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The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, May 10, 2020
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May 10, 2020 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 5th Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
~ Leader reads regular font ~ All are invited to read bold font

PRELUDE The Gentle Waltz ~ Peterson
GREETING 2 Cor 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

WELCOME Mother’s Day ~ Chat box ~ Order of Service ~ Playlist
CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING
God is our rock, the foundation of our spiritual home.
We are living stones, used to build God’s house.
brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship

CALL TO WORSHIP
Welcome home, people of God.
We have come to find refuge in the shelter of God’s care.
Come and sit down.
There is room for everyone in God’s house.
We have come to be nourished by God’s word.
We are God’s own people, and are precious in God’s sight.
We have come to give thanks for God’s faithful love.

SINGING There Is Room for All (MV 62)
There is room for all in the shadow of God’s wing;
there is room for all, sheltered in God’s love.
And I rejoice and sing,
“My refuge and my rock, in whom I trust.”
There is room for all, there is room for all!

OPENING PRAYER
We gather today O God, our guide and guardian,
remembering those who have nurtured us,
protected us, and helped us grow.
We give you thanks for homes that accept us
and affirmed us as your precious children.
In the shelter of your healing love,
fortify us as living stones,
and build us into a spiritual home
where all are welcome.
In the name of Christ,
our foundation and cornerstone, we pray. Amen.

HYMN Like a Rock (MV 92)
Like a rock, like a rock, God is under our feet.
Like the starry night sky God is over our head.
Like the sun on the horizon God is ever before.
Like the river runs to ocean, our home is in God evermore.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy One, you are our fortress and our rock,
the foundation on which all things are built.
You have made us one family and one people—
a holy priesthood, precious in your sight.
Yet we often pursue our own plans
and ignore your designs for our lives.
We reject those who are different from us,
and build walls that separate us from each other
and from you.
Forgive us, O God.
Tear down the barriers that we have put up,
and rescue us from our isolation.
Gather together the living stones of our lives
and fashion us into a holy temple.
transformed by the marvelous light
of your mercy and grace. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Don’t be troubled.
When we ask for anything in Jesus’s name,
it will be done.
Celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
As we prepare to listen for what the Bible is saying to us,
let us pray:
Like newborn infants,
our hungry spirits long to be fed.
And like a loving parent, O God,
you nourish us with your mercy and your grace.
Open our hearts to the goodness of your word. Amen.

SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 (VU 758, Parts One and Three) My times are in your hands.
John 14:1-14 I am the way, the truth, the life.

Additional Scriptures (included in service themes, not read today):
Acts 7:55-60 Stephen is stoned.
1 Peter 2:2-10 A chosen race, a royal priesthood, living stones.

RESPONSE:
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON “Whatever You Ask” The Rev. Thérèse Samuel

HYMN The Church’s One Foundation (VU 331)
1. The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord;
we are his new creation by water and the Word;
from heaven he came and sought us that we might ever be
his living servant people, by his own death set free.

2. Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth;
one charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name professing and at one table fed,
to one hope always pressing, by Christ’s own spirit led.

3. Though with a scornful wonder the world sees us oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed.
yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up “How long?”
But soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
4. Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of our war,

we wait the consummation of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious our longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

5. We now on earth have union with God the Three in One,
and share through faith communion with those whose rest is won.
Oh, happy ones, and holy! Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

PROFESSION OF FAITH A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created
and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus,
crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC Shelter Me ~ Michael Joncas
A Prayer-Song in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
1.
Shepherd and sheep, my God and I:
to fresh green fields you led my steps in days gone by.
You gave me rest by quiet springs
and filled my soul with peace your loving presence brings.
Refrain:
O shelter me, O shelter me:
The way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me:
All will be well if only you will shelter me.
2.
Yet now I tread a diff’rent way;
Death dogs my path with stealthy steps from day to day.
I cannot find your peaceful place.
But dwell in dreary darkness, longing for your face.
Refrain:
O shelter me, O shelter me:
The way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me:
All will be well if only you will shelter me.
3.
I will look back in days to come
and realize your faithfulness has led me home.
Within your house I’ll find my peace,
trusting that in your mercy you have sheltered me.
Refrain:
O shelter me, O shelter me:
The way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me:
All will be well if only you will shelter me.

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

INVITATION TO OFFERING
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
O God, our fortress and our rock,
may these offerings be acceptable to you.
In a world facing profound need,
they seem insignificant,
but we know that in your hands,|
even small things become great.
Use these gifts, and use our very lives,
to make this world a home
where all are sheltered, nourished
and cherished.
OFFERTORY Two-part Inventions #1&8 ~ J.S. Bach
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

HYMN Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (VU 325)
1.
Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious, finding all the church in one
holy Zions help forever and its confidence alone.
2.
To this temple where we call you, come, O Lord of hosts today,
with your faithful loving kindness hear your servants as they pray,
and your fullest benediction shed within its walls alway.
3.
Here bestow on all your servants what they ask of you to gain,
what they gain from your forever with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter in your glory evermore with you to reign.
4.
Lord and honour to the Father, laud and honour to the son,
laud and honour to the Spirit, ever three and ever one,
one in might and one in glory, while unending ages run.

SENDING
Once we weren't a people, but now we are God's people.
God's face shines on us.
God's faithful love saves us.

This news is too good to keep to ourselves.
Everywhere we go, we will share the good news of God's amazing grace.

 

SUNG BLESSING (VU 962) Miriam Therese Winter
May the blessing of God go before you.
May her grace and peace abound.
May her spirit live within you.
May her love wrap you round.
May her blessing remain with you always.
May you walk on holy ground.

POSTLUDE Impromptu Opus 90 #4 ~ Schubert

 

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SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
Profession of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council
1968, alt. 1998
Mother’s Day Prayer written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020
Centering words, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, Words of
Assurance, Invitation to Passing the Peace, Prayer for Illumination, Response,
Invitation to Offering, Offering Prayer and Sending written by Mary Sue Brookshire,
from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Abingdon Press.
“There Is Room for All.” Words and music: Bruce Harding. © 2004 Bruce Harding. Used
by permission One License #608577.
“Like a Rock,” Words: Keri K Wehlander, 1998. Adapted to music: Linnea Good, 1999.
Words and music © 1999 Borealis Music.
“The Church’s One Foundation.” Words: Samuel John Stone 1866, adapt. Laurence Hull
Stookey 1983. Music: Samuel Sebastian Wesley 1864. Words (adaptation) copyright
© 1983 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission, One License
#608577 and CCLI license #11203479.
“Shelter Me,” by Michael Joncas; © 2020 The Jan Michael Joncas Trust; all rights
reserved; used by permission One License#608577.
“Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.” Words: Latin 7th century; trans. John Mason
Neale 1851. Music: Henry Purcell ca. 1682; adapt. Ernest Hawkins 1842; desc. W.
Herbert Belyea 1974. Descant © 1974 W. Herbert Belyea. Used by permission, One
License #608577
“May the Blessing of God,” by Miriam Therese Winter; © 1987 Medical Mission Sisters.
Used with permission.