October 4, 2020 ~ 10:30am ~ World Communion Sunday
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Sylvia Bell
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics
PRELUDE Sonata in B Minor D. Scarlatti
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.
Creation Time CALL TO WORSHIP MV 130 Rise Up, Rise Up (2x)
Rise up, rise up, rise up, O my soul. Rise up and sing this blessing to God's name. Rise up, rise up, rise up, O my soul. Rise up and sing this blessing to God's name. Come, Let us worship.
God, who brought your people out of slavery in Egypt, you came in Christ to pronounce our release from slavery to sin. We offer our thanks and praise to you. As we worship, send your Spirit that we may hear what you are saying to us through Scripture. And we pray that our time of worship may strengthen us to do our part in bringing justice and peace, and so may we proclaim your release to your peoples, and to your creation. We offer our praise to you, Creator, Word and Spirit. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Ten Commandments
INVITATION TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Love, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done; we have sinned in ignorance; we have sinned in weakness; we have sinned through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us, and renew our lives. silent prayer
SINGING MV 85 Take, O Take Me as I Am sung x2
Take, O take me as I am; summon out what I shall be set your seal upon my heart and live in me.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
As I speak the words of assurance, let us all hear and receive them: God the Creator brings you new life, forgives and redeems you. Take hold of this forgiveness, and live your life in the spirit of Jesus. Amen.
HYMN VU 699 Live into Hope
1. Live into hope of captives freed, of sight regained, the end of greed. The oppressed shall be the first to see the year of God's own jubilee!
2. Live into hope the blind shall see with insight and with clarity, removing shades of pride and fear, a vision of our God brought near.
3. Live into hope of liberty, the right to speak, the right to be, the right to have one's daily bread, to hear God's word and thus be fed.
4. Live into hope of captives freed from chains of fear or want or greed. God now proclaims our full release to faith and hope and joy and peace.
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.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
As we prepare to listen for God’s word in scripture, we sing:
1, Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art, thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping thy presence my light.
2. Be thou my wisdom my calm in all strife; I ever with thee, and thou in my life; thou loving parent, thy child may I be, thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee. PSALM
Psalm 19 (VU 740, Refrain 2) The heavens declare God’s glory Refrain 2 Glory and praise to God whose word brings life! The heavens declare the glory of God; and the vault of the sky reveals God's handiwork. One day speaks to another, and night shares its knowledge with night, and this without speech or language; their voices are not heard. But their sound goes out to all the lands, their words to the ends of the earth. Refrain Glory and praise to God whose word brings life! In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun which comes out like a bridegroom from under the canopy, like an athlete eager to run the race. Its rising is at one end of the sky, it runs its course to the other, and there is nothing that is hidden from its heat. Refrain Glory and praise to God whose word brings life! God's law is perfect, refreshing the soul; God's instruction is sure, giving wisdom to the simple; God's precepts are right, rejoicing the heart; God's commandment is pure giving light to the eyes; God's fear is clean, enduring forever; God's judgements are true, every one of them righteous; more desirable than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey; pure honey from the comb. Refrain Glory and praise to God whose word brings life! By them is your servant warned; for in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern unwitting sins? O cleanse me from my secret faults. Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the better of me. Then shall I be clean and innocent of great offence. Refrain Glory and praise to God whose word brings life! All Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my strength and my redeemer.
RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON “Preach! I’m Listening.”
SPECIAL GUEST HYMN MV 37 Each Blade of Grass (words in video) Elizabeth Boehm Wilson and Choir of Knox United, Kenora
OFFERING HYMN VU 642 Be Thou My Vision
4. Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise, thou my inheritance, now and always; thou and thou only, the first in my heart, great God of heaven my treasure thou art.
OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF Creator God, as heavens tell of your glory and sky reveals your artwork, we pray that our offerings may also reveal your goodness. By the ministry made possible by the gifts we give, may your grace and glory, and the beauty of your creation be made known in our church and in our world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
OFFERTORY Improvisation G. Fauré
A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.
HYMN MV 154 Deep in Our Hearts
1. Deep in our hearts there is a common vision; deep in our hearts there is a common song; deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.
2. Deep in our hearts there is a common purpose; deep in our hearts there is a common goal; deep in our hearts there is a sacred message, justice and peace in harmony.
3. Deep in our hearts there is a common longing; deep in our hearts there is a common theme; deep in our hearts there is a common current, flowing to freedom like a stream.
4. Deep in our hearts there is a common vision, deep in our hearts there is a common song; deep in our hearts there is a common story, telling Creation that we are one.
INTERLUDE MV 154 Deep in Our Hearts, instrumental
COMMUNION AND COFFEE HOUR
Join us via Zoom for communion and community time. The Zoom Link was sent in the eblast.
LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
- Opening Prayer, Invitation to Confession, Prayer for Illumination, Prayer of Dedication written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020
- Prayer of Confession (p33), Words of Assurance (p42) from Celebrate God’s Presence
HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
- “Rise Up, Rise Up.” Words and music: Linnea Good, 2003. Words and music copyright 2004 Borealis Music. Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Take, O Take Me As I Am.” Words: John L. Bell and Graham Maule. Music: John L. Bell, 1995 Words and music copyright 1995 by WGRG, Iona Community, Scotland, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission, One License #608577
- Psalm response “Glory and Praise to God.” Music: Geoffrey Shaw, Oxford University Press. Public Domain.
- “Live into Hope.” Words: Jane Parker Huber 1976 Music: Thomas Willams' Psalmodia Evangelica, Vol.2 1789, harm. Lowell Mason Words copyright 1980 Jane Parker Huber. Used by permission of Westminster John Knox Pres. Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Deep In Our Hearts.” Words: John Oldham, 1995 Music: Ron Klusmeier, 1996 Words copyright 1995 by John Wesley Oldham. Music copyright 1996 by Ron Klusmeier. Hope Publishing Co.. 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.
- “Each Blade of Grass.” Words by Keri K. Wehlander. Music Anonymous. Arranged by Linnea Good. Words © 2005 Keri K. Wehlander. Arrangement © 2005 Borealis Music. Used by permission, One License #608577 Performed by Elizabeth Boehm-Wilson (Glenburnie United) the choir of Knox United Church, Kenora Ontario.
Exodus 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.
Prelude: Sonata in B Minor D. Scarlatti
Offertory: Improvisation G. Fauré
Postlude: Impromptu Opus 90 #2 F. Schubert