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August 15, 2021 Sunday Worship
Robert Murdock
Robert Murdock
Sunday, August 15, 2021
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August 15, 2021 ~ 10:30 AM Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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Leading us today in worship:

Minister:             Robert Murdock (Candidate for Diaconal Ministry)
Music Director:  Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader & Scripture Reader:    Margaret Tirpkoff  

Leader: regular font ~ All: bold font ~ Sung Words: bold italic font  

Pavana -   T. Morley      

Greeting:   (Lay Leader)
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.  

Introduction:   (Lay Leader)                                 

Acknowledgement of Traditional territory:
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we worship on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash unceded First Nation, who were stewards of this land throughout the ages. We commit ourselves to the ongoing work of building right relations with indigenous peoples of this land.

Welcome:   (Minister)               

Call to Worship:
Leader: Join in for we have come to worship God,
ALL: We have come seeking comfort, inspiration, community, and insight.
Leader: We have come to open ourselves to the power of God in our midst.
ALL: We have come to offer up the seasons, and the turning in our lives, and to ask God’s help in our growing and in our learning.                                     

Opening Prayer:  

Opening Hymn: VU 642 Be Thou My Vision
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.  

3. Be thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tower;
raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.  

5. Great God of heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, 
still be my vision, O ruler of all.  

Prayer of Approach:

We look upon you tender God, the God that keeps loving us despite our failures; we bow our hearts and minds in humility, trusting in your forgiveness, leaning on your promise of welcome. You are the Great I Am, who will be there despite the times we forget the greatest commandment and the greatest gift is to love ourselves and each other as you showed your love for us.  Listen now to our private thoughts as we speak to you in silent prayer.  

Words of Assurance:           

Prayer for Illumination:  (Minister)  

Scripture:   (Lay Reader)

Psalm 111 VU 833
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.  

I will thank you, God, with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in their assembly.
     Great are your works, O God,
     studied by all who delight in them.
Honour and majesty are your work;
your righteousness endures forever.
     You have won renown for your wonders;
     you are gracious and full of compassion.  
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

You give food to those who fear you;
you keep your covenant always in mind.
     You have shown your power in action,
     giving your people the heritage of nations.
The works of your hands are faithful and just;
all your precepts trustworthy.
     They stand fast forever and ever;
     grounded in justice and truth.
You sent redemption to your people;
     you decreed your covenant forever.
     Holy and awesome is your name.  
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.  

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom;
     those who practise it have good understanding.
     May your praise endure forever.  
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.  

The Word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.  

Musical Interlude
Fantasy on a Hymn - C. Burton  

Prayer of Preparation:  (Minister)  

Sermon:  “When Fear is a Good Thing”       – Rob Murdock         

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.  

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.

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, mercy, and love.  

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.

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!

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
   and in life beyond death,
   God is with us.

We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

Prayers of the People:  (Minister)

The Lord’s Prayer:
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:
The Peace of Christ be with you all.                         
And also with you.  

Everyone is invited to share the peace of Christ by offering a message in the chat box. 
You may also wish to think of someone you would like to pass the peace to this week.

Music while we share the Peace of Christ:
Galiarda - T Morley  

Invitation to the Offering:  

Prayer of Dedication:  
   A single stone placed in the offering plate honours all our gifts.

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   Mail: Grace UC, 140 Bruce St. S. PO Box 219, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Care, Prayer, Share

Announcements:  (Lay Leader)       

Closing Hymn: VU 266 Amazing Grace
1. 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.  

2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear 
the hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.  

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
this word my hope secures;
God will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.  

5. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.  

Commissioning and Benediction  

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

Sonata in E Flat Major 3rd Movement -   F. Hayden                             


RESOURCES USED (all with permission):

Prayers and Liturgies:
Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Words of Assurance, Prayer of Illumination, Prayers of the People, Invitation and Dedication, Commissioning and benediction written by Robert Murdock.

Hymns and Sung Responses:
Psalm Response: Hal H. Hopson. Copyright © 1989 Hope Publishing Co. One License
Be Thou My Vision: Words: Irish ca. 8th century; trans. Mary Elizabeth Byrne 1905, vers. Eleanor H. Hull 1912, alt. Music: Irish traditional melody. Public Domain
Great is Thy Faithfulness:  Words: Thomas O. Chisholm 1923, alt.  Music: William M. Runyan 1923 Words and music copyright 1923 Hope Publishing Co. One License
Amazing Grace: Words: John henry Newton 1779, alt., v 5 anan., from A Collection of Sacred Ballads 1780. Music: Virginia Harmony 1831, adapt. and harm., Edwin O. Excell 1900. One License
-  Go Now in Peace: Words: Don Besig and Nancy Price. © 1988 Harold Frammer. Music: Inc. Alternate words used with permission. One License.  

Scripture Passages: 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: Pavana  T. Morley  
Interlude:  Fantasy on a Hymn  C.Burton
Passing of the Peace: Galiarda  T. Morley
Postlude: Sonata in E Flat Major 3rd Movement  F. Hayden
All Public Domain