Remembering the Unforgettable (Bob Calder)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
Fifth Sunday of Lent     10:00 am     04 April 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering as a Worshipping Community
Message and Children’s Time: The Rev. Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia   Vocalist: Loretta Lee
Elder: Jane de Caen

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: During Lent, we remember that God is revealed in surprising ways and at unexpected times.
P: All things are under the sovereign care of God’s goodness.
L: None of us ever imagines that God goes to such lengths to show us the height, depth and breadth of God’s love.
P: Christ was even willing to give up his life for us.

Opening praise: Holy Spirit, You are welcome here

There’s nothing worth more That could ever come close No thing can compare You’re our living hope… Your presence, Lord

Refrain: 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

Refrain

Words: Francesca Battistelli  Music: Katie Torwalt / Bryan Torwalt © 2011 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: O God, be with us this morning.
P: Whisper in our ears;
L: Open up our eyes;
P: Write upon our hearts.
L: We are here with open ears, open eyes, open hearts to worship You.

Prayers of approach and lament

O God, we offer you all glory and honour, we come to you today with grateful hearts, cheered by the return of spring, days lengthening, the sun’s warmth growing stronger.

We praise you for your creation and its reliable rhythms.

We praise you, too,for Christ and his ministry that we seek to continue; we seek the light of the hope he offers.

By the power of your Spirit, lighten our hearts in this time of worship, and help us brighten the lives we touch this week in Jesus’ name.

You call us to be your voices in this world and at times we stay silent.

You call us to be your hands in this world and we keep them hidden.

You call us to be your feet in this world and we go our own way.

When we meet those who are doubting and say nothing, forgive us.

When we meet those who need your touch and do nothing, forgive us.

When we are called to take up your cross and carry nothing, forgive us.

May we affirm with heart and soul and voice that you are our Lord and our God.  In Jesus’ name. Amen

Response: Glory. Glory, Hallelujah

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

I feel better, so much better since I laid my burden down. I feel better, so much better since I laid my burden down

Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus, help me lay my burden down. Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, help me lay my burden down.

African American spiritual, public domain

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ –

And Christ died for us; Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.

With faith in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and set free by God’s generous grace.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Gradual: 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

Story: The Empty Tomb

Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer (535)

Transition music

Song: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet (496)

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

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
Still you’re there right beside me And nothing will I fear as long as you are near Please be near me to the end                                       Refrain

I will not forget your love for me and yet My heart forever is wandering. Jesus be my guide and hold me to your side, And I will love you to the end.                                                Refrain

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

Today’s Message

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26     NT(NRSV

Response: Glory to the Father

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

Words: traditional, public domain music: J. Weaver © J. Weaver 1978

Homily: “Remembering the Unforgettable”

Have you ever forgotten something, I mean forgotten something very important?

Sam, after stopping for gas in Montgomery, Alabama, drove more than five hours before noticing he had left someone behind—his wife.

So at the next town he asked the police to help him get in touch with her.

After some searching, they found her and Sam called his wife to tell her he was on his way back.

He admitted with great embarrassment that he just hadn’t noticed her absence.

If you tend to forget, you are not alone. Everyone does at one time or another according to Karen Bolla, a Johns Hopkins researcher, who developed a list of the things most often forgotten; for example:

  • 83% of people forget Names
  • 60% of people forget Where something is
  • 57% forget Telephone numbers
  • 53% of people forget Words
  • 49% forget What was just said
  • 42% forget Faces
  • 38% of people forget What they just did!

Because we are so forgetful a whole industry has been created—

Post-it notes, all kinds of electronic devices, and even a piece of string around one’s finger.

The Lord knew that we are prone to forgetfulness as well, so He provided a reminder for us.

In Jesus’ day, the Lord provided a reminder in the Feast of Passover, which included bread and wine.

This feast took place every year in March or April.

It was originally instituted as a memorial to the fact that God sent a tenth plague on Egypt to free the people of Israel from bondage.

On that night when the plague of death was to come, God had Moses instruct the people to sprinkle the blood of a slaughtered lamb on the door post.

That night when the plague was sent, the death angel would pass over the homes where the blood was applied (Exodus 12).

From that point the people would celebrate the Passover and they would use these two elements, the bread and wine to help them to remember.

In the upper room on the night of his betrayal, Jesus took these two elements and placed them before the disciples as an illustration of what was about to happen to him and to help them to remember His upcoming sacrifice.

The Lord’s Supper reminds us of the unforgettable.

A. First of all, the bread, which symbolizes His body, reminds us of the unforgettable (11:23, 24).

In Moscow’s Red Square is a building called the Lenin Mausoleum. In that building are the remains of Lenin, the founder and first leader of the Soviet Union, who died in 1924. His body is housed in a glass coffin. The room is kept at a constant 61 degrees to preserve his remains. It serves as a reminder to all Russians of the founder of the Great Revolution. It was an idol erected in memory of the founder of modern Communism and Socialism.

Jesus didn’t call His disciples to remember Him by preserving His body, and I am glad, because it would become an icon, an idol people would worship. What He did do was give us a reminder of His body through the element of the bread. We don’t have to go to a tomb; instead, as we receive the bread, we remember His body.

But what are we to remember as we think of His body?

The bread reminds us that Christ identified with us (Phil. 2:7, 8).

Christ identified with us in His incarnation, in His servanthood and in His death (Heb. 2:14–17).

He stripped Himself of His expression of deity, but not His possession of deity.

In His incarnation, He clothed Himself with humanity.

He was like a king temporarily clothing himself in the garb of a peasant while still remaining king, even though it was not apparent.

When Christ came to earth, He was one person with two natures, divine and human, each in its completeness and integrity, Christ emptied Himself in order that He might fill us.

He didn’t come to live, He came to die not for Himself, but for us.

The bread also reminds us that Christ suffered for us.

In Isaiah 52 and 53 we read about God’s perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.

The prophet tells us that the Servant, that is Christ, suffered for doing God’s will and yet was highly exalted by the Lord. Humiliation and exaltation, suffering and glory, are key themes in this prophecy.

There is the humiliation of His birth and life (vv. 1–3) as well as the humiliation of His trial and His sufferings and death(vv.4–9). The Father was pleased, not that His Son suffered, but that His sacrifice accomplished eternal salvation.

God’s justice was satisfied, and believing sinners are justified.

Why then did Jesus suffer?

He suffered because of our sin.

According to John 10:18, it was His choice that he suffer.

As the good shepherd, Jesus had the power, the authority—not only to voluntarily lay down His life for the sheep, but also to take it up again.

The bread reminds us of the good shepherd’s sacrificial love.

After the disciples had eaten the bread as a reminder of Jesus’ incarnation, servanthood, and death, He gave them another reminder.

B. This was the cup, which symbolizes His blood, and also reminds us of the unforgettable(11:25, 26).

1. The cup reminds us that God is holy.

The holiness of God uniquely describes Him and is the total of all His other attributes.

The holiness of God tells us that God is perfect, that He is separate from all He has created, and that there is no other remotely like Him.

As Holy God, he never sins, does wrong, or tolerates wrong.

He is absolutely perfect!

Throughout the Bible, we catch glimpses of His holiness.

We catch a glimpse of it when the children of Israel stood at the foot of Mount Sinai. We catch a glimpse of it in the Tabernacle that God had the people build.

We catch a glimpse of it in Isaiah’s encounter with the holiness of God in Isaiah 6.

But all of these pale in comparison to the glimpse we get of God’s holiness in the cup.

Nothing reminds us more of the holiness of God than this cup.

His holiness demands that a price be paid for sin.

In the Old Testament, the blood of lambs and goats was shed, but in the New Testament it was the blood of His own Son. So holy is God that it took the death of His one and only Son to pay in full our sin debt.

Animal blood had no power to take away sins;

it was effective only in cases of technical offenses against religious ritual.

But the blood of Christ is of infinite value; it’s power is sufficient to cleanse all the sins of all the people who have ever lived, all the people who are now living, and all the people who will ever live.

Its cleansing potential is unlimited.

2. The cup reminds us that Christ is righteous.

Heb.9:11–14 says He was the spotless, sinless Lamb of God whose moral perfection qualified Him to be our Sin-bearer.

The animal sacrifices had to be physically spotless; Jesus was morally spotless.

The cup reminds us that His blood provides a renewal that purifies the conscience and frees people to serve the living God.

3. The cup also reminds us that Christ established a new covenant (Heb.8:7–13; Jer. 31:31–34).

The first covenant was not successful in achieving an ideal relationship between people and God.

It was never, though, intended to be the final covenant, but was preparatory to the coming of Christ.

The first was intended to be temporary.

By nature, it was primarily external, but the New Covenant is internal.

In contrast to the Mosaic Law which was written on tablets of stone, the new covenant is written on believers’ minds and hearts.

4. Lastly the cup reminds us that one day Christ’s followers will be with him.

In Matthew 26:29 Jesus says, “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Just imagine the joys and glories of that future state, where we will share in everlasting communion with the Lord Jesus.

It will truly be unforgettable!

Song: In the bulb there is a flower (674)

In the bulb there is a flower; In the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter There’s a spring that waits to be, Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, Seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in every darkness
Bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; What it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; In our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; At the last, a victory, Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

Words and music: Natalie Sleeth; © 1986, 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

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

O God in whom we live and move and have our being, we thank you that you are with us in the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows of these challenging days.

We give you thanks for every sign of your presence with us, for every unexpected kindness, every word of comfort or encouragement, every sign of courage in the face of injustice, every hopeful step towards reconciliation amid conflict, and healing in the face of disease or danger.

Thank you for your presence with us in all things.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Response: Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices Who wondrous things has done in whom God’s world rejoices

words: Catherine Winkworth; music: J. Cruger public domain for both

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
Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am God

The author and composer of this meditative / chant-style hymn based on Psalm 46:10 are unknown.

Prayer for others and ourselves

O God, source of love and compassion hear our prayers:

For your church around the world,

we ask new life within that church. Help us to be a lighthouse here in our community as we seek to serve you.

We pray for Christians of every country, particularly be with those who are suffering because of their faith. May Easter be a time of release from their suffering.

We pray For those who have trouble believing, we ask that you will show your faithful love to them.

We pray For rulers in every country, especially our own.

We pray For people who are suffering whether spiritually, physically or emotionally, be with them during this difficult time in their lives;

Comfort those who are sorrowing.

We pray for the people in Ukraine.
We pray for those who are suffering and in danger, who live in fear and anxiety,
who fear what tomorrow will bring, who are anxious for their lives and the lives of those they love and care for, and who mourn the dead.

We pray that those with power over war will lay down weapons, and that those who have power to accomplish peace will have wisdom and compassion.

On Easter Sunday may we experience the love and joy of the resurrection of our Lord.

Hear us now as we bring to you our personal thoughts and prayers in a moment of silent prayer.

May the Holy Spirit touch all of us this morning. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Master and Lord.  Amen.

We Celebrate at the Table

Invitation

Song: Man of sorrows vss. 1,3,5 (210)

Man of sorrows, wondrous name for the Son of God who came ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah! Gracious Saviour!

Guilty, helpless, lost were we; spotless Lamb of God was he; full atonement can it be? Hallelujah! Blessed Saviour!

When Christ comes, our glorious King, all the ransomed home to bring, then anew this song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! Wondrous Saviour!

Words and music: Philip Bliss; alt. Both public domain

Affirmation of our faith: The Apostles’ Creed

The Communion Prayer

Sharing of the Bread and Wine

The Prayer after Communion

Song: Sent forth by Your blessing (775)

Sent forth by your blessing, our true faith confessing, your people, O God, from your table take leave. The supper is ended; oh now be extended the fruits of your service in all who believe. The seed of your teaching, our hungry souls reaching, shall blossom in action for all humankind. Your grace shall incite us, your love shall unite us to work for your kingdom, your purpose to find.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever-living,  the task of our everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing as neighbours all those of each race. One feast that has fed us, one light that has led us; unite us as one in your life that we share. Then may all the living, with praise and thanksgiving, give honour to Christ and his name that we bear.

Words: Omer Westendorf ©1964 World Library Publications Music: Welsh traditional; 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

Sending out with God’s blessing

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

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Numbers in brackets after a song/hymn indicate that it is from the 1997 Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Those and other songs are being used in accordance with the specified licenses with One Licence and CLC.

Bob Calder retains the copyright (© 2022) on all original material presented by him. As far as Bob Calder is aware, all of the material presented that has not been attributed to others is his own creation or is in the public domain. Unacknowledged use of copyrighted material is unintentional and will be corrected immediately upon notification being received.

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