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July 5, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, July 5, 2020
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July 5, 2020 ~ 10:30 ~ 5th Sunday after Pentecost

 ~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics    

PRELUDE  Menuet, from Le Tombeau de Couperin ~ Ravel  

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            Come to me… I will give you rest,” Jesus promises. Where do we go, and to whom do we turn, to discover the truth of these words? brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship  

CALL TO WORSHIP  The music is playing, and God is calling. We have come to sing and dance with God. The prayers are flowing, and Spirit is moving. Breathe on us, breath of God. Christ promises rest and renewal, when we come to him. We are here, trusting this sacred promise.  

HYMN   Grateful (MV 182)
Refrain: Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son, joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love. Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word, joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.  
1. You are more than we imagine, Ancient, Holy, Living Lord. Even when we doubt your presence you are faithful to your Word.
Refrain: Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son, joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love. Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word, joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.  
2. May our lives proclaim your justice, may our voices sing your praise. May our hands work in your service to the glory of your name.
Refrain: Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son, joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love. Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word, joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.  

OPENING PRAYER   Creator God, you have created us to walk with you. Help us walk with you in this time of worship, that we may be strengthened to walk with you all the days of our lives. As we come to you this day, bless us with your grace and your rest, that we may find renewal and the strength to serve with confidence and joy. Amen.  

INVITATION TO CONFESSION     Come to Christ with the confidence of children, for Christ will carry our burdens, renew our souls, and give us rest, through his mercy and grace.  

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Prophetic One, you call us to new places and new ways. You challenge us to dance new steps and to sing new songs. We yearn to follow you with confidence and joy, but our resistance is often stronger than our willingness. At times our steps falter. At moments we can’t even hear your voice, let alone recognize your song in our hearts. Strengthen us with your mercy. Renew us with your grace. Sing to us with your compassion. Connect us with the yoke of unconditional love, that we may follow joyously, dance confidently, and sing praise and love with every act and with every word of our lives. In your holy name we pray, Amen.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE Rejoice and give thanks. With grace, Christ is already carrying our burdens to renew our souls. With mercy, Christ is already shouldering our load to strengthen our lives.  

INVITATION TO THE WORD                                                       
Scripture is one of God’s songs of love to us. Let us listen for the message of love this day.

SCRIPTURE:           
Psalm 45 (VU 769) A song for the anointed ruler.
Refrain: God has blessed you forever and ever.  
My heart overflows with a noble theme; I utter the song I have made for the king, my tongue like the pen of a ready scribe. You are the fairest, the most handsome; God endows your speech with grace; God has blessed you forever.  
Refrain God has blessed you forever and ever.  
Gird your sword on your thigh, O hero, In splendour and majestyl In your majesty ride on to conquer in the cause of truth and justice. Let your right hand teach by awesome deeds, arrows sharp in the heart of royal enemies. Your royal sceptre is righteousness; you love right and hate what is wrong, Your God has anointed you with more oil of gladness than all your peers. All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia. Out of the ivory palaces stringed music makes you glad.  
Refrain God has blessed you forever and ever.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 My yoke is easy, my burden is light.  

RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Amen.  

TIME OF PREPARATION In silence we prepare to reflect on God’s word.   SERMON “Easy and Light”        HYMN   VU 626 I Heard the Voice of Jesus
1. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto me and rest, lay down, O weary one, lay down your head upon my breast." I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad, I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.  
2. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Behold, I freely give the living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live." I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream; my thirst was quenched,   my soul revived, and now I live in him.  
3. I heard the voice of Jesus say, :I am this dark world's light; look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright." I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my star, my sun; and in that light of life I'll walk till travelling days are done.  

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
INVITATION TO THE PEACE
PASSING THE PEACE
The Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

OFFERING  We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
Receive these gifts we now bring, God of gifts, and bless them to be gifts for your world. Thorugh our giving, renew others, that they too may know the comfort and rest of living in the arms of your compassion and your love. Amen.
OFFERTORY   Prelude in c minor ~ J.S. Bach
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS After Sending Hymn and “interlude” Prayer Candles, Sung Sending, then Coffee Time via Zoom. Link in eblast. contact me if you need the Zoom link information  

SENDING HYMN MV 216 Wherever You May Go
Refrain Wherever you may go, I will follow, and your people shall be my people too. Wherever you may go, I will follow, for I would be faithful, loyal and true.  
1. Say the word and I will stay, I will never go away, we will travel side by side and God's love will be our guide.
Refrain Wherever you may go, I will follow, and your people shall be my people too. Wherever you may go, I will follow, for I would be faithful, loyal and true.  
2. From beginning to the end I will always be your friend, when you need me, I'll be there, you can trust my faithful care.
Refrain Wherever you may go, I will follow, and your people shall be my people too. Wherever you may go, I will follow, for I would be faithful, loyal and true.  

INTERLUDE  Solace ~ Joplin  

ZOOM Join us via Zoom for prayer candle time and our sung sending.