Sunday (Zoom) message: Out, and into the world

Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost,

August 9, 2020  10 am MDT

Minister: The Rev. Dr. Heinrich Grosskopf                

Welcoming Elder: Jane de Caen

Worship Arts Coordinator (Guitarist): Gord McCrostie            

Pianist: Binu Kapadia

Vocal solo: Glynnis McCrostie

Gathering

Music:  She comes sailing on the wind  

She comes sailing on the wind,
her wings flashing in the sun;
on a journey just begun, she flies on.
And in the passage of her flight,
her song rings out through the night,
full of laughter, full of light, she flies on.

Silent waters rocking on the morning of our birth,
like an empty cradle waiting to be filled.
And from the heart of God the Spirit moved up on the earth,
like a mother breathing life into her child.

Many were the dreamers whose eyes were given sight
when the Spirit filled their dreams with life and form.
Deserts turned to gardens, broken hearts found new delight,
and then down the ages still she flew on.

To a gentle girl in Galilee, a gentle breeze she came,
a whisper softly calling in the dark,
the promise of a child of peace whose reign would never end,
Mary sang the Spirit song within her heart.

Flying to the river, she waited circling high
above the child now grown so full of grace.
As he rose up from the water, she swept down from the sky,
and she carried him away in her embrace.

Long after the deep darkness that fell upon the world,
after dawn returned in flame of rising sun,
the Spirit touched the earth again, again her wings unfurled,
bringing life in wind and fire as she flew on

Songwriter: Gordon Light; 1985 © Common Cup Company
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Greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…”          

Welcome and announcements:  

Call to Worship

L: Give thanks to the Lord!
P: We will tell everyone we meet what God has done!
L: Let us bring praise to the name of the Lord!
P: We will honour God’s holy name with shouts of joy!
L: Be mindful of all that God provides for us.
P: We will remember the world of wonders God has made!

Music:  Be still and know

Be still and know
that I am God

words and music: anonymous
public domain, arr. G. McCrostie

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

Surprising and mysterious God, You come to us when we least expect it, calling us out of our routines and our plans, inviting us to follow Christ on a great journey of faith.

We praise You for the many ways You comfort and guide us. In our moments of fear, You speak to us with words of reassurance. In our moments of doubt, You reach out your hand to save us. In our moments of turmoil, You bring calm to the storm. We place our trust in You this day and every day, and worship You as our Redeemer and Saviourin the name of Christ, our Lord and friend.

Gracious and loving God who hovers over the pain of your world. We pray for all who suffer or experience pain through the chemical explosion in Beirut yesterday. We remember especially this day the people of Beirut. Help the injured, protect those in danger, support the dying, bring comfort to the grieving and soothe the anxious whose families and lives are forever changed by grief and loss. Bless with your strength and comfort those who have survived the trauma and devastation of this disaster. We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their security and their hope. Strengthen and guide doctors, nurses, and all those who serve in emergency services and all who bring comfort and relief. God of wisdom, as we gather to hear your Word this day, calm our spirits and still our minds so that we are able to receive the fullness of your message and respond with faithfulness.

Merciful and patient God, we confess that we still live in fear and doubt, even though we have been touched by your saving grace. You call us to live with courage and perseverance, yet we give up too easily and opt for the safer route. You encourage us to be bold in our faith and steadfast in our fight for justice, yet we remain silent in the face of inequality and violence. Forgive us all the times we have let You down. Renew our lives through your mercy and grace. Amen

Assurance of God’s forgiveness:  Minister

Rest assured, God’s forgiveness and saving grace are for everyone. Accept these gifts for yourselves and offer forgiveness to others in the name of Christ our Lord.

Children’s time:    ……………. Darlene Eerkes                                        (Lord’s Prayer)

Music offering:   Forever                                                                           Glynnis McCrostie

Give thanks to the Lord our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
 
Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong
Forever God is with us, forever and ever; forever

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that’s been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise; sing praise, sing praise 

Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong
Forever God is with us, forever and ever; forever

Songwriter: Chris Tomlin © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Scripture reading: Matthew 14:22-33 (New Revised Standard Version)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land,[a] for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Message: “Out, and into the world”
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught (Peter), saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Just before Jesus started walking over the Sea of Galilee, He had retreated to go up the mountain to be by Himself to pray. I’ve often had similar feelings to the ones, I think we sense in what Jesus was doing in our Scripture reading. When I want to flee into my own little fort, away from all the buzz, it’s just for my own sanity and serenity. Sometimes the busy-ness of all the daily things of life simply become a little bit too much. As one example, I have found the lovely flowers of summer that we have in our garden at home, to be a way of finding some form of escape from the madness of life.

Jesus was on the stormy Sea of Galilee and decided to try once again to find some solitude. He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.

Jesus is in need of a fort this week, I think. He wanted to get away from everything that was pressing in on Him.

As we saw in last week’s Gospel reading, Jesus, having heard of the gruesome murder of the man who baptized Him, John the Baptist, Jesus tries to get some time alone with his grief. But large crowds seek Him out, desperate for his healing, and so He tends to their sicknesses and their need for food to eat. This week, Jesus tries again for some alone time. He sends away the crowds and the disciples and goes up the mountain alone to pray. He was in search for some isolation, some time in his own little fort, so to speak.

What else is a lockdown than building forts, living in our own places of safety, away from all the danger, all the outside forces that bring fear into our lives? The pandemic has different effects on each person. Two people in a marriage, or mother and son, even brother and sister, can have radically different views on the coronavirus pandemic.

A parent would fully comply with children’s play parks being closed down and know it’s safer. Then there is another parent that wants children to play safely and develop naturally. One person might feel rather relaxed about protocols, while the next may indeed be fearing that the worst might happen to them. The one may wipe every surface down and the other may act quite oblivious to all these acts of the “new normal.”
 
One may see empty restaurants as the right thing to do, the other may be exuberant when restaurant patios start opening up.

It was during such an alone time that Jesus sent his disciples out on a boat onto the lake to go and fight the waves, rowing as hard as they can.

What if this boat full of disciples is the church? That the boat on the water is the church not only then, but also now, today in 2020? In our own times, the church is rocked by storms of one kind or another, from inside or from outside. There are forces of chaos and uncertainty that make us tremble at times. Financially, so many churches find it hard to get by. Viewing church attendance decade after decade one notices how it keeps dropping to lower levels. Can anything be done? And now the pandemic.

Early that morning, Jesus came walking toward the disciples struggling on the sea. The disciples saw this happening and were terrified, they said, “It is a ghost!”

Upon Jesus’ assurance, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid”, Peter replies, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus encouraged him to come on over. But when Peter noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

At this point Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him.

Peter was brave, but the heaving and tugging of the wind made him lose some of his bravado. We as the church of our Lord during this pandemic time can also lose a lot of our bravado. Nobody can blame us.

However, God wants to make things happen.

It is not the end. The church isn’t just collapsing. God has something in stall for us. God, Jesus’ Father, also reaches out his hand and catches us. Our own hands are in God’s. God uses us in the work that God’s church is called to do.

Jesus doesn’t stay on the mountain, or in the tent, even though He no doubt really wants to sometimes. Jesus strolls across the sea and out into the world. He shows compassion for the sick and the poor, hangs out with sinners and misfits, and acts with sacrificial love in life and ultimately in death.
 
Jesus also calls us out of our forts of security and calm and into the messy business of living out justice and mercy in the world. That is as true now as it was before the pandemic. Of course, “going out to the world” looks different now—we make connections over Zoom, or several feet apart in backyards and on patios. We preach on livestreams, and we wear masks wherever we go.

The world still belongs to God. The coronavirus pandemic that spews out Covid-19 and causes devastation, remains subject to the rule of God, whether we can see that or not. One day it too will pass, and the world will still be there. We, the people that follow Jesus Christ, will still, with the power of God’s Good News, continue to have a difference to make in a world in need of healing and repair. Amen

Music: There is a redeemer

There is a redeemer
Jesus, God’s own Son
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Holy One

Thank you, oh my father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving Your Spirit
‘Til the work on Earth is done

Jesus my redeemer
Name above all names
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Oh, for sinners slain

When I stand in Glory
I will see His face
And there I’ll serve my King forever
In that Holy Place

Words and music: Melody Green; © 1982, BMG Music Publishing Co.
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Prayer of gratitude: 

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: 

Faithful God, bless the gifts we bring to you today. Use them and us to plant seeds of faith, hope and love in the world so that your goodness will grow among your people, and your name be honoured for Christ’s sake. Amen

Blessing: Minister

“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)

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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Copyright 2020 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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