November 1, 2020 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Leading us today in Worship Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
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PRELUDE Prelude Opus 28 #4 F. Chopin
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.
CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship
CALL TO WORSHIP MV 182 Grateful (refrain only) * SINGING Grateful (MV 182) (CCLI) Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son, joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love. Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word, joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.
OPENING PRAYER and PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION Let us unite our hearts in our opening prayer. Let us pray: O God, We are truly grateful for the life you give us. We praise you for the gift of changing seasons, which are intertwined with the circle of life. We thank you that you sent your son Jesus into the world, so that we could see what a human life filled with you could look like. We praise you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, which flows over us in all the seasons of our lives. We feel your boundless love for us, and we respond with love and praise. And as we listen to the scriptures that are read this morning, we pray that we will hear beyond the human words recorded in the Bible, and hear your word of truth for us, today. Amen.
SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Let us join together in our prayer of confession. Let us pray: O God, We strive to live lives worthy of you, but we know that we sometimes fall short of our goal. We strive to follow the example of Jesus, but we do not always succeed. We can act in loving ways, but we can also act in hurtful ways. We sometimes pause to listen for your word to us, but sometimes we rush headlong into decisions that may lead us away from you. Forgive us, we pray. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE Friends, remember that however much we fall short of our goal to live lives worthy of God, however much we may stray down a path that leads away from God, that same God always loves us, and is waiting for us to accept forgiveness. Thanks be to God!
HYMN VU 315 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty 1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee; holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessèd Trinity! 2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee; which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. 3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity. 4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea; holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
SCRIPTURE: Old Testament Reading: Joshua 3:7-17
RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON “Still with Us”
HYMN VU 595 We Are Pilgrim (The Servant Song) 1. We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. 2. Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too. 3. I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear. 4. I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I'll laugh with you I will share your joy and sorrow, till we've seen this journey through. 5. When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony, born of all we've known together of Christ's love and agony. 6. Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.
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.
RESPONSIVE PSALM Psalm 107, selected verses (VU 831-832 Parts One and Four) O give thanks to God for steadfast love. Refrain O give thanks to God for steadfast love. Part One O give thanks, for God is gracious; God's steadfast love endures for ever. Let the redeemed of God say so, those redeemed from trouble, whom God gathered in from the lands, from the east and the west, from the north and the south. Refrain O give thanks to God for steadfast love. Some lost their way in desert wastes, finding no place to settle; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to you, God, in their trouble; you rescued them from their distress. You led them by a straight path, till they reached a place to settle. Let them thank you, O God, for your steadfast love, for the wonders you do for us. For you satisfy the thirsty, and fill the hungry with good things. Refrain O give thanks to God for steadfast love. Part Four You turn rivers into desert, springs of water into thirsty ground. A fruitful land you make a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. But you turn desert into standing pools, dry land into springs of water, to give the hungry a home, a place where they can settle, They sow fields and plant vineyards that yield a fruitful harvest. You bless them and their numbers increase. You do not let their herds diminish. Whoever is wise, ponder these things. Consider God's unfailing love. Refrain O give thanks to God for steadfast love.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, VU 921) As a child who turns to a loving caregiver who watches over them, we turn in prayer to you, O God, who are our heavenly parent, our mother, Our Father, who art in Heaven…
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. Think of one person with whom you would like to share the peace of Christ. You can also share the peace by typing in the chat box.
OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering. PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF Generous God, creator and redeemer, we offer a share of the gifts you have given us. We know that your gifts are given for the good of all, and not just for some. May these gifts be used to ensure that those who are hungry and thirsty for food and for justice may be filled and satisfied. In gratitude we give. Amen. OFFERTORY Improvisation on a Hymn C. Burton A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts. Donate online: www.graceunitedthornbury.ca, select “Give”
ANNOUNCEMENTS Join us by Zoom following this service for Coffee Hour- link sent out by e-blast. Phone me now you need the contact information.
SENDING HYMN VU 288 Great Is Thy Faithfulness 1. Great is thy faithfulness, God our Creator; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been thou forever wilt be. Refrain Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided-- great is thy faithfulness, ever to me! 2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Refrain Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided-- great is thy faithfulness, ever to me! 3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow-- wondrous the portion thy blessings provide. Refrain Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided-- great is thy faithfulness, ever to me!
BLESSING Go with great faithfulness to the God who is faithful to us always. Show God’s steadfast love in your words and your deeds. Share God’s gifts of life with all who are in need. Alert one another to the presence of God in your midst. Go bearing peace, in the name of the holy God, Creator Word and Spirit.
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, * watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love. Amen, amen, amen. * alternate words: within, around, above
POSTLUDE Two-part Invention #8 in F Major J.S. Bach
COFFEE HOUR Join us via Zoom for community time. The Zoom Link was sent in the eblast.
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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 - Opening prayer and Prayer for Illumination, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, written by Phyllis Fleming, 2020 - Sermon, Prayer of Dedication and Sending written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020
HYMNS and SUNG VERSES - “Grateful,” by Tom Tomaszek; © 2003 spiritandsong.com. Used by permission, One License #608577 - “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Words: Reginald Heber ca 1820, alt. Music: John Bacchus Dykes 1861, Public Domain. Descant Godfrey Hewitt ca. 1971, © 1971 Godfrey Hewitt. - “The Servant Song.” Words and Music Richard Gillard, 1977. Words and music © 1977 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing. Used by permission, CCLI license #11203479. - Psalm response “O Give Thanks.” Music: copyright 1994 Eleanor Daley. Used with permission. - “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Words: Thomas Q. Chisolm 1923, alt. Music: William M. Runyan 1923; desc. Joachim Segger 1995 Words and music copyright 1923, renewal 1951 Hope Publishing Company Descant copyright 1995 Hope Publishing Company 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 PASSAGES 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: Prelude Opus 28 #4 F. Chopin Offertory: Improvisation on a Hymn C. Burton Postlude: Two-part Invention #8 in F Major J.S. Bach