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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