Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Joy, love and friendship in troubled times

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.

Worship on the Lords 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: Love the Lord your God

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength

With all your heart, with all your soul,
With all your mind, with all your strength
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind
with all your strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength
I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

With all my heart, with all my soul,
With all my mind, with all my strength
I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

I will serve the Lord with all my heart
With all my soul, with all my mind
And with all my strength

Songwriter: Lincoln Brewster © 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: Let us sing to the Lord a new song,
P: for God has done marvellous things.
L: Let us make known the Lord’s victory,
P: for God’s steadfast love
    covers the whole earth.
L: Let us sing joyful praises,
P: and join all creation
    to worship God’s holy name.

Prayers of approach and confession:

Holy God, the power of your love is beyond comprehension, the breadth of your compassion without measure. In Jesus Christ, You have met us in the midst of life’s joys and challenges and shown us what it means to love and be loved. You have entrusted us with the greatest commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us.

In this time of worship, we offer You our love and loyalty, seeking to learn more of what love and loyalty mean for us in the midst of our joys and challenges. Receive our prayers and praise, and through the power of your Spirit, draw us closer to You and closer to each other as friends and followers of Christ, our Risen Lord.

Merciful God, we confess we often find it difficult to love others as You commanded. Though we intend to do your will, our priorities lead us in other directions. We seek our own security before the well-being of others. We fulfill our own desires rather than act for the common good. We justify our own interests and fail to understand the cost they take on the earth and other people. Forgive us. Redirect our priorities and renew our commitment to live out your love even when it demands more of us than we expect. We now turn to You in silent personal moments of prayer to You, as we confess our own wrongdoings…

         Response: I will trust in the Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

Hear the good news!
Who is in a position to condemn us?
Only Christ—
And Christ died for us;
Christ rose for us;
Christ reigns in power for us;
Christ prays for us.
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and made new by God’s generous grace.

         Response: Be still and know

Reaffirmation of faith: Arold Wilson and Marie N

Wilson and Marie,
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
which rebel against God
or oppose God’s rule of justice and love?
I do.

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 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 at the table he provides,
and to engage in his mission to the world?
I do.

Aaronic Blessing: The Lord bless you and keep you

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Lord, our eyes are set upon You, as we continue to be aware of our need for your presence in the faith journey we are on. Lead us as our dear loving Parent. You know what is best for us. As we come before You, we ask for your loving hands to touch the ones who are in need of healing. You know each of them, even while we aren’t always aware of the finer details in the lives of every individual person. We bring J F and the whole family of J F who passed away this Friday before You. You know the grief, the sense of final loss, You know the memories, would You in your loving mercy grant peace.

Now, dear Lord, as we turn to your Word proclaimed, be it through songs, children story, scripture reading, or sermon, we long for your wisdom and truth. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we listen. Prepare our ears to hear your Word and our hearts to receive it. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time: Peter Eerkes

Jesus loves me; Lord’s Prayer

Song: Come, children, join to sing

Come, Children, join to sing, Halleluia! Amen!
Praise to our Servant King; Halleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice saved by God’s gracious choice, now in this place rejoice;
Halleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high, Halleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky; Halleluia! Amen!
Christ calls his people friends; lost, outcast he defends with love that never ends
Halleluia! Amen!

Loud now our voices raise, Halleluia! Amen!
No power can still our praise; Halleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blessed shore, God’s goodness we’ll adore singing forevermore
Halleluia! Amen!

Words Christian Bateman © this version the Presbyterian Church in Canada,1997 Music: public domain
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 15:9-17 New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

         Response: My Lord, he is a’ comin’ soon

Message: “Joy, love and friendship in troubled times”

One Sunday morning Argentinian Pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz stood up to preach and looked out at his congregation of about a thousand people. He smiled, “Love one another… Love one another…” [i]

The best-selling author of Disciple made eye contact with the people throughout the church. Then he went back to his seat and sat down.

It was quiet and uncomfortable, for five minutes!

Finally, he walked back up to the pulpit. “Little children… love one another… Not just in words, but in deeds.”

He sat down again. All eyes were fixed on Juan Carlos. He was praying.

A holy hush fell on the people.

After five more minutes Juan Carlos quietly turned to the person next to him and asked, “How can I pray for you?” They held hands and prayed for one another.

Soon everyone was sharing their concerns, listening, and praying together.

That was the sermon for the week: three words.

Three life-changing words of Jesus that were preached by John the evangelist and then by Juan Carlos Ortiz: “Love one another.” Everyone left church that morning with exuberant joy!

Bill Gaultiere, who was describing this says, “I’ve heard thousands of sermons, but this is one of a very few that I’ve never forgotten!”

Best of all, Jesus’ “new commandment” to love one another with his love is what heals and empowers us to carry out his Greatest Commandment that we love God and our neighbours with our total person.

There’s little doubt that we, on this planet, are living in troubled times. There was also very little doubt that Jesus was speaking the words that we read during troublesome times. He was heading towards being crucified, being killed on a cross.

It is all too human for us to search for a bit of comfort and promise when the going gets tough. On this Mothers’ Day it wouldn’t be out of line to say that when a baby comes into the world, one of a mother’s purposes under ideal circumstances is to provide comfort for the newborn baby. A mother also usually wants to instill joy in the child. She promises the child that even in the hardest times, one thing stays the same, “Mommy loves you.”

Jesus too was preparing the disciples for the worst that they could ever imagine. The farewell narrative is all about Jesus bringing much assurance to the disciples.

When God entered the world through Jesus, it was a deed of love, assurance, and the promise of continuous presence, for God so loved the world by giving his only Son.

This is the way in which God’s powerful and joy-filled love becomes alive in our very own daily lives.

Earlier on in John’s gospel, in the tenth chapter, we pick up the description of Jesus as the Good Shepherd writes Gail O’Day.[ii] It prepares us for the words Iris read this morning, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As Good Shepherd, Jesus isn’t teaching something abstract anymore, it happens in reality as an embodied promise and gift. The good shepherd “lays down his life for the sheep” as opposed to the hireling who would put the sheep at risk rather than risking his own life. Isn’t this the clearest illustration of the difference between the true and false friend! The false friend will not be around during troublesome times, but the true friend will be.

Spreading the joy, the love and being true friends for one another is what Jesus teaches his disciples, and therefore us as well. It might sound hard, but I think it’s not all that hard. This is illustrated in the story about a man painting a boat.

A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought his paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When he finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.

The painter was surprised and said, “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat, Sir!”

“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for repairing the hole in the boat.”

“Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly, it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”

“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened:

“When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole.”

“When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.”

“They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.”

“When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.”

“Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.”

“Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole!”

“You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”

So no matter who, when or how continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively, and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find. You never know when one is in need of us, or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

Along the way, you may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ for several people without realizing how many lives you’ve saved.

Make a difference….be the best you that Jesus enables you to be as his Spirit lives on in you… Amen

Song: Amigos de Cristo/Friends of the Lord

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Friends of the covenant renewed each morn;
baptized and loving it, we’ve been reborn.
Gift of the dove is ours for evermore.
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Born of a family, the young and old,
we’ll be on hand to see new life unfold.
We understand the need to be made whole.
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord;
Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.
For we’ve been forgiven, and we’ve been restored, Amigos de Cristo; we’re friends of the Lord.

Words and music: Public domain

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

We thank You, Lord, for leading us through this wilderness of a pandemic. We live in a country of so much abundance. We thank You for the beauty of nature as Spring unfolds before us. We thank You for generous people helping to keep our congregation move forward into the future.

We thank You for the endless love for each other, that your Son Jesus taught us through his own way in which He lived. The glory and the honour go to You, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the power of your Holy Spirit.

         Response: Now thank we all our God

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.

Solo: Reach out and touch

Words Charles Brown © 1971 by Word, Inc
Music: Charles Brown © 1971 by Word Music, Inc in Sing ‘N’ Celebrate

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] Gaultiere, B. (2021, May 8). The three words of Jesus you need most. Soulshepherding. https://www.soulshepherding.org/three-words-jesus-need/

[ii] O’Day, G.R. (2004). Jesus as friend in the gospel of John. Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 58 (2):144-157. https://doi.org/10.1177/002096430405800204


Sixth Sunday of Easter

10:00 am May 09, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Elder: Iris Routledge

children’s time: Peter Eerkes

vocalist: Lynn Vaughan


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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