Encountering Jesus (Karen Tin)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
10:00 am January 30, 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering
as a Worshipping Community
Led by: Karen Tin
Music director: Binu Kapadia     Vocalist: Lynn Vaughan
Children’s time: Peter Eerkes
Elder: Nick Nation

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: This is amazing grace

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness Whose love is mighty and so much stronger The King of Glory, the King above all kings Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder Who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You lay down Your life That I would be set free Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order Who makes the orphan a son and daughter The King of Glory, the King above all Kings Who rules the nations with truth and justice Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You lay down Your life That I would be set free. Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me. Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me

Music: Josh Farror, Phil Wickham, Jeremy Riddle Words © WB Music Corp, FBR Music, Josh’s 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: Romans 11:33,36 (NRSV)
L: O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
P: How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
L: For from him and through him and to him are all things.
P: To him be the glory forever. Amen

Prayers of approach and confession
Almighty and everlasting One,
your power is incomparable, your majesty infinite,
and your love beyond our imagining.
You are hidden in mystery, and yet so present.
In a hectic world, you are peace and rest.
In a harsh world, you are tenderness and mercy.
In the cold and dark of winter, you are light and comfort,
and so we bring you our worship,
for you are the One who created us,
the One who redeems us,
and the One who gives us life,
our one and only God,
to whom we offer all love and loyalty, now and always. Amen.
God, whose name is love,
we confess our faults and failings,
knowing you know us through and through.
You tell us love is patient and kind,
and you know when our patience and kindness fell short.
You tell us love is never rude or selfish,
and you see the times we insisted on our own way.
Forgive us the excuses we make to ourselves when our love falters.
Strengthen us by your Spirit so that our love is genuine and reliable.

Response: I waited, I waited on you, Lord   (x2)
I waited, I waited on you, Lord
I waited, I waited on you, Lord
You bent down low and remembered me
When you heard my prayer

Words: Psalm 40; Music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1987 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved.  Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Assurance of God’s forgiveness
God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s love;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins.
Thanks be to God whose love and forgiveness are steadfast.
May we be steadfast in our forgiveness of one another.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Transition Music: Jesus loves me
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me…
(x 3)
The Bible tells me so.

Words: Anna Bartlett © Mrs. Cherie MGuire; Music: William Bradbury 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

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Transition music                

Song: Lord, listen to your children praying (sung 3X)

Lord, listen to your children praying.
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying.
Send us love, send us power, send us grace

Words and music by Ken Medema ©1973 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Scripture readings: Psalm 71:1-6  and Luke 4:21-30

Response: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet            

Refrain: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (repeat)

Songwriters: Amy Lee Grant / Michael Whitaker Smith Thy Word lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, DistroKid  Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Message: “Encountering Jesus in The Unexpected Time & Places”

Please join me in prayer as we prepare to listen to the word of God.
God of wisdom, we long to hear your holy Word in new and fresh ways.
Open our ears to hear your call.
Open our minds to understand your truth.
Open our eyes to the work of your kingdom and equip us to take our part.   Amen.

I remember a pastor from my church back home who used to be a famous actor in Indonesia’s film industry back in the day. I grew up watching movies that he starred in but he was only famous for a period of time. I never heard news about him until one day he came to preach at our church as a visiting preacher. Just like everyone else in my church, I was really curious about the story of how he became a minister.

In his sermon, he told the story of his life and how he came to know Christ. During his early twenties when he was rising as a star, he felt like the world was on the palm of his hand. Fame, money, women chased after him, and he lived a glamorous life. Soon he started to get involved with drugs, alcohol abuse, and a promiscuous life. And not long after he got really sick and almost died because of the sickness. It was at that time that he encountered Jesus for the first time. And long story short, after some time, he gave his life to become a minister. And it came as a shock to those around him, especially those who were close to him. They never thought someone like him could be a minister and they mocked him because of it.

Every time I think about this pastor’s story, it reminds me of the story of Jesus being rejected by the people in his own town that we listened to earlier from Luke 4. Even though in a different way, they both shared rejection from people who are close to them. After all, Jesus was only a carpenter’s son and he grew up with these people. Imagine if someone who is close to you suddenly claims that he or she is the fulfillment of the Scripture. We would probably think the person is out of his or her mind.

But if there’s anything that God likes to do, it is working in ways that we don’t expect, through humble and lowly people, at times that we don’t expect. Just look at the disciples that Jesus chose for himself. Or any other biblical character. Abraham was a liar. Moses was a murderer. David was an adulterer. Thomas was a doubter. Lazarus was dead. These are not people I would personally choose to represent myself, if I was God. But that’s just the way that our God likes to work. And most of the time, only those with trained eyes can see or find God, because it is almost like God likes to be and to work in the unexpected time and places. And therefore, these town people were not able to recognize Jesus’ real identity and rejected him when he revealed himself to them.

I always wonder, if I lived in the time of Jesus, how I would respond. Would I be among those who mocked at and rejected Jesus, or would I be among the disciples who believed and followed Jesus. And what if Jesus was incarnate in our time and place? Would I be able to recognize him?

In fact, if we believe that Jesus is alive, he must be working at this moment, in the midst of our seemingly ordinary and mundane life. Often times behind the scene, and often times in ways we don’t understand, in the unexpected time and places. Sometimes in the way that is very ordinary that we often miss him. And the question is, do we have eyes to see and ears to hear. What is Jesus doing in our midst today? What is Jesus doing in my life today? What is he trying to say to me and teach me?

And sometimes, even through things that we might not think can be God’s instruments of speaking. Sometimes God speaks through the storms. And sometimes God’s blessings come in disguise.

In the passage we listened to from our Gospel reading today, Jesus mentioned Naaman the Syrian general, who was a leper. If you remember the story of Naaman from 2 Kings 5, Naaman was a great warrior, but he was struck with leprosy. And when he came to the prophet Elisha, Elisha would not even meet him and only sent a messenger with an instruction to wash himself in the Jordan river seven times. What a ridiculous suggestion and an insult it must have been for Naaman. But because he had nothing to lose, he decided to heed the prophet’s words. And as he bathed in the Jordan river, his leprosy was cleansed and his flesh was restored. And his leprosy became an instrument through which he came to know and encounter the God of Israel.

I do not mean that sickness in and of itself is a good thing. And I’m not saying that bad and evil things that happen around us are blessings. But in God’s good hands and in God’s mysterious ways, even the bad and unfortunate things can be channels through which God does God’s redemptive works and through which God blesses us with blessings we do not expect. If only we have eyes to see and ears to hear God.

I read an article long time ago, written by one of the pastors that I respected. I don’t remember most of the content of that article, but one line sticks with me to this day. He wrote, “God is always doing 10,000 things, and we might only be aware of 3 of them.”

Our good and loving God is always working in everything, for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purposes (Romans 8:28). We might not always see it, we might not always understand it, and we might not always like it. But God is always at work in your life and in my life. Even in the midst of the chaos and the evil we see in our world today.

I quote this from Alan Tran, “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so we can see life with a clearer view again.” And perhaps, our eyes need to be sanctified and to be trained to see God in a fresh and new way, in the unexpected time and places.

And sometimes all we need is  a little awakening. My friend works at the Toronto Transit Commission as a bus operator. One day he video-called me in the morning and I saw him wearing a shirt, a tie, and a sweater. He looked very tidy and I asked him where he was going. And he looked at me puzzled, and said “I’m going to work.” Now I started to become puzzled, so I asked him, “why are you wearing a shirt and a tie?” And to my surprise he said, “This is my uniform.” I was astonished for a moment thinking, they don’t wear anything like that in Vancouver Translink. The bus operators that I’ve seen, they always dressed up casually.

Guess what happened a few days after on my bus ride? To my surprise, I saw the driver wearing a shirt and a tie! So apparently they don’t always dress casually like I thought. But having lived in Vancouver for more 3 years, that was the first time I realized this thing. And ever since that time of revelation or awakening, now I always pay attention to what the bus operators are wearing on my bus rides.

And just like that, sometimes we need only  to pay more attention to our surrounding to see what and where God has been present in our life. Perhaps in the kindness of a stranger that we meet, or in the kitchen table where we cook dinner for the family every day, or maybe in the hardship we face, the bills we have to pay, or even the horrifying news we get from the doctor, or the painful experience we have. Jesus is there, walking with us, extending his hands towards us, and quietly carrying us through.

And as it is with other practices, the more we practice, the more we will become skillful in seeing God and hearing God. And my prayer is that just like I started noticing things I’ve never noticed before, we will start seeing and hearing God in ways we have never experienced before. May we recognize Jesus when he comes and walks in our midst. Amen.

Song: This is a story full of love (vss.1-4)

This is a story full of love A song to set us free
Of God the Wisdom and the Word The keystone and the key, the keystone and the key

 For wisdom guides the flow of life and governs, hour by hour, the forces of the universe, the fragrance of a flower, the fragrance of a flower.

 And faith, awakened, hears the word that Abraham must move, and slaves of Pharaoh take the road, to freedom, law and love, to freedom law and love.

 The Wisdom and the Word are one when flesh and bone and breath reveal the human face of God, the child of Nazareth, the child of Nazareth

Words: Brian Arthur Wren © 1986 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: William Patrick Rowan © 1986 Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Our Father, we thank you for your word of life. We thank you because the words you have spoken will not return to you empty but will accomplish the purpose for which you have sent it. So we ask, that you continue your work in us and that you will awaken our eyes and our ears so that we can see and hear and take part in the work that you are doing in our life and in our world today. We thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

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

Words: Jacques Berthier; 1991 © Taize Community, GIA Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE,License #A735555​.  All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully since the beginning of the pandemic and we are committed to continuing the ministry and mission that define Dayspring – using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your support of our shared vision and mission. For those in the sanctuary, if you have offering envelopes with you, simply put them in the offering plate at the back of the sanctuary as you leave the service  today.

Transition Music: Be still and know that I am God (x 3)

Prayer for others and ourselves

O God, your love is patient.
We give you thanks for all those who have been patient with us,
teaching us and caring for us in so many ways.
We pray for the patience to love others as you have loved us.
God of love,
Hear our prayer.
O God, your love is kind.
Thank you for every unexpected gesture of kindness we have received.
Give us the courage to be kind to others,
serving those who seem unkind, rude, or difficult to love in these difficult days.
Remind us that each one we meet is your child,
our sister or brother made in your image.
God of love,
Hear our prayer.
O God, your love is not arrogant, nor does it seek its own interests.
Thank you for all who work to serve those who cannot fend for themselves.
Strengthen those who have lost hope and confidence in their own value.
Give us insight to speak the truth in love
and to work for change that creates opportunities for those on the margins
and respect for any who face discrimination.
God of love,
Hear our prayer.
O God, your love is not quick-tempered.
Thank you for every occasion when someone spared us from their anger.
We pray for those who are filled with anger
and for all around them who face or fear violence.
Raise up advocates for children and elders who are abused,
and rescue those who are trapped in relationships that injure and harm.
God of love,
Hear our prayer.
O God, your love bears all things; it never fails.
We thank you for those we have loved in this life
nd who now dwell in the peace and joy of your presence.
Let your comfort settle on those who are bereaved or lonely this day.
We remember before you those with heavy burdens, many cares, much stress,
and those who find too little comfort and help.
Open our eyes to those in need around us
and show us how to offer support and companionship,
for the sake of Christ, our friend and savior.

Song: Lead us, heavenly Father

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o’er the world’s tempestuous sea; guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee, yet possessing every blessing if our God our guide shall be.

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us, all our weakness thou dost know; thou didst tread this earth before us, thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary through the desert thou didst go.

Spirit of our God descending, fill our hearts with heavenly joy, love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy; thus provided, pardoned, guided nothing can our peace destroy.

Words: James Edmeston; Music Friedrich Filitz, both are public domain

Sending out with God’s blessing

People of God, now go and bring the Gospel of peace wherever you may go. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Response:  God to enfold you

God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you, Spirit to keep you in heaven’s sight

So may God grace you, heal and embrace you Lead you through darkness into the light

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © WGRG Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License A735555​.  All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

 Music postlude

“You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will”   Jesus

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