prayed for, it also means that we are continuously being loved by Jesus, the Son of the Father. The Father’s love is protecting us, as Jesus was praying for the protection of the disciples.

There are times that we are not only in need of protection. We could be in need of reassurance when doubt overwhelms us. Jesus continuously prays for those situations. When you go to bed with lots of doubts, know that our Lord Jesus is going ahead, praying for you, loving you, and bringing back confidence.

Perhaps you fear about things, similar to doubting or being in need of protection. Fear, however, could arise when you’re not sure whether going for a vaccine would be safe. Or when you worry about your children, about their career, their marriage, or fretting about your grandchildren’s wellbeing.

Jesus is definitely not just a quick fix. Jesus is about a relationship, a personal connection.

There are so many times when the knowledge that Jesus continues to pray for us can become just what we need to know. Or does it become a matter of only believing this when it suits us?

In this vein I’m sharing a tale that is told [i] about a small town that had historically been “dry,” but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible. The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that “no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians do not.”  Amen

Song: The church is wherever God’s people 

The church is wherever God’s people are praising, singing God’s goodness for joy on this day. The church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.

The church is wherever God’s people are helping,
caring for neighbours in sickness and need. The church is wherever God’s people are sharing the words of the Bible in gift and in deed.

Words: Carol Ikeler © Mr WL Jenkins, 1963
Music: JB Fleming © Robert J Fleming
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE
 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord our hearts go out to You, as we see how much there is to be thankful for. You are beside us, You are ahead of us, catching us from behind if we tend to fall backwards. Thank You Lord, for surrounding us with your loving prayers and presence. Thank You that You take care of our struggles and pains, and assure us that You continue, by the Son and the Holy Spirit, that You are continuously praying for us.

Response: Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we all return to the sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Let us talents and tongues employ

Let us talents and tongues employ, reaching out with a shout of joy: bread is broken, the wine is poured, Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Refrain:

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the Word around: loaves abound.

Christ is able to make us one; at the table he sets the tone, teaching people to live to bless,
love in word and indeed express.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the Word around: loaves abound.

Jesus calls us in, sends us out bearing fruit in a world of doubt, gives us love to tell, bread to share: God (Immanuel) everywhere!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
pass the Word around: loaves abound.

Words: Fred Khan © 1975 by Hope Publishing Co
Music: adaptation Doreen Potter and arrangement Andrew Donaldson © 1975 by Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Sending out with God’s blessing

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

   Response: God to enfold you


[i] Johnston, J.K (1992). Why Christians sin, Discovery House, https://bible.org/illustration/tavern


Seventh Sunday of Easter

10:00 am May 16, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Ransford Kusi-Menkah

children’s time: Heather Tansem


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Joy, love and friendship in troubled times

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we all return to the sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Worship on the Lords Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: 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: Love the Lord your God

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength

With all your heart, with all your soul,
With all your mind, with all your strength
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength
I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

With all my heart, with all my soul,
With all my mind, with all my strength
I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

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

Call to worship:

L: Let us sing to the Lord a new song,
P: for God has done marvellous things.
L: Let us make known the Lord’s victory,
P: for God’s steadfast love
    covers the whole earth.
L: Let us sing joyful praises,
P: and join all creation
    to worship God’s holy name.

Prayers of approach and confession:

Holy God, the power of your love is beyond comprehension, the breadth of your compassion without measure. In Jesus Christ, You have met us in the midst of life’s joys and challenges and shown us what it means to love and be loved. You have entrusted us with the greatest commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us.

In this time of worship, we offer You our love and loyalty, seeking to learn more of what love and loyalty mean for us in the midst of our joys and challenges. Receive our prayers and praise, and through the power of your Spirit, draw us closer to You and closer to each other as friends and followers of Christ, our Risen Lord.

Merciful God, we confess we often find it difficult to love others as You commanded. Though we intend to do your will, our priorities lead us in other directions. We seek our own security before the well-being of others. We fulfill our own desires rather than act for the common good. We justify our own interests and fail to understand the cost they take on the earth and other people. Forgive us. Redirect our priorities and renew our commitment to live out your love even when it demands more of us than we expect. We now turn to You in silent personal moments of prayer to You, as we confess our own wrongdoings…

         Response: I will trust in the Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

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 made new by God’s generous grace.

         Response: Be still and know

Reaffirmation of faith: Arold Wilson and Marie N

Wilson and Marie,
trusting in the gracious mercy of God
who has been faithful to us in all generations,
do you turn away from sin,
renounce evil and all powers in the world
which rebel against God
or oppose God’s rule of justice and love?
I do.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ
accepting him as Lord and Saviour
trusting in his grace and love?
I do.

Do you desire, in dependence on the Holy Spirit
to mature as a Christian in the church,
to seek the guidance of Christ
as you listen for His Word,
to celebrate his death at the table he provides,
and to engage in his mission to the world?
I do.

Aaronic Blessing: The Lord bless you and keep you

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Lord, our eyes are set upon You, as we continue to be aware of our need for your presence in the faith journey we are on. Lead us as our dear loving Parent. You know what is best for us. As we come before You, we ask for your loving hands to touch the ones who are in need of healing. You know each of them, even while we aren’t always aware of the finer details in the lives of every individual person. We bring J F and the whole family of J F who passed away this Friday before You. You know the grief, the sense of final loss, You know the memories, would You in your loving mercy grant peace.

Now, dear Lord, as we turn to your Word proclaimed, be it through songs, children story, scripture reading, or sermon, we long for your wisdom and truth. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we listen. Prepare our ears to hear your Word and our hearts to receive it. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time: Peter Eerkes

Jesus loves me; Lord’s Prayer

Song: Come, children, join to sing

Come, Children, join to sing, Halleluia! Amen!
Praise to our Servant King; Halleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice saved by God’s gracious choice, now in this place rejoice;
Halleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high, Halleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky; Halleluia! Amen!
Christ calls his people friends; lost, outcast he defends with love that never ends
Halleluia! Amen!

Loud now our voices raise, Halleluia! Amen!
No power can still our praise; Halleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blessed shore, God’s goodness we’ll adore singing forevermore
Halleluia! Amen!

Words Christian Bateman © this version the Presbyterian Church in Canada,1997 Music: public domain
Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Scripture reading: John 15:9-17 New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

         Response: My Lord, he is a’ comin’ soon

Message: “Joy, love and friendship in troubled times”

One Sunday morning Argentinian Pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz stood up to preach and looked out at his congregation of about a thousand people. He smiled, “Love one another… Love one another…” [i]

The best-selling author of Disciple made eye contact with the people throughout the church. Then he went back to his seat and sat down.

It was quiet and uncomfortable, for five minutes!

Finally, he walked back up to the pulpit. “Little children… love one another… Not just in words, but in deeds.”

He sat down again. All eyes were fixed on Juan Carlos. He was praying.

A holy hush fell on the people.

After five more minutes Juan Carlos quietly turned to the person next to him and asked, “How can I pray for you?” They held hands and prayed for one another.

Soon everyone was sharing their concerns, listening, and praying together.

That was the sermon for the week: three words.

Three life-changing words of Jesus that were preached by John the evangelist and then by Juan Carlos Ortiz: “Love one another.” Everyone left church that morning with exuberant joy!

Bill Gaultiere, who was describing this says, “I’ve heard thousands of sermons, but this is one of a very few that I’ve never forgotten!”

Best of all, Jesus’ “new commandment” to love one another with his love is what heals and empowers us to carry out his Greatest Commandment that we love God and our neighbours with our total person.

There’s little doubt that we, on this planet, are living in troubled times. There was also very little doubt that Jesus was speaking the words that we read during troublesome times. He was heading towards being crucified, being killed on a cross.

It is all too human for us to search for a bit of comfort and promise when the going gets tough. On this Mothers’ Day it wouldn’t be out of line to say that when a baby comes into the world, one of a mother’s purposes under ideal circumstances is to provide comfort for the newborn baby. A mother also usually wants to instill joy in the child. She promises the child that even in the hardest times, one thing stays the same, “Mommy loves you.”

Jesus too was preparing the disciples for the worst that they could ever imagine. The farewell narrative is all about Jesus bringing much assurance to the disciples.

When God entered the world through Jesus, it was a deed of love, assurance, and the promise of continuous presence, for God so loved the world by giving his only Son.

This is the way in which God’s powerful and joy-filled love becomes alive in our very own daily lives.

Earlier on in John’s gospel, in the tenth chapter, we pick up the description of Jesus as the Good Shepherd writes Gail O’Day.[ii] It prepares us for the words Iris read this morning, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As Good Shepherd, Jesus isn’t teaching something abstract anymore, it happens in reality as an embodied promise and gift. The good shepherd “lays down his life for the sheep” as opposed to the hireling who would put the sheep at risk rather than risking his own life. Isn’t this the clearest illustration of the difference between the true and false friend! The false friend will not be around during troublesome times, but the true friend will be.

Spreading the joy, the love and being true friends for one another is what Jesus teaches his disciples, and therefore us as well. It might sound hard, but I think it’s not all that hard. This is illustrated in the story about a man painting a boat.

A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought his paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When he finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.

The painter was surprised and said, “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat, Sir!”

“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”

“Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly, it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”

“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened:

“When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole.”

“When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.”

“They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.”

“When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.”

“Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.”

“Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole!”

“You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”

So no matter who, when or how continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively, and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find. You never know when one is in need of us, or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

Along the way, you may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ for several people without realizing how many lives you’ve saved.

Make a difference….be the best you that Jesus enables you to be as his Spirit lives on in you… Amen

Song: Amigos de Cristo/Friends of the Lord

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Friends of the covenant renewed each morn;
baptized and loving it, we’ve been reborn.
Gift of the dove is ours for evermore.
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Born of a family, the young and old,
we’ll be on hand to see new life unfold.
We understand the need to be made whole.
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Words and music: Public domain

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

We thank You, Lord, for leading us through this wilderness of a pandemic. We live in a country of so much abundance. We thank You for the beauty of nature as Spring unfolds before us. We thank You for generous people helping to keep our congregation move forward into the future.

We thank You for the endless love for each other, that your Son Jesus taught us through his own way in which He lived. The glory and the honour go to You, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the power of your Holy Spirit.

         Response: Now thank we all our God

Reflection on giving:

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we all return to the sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Solo: Reach out and touch

Words Charles Brown © 1971 by Word, Inc
Music: Charles Brown © 1971 by Word Music, Inc in Sing ‘N’ Celebrate

Sending out with God’s 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)

         Response: God to enfold you


[i] Gaultiere, B. (2021, May 8). The three words of Jesus you need most. Soulshepherding. https://www.soulshepherding.org/three-words-jesus-need/

[ii] O’Day, G.R. (2004). Jesus as friend in the gospel of John. Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 58 (2):144-157. https://doi.org/10.1177/002096430405800204


Sixth Sunday of Easter

10:00 am May 09, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Iris Routledge

children’s time: Peter Eerkes

vocalist: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: The beauty of being connected

Worship on the Lords Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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

Opening praise: Great are you Lord

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only
Great are You, Lord

Songwriters: Jason David Ingram, David Leonard,
Leslie Jordan. Great Are You Lord lyrics © Integrity’s Praise Music, Integrity S Alleluia Music. Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

Call to worship:

L: We gather with joy, for Easter continues.
P: Like spring crocuses breaking  
    through the earth, the power of 
    resurrection breaks through in 
    surprising ways.
L: Like the vine that supports
blossoms and fruit,
God’s Word upholds the church in strength.
P: Like an attentive gardener, God
    tends the needs of all creation.
L: Let us worship God who makes all things new.
P: We will praise our God who brings
    growth to each and every life.

Prayers of approach and confession

Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, You are the vine, and we are the branches. Your love is our strength. Your energy is our joy. Your attentiveness is our hope. Your power can transform even the most difficult situations. You nourish our faith and imaginations so that we can bear fruit in many ways. You promise we can dwell in You because You are dwelling in us. We gather today to offer our praise to You, and bring glory to God the Father, through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Fill us with the love You know as God, ever Three and ever One, so that our love will honour You each and every day.

God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, we confess there are so many ways we fail to love You fully. Forgive us for our lack of reverence for the earth and for using up more than our share of its resources. Forgive us for ignoring the cries of others who know pain or discrimination which we dismiss as mere complaint. Forgive us for seeking praise from others yet failing to encourage them in their endeavours. Forgive us, dear Lord, and root our lives more deeply in your love. Now we continue in silence, praying our own personal prayers of confession…

Response: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

John, the gospel writer records that God is love, and that God’s perfect love casts out fear. Friends, we are promised that those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them. Claim your hope in this good news: God’s perfect love abides in you through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Dear Lord, we know how much we are in need of your presence in our world and in our own lives. We also are in need of You guiding the authorities that direct public living in times of pandemic. Would You, in your grace, be present in their decision-making. We realize how hard it is for them to come up with the most effective guidelines for the health and well-being of your children. We also pray for those in our congregation, journeying through tough health issues. Our prayers of intercession go out to presbyterian congregations on the east side of our presbytery. Guide them, dear Lord, during their journey as they undergo many transitions. We pray to You as You lead the search committee at Dayspring. I pray for wisdom as I wrap things up here at Dayspring. You have been kind and gracious throughout, and I give myself to You as You lead me.

Holy Spirit, move in us and among us as we listen to the scriptures be read and interpreted. Open our minds and hearts to receive the Living Word so that we may be transformed to live as your Easter people. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Open our eyes, Lord

Lord’s Prayer

Song: Like the murmur of the dove’s song

Like the murmur of the dove’s song,
like the challenge of her flight,
like the vigor of the wind’s rush,
like the new flame’s eager might:
come, Holy Spirit, come.

To the members of Christ’s body,
to the branches of the Vine,
to the church in faith assembled,
to her midst as gift and sign:
come, Holy Spirit, come.

With the healing of division,
with the ceaseless voice of prayer,
with the power to love and witness,
with the peace beyond compare:
come, Holy Spirit, come.

Words: Carl Daw © 1982 Hope Publishing Company
Music: Peter Cutts © 1969 Hope Publishing Company
License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE     

Scripture reading

John 15:1-8 – New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

Response: Glory to the Father

Message: “The beauty of being connected”

For many of us, this passage from John’s gospel has a strange sound to it. It’s almost confusing. Perhaps it’s because of the simultaneous use on the one hand of concrete terms, the vines, and then on the other hand abstract terms like “abiding.” It just makes the passage difficult to understand.

Then again, some of what is said here have an aggressive tone to it. Words like cutting, pruning, and being thrown into the fire. It does come to mind though, that this is less intended as a threat about what happens if you don’t stay with Jesus but it’s more a metaphorical description of what actually happens when you are not connected to the source of life. You end up like flowers in a bouquet. They might last three or four days or a week maximum. Then you realize you are cut off, you wither and shrivel up, useless, like the branches and scraps we clean up from our yard and haul away or burn. What a dismal picture.

In addition to this, it really looks scary looking at bushes that have been pruned hard. Can it ever flower again? Then May comes around, June, and you see how they flourish, more than ever before!

This is often the life of being a follower of Jesus Christ. There are those days of feeling cut back harshly. The vine grower, as our Lord Jesus Christ describes Himself, prunes away the dead growth so that we can become more useful by bearing more fruit.

Being connected to the real source of life has been hard in this just over a year that has gone by. We are used to it being a real relationship where you are in true contact. On the other hand, the connection can even be stronger while we are so acutely aware of the need to be in touch with the Lord of Life, with God’s Holy Spirit.

In our passage Jesus makes the disciples understand that they need to remain in Him and with Him. He is fully aware, we hear from John the gospel writer, that He is about to go and to leave them behind, first of all in being crucified, but also in ascending up into heaven. He is preparing them for this departure. They need to know how important it is to remain in fellowship with each other and to remain in his teachings and the example He set to them.

It is so easy to land in a state of feeling totally isolated. How ironic this is in an age of Social Media and Social Networking. I might be imagining it, but there seems to be a tendency for us to be increasingly removed from authentic relationships with one another, as we gain more and more “friends” or “contacts” on Facebook. It’s a strange paradox. The quick connection with people from long ago and far, far away tends to soothe our need for being in touch with others. Sadly, it seems that there is an emptiness when someone in Europe or Africa says they care for us, while it was just an instantaneous reaction.

Yes, don’t get me wrong, the internet has helped a lot during our pandemic times, but on the other hand, it’s not the real thing.

There is much more available to us than only virtual connections. There is the actual body of Christ, the community of believers, to which we belong. Physical and safe connection with one another is what Jesus is referring to as He says, “I am the true vine and my Father is the vinegrower.”

Loneliness and depression are on the rise with the advent of Social Media. It is startling to hear that the hilarious comedian Robin Williams is quoted to have said, “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” [i]

God sent his Son to put that to an end and to give us the feeling of belonging. There is supposed to be this beauty of being connected, of being closely connected to Jesus Christ, to God, and to the community of believers, the congregation. This is a godly gift to humanity.

Sometimes, as humans, we act like jerks, saying things to each other, that break up these relationships that Jesus intends. Relationships and community aren’t easy. However, they are real.

Seeing that God accepts us, we can then turn and try to accept each other, living with the imperfections of even our best relationships and communities because we know ourselves to be flawed and yet also loved. This makes us deeply connected as we share life together.

Can we then be communities and congregations that become places where we admit who we are and allow others to do so as well? Can we be places, that is, where the hurts and hardships of life are acknowledged because we are carrying the pain and anguish with us together? Can this be more like pruning for future growth rather than the cutting, binding and burning that we are all too familiar with? [ii]

God offers us the chance to help each other abide in the true vine, Jesus the Christ. Amen

Song: For the beauty of the earth   434 vs 1,4,5        

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 joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, Lord of all to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise

For each perfect gift of thine, to the earth so freely given, graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven, Lord of all, to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise

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

We celebrate at the table

 
Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

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.

[Let us all come to the table of the Lord!]

Affirming our faith:

Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand
of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen

Communion prayer:

Luke 24 (institution)

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ ‘The Lord has risen indeed.’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

The Communion:

Breaking bread and offering the cup
These are the gifts of God for the people of God. (Breaking of Bread)

Because there is one bread,
we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.
When we break the bread,
it is a sharing in the body of Christ.
The body of Christ, broken for you, take eat.

(Offering of the Wine)

When we bless the cup,
it is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ, shed for you, take, drink.

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise the Lord’s holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all the Lord’s benefits — who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases, who redeems our life from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. We bring all the thanks to you, dear Lord! Amen

Response: Now thank we all our God

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we all return to the sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: The love of God comes close      vs 1,2,5  

The love of God comes close, where stands an open door, to let the stranger in, to mingle rich and poor. The love of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the love of God is here to stay.

The peace of God comes close to those caught in the storm, forgoing lives of ease to ease the lives forlorn. The peace of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the peace of God is here to stay.

The Son of God comes close where people praise his name, where bread and wine are blest and shared as when he came. The Son of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the Son of God is here to stay 

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc. Music: John Edwards; public domain
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Sending out with God’s 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)

Response: God to enfold you


[i] Medrut, F. (2018, November 20). 20 Funny and profound Robin Williams quotes. Goalcast. https://www.goalcast.com/2018/11/20/20-robin-williams-quotes/

[ii] Lose, D. (2012, April 29). Dear working preacher: Getting real. Workingpreacher. https://www.workingpreacher.org/dear-working-preacher/getting-real


Fifth Sunday of Easter

10:00 am May 2, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Darlene Eerkes

children’s time: Fionna McCrostie

vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Behind the closed doors

Dear God, we render our thanks and praise to you that in midst of our fears and insecurities you show up just in time to give us hope and assurance. We praise and thank You for Your many and great blessings that You have showered over us all, even when we choose to stray from you and take our own path in life. How great You are, and what a gracious God that You should care for us despite our manner of approach towards you and others at times. Thank You Lord for Your unconditional and everlasting love. Help us to grow more and more to be like You. I ask that You continue to guide and teach us in all that we say and do, and that we may do all according to Your will. Continue to pour out Your bountiful blessings and mercy on us as we continue to trust you for our daily encounters till we join the saints in heaven. This and many more we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Stephen Ministry                                                     Nesta

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: I lift up my eyes to the hills –    
    from where will my help come?
P: My help comes from the Lord,   
    who made heaven and earth.
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: Come, now is the time to worship

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

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

Words and music Brian Doerkson ©
1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook) Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: We gather with joy, for Easter continues.
P: All locked doors have been opened  
    and fear has been turned to peace.
L: We celebrate the presence of the Risen
    Christ among us.
P: All doubts have been erased and
    uncertainty has turned to faith.
L: Let us rejoice and be glad!
P: Let us offer our prayers and our
    praise with humble, hopeful hearts.

Prayers of approach and for God’s help and guidance:

God of life and strength, we come to you, rejoicing in the mystery of the Risen Christ who is present with us always, even when we least expect him. We are grateful for your constant love, Christ’s victory over evil and death, and the hope of the resurrecting which embraces us in every circumstance. Strengthen us with the gift of your Holy Spirit in this time of worship, and bless us with your peace through Christ, our Risen Lord.

Dear God, we continue to thank you for your love and renewing presence in our lives every day. You visit us and come to be with us even at moments when we feel we all left alone in our own little world. Thank you that in Christ you revealed yourself to us. Through him, we heard your words of peace to us and then in his actions that embody love, he did not only feed us but encouraged us to feed one another. We pray that all people will come to know the life-giving joy we find in Christ.

We pray for those who are feeling fearful, worried or overwhelmed, especially as the months of pandemic restrictions stretch on and as we look forward to the third wave. May your presence come with us Lord same way you did when the people of Israel had to undertake the challenging journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. We pray for our national, provincial, and municipal leaders as they lead planning for our communities to recover from the pandemic. Give them wisdom and compassion, Lord. We pray for those who are ill, in pain or in grief. We pray for those in isolation. Bring them comfort and strength, Lord. Help us to be even more present in the lives of the people around us that through this presence, they will witness the love of Christ in us.

With hopeful hearts we offer our prayers in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

We listen for the voice of God

                                                                            
Children’s time               

Song:  I want Jesus to walk with me – arrangement by Ben Logan

Scripture readings:                        

Psalm 133 — responsive (Contemporary English Version)

L: It is truly wonderful when relatives live together in peace.

L: It is as beautiful as the olive oil poured on Aaron’s head to confirm his priestly calling, 
P: oil that ran down his beard and the collar of his robe.

L: It is like the dew from Mount Hermon, falling on Zion’s mountains,
P: where the Lord has promised to bless his people with life forevermore.

John 20:19-31 — New Testament (New International Version)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of Johns Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Response: Behold the lamb of God         

Message: “Behind the closed doors”

Beloved in the Lord, when I just started school, that is at age four, we had religious studies as one of the subjects taught to us since it was a Christian school. One of the questions my teacher always asked us which I still remember till date is, “Where is God?” I remember how most of us would respond by saying God is in heaven. This answer is not wrong but shows how limited our knowledge was when it comes to understanding the omnipresent nature of God. That said, we were made to understand that God is everywhere. Yes, finally we got the answer that has accompanied us through life knowing that we have access to God’s presence at any time and at any place.

Indeed, dear friends, God is everywhere and cannot be trapped by time and space or be held in a particular geographical region.

This morning we just read about the post-resurrection appearances of Christ as recorded by John. The text tells us how Jesus appeared to the disciples once when Thomas was not there and a week later when Thomas was with his friends, the Lord appeared to them again. The disciples for some reason were hiding behind closed doors. From the time Christ was arrested, these men will hardly show their faces in public. Peter did at the time of the trial and some people tried to associate him with Jesus. As we all know he denied knowing Jesus because he was afraid, he could be arrested like his master and probably killed since at that time, the people were all against Jesus since he claimed to be the Messiah.

Could we say the disciples at this time were behind the closed doors because they feared for their lives? Could we say they were in hiding because they were not so sure their master will rise from the dead as predicted? Sure, life would have been terrible for them if Christ was never raised from among the dead. I can only imagine how challenging it would have been for the disciples to face the shame and dishonour in the world as his immediate aid and followers. No matter the reason we try to build up, it is obvious we can identify an element of fear in them, reasons why they decided to stay behind closed doors.

When Christ rose from the dead, he appeared to the disciples in this room and the first thing he tells them is “Peace be with you.” This was their first encounter with him, and I could imagine how relieving these words sounded to the disciples. Before their own very eyes, stood the resurrected Lord. Their own master who had been taken away and killed by the Roman authorities. I can only but imagine the thoughts and fears of these men from the time their master was arrested till now and how comforting the presence of the Lord was to them at this time. His presence must have come to them with some assurance and hope. We are told the disciples were in joy when they saw their master.

After wishing them peace and with this great assurance that he is alive and not dead, he commissions the disciples to go and do the work of God. Breathing on them he asked them to receive the Holy Spirit, the source of empowerment for service in the kingdom of God.

Thomas missed this first opportunity and will not believe the testimony of his friends with respect to the resurrection of the Lord. Eight days later, Jesus comes to them again, and this time, Thomas is present and being convinced that it was indeed Christ Jesus, he made this great declaration of faith as he acknowledged Jesus as his Lord and God. “Behind the closed doors” as they were overtaken by the fear of the unknown, Christ came in despite the physical barrier imposed on him by the closed door. He gave them hope and assurance to move on with the calling of God upon their lives.

Dear friends in the Lord, this is just a reminder that nothing can ever stand on God’s path when he sets out for you. In Acts 12:3-19, we have the record of how an angel of the Lord rescued Peter from prison a day before his planned execution. Also, in Acts 16:24-40, we have the story of Paul and Silas in prison. We are told they were kept in the most secured area in prison, but at midnight as they were singing praises to God, there was an earthquake, their chains fell off and the prison doors were opened.

Dear friends, for the past one year, the world has been living behind closed doors. We have gone through the first and second waves of the COVID 19 pandemic and now currently receiving warnings of a possible third wave which may even be more challenging than the first two. The confusion continues and no one is so sure of what tomorrow holds for us. Some of us have lost loved ones behind this closed door and have not been able to receive the love and support of loved ones because we have been compelled to stay behind the closed doors. Some of us have been in isolation for so long and being lonely has become the new order in our lives. Apart from being behind closed doors because of the COVID 19 restrictions, we may also be facing other closed doors in our lives. Some people have lost their jobs and are in search of ones. Some are going through other challenging health situations, experiencing one form of trauma or the other. I may not be able to tell what closed doors you are currently experiencing in your life at this time, but one thing I know is that so long as your faith does not fail and even if it fails like that of Thomas, God is still available to visit and cheer you up behind that closed door.

The story goes of a man who was so depressed and had gone to the point where he decided to take away his life. In that same town where he lived, was this little seven-years-old boy who had the passion of moving around and sharing Christian tracts with his father. On this particular day, they had gone out to share their tracts and to preach the good news of Christ to those they had the opportunity to speak to. Suddenly, the skies became dark and it was threatening to rain. His father asked that they should go back to the house, but this boy insisted that they should at least go through all the houses on that street since they had three more to go. He would not yield to his father’s plea and to make the little boy happy, they went on to drop their tracts at the doors of these houses.

Then they came to this man’s house and interestingly this man was just about to take his life. The little boy said, “dad can we just ring the bell to check if there was anyone inside?” This was because the building was unkempt, and it will be needless dropping a tract where no one will pick it up. “Yes of course” the father agreed and then the little boy rang the doorbell. The man in the house hesitated and wondered who was at his door because he had not had visitors for quite a long time. With no response, the little boy insisted and finally this man came opening the door. This little boy said, ‘sorry sir, we just came by to drop this tract for you and to tell you that Jesus Christ loves you.” The man dropped in tears and said, “you know, I was about committing suicide because for so long I have been suffering from depression and felt like no one actually cares for me. I am sure this Jesus you are talking about sent you here to save my life. Can you tell me more about him because I feel hopeful now?”

You can imagine the rest of the story, but one thing is sure, behind the closed doors when he felt all was lost and the only hope was to take his own life, God paid him a visit and restored his life through this little boy.

Dear friends, God is everywhere, and he knows just what we need and reaches out to us just at the right time. Nothing about us is hidden from him. The doors may be closed from the world but not from God. At a time when they were so distressed, God spoke peace to the disciples. It is that same peace that I bring to you this day dear God’s own people. We may have been trapped behind the closed doors by the circumstances of our time, cheer up, for God is there and will always be there. That is why even at this moment behind closed doors, though we miss the fellowship we used to enjoy at the sanctuary during worship, this message of hope and assurance can still reach us. Hope is not lost, but it is gained.

Christ was buried in darkness, but because the grave could not hold him captive, he was released by the power of the resurrection and his victory became our victory. God is with us and that closed door is an open door for God to visit us.

Be blessed and be of good cheers.

Shalom    

Song:  Be still my soul       749

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in every change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, your heavenly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future wisely as the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
the voice that ruled them here on earth below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the vail of tears,
then shall thou better know God’s love, God’s  heart,

who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
from his own fullness all death takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,

all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Words: Jane Borthwick, Katharina von Schlegel; Public domain Music: Jean Sibelius; Finlandia arrg.© Breitkopf & Hartel, ©The Presbyterian Board of Christian Education 1933,1961. Used by permission of Westminster/John Knox Press
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude:

Dear God, we render our thanks and praise to you that in midst of our fears and insecurities you show up just in time to give us hope and assurance. We praise and thank You for Your many and great blessings that You have showered over us all, even when we choose to stray from you and take our own path in life. How great You are, and what a gracious God that You should care for us despite our manner of approach towards you and others at times. Thank You Lord for Your unconditional and everlasting love. Help us to grow more and more to be like You. I ask that You continue to guide and teach us in all that we say and do, and that we may do all according to Your will. Continue to pour out Your bountiful blessings and mercy on us as we continue to trust you for our daily encounters till we join the saints in heaven. This and many more we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Response: Now thank we all our God

Reflection on giving:

Song: Lord Jesus, you shall be my song               665

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.
I’ll tell everybody about you wherever I go.
You alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.
To carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of your journey.

Words and music: © 1987 Les Petites Soeurs de Jesus. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

We continue to encourage you to accept the random Breakout Room assignment as a way of fostering community and care for each other.

Sending out with God’s blessing:

The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen

Response: God to enfold you

(Zoom breakout rooms)


2nd Sunday of Easter

10:00 am April 11, 2021

Led by Rev. Theresia Ndofor

Elder: Heather Tansem

children’s time: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Rev. Theresia Ndofor, In-Ministry student at Dayspring Presbyterian Church, and student at Montreal School of Theology
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Easter Sunday – What life is there after death?

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that You are alive and that we can be alive. Thank You for the new life that You give us. Heavenly Lord God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting:

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

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: 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: Everlasting God

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord 

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God. You do not faint, You won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need, You lift us up on wings like eagles

Songwriters: Brenton Brown/ Ken Riley
©2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: God is creating new heavens 
    and a new earth.
P: The weary and painful past will be
    as if it never happened 
L: No one will talk 
    or even think about it anymore
P: So take joy and celebrate 
    with unending gladness
    because of what God is creating

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, where would we be without the knowledge that You are here in our midst? How could we even breathe, think or move? We need You Lord, we find it hard to fathom how there are many in this world who knowingly prefer to go without you. We ask for your presence and your active healing power in the many instances either known or unknown to us. You know who is in the hospital, would You touch each person in their various difficulties. We are aware that many are finding covid extremely stressful, or under financial pressure, emotional stress, would You also journey along in those instances.

And now, Spirit of power and new possibility, through the scriptures, open our minds to understanding, our hearts to loving, and our wills to carrying out the mission of the Risen Christ, God’s Living Word. Amen.

We celebrate at the font

Baptism:

Baptism is a gift from God. Today, on this Easter morning we have both sacraments being served, Baptism and Communion. They both are visual aids for our faith. They portray God reaching out to us. In baptism we see that God is the one taking the first step by coming to us, claiming us as God’s children, cleaning us from every sin that comes between God and us. We receive God’s gift with reverent joy and respond in faith and obedience.

Invitation:

I now ask B and E to come forward

The Presentation:

The minister says:
“Who comes to receive the gift of baptism?”

An elder (J) presents the child for baptism by saying:

“On behalf of the session,
I present R to receive the sacrament of baptism.”
B and E do you desire that R be baptized?

“We do.”

Minister addresses the parents 

B and E, do you promise to raise your child in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ within the home and the fellowship of the church?

“We do.”

Minister asks the congregation 

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture R by word and deed, with love and in prayer, encouraging her to follow the way of Christ and to be a faithful member of his church?  “We do.”

The Apostles’ Creed will be said during Communion

Let us pray:

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
We give you thanks, dear gracious Lord, for the gift of your Spirit and the sign of water. In the water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized and anointed by your Holy Spirit. And now, with your people of all times and places, we wait with eager longing as we look for the city of God, from which will flow the river of life for the healing of the nations. Gracious God; by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit You sustain all life.

[The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font.]

Almighty God; by the power of your Holy Spirit, by the sign of this water, you cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ, those who receive this sacrament; you raise them to new life through his resurrection, and you graft them into his body, the church.

Pour out your Spirit upon this your child that they she may have power to do your will and continue forever as a servant of Christ to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever. Amen.

The Act of Baptizing:

R, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you 
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” Amen. 

Declaration and Welcome:

See what love God has given us that we should be called the children of God; and that is what we are. R, you are now received by Christ’s authority into the holy, catholic church.You are a child of God’s covenant with his children. 

(Aaronic Blessing 619)

We listen for the voice of God

Laura compiled a lovely slideshow collection of Easter artwork done by the kids of Dayspring or kids connected to Dayspring. Let’s watch it now.                     
Song: At the dawning of salvation  248              

At the dawning of salvation; in the morning of the world, Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled, Through the daylight, through the darkness, Christ leads on his great array: all the saints and all the sinners
he has gathered on his way. 

He is risen in the morning, he is risen from the dead; he is laughter after sadness, he is light when night has fled. He has suffered, he has triumphed, life is his alone to give: as he gave it once he gives it evermore, that we may live.

For the glory of salvation in the dawn of Easter day we will praise you, loving Father; we rejoice to sing and pray with the Son and with the Spirit
Lead us on, your great array,  saints and sinners celebrating your triumphant love today.

Words: Jock Curle © 1979 Josef Weinberger Ltd
Music: harmony © 1983 Hope Publishing Co
Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Scripture readings:                        

       Mark 16:1-8 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

The Resurrection of Jesus

16 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Response: 

       Alleluia, alleluia; El Señor resucito                

Message: “What life is there after death?”

Christ is Risen!
[And we as the people respond:] He is risen indeed!
A blessed Easter, everyone!
“Because I live,” Jesus said in John 14:19, “you also will live.”

It’s one thing to say we will live eternally after we die, because we believe in Jesus Christ. It’s another thing to say we are alive before we die. 

How alive are you?

There are also a whole variety of deaths to die. We can die an emotional death. A marriage can die. Passion and zeal for a cause can die. 

For these types of deaths, which aren’t the ultimate death of breathing out our last breath, and our heart stop beating, the truth is that there is life after an emotional death.

There is life after a marriage dies. There is also life after the passion and zeal for a cause dies. 

Yes, Jesus conquered the physical death. The large stone had been rolled away. “Do not be alarmed (the young man in white robes said to Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome); you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you…”

Until this day, many see this as the one anchor telling them that one day when we die, we will live forever. While this might be true, it really is only half of the truth.

Our Christian faith is a hope-filled faith. It is a faith that bites through the other types of deaths we die. It is a faith that conquers that egg-shell that can wrap so tightly around us that we give up.

Living right now, in the moment, in each moment, is what counts. 

Perhaps you feel that everything is shattered, that there is no hope left. Know that this is where there is life waiting for you. Become healed and healthy, seek help, if you can’t help yourself. There is lots of help, and there is life after death. 

This what our Easter faith is all about!

Christ is Risen!
[And we as the people respond:] He is risen indeed!
A blessed Easter, everyone! Amen

Song: Christ the Lord is risen today        247

‘Christ the Lord is risen today,’ all creation join to say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply. Love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won:
lo! our sun’s eclipse is o’er; lo! he sets in blood no more.

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Christ hath burst the gates of hell. Death in vain forbids him rise; Christ hath opened paradise. Lives again our glorious King: where, O death, is now thy sting? Once he died our souls to save;
where thy victory, O grave?

Soar we now where Christ hath led, following our exalted Head; made like him, like him we rise; 
ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Hail! the Lord of earth and heaven! Praise to thee by both be given; every knee to thee shall bow, risen Christ triumphant now.

Words: Charles Wesley, public domain

Music: George Elvey; descant, C S Lang © Novello & Co. Ltd 1953. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE
        

We celebrate at the table

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper:

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.

[Let us all come to the table of the Lord!]

Affirming our faith:

Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand
of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen

Communion prayer:

Luke 24 (institution)

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ ‘The Lord has risen indeed.’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

The Communion:

Breaking bread and offering the cup
These are the gifts of God for the people of God. (Breaking of Bread)
Because there is one bread,
we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.
When we break the bread,
it is a sharing in the body of Christ.
The body of Christ, broken for you, take eat.
(Offering of the Wine)
When we bless the cup,
it is a sharing in the blood of Christ.
The blood of Christ, shed for you, take, drink.

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You that You are alive and that we can be alive. Thank You for the new life that You give us. Heavenly Lord God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving:

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate going around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to that sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: I danced in the morning             250

I danced in the morning when the world was begun, And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth: At Bethlehem I had my birth.
Refrain

Dance, then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance, said he, And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee, But they would not dance and they wouldn’t follow me; I danced for the fishermen, for James and John; They came with me and the dance went on:                                                       Refrain

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
The holy people said it was a shame. They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high, And they left me there on a cross to die:                   
                                                           Refrain

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;

But I am the dance, and I still go on:      Refrain

They cut me down and I leapt up high; I am the life that’ll never, never die. I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me: I am the Lord of the dance, said he.       Refrain

Words and Music: Sydney Carter © 1963 1963 Stainer & Bell Admin Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Encourage folks to accept random Breakout Room assignment as a way of fostering community and care for each other.

Sending out with God’s 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)

Response: He is Lord

(Zoom breakout rooms)


Easter Sunday

10:00 am April 4, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Elder: Gina Kottke

reader: Romulus Rhoad 

vocalist: Kara Little


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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