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August 2, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, August 2, 2020
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Welcome to Worship!

Aug. 2, 2020 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 9th Sunday after Pentecost “Loaves and Fishes Sunday”

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming Scripture Readers: Caroline, Ricardo and niece  
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics  

PRELUDE  Gavottes 1 & 2 from English Suite #3 ~ 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        

CALL TO WORSHIP  Come, all who are weary. Christ strengthens us with love and grace. In this strength, we can do all things. We are here, ready to receive God’s blessings.  

HYMN   VU 262 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God  
1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper sure amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing; for still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; with power and malice great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth he has no equal.  
2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing: dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.  
3. And though this world, with           devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed the truth to triumph through us: the prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure, one little word shall fell him.  
4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours through Christ, who with us sideth: let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill:  God's truth abideth still, God's kingdom is for ever.  

OPENING PRAYER   Mighty God, pour out your power and strength on us. Grant us the nourishment we need to receive your word. May your presence fill our lives and carry us forth, preparing us to be your people and equipping us to do your work in the world. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.                                                                                     

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORD
Pay attention, for in God’s word we may discover an unexpected blessing; we may find nourishment for our souls.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:13-21  (NRSV)
RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.  
REFLECTION “Loaves and Fishes”  

HYMN   VU 355 For the Crowd of Thousands  
1. For the crowd of thousands sitting on the ground, seven is sufficient, seven will go round.  
2. Seven is sufficient, fish and loaves of bread; Jesus, for our hunger, gives us life instead.    
3.
Jesus makes his offer: fish and bread as food Make us truly thankful, make our living good.  
4. If we give to Jesus bread to bless and break, five and two will feed us seven days a week.  
5. What we give to Jesus, and with others share, will at last be gathered: over and to spare!  

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.    

OFFERING  We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
Holy Spirit, as you blessed bread and fish on a Galilean shore, bless and transform these gifts into abundant blessings for those in need; bless and guide our ministries into avenues for your mercy and grace. In your blessed name, we pray. Amen.      
OFFERTORY   Improvisation ~ G. Faure
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

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

HYMN   MV 171 Christ Has No Body Now but Yours Refrain Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours. Here on this earth, yours is the work, to serve with the joy of compassion.  
1. No hands but yours to heal the wounded world, no hand but yours to soothe all its suffering, no touch but yours to bind the broken hope of the people of God.
Refrain Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours. Here on this earth, yours is the work, to serve with the joy of compassion.  
2. No eyes but yours to see as Christ would see, to find the lost, to gaze with compassion; no eyes but yours to glimpse the holy joy of the city of God.
Refrain Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours. Here on this earth, yours is the work, to serve with the joy of compassion.  
3. No feet but yours to journey with the poor, to walk this world with mercy and justice. Yours are the steps to build a lasting peace for the children of God.
Refrain Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours. Here on this earth, yours is the work, to serve with the joy of compassion.  
4. Through ev'ry gift, give back to those in need: as Christ has blessed, so now be his blessing, with ev'ry gift a benediction, be to the people of God.
Refrain Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours. Here on this earth, yours is the work, to serve with the joy of compassion.  

COMMUNION Our Service is not yet finished. We go to re-gather on Zoom to share in communion. 

INTERLUDE Solace ~ S. Joplin              

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LITURGY SOURCES:
The following are used with permission:
- Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998 - Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Introduction to the Word, Invitation to the Offering, Prayer of Dedication: By Mary Scifres, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Mary Scifres.  

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
- “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Word: Martin Luther 1529, trans. Frederick H. Hedge 1853  Music: melody Martin Luther 1529; harm. from The New Hymnal for American Youth 1930;  desc. Scott Withrow  Descant copyright 1980 G.I.A. Publications Inc. Used by permission, One License #608577  - “For the Crowd of Thousands.” Words:  Fred Kaan 1968; based on a Dutch hymn by Willem Barnard. Music:  James Frederick Swift 1881. Words copyright 1968 Hope Publishing Company. Used by permission, One License #608577.       - “Christ Has No Body.” Words: Adapted by Stephen C. Warner, 2003, from St. Teresa of Avila. Music: Rick Gunn, 2006. Words copyright 2003, World Library Publications, All rights reserved. Used by permission One License #608577.                             Music copyright 2006 by Rick Gunn. - “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 Passage from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 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.