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Sunday (ZOOM) Worship Message: “Replenish, Renew, Reach Out” (Lorraine Wheatley)

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Dayspring ZOOM Connect Worship, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost,
June 28, 2020 10 am MDT
Welcoming Elder: Iris Routledge                        Leading Worship: Lorraine Wheatley

Gathering

Music Prelude: As the deer pants for the water

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You

Songwriter: Martin J. Nystrom; 1984 © Maranatha! Music, The Copyright Co.
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved

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

Welcome and announcements: Welcoming Elder (Iris Routledge)
Welcome to this Worship Service with the congregation of Dayspring Presbyterian Church in Edmonton, Alberta Canada – whether you are near at hand or far away.

A special welcome to Lorraine Wheatley, one of our members, who is leading us in worship, today. Starting on June 14 our own musicians, Gord and Binu have been providing the music. We also hope to have some soloists in upcoming weeks.

A reminder that help is always welcome at the Food Bank. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference where there is a huge need. They minimize physical contact, making for a safer process. We still need more volunteers to help on Thursdays. If you wish to help, contact either Jim Jeatt or Audrey. The contact details are in the DWN.

The Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf will be on holidays for three weeks from June 22 until July 12. The Rev Harry Currie will be covering Pastoral Care. Please notify him of an illness, surgery or emergency at 780-232-1160 while Heinrich is away.

A notice went out earlier this past Monday regarding virtual summer camp at Kannawin. Please check your email for the details.

Call to worship:
L: The church lives to praise God.
P: We have no higher calling than to offer God our lives in worship day to day, Sunday by Sunday, now and always.
L: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
P: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, to the ages of ages!  Amen.

Music meditation: To show by touch and word

To show by touch and word
devotion to the earth,
to hold in high regard
all life that comes to birth,
we need, O God, the will to find
the good you had of old in mind.

Inspire our hearts to choose
the things that matter most,
to speak and do the truth,
creating peace and trust.
For every challenge that we face
we need your guidance and your grace.

Let love from day to day
be touchstone, guide and norm,
and let our lives portray
your Word in human form.
Now come with us that we may have
your wits about us where we live.

Words: F. Kaan, Music: R. Klusmeier; © 1975, Hope Publishing Co.; WorshipArts
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved.

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Lord God, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

From north and south, from east and west, drawn by your majesty we come to worship you, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

For the gift of this new day, fresh from your hand, we rejoice.

For the renewal we discover in your friendship in Christ, we praise you.

In the Spirit’s energy, blessing us in each moment, whether joyous or difficult,

we place our hopes.

Lord God, we trust that all of life is your gift, so give us glimpses of your splendor, glory, and love in this time of worship.

Accept our praise, Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit.

Lord of all life and each life,

Forgive us when we forget that life is a gift and that you are with us in both our struggles and our achievements.

Forgive us when we ignore the value of each person you have created and for the pain we have caused to others.

Bless those who have been hurt by our actions and by our inaction with your healing love.

Heal us, too, of the hurts and harm we carry and forgive us the grudges that weigh us down.

Restore our faith in your goodness and free us to live with you and with each other in reconciling grace through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Jesus said, Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Friends, trust that peace and forgiveness are God’s gifts to you this day. Be renewed by the power of the Spirit that moves with you into each new day.

Children’s Time:    Heather Tansem – Reaching Out (Prayer & Lord’s Prayer)

Music meditation: I the Lord of sea and sky

I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky,
I Have Heard My People Cry.
All Who Dwell In Dark And Sin,
My Hand Will Save.
I Who Made The Stars Of Night,
I Will Make Their Darkness Bright.
Who Will Bear My Light To Them?
Whom Shall I Send?

Here I Am Lord, Is It I, Lord?
I Have Heard You Calling In The Night.
I Will Go Lord, If You Lead Me.
I Will Hold Your People In My Heart.

I, The Lord Of Snow And Rain,
I Have Borne My People’s Pain.
I Have Wept For Love Of Them,

They Turn Away.
I Will Break Their Hearts Of Stone,
Give Them Hearts For Love Alone.
I Will Speak My Word To Them
Whom Shall I Send?

I, The Lord Of Wind And Flame
I Will Tend The Poor And Lame.
I Will Set A Feast For Them,
My Hand Will Save
Finest Bread I Will Provide,
Till Their Hearts Be Satisfied.
I Will Give My Life To Them,
Whom Shall I Send?

Words and music: D. Schutte; © 1983, New Dawn Music
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved.

Prayer for Understanding

Spirit of wisdom, be our guide as we listen for God’s Word speaking in the scriptures. When we are puzzled, grant us clarity. When we resist hearing, open our hearts. Guide us to measure our understanding by Christ, God’s Living Word and Witness. Amen

Scripture reading:

Matthew 10:40-42 (New Revised Standard Version)

About Rewards
40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;
42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward

Message: “Replenish, Renew, Reach Out”              Copyright 2020: Lorraine Wheatley

It has been about three months since the start of the pandemic. We watch the news, listen to the statistics of the pandemic, of people infected, people healed and people who died all around the world and

Wonder – when will it end.

Wonder – how will it end.

Wonder – will it end.

We have closed businesses, schools and churches. We no longer go out for dinner, meet a friend for coffee at our favourite coffee shop, drop in on our families or meet in our church to worship together on Sundays. It is unlikely we will return to normal until a vaccine is created. We are waiting for the new normal.

In the past few months I’ve heard people say since they’ve had more time at home they have spent time on replenishing their relationships with their families. If nothing else, this pandemic has thrown us a curve. It has thrown a sharp curve in that we’ve had to pause in our daily lives and take stock of where we are at and what is most important to us. This pause, it seems, has been more positive than negative. Of course there have been and still are many negative repercussions but for a moment let’s look at the positive.

REPLENISH

This has been a time where we can replenish ourselves, to pause and take time out of our hectic lives to think about who we are.  It has been a time to sit with ourselves and take stock of the journey we are on in our daily physical lives as well as our spiritual lives.

An earlier chapter in Matthew tells us to loosen our hold on earthly treasures. This is not easy is our consumable society. It is too easy to get lost in what he have, what we want, what we think we need and forget about our spiritual selves.  As we move forward think about taking some time to focus on your spiritual self and replenish your faith.

RENEW

This has been a time to renew our relationships, spend time with our families and our children. We have the opportunity to spend time together, read together, watch television together, play board games and simply listen to each other. 

For the past few weeks as we read through Matthew we see how Jesus groomed the disciples and helped ready them to continue Jesus’ work. As we hear these passages we might think about our own calling with more of an open mind.

We are all called to continue Jesus’ mission. Our mission is to reach out.  The way we do that will be different for each of us.

A photo was taken by Alex Taliadoros of food baskets in the pews of the main sanctuary of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC. It appears the church has renewed part of their mission.

In these uncertain times people and business and churches are looking at ways to renew their mission. They found a different way to renew their mission and reach out. 

REACH OUT

This has been a time for us to reach out and help those in need.

Jesus prepares his disciples to follow him. They watch as he ministers to crowds of people asking nothing in return.  They watch as Jesus travels with no money or gold, no food no extra clothes and no possessions. They watch Jesus depend on others for food and shelter. He tells his disciples the journey will be sometimes difficult, there will be times when the disciples will be turned away and will face hardship but they must continue on. Jesus has instructed them where to go and who to speak to. The disciples have been given the tools they need; the power to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead.

He taught the disciples and gave them specific messaging telling them to preach, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and then sent them out to continue the mission.  A couple of weeks ago in Matthew 9:37 we read, “The harvest truly is plentiful but the laborers are few.” We are also asked to reach out and continue Jesus’ mission. What does it mean to be sent?

Does it mean we step forward? Will you raise your voice with a group of others like those protesting world-wide against the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of those who swore to uphold the law. Will you speak up, will you step forward when you see injustice?

All acts of service whether large or small matter.

Reach out to people you know well and maybe those you’ve just met and invite them to worship in our church community on Sunday. While we meet online we can invite guests to worship with us online. We can reach out and bring our church to others instead of waiting for people to find their own way through our doors. People are waiting to be asked. People are waiting for good news. People want to belong to a community.

St Francis of Assisi said “Preach the gospel, and when necessary, use words.”

We can share our faith.

We can share our time.

We can share our possessions.

I see people reaching out with compassion when I see the front-line workers and grocery store clerks.

I see people reaching out with compassion when I see the truck drivers and many others who continue to do their jobs. When we reach out we are continuing Jesus’ mission.

As we review Jesus’ words in Matthew once again, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward,” reminds us that this simple act is meant for each one of us. Even small acts of kindness and compassion go a long way.

Music Meditation: The love of God comes close

  1. The love of God comes close
    where stands an open door,
    to let the stranger in,
    to mingle rich and poor.
    The love of God is here to stay,
    embracing those who walk the Way;
    the love of God is here to stay.2. The peace of God comes close
    to those caught in the storm,
    forgoing lives of ease
    to ease the lives forlorn.3. The joy of God comes close
    where faith encounters fears,
    where heights and depths of life
    are found through smiles and tears.

    4. The grace of God comes close
    to those whose grace is spent,
    when hearts are tired or sore
    and hope is bruised and bent.

    5. The Son of God comes close
    where people praise his name,
    where bread and wine are blest
    and shared as when he came.

Words: J. Bell, G. Maule; © Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc.
Music: public domain
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved.

Prayer of gratitude:

Lord God of heaven and earth, with joy and thanksgiving, we praise you for you create, sustain, and redeem all things.

For making us in your image to love one another and to care for your creation, we give you thanks.

For the gift of your Son whose life is the pattern for our lives and learning, we give you thanks.

For the energy of your Spirit to inspire us in times of challenge and change, we give you thanks.

For those who serve as teachers, healers and caregivers in these stressful days when their work is so demanding.

For our friends and families whom we love, and with whom we grow and journey.

Strengthen us in these difficult days to show your love to others as we pray for the church and those who lead as we adapt to new ways of worshiping and being together.

Hear us now as we pray in silence for situations on our hearts this day. ………………

God eternal, keep us in communion with your people across all times and in all places. May we serve you faithfully, blessing others as we have been blessed by your love through Jesus Christ.

Jesus teaches that even the gift of a simple cup of water is a gift worthy of his disciples. Fellow Dayspring members, whatever we can give to God can bless the world in Jesus’ name. Give so that others may taste God’s living water.

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 of Thanksgiving

Generous and gracious God, we receive so much from you. What we return to you this day has first come to us from you. By your Spirit, multiply our gifts so that those who are in need may taste your abundance which we know already in Christ, our Living Lord. Amen.

Blessing

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:13)

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