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February 28, 2021 Worship Service - Lent 2
Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, February 28, 2021
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February 28, 2021 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 2nd Sunday in Lent

Leading us today in Worship:
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
Alto: Betty Kirbyson
Tenor: Bonnie Hammond
Bass: John Thompson

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

PRELUDE  Five Mystical Songs Ralph Vaughan Williams
#4 “The Call”

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

CALL TO WORSHIP VU 242 Let All Things Now Living
Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God our creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
By guiding us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o'er us, pure light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
'Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into Light.

By law God enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a song let us raise
'Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
"To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!"

OPENING PRAYER VU 378 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
verses 1,2,4
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart,
wean it from earth, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, strength to me impart,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.

Teach me to love you as your angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame:
the baptism of the heaven-descended Dove;
my heart an altar, and your love the flame.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God,
we confess that we often come to you reluctantly,
afraid of what we might have to give up
or change when we enter your presence.
In our reluctance,
we often miss opportunities for your grace to touch us,
and through us to touch others.
Touch us that we might be healed;
forgive us that we might be born again. Amen.


WORDS OF ASSURANCE
On the journey of Lent
we seek a spirit of discernment and wisdom.
On the journey of Lent
we move toward relationship with God.
Follow Jesus and know new life.
Seek the Spirit and know new insight.
Move toward God and know grace.
You are forgiven.
God Speaks, We Listen


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God of call, God of transformation,
God of the Lenten journey;
help us to discern your still, small voice.
Open us to change and growth
that we may walk with Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


PSALM 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd ~ COMPOSER: Muriel Essery
QUARTET: T. Samuel, P. Fleming, B. Hammond, J. Thompson


GOSPEL READING Mark 8:31-36

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

REFLECTION “Go Ahead, Resist Change!”

HYMN He Lives (selected verses will be announced)
1
I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever people say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He's always near.
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

2
In all the world around me I see His loving care
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair
I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing will come at last!
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

3
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find
None other is so loving, so good and kind
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST Video prepared by Orleen Anderson

HYMN In the Garden

1
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.

2
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
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.

3
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
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.

PRAYER FOR GRACE
A prayer written by Rev. Thérèse Samuel and Phyllis Fleming

OFFERING We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
OFFERING PRAYER MV 182 Grateful
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.

Ways to give: Email: [email protected]
to arrange a cheque pick-up, or an e-transfer
Mail: Grace UC, 140 Bruce St. S. PO Box 219, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Credit Card: www.graceunitedthornbury.ca, select “Give”
More ways to give: Care, Prayer, Share

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HYMN MV 135 Called by Earth and Sky
Called by earth and sky, promise of hope held high
This is our sacred living trust, treasure of Life, sanctified
Called by earth and sky

1.
Precious these waters endless seas, deep ocean’s dream
Waters of healing, rivers of rain
The wash of love again
Called by earth and sky, promise of hope held high
This is our sacred living trust, treasure of Life, sanctified
Called by earth and sky

4.
Precious the fire that lights our way, bright dawning day
Fire of passion, sorrows undone
Our faith and justice one
Called by earth and sky, promise of hope held high
This is our sacred living trust, treasure of Life, sanctified
Called by earth and sky
Called by earth and sky

SENDING (This sending was written by Rev. Thérèse in 2020 for Grace
United Thornbury, and it will be adapted for today)
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.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Join us via Zoom.
The Zoom Link was sent in the eblast.

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LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission:
- Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Prayer for Illumination, from Celebrate
God’s Presence.
- Prayer for Grace, written by Thérèse Samuel and Phyllis Fleming, 2021
- Sending written by Thérèse Samuel, 2020
- Sermon by Thérèse Samuel, 2021

HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
- “Let All Things Now Living.” Words: Katherine K. Davis, 1939. Music: Welsh folk melody.
Descant. Katherine K. Davis, 1938. Words and descant © E. C. Schirmer Music Co.
Used by permission, One License #608577
- “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart.” Words George Croly. Music Fredrick C.
Atkinson. Public Domain.
- “He Lives.” Words Alfred H Ackley, alt. Music Alfred H Ackley. Words and Music Public
Domain.
- “In the Garden.” C. Austin Miles. Words and Music Public Domain.
- “Grateful.” by Tom Tomaszek; © 2003 spiritandsong.com. Used by permission, One
License #608577 Words and music by Pat Mayberry. Arrangement Margaret
Stubbington. Words and Music © 2005 Pat Mayberry. Arrangement © 2005
Margaret Stubbington Used by permission, One License #608577

Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard W|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