Beyond our Minds (Astrid Melatunan)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
10:00 am August 29, 2021
Message and Children’s Time: Astrid Melatunan
Worship Leader: Lorraine Wheatley
Piano, Flute & Recorder: Dorothy Beyer     Vocalist: Lynn Vaughan
Elder: Gina Kottke

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: I lift my eyes up

I lift my eyes up
to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from You,
Maker of heaven
Creator of the earth.

 Oh, how I need You, Lord
You are my only hope.
You’re my only prayer.
So I will wait for You
to come and rescue me.
come and give me life.

written by Brian Doerksen ©1990 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook) License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship
L: We come to worship this morning from different places.
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: We come to worship this morning for different reasons.
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: We experience the presence of the Spirit in different ways.
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: We hear Jesus’ words with different ears.
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: “Deny yourselves.”
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: “Take up your cross.”
P: O God, do not be far from us.
L: “Follow me.”
P: O God, we thank you for drawing near to us in this place, in our lives. Amen.

Prayers of approach and Confession                                                  (written by Joanna Harader)

Creator, Christ, and Spirit, when our souls hunger for fulfilment, you give us the Bread of Life.

You touch our deepest hungers and fill us with good things.

Creator, Christ and Spirit, when our souls thirst for communion with you,  you offer us the fullness of life itself.

You refresh us with living water.

Creator, Christ and Spirit, when we long for what is authentic and for what endures, you show us the Way, the Truth and the Life.

And so we come to worship you, Creator, Christ and Spirit.

Receive all our praise and gratitude, Living God,  for you are the Source of all that matters, now and evermore.

God of all that matters,

Forgive our forgetfulness of what matters to you.

Forgive the sins we know and those we have forgotten,

the sins we have tried to hide and those we were once proud to commit.

Forgive the sins we have done to please ourselves

and the sins we have done to please others.

Heal our lives and our relationships with your mercy,

and bless what we can become through your faithfulness to us.

Response: I waited, I waited on you Lord

Assurance of God’s Forgiveness

While it is true that we have all sinned, it is a greater truth that we are forgiven through God’s love in Jesus Christ.

To all who humbly seek the mercy of God, I say,

In Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven.

Be at peace with God, with yourself, and with one another.

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

God of Word and Wisdom, send your Spirit upon us today as we hear the scriptures read and interpreted.

Help us be doers of your Word, not mere listeners, so that our lives reflect the truth we meet in Jesus Christ, your living Word.

 We listen for the voice of God

Transitional music: Open our eyes Lord 445

Children’s story: “Jesus the Suffering Hero” (Mark 8:31-38)

What comes to mind when we hear the word “Hero”? Or What makes someone a hero?

What are they working for? What are they aiming and planning for?

As a hero, Jesus’s purpose to come to the earth is totally different from another heroes. He is coming to be suffer

It’s a powerful reminder that the crucifixion was no surprise or accident.

It was God’s plan to atone for the sin of humankind and make salvation possible for all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.

This message communicates to children the importance of understanding who Jesus was and what His mission was.

He knew that He came to Earth in order to love and care for others, but that ultimately God’s plan was for Him to suffer and die.

His closest followers did not understand how victory could come through death, but Jesus recognized that glory would come through suffering.

We rejoice that because of His death, we have eternal life.

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Song: The church is wherever             484

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

Scripture readings                       
Psalm  22:1-12                    OT(NRSV)
Isaiah 55:8-9                      NT(NRSV)
Mark 8:31-38                        NT(NRSV)

Response: Jesus, remember me            

Message: “Beyond Our Minds”

We all know the end of the story of Jesus, He is going to the cross, raised in the third day and so on and so forth. This is the very first time in verse 31 where he lays it plainly out for His disciples that he will put things right, he will make this world the way it should be and he is going to do it in a way far different than anyone ever thought (8:31).

As we read this, we need to try to put ourselves in the shoes of first century Jew. We all knew that the Messiah was suffered and died on the cross, but this was absolutely brand-new for everyone in the first century. We think of like our prime minister, Justin Trudeau that everyone is looking to come up and give a speech say, “my ultimate purpose as your Prime Minister is to go over to the Middle East and be killed”. That is not the point of a King or a Ruler, but this is exacly what Jesus said to them. First he details His purpose and in light of that we see our purpose. There are three different time when Jesus explicitly says, ‘This is why I have come’ and then says ‘and this is what it looks like to be one of my disciple – Jesus Cross and Our Cross.

He does not just say, “I’m the son of man and I will suffer”, but “I must suffer”. He is not simply prophesying or foretelling the future, but he says, “I must …”. Jesus is already starting to outline and to give us the details to show us the necessity of him going to the cross to pay for our sin.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is how on earth are we who have sinned against God, who preferred his creation over him, who have acted ourselves as if weare the king, how can we possibly stand in his courtroom before his throne and he declare us innocent and that is the question that only answered by the cross and Jesus is pointing us right here when he says the Son of Man must suffer. He says, the only way you are going to be righteous and treated as a friend of God as if I declared unrighteous sinful and I’m treated as a sinner. Or the only way we can be declared righteous and forgiven as if Jesus was declared guilty. That is what he is saying when the Son of Man must suffer. The cross is a must.

Possibly this is the most shocking thing Jesus could have said to a first century Jew. Even though Jesus has said many shocking things, but only here when Jesus says the Son on Man must suffer, only that moves Peter to rebuke him of all the insane claims that Jesus said (8:32). The word “rebuke” is the same exact word that Mark has used to talk of Jesus rebuking demons out of people. Peter pull him aside and rebuke him as if he is saying something wicked and evil. He rebukes him like Jesus does demons.

But then the verse 33 says that Jesus rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Jesus responded that such an opinion is a “human” way of thinking. It’s what we all would have thought had we been among those first disciples.

Isn’t that normal for Peter to response that way? Refusing something bad that might happen to his Master. What was Jesus expected to his disciples? What did he wants to teach us here? Why was Jesus so angry and rebuking Peter like rebuking Satan?

I think we learn something incredibly important here. Jesus calls Peter Satan. He does not just say, “hey you are having evil thoughts” but he straight-up calls him Satan. That is a pretty serious claim. He is saying that the nature and what you are doing is as demonic as the head demon himself. He is teaching us something profound and true that you and I would do well to pay attention to.

Peter as if puts himself in judgment over Jesus and basically says, “No! That’s not you’re gonna do, that’s not you should do, stop saying that!” So this one moment Peter attempts to take Jesus off the throne and he puts himself on the throne and sits in judgment and says, “I don’t like what you’re saying, Jesus! I don’t like what you’re saying. Change!” And Jesus calls him satan. As one commentator put it, “the fastest way to become like Satan is to try to be like God.”

Let’s think about whether there are things that we often unconciously try to sit in judgment over God and say, “I don’t like what you do, how you’ve done things in my life, you need to change this! I don’t like this plan! This is not what I want!” Now we know why Jesus rebuke Peter as if he is Satan and says, “you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things”, “you are not trusting me, you are only looking at what is in front of you and saying ‘that can’t be the plan, that can’t be what is right, stop saying that!’”. Remember, the quickest way to be like Satan  is to be like God, and the quickest way to be Godly is to refuse to be God in your life. To let him be the King of our life.

Jesus did not stop there, he continued with saying the most shocking He could ever say and He lays claim on your lif, he says, “If you wanna be mine, if you wanna be forgiven if you wanna be made righteous in the sight of God, if you wanna belong to me, this is what I call you to, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Jesus is laying claim on your life and saying if you want to live how you were created to live, if you want to belong to me, deny yourself, take up the cross and follow me.

As if that’s not enough, Jesus continues with even more unexpected and totally unforeseen news: To save your life you must lose it. You may lose your lives for Jesus sake.

Jesus is saying, “I am the King that is going to the cross, I am going to triumph, I am going to accomplish my purpose by going to the cross and dying and he looks at you (all of us) and says if you are going to accomplish your purpose, if you are going to be who I have made you to be, you are going to deny your selfishness, you are going to take up the cross, you are going to have to do things that are difficult, do things your flesh want to do, you are going to put your sin to death. Your self-righteousness has to die, your sin has to die, and you need to follow me.” “Follow Jesus” means imitate him, look at him and do what he do. We do not do what I want to do because our heart is deceitful. We do not follow our heart, but Jesus’ heart.

Jesus is not simply a savior to be admired (“yeay he died for us” and that is it). He did not die so we could go on living our sin and say “yeay there’s grace”. However, Jesus died so that we could be forgiven, it is finished but also so that we could put our sin to death and follow the King. He is not just a savior to be admired, but he is a master to be bowed down to and say, “command me, tell me what to do.”

It is not fair to say we are trusting Jesus with our eternal destiny, trust him to forgive our sin, trust him to take us all the wayto glory, but not trust him with our everyday life. To not take up the cross and follow him is like we trust you with the big stuff but I do not trust you with the small stuff. Trusting Jesus with your eternal destiny yet rejecting him in you everyday life, not taking up your cross and following him is essentially like trusting an investor with all of you investments and retirement yet not trusting in with your debit card to go to McDonald’s, “I trust you do all these but I don’t know if you’re gonna get my order right.” Like we say, “we trust you with my soul, but not with how I live my life everyday. If we do not submit to Jesus as King, He is not our Savior. We are lying to ourselves. Also, if we are not looking to him, there is no way he will ever be our King.

It was Jesus’ way of helping his disciples and us begin to understand that “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8-9). It was a bitter pill for the disciples and us to swallow! But it was necessary that we understand, otherwise we would miss the whole point of Jesus’ ministry and our purpose of life, that he came to give his life for the salvation of us and that our purpose is to deny ourself, take up our cross, and follow him.

By our human nature we want to be prosperous, strong, successful and influential. Jesus has other priorities. He, on the other hand, came to serve, not to be served. His ways are not our ways, yet he invites us to follow him and his ways.

The Christian church at the time of the Renaissance was riding high. It dominated the personal, social and political lives of Europeans. The landscape was dotted with its magnificent cathedrals. The church could command armies to do its will. Its leaders lived like princes, surrounded by wealth and pomp.

In its return to the Bible, the Reformation rejected this “theology of glory” in favor of a “theology of the cross.” To follow Jesus is to live lives of service to others, to serve rather than to control and dominate. It means the opposite of being proud of station and status for ourselves at the expense of others.

The “theology of the cross” or “to deny oneself” does not mean a contrived kind of humility. We do not follow Jesus by demeaning ourselves. We are called upon to do the very best we can with the talents and abilities God has given us. To “deny oneself” means to keep one’s priorities in harmony with what Jesus told us in the two “great commandments” — love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:28-31).

There was, to be sure, a ray of hope in what Jesus said that day, although the disciples may not have heard it. Jesus will be killed, but he will also rise again (Mark 8:31). Furthermore, those who lose their lives for Jesus’ sake and the sake of the gospel will save it (Mark 8:35). But at this time the disciples would not have known how those promises would come true.

Jesus gives us this hope for the future, but in this text we are called upon to follow him not just for this future, but in this life. Furthermore, to follow him now means a life “more abundant,” as he said (John 10:10). As one pastor said, “we follow Jesus not just to be saved or to go to heaven; we follow Jesus because it’s worth it.”

The psalm for today, Psalm 22 reflects the message of this gospel text. The first verse is quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Verse 24 speaks of suffering, but in the end, as in today’s gospel, there is restoration and deliverance (Verses 29-31).

Song: Take time to be holy                 638

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, 
and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, 
help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing 
His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, 
with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, 
like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct 
His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, 
whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, 
still follow thy Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, 
still trust in His Word.

 Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive 
beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit 
to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted 
for service above.

Words: public domain  Music: public domain

 We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Gracious God, we are grateful for your presence with us in all things, especially in times of challenge and change.

We thank you for times of rest and reunion this summer, for opportunities to see those we have been missing during times of lockdown.

Yet we know this summer still holds deep challenges for many, and so we bring before you those people and places on our minds and hearts.

We pray for the families and communities facing fire and flood, watching and worrying about what will remain of their homes and hometowns.

Protect those who fight fires and conduct rescues, and open our hearts in generosity to do what we can to assist recovery.

We pray for the earth, for the land and the seas suffering in the heat, and for the creatures being displaced by disaster and disruption.

Protect all that is precious to you in creation, and open our hearts to live more responsibly within the balance of life you created.

We pray for people facing hatred and discrimination,  and those coming to terms with historic injustice and injury.

Guide the relations between Indigenous people and other Canadians  to correct misunderstanding and create justice for all communities.

Open our hearts to discover what we share as your children  and appreciate the different gifts we have to offer to each other.

We pray for all those who are suffering this summer: those who face pain or illness, those who are dying or who know bereavement, all who are anxious about what lies ahead, and any who do not have enough to make ends meet.

Bring courage and comfort to those who are struggling, and open our hearts to offer the friendship and companionship which can ease their journey.

God, in your mercy, Hear our prayers.  Amen.

In silence we hold before you those near and dear to us. Speak to us the truth we need to hear and guide us in our relationships. (Keep silence for 30 second

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully throughout the pandemic. This reflects our commitment 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.

For those of you in the sanctuary, if you have offering envelops with you— simply put them in the offering plate at the back of the sanctuary as you leave the service  today.

Song: Follow me the Master said         645    

‘Follow me,’ the Master said: we will follow Jesus.
By his word and Spirit led, we will follow Jesus.
Still for us he lives to plead, at the throne will intercede,
offers help in time of need; we will follow Jesus.

Should the world and sin oppose, we will follow Jesus.
He is greater than our foes; we will follow Jesus.
On his promise we depend; he will hear us and defend,
help and keep us to the end; we will follow Jesus.

Though the way may dark appear, we will follow Jesus.
He will make our pathway clear; we will follow Jesus.
In our daily round of care, as we plead with God in prayer,
with the cross which we must bear, we will follow Jesus.

Ever keep that end in view; we will follow Jesus.
All his promises are true; we will follow Jesus.
When this earthly course is run, and the Master says, ‘Well done!’
life eternal we have won; we will follow Jesus.

Words and music: anonymous and public domain

Sending out with God’s blessing

Response: God to enfold you
Postlude

(Zoom breakout rooms)

 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord”   Jesus


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