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The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
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    July 19, 2020 ~ 10:30AM ~ 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Marilyn Mount.    

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

PRELUDE  Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 333 2nd Mov't   ~   Mozart     

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 28:10-19a Jacob’s dream of the ladder Romans 8:12-25 Creation groans with labour pains.  

CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING            While we are waiting, God is waiting with us. God’s promises are both now and yet to come. Wait and see.

brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship  

CALL TO WORSHIP  We wait with hope, for God’s promises are sure. We wait with patience, for God’s time is a mystery. Come and worship. We will wait upon the Lord together.        

OPENING PRAYER   Holy God of mystery and miracles, reveal your presence to us, as we gather in worship. Send your Holy Spirit to descend upon us, as angels once descended to Jacob. Raise our thoughts, that we may reflect on your promises and trust with hope in promises yet to come. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.  

HYMN   MV 2 Come All You People

Shona language (from Zimbabwe):
U-ya-i  mo-se,  ti-na-ma-te  Mwa-ri, (3x)
U-ya-i  mo-se  zvi-no.                        
English words:
Come all you people, come and praise your Maker, (3x)
Come now and worship the Lord.  

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Patient, loving God, when we are groaning and griping comfort us and forgive our shortcomings. When we are doubting and afraid, comfort us and reveal your promises to us. Help us trust with hope, and wait with patience, even as you patiently love us with your mercy and your grace. In your loving name, we pray. Amen.                                                                                          

WORDS OF ASSURANCE We have this hope: God’s promises are sure, and Christ’s mercy is ours. All is well. All will be well.    

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
As we prepare to listen for what the Bible is saying to us, let us pray: Holy One, fill our hearts with your Spirit. Open our ears to hear your word proclaimed. Remind us that you are always with us, guiding us to be your faithful disciples. Amen.

SCRIPTURE 1: PSALM 139 :1-12, 23-24 (VU 861)
Refrain God, you have searched me, you know me through and through.  
O God, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.     
You discern my path and the places I rest;
     you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you know it, O God, completely. You guard me from behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.     
It is beyond my knowledge, it is a mystery;
     I cannot fathom it.
Refrain God, you have searched me, you know me through and through.  

Where can I escape from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?     
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
     If I lie down in the grave, you are even there.
If I take wing with the dawn and alight at the sea's farthest limits,     
there also your hand will be guiding me
     your powerful hand holding me fast.
If I say, "Let the darkness cover me and my day be turned to night,"     
even darkness is not dark to you:
     the night is as bright as the day,      for darkness is as light to you.
Refrain God, you have searched me, you know me through and through.  

It was you who formed my inward parts; you fashioned me in my mother's womb.     
I praise you, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made.
     Wondrous are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was being fashioned in secret, intricately woven in the mystery of clay.     
Your eyes saw my substance taking shape;
     in your book my every day was recorded;      all my days were fashioned,      even before they came to be.
Refrain God, you have searched me, you know me through and through.  

How deep your designs are to me, O God! How great their number!     
I try to count them but they are more than the sand.
     I come to the end --I am still with you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;     
test me and know my thoughts.

Watch closely, lest I follow a path of error     
and guide me in the everlasting way.

Refrain God, you have searched me, you know me through and through.  

SCRIPTURE 2: GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The parable of the weeds scattered among good seed.  

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

PRAYER OF PREPARATION We prepare to reflect on God’s word.  

SERMON “Leave It to Jesus”  

HYMN   VU 516 Come You Thankful People, Come
1.
Come, you thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest-home! All is safely gathered in, safe before the storms begin; God, our maker, does provide for our needs to be supplied: come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest-home!  
2.
All the world is God's own field, harvests for God's praise to yield; wheat and weeds together sown, here for joy or sorrow grown; first the blade, and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear; Harvest-giver, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.  
3.
For our God, one day, shall come, and shall take this harvest home; from the field shall in that day all offences purge away; giving angels charge at last in the fire the weeds to cast; but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.  
4.
Even so, God, quickly come to your final harves- home! Gather all your people in, free from sorrow, free from sin; there for ever purified, in your presence to abide: come, with all your angels, come, raise the glorious harvest-home.    

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  
SUNG RESPONSE VU 400 Lord, Listen to your Children Praying
Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your Spirit in this place; Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power, send us grace!  

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, 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 God of ancient times and future hope, we bring these gifts to bless your world with hope. Please bless these gifts that they may be a blessing to others. And bless us with patience and faith, that we may bring hope to a hurting world. Amen. OFFERTORY   Little Prelude in F Major  ~ J.S. Bach

ANNOUNCEMENTS Join us by Zoom following this service for: Birthday Sunday and Coffee Hour- following this service. link sent out by e-blast. Phone me now you need the Zoom contact information.  

SENDING HYMN   VU 520 We Plough the Fields  
1.
We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by your almighty hand; you send the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
Refrain
All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; we thank you, God, O holy God, for all your love.  
2.
You only are the maker of all things near and far; you paint the wayside flower, you light the evening star; the winds and waves obey you, by you the birds are fed; much more to us, your children, you give us daily bread.
Refrain
All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; we thank you, God, O holy God, for all your love.  
3.
We thank you then, O Maker, for all things bright and good, the seed-time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food; accept the gifts we offer for all your love imparts, and, what from us you long for, our humble, thankful hearts.
Refrain
All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above; we thank you, God, O holy God, for all your love.  

SENDING Go forth knowing that you are part of God’s family. Go forth proclaiming the praises of God. Go forth in the assurance that Christ is always with us. Go forth to bring the kingdom of God wherever you are.  

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  Variations on a Theme by Handel  ~ Handel and Brahms For more photos by Chris, go to flickr.com, and search cjburtonpiano

COFFEE HOUR Join us on Zoom for community time.  Link was in the e-blast.  

 

* * * * * SOURCES: The following are used with permission:

- Centring Words, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance, Prayer for Illumination, Prayer of Dedication, By Mary Scifres, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Mary Scifres. - Sending Karin Ellis, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Abingdon Press. - Sermon by Thérèse Samuel, 2020  - Profession of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998  

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES - “Come All You People.” Words: Alexander Gondo, Zimbabwe; English paraphrase: I-to Loh. Music: Alexander Gondo, Zimbabwe. notated by I-to Loh; Arrangement: John L. Bell, 1995. Words, music and English paraphrase copyright 1986 World Council of Churches. Arrangement copyright 1995 by WGRG, Iona Community, Scotland. admin. GIA Publications, Inc., excl. N.American agent. All rights reserved. Used by permission, One License #608577.   - Psalm response “God, You Have Searched Me.” Words: copyright 1973 Estate of Ian Pitt-Watson, Music: Used by permission of the Estate of Doris Wright Smith. Used by permission, One License #608577 . - “Come, You Thankful People, Come.” Words: Henry Alford 1844, alt. Music: George Job Elvey 1858. Public Domain. -  Prayer Response “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying.” Words and music by Ken Medema, 1970. Copyright ©1971 Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission, One License #608577. - “We Plough the Fields.” Words: Matthias Claudius 1782, trans. Jane Montgomery Campbell 1861, alt. Music: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz 1800. 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.  

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 13 reading from the Good News Translation (GNT) Bible, copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used with permission.