Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Jesus continuing to pray for us

Lord our hearts go out to You, as we see how much there is to be thankful for. You are beside us, You are ahead of us, catching us from behind if we tend to fall backwards. Thank You Lord, for surrounding us with your loving prayers and presence. Thank You that You take care of our struggles and pains, and assure us that You continue, by the Son and the Holy Spirit, that You are continuously praying for us.

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

Recognition for Gord

Response: Jesu, fill us

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

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!

Opening praise: 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

Call to worship:

L: Clap your hands, all you peoples;
P: We will shout to God with loud songs of joy.
L: For God, the Most High, is awesome,
reigning over all the earth.
P: We will sing praises to God this day and every   day.
L: Let us worship God with all we have to offer!
P: We will offer God our love – heart, body, mind and soul!

Prayers of approach and lament

God of promise and purpose,
we greet You this day with thankful hearts.
As flowers open and buds unfurl around us,
the beauty of your world lifts our hearts in praise.
As children grow and students prepare to graduate,
their energy and enthusiasm encourage us toward your future.
You lifted up Jesus to be by your side,
and so we know He is always by our side as the future opens before us.
Draw close to us in this hour of worship
and show us the promise and purpose in our own lives—
how we can unfurl with new life
and move into the future with the energy of your Holy Spirit
and the abiding love of Christ our Lord.

Now Lord, we turn to You in a prayer of lament. We express the pain that we experience due to all that has changed in our lives. Why Lord, has all of this come upon us. Have You forgotten us here? Is your back turned toward us? Why, o why does our lot have to be all of this? Don’t You hear us?

Response: I waited on you, Lord

Assurance of God’s faithfulness

Dear friends, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is the Lord’s faithfulness.

   Response: Be still and know

Profession of faith and Baptism

Baptism:  G and A

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

Congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ:

G and A have expressed their desire to be baptised and to become professing members of Dayspring.

They are coming to receive the sacrament of baptism.

Hear the words of the risen Christ.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you;
and remember, I am with you always,
to the close of the age.”

(The minister addresses candidates who are seeking baptism by making their own profession of faith) 

G and A, do you desire to be baptized?

We do.

The minister addresses the adults for baptism

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.

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

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, O gracious God,
for the gifts of water and your Spirit.
In the beginning,
when your Spirit moved over the waters,
you gave order and life to your planet earth.

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,
and 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. Amen

The act of baptising

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

A, 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 person saying:)

May the Spirit of God dwell in you
and uphold you, now and forever.     Amen.

(The minister leads in prayer as follows:)

Gracious God;
we praise you for calling us to be your people,
and for gathering us to be the church, the body of Christ.

We thank you for leading our brother and sister
to this time and place
in affirmation of your gifts to them in baptism.

Together, may we live in your Spirit,
grow in faith, hope, and love,
and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit
we give honour and glory, now and forever.     Amen.

G and A, children of God,
may you live and walk in the Spirit,
increasing daily in the gifts of love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
as one who belongs to Christ Jesus, our Lord.

   Response: Aaronic blessing

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Dear Lord, we are so often at a loss as to how we can move forward. It is in these times that we see how You are our guide, our wisdom. It is in these times that we look up to You for the insight we need. You know those in our midst who are ill, those who are grieving, or suffering from financial strain. We bring ourselves before You, as You know our needs.

Now, dear Lord as we turn to your scriptures, by the power of your Holy Spirit, open our minds and hearts to receive your Word, O God, so that we may recognize your call to serve in the name of Jesus Christ, the Living Word. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time: Heather

Open our eyes LordStory, Prayer, and Lord’s Prayer

Song: Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks     

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
He is the King of creation.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Spread the good news o’er all the earth:
Jesus has died and has risen.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

We have been crucified with Christ.
Now we shall live for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Come, let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Saviour.
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, give praise to his Name.

Words and music: Donald Fishel ©The Word of God 1973. 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 17:6-19 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Response: Send me, Lord

Message: “Jesus continuing to pray for us”

You might be all too familiar with the sense of moving on after completing a certain part of training or studying. If you’re at school, leaving from elementary school to high school could be one example. Getting your degree and being a freshly minted fully trained knowledgeable graduate. Only when you are applying for a job, do you find that you aren’t quite as experienced.

Jesus was moving on from his time on earth and there were people, his disciples, who didn’t really know what was awaiting them.

The world that would be what they are part of, would often be hostile towards them and towards their work. Their ministry wouldn’t be equally welcome wherever they went.

This is what Jesus was talking about in his prayer with the Father.

The neat assurance is that God’s Son, Jesus, was by implication praying for all of those that would become followers of Jesus because of the spreading of the Good News to those that disciple would encounter.

Praying for, could definitely also mean “be loved by…” When we are continuously being prayed for, it also means that we are continuously being loved by Jesus, the Son of the Father. The Father’s love is protecting us, as Jesus was praying for the protection of the disciples.

There are times that we are not only in need of protection. We could be in need of reassurance when doubt overwhelms us. Jesus continuously prays for those situations. When you go to bed with lots of doubts, know that our Lord Jesus is going ahead, praying for you, loving you, and bringing back confidence.

Perhaps you fear about things, similar to doubting or being in need of protection. Fear, however, could arise when you’re not sure whether going for a vaccine would be safe. Or when you worry about your children, about their career, their marriage, or fretting about your grandchildren’s wellbeing.

Jesus is definitely not just a quick fix. Jesus is about a relationship, a personal connection.

There are so many times when the knowledge that Jesus continues to pray for us can become just what we need to know. Or does it become a matter of only believing this when it suits us?

In this vein I’m sharing a tale that is told [i] about a small town that had historically been “dry,” but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible. The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that “no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians do not.”  Amen

Song: The church is wherever God’s people 

The church is wherever God’s people are praising, singing God’s goodness for joy on this day. The church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.

The church is wherever God’s people are helping,
caring for neighbours in sickness and need. The church is wherever God’s people are sharing the words of the Bible in gift and in deed.

Words: Carol Ikeler © Mr WL Jenkins, 1963
Music: JB Fleming © Robert J Fleming
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:

Lord our hearts go out to You, as we see how much there is to be thankful for. You are beside us, You are ahead of us, catching us from behind if we tend to fall backwards. Thank You Lord, for surrounding us with your loving prayers and presence. Thank You that You take care of our struggles and pains, and assure us that You continue, by the Son and the Holy Spirit, that You are continuously praying for us.

Response: Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate being passed around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we all return to the 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: 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 indeed express.

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!

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

Sending out with God’s blessing

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

   Response: God to enfold you


[i] Johnston, J.K (1992). Why Christians sin, Discovery House, https://bible.org/illustration/tavern


Seventh Sunday of Easter

10:00 am May 16, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Ransford Kusi-Menkah

children’s time: Heather Tansem


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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