Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Seeking wisdom on our Lenten journey – through the eyes of Job

Lord, thank You for your patience with us. Thank You for the wisdom You teach us day by day. Thank You that we can lay our lives into your sovereign hand and merely trust You for mercy and steadfast love. We are grateful for the way You are leading us throughout this pandemic. 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: I lift up my eyes to the hills –
from where will my help come?
P: My help comes from the Lord,   
    who made heaven and earth.
L:  Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: Bless the Lord

Bless the Lord, oh my soul, Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name. Sing like never before
Oh my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy name

The sun comes up It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again Whatever may pass And whatever lies before me. Let me be singing When the evening comes

You’re rich in love And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons For my heart to find Refrain

Songwriters: Matthew James Redman,

Jonas Carl Gustaf Myrin;10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) lyrics © Worshiptogether.com Songs, Sixsteps Music, Thank You Music Ltd., Atlas Mountain Songs
Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

Call to worship:

L: We begin our journey through Lent.
P: We will seek awareness
    of God’s presence with us
    on the way.
L: We come to find light in the shadows
and strength in our weakness.
P: We will join in praise
    as we remember God’s faithfulness.
L: We seek God’s mercy and truth
step by step, day by day.
P: We will trust in God’s steadfast love.
    So let us worship God
    with grateful hearts!

Prayers of approach and confession

Good and gracious God,
Creator of storms and sunshine,
of the sun and moon and stars,
Maker of rainbows and raindrops,
of all that is in the heavens and the earth,
we praise You for the beauty of the created world,
and for the hope of life with You now and always.
We praise You for your faithfulness and loving-kindness
throughout all generations,
for your promise of grace,
for your compassion and redemption revealed to us in Christ Jesus.
Receive our prayer and praise this day
and teach us how to live by your love.

Source of mercy and wisdom,
We are thankful for your steady presence and steadfast love,
so we make our confession to You, with truth and humility.

Dear Lord, You made a covenant with us in faithfulness,
but we confess we are not always so faithful to You.
We grow tired and restless when things don’t go our way.
We lose patience with others.
We lack compassion for our neighbours in need,
and even forget to express our love for those closest to us.
Forgive us, gracious God.
Lead us in the way we should go.
Make us prisms of your love,
making rainbows of your light,
creating beauty and deepening hope wherever we go,
for the sake of Christ, our Lord.
Now, for a few silent moments we pray our own prayers of confession…

Response: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Believe the good news. Jesus proclaimed that the kingdom of God has come near.
Trust in his forgiving love for us, and forgive one another in his name.

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 the needs of your people at Dayspring and much wider. 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.

Dear Lord, send us your Spirit to calm our thoughts and prepare our hearts and minds to hear your Word, spoken, prayed, through Children’s Time and song. Through your Word, teach us to see You more clearly and love You more deeply day by day. Amen.

 

We listen for the voice of God

 

Children’s time                    

Song: We are people on a journey    

We are people on a journey, following where the Master walks. We are people on a journey in the shadow of the cross. What compels the face of Jesus who protects our faithful guide: he who treads the road of service, Christ the Lord the crucified. 

We are people on a journey, taking up the cross of Christ. We are people on a journey, moving on from death to life. We release the sin that tangles. We relinquish all acclaim. We receive the suffering Savior, He our glory, wealth and fame

We are people on a journey, to the table of the Lord. We are people on a journey, fed by water and the Word. We remember, we remember
how You wash disciples’ feet; We remember on the last night gifts of wine and bread to eat. 

We are people on a journey, rising up in life reborn. We are people on a journey speaking peace, accepting scorn. We are walking toward a homeland, to a mystery yet unknown; to a kingdom coming quickly, to the light of God’s own throne 

Words and music: Gregg DeMey © 2008, 2010 Re:Create Music, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Scripture readings:

Job 1:1-2; 3:1-6; 39:1-4; 42:1-6 — Old Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Job 1:1-2

Job and His Family

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.

Job 3:1-6

Job Curses the Day He Was Born

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. Job said:

“Let the day perish in which I was born,
and the night that said,
‘A man-child is conceived.’
Let that day be darkness!
May God above not seek it,
or light shine on it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
Let clouds settle upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it.
That night—let thick darkness seize it!
let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months. 

Job 39:1-4

39 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the deer?
Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
when they crouch to give birth to their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open;
they go forth, and do not return to them.

Job 42:1-6

Job Is Humbled and Satisfied

42 Then Job answered the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you declare to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”

Psalm 25:1-10 — Old Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

Of David.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Response: Jesus, remember me

Message: “Seeking wisdom on our Lenten journey – through the eyes of Job”

Sometimes we ask ourselves, “How can life be so unfair?” The psalmist also pleads “Unto thee O my God, do I lift up my soul, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult (or triumph) over me.”

We just don’t always get a fair deal, or that’s the way feel. These aren’t feelings that can just be discarded, they are valid feelings. Life does feel unfair and often is.

As we seek wisdom when so many unfair things happen around us and to us, much of the outcome depends on how we respond. It can make us bitter, or it can make us better people. Do we want to enter the future with bitterness, or be shaped by God to become better instruments in his hands?

The book of Job is a precious wisdom jewel of 42 chapters hidden in the Bible, tucked in right before the Psalms. It’s time well spent to set about 2 to 3 hours aside to read Job from beginning to end.

As we go through this time of Lent, it’s a time of questioning the suffering that is experienced in our existence on earth. It is also a time of searching for God’s mercy and steadfast love of which verse 6 of Psalm 25 speaks so clearly.

We only read a few verses from Job that touched on a few highlights in the narrative. The man Job, we read, was blameless and upright, he feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.

And then tremendous calamities strike his children and finally, a terrible wind raged during which all these children were killed. Job was devastated and we read in the third chapter about Job cursing the day of his birth. He is not only devastated, he is depressed and dark feelings in him wish that his birth never happened.

Depression can wreak havoc on us, especially when we sense so much unfairness happening. The havoc of depression takes its toll on so many people through opioid drugs and a variety of other means. It makes people wish they were never born.

The upside of this prayer is that Job was seeking God in the midst of all of the bad that had happened to him. He wasn’t seeking human wisdom, but rather from God. True worship brings about positive chemicals in our bodies and brains, and it is a source for feeling so much better when we approach God with honest protest. This protest becomes the first step out of the dumps of despair.

The book of Job goes on to demonstrate how there are different types of counsel, and Job turns out not to be receiving good counsel from his friends. They insist that Job must’ve done something wrong in the past that caused him to suffer such deep loss and destruction. They insist that the sins of his youth have been remembered that he got what he deserved.

Have you not gone through this experience as well? It could even come from within, that life throws a curveball at us and we try and look back and figure out where we might have done something wrong.

Then there are those times when someone gives us wise counsel in the sense that they encourage us thoughtfully. When I once suffered a huge blow, there was a friend who said that out of death there will be a resurrection. It wasn’t easy, but every time I looked back at the words of this friend, I realized he was right.

These are the types of friends we could rather mix with. They are the ones who help us move forward. The ones that try to fix you, or even blame you, are usually not the ones who will give you strength into the future. Job’s friends were chronically trying to search for Job’s bad dealings in the past, instead of bringing hope to him.

Quickly flipping back to our 25th Psalm, we hear, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” Counsel that is based on this divine wisdom leads us in a positive direction.

We read a lot about an upset Job, feeling done in and unfairly treated, he hadn’t signed up for this ghastly nightmare. Then, when he hears according to the words of Job 39, he learns that it’s not worthwhile boxing with arms that are too short. God is answering him with rhetorical questions. “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth?” (Job 39:1-2). God is sovereign and not Job’s equal. Only when we meet God as truly the One to be revered, to be in awe before God, only then are we able to start making sense of the immensely wonderful God we serve.

When we turn to chapter 42, the last chapter of the book of Job, we discover how Job had found good theology. Good people, wise people, do not necessarily receive prosperity, nor do evil and foolish people necessarily receive awful things. God doesn’t work that way.

God works in mysterious and often unpredictable ways. Never has God owed anyone a good smooth life, a life without struggles and pains. We can’t earn brownie points before God, God simply is a God of mercy and steadfast love.

When we do good works, they come from a grateful heart, never expecting rewards. God’s steadfast love and mercy are reliable. This good theology was the source of Job’s good counsel. Amen

Song: Forty days and forty nights    

Forty days and forty nights thou wast fasting in the wild; forty days and forty nights tempted, and yet undefiled.

Should not we thy sorrow share and from worldly joys abstain, fasting with unceasing prayer,
strong with thee to suffer pain?

Then if Satan on us press, Jesus, Saviour, hear our call! Victor in the wilderness, grant we may not faint nor fall!

So shall we have peace divine: holier gladness ours shall be; round us, too, shall angels shine,
such as ministered to thee.

Keep, oh keep us, Saviour dear, ever constant by thy side; that with thee we may appear
at the eternal Eastertide.

Words: George Smyttam © public domain
Music: Martin Herbst; harmony. William Monk © public domain

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude

Lord, thank You for your patience with us. Thank You for the wisdom You teach us day by day. Thank You that we can lay our lives into your sovereign hand and merely trust You for mercy and steadfast love. We are grateful for the way You are leading us throughout this pandemic. 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: With the Lord as my guide  

With the Lord as my guide, I will walk through the desert, rest by the water, run in the wind.
With the Lord by my side, I will stand on the mountain, drink from the fountain of love deep within.

With the Lord as my guide, I will see all the talents, accept the balance of who I am.
With the Lord by my side, say yes to the calling, fear not the falling, trust in God’s plan.

With the Lord as my guide, I will work with my sister, care for my brother, bend with their pain.
With the Lord by my side, we will rise up together, strengthen each other, courage regain.

With the Lord as my guide, I will rise in the morning, praise for the dawning beauty of day.
With the Lord by my side, I will sing, sing forever, always a lover, seeking God’s way.

Words and Music :Jim Strathdee© Desert Flower Music, 1977
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

(Zoom breakout rooms)


1st Sunday of Lent

10:00 am February 21, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Elder: Gina Kottke

children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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