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May 17, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, May 17, 2020
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May 17, 2020 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 6th Sunday of Easter
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 Sonata Opus 10 #1 2nd Movement ~ L. van Beethoven

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: Birthday Sunday
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CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING
Come O Fount of Every Blessing (VU 559)
1
Come, O Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing your grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing call for songs of endless praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unfailing love.
2
Here I pause in my sojourning, giving thanks for having come,
come to trust, at every turning, God will guide me safely home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God,
came to rescue me from danger, precious presence, precious blood.
3
O, to grace how great a debtor daily I am drawn anew!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to you.
Prone to wander, I can feel it, wander from the love I’ve known:
here’s my heart, O, take and seal it, seal it for your very own.

CALL TO WORSHIP
God made the world and everyone in it.
Our life and breath come from God.
God made all nations under heaven.
We are all God’s offspring.
Search for God in our time of worship.
When we search, we find God near.

OPENING PRAYER
Hear our prayers, O God,
as we come to sing your praises.
Bless us with your steadfast love,
in times of peace and in times of trial.
Make your presence known to us this day,
for we seek to know you better.
Enliven us with your Spirit of truth,
and increase our faith,
even as we place our hope and trust in you.
Amen.

HYMN Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (VU 264)
1.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
2.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light.
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might,
thy justice like mountains high soaring above,
thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
3.
To all, life thou givest, to both great and small,
in all life thou livest, the true life of all,
we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.
4.
Thou reignest in glory, thou rulest in light.
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight,
all praise we would render, O help us to see
‘tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Sometimes, O God, your ways are a mystery to us.
When we cry out in desperation,
we don’t really expect you to hear our prayers.
When we suffer for doing the right thing,
it just seems like par for the course.
When we deny or doubt your presence,
forgive us, O God.
Make your presence known to us,
and receive our prayers and praise,
as those who long to feel your presence. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The Spirit of truth abides with you and will be with you.
Because the Lord lives, you also will live.
Love God and receive God’s abiding love.

SPECIAL MUSIC I Can Feel You Near Me (Jump for Joy) (MV 48)
1.
I can feel you near me God I can feel you near
Yes I know you’re with me God I feel you here
I can feel you near me God I can feel you near
Yes I know you’re with me God Heaven is here.
Refrain:
And I’ll jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia
Jump for joy for you
I will jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia
Jump for joy for you
2.
I can feel you loving me yes I know you care
God I know you’re loving me always everywhere
I can feel you loving me yes I know you care
God I know you’re loving me I know you’re there.
Refrain:
And I’ll jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia
Jump for joy for you
I will jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia
Jump for joy for you

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORD (AWA)
Listen for the presence of God in the word.
Listen for the presence of the Holy in your lives.
Worship a God who makes known a love for all humanity.
See a God who sends help and hope.
Open yourselves to the Spirit of truth.

SCRIPTURE:
John 14:15-21 The Advocate, the Spirit, will be with you.

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES included in service themes, not read today:
Acts 17:22-31 Paul points the Athenians to “the unknown god.”
Psalm 66:8-20 God preserved us.
1 Peter 3:13-22 Do not repay evil for evil.

RESPONSE:
Together, we speak the response to the word:
We will love as the Lord loves us.
We will testify to the presence of God,
through the Advocate, the Spirit.
We will prepare ourselves for times of suffering.
We will open our hearts in praise and thanksgiving.
God hears our prayers and heeds our call.
We are not rejected,
for we are loved.

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION Amor Dei ~ John L. Bell

HYMN I Love to Tell the Story (VU 343)
1.
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story , because I know ‘tis true;
it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
Refrain:
I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.
2.
I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems

than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
the message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.
Refrain.
I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.
3.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
‘twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
Refrain.
I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

* PROFESSION OF FAITH A New Creed (UCC)
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.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER (VU 960, sung)

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
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OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
God of love, you are present in all things.
Be present to a hurting world in these gifts.
Help us use this offering to create a community of love
and a place of belonging for all people.
Help us reach those who seek,
and those who doubt.
Use these gifts to help people know
the blessings of being your beloved children.
OFFERTORY (Hymn selection)
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HYMN Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (VU 333)
1.
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.
2.
Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.
3.
Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee,
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

SENDING

SUNG BLESSING Shelter Me ~ Michael Joncas
A Prayer-Song in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.

POSTLUDE: Sonata Opus 10 # 1st Movement ~ L. van Beethoven

MAY BIRTHDAYS
We sing the traditional words of Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to you.Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday, God loves you. Happy Birthday to you.

COFFEE HOUR Join Tea at Two on Thursday via Zoom for community time.
Bring your own refreshments!

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SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
- Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council
1968, alt. 1998
- Centering Words, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, Words of
Assurance, Introduction to Scripture, Response, Prayer of Dedication, Sending By
Karen Clark Ristine, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Abingdon Press.
- “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing.” Words: Robert Robinson, 1758, alt. Music John
Wyeth, Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1813é Words alteration © 1993 The Pilgrim
Press. Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” by Words: Walter Chalmers Smith 1867, alt. 1987
Music: Welsh folk song, arr. John Roberts (Henllan) in Canidau y Cyssegr 1839.
- “Amor Dei,” by John L. Bell, 1998. © 1998 WGRG, GIA Publications, Inc. Used By
Permission One License #608577.
- “I Love to Tell the Story,” by Words: Katherine Hankey 1866. Music: William G. Fischer
1869
- “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” by Words: Charles Wesley 1747. Music: Rowland
Huw Prichard ca. 1831.
- “Jump for Joy,” Words and music: Pat Mayberry, 2000; arr. Margaret Stubington, 2006
Words and music © 2000 Pat Mayberry SOCAN. www.patmayberry.com. Arrangement
© 2006 Margaret Stubington. Used by permission.
- “Shelter Me,” by Michael Joncas; © 2020 The Jan Michael Joncas Trust; all rights
reserved; used by permission One License#608577.