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January 10, 2021 Baptism of Jesus Sunday
The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
The Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, January 10, 2021
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January 10, 2021 ~ 10:30 AM ~ Baptism of Jesus Sunday

Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader:  Phyllis Fleming
Scripture Reader:   Carol Clarke
Memorial Speakers: Bonnie Hammond and Peter Armstrong    
~ Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung words: bold italics  

PRELUDE  (...Des pas sur la neige)   Debussy

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     (prepare a small bowl of water)    

CALL TO WORSHIP
God’s strong voice calls us to worship, calling us to sing and offer praise. God’s creative voice calls us to worship, calling us to life and light. God’s loving voice calls us to worship, calling us to love and be loved. Listen, for God’s voice calls to us now.  

SUNG VERSE VU 82 A Light is Gleaming (refrain only)
A light is gleaming, spreading its arms throughout the night, living in the light. Come share its gladness, God’s radiant love is burning bright, living in the light.

“In the brightness God has given,” we worship. (Linnea Good)  

OPENING PRAYER  
Word of God, speak, for your servants are listening. Pause for silent prayer. Spirit of creation and renewal, hover over our gathering this day, as you hovered over creation on that first day. Enter into our hearts and our lives, as you did at the day of our baptism. Descend on us like a dove, as you did on Jesus’s day of baptism, that we may hear again your words of love and adoption. Speak from the heavens into our minds, that we may perceive your words of guidance and wisdom. Amen  

INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURE Listen, for as scripture is read, we may hear the voice of a God thundering over the waters, hovering like a gentle breeze, or parting the clouds and speaking words of love. Listen, for God is speaking through the ages, and through ancient words, into a changing world with the unchanging promise of God’s constant presence.  

FIRST READING   Acts 19:1-7 NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
When our hearts are hard as stone, soften us with your grace. When our lives are riddled with sin and pain, heal us with your mercy. When our ears are ringing with self-doubt and cynicism, strengthen us with words of faith and love. When our minds are muddled with confusion and fear, enlighten us with the radiance of your wisdom. Speak to our spirits from the truth of your being, the reality of your love, and the promise of your forgiveness, that we may hear your voice clearly and follow where you call us to go. Amen.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear the truth of God’s voice breaking through the clouds of our lives: “You are my child, the one I dearly love. I delight in your creation.” “You are my child, the one I dearly love. I delight in your creation.”  

HYMN   MV 150 Spirit God, Be Our Breath
1. Spirit God: be our breath, be our song. Blow through us, bringing strength to move on. Our world seems inward, defensive, withdrawn... Spirit God, be our song.  
2. Patient God: soothe our pride, calm our fear. Comfort us. When we know you are near we grow more certain our vision is clear. Patient God, calm our fear.  
3. Loving God: be our voice, be our prayer. Reaching out, joining hands as we share, we seek your guidance through friendship and care. Loving God, be our prayer.  
4. Spirit God: be our breath, be our song. Blow through us, bringing strength to move on. Through change, through challenge, we'll greet the new dawn... Spirit God, be our song.  

SECOND READING   Mark1:4-11 (NRSV)  

RESPONSE: The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.  

PRAYER OF PREPARATION   SERMON “Water, Spirit – Human, Divine”  

HYMN   VU 28 Herald! Sound the Note of Gladness

1. Herald! Sound the note of gladness! Tell the news that Christ is here; make a pathway through the desert for the one who brings God near.
Refrain Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ the Saving One has come!  
2. Herald! Sound the note of judgement, warning us of right and wrong, turning us from sin and sadness, till once more we sing the song.
Refrain Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ the Saving One has come!  
3. Herald! Sound the note of pardon! Those repenting are forgiven; God receives these wayward children, and to all new life is given. Refrain Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ the Saving One has come!  
4. Herald! Sound the note of triumph! Christ has come to share our life, bringing God's own love and power, granting victory in our strife.
Refrain Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ the Saving One has come!  

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.  

MEMORIAL MOMENT
We remember this day our brother, Murray McEachern who died on January 1st.

Holy God, Lord of life and death, you made us in your image and hold us in your care. We thank you for your servant, Murray, for the gift of his life, and for the love and mercy he received from you and gave to us. With these words, and in our hearts and minds, we remember him.


WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE: Bonnie and Peter

Holy God, we praise you for your love in Jesus Christ, who died and rose from the grave to free us from evil, and give us life eternal. Grant that when our time on earth is ended, we may be united with all the saints in the joys of your eternal home.   Amen.      

Receive Murray into the arms of your mercy. Raise him up with all your people. Receive us also, and raise us into a new life. Help us so to love and serve you in this world, that we may enter into your joy in the world to come.  Amen.  

SUNG PSALM 23: VU 747 The Lord’s My Shepherd
The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want; he makes me down to lie in pastures green; he leadeth me, the quiet waters by.  
My soul he doth restore again; and me to walk doth make within the paths of righteousness, even for his own name's sake.  
Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, yet will I fear no ill; for thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still.  
My table thou hast furnished in presence of my foes; my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows  
Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me, and in God's house for evermore my dwelling place shall be.  

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
take out the water you have set aside…  

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
Share together this blessing and truth: You are God’s child, beloved and pleasing to God.
MUSIC for PASSING the PEACE   Improvisation on a Hymn. C.J. Burton  

OFFERING  We  honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
INVITATION TO OFFERING
With hearts wide open and ears ready to hear, we bring our very lives to this time of offering. May we bring more than just gifts in a cheque or email, but hearts and minds ready to hear God’s call and respond where God’s voice leads us. With an offering stone to honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering let us pray:
PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF
Bless these gifts with your voice of creation, your healing, and your love, Mighty God. Transform our meager offerings into abundant gifts for a world in need of your light and life. Amen. A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

HYMN   VU 238 How Great Thou Art (verses 1,2,4)
1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.  
Refrain: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!             Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  
2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.  
Refrain: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!             Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,  How great thou art! How great thou art!  
4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”         
Refrain: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!             Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!  

SENDING
Go from this time of worship with the old songs in your ears, and a new song in your hearts. Go from this time knowing that every song you need is within you and around you. Go into the world to bring the song that the world longs to sing. Go, and may the everlasting song go with you, now and always.  

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, * within, around, above. Go now in peace, in faith and in love. Amen, amen, amen. * alternate words: watching from above

POSTLUDE  Waltz   Chopin    

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: - Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer for Illuminatin, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Invitation to the Offering, Prayer of Dedication: by Mary Scifres, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Mary Scifres. - Affirmation of Faith: “A New Creed,” The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998 - Prayers in Memorial Moment from  Celebrate God’s Presence pages 456 (alt) and 463 - Sermon and Prayers of the People by Thérèse Samuel, 2021  - Blessing by Thérèse Samuel, 2020   

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES - “A Light Is Gleaming.” Words: Linnea Good 1992 Music LIVING IN THE LIGHT: Linnea Good 1992 Words and music copyright 1992 Borealis Music Used by permission, One License #608577     - “Spirit God, Be Our Breath.” Words and music: Bruce Harding, 1997 Words and music copyright 1997 by Bruce Harding, www.evensong.ca.  Used by permission, One License #608577     - “Herald, Sound the Note of Gladness.” Words:  Moir A. J. Waters 1968, alt. Music: adapt. from Joachim Neander ca.1680 Words copyright 1968 Moir A. J. Waters. Used by permission, One License #608577              - “The Lord’s My Shepherd.” Words: Scottish Psalter 1650                Music: Jessie Seymour Irvine 1872 Used with permission under OneLicense #608577. All rights reserved.   - “How Great Thou Art.” Words: Carl Gustav Boberg ca. 1885; English trans. Stuart K Hine ca. 1939, rev. 1949 Music: Swedish melody, arr. Stuart K Hine 1949 English words and arrangement © 1953 [1981] Renewal by Manna Music, Inc.     Hope Publishing Company Used with permission under OneLicense #608577. All rights reserved..   - “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.   Prelude: (…Des pas sur la neige)  Debussy Passing of the Peace:  Improvisation on a Hymn. C.J. Burton Postlude:  Waltz   Chopin All in Public Domain  

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES 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.