Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, working in us

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, dear Father, for creating the whole universe and for holding us in your strong hand. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for living with us humans in our brokenness. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving us direction and insight every day.

This we pray in your name, 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: How Great is our God

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice, all the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light and darkness tries to hide and trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me; how great is our God, and all will see how great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands and time is in His hands,
beginning and the end the Godhead three in one
father, spirit, son the lion and the lamb.
The lion and the lamb

songwriters: Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
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Call to worship

L: Holy are You, Source and Creator of all things;
P: We bring You our praise
    for your gift of life.
L: Holy are You, Son and Redeemer of all things;
P: We bring You our thanks
    for your gift of new life.
L: Holy are You, Spirit and Sustainer of all things;
P: We come to bear witness to your truth
    and worship your holy name, Ever Three and Ever One.

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

God of Mystery and Mercy, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we meet you in wonder as the Blessed Trinity. You are the Ancient of Days, eternal and unchanging; yet You are the Source of each new day, renewing all things.

In Christ, You encounter us in whatever each day brings with a heart that beats in love for us.

Through the Spirit, You breathe life into what is growing older, energizing us to serve You in good times and hard times.

In the mystery of the Trinity, You are always with us and so we bring you our worship and praise to join in your dance of life and love, Holy One and Holy Three, now and evermore.

We reach out to You, knowing that we need your constant help in our lives. We think of the two persons who passed from this life to the next. We don’t know the next, yet we thank You for the gift of eternal life. In particular, we bring the loved ones of Denise Schmidt before You. We pray for them in this time of loss. We pray for your comfort, day by day, moment after moment.

We also pray for so many others. We bring the dark depression of some before You and ask for your merciful light. We pray for our leaders in this beautiful country. Would You equip them with wisdom.

We pray for our Church’s General Assembly that will be meeting as of next Sunday evening. Your wisdom, your love and your presence on the journey with the Presbyterian Church in Canada is deeply sought. We know that You will guide the meeting which will be held online this year.

Now, Lord, as we step into our worship service, as we listen for You, guide us by your Spirit, lead us to deeper understanding. Always yearning for more and still satisfied with what You give us this day. By your Spirit we ask this in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Profession of faith, Baptism     J/H

The Presentation

(The minister moves to the baptismal font before saying:)

Congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ: MJ and VH have expressed their desire to become professing members of Dayspring. After that, their daughters are being presented to receive the sacrament of baptism.

(The minister addresses candidates who are professing their faith) 

V and M, do you desire to profess your faith?

We do.

(The minister addresses the adults for profession of faith)

Trusting in the gracious mercy of God who has been faithful to us in all generations, do you turn away from sin, renounce evil and all powers in the world that rebel against God or oppose God’s rule of justice and love?

I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin which separate you from the love of God?

I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, trusting in his grace and love?

I do.

Do you desire, in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, to mature as a Christian in the church, to seek the guidance of Christ as you listen for his Word, to celebrate his death and life at the table He provides, and to engage in his mission to the world?

I do.

The Presentation for Baptism

The minister says:

Who comes to receive the gift of baptism?

An elder presents the child for baptism saying:

“On behalf of the session, I present C and M J to receive the sacrament of baptism.”

Parents of infants and young children

(The minister addresses parents of children:)

M and V do you desire that C and M be baptized?

We do.

(The minister addresses parents of young candidates for baptism only:)

V and M

Do you promise to raise your children in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ within the home and the fellowship of the church?

We do.

(The minister asks the congregation to stand and questions them saying:)

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture C and M by word and deed, with love and in prayer, encouraging them to follow the way of Christ and to be faithful members of his church?

We do

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Water is poured visibly and audibly into the font.)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, dear gracious Lord, for the gift of your Spirit and the sign of water.

In the water of Jordan, Jesus was baptized and anointed by your Holy Spirit. And now, with your people of all times and places, we wait with eager longing as we look for the city of God, from which will flow the river of life for the healing of the nations. (Rom. 8; Rev. 22)

Gracious God; by the gift of water and your Holy Spirit You sustain all life.

(The prayer continues as the minister raises a handful of water and pours it into the font.)

Almighty God; by the power of your Holy Spirit, by the sign of this water, You cleanse from sin through the death of Jesus Christ, those who receive this sacrament; You raise them to new life through his resurrection, and You graft them into his body, the church.

Pour out your Spirit upon these your children that they may have power to do your will and continue forever as servants of Christ to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory now and forever. Amen.

The Act of Baptizing

(The minister takes the child from the parents.)

C, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

M, I baptize you
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

(The minister lays a hand on the head of the baptized children saying:)

May the Spirit of God dwell in you

and uphold you, now and forever.     Amen.

(The minister leads in prayer as follows:)

Declaration and Welcome

See what love God has given us that we should be called the children of God; and that is what we are.

C and M you are now received by Christ’s authority into the holy, catholic church.

You are children of God’s covenant with his children.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Response: Aaronic blessing

  

We listen for the voice of God

 

Children’s time:

 Jesus Loves me
 Story
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer 

Song:  God, we praise you for the morning 

God, we praise you for the morning;
hope springs forth with each new day,
new beginning, prayer and promise,
joy in work and in play.

God, we praise you for creation,
mountains, seas and prairie land.
Waking souls find joy and healing
in your bountiful hand.

God, we praise you for compassion,
all the loving that you show;
human touching, tears and laughter,
help your children to grow.

God, we praise you for your Spirit,
Comforter and daily friend;
restless searcher, gentle teacher,
strength and courage you send.

God, we praise you for the Saviour,
come that we may know your ways.
In his loving, dying, rising,
Christ is Lord of our days.

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Christ is Lord of our days!

Words and music: Jim and Jean Strathdee; © 1985, Desert Flower Music Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Scripture reading:

John 3:1-17 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Nicodemus Visits Jesus

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Response: Glory be to the Father

Message:

“Father, Son, Spirit, working in us”

Someone once said, Christmas is about God with us, Easter is about God for us, and Pentecost is about God in us.

I have often sought for words that adequately describe the Trinity of God. My inability to find the best description of this three-and-one at the same time, illustrates just how limited our human condition is. There are many depictions, but the conclusion that I’ve come to over the years, is that none of the depictions can really capture anything of the great mystery that God is.

There are so many demonstrations of the triune God, and none of them is perfect. One I’ve heard, could be the Father being the candle, the Son Jesus Christ, being something like the burning wick, and the heat from the flame being something like the Holy Spirit. Or another could be the three ways in which water exists, Father, the solid, Jesus the running form and the Holy Spirit being the steam. One I came up with for my kids, was a rope with three strands, forming a unified, strong God. Then there is the attempt to explain the how the Spirit is less visible, like one musician in a band like the Beatles. There was one of them, Ringo Starr, who wasn’t as prominent. Each try at the Trinity can barely give us an idea of who God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit are.

It remains a mystery, and you know what? I’m okay with the mystery. Never on this earth will we know the fullness of God.

All I would want to focus on, is the notion that there is something happening in the world when God the Spirit touches a person’s life. We merely discover that we are believers. It seems to be a mysterious inexplicable thing that happens and we are part of God’s kingdom or God’s realm.

The nice part today, here in the sanctuary, we have two adults, V and M becoming members, and their two children were baptized this morning. My “guess” is that this ties in with this mysterious thing of becoming children of God. We have no way of telling, but in a wonderful way God, Father, Son and Spirit are at work.

Becoming part of God’s New Reality isn’t something we can put in words. We can only know it as a deep and special, mysterious, overarching reality that happens to us as humans. Do we see it in a single person? “Yes”, and at the same time “no.” I don’t find myself living in a God-glorifying way every moment of the day. However, God as our Father cares for us so much, and loves the God-hating world, that He sent his Son to live among us and give each of us the chance to be in a relationship with this Jesus. And then the Spirit steers and guides us on a daily basis. Do we know when this happens? Sometimes, but not always. At times the Spirit is so natural to our human lives, that I would daresay, our common sense leading us, could also be the Holy Spirit guiding us.

Jesus told Nicodemus that night in which Nicodemus was deeply doubtful and lacking insight (hence the visit at night), that we need to be born anew. Nicodemus took it literally, as a second time. See, the word that is used for “anew” sounds in the original language the same as “from above.” “Anew” might sound and be spelled the same as “from above.” But they can easily be misunderstood. Think of the English word “bark.” What comes up in your mind? Is it the outer layer of a tree? Or is it the sound a dog makes? Being born from “above” is actually being affected by the Spirit and becoming part of God’s new reality. It can be very profound, and at the same time so commonplace that our lives belong to God and we live as people loved by Jesus.

Bringing a message about the Trinity on Trinity Sunday might leave us with more questions than answers. Still, I would say that’s okay. That’s the very nature of God and our spirtual life.

My hope is for the Trinity of God to spur each of us on to humility, just because we know that we only see our spiritual life dimly. We hear the wind blowing, but do we know where it comes from? The wind might bring goosebumps and the wind might be the Spirit moving within us.

Indeed, Christmas is about God with us, Easter is about God for us, and Pentecost is about God in us. Trinity Sunday, today, attempts to understand the mystery of all three at once. Amen

Song: Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though our eyes in sinfulness thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea. Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Words: Reginald Heber © public domain

Music: John Bacchus Dykes © public domain

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord, we bring thanks to You. We thank You for your continuous presence in our lives. We thank You for the times that You bless us with health. We thank You for the moments when our health may be at a very low point, yet in those moments we still experience You pulling us through. Other times, our predicament doesn’t change and doesn’t bring a brighter future, yet You fill us with the strength for each day. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, dear Father, for creating the whole universe and for holding us in your strong hand. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ for living with us humans in our brokenness. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving us direction and insight every day.

This we pray in your name, 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 precious ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various way described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Lord, the light of your love is shining

Lord, the light of your love is shining in the midst of the darkness, shining Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us. Set us free by the truth you now bring us. Shine on me, shine on me

Refrain:

Shine, Jesus, shine fill this land with the Father’s glory; blaze, Spirit, blaze set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow flood the nations with grace and mercy; send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light!

Lord, I come to your awesome presence, from the shadows into your radiance; by your blood I may enter your brightness, search me, try me, consume all my darkness, Shine on me, shine on me.                                                       Refrain

As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness, ever changing from glory to glory; mirrored here may our lives tell your story. Shine on me, shine on me.     Refrain

Words and Music: Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music. 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

“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


Trinity Sunday

10:00 am May 30, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Sam Malayang

children’s time: Vivian Houg

vocalist: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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