November 15, 2020 ~ 10:30 am ~ 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader: Marg Tirpkoff
Sound Tech: John Hunter
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics 1 We Join One Another to Worship God
PRELUDE Pathétique Sonata, 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.
CENTERING INTENTION-SETTING * 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.
CALL TO WORSHIP Come Let us Worship!
OPENING PRAYER and PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION God we draw near to you, grateful for your gifts of life, of beauty, of love and of grace. Even as we face the struggles of life, we give thanks for your great power of love. Even as we are not always sure where and how to find you, we give thanks for your Christ who makes your presence known. Even as we are separated by public health concerns, we give thanks for your Spirit that draws us together across time and space and makes us your church. Send your Spirit to illumine your word to us in the ancient words of scripture, in the beauty of water and rocks, of trees and sky; in the unnoticed places and unexpected voices. Send your Spirit to remind us that you are as close as our breath, and in everyone and everything. Send your Spirit so that we may know your power in our midst, even now, especially now that we are worshipping in separate spaces. For you are the God who transcends time and place, and exceeds all human expectations. We praise you, and listen for your word. In the name of Jesus the Christ, and for the sake of your gospel of love, we gather and we pray. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Judges 4:1-7 (NRSV)
REFLECTION ON THE WORD, and PRAYER OF CONFESSION God, you are the source of love, your Spirit is the power of love, and you act in our world through the presence of Christ. But sometimes we miss the presence of your Christ in our midst. For the times we do not accept your word because we do not consider the one who brings the message as capable or worthy of bringing your message, forgive us. For the times we turn down your invitation to speak or act on your behalf because we think we are not capable or worthy of bring your message to our church and our world, forgive us. For the times we miss your presence because you come in the unexpected person, at the unexpected time, in the unexpected way, forgive us. Renew us, and remind us as we bring our worship and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE God sent Jesus to bring us forgiveness: to bring us back to God when we have strayed. When we follow Jesus, releasing our fear and reaching for love, turning from what is wrong and moving toward what is right, naming our sins and letting God name us beloved, When we confess our sin and turn to God, we find that we are forgiven, renewed, and freed. Thanks be to God.
HYMN VU 657 He Leadeth Me 1. He leadeth me: O blessèd thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate'er I do, where'er I be, still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. Refrain He leadeth me! He leadeth me! By his own hand he leadeth me! His faithful follower I would be; for by his hand he leadeth me! 2. Sometimes 'mid scenes of deepest gloom, sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom, by waters calm, o'er troubled sea, still 'tis his hand that leadeth me. Refrain He leadeth me! He leadeth me! By his own hand he leadeth me! His faithful follower I would be; for by his hand he leadeth me! 3. Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine, content, whatever lot I see, since 'tis my God that leadeth me. Refrain He leadeth me! He leadeth me! By his own hand he leadeth me! His faithful follower I would be; for by his hand he leadeth me! 4. And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory's won, even death's cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain He leadeth me! He leadeth me! By his own hand he leadeth me! His faithful follower I would be; for by his hand he leadeth me! 2 God Speaks, We Listen
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV)
RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON “What Does Lov Require of You?”
HYMN VU 701 What Does the Lord Require of You Part 1. What does the Lord require of you? What does the Lord require of you? Part 2. Justice, kindness, walk humbly with your God. Part 3. To seek justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. 3 We Join God in the World
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.
PSALM 123 VU p. 847, (refrain tune VU 541, first and last lines) Refrain To you, O God, our eyes we raise until your mercy we may praise.
To you I lift up my eyes, to you who are enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of servants look to their master's hands, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you, O God, as we wait till you show us your favour. Refrain To you, O God, our eyes we raise until your mercy we may praise.
We have had more than enough of contempt. Too long we have suffered the scorn of the wealthy, and the contempt of the arrogant. Refrain To you, O God, our eyes we raise until your mercy we may praise.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE And we continue with our prayers of the people: To you, O God, We lift up our eyes when we look in creation, and at loved ones, and the blessings of our lives, we give you thanks and we sing:
Refrain To you, O God, our eyes we raise until your mercy we may praise.
To you, O God, We lift up our eyes and we cry out, O God, we have had more than enough of struggles and pain, More than enough of lockdowns and social distance, More than enough of separation from friends and loved ones, not able to hold one another to celebrate our successes, or to comfort one another in sickness, and grief. Too long we have had news of another war, another tragedy, striking faraway places or our own families and homes, Too long have some gone wanting, while others have excess, Too long, O God, too long. But you, O God, do not forget us, or any of your creation, not now, not ever. You, O God bring your healing power in our midst. You, O God give us what we need to be part of your realm of justice and peace for all. And so we offer our prayers with grateful hope and we praise you as we sing:
Refrain To you, O God, our eyes we raise until your mercy we may praise. Amen.
MEMORIAL MOMENT: KEN RUSK. Kenneth W. Rusk of Etobicoke passed away in his home on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at the age of 89. Ken was a choir member here at Grace, and continued to be a member of Grace after he moved to Etobicoke. In Toronto he was active with the Metropolitan Community Church, and volunteered in the Triangle Teen Lunch Program.
Psalm 23 (KJV, alt) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. A favourite hymn of Ken, and of many, was amazing Grace.
HYMN VU 266 Amazing Grace, verse 1 and 4.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. The Lord has promised good to me, this word my hope secures; God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
MEMORIAL MOMENT: AUDREY FARRAR. Audrey Farrar passed away peacefully at Errinrung Nursing Home in Thornbury on Sunday November 8, 2020 at the age of 95. She is remembered for her caring presence, and the wisdom and humour she shared so freely.
A TreeI think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
HYMN In the Garden (V1 and Chorus) I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear the son of God discloses; And he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Spoken, traditional words, VU 921) As a child 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. MUSIC for PASSING the PEACE Fantasy on a Hymn ~ C.Burton
OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF God, we thank you for the gifts you have given us. Like the servants given talents, you have given us these gifts not to store in fear, but to share in faith. So we give to you a portion of the gifts you have given us. Money given through monthly PAR direct debits through e-transfer, or with a click on the website, or a cheque in the mail to support the work of the church, and other organizations whose work Jesus would celebrate. Time and talents given from our homes and through computers, or phones, or the mail, or in person. Love and care, given in prayer. All these gifts, we offer to you and the work of your church, and the good of your world, so that your love and your strength, your justice and your peace may be known in all the world. In Jesus’ name we give. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Join us by telephone on Zoom following this service Birthday Sunday immediately following this service, and An Important Announcement from the Church Board at 11:30 pm. link sent out by e-blast. Phone me now you need the contact information. We Go Out to Share God’s Love!
SENDING HYMN MV 209 Go, Make a Diff'rence
Refrain Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. 1. We are the salt of the earth, called to let the people see the love of God for you and me. We are the light of the world, not to be hidden but be seen Go make a diff'rence in the world. Refrain Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. 2. We are the hands of Christ reaching out to those in need, the face of God for all to see. We are the spirit of hope: we are the voice of peace. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Refrain Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. 3. So let your love shine on, let it shine for all to see. Go make a diff'rence in the world. And the spirit of Christ will be with us as we go. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Refrain Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Go make a diff'rence. We can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world.
BLESSING Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV, alt) The LORD bless you, and keep you: The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The LORD lift up her countenance upon you, and give you peace.
CHORAL AMEN VU 967 Amen, Amen, Amen.
POSTLUDE “Theme and Variations” ~ G.F. Handel.
COFFEE HOUR Join us via Zoom for Birthdays, an important Board Announcement, and Community Time.
LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission: - Opening Prayer and Prayer for Illumination, Reflection and Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Sermon, Prayers of the People, Prayer of Dedication written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020 - Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998 - Poem “Trees” written by Alfred Joyce Kilmer, 1886-1918.
HYMNS and SUNG VERSES - “Grateful,” by Tom Tomaszek; © 2003 spiritandsong.com. Used by permission, One License #608577 - Psalm response tune “Old 100th.” Genevan Psalter 1551 Words and Music Public Domain. - “He Leadeth Me.” Words: Joseph Henry Gilmore, 1862 Music: William Batchelder Bradbury 1864 Public Domain - “What Does the Lord Require of You.” Words: Jim Strathdee 1986 Music: Jim Strathdee 1986 Words and music copyright 1986 Desert Flower Music. Used by permission, One License #608577 - “Amazing Grace.” John Newton, 1772; Public Domain. - “In the Garden.” C. Austin Miles, 1913; Public Domain. - “Go Make a Diff’rence.” Words and Music: Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek, 1997. Copyright 1997, Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek, Used by permission, One License #608577
Judges and Matthew 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.
The 23rd Psalm adapted from the King James Version
PRELUDE Pathetique Sonata, 2nd Mov't ~ L. van Beethoven MUSIC for PASSING the PEACE Fantasy on a Hymn ~ C.Burton POSTLUDE Theme and Variations ~ G.F. Hande