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Aug 16, 2020 Worship Service
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Aug 16, 2020 ~ 10:30AM ~ 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Leading us today in Worship Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming Scripture Readers: Jocelyn Donald, Heather Dickson, George Dickson    

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

PRELUDE  Sonata Opus 10 #1 2nd Mov't.  – L van Beethoven  

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           
When all seems to be lost, God is most near to us. brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship  

CALL TO WORSHIP 
When hatred and division separate us, God’s love binds us together. When quarrels estrange us from one another, Christ’s light shows us the way to reconciliation. When we feel excluded and left out, The Spirit’s peace eases our pain. When all hope of fellowship seems lost, God’s grace restores our hope. Come! Let us worship God, who makes us one.  

OLD TESTAMENT READING Genesis 45:1-15
We heard last week about how Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, and how he eventually flourished where he ended up. Now let us hear the rest of the story: what happens when he is reunited with his brothers.              

OPENING PRAYER  
Eternal God, part the veil that blinds us to our unity as your beloved children. When those we love hurt and betray us, help us let go of our pain     and find the balm of forgiveness. When we feel abandoned by those we trust, help us seek your peace and reconciliation. When our hearts are pierced with anguish, help us find those who will bring us solace,     through your loving Spirit. Amen.  

HYMN   VU 271 There's a Wideness in God's Mercy  
1. There's a wideness in God's mercy like the wideness of the sea; there's a kindness in God's justice which is more than liberty.  
2. There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven; there is no place where earth's failings have such gracious judgment given.  
3. There is plentiful redemption in the blood that Christ has shed; there is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.  
4. Troubled souls, why will you scatter like a crowd of frightened sheep? Foolish hearts, why will you wander from a love so true and deep?  

GOSPEL READING   Matthew 15:21-28 A Canaanite mother challenges Jesus.  

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we yearn to be like the Joseph who wept with forgiveness on the necks of those who sold him into slavery. But we fear that our anger and resentment would lead us to take retribution     on those who have wronged us. We long to see in the Canaanite woman a child of God worthy of mercy and compassion. But we fear that our deep-seated prejudices might lead us to dismiss her out of hand,     as Jesus’s disciples did before us. We want to open our hearts, O God, to those who are different from ourselves. But we fear to expect too much of ourselves. Help us know the joy of living in peace and harmony even with those we would rather live without.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Rejoice in the knowledge of God’s saving love.  

HYMN   VU 697 O for a World  
1. O for a world where everyone respects each other's ways, where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.  
2. O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved, where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.  
3. We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice that opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.  
4. The poor are rich, the weak are strong, the foolish ones are wise.
Tell all who mourn: outcasts belong, who perishes will rise.  
5. O for a world preparing for God's glorious reign of peace, where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.  

EPISTLE READING Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 God has not rejected the Hebrews.  

RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Even in the midst of apparent tragedy, God’s love gathers up the fragments of our lives. Even in the midst of apparent rejection, God’s faithfulness rescues us from despair. Even when we feel abandoned and alone, God calls us to find strength for the journey. Even in the midst of strife, God calls us to look beyond our differences and live together in unity.           

HYMN   VU 559 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing
1. Come, O Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing your grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing call for songs of endless praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above, Praise the mount; I'm fixed upon it, mount of God's unfailing love.  
2. Here I pause in my sojourning, giving thanks for having come, come to trust, at every turning, God will guide me safely home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God, came to rescue me from danger, precious presence, precious blood.  
3. O, to grace how great a debt or daily I am drawn anew! Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to you. Prone to wander, I can feel it, wander from the love I've known: here's my heart, O, take and seal it, seal it for your very own.  

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.

QUIET REFLECTION
When has someone challenged your beliefs in a way that was uncomfortable for you but that also brought greater wisdom into your life?  
In silence we ponder.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  

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

PSALM  Psalm 133 VU 856 Behold, how pleasant (Miren qué bueno)  
Spanish Refrain Miren qué bueno, qué bueno es! (2x)  
Refrain Behold how pleasant, how good it is! (2x)
1. How pleasant and harmonious when God's people are together: fragrant as precious oil when running fresh on Aaron's beard.
Refrain Behold how pleasant, how good it is! (2x)  
2. How pleasant and harmonious  when God's people are together: fresh like the morning dew that falls on Zion's holy hill.
Refrain Behold how pleasant, how good it is! (2x)  
3. How pleasant and harmonious when God's people are together: there is where God bestows the blessing, life for evermore.
Refrain Behold how pleasant, how good it is! (2x)
Spanish Refrain Miren qué bueno, qué bueno es! (2x)  

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 fate 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 in G Major  - W.A. Mozart
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Join us by Zoom following this service for:
Birthday Sunday Type now the names (first name only) of those with August Birthdays
Coffee Hour- link sent out by e-blast. Phone me now you need the contact information.  

We have a spoken blessing, and will close with our sending hymn.  

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!  

SENDING HYMN VU 422 God Be with You till We Meet Again  
1. God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd's care enfold you; God be with you till we meet again.
Refrain Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus' feet; till we meet, till we meet,  God be with you till we meet again.  
2. God be with you till we meet again; unseen wings protecting hide you, daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again.
Refrain Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus' feet; till we meet, till we meet,  God be with you till we meet again.  
3. God be with you till we meet again; when life's perils thick confound you, put unfailing arms around you; God be with you till we meet again.
Refrain Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus' feet; till we meet, till we meet,  God be with you till we meet again.  
4. God be with you till we meet again; keep love's banner floating o'r you, smite death's threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.
Refrain Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus' feet; till we meet, till we meet,  God be with you till we meet again.  

POSTLUDE  Sonata Opus 14 #2, 2nd Mov't -  L. van Beethoven    

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 - Centring Words, Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Response to the Word, Prayer of Confession, Blessing By B.J. Beu, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © B.J. Beu. - Quiet Reflection, written by Dan Benson; from Gathering, Pentecost 1 2020 p21 - Prayers of the People: Thérèse Samuel, 2020. 

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
- Psalm 133 “Behold, How Pleasant.” Words: Pablo Sosa 1974; English 1986, alt. Music: Pablo Sosa 1974; arr. Darryl Nixon 1987 Words and music copyright 1974 Pablo Sosa. Arrangement copyright 1987 Songs for a Gospel People. Used by permission, One License #608577   - “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.” Words: Frederick William Faber 1854; alt. Music: Johann Ludwig Steiner 1723 Public Domain - “VU 697 O for a World.” Words: Miriam Therese Winter 1987 Music: Carl Gotthelf Gläser 1828; arr. Lowell Mason 1839 Words copyright 1990 Medical Mission Sisters Used by Permission. - “VU 559 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing.” Words: Robert Robinson 1758, alt. Music John Wyeth, Repository of Sacred Music, Part 2, 1813 Word alterations copyright 1993 The Pilgrim Press. Used by permission, One License #608577   - “God Be with You till We Meet Again.” Words: Jeremiah E. Rankin 1880 alt. Music: William Ge. Tomer 1880. Public Domain  

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