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July 26, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, July 26, 2020
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July 26, 2020 ~ 10:30AM ~ 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Mary Lou Gignac    
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PRELUDE  Sheep May Safely Graze ~ J.S. Bach  

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 29 :15-28 Jacob marries Leah and Rachel. Romans 8:26-39 The Spirit intercedes for us when we cannot pray.    

CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING           
No matter what happened yesterday, now is the time to call upon God, to lay our lives before our creator, and to proclaim God’s wonderful deeds to one another. Now is the time to worship.

CALL TO WORSHIP 
Praise the Lord! We Gather to sing praises to God. Praise the Lord! We gather to give thanks for all God has done in our lives. Praise the Lord! We gather to worship our creator, redeemer and sustainer.  

OPENING PRAYER  
Holy One, we come before you with sighs too deep for words. We come with hearts overwhelmed— by the world, by personal relationships, and by inward struggles. We come to praise your name and to be reassured of your unending grace. In this time and place, open our hearts to your presence. Open our ears to hear your word proclaimed. Open our hands to serve you and the world. May our lives reflect Christ who walks with us and gives us life. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.  

HYMN   VU 220 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation; O my soul, praise him at all times your health and salvation. Come, all who hear: brothers and sisters draw near, joining in glad adoration.  
2. Praise to the Lord, above all things so mightily reigning, keeping us safe at his side, and so gently sustaining. Have you not seen how all you needed has been met by God's gracious ordaining?  
3. Praise to the Lord who will prosper our work and defend us; surely his goodness and mercy will daily attend us: ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who out of love will befriend us.  
4. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him! All that has life and breath come now with praises before him! Let the Amen sound from God's people again: gladly with praise we adore him.  

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, you search our hearts to see all the good, all the challenges, and all the obstacles in our lives. You remember the times we have turned away from you— the times we have forgotten we are your beloved children. Forgive us when we do not act as your faithful followers. Remind us we are a part of your family. May your Son, Jesus Christ, intercede in our lives to bring us grace and healing. Help us be your servants and share your story with the world. In your precious name, we pray. Amen.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Beloved children of God, nothing in this life can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Receive the forgiveness of God, and go forth to be the loving community of faith. Amen.  

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:
PSALM: Psalm 105 :1-11, 45b (VU 828, Part One) Make known what God has done.  

Refrain Sing praises to God, sing praises to God.  

Give thanks and call on God's name. Make known to the nations what God has done.     
Sing, O sing the songs of praise; tell of all God's wonderful deeds.
Exult in God's holy name;     
let those who seek God be joyful in heart.

Refrain Sing praises to God, sing praises to God.  

Turn for help to the One who is your strength; seek God's presence continually.     
Remember the marvels the Most High has done,  the wonders and judgements God has given;
O children of Abraham and Sarah, God's servants,     
O offspring of Israel, chosen of God.

Refrain      Sing praises to God, sing praises to God.  

You are the eternal God,     
your justice reaches every corner of the earth.
You are ever mindful of your covenant, the promise you gave to a thousand generations,     
the covenant you made with Sarah and Abraham      the oath you gave to Isaac.
You confirmed it for Jacob as binding. To Israel your everlasting covenant you declared,     
"To you I give the land of Canaan,      as your appointed inheritance."

Refrain   Sing praises to God, sing praises to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Five parables: mustard seed, yeast, treasure, pearls, net.

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

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

SERMON “What We Know… but Can’t Quite Know…”                

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, VU 921)  

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.  

HYMN   VU 602 Blest Be the Tie that Binds  
1. Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the unity of heart and mind is like to that above.  
2. Before our Maker's throne we pour our ardent prayers; our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.  
3. We share each other's woes, each other's burdens bear; and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.  
4. This glorious hope revives our courage on the way; that we shall live in perfect love in God's eternal day.    

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.
INVITATION TO OFFERING 
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF Almighty God, there are treasures all around us— family, friends, your abiding presence, and the love of Christ Jesus. Bless these gifts we return to you now. Bless them, that others might come to know the true treasures of your love and grace. in your holy name we pray. Amen.
OFFERTORY    Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin ~  M. Ravel   A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

HYMN   VU 713 I See a New Heaven
Refrain I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.  
1. There, there on the banks of a river bright and free, yielding her fruit, firm in her root, the Tree of Life will be.
Refrain
I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.  
2. There, there where death dies and our lives are born again, body and soul, struggling but whole like flowers after the rain.
Refrain I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.  
3. There, there where the darkness brings visions from above. There where the night, bearing new light, reveals the promise of love.
Refrain I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.  
4. There, there where we work with the love of healing hands. Labour we must, true to our trust to build a promised new land.
Refrain I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.  

SENDING  

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/Brahms    

COFFEE HOUR    Join us via  Zoom. The link was sent in the weekly e-blast.  

~ Have a Blessed Week! ~