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August 7, 2022 - Sunday Service
Rev Hugh MacDonald
Rev Hugh MacDonald
Sunday, August 7, 2022
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August 7th, 2022          

9th Sunday after Pentecost      

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Leading us today in Worship:
Guest Minister: Rev. Hugh MacDonald
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Margaret Tirpkoff

Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics
Asterisk * Indicates when the congregation may stand if able.

From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book 

GREETING: (2 Cor. 13:13)                            
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. 



Acknowledgement of the Traditional Territory:
We acknowledge with gratitude that we gather on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. This territory is covered by Treaty 18 of 1818, and we are all treaty people.
We give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land.
We honour them for having lived here and cared for this land from time immemorial, and that they continue this caring in our time.
We appreciate the opportunity to live, work and play in this beautiful place. (Phyllis Fleming) 

God calls us to be a worshipping people.
Let us join in prayer, offering our praise, our worship, our thanksgivings, and intercessions to God. 

Gracious God,
we pray for your blessing on the church in this place.
Here may the faithful find salvation,
and the careless be awakened.
Here may the doubting find courage,and the anxious be calmed.
Here may the tempted find help,
and the sorrowful be comforted.
Here may the weary find rest,
and the strong be renewed.
Here may the aged find consolation,
and the young be inspired,
in Jesus, the Christ.  Amen. 

*OPENING HYMN: VU#218We Praise You, O God
1. We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name, glad praises we sing. 

2. We worship you, God of our mothers and fathers,
through trial and tempest, companion and guide.
When perils o'ertake us, you will not forsake us,
but faithful to your promise, you walk by our side. 

3. With voices united our praises we offer
and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
Our sins now confessing, we pray for your blessing,
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise! 

Gracious God,
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image.

WORDS of ASSURANCE:                 

O God, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that as the scriptures are read
and your Word is proclaimed,
we may hear what you are saying to us today. 

Scripture:                   (NRSV)
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the teaching of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah! 
What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls
    or of lambs or of goats. 

When you come to appear before me,
    who asked this from your hand?
    Trample my courts no more! 
Bringing offerings is futile;
    incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and calling of convocation—
    I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. 
Your new moons and your appointed festivals
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them. 
When you stretch out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood. 
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove your evil deeds
    from before my eyes;
cease to do evil;
     learn to do good;
seek justice;
    rescue the oppressed;
defend the orphan;
    plead for the widow. 
Come now, let us argue it out,
    says the Lord:
If your sins are like scarlet,
    will they become like snow?
If they are red like crimson,
    will they become like wool? 
If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land, 
but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be devoured by the sword,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. 

Psalm : 50 VU # 775
The mighty one, God the Sovereign,
speaks and summons the earth. 

God, the Almighty, has spoken;
     and summoned the world
     from the rising of the sun to its setting.
God shines out from Zion, a city perfect in beauty.
     Our God appears, and will not keep silence.
The mighty one, God the Sovereign,
speaks and summons the earth. 

Before you, God, runs a consuming fire,
and a mighty tempest rages about you.
     You call on the heavens above, and on the earth below,
     to witness the judgement of your people:
“Gather my people before me,
the people who made covenant with me by sacrifice.”
     The heavens proclaim your justice, for you yourself are judge.
The mighty one, God the Sovereign,
speaks and summons the earth. 

Luke 12 : 32-40 
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.  If he comes during the middle of the night or near dawn and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 

“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 

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

Musical Interlude
Improvisation on a Hymn ~ C. Burton 

SERMON:   Not living the Instagram life… 

*HYMN: MV #161I Have Called You by Your Name
1. I have called you by your name, you are mine; 
I have gifted you and ask you now to shine. 
I will not abandon you; all my promises are true. 
You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine. 

2. I will help you learn my name as you go; 
read it written in my people, help them grow. 
Pour the water in my name, speak the word your soul can claim, 
offer Jesus’ body given long ago. 

3. I know you will need my touch as you go; 
feel it pulsing in creation’s ebb and flow. 
Like the woman reaching out, choosing faith in spite of doubt, 
hold the hem of Jesus’ robe, then let it go. 

4. I have given you a name, it is mine; 
I have given you my Spirit as a sign. 
With my wonder in your soul, make my wounded children whole: 
go and tell my precious people they are mine.             


The Lord’s Prayer:
As a child turns to a loving care-giver who watches over them, we turn in prayer to You, oh God, who are our heavenly parent, our mother…  
Our Father,  

The Peace of Christ be with you.         
And also with you. 

We share the peace of Christ by typing in the chat box..
You may also think of one person with whom you would like to share the peace of Christ.  

“Sarabande“ from English Suite #1 ~ J.S. Bach 



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Coffee Hour after the service

*HYMN: VU #633Bless Now, O God, the Journey
1. Bless now, O God, the journey
that all your people make,
the path through noise and silence,
the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and
winds the mountain round,
then leads beside still waters,
the road where faith is found.

2. Bless sojourners and pilgrims
who share this winding way,
whose hope burns through the terrors,
whose love sustains the day.
We yearn for holy freedom
while often we are bound.
Together we are seeking
the road where faith is found. 

3. Divine Eternal Lover,
you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise
where milk and honey flow
But waiting not for places,
you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written
on roads, as faith is found.


*SUNG BLESSING:  Go Now In Peace
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true,
Know God will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, *within, around, above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
Amen, amen, amen. 

*alternate words: watching from above 

Knut Lurasens Halling 1 ~ E. Grieg



LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
- Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory written by Phyllis Fleming
- Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, & Prayer of Illumination from Celebrate God’s Presence.
- Other prayers written by Rev. Hugh MacDonald.

 - Psalm Response: Music copyright © 1994 Eleanor Daley
- “We Praise You, O God:” Words: Julia Cory 1902, alt. Music: Netherlands melody 1626, harm. Edward Kremser 1877, desc. Scott Withrow 1980. Descant copyright 1980 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.One License #608577
- “I Have Called You By Your Name:” Words and music: Daniel Charles Damon, 1995Words and music copyright © 1995 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved, Used by permission. One License #608577
- “Bless Now, O God, The Journey:” Words: copyright 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.Music: copyright Executors of the late Dr. Basil Harwood. Public Domain
- Sung Blessing:”Go Now in Peace:” Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Copyright © 1988 Harold Flammere. Music: Inc. Alternate words used with permission. One License #608577 

Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.  

Prelude: From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Interlude: Improvisation on a Hymn ~ C. Burton
Music for Passing the Peace: “Sarabande“ from English Suite #1 ~ J.S. Bach
Postlude: Knut Lurasens Halling 1 ~ E. Grieg