Gracious God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Worship on the Lord’s Day
We gather to worship God
Lighting of the Christ candle
Welcome and announcements
Silent preparation for worship
L: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
P: God’s steadfast love endures forever
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!
Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart, Come, just as you are to worship Come, just as you are before your God, come
One day ev’ry tongue will confess You are God, One day ev’ry knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those, Who gladly choose you now
Words and music Brian Doerkson © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook) 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: God has invited us to come.
P: So we gather.
L: God has spoken to the world.
P: So we listen.
L: God has given us glimpses
of grace and mercy.
P: So we wait and watch,
longing for healing, eager for hope.
L: God has been faithful to all generations.
P: So we trust. And so we worship God,
our Creator, Redeemer,
Prayers of approach and confession
Creator God, Source of all life, in you all creatures are connected, and all creation redeemed and made new. Day by day you make yourself known to your people. In the beauty of the heavens, we see your glory. In the bounty of the earth, we know your generosity. In strength for our bodies and minds we experience your energy. Delighting in all that we have seen, known, and heard, we worship you, one God, Creator, Christ, and Spirit.
Holy One, along with our praise, we offer you our confession. At times we forget what we once knew of your love. Consumed by worry, we forget to trust you. Although we know you made us for a purpose, we choose our own ways. Discouragement seeps into our hearts in the cold of winter and we do not serve you with eagerness. We fail to speak out against injustice in our community. Forgive us. Renew our energy for your purposes. Raise us up on wings of faith. May we walk by your light and not grow weary. May we run and not faint. Now we turn to pray to You in our own personal prayers of confession….
Response: Glory, glory, hallelujah
Assurance of God’s forgiveness
Dear friends, while it is true that we have all sinned, it is a greater truth that we are forgiven through God’s love in Jesus Christ. To all who humbly seek the mercy of God, I say, in Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven. Be at peace with God, with yourself and with one another.
Response: Be still and know
Prayers for God’s help and guidance
Dear Lord, as we pray to You for help, this too is an acknowledgement that we can’t journey the path of our lives without your help. We need your presence. We look up to You and bring the needs and challenges of so many before You. You know our needs. We realize that your presence is with those on our prayer corner, as well as friends, family, loved ones and we reach out to You in prayers of intercession for each of them.
We listen for the voice of God
Song: God of the sparrow
God of the sparrow God of the whale
God of the swirling stars, How does the creature say Awe How does the creature say Praise
God of the earthquake God of the storm
God of the trumpet blast How does the creature cry Woe How does the creature cry Save
God of the rainbow God of the cross
God of the empty grave How does the creature say Grace How does the creature say Thanks
God of the hungry God of the sick
God of the prodigal How does the creature say Care How does the creature say Life
God of the neighbour God of the foe
God of the pruning hook How does the creature say Love How does the creature say Peace
God of the ages God near at hand
God of the loving heart How do your children say Joy How do your children say Home
Words: J Vajda, Music: C Schalk
© 1983, GIA Publications Inc.
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, #A735555. All rights reserved Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE
Scripture reading: Psalm 147 – responsively (New Revised Standard Version)
Praise for God’s Care for Jerusalem
1 Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
the Lord is gracious,
and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
and he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 The Lord heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 The Lord determines the number of the stars;
and gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
whose understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 The Lord covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 The Lord gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 The Lord takes no delight in the strength of the horse,
nor pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 but the Lord delights in those who show reverence,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For the Lord strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 The Lord grants peace within your borders;
and fills you with the finest of wheat.
15 The Lord sends out his command to the earth;
the word runs swiftly.
16 The Lord gives snow like wool;
and scatters frost like ashes.
17 The Lord hurls down hail like crumbs—
who can stand before such cold?
18 The Lord issues a command, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
19 The Lord issues a command to Jacob,
give statutes and ordinances to Israel.
20 The Lord has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know God’s ordinances.
Praise the Lord!
Response: Glory to the Father
Message: “God rules over large and small”
It happens quite often that I stand in awe at God’s creation, the beauty of nature, the awesome sunsets or sunrises, and also at God Himself. This brings me to praise God. As we know, the word “praise” in the original language is “hallelujah.” Funny how a photograph is usually spectacular, while it’s a far cry from the real experience.
Praise towards God can even be seen as an antidote against so many things that we might have been experiencing lately. Just like a vaccine, praise can be an antidote to give us a newly found strength in the face of a threat. Praise can be the antidote to depression, praise may be the antidote to discouragement, to loneliness, and to frustration. Praise can really be a picker-upper.
As the 11th verse of Psalm 147 puts it, “…the Lord delights in those who show reverence, in those who hope in God’s steadfast love.”
Those who show reverence, the people who stand in awe before God, are found delightful in the Lord’s eyes.
It happens so easily that we as God’s children look at our own accomplishments. Look what I have done, look at how smart I am. We even go further by comparing ourselves with others and may tend to feel inferior in this comparison. However, when we show reverence to God, we turn towards a humility that is healthy.
As St. Teresa of Avila in the 16th century put it, there are two paths to humility. One is healthy and one not. What is the dangerous path to humility? It is looking at yourself, your own failings and shortcomings. What is the healthy path to humility? It is looking at the Lord, at Christ, by basking in his beauty and majesty. [i]
By looking at the Lord, basking in the wonder of what the Lord does, only then do we find strength and the antidote to so many negative feelings.
It is the Lord who heals the broken-hearted, the depressed, the grieving person.
This Psalm directs our attitude towards giving praises to God, rather than looking at the efforts of human beings as accomplishments coming out of their own strength. There are even times when we turn around and merely say “I was lucky.” How about giving God the credit for giving us good fortune?
Bringing praises to God, having reverence towards God, and a healthy humility, all seem to go along with each other, giving us a sense of trust in our creator.
In a similar vein, a story is told about William Beebe, a well-known naturalist of the previous century, who used to tell a story about the American president Teddy Roosevelt. At Sagamore Hill, after an evening of talk, the two would go out on the lawn and search the skies for a certain spot of star-like light near the lower left-hand corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Then Roosevelt would recite: “That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun.” Then Roosevelt would grin and say, “Now I think we are small enough! Let’s go to bed.” [ii]
The writer of Psalm 147 wrote in the fourth verse: “The Lord determines the number of the stars; and gives to all of them their names.” This is one and the same Lord who lifts up the downtrodden, but casts the wicked to the ground. The Lord who heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.
This God is the God whom we can only praise, by singing songs of hallelujah to our Lord. This is the Lord in whose grandeur we may find our strength. Amen
Song: You satisfy the hungry heart
You satisfy the hungry heart With gift of finest wheat; Come give to us, O saving Lord, The bread of life to eat.
As when the shepherd calls the sheep,
they know and heed that voice; so when you call your family, we follow and rejoice.
With joyful lips we sing to you our praise and gratitude, that you should count us worthy, friends, to share this heavenly food. Refrain
Is not the cup we bless and share, the blood of Christ outpoured? Do not one cup, one loaf, declare, our oneness in the Lord? Refrain
The mystery of your presence here, no mortal tongue can tell; whom all the world cannot contain comes in our hearts to dwell. Refrain
In gracious love you give yourself, then selfless let us be, to serve each other in your name in truth and charity. Refrain
Words: Omer Westendorf; Music: Robert E. Kreutz © Archdiocese of Philadelphia 1976. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE
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
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
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.’
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
Prayer of gratitude
Gracious God, we thank You for the love that brings us food from heaven, gives us the life of your dear Son, and assures us that we belong to the company of all his faithful people in heaven and on earth. Grant that, strengthened by this fellowship and by the power of his Holy Spirit, we may continue his work in the world, until we come to the glory of your eternal kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our 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 going around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to that sanctuary – but what a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.
Song: Lord of all power
Lord of all power, I give you my will, in joyful obedience your tasks to fulfil. Your bondage is freedom, your service is song,
and, held in your keeping, my weakness is strong.
Lord of all wisdom, I give you my mind,
rich truth that surpasses our knowledge to find. What eye has not seen and what ear has not heard is taught by your Spirit and shines from your word.
Lord of all bounty, I give you my heart;
I praise and adore you for all you impart:
your love to inspire me, your counsel to guide, your presence to cheer me, whatever betide.
Lord of all being, I give you my all. If e’er I disown you, I stumble and fall, but, sworn in glad service your word to obey,
I walk in your freedom to the end of the way.
Words: Jack Winslow Music: Irish traditional; harmony Erik Routley © Words: Mrs. Tyrrell, Music: harmony © 1983 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
Minister encourages folks to accept random Breakout Room assignment as a way of fostering community and care for each other.
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. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:13)
Response: God to enfold you
(Zoom breakout rooms)
[i] Sweet, L. [@lensweet]. (2021, January 31). In 16th c. classic “Interior Castle” Teresa of Avila distinguished between 2 paths to humility, one healthy, one not. Dangerous path to humility? Looking at yourself, your own failings & shortcomings. Healthy path to humility? Looking at Christ, basking in his beauty and majesty. [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/lensweet/status/1356027397921857536
[ii] Source unknown. (2021, February 6). Humility. Sermon Illustrations. http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/h/humility.htm
5th Sunday of Epiphany
10:00 am February 7, 2021
led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf
Elder: Jane de Caen
children’s time: Fionna McCrostie
vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford
Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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