Sunday (Zoom) message: Comforting and encouraging one another

Dayspring Zoom Connect Worship, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,

September 20, 2020, at 10 am MDT

Gathering

Music:  Love divine

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, oh breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest;
take away our love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return and never,
never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly re stored in thee,
changed from glory into glory
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love and praise.

words: C. Wesley; music: R.H. Pritchard
public domain

Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”

Welcome and announcements

Call to Worship

L: In Jesus Christ, there is a new creation.
P: Everything old has passed away. Everything has become new.
L: This newness is from God, who has reconciled us through Jesus Christ.
P: Rejoice and be glad! Everything has become new.

Music:  I will trust in the Lord

I will trust in the Lord,
I will trust in the Lord,
I will trust in the Lord
‘til I die

African American spiritual
public domain

Prayers of Approach and for God’s Help and Prayer of Confession

Dear Lord, compassionate Son, healing Spirit, You meet us in so many places and in so many different ways, when our need is deep and we long for You, and when we think we can manage on our own. You draw near to us in kindness, regardless of our state or condition. You turn weeping into laughter, sorrow into joy, death into life. You speak a word of challenge and a word of comfort to draw us to You. In gratitude, we come before You this day, to seek your word for us, and to enjoy your gift of life in its fullness. Receive our praise and our prayers this day offered in the name of Christ, our Lord.

Now, holy, healing God, your thoughts are not our thoughts, and your ways are not our ways. As we hear your Word read and proclaimed, guide us by your Spirit, so that our thoughts and our ways are transformed by your grace, through Christ, your Living Word.

Lord, You are the giver of all good gifts, yet we confess that our own generosity is limited. We share what we have, but often reluctantly. We complain about our lot. We compare ourselves to others and see what they have that we lack. We fear running short of things rather than trusting your attention to our needs. Forgive us our worries about tomorrow and give us generous hearts that trust in You. We now turn to You in personal prayers of confession in the following moments of silence…

Assurance of God’s faithfulness:  Minister

The mercy of our God is from everlasting to everlasting. Friends, hear and believe the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ, God’s generous love reaches out to embrace us. In Christ, we are forgiven and set free to begin again. Thanks be to God!

Music:  Jesus loves me

Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me…
The Bible tells me so.

Anna Bartlett; William Bradbury
public domain

Children’s time: Fionna McCrostie  (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music:  When we are living

When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus,
and when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.
Both in our living and in our dying,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Through all our living, we our fruits must give.
Good works of service are for offering.
When we are giving, or when receiving,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

‘Mid times of sorrow and in times of pain,
when sensing beauty or in love’s embrace,
whether we suffer, or sing rejoicing,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Across this wide world, we shall always find
those who are crying with no peace of mind,
but when we help them, or when we feed them,
we belong to God; we belong to God.

Words translation: E. Eslinger, R. Escamilla, G. Lockwood; Music: Hispanic folk song; public domain
Words translation © 1989, United Methodist Publishing House
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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (The Message)

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.

Music:  Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
is now, and will be forever
Amen, amen, amen

words: trad.; music: J. Weaver 1978
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Message: “Comforting and encouraging one another”

Life certainly has its ups and downs. Today, we experience one of the more painful times in human existence without even knowing how we got here. Paul, the apostle, knew many types of pain all too well. In his most intensely personal letter, the second letter to the congregation at Corinth, Paul pointed out that life is never just plain sailing.

What we see about Paul, is that he doesn’t succumb to some kind of health and wealth gospel. He is convinced that when you find yourself discouraged and ready to quit, it’s necessary to get your attention off of yourself and focus on God. Out of his own difficult experience, Paul explains the place of suffering, the purpose of suffering and how to persevere in suffering. Tragically, so much grief has been caused by the shallow and unbiblical view that if we have true faith we will not suffer. I believe the most harmful doctrine pervading the church today is the so-called health and wealth gospel.

Paul was a realist. God convinced Paul that there are good times in life, as well as severely bad times. Both types of experiences needn’t deter us from bringing glory and honour to God. This is what Paul starts out with, “All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah!”

Probably the most important word in the whole letter is the word ‘comfort’ or encouragement. The Greek word means “called to one’s side to help.” The verb is used 18 times in this letter, and the noun 11 times. In spite of all the trials he experienced, Paul was able (by the grace of God) to write a letter saturated with encouragement. What was Paul’s secret of victory when he was experiencing pressures and trials? I think his secret lay in trusting in God.

Today we are going to focus quite a bit on the comforting and encouraging ministry that is available through Stephen Ministry. This is a ministry that we are approaching in a very careful and diligent manner. As the well-known adage goes, fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Here too, we are doing our planning and recruiting in careful ways. This type of ministry can be done in ways where a huge difference can be made, especially during a time where a pandemic has struck the entire planet earth.

Let us now turn to what Nesta Sawdon has to share with us as she will be telling us about the Christ centred ministry made possible through the total dedication that lies in Stephen Ministry.

Intro to Stephen Ministry and Videos: Nesta

Videos: https://youtu.be/JcuVe39UXYs  and  https://youtu.be/Mu1W7JC36L0]

Conclusion

Music:  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; © 1977, Desert Flower Music
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Prayer of gratitude

Music:  Give thanks to the Lord

Give thanks to the Lord
our God and King
His love endures forever

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Reflection on giving:

We give to support the ministry and mission of our congregation. During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, our members have been generous. Thank you for that generosity. However, because we have lost the contributions to our budget from the organizations that use our building, we are running a shortfall. So we all need to dig deep. We do our giving in the various ways described on the screen and in the Dayspring Weekly News.

Prayer:

Blessing: Minister

Music:  God to enfold you

God to enfold you, Christ to uphold you
Spirit to keep you in heaven’s sight
So may God grace you, heal and embrace you
Lead you through darkness into the light

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © WGRG Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
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Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf

Welcoming Elder: Sam Malayang

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie

Pianist: Binu Kapadia


Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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