Wakin’ Up (Worship on ZOOM, message by The Rev Bob Calder)

Worship on the Lord’s Day at Dayspring Presbyterian Church

10:00 am July 04, 2021
led by the Rev. Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia                  Vocalist: Lynn Vaughan
Elder: Jane de Caen
children’s time: the Rev. Bob Calder

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: Open our ears to hear your word.
P: Open our eyes to see your presence
L: Open our arms to the embrace of community.
P: Open our minds to the beauty of truth.
L: Open our hearts to the joy of new life.

Opening praise: Come now is the time to worship

Come, now is the time to worship. Come, now is the time to give your heart, Come, just as you are to worship Come, just as you are before your God, come

One day ev’ry tongue will confess You are God, One day ev’ry knee will bow. Still the greatest treasure remains for those, Who gladly choose you now

Words and music Brian Doerkson ©
1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook) Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship
L: We come seeking Jesus, the Light of the world!
P: Shine in our hearts Lord Jesus!
L: We believe in the strength of God to illuminate dark places.
P: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it.

Lord, in this hour of worship, kindle in us the light of your love. Let us worship the risen Lord.

Prayer of Approach and confession

Most Holy God, Lord Jesus, Breath of Life – we praise and adore you. Your mercies are made new every day.   Be present with us in this hour – and through out this day, help us to hold you in our hearts and in our minds with reverence and with joy, to honour you in our songs and our prayers, to bring praise to you by our words and our  actions. Make us a blessing, both now – and  forever.

Gracious God, we confess before you our complicity in the sins of this world, sins which Jesus felt in his own body and soul.

Our hands are not clean.

We confess that we have desired power and status, and have neglected our duty as your servants.

We have allowed ourselves to become preoccupied.

Open our eyes to the way our lifestyles affect and shape the suffering of those here and far away.

We confess that we have turned away from the hungry and the homeless thinking that they were someone else’s problem.

Forgive us for the sins we know and remember, and which weigh heavily upon us, as well as the sins which we have forgotten, which meant almost nothing to us, but which have resulted in pain for others.

Take away our hearts of stone, and give us hearts of flesh, which beat to the rhythm of love, of faith, of hope.

We pray these and all of our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Master and Lord. Amen.

Response: Be still and know

God is tender-hearted and gracious to all and has forgiven you through your faith in Jesus Christ.

Trust in God’s grace and be kind to one another, forgiving others as God has forgiven you.

Response: Glory, glory, hallelujah

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Gradual: Open our eyes

Story: A bridge between us and heaven

The Lord’s Prayer

Song: Joyful, joyful, we adore You

Joyful, joyful, we adore You, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before You,
Opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!

All Your works with joy surround You, Earth and heaven reflect Your rays, Stars and angels sing around You, Center of unbroken praise; Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain join to praise you joyfully

You are giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blessed, Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest! God Creator, Christ our Saviour, all are yours who live in love. Teach us how to love each our neighbour, Lift us to your joy above.

Morning stars awake the chorus, mortals join with every part for what joy is set before us, as Christ’s love joins heart to heart! Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife, joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.

Words: Henry Dyke © public domain
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven arr; Edward Hodges © public domian

Scripture readings                       

Psalm 150                            (NRSV)

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Paise the Lord!

Luke 22:14-20                   NT(NRSV)

14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you, I will not eat it[a] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Response: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet            

Message: “Wakin’ Up!”

A family member tells the story of her sister and her children who moved to their city and began attending church for the first time.

They especially loved the singing and communion service.

One day this family member babysat the children and fixed them their favourite meal of burritos and apple juice.

She says: “As I left the room, I heard four-year-old Alisha begin to celebrate communion with her lunch items.

She seemed to have memorized the words quite well, except when it came to the cup. She said, “And Jesus took the cup, and he blessed it, and gave God thanks for it, and he said, “Fill it with Folgers coffee, It’s the Best Part of Wakin’ Up!”

What great symbolism.  God wants to wake us up to all the wonderful life He offers us that we are reminded of when we take communion.

We celebrate communion as a remembrance of God’s love for us, God’s forgiveness to us, and God’s life in us.

As we celebrate, let’s remember and be glad!

Let’s wake up to what He has done for us.

In verse 14 of Luke 22, Luke writes “When the hour came…..”

What did he mean?  Two things come to mind.

It was now the right time for Jesus and the twelve disciples to eat the Passover meal. Preparations had to take place before the meal could be eaten. Some preparations had to do with food, just like any meal, and other preparations were ceremonial –– there were rituals attached to the Passover meal that had to be performed when the participants were ready to eat.

But, there is another perspective this phrase brings to mind and it is found in Romans 5:6: “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us.”

“At just the right time…”, it is as if all of history in those final moments of Jesus’ life came to a stand still and waited, silent and lmost breathless, for God to finish what He had planned to do for humankind.

Jesus’ words in verse 15 support this thought. “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

It was at the right time, when those around Jesus were focussed on God’s mighty acts of deliverance, as they remembered what their ancestors did in obedience to God who brought them out of slavery and bondage into freedom. With faith in Christ we also have freedom.

We are free from the bondage of sin.

We are free from the threat of eternal separation from Jesus.

We are free to follow the Lord in all that we do.

As we celebrate communion this morning let us wake up and remember that freedom.

In verse 17 we read, “After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes.”

Only in Luke do we read of two cups of wine being served during this event.

The other gospel accounts, and Paul’s statements in 1 Corinthians, record only one cup of wine being poured.

So what’s going on here?

It is important to note that four cups of wine are served during the Passover meal. They are the Cup of Sanctification and Freedom, the Cup of Deliverance, the Cup of Redemption, and the Cup of Thanksgiving and Hope.

Biblical scholars are not sure which cup of wine is the first cup mentioned by Luke.

So, why does Luke mention this first cup?

Two reasons: First, Jesus tells the disciples to share it among themselves, thereby strengthening the bond of fellowship among themselves.

Second, Jesus is looking down the road to the fulfilment to the coming of the Kingdom of God.

When we celebrate communion in just a few minutes, it is as if we share the bread and wine with each other in person.

It may be by zoom but there is a bonding there.

At Dayspring I’m sure you share things together.

No-one is any better or any worse than anyone else.

Whether you are old or young, rich or poor, you are a part of Christ’s church.

The Lord took two of the most frail elements in the world as symbols of His body and blood. Represented by bread and wine, that will spoil in just a few days.

In verse 19 we read that Jesus took a loaf of bread, thanked God for it, and broke it in pieces.

Passover bread is called matzah and it is really three separate loaves or matzot.  At the proper time, the centre, or second, matzot is taken and broken in two.

One half is broken up and eaten. It is called the bread of affliction and was eaten by those in Egypt who were waiting for deliverance and freedom!

The other half is saved until later, when it is generally hidden for the children to find. It represents the redemption for which we wait.  Jesus says: “This is my body given for you.”

And we know what happened to His body a few hours later, “He was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace.

He was whipped and we were healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NLT).

As we partake of the elements, we should consider what a great sacrifice He made for us. I think we tend to look at the little pieces of bread and the little bit of grape juice and forget what they signify.

They are to remind us of Jesus’ broken body and spilt blood. They are more than bread and juice, they are reminders of what Jesus did for us, did for you!

Turning to verse 20 we see that Jesus takes another cup of wine and declares: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

The third Passover cup is the cup of redemption. The disciples would understand the meaning of Jesus’ words –– covenant, blood poured out –– they could easily connect these terms and their meaning with the Passover story.

But, that is not what Jesus meant.

He was speaking of a new way with God.

A new covenant that was based on His sacrifice not that of animals.

I wonder how the disciples responded to this pronouncement?

Were they confused?

Did they look at one another with expressions of uncertainty?

Did they begin to ask, “What do you mean?”

Or did they miss the point entirely?

What about you?

Do you understand the implications of what we are doing here this morning?  Have you reflected on it?

As we partake in the elements, we recognize that our spiritual life comes from the sacrifice that Christ made for us.

CONCLUSION: As we celebrate communion, we look back at being redeemed and delivered from the bondage of sin. And we look forward to the completion and fulfilment of the Kingdom of God.

This table stands in the middle of history and gives us a point of reference with which to view history from God’s perspective.

These moments of remembrance and reflection should and must help us remember where we have come from and where we are headed and we

should wake up and be glad.

Message copyright 2021 by the Rev. Bob Calder

Song: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. O Lord, we praise your name. O Lord, we magnify your name:
Prince of Peace, mighty God; O Lord God Almighty.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. O Lord, we praise your name. O Lord, we magnify your name:
Prince of Peace, mighty God; O Lord God Almighty.

Words and music: Michael W Smith © Meadowgreen music. Used by permission of CMC Ltd. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

We respond to serve God

Prayer of Gratitude

Caring God, we thank you for your gifts of Creation, for this world and for the heavens that tell of your glory.  We thank you for giving us life and for all who enrich our experience. We thank you for your redeeming love; may we be strengthened  to love as you love us.

Lord God, this has been a difficult year for many of us because of the challenges and restrictions that we have all faced. Prepare our hearts and minds for what lies ahead, and remind us that we are not alone.

I pray for Dayspring as they search for the minister that you have chosen for them. Help them to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We pray these and all of our prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Response: Now thank we all our God

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.

Communion

Institution & Invitation

Song: Eat this Bread

Eat this Bread, drink this Cup.
Come to Me and never be hungry.
Eat this Bread, drink this Cup.
Trust in Me and you will not thirst.

Words: John 6:35; paraphrase, Robert Batastini, and Taizé Community (France) © Les Presses de Taizé (France) 1984 Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications Inc. Music: Jacques Berthier © Les Presses de Taizé (France) 1984 Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Affirmation of our faith:

The Apostles’ Creed

Prayer

Sharing of the Elements

Prayer

All glorious God, we give you thanks that in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.

You chose us, before the world was made,  to be your holy people.

You adopted us as your children in Christ.

You have set us free by his blood; you have forgiven our sins.

You have made known to us your secret purpose, to bring heaven and earth into unity in Christ.

You have given us your Holy Spirit, the seal and pledge of our inheritance.

All praise and glory are yours, O God,

for the richness of your grace,

for the splendor of your gifts,

for the wonder of your love.

Almighty God, whose wisdom and whose love are over all, accept the prayers we offer for our nation. We are grateful for Canada,  its beauty, its resources, the rich heritage we enjoy. Give integrity to its citizens and wisdom to those in authority, that harmony and justice may be secured in obedience to your will; and may the leaders consistently do what is good, right, and necessary.

Loving God, you are here and everywhere, around us and within us; you know our inmost thoughts. In you we hope; in you we live. You are the source of serenity, giving peace that is beyond our understanding. In you we are still; in you we live.

Loving God, we live in you and you live in us.

We pray for those who are experiencing difficulties at this time. We ask that you will give them comfort and support.

Be with all of us as we move out from under the hold of Covid-19. Protect those who have it and help them to recover quickly.

Be with all of those who are travelling this summer. Keep them safe, help them to have a good holiday and bring them safely home.

We pray for Heinrich and Carina help them to have a good retirement.

Be withy the fam ily of Dianne Ollerenshaw as they cope with their loss. Give them strength and com fort.

Hear us now as we bring to you our personal thots and prayers in a moment of silent prayer May the Holy Spirit touch all of us this morning.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Master and Lord. Amen.

Song: Worship the Lord

Refrain: Worship the Lord, worship the Lord, worship the Father the Spirit the Son, raising our hands, raising our hands, in devotion to God who is one!

Raising our hands as a sign of rejoicing, and with our lips our togetherness voicing, giving ourselves to a life of creativeness, worship and work must be one!                                 Refrain

Praying and training that we be a blessing, and by our handiwork daily confessing, we are committed to serving humanity, worship and work must be one!                                 Refrain

Called to be partners with God in creation. Honouring Christ as the Lord of the nation, we must be ready for risk and for sacrifice, worship and work must be one.                          Refrain

Bringing the bread and the wine to the table, asking that we may be led and enabled, truly united, to build new communities, worship and work must be one.                                Refrain

Now in response to the life you are giving, help us Creator, to offer our living, seeking a just and a healing society, worship and work must be one.                                                     Refrain

 Words: Fred Kaan © 1974 Hope publishing Co. Music: Ron Klusmeier © 1974 Hope publishing Co. 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

Response: Go forth into the world


Copyright (Prayers & Message) 2021 Bob Calder

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