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August 9, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
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August 9, 2020 ~ 10:30 am ~ 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Readers: John T, Olivia & Sandy, Marg T, Debbie P    
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics  

PRELUDE  Albumblatt  - T. Kirchner  

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 
Jesus walks to us over the water. “Call to us, Lord. We long to be with you.” Jesus calls to us, “Come! Do not be afraid.” “Save us, Lord, we’re sinking!” Jesus saves us from our fears. God delivers us from the storm. Thanks be to God!  

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus walks across stormy waters.  

OPENING PRAYER
Eternal God, you visit us in dreams, offering us glimpses of new possibilities. Rescue us from life’s storms, and lift us from the raging waters. Be with us now, as we call on your name. Reveal your purposes for your word, that we may be of use and service. Bless us with the courage to spread your word, that it may be said of us: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  

HYMN   VU 563 Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore  
Jesus, you have come to the lakeshore looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones; you only asked me to follow humbly.
Refrain O Jesus, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling, have spoken my name; no my boat's left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.  
2. You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold and no weapons;  – you will find there my nets and labour.
Refrain O Jesus, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling, have spoken my name; no my boat's left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.  
3. You need my hands, full of caring through my labours to give others rest, and constant love that keeps on loving.
Refrain O Jesus, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling, have spoken my name; no my boat's left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.
4. You, who have fished other oceans, ever longed for by souls who are waiting; my loving friend, as thus you call me.
Refrain O Jesus, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling, have spoken my name; no my boat's left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.  

OLD TESTAMENT READING Genesis 37 :1-4, 12-28 Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.                                                                                   

HYMN   MV 72 Why Stand So Far Away  
1. Why stand so far away, my God? Why hide in times of need? The proud, unbridled, chase the poor, and curse you in their greed.  
2. Why do you hide when, full of lies, they murder and betray? They wait to pounce upon the weak as lions stalk their prey.  
3. The weak are crushed and fall to earth; the wicked strut and preen. Why in these cruel, chaotic times cannot your face be seen?  
4. In ages past you heard the voice of those the proud oppress. Remember those who suffer now, who cry in deep distress.  
5. Arise, O God, and lift your hand; bring justice to the poor. Come, help us stop the flow of blood! Let terror reign no more!                                                

WORDS FOR REFLECTION 
God can turn even our worst moments into possibilities for good. God can transform even our worst experiences into opportunities for grace,          

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of infinite possibilities, we are like a boat that is beaten by the storm: without your aid we are powerless to get where we are going: we are like disciples who sit in fear for their lives: without your presence we are trapped within the prison of our feelings of helplessness; we are like those lost in wonder and disbelief; without your assurance we quickly drown in our hopelessness and despair. Grant us the courage of Peter to believe that through your power anything is possible. Give us the confidence of Joseph to live as dreamers, even when the world turns against us, that we may always be found faithful. Amen. 

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Christ’s love is greater than our deepest failings. “The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ … For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”  

EPISTLE READING Romans 10:5-15   The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart.  

RESPONSE TO THE EPISTLE READING
We live in a world full of people who know more of Santa Clauses and Easter Bunnies than they do of mangers and empty tombs. We live among neighbours who hunger for spiritual truth but do not know where it may be found. Paul’s question is as true today as it was two thousand years ago: “How are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? … As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

HYMN VU 313 God, Whose Almighty Word  
1. God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard, and took their flight, hear us, we humbly pray, and where the gospel day sheds not its glorious ray, let there be light.  
2. Jesus, who came to bring on your redeeming wing, healing and sight, health to the troubled mind, sight to the Spirit-blind, O now to humankind let there be light.  
3. Spirit of truth and love, lifegiving, holy dove, speed forth your flight; move on the water's face, bearing the lamp of grace, and in earth's darkest place let there be light.  
4. Blessed and holy three, glorious trinity, wisdom, love, might, boundless as ocean's tide rolling in fullest pride, through the world far and wide, let there be light.    

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   God of the Bible (sung) MV 28
1. God of the Bible, God in the Gospel, hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come, you are our centre, daylight or darkness, freedom or prison, you are our home.
Refrain Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.  
2. God in our struggles, God in our hunger, suffering with us, taking our part, still you empow'r us, mothering Spirit, feeding, sustaining, from your own heart.  
Refrain Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.  
3. Those without status, those who are nothing, you have made royal, gifted with rights, chosen as partners, midwives of justice, birthing new systems, lighting new lights.
Refrain Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.  
4. Not by your finger, not by your anger will our world order change in a day, but by your people, fearless and faithful small paper lanterns, lighting the way.
Refrain Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.  
5. Hope we must carry, shining and certain through all our turmoil, terror and loss, bonding us gladly one to the other, till our world changes facing the Cross.
Refrain Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.  
THE LORD’S PRAYER (SUNG VU960)       

PSALM Psalm 105 :1-6, 16-22, 45b) Remembering Joseph                                                                      

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
Loving God, your mercies know no bounds. Though his own brothers threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery, Joseph remained faithful. Though his feet were bound with chains and his neck with a collar of iron, Joseph placed his faith in your hands. May our lives reflect this same devotion in all our endeavours. And may our offering be a sign of our faithfulness to you, O God, our saviour and deliverer. Amen.
OFFERTORY   Menuett - W.A. Mozart A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

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

SENDING HYMN   VU 690 From the Slave Pens of the Delta  
1. "From the slave pens of the delta, from the ghettoes on the Nile, let my people seek their freedom in the wilderness awhile": so God spoke from out of Sinai, so God spoke and it was done, and a people crossed the waters, toward the rising of the sun.  
2. "From the aging shrines and structures, from the cloister and the aisle, let my people seek their freedom in the wilderness awhile": so the Son of God has spoken, and the stormclouds are unfurled, for his people must be scattered, to be servants in the world.  
3. When we murmur on the mountains for the old Egyptian plains, when we miss our ancient bondage, and the hope, the promise, wanes, then the rock shall yield its water and the manna fall by night, and with visions of a future shall we march toward the light.  
4. In the maelstrom of the nations, in the journey into space,  in the clash of generations,  in the hungering for grace, in our agony and glory, we are called to newer ways by the God of our tomorrows who is God of earth's todays.  

BLESSING
God blesses us with strength for the journey. Our hearts sing God’s praises. Christ lifts us up from the raging waters of life. Our spirits rejoice in our salvation. The Spirit guides us with dreams full of hope and promise. Our lives rest secure in the One who is faithful. Thanks be to God.  

SUNG SENDING 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  Sonata in E-flat Major 3rd Mov't -  F Haydn               

COFFEE HOUR Join us via  Zoom for community time. The Zoom Link was sent in the eblast.  

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, Words for Reflection, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Response to the Epistle, Prayer of Dedication, Blessing  By B.J. Beu, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © B.J. Beu.   HYMNS and SUNG VERSES - “VU 563 Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore.” Words:  Cesáreo Gabaráin 1979, trans. Gertrude C. Suppe, George Lockwood, Raquel Gutiérrez-Achón 1987 Music: Cesáreo Gabaráin 1979; harm. Skinner Chávez-Melo 1987 Words and music copyright 1979 Cesáreo Gabaráin, administered by Oregon Catholic Press. Translation copyright 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. Harmony copyright 1987 Skinner Chávez-Melo. Used by permission, One License #608577   - “Why Stand So Far Away.” Words: ruth Duck, 1992 Music: Michael Mahler, 2003 Words copyright 1992 and music copyright 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission, One License #608577     - “God, Whose Almighty Word.” Words: John Marriott ca. 1813, alt. Music adapt from Felice de Giardini 1769. Public Domain. - “God of the Bible.” Words: Shirley Erena Murray. Music: Tony E. Alonso. Words © 1996 Hope Publishing Company. Music © 2001 GIA Publications. Used by permission, One License #608577   - “From the Slave Pens of the Delta.” Words: Herbert O’Driscoll 1971, alt. Music: Trier Gesangbuch 1695; adapt. Luxemberg Kyriale 1768. Words © 1971 The United Methodist Publishing house. 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.  

SCRIPTURE Scripture Passages are from The Message (MSG)Bible, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson  

MUSICAL SELECTIONS Prelude: Albumblatt  T. Kirchner Offertory:  Menuett W.A. Mozart Postlude: Sonata in E-flat Major 3rd Mov't  F Haydn