What about the future? (Bob Calder)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
7th Sunday of Easter     10:00 am May 29, 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering  as a Worshipping Community
Led by the Rev. Bob Calder     Children’s time: the Rev. Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia     Vocalist: Lynn Vaughan
Elder: Jane de Caen

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: Let every creature in heaven and on earth shout to God and sing with joy!
P: Blessing and honour, glory and power be to our God for ever and ever!
L: Let us raise our prayers and praises to God in worship this day!
P: Blessing and honour, glory and power be to our God for ever and ever!

Opening praise
: Forever God is faithful

Call to worship
L: Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
P: Remember that our God is the only God—
L: the One who made us,
P: the One who sustains us,
L: the One whose Spirit lives within us.
P: Let us enter God’s house with thanksgiving;
L: and come into God’s presence with praise.
P: For God is good, with unfailing love that lasts forever,
L: and faithfulness that extends to all generations.
P: Let us worship the Lord.

Prayers of approach and lament

Father God, Your extravagant love has called us together. Long before we even knew You, You already knew us, and had chosen us to be part of Your family—sisters and brothers with our Lord Jesus Christ.

What amazing love You have shown toward us!

And so we come before You with praise and thanksgiving,offering You the worship of our hearts and lives, and opening ourselves to the prompting and leading of Your Holy Spirit.

Receive our praise and prayers this morning.

May the time we spend here in Your presence bring honour and glory to Your Name.

O Lord we confess that at times we fail to help others; there are times when our personal agendas become more important than yours; times when we have denied others the opportunity to expand their faith due to our lack of interest or involvement; times when our lives become so entangled with the values of the world that we forget what you have said and done and promised.

Bless and renew our lives, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Response: Lord Jesus Christ, son of God

Assurance of God’s forgiveness
Christ died for us;
Christ rose for us,
Christ reigns in power for us,
Christ prays for us.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Gradual: Jesus loves me (373)

Story: Working together in Jesus’ family (illustrated by separate ropes in their own circle coming magically together in a single rope circle)

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (535)

Transition music: Jesus loves me (373)

Song: I am the church! You are the church! (475)

Today’s Message

Scripture readings: 2 Chronicles 20:20-21 (OT) and Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-13 (NT)

Response: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet

Homily: “What about the Future?”

An article appeared in an Arizona newspaper more than 50 years ago entitled,

“Make A Date With The Millennium.”

It pointed out that the year 2000 was approaching, and that many who were reading that article in 1957 would still be alive when the year 2000 arrived.

The article contained a list of predictions about things that would happen by then. Some came true, and some did not.

Here are just a few of them:

1. It predicted that housework would be totally mechanized, that all we would have to do would be to push a button and a robot would vacuum the carpet, clean the windows, do the dishes, and all our other household chores.

It would be nice to think that we may be heading that way, but we’re certainly nowhere near it yet.

2. It predicted that we’ll be living longer.

That was correct. Life expectancy has been increasing. Indications are that it’ll continue increasing, and the average life expectancy will soon be 80 and over.

3. It predicted that by the year 2000 the traditional idea of marriage and family would be non-existent.

Recent surveys indicate that the upcoming young adult generation has higher ideals about marriage and family than the “baby boomers”.

And the divorce rate is going down.

It looks like that prediction was wrong and that the ideal of marriage and family will be around for a long time to come.

4. It predicted that scientists will have developed an implant programmed to correct personality disorders, and even to control our appetites.

Thus, by the year 2000, it predicted everybody in our society would be well-adjusted and happy, and nobody will ever be under or over weight again.

I don’t think I need to comment on that one.Now, the list went on, but the point is this: In 1957, as people were looking forward to the year 2000, they compiled a list of things that they thought would happen.

But as we look at their list, we find that very few of them are even close to coming true.

It’s difficult to figure out the future, isn’t it?

It’s impossible to pull back the curtains and see how things are going to be 10, 20, or 30 years from now.

But we do wonder.

The young couple who comes home with a new baby wonders, “What does the future hold for our child?”

Those who are older, facing life-changing decisions, also wonder, “What does the future hold for me?”

As a congregation you may wonder what will things be like when your new minister

Rev Childs starts?

Will you like him?

A poet wrote these words: “Grow old along with me.

The best is yet to be.

The last of life, for which the first was made.

Our times are in His hands.

Trust God and do not be afraid.”

Hebrews 11:1-2 tells us, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”

So this morning I would like to consider the question, “What does the future hold?”

One thing that the future holds is change.

Most of us here have already seen many changes.

Some of us were around when radar and jet airplanes were invented.

We watched men travel into outer space and place their feet on the moon.

I don’t have time to continue on with the list of tremendous, revolutionary changes that we have experienced – computers, wonder drugs and smart phones.

Scientists tell us that there have been more significant changes in the last 50 years than in all the centuries that have gone before.

We can react to change in one of two ways.

First of all, we can resist it.

The older we get, the more resistant we usually become because we like the way things are, and we feel most secure in what we already know.

But guess what?

Change takes place anyway.

The 2nd way to face change is to see it as a great opportunity to accomplish more.

For example, your congregation will  experience important changes in the next few months with Rev Childs.

So you need to seize the opportunities and take advantage of changes and use them for the Lord.

The next thing I see in the future is old age.

If the Lord delays His return, and the world continues on, and you and I continue to live, we’re going to continue to get old.

It just happens, doesn’t it?

Now you can deal with old age any way you want.

You can embrace it and see it as the greatest time of life, or you can just endure it, and see it as robbing you of everything worth while.

There are some things about old age that I fear.

One of those things is losing my memory.

Lydia’s dad loved to tell this story:

“An older couple is sitting in the front room.

The wife says to her husband, “Honey, I think I’d like to have a bowl of ice cream.”

“That’s a good idea,” he says, “I’ll get us some.”

She says, “Make mine vanilla.”

“Fine,” he says, “I’ll get you some vanilla ice cream.”

She says, “You’d better write it down.”

He says, “No, I can remember vanilla ice cream.”

She says, “And I would like to have some chocolate syrup on top, too.”

“All right,” he says, “vanilla ice cream with chocolate on top.”

She says, “You’d better write it down.”

“No,” he says, “I can remember vanilla ice cream with chocolate on top.”

She says, “I’d also like some whipped cream on top of the chocolate.”

“Vanilla ice cream with whipped cream on top of the chocolate, I can remember that,” he says.

She says, “You’d better write it down.” “No,” he said, “I can remember.”

Then she says, “And put a cherry on top of the whipped cream.”

“Vanilla ice cream with chocolate, whipped cream and a cherry on top, I can remember that,”.

She says, “You’d better write it down.”

“Nope, I can remember that.”

So he left the room, whispering to himself, “Vanilla ice cream with chocolate, whipped cream with a cherry on top.”

Then he toddles into the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “I told you should have written it down.

You forgot my toast!”

There are some disadvantages to growing old and memory loss is definitely one of them.

But I do look forward to growing old in the Lord and participating in the things that God can do through older people who have served the Lord faithfully all their lives.

I think that the wisdom and knowledge of older people is an important resource that churches are going to be tapping into more and more as the times move on and our country grows older.

I can assure you that in your life, in your future,  there is going to be change, and there is going to be old age.

There is one other thing I can guarantee.

I can guarantee that in your future there is going to be God.

Isn’t that a comforting thought.

Listen to these words from Scripture that describe our God: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22

Isn’t it great to know that no matter what happens our God is just and loving and cares for us?

God is the only one who really knows what the future holds, and who really knows what is best for you and for this congregation.

Put your life and your worries for the future into his hands.

We don’t know what our future holds,whether as individuals or as a congregation, but we know who holds our future.

Song: In the bulb there is flower (674)

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

Faithful God, we give you thanks for your steadfast love that provides courage and comfort for your people in every challenging time.

Continue to surprise us with your grace, O God, and breathe your Spirit upon your church once more, to draw us together in worship and witness.

Renew our faith so that we may serve you with courage and creativity, offering the hope we know in Christ Jesus to this struggling world.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Response: Now thank we all our God

Reflection on giving: We have been giving faithfully since the beginning of the pandemic and we are committed to continuing 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 support of our shared vision and mission. For those in the sanctuary, if you have offering envelopes with you, simply put them in the offering plate at the back of the sanctuary as you leave the service today.

Transition Music: Be still and know that I am God

Prayer for others and ourselves

O God, we come into Your presence with praise and thanksgiving for Your faithful love.

As You welcome us, so You welcome our prayers.

We bring them to You with confidence, knowing that You will hear and answer.

We pray for the world You created, and the people who share it with us:

– for countries caught up in war or violent conflict,be with those in Ukraine;

– for regions of the world struggling with increased cases of COVID-19,

– for those whose homes and lives are threatened by natural disaster;

Be with those affected by the school shooting in Texas. Be with those who have lost a loved one. Give them comfort.

Be with those who have family members and friends who are injured. May all of those involved experience your encouragement and love.

We pray for these and all the other areas in our world where there is need and despair.

We pray for our country and for its people:

– for our government leaders, federal and local,

– for our judicial system, police forces and military,

– for our cities, towns, and rural communities,

– for employers and employees, for young and old,

-for all of those front line workers helping those battling COVID.

We pray:

– for those who are unemployed,

– for those in prison,

– for those who are hungry,

– for those who are alone and afraid,

For all our neighbours, both known and unknown to us.

I pray for this congregation, as they wait with expectation for the beginning of the ministry of Rev Childs. I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch Brad and his family as he begins his ministry here.

Be with those who are ill. or whose loved ones are ill,we pray especially for Rev Janet Taylor, minister at Braeside, as she recovers from by-pass surgery;

– be with those who are anxious about the future,

– those struggling with their faith,

I pray for all Your people here at Dayspring.

Pour out Your Spirit on us!

Fix our hearts and minds on what is true and honourable and right.

Give us the joy and peace that comes from knowing and doing Your will.

Keep us faithful to the call we have received in Christ Jesus, our Lord, extending Your loving invitation to the world around us.

Hear us now as we come before your throne of grace and mercy in a moment of silent prayer.

May the Holy Spirit touch all of those associated with Dayspring today and every day.

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

Song: Lord, the Light of Your Love is shining (376)

Sending out with God’s blessing

Response: Go forth into the world

Music postlude

Numbers in brackets after a song/hymn indicate that it is from the 1997 Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Those and other songs are being used in accordance with the specified licenses with One Licence and CLC.

Bob Calder retains the copyright (© 2022) on all original material presented by him. As far as Bob Calder is aware, all of the material presented that has not been attributed to others is his own creation or is in the public domain.

Unacknowledged use of copyrighted material is unintentional and will be corrected immediately upon notification being received.

Song Sheet for 220529

Forever God is Faithful

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

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

From the rising to the setting sun his love endures forever, by the grace of God we will carry on, 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. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me (X3) A sinner

Words and music © 1995, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG  and arranged by Gord McCrostie. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from One Licence.

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 mex 3; The Bible tells me so.

Words: Anna Bartlett © Mrs. Cherie MGuire; Music: William Bradbury public domain. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

I am the church! You are the church!

Refrain:
I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together!

The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple; the church is not a resting place; the church is a people.                         Refrain

We’re many kinds of people, with many kinds of faces, all colours and all ages, too from all times and places.                               Refrain

Sometimes the church is marching; sometimes it’s bravely burning, sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding; always it’s learning.  Refrain

And when the people gather, there’s singing and there’s praying; there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes, all of it saying:           Refrain

At Pentecost some people received the Holy Spirit and told the Good News through the world to all who would hear it.              Refrain

Words and music: Richard Avery and Donald Marsh © 1972 by Hope Publishing Co.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (repeat)

Songwriters: Amy Lee Grant / Michael Whitaker Smith. Thy Word lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, DistroKid  Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

 In the bulb there is a flower

In the bulb there is a flower; In the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter There’s a spring that waits to be, Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, Seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in every darkness
Bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; What it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; In our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; At the last, a victory, Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.

Words and music: Natalie Sleeth; © 1986, 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

Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices Who wondrous things has done in whom God’s world rejoices

words: Catherine Winkworth; music: J. Cruger public domain for both

 Lord, the light of your love is shining        

Lord, the light of your love is shining in the midst of the darkness, shining; Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us. Set us free by the truth you now bring us. Shine on me, shine on me.

Refrain: Shine, Jesus, shine fill this land with the Father’s glory; blaze, Spirit, blaze set our hearts on fire. Flow, river, flow flood the nations with grace and mercy; send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light!

Lord, I come to your awesome presence, from the shadows into your radiance; by your blood I may enter your brightness, search me, try me, consume all my darkness, Shine on me, shine on me.     Refrain

As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness, ever changing from glory to glory; mirrored here may our lives tell your story. Shine on me, shine on me. Refrain

Words and Music: Graham Kendrick © 1987 Make Way Music. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

 Go forth into the world

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit, thanks be to God, thanks be to God, thanks be God, Amen. X2

Words: traditional. Music: Natalie Sleeth. Arr: Gord McCrostie.

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