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June 14, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, June 14, 2020
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June 14, 2020 ~ 10:30 ~ 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Marilyn Parkin  

~ Leader reads regular font ~ All are invited to read bold font ~ Bold italics are sung  

PRELUDE Hymn Tune VU 512 “Abbot’s Leigh” Cyril Vincent Taylor  

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      
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 18:1-15 Son promised to Abraham and Sarah, and Sarah laughs! Romans 5:1-8 Justified by faith.  

CENTERING WORDS  

HYMN   VU 238 O Lord My God

1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Refrain Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.
Refrain Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  

3. But when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in, that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin.
Refrain Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”
Refrain Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  

CALL TO WORSHIP  Call to the Lord, who hears our prayers. Sing to the Lord, who delights in our songs. Wait for the Lord, the source of our hope. Worship the Lord, who is worthy of our praise.  

OPENING PRAYER God of wondrous love, your miracles always catch us by surprise. When our time of blessing comes, may we laugh with Sarah and dance with Abraham. When our bodies are touched by your healing grace, may we bow before your throne of glory. Come to us now, as we gather to worship, that we might be touched by your Spirit and made whole by your grace. Amen. 

PRAYER OF YEARNING      Steadfast source of mercy and grace, we long for you to touch our lives, as you touched the lives of Sarah and Abraham; we yearn to laugh at blessings that are so unlikely, we can scarcely believe them; we desire to feel in our very bones, that no problem we face is beyond your care. Grant us the wisdom to put our trust in you, and to offer you our songs of praise and our shouts of joy. Amen.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE    In God’s faithfulness, we are made well. In Christ’s love, we discover righteousness and peace. In the Spirit’s sustaining power, we find strength for the journey. Thanks be to God. 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION 

SCRIPTURE:          
Psalm 116:1-2,12-19(VU 836)I called upon God in the face of death.

Refrain:    How can I repay you, God, for all the goodness you show to me? 
I love you, God, because you heard my voice when I made supplication, because you turned your ear to me, when I called upon your name, The cords of death entangled me, and the pangs of the Grave laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called upon the name of God: “O God, I pray, save my life”
Refrain:    How can I repay you, God, for all the goodness you show to me? 
How can I repay you, God, for all the good things you have done for me? I will take up the cup of salvation,  and call upon the name of God. I will pay my vows in the presence of all God’s people.  
Refrain:    How can I repay you, God, for all the goodness you show to me?
Precious in the sight of God is the death of the saints. O God, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your maidservant. You have freed me from my bonds. I will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of God. I will pay my vows to God in the presence of all God’s people, in the courts of the house of God, in your midst, O Jerusalem.   
Refrain:    How can I repay you, God, for all the goodness you show to me?  

GOSPEL Matthew 9:35-10:8 Jesus and the disciples preach and heal.  

PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Creator, we pray, as we ponder your word, bless us with your wisdom and grace that we may join your Spirit’s dance, and be moved to live in the way of your Christ.

SERMON “Complicity and Being Good”  

SENDING HYMN   VU 266 Amazing Grace 
1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.  
2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear  the hour I first believed.  
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.  
4. The Lord has promised good to me, this word my hope secures; God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.  
5. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.  

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.  

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

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.  

OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
Touch these gifts, O God, with your manifold blessings. Touch our very lives, that we may be instruments of your hope. May our gifts and our lives bring your healing, love and compassion to a world in need.

OFFERTORY Prelude in a minor M. Ravel

ANNOUNCEMENTS Coffee Hour- Join via Zoom immediately after the service.
Bible Study- Wednesday at 2pm Virtual Jam/Hymn Sing- Thursday at 7

SENDING HYMN   VU 120 O Jesus, I have Promised  
1.         O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end; remain for ever near me, my Saviour and my friend: I shall not fear the journey if you are by my side, nor wander from the pathway if you will be my guide.  
2.         O let me feel you near me: the world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; my foes are ever near me, around me and within; but, Jesus, then draw nearer and shield my soul from sin.  
3.         O let me hear you speaking in accents clear and still, above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will; O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; Now speak, and make me listen, O guardian of my soul.  
4.         O Jesus, you have promised to all who follow you, that where you are in glory your servant shall be too. And Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end; O give me grace to follow, My Saviour and my friend.  

BLESSING    

SUNG SENDING 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  

POSTLUDE Two Part Invention in a minor. J.S. Bach    

COFFEE HOUR Join via Zoom for community time.    

SOURCES: The following are used with permission: - Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998 - Prayer for Illumination written by Phyllis Fleming, 2020 - Prayer of Preparation, Sermon, Prayers of the People written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020 - 3AM Thoughts on Complicity (included in sermon) written by Louise Jarvis, 2020. - Centering Words, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Yearning, Words of Assurance, Prayer of Dedication, Blessing: written By B.J. Beu, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © B.J. Beu.  

HYMNS and SUNG PRAYERS - “The Lord’s Prayer.” Music by David Haas; © 1986 GIA Publications. Used by permission, One License #608577. - Psalm response “How Can I Repay You, God.” Music copyright Oregon Catholic Press Used by permission, One License #608577. - “How Great Thou Art.” Words: Carl Gustav Boberg ca. 1885; English trans. Stuart K Hine ca. 1939, rev. 1949 Music: Swedish melody, arr. Stuart K Hine 1949 English words and arrangement copyright  1953 [1981] Renewal by Manna Music, Inc. Used by permission, One License #608577. - “O Jesus, I Have Promised.” Words: John Ernest Bode ca. 1866, alt. Music: James William Elliott 1874. Public Domain. - “Amazing Grace.” Words: John Henry Newton 1779. Public Domain. - “Go Now in Peace.” Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. © 1988 Harold Flammer Music, Inc. Alternate words used with permission. Reproduced with permission, One License, #608577.  

SCRIPTURE: Gospel Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version 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.