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June 21, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, June 21, 2020
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June 21, 2020 ~ 10:30 ~ 3rd Sunday after Pentecost Father’s Day Leading us today in Worship Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming Scripture Reader: Bonnie Hammond   ~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics   PRELUDE Prelude #2 - G. Gershwin  

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 (included in service themes, not read today): Genesis 21:8-21 Hagar and Ishmael sent away. Romans 6:1b-11 Dead to sin, alive in Christ.  

CENTERING WORDS Great are the works of God’s hands. Wondrous are the blessings of Christ’s love. Holy are the works of God’s Spirit.  

CALL TO WORSHIP When we have been cast aside in the deserts of our lives, you open our eyes to life-giving water that sustains us in our need. When our future seems lost and others have taken our place of honour. you restore our hope and promise us an inheritance of our own. Who is like you among the gods? Who answers prayer in times of deepest need? We are here to worship you, O God, for you alone can save us.  

OPENING PRAYER Eternal God, turn and be gracious to us, for the road is long and we are weary. We feel beaten down by the trials of life and need your strength to sustain us. Show us your favour, and offer us your blessing,    that we may abide in faithfulness        and not be put to shame. Comfort us, O God, and revive our souls. Grant us the endurance to take up our cross, and follow the difficult roads in life. Amen.  

HYMN   VU 671  I Need Thee Every Hour  
1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice but thine can peace afford.
Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee. O bless me now, my Saviour; I come to thee.  
2. I need thee every hour; stay thou near by; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.
Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee. O bless me now, my Saviour; I come to thee.  
3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain. 
Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee. O bless me now, my Saviour; I come to thee.  
4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfil. 
Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee. O bless me now, my Saviour; I come to thee.                        

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Holy One, your words cause us to tremble: “nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered,    and nothing secret that will not be known.” There is much in our lives that we wish to hide from others, even ourselves. We fear those who kill the body, while ignoring those who kill the soul. Teach us once more, O God, that your Son came to bring us life—    even if it turned son against father        and daughter against mother. Remind us of our higher calling, and the promises you offer    of life in your realm        which has no end. Amen.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE God the Creator brings you new life, forgives and redeems you. Take hold of this forgiveness, and live your life in the spirit of Jesus. Amen.   PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION                                                        Creator, we pray, as we hear and ponder your word, bless us with your wisdom and grace    that we may we join your Spirit’s dance,        and be moved to live in the way of your Christ. SCRIPTURE: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 (VU 803)Turn your ear to me, O God. Turn your ear to me, O God, and answer me, for I am poor and in misery.      Preserve my life for I am faithful;      save your servant for I trust in you. Be merciful to me, my lord, for I call to your all day long.      Gladden the heart of your servant,      for to you I lift up my soul. For you, my lord, are good and forgiving, and great in mercy to all who call on you.      Give heed, O God, to my prayer,      and listen to my cry of supplication.   Among the gods there is none like you, my lord, nor can the deeds of any be compared to yours.      All the nations you have made shall come       and bow before you. They shall glorify your name, my lord,      for you are great and do marvelous things;      you alone are God.   Turn to me then, and have mercy; give your strength to your servant.      Save your handmaiden’s child;      give me a sign of your favour! Then those who hate me will see and be ashamed,      for you, God, have helped and comforted me.   Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 Discipleship: lose your life to find it.   RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.   PRAYER OF PREPARATION   SERMON “Choosing Love over Fear”                                                                            HYMN   VU 562 Jesus Calls Us   1. Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea, day by day his clear voice sounding, saying, “Christian, follow me.”   2. Long ago apostles heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.   3. Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”   4. In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, and cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”   5. Jesus calls us: by your mercies, Saviour, may we hear your call, give our hearts to your obedience, serve and love you best of all.  

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:
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (Part 1) based on Psalm 86 
FATHER’S DAY PRAYER  
PRAYER OF PETITION We come in our need, O God. We come in our loneliness and want. You alone know my suffering, our pain. You alone know the depth of our grief. Raise us up from the grave of doubt and despair. Raise us up from the death of superficiality. You alone know our suffering and our pain. You alone know the depth of our grief.   We pause for silent prayer.    
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (Part 2) based on Psalm 86

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken VU 921)  

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

OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF Receive the gifts of our hands, O God, that they may be signs of your love and grace for a divided world. Through our offerings, help others follow the ways of life. Fill the world with your mercy, Holy One, that your faithful everywhere will honour you, by sharing your kingdom each and every day. Amen.
OFFERTORY   Little Prelude in F Major - J.S. Bach
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS Coffee Hour- via Zoom immediately following, including Birthday Sunday

HYMN   VU 567 Will You Come and Follow Me  
1. Will you come and follow me if I but call you’re name? will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, will you Let my life be grown  in you and you in me?  
2. Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer  in you and you in me?  
3. Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?  
4. Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?  
5. Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.  

BLESSING      Though we have been cast aside, you restore our future. Though others seek to banish us from sight you bless us with opportunities for new life. Go with the blessings of the one who loves us fiercely. We go to share God’s love with the world.  

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  

POSTLUDE Six Variations on a Swiss Theme -  L. van Beethoven    

COFFEE HOUR and JUNE BIRTHDAYS Join us on Zoom right after the service

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, Sermon, Prayer of Thanksgiving parts 1 and 2, Father’s Day Prayer written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020   - Words of Assurance, from Celebrate God’s Presence, pg 42. - Centering Words, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, Prayer of Petition, Prayer of Dedication, Blessing written by y B.J. Beu, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © B.J.Beu.  

HYMNS
- “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Words: Annie Sherwood Hawks 1872. Music: Robert S. Lowry 1873. Public Domain - “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult.” Words: Cecil Frances Alexander 1852, alt. Music: William Herbert Jude 1874 Public Domain - “Will You Come and Follow Me.” Words: The Iona Community 1987. Music: Scottish traditional, arr. The Iona Community 1987. Words and arrangement copyright 1987 WGRG. The Iona Community (Glasgow, Scotland). G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Illinois. Used by permission, One License #608577 - “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.  

NRSV: 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.