Bethel Presbyterian Church
5th Sunday after Pentecost
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We welcome e everyone to this service of worship this morning.
Congratulations to Rick and Karen Wheeliker who will be celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday, July 8th… their son Tyler was missed when we did grads in June and so we are recognizing his graduation today. Tyler graduated from CBU with his BBA and has been accepted to CPA. He is the grandson of Mary and Wayne Penny
Sharing in Mission and Ministry Together
Presbyterians across Canada share in the mission and ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada through gifts to Presbyterians Sharing. These gifts equip congregations, ministries and presbyteries; create and support new faith communities; embrace local, national and international mission; engage in healing and reconciliation, live out God’s call to justice; support biblical and theological reflection and dialogue; encourage and empower children and youth—and so much more! All of this is made possible by generous gifts to Presbyterians Sharing. When we work together, we can accomplish far more than we ever could individually. Together, we are making a difference.
Presbyterians Sharing puts faith into action, in Canada and around the world
Monday, July 6 We give thanks for Annemarie Klassen and Anne Saunders who faithfully served on the Cutting Edge of Mission (E.H. Johnson) Committee for the past six years.
Tuesday, July 7 We pray for the Rev. James Pott who serves as the convener of the Committee on Ministry and Pastoral Care for the Presbytery of Ottawa.
Wednesday, July 8 We give thanks for those who have supported our theological colleges with the financial resources needed to educate and equip ministers and leaders for the church and the world.
Thursday, July 9 We pray for families in Haiti who are learning how to combat malnutrition with support from Presbyterian World Service & Development partners.
Friday, July 10 We give thanks for new ministries and congregations starting across the denomination.
Saturday, July 11 We pray for interchurch families in which couples are married across denominational divides and participate together in two Christian communities.
Order of Service
Prelude ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Call to Worship (Psalm 145:1-3 NIV) & Opening Prayer
Hymn # 103 O Lord, thou art my God and King
O Lord, thou art my God and King; thee will I magnify and praise:
I will thee bless, and gladly sing unto thy holy name always.
The will I bless each day I rise, and praise thy name, time without end; Much to be praised and great God is, Whose greatness none can comprehend.
Thy saints shall praise thy holy name; Thy mighty acts they shall declare; Thy wondrous works I will proclaim and meditate on them with prayer
Thy might shall be by all extolled; Thy glorious grace I will record; With all my strength I will unfold Thy great and mighty acts, O Lord.
Thy faithful shall make known the fame of thy great goodness and shall bless The splendour of thy glorious name, praising aloud thy righteousness.
Prayer of Confession
The Old Testament Lessons this morning are being read by David Sneddon & New Testament Lessons by Catherine Sneddon
Old Testament Lesson Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67 (NIV)
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, men servants and maid servants, and camels and donkeys. 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. 37 And my master made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’
42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring. If a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ 45 “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’ “Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.” 50 “Laban and Bethuel answered, ‘This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.”
58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said. 59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the gates of your enemies.” 61 Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left. 62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Responsive Psalm # 45:10-17 (NIV)
10 Listen, O daughter, and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift,men of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her—and are brought to you.
15 They are led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. 17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
N.T. Epistle Lesson Romans 7:15-25a (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not do the good I want to do, no the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
N.T. Gospel Lesson Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (NIV)
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Hymn # 435 All things bright and beautiful
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful: In love God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.
The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one.
The rocky mountain splendour, the haunting curlew’s call The great lakes and the prairies the forests in the fall.
God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well.
Sermon: Weary and burdened…and rest
Hymn #747 There is a balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole.
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sinsick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend,
who, if you ask for knowledge, will never fail to lend.
If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus, who died to save us all.
Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Closing Hymn # 746 What a friend we have in Jesus
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear;
what a privilege to carry every thing to God in prayer.
Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavyladen, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge: take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.
Benediction & Choral Amen
Postlude I will sing of my redeemer