Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Turmoil to tranquility

Dear Lord, we turn to You in thanks for all the beauty that we see around us during this season Spring turning into Summer. How can we ever thank You for the abundance in which You care for this world. Thank You that we can rest assured that even during our worst storms, You will be the one bringing a calm that goes beyond our understanding.  Thank You, for life, for love, for the countless ways that fathers make a difference in the world. We know there is no perfection and that’s why we turn our eyes toward our heavenly Father. We bring all our gratitude to You. Amen

 

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: 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: Lord I need you

Lord, I come, I confess Bowing here I find my rest Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

Songwriters: Christy Nockels / Daniel Carson / Jesse Reeves / Kristian Stanfill / Matt Maher

© Universal Music Publishing Group

Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

Call to worship:

L: Amid life’s storms, God is there.
P: What have we to fear?
L: In the darkness and terror,
God is with us.
P: Of whom shall we be afraid?
L: Rise up, people of God,
for you are loved and saved.
P: Thanks be to God
    who cares deeply for us. Amen

Prayers of approach and lament:

Holy and gracious Lord, source of life and love, we gather in your presence to wonder at the beauty and complexity of all You have made, acknowledging how small and insignificant we are, each on our own. Yet You love us with a promise that gives us significance and restores our purpose in the midst of the creation You love. When we are overcome by forces around us, You speak words of peace. When trouble or sorrow sets in, You give us the strength we need to persevere in our witness to your love. In this time of worship, dear Lord, we remember all You have been, all You are and all You will be; offering You all praise and honour, love, and loyalty, with our lips and with our lives to the end of our days.

Lord, now we bring our prayers of lament to You. Our hearts are broken by the innumerable instances in which the world we live in, is broken. When we came into this world, our child-eyes thought this world would be a place of sunshine and happiness. Yes, while we know there is much to be happy about, our eyes are drawn to the way our world is tainted. When, o when, Lord, will You restore this world to that which it was intended? How long are we still going to fight the pandemic that feels so endless? Many of us are fatigued and we just don’t see when the lost energy will be regained. Have mercy upon us Lord. Now we pray our own silent and private prayers of lament to You…

   Response: I will trust in the Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:

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

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance:

Dear Lord, we look up to You, as we know our wisdom, our strength, everything that we are, all comes from You.

Would You, in your unending love be merciful by journeying with us as we seek renewal of strength and vigour. We feel weak and heavy-laden, stretched to the limits. We pray for your guidance toward the search committee here at Dayspring as they diligently work towards preparing a congregational profile before searching for someone to lead our congregation forward into the future. We look up to You for your endless wisdom in this process.

Now, God of wisdom and wonder, send us your Holy Spirit to guide us as we listen for your Word. Teach us through what we hear and inspire us to act with the courage and compassion we meet in Jesus Christ, your Living Word. Amen.

 

We listen for the voice of God

 

Children’s time:

Jesus loves me

Story
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

Song: In suffering love

In suffering love the thread of life is woven through our care, for God is with us: not alone
our pain and toil we bear.

There is a rock, a place secure within the storm’s cold blast; concealed within the suffering night
God’s covenant stands fast.

In love’s deep womb our fears are held; there God’s rich tears are sown and bring to birth, in hope newborn, the strength to journey on.

Lord, to our hearts your joy commit, into our hands your pain, so send us out to touch the world with blessings in your name.

In suffering love our God comes now, hope’s vision born in gloom; with tears and laughter shared and blessed the desert yet will bloom.

Words: Rob Johns © Elinor F Johns, 1983
Music: William Gardiner’s Sacred Melodies 1819 © public domain

Scripture reading: Mark 4:35-41 — New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus Stills a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Response: Glory to the Father

Message: “Turmoil to tranquility”

I came across some thought-provoking words written by Lloyd John Ogilvie, “Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.” [i]

Many of us experience storms. Either we’re heading out from a storm that’s behind us. Or we’re weathering one right now. Then again, a storm could be awaiting us. This is a reality of life.

Just the other day, my daughter and I were washing our dog. We had set everything up in a table in our backyard, and then all out of the blue the wind started up and lashed all that was carefully placed in a northerly direction. The towel took off, the one tub went, the gloves, everything was just swept away.

The disciples were on the Sea of Galilee with Jesus. The Sea of Galilee is situated in a funnel-like part of Israel. Mount Hermon lies towards the north and southward there is deep rift known as the Jordan Rift Valley. East are the Golan heights, and west is the Galilee region. The Jordan river flows into it from the north and outward going south. The Jordan Rift Valley is below sea level. So, when the wind blows onto this lake, it can easily become a life-threatening event. Hence the fear that was in the hearts of the disciples.

There are storms in life that threaten us, and lately, I think I might be quite realistic in saying that many of us have experienced the pandemic or the side effects of it to be similar to storms.

Great windstorms arise in our own lives as well. Perhaps it might be relationships going awry. It could be our entire financial situation. One’s health could go into a tailspin. Life sinks into one huge chaos. A congregation could experience changes as a threat to its well-being. A business may be close to having to close its doors, or already has done so after more than 50 years of operation.

These are the times during which our boat could be swamped.

This was happening to this group of Jesus’ disciples. In the stern of the boat, Jesus was taking a nap. Right in the back, the Son of God was present, but clearly not alert and awake.

Why would this be? Was Jesus just calm and trusting, knowing that little can go wrong? Or was He tired? We don’t know. We too in some similar way or another, have Jesus in the stern of our boat.

Take note that the disciples were all in a boat, a beautiful symbol of the church that stands to this day. We often speak of Dayspring as a boat. Our building is meant to have the appearance of a boat. Then there are churches that are being emptied out by COVID-19, and many of their ceilings look like the bottom of a boat. [ii]

God has given us the grace to weather the storm so far. I have confidence that our Lord will continue leading us through the storm. Still, we can’t take this for granted.

We too, might at times want to wake Jesus up so to speak, and say, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” In our homes, or our businesses this may be the question on our lips.

Our scripture reading goes on, saying, “He (Jesus) woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’”

Perhaps this is exactly what we learn at this stage. When the wind ceases and there is a great calm and Jesus whispers to us, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”, we too, like the disciples might find ourselves in awe, acknowledging that we needn’t have been too frantic.

Then a deeper discovery might occur in our minds. This Jesus is more than just a mere human being that wandered on the dusty roads and paths of Israel. He is the one who is the Son of God. He is God embodied in our human condition.

When He brings us to asking the question, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” we become transformed into folks who learn that we really have little to fear. Yes, things can go wrong, life can be turned upside down, the wind can blow everything in all kinds of directions, and still this Jesus remains the one to take charge of all that can fall apart. He might not restore everything to its former condition.

Perhaps that was never the intent. He might indeed be doing something to form a better person out of us, than we were previously. Amen

Song: Be still my soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to thy God to order and provide; in every change God faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake to guide the future wisely, as the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know the voice that ruled them here on earth below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the vale of tears, then shalt thou better know God’s love, God’s heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.

Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay from his own fullness all death takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord, when disappointment, grief and fear are gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall meet at last. 

Words: Jane Borthwick and Katharina von Schlegel © public domain Music: Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; arrangement, The Hymnal 1933 © Breitkopf & Hartel, Weisbaden: arrangement © The Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1933,1961

 

We respond to serve God

 

Prayer of gratitude:

Dear Lord, we turn to You in thanks for all the beauty that we see around us during this season Spring turning into Summer. How can we ever thank You for the abundance in which You care for this world. Thank You that we can rest assured that even during our worst storms, You will be the one bringing a calm that goes beyond our understanding.  Thank You, for life, for love, for the countless ways that fathers make a difference in the world. We know there is no perfection and that’s why we turn our eyes toward our heavenly Father. We bring all our gratitude to You. Amen

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 in the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to the sanctuary, but we are still able to continue the ministry and mission that define Dayspring using the various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: One more step along the world I go 

One more step along the world I go. One more step along the world I go. From the old things to the new keep me traveling along with you.

Refrain:

And it’s from the old I travel to the new. Keep me traveling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn. More and more about the world I learn. All the new things that I see you’ll be looking at along with me                    
                                                           Refrain

As I travel through the bad and good keep me traveling the way I should. Where I see no way to go, you’ll be telling me the way, I know.     

                                                            Refrain

Give me courage when the world is rough. Keep me loving though the world is tough. Leap and sing in all I do. Keep me traveling along with you.                                                                                Refrain

You are older than the world can be. You are younger than the life in me. Ever old and ever new, keep me traveling along with you.   Refrain

Words and Music: Sydney Carter © 1971 by Stainer & Bell Ltd. Used by permission of Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission and permission to stream under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved.

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] Ogilvie, L.J. (2013, July 3). Daily Christian quotes: Storms. https://www.dailychristianquote.com/tag/storms/

[ii] Jacobsen, D.S. (2021, June 19). Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Commentary on Mark 4:35-41. Working Preacher. https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/ordinary-12-2/commentary-on-mark-435-41-5


Worship on the Lord’s Day

4th Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am June 20, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Music director: Binu Kapadia

Welcoming elder: Laura Patterson-Fortin

children’s time: Lynn Vaughan

vocalist: Kara Little


Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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