Saturday, 27 June 2020

Pentecost 4 -- How much do you trust God?

Hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious measure, sung by flaming tongues above
O the vast, the boundless treasure of my God’s unchanging love.

Here I make faith’s affirmation: thus far by thy help I’ve come,
and I hope, by thy compassion, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
take my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Gathering of the Community

Leader:     God has been with us from the beginning of time, rescuing, performing miracles, loving,                         holding us close.
All:          God is always with us.
Leader:     God created everything and filled the world with love.
All:          God is always with us.
Leader:     God sends the rain and the sunshine; God is in the mighty thunder and in the yawn of a flea.
All:         God is always with us.
Leader:     God led the people of the past, and God leads us. We can face the future with faith, knowing                 that God is with us
All:         God is always with us.

Prayer of the Day
God, we want to serve you and be disciples, but we can think of a zillion other things we need to do. Help us to make the right choices. Help us to discover the joy and satisfaction that comes from following you. Amen.

Collect for Indigenous Sunday
Creator God, from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name. You have rooted and grounded us in your covenant love, and empowered us by your Spirit to speak the truth in love, and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness. Mercifully grant that your people, journeying together in partnership, may be strengthened and guided to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ, who is our light and our life. Amen

Song     Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire

Abraham took Isaac's hand and led him to the lonesome hill.
While his daughter hid and watched,
She dared not breathe, she was so still.
Just as the angel cried for the slaughter,
Abraham's daughter raised her voice.

Then the angel asked her what her name was,
She said, "I have none."
Then he asked, "How can this be?"
"My father never gave me one."

And when he saw her, raised for the slaughter,
Abraham's daughter raised her bow.
"How darest you, child, defy your father?"
"You better let young Isaac go."

Reading of Scripture Genesis 22:1-14

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’Homily

    Out of Deep Unordered Water VU 453

Out of deep, unordered water
God created land and life;
world of bird and beast, and later,
twosome people, husband and wife.

Chorus:    There is water in the river
                  bringing life to tree and plant.
                  Let creation praise its giver:
                  there is water in the font.

Water on the human forehead,
birthmark of the love of God,
is the sign of death and rising;
through the seas there runs a road.         Chorus

Standing round the font reminds us
of the Hebrews' climb ashore.
Life is hallowed by the knowledge:
God has been this way before.             Chorus

Affirmation of Faith
We are, all of us, Treaty People:
original inhabitants
and those who came later—
inheritors of a diverse history,
dwellers in a common land,
travellers toward a better day. 

We have known
friendship and animosity,
cooperation and oppression,
blessing and pain. 

And now we embrace
the sacred covenant
that heralds a new beginning:
that softens the heart
and dismantles the prisons of
the present and the past. 

We joyfully claim
our rights and responsibilities
as Treaty People.  Amen.
—Treaty People’s Creed (2011), 
The All My Relations Network of Saskatchewan Conference

Hymn    God of the Sparrow #414

God of the sparrow God of the whale
God of the swirling stars
How does the creature say Awe
How does the creature say Praise

God of the earthquake God of the storm
God of the trumpet blast
How does the creature cry Woe
How does the creature cry Save

God of the rainbow God of the cross
God of the empty grave
How does the creature say Grace
How does the creature say Thanks

God of the hungry God of the sick
God of the prodigal
How does the creature say Care
How does the creature say Life 

The Prayers of the People     Thanksgiving in the Four Directions         Led by Mary Lysecki

Creator, we long for wholeness in our families, for honest, open communication to say what we need to say in safety and without fear.
Creator, we give thanks for the knowledge you give in all traditions of the world. Help us to honour the gifts of all traditions.
Teach us to know how to love and live.

We give thanks for new life, for youth, represented by the eastern direction. We give thanks for new learning, for the sun which rises to begin each new day, and for the teachings of the peoples of the east, and yellow-skinned peoples.
Teach us to know how to love and live.

We give thanks for the south, for the black-skinned peoples of the world, for the growth of the summertime in our lives, the learnings of our adult lives, to be kind and accept ourselves. Teach us as parents to love and respect our children, to care for the elders and those who cannot care for themselves.
Teach us to know how to love and live.

We give thanks for the west, for the gifts of Aboriginal peoples of the world, for understandings of care of the earth, for teachings about rocks, leaves and trees, for the knowledge we have in our own teachings, all of these given by our Creator. Help us to use our understandings to bring joy and new life to our communities.
Teach us to know how to love and live.

We give thanks for the northern direction, for the white-skinned peoples of the world, and white-haired peoples in our families and communities. Help us to receive gifts of wisdom from all peoples. Help us to grow our roots deeper through life’s journey that we may grow in kindness to ourselves and each other.
Teach us to know how to love and live.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Blessing

The Dismissal
One:     Christ has set us free! Let’s hold on to that freedom, and never become slaves to rules again.
All:    We must not use our freedom as an excuse to do anything we want.
One:     Let’s use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.
All:     God’s Spirit can make us loving, happy, peaceful, patient,
One:     kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled.
All:     God’s Spirit has given us life, so let us live in the Spirit.
One:     May God walk with you all your days.
All:     And with you also.
            Thanks be to God. Amen. Alleluia

Song    10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

Chorus:     Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul,
                   worship His holy name.
                   Sing like never before, O my soul,
                   I’ll worship Your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning;
It’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
let me be singing when the ev’ning comes.                 Chorus

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger,
Your name is great and Your heart is kind;
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing,
ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.                 Chorus

And on that day when my strength is failing,
the end draws near and my time has come;
Still my soul sings Your praise un-ending,
ten thousand years and then forevermore.                 Chorus x2

I’ll worship Your holy name,
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name.

Sing like never before, Oh, my soul.
I’ll worship Your holy name,
worship Your holy name,
worship Your holy name.

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