Servanthood

Worship on the Lord’s Day
10:00 am May 01, 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering as a Worshipping Community
Led by Iris Routledge and Darlene Eerkes
Children’s Time: Darlene Eerkes
Material provided by the Rev Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia     Vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford
Elder: Heather Tansem

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: In the darkest valley,
P: at the banquet table;
L: in the hard work of life,
P: at the moments of ease;
L: in our day-to-day reality,
P: with faith in Jesus
L: goodness and mercy follow us

Opening praise: Here I am to worship

Call to worship:
L: God of the heavens and the earth, wth joy we praise You.
P: We thank and honour You!
L: Because You have made us like Yourself – made us to be creative in Your world
P: We praise You!
L:Because you have liberated us, through Jesus, to be people of light and love
P: We thank you!
L: Because Your Spirit is with us to guide and renew
P: We honour You!
L: God of the heavens and the earth
All: With joy we praise You: we thank You; we honour You;  forever and ever. Amen!

Prayers of approach and lament

We come to you this morning because of what you have done for us in the love of Christ who bought our freedom by his sacrifice on the Cross and showed us new life in his resurrection life. We bless you for the love which has no dimension of length, breadth or height, coming as it does from the perfection of your being.

We confess that we have not relied on your word or wisdom, we have not shown concern or compassion when we should have; we have not loved our neighbour as we love ourselves. We have remained silent when we should have spoken and spoken when we should have been silent.

May Your forgiveness be your grace in us as we respond with grace and gratitude to your love.

Eternal God as we ask that you accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, in his name we pray. Amen.

Response: I waited, I waited on you, Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

We are forgiven through God’s love in Jesus Christ and our faith in Him.

To all who humbly seek the mercy of God, Jesus offers forgiveness and new life.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Gradual: Open our eyes, Lord

Story: Three stories about how we serve others because God loves and serves us, and we love and serve God.

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (535)

Transition music

Song: Spirit of the Living God (400)

Today’s Message

Scripture readings: John 13:1-17                        NT(NRSV)

Response: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

Homily: “Servanthood”

A widely circulated story over the Internet is about a rushing businessman who knocks over a child’s fruit stand in his hurry to catch a plane.

He stops after several steps and looks back at the situation and makes a decision to help the child pick up his scattered stock even if it means missing his plane.

As he finishes helping, the young child turns to him and asks him, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

“Who has been Jesus to you?”

Who has lived the faith and not just talked about it?

And How have they lived the faith?

I also wonder, “How have you been Jesus to others?”

How are you currently showing the love and grace of God to your family, friends, and fellow employees?

Our New Testament reading is John’s account of the final Passover meal that Jesus would eat with the disciples before His arrest, trial, death, and, resurrection.

Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father.

And so, before the Passover celebration He showed the disciples the full extent of his love.

It was time for supper.

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.

So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist as an apron, and poured water into a basin. Taking the place of a slave, he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him.

Those who were and are Jesus to each of us were so because they served us meaningfully in some way.

Some served us as teachers, both in the church and in school.

Others have served us during times of crisis.

Their caring and love kept us going.

Still others helped us in the everyday activities of life.

Servanthood is word that is often used in conjunction with the Christian faith.

It is an important word for us to have not just in our vocabulary but also our actions.

Our text is the contextual setting for chapters 14 through 17 that God has used down through the centuries to teach us about what it truly means to follow Jesus and what is required of us in a very tangible way.

This segment of John is a preamble to understanding the Great Commission to go and make “disciples of all nations”.

It lays out the dual links of love and obedience as key foundational attitudes and actions for helping others come to faith in Christ and then walk with Him.

Serving, as Jesus first demonstrates then speaks of, is on the front end of everything else that follows in this part of John.

But, serving others is a challenge.

How many people wish their family would salute, or at least acknowledge, their dedication in cooking or cleaning?

If you have ever worked in retail, you know what it’s like to serve certain people wishing you could say, “Please leave this store and take your ugly attitude with you!”

Serving others is not easy but when we serve others, in Jesus’ name, we can gain peace and joy, like no other.

Here are some things to notice:

Jesus’ actions turn human assumptions about leaders and followers upside down…

The common assumption often is: Leaders don’t do such things as wash the feet of others.

Generally speaking, if anybody’s feet should get washed, it should be the leader’s feet.

In eastern lands, the use of open sandals made it necessary to wash one’s feet frequently.

It was common courtesy for a host to arrange to have a slave wash the feet of his guests, not the dinner host or head of the house!

Jesus is demonstrating the value of servanthood in this menial act.

He asked them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?’…”You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for this is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you.” [vs. 12-15]

His actions are symbolic of spiritual cleansing and a model of Christian humility.

It is not about who will be in charge or is Number 1.

It is about humbling one self and serving no matter how menial the task.

Christ is not instituting a sacrament of footwashing, he is showing an example of humility.

He does not command us to perform this specific act, but to acquire the attitude that this activity displays.

It would seem that Peter could not handle this act of humble service by Jesus.

I think that he felt that it demeaned Jesus’ role as a teacher and leader.

Yet Jesus said in Mark 10:44, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

If we are serious about demonstrating a credible faith in our homes, places of work, neighborhoods, school, and communities, we need to focus on simple acts of service as one way of sharing Jesus with others.

How are you doing these days in your servanthood?

Jesus’ action demonstrates a different kind of power.
Think about those that have been Jesus to you over the years.

We all have power, it is how we use it that matters.

What did they do with the power they had?

Their power was turned to making a difference as a Christian and rather than trying to make themselves look good.

The disciples, as we read in the Gospel accounts, argued about who would be the greatest and who would sit at Jesus’ right hand.

Jesus’ action showed a different use of power than what the twelve had previously experienced.

How are you using the power you have been given by the Holy Spirit?

How are you, as a congregation, using the power you have been given by the Holy Spirit?

Much is being written today about the widening gap between the church and young adults who, as the title of one book says, “ I like Jesus but not the church.”

I think that one of the reasons this is true is that we have not learned how to use our power as Jesus would.

Tony Campolo has stated: “Young people think Jesus is terrific, but the church sucks.

The church doesn’t feel real to them, and neither do Christians.”

But we can change that.

When we live out the radical lifestyle that Jesus taught us.

Much is also being written about how the church is not as influential as it once was.

To a degree we’ve lost power because some have misused power.

This is where I think some well placed repentance, and even some atonement, needs to be done.

We need to repent for our self-righteousness and our failure to serve.

If then we take seriously what Jesus is doing in John 13, we need to learn how to serve as Jesus did.

It does not mean we compromise Biblical truth.

But it does mean that we need to learn how to respect those who do not share our views and when the opportunity is right, to serve them.

I believe that a church and a follower of Jesus who serves humbly and cares deeply for people will earn the right to be heard over the course of time.

Service creates an opening in ways that preaching and teaching and worship does not.

Song: One more step (vrs 1,3 & 4) (641)

 We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Gracious God, We thank you that You have given us life and furnished it with much beauty and blessing. In Christ you have given yourself to us. Use our energy and ability for your purposes for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen!

Response: Now thank we all our God

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

Prayers for Others and Ourselves

O Lord, we draw near to you in prayer, trusting that your love changes lives

and your resurrection brings renewal and redemption into the world God loves.

Lord, we pray for  the concerns we see in the the news headlines

and the many world situations where hope and change are desperately needed. We pray for the situation in Ukraine, that peace will come soon.

Be with those who are in hospital or care homes, be with all those who struggle with illness, pain or health burdens of any sort;

and we remember those facing grief and loss, bearing burdens of sorrow and worry.

Lord, there are families under stress, some have relationships that are strained, and in need of reconciliation,

Father, we pray for the healing of divisions in our country.

Lord, we pray for the earth, struggling in so many places to maintain its fruitfulness,

and we pray for all the vulnerable creatures and communities who are finding it harder and harder to live on land, sea or sky.

Lord Jesus, we know that you hear our prayers and will answer them in a way that is consistent with your will.

Hear us now as we come before your throne of grace and mercy in a moment of silent prayer.

May the Holy Spirit touch all of us today and every day.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Master, and Lord. Amen

Song: Let us talents and tongues employ (563)

Sending out with God’s blessing
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the
power of the Holy Spirit, both now and forever

Response: Go forth into the world

Music postlude

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Bob Calder retains the copyright (© 2022) on all original material prepared by him. As far as Bob Calder is aware, all of the material 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.

Song Sheet for Worship on 220501

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

I waited on you, Lord

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

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

Open our eyes, Lord

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch him and say that we love him, Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord We want to see Jesus

Words and music: Bob Cull; © Maranatha! Music 1976; The Copyright Company Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

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 one 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

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
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

 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.

 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

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.

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

 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 in deed express.

Refrain: 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!

Refrain: 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

Go forth into the world

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit, thanks be to God, thanks be to God, thanks be God, Amen. X2

 Words: traditional. Music: Natalie Sleeth. Arr: Gord McCrostie.

 

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