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May 24, 2020 Worship
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, May 24, 2020
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May 24, 2020 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 7th 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
~ Sung words are in bold italics

PRELUDE Sonata in E-Flat Major 2nd Mov’t ~ F. Haydn
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
CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING
God is one. Jesus prayed that we might be one, as God is one. May we, even as we are separated by time and space, be united as Jesus prayed.
brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship

CALL TO WORSHIP
On this Sunday, we come united by our faith
and our courage to proclaim the Good News!
We come to celebrate with family and friends from near and far.
We come to witness to the gospel of love
that is so near and dear to our very being.
And so, we come worshipping, singing,
and praying.

OPENING PRAYER
We sing to you, God of grace and of love.
We sing to you, God of creation,
sovereign over all the earth.
You surprise us in your resurrection power:
at work in Jesus’ life and death,
bringing new beginnings,
showing up in unexpected places.
You surprise us in your resurrection power:
at work in our lives and in our deaths—
the places where we have given up
and do not expect you to act
in any way that matters.
You surprise us in your resurrection power:
calling us by name,
giving us one another—
siblings we did not know we had,
your new community of grace and truth
and hope and love.
Now, in our praise,
in our prayers,
in our waiting,
enter our lives again.
Enter our lives
with power for newness,
with courage to love one another,
with hope and peace and joy
that we may be your new creation
in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

HYMN MV 161 I 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.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of all time and all seasons,
we come to you with the rest of our lives before us,
wondering where the Way of Jesus leads us.
Sometimes it’s as though we are in a crowd
with many competing voices shouting directions
on where to go, what to take, and how to get there.
All this noise can make us feel
confused and overwhelmed.
Sometimes we become hungry and thirsty,
or the way seems shadowed and indistinct
and it is hard to read our maps.
The dust in our throats can make it hard
to sing the song that you put in our hearts
when we started out.
O God, how can we discern your voice
amidst the noise?
How do we know where to go
and how to get there?
Who will light our path and show us the way?
When we are hungry and thirsty,
who will supply our needs?
Who will teach us your new song?
(a time of silent reflection)

WORDS OF ASSURANCE (adapted from John 14).
Hear now these words of assurance:
Jesus said, “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life. Everyone who eats my bread will never hunger, everyone who drinks my water will never thirst, for I am the bread and water of eternal life.
My word will light your path and guide your way,
and I will put a new song in your heart”
Thanks be to God who has shown us the Way,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURE
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 (VU 787) God makes a home for the poor.
Refrain:
God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.

Arise, O God, and let your enemies be scattered;
let those who hate you flee before you.
Like drifting smoke disperse them;
like wax melting in the fire;
let the wicked perish at your presence, O God.
But let the righteous be glad and exult before you;
let them rejoice with exceeding joy.
Sing praises to God’s holy name;
make a highway for the One who rides the clouds;
be joyful and exult in God’s presence.
Refrain:
God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.

Guardian of orphans, protector of widows,
O God, in your holy dwelling,
you give the lonely a home in which to live;
you lead the prisoners out to prosperity;
but the rebels must live in a wasteland.
When you went out at the head of your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
before you, God of Sinai, God of Israel.
You sent down a generous rain;
you refreshed your heritage when it languished.
There your people found a home,
which in your goodness you provided for the poor.
Refrain:
God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.

Sing to God, dominions of the earth;
praise the One who has dominion,
the One who rides through the heavens,
even the primal heavens,
the One whose voice is the mighty thunder.
Acknowledge the power that is God’s,
whose majesty is over Israel, whose strength is in the skies.
You are awesome; O God, as you leave your sanctuary,
bringing power and strength to your people.
Blessed are you, God of Israel.
Blessed are you.
Refrain:
God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.

John 17:1-11 Jesus prays that his disciples “all may be one.”

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

Additional Scriptures (included in service themes, not read today)
Acts 1:6-14 The ascension of Jesus.
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 Cast your cares on God. Be alert.

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

SERMON “One, as Creator and Christ Are One”

HYMN MV 145 Draw the Circle Wide
Refrain:
Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone,
standing side by side; draw the circle wide.
1.
God the still point of the circle.
‘Round whom all creation turns;
nothing lost, but held forever,
in God’s gracious arms.

Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone,
standing side by side; draw the circle wide.
2.
Let our hearts touch far horizons,
so encompass great and small;
let our loving know no borders,
faithful to God’s call.

Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone,
standing side by side; draw the circle wide.
3.
Let the dreams we dream be larger,
than we’ve ever dreamed before;
let the dream of Christ be in us,
open every door.

Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands alone,
standing side by side; draw the circle wide.

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.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Ecumenical version, Sung VU 959)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive
those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

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.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
As gifts of time and talent are dedicated,
our spirits rise to fresh opportunity.
As gifts of money are offered,
our spirits rise to strengthen the faith community.
As we remember the risen Christ,
our spirits rise to work out our destiny as Christians.
As we ask your blessing on our offering,
Gracious God, our thanksgiving rises in the name of Jesus, the Holy One. Amen.
OFFERTORY Little Prelude in C minor ~ J.S. Bach
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
ZOOM GATHERINGS THIS WEEK: Links all sent in e-blast, contact Thérèse if you do not have it.
* Bible Study- Wednesday at 2pm
* Coffee Hour- “Tea at Two” on Thursday
* Virtual Jam/Hymn Sing- Thursday at 7

HYMN VU 213 Rejoice, the Lord Is King
1.
Rejoice the Lord is King!
Your risen Lord adore!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing
and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
2.
Jesus the Saviour reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our sins,
he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
3.
God’s kingdom cannot fail;
Christ rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
4.
Rejoice in glorious hope,
for Christ, the judge, shall come
to glorify the saints
for their eternal home.
We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;
the trump of God shall sound, rejoice!

BLESSING
SENDING (Ephesians 3:20)
As we go forth, let us give thanks and glory to God.
Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the church, and in Christ Jesus,
forever and ever. 

CHORAL AMEN Amen, amen, amen.

POSTLUDE Clair de lune ~ C. Debussy
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SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
- Centering Words, Sermon, Prayers of the People by Thérèse Samuel, 2020
- Call to Worship, written by Jim McKean; from Gathering, Lent/Easter 2020 p44
- Opening Prayer, written by Christine Jerrett; from Gathering, Lent/Easter 2020 p45
- Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance (adapted from John 14), written by Fern Gibbard; from Gathering, Lent/Easter 2020 p45
- Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998
- Invitation to Offering, written by David Lander; from Gathering, Lent/Easter 2020 p49
- Prayer of Dedication, written by David Sparks; from Gathering, Lent/Easter 2020 p50
- Blessing and Sending, from Celebrate God’s Presence, p71, 74.
HYMNS:
- “I Have Called You by Your Name.” Words and music: Daniel Charles Damon, 1995
Words and music copyright © 1995 Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission, One License #608577.
- “God, in Your Goodness” (psalm response). Music by Rory Cooney, © 1991 Oregon Catholic press. Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Draw the Circle Wide.” Words and music: Gordon Light, 1994; arrangement: Michael Bloss, 1998. Words and music copyright © 1994 Common Cup Company. Arrangement copyright © 1998 Wood Lake Books. Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Rejoice, the Lord Is King.” Words: Charles Wesley 1746, alt. Music: John Darwall 1770; desc. Sidney Hugo Nicholson ca. 1947. Descant copyright © 1955 Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Used by permission, One License #608577