What about the Future? (The Rev. Bob Calder)

Worship on the Lord’s Day
10:00 am August 01, 2021
Led by the Rev. Bob Calder
Music director: Binu Kapadia              Vocalist: Loretta Lee
Elder: Sam Malayang          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: From You, Lord, and through You, and to You, are all things
P: To Christ be the glory forever
L: Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: 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

Call to worship
L: From the comfort of our homes we gather to worship.
P: Whether through printed word, or through the gift of technology we are a community.
L: Here we seek connection to the Divine.
P: Come, let us worship God, shown to us through the risen Christ.

L: Let us praise God together!

Prayers of approach and confession

Faithful God, we come before You with gratitude and praise, offering You the worship of our hearts and lives. Open our eyes to see and know You are with us even though we are worshipping via zoom; open our ears to recognize Your voice; and then send us into the world to live and work as Your faithful disciples.

We use a lot of words, Gracious God, but do little to turn them into deeds. Instead of being of one heart and soul, we choose sides and form groups of people just like us. Even though we are blessed with great grace, we have trouble sharing it with those who need it the most.

Forgive us, God of love.

Forgive us, as we step out of our shadows into your light.

Restore us, as we reveal our brokenness.

Hear us, as we proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and our God.

In His name we pray. Amen

Response: I waited, I waited on you Lord

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

This is the good news: God leads us out of the shadows to walk in the light of Christ.
This is the word we have heard: with faith in Jesus Christ, our faithful God forgives our sin.

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Loving God, You are our Creator and Sustainer.

When You open Your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

And so we look to You whenever we are in need, trusting in Your love and Your abundant goodness.

As You once fed the hungry crowds with five loaves and two small fish, we ask that You would again fill those who are empty this day.

Pour out Your Spirit on all who hunger and thirst.

We pray for those who are physically hungry—whose stomachs are empty.

We pray for those who are empty emotionally— who are lonely and long for companionship and love, who are caught in the grip of depression, or are overwhelmed with grief.

We pray for those who are spiritually empty— who are troubled, but don’t know where to turn; who long for purpose and meaning, but don’t know where to look; who need You, but do not yet know You.

O God, we praise You for Your abundant gifts in our lives.

Pour out Your Spirit on us as well.

Fill us with Your compassion and love, so that we would willingly share some of our abundance with those who have need.

I pray for Dayspring as they follow your leading as the look for the minister that you have chosen for them. May that person be open to your leading and listen to Your voice.

And we pray for Karen Gauat and Jan Ray Moncada as they grieve the passing of Karen’s younger brother, Mark Neil; and for the Malayang, Hamoy and Moncada families as they grieve the passing of their cousin in the Philippines, Vense Malayang.

We pray for Rev William Ball. Help him to recover quickly from his health issue. Be with the doctors and nurses as they minister to him.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who came so that all of humanity might come to know the abundant life that comes from faith in You. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Children’s time

Jesus loves me

Story: The Olympic Rings: Symbols of Participant Countries and of aspects of the Christian Life

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Song: Praise him, praise him        

Praise him, praise him, Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O earth, his wonderful love proclaim! Hail him, hail him, highest archangels in glory; strength  and honour give to his holy name! Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard his children; in his arms he carries them all day long.

Refrain: Praise him, praise him! Tell of his excellent greatness; praise him, praise him, ever in joyful song!

Praise him, praise him, Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! For our sins he suffered and bled and died; he, our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, hail him, hail him! Jesus the Crucified. Sound his praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows, love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.   Refrain

Praise him, praise him, Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Heavenly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus Saviour, reigneth forever and ever; crown him, crown him, Prophet and Priest and King! Christ is coming, over the world victorious; power and glory unto the Lord belong.     Refrain

Words: Fanny Crosby; Music: Chester Allen. Both are public domain

Scripture readings

2 Chronicles 20:20-21      OT(NRSV)

Hebrews: 11:1; 8-13           NT(NRSV)

Response: My Lord, he is a comin’ soon                          

Message: “What about the Future?”

An article appeared in an Arizona newspaper more than 70 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 wonder when will we get a new minister?

Will I like him or her?

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.”

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 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 then 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, smart phones and the internet.

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 as you look for a new minister, and I’m sure that in the next few years you will undergo even more, especially when the new minister comes.

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: With the Lord as my guide vs 1-3

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.

Words and Music :Jim Strathdee© Desert Flower Music, 1977. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

We respond to serve God

Prayer of gratitude

It is right for us to give thanks and praise, to you O Lord, our God, sustainer of the universe.

At your command all things came into being.

By your will, the vast expanse of space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our home, were all created and have their being.

You brought forth the human race and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill.

You made us the stewards of creation, but we turned against you and betrayed your trust.

Yet your mercy is like a spring that never fails.

You yourself, in Christ your Son, have come to deliver us: you redeem us in your love; you create new heavens and a new earth where the cry of distress is heard no more.

Therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus and with those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory.

As we recall the death of your Son, Jesus Christ, we proclaim his resurrection and ascension, and we look with expectation for his coming as Lord of all the nation.

Be with those at the Olympics as they wrap up their events. Keep them safe as they travel home.

On this Hertiage weekend, we give you thanks for those who have come before us in our families. Help us to be worthy of the sacrifices they made so that we could experience life today.

Hear us now as we come to you in a moment of silent prayer.May the Holy Spirit make his presence felt here this morning.

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

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate has been passed in the sanctuary since March 15, 2020. It may be a while before some of us return to the sanctuary, but we are all 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 contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Communion

Song: Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. 

Spirit of the living God, move among us all;
make us one in heart and mind,
make us one in love: humble, caring, selfless, sharing,
Spirit of the  living God, fill our lives with love

Words: v.1, Daniel Iverson; v.2, Michael Baughen © Birdwing Music 1935, 1963; 1982 Hope Publishing Co. Music: Daniel Iverson © Birdwing Music, 1935, 1963. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Invitation

When our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed, broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.     Luke 24:30, 31

We invite you, gathered around the Lord’s Table, to recognize and experience the presence of Jesus.

This is not a Dayspring Table.

Neither is it a Presbyterian Table.

It is a Table for all humankind – for men and women, girls and boys, who are seeking, or have found, a relationship with Jesus Christ, whose Table this is.

We believe that we are not in charge of the Table – rather that Jesus is – and Jesus says that all are welcome.

Affirmation of our faith: The Apostles’ Creed

Communion Prayer

As we partake of this bread and wine, we honor Creator and creation.

As we bless and share these gifts, we celebrate the Table fellowship of Jesus and know that all are made worthy by Jesus – adults, teenagers, children – that  all are welcome!

We celebrate the communion and community of all humankind.

Creator, Christ, and Spirit dance as one. So may it always be.

And we join with the universe to lift our hearts in joyful praise.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

And now we pray: O God, our Mother and Father, bread baker and wine maker, we give you thanks and praise.

You brought the universe into being, instilled all creation with life, and shaped us humans as Your people.

In Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life and the True Vine, You feed us with the Word. You nourish us with Your Love poured out in abundance upon us.

O present Spirit, help us recognize the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

You feed us and all the world with this bread.

You bring joy with this wine and grape juice.

Bread and Wine are leaven, salt, and life in us – a community of faith strengthened by this symbolic meal.

We pray in the name of Jesus who came among us – a deep mystery of faith.

Sharing of the Elements

The Bread

Because there is one bread,  we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. I Cor. 10:17.

When we break the bread, it is a sharing in the body of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.

The Wine

When we bless the cup, it is a sharing in the blood of Christ. I Cor. 10:16.

The wine, like Christ’s blood, is poured out as a declaration that we can have life and have life more abundantly.

Prayer

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us symbolically and we have experienced your Real Presence.

We thank You for all those who have shared in this mystery, and thus in You – here and in many places through two millennia. And we offer ourselves, and all that we have in the service and in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Song: All the way my Saviour

All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well,

 All the way my Savior leads me, Cheers each winding path I tread, Gives me grace for every trial, Feeds me with the living bread. Though my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be, Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see,

 All the way my Savior leads me; Oh, the fullness of his love! Perfect rest to me is  promised In my Father’s house above. When my spirit, clothed immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day, This my song through endless ages: Jesus led me all the way,

 Words Fanny Crosby, Music: Robert Lowery; both public domain

Sending out with God’s blessing

Response: God to enfold you

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Bob Calder retains the copyright on all original material presented by him.
The language of the Communion liturgy, with the consent of Bob Calder, was provided by John C. Carr and is based on the Book of Common Worship of the PCC (1991) with modifications by John Carr based on various sources.
As far as the authors are aware, all of the material presented is their own creation or is in the public domain. Unacknowledged use of copyrighted material is unintentional and will be corrected immediately upon notification being received.

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