Sunday, July 19th, 2020

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Bethel Presbyterian Church

7th Sunday after Pentecost


We welcome everyone to this service of praise this morning

We thank Larry & Chris Victory for reading the lessons this morning and Melanie Lyle for singing “See, what a morning”

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to:

  • Larry and Chris Victory. Chris’ step-mother Barbara Hill passed peacefully at home Thursday, July 9th in Hednesford, Staffordshire, England
  • Dorothy MacDonald & family in the passing of sister Myrna Wilson on Friday, July 10th in Orangeville, ON


To the Current Fund In memory of Effie Ferguson from Ivan & Linda Henderson.

In memory of Effie Ferguson from Roy & Nancy MacDonald. In memory of Tom & Marguerite Penny from Karen Mudge.

To the Benevolent Fund In memory of Myrna Wilson from Joyce Keigan In memory of Myrna Wilson from sister Dorothy MacDonald In memory of Albert Wheaton from Dorothy MacDonald

Mission Moment – Sunday, July 19

Meeting Milestones

In Haiti, more than half of the total population is chronically undernourished, the majority of whom are children. Drastic, unpredictable weather changes caused by climate change have left many families food insecure. Many are not able to produce enough nutritious food for their families to consume. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) works with local partners to bring nutrition to those who are suffering from malnourishment. Life-saving mobile clinics have been established to detect and treat malnutrition. Since the project began, 3,400 children have been treated, giving them the chance to regain their strength, meet developmental milestones and lead a healthy life.

PWS&D supports healthy futures

Prayer Partnership

Monday, July 20 We give thanks for Louise Gamble as she returns to Owen Sound, Ont., after serving 13 years as a volunteer with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

Tuesday, July 21 We pray for ministers who are seeking to discern God’s call to ministry. May they find friends and a comfortable sense of belonging as they adjust to their new environment.

Wednesday, July 22 We pray for the work of the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network as it supports church communities working for racial justice across Canada.

Thursday, July 23 We pray for the presbyteries as their moderators, clerks and members seek ways to support each other and to support congregations within their ministries with care and wisdom.

Friday, July 24 We pray for ministers, elders and church workers who are taking much-needed vacations. May they be refreshed and re-energized.

Saturday, July 25 We pray for the ministries and mission of the Presbytery of Kootenay.

Order of Worship

Prelude                                 We’re marching to Zion
Call to Worship. Opening Prayer, The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn # 414             God, reveal your presence

God, reveal your presence: gladly we adore you, and with awe appear before you.
Holy is your temple: all within keep silence, humbly bow with deepest reverence.
You alone now we own, as our God and Saviour: praise your name forever!

In God’s holy presence: hear the harps resounding; see the crowds the throne surrounding;
“Holy, holy, holy!” hear the hymn ascending, angels, saints, their voices blending.
Turn your ear to us here; hear, O Christ, the praises that your church now raises.

Fountain of all blessing, purify my spirit; all my trust is in your merit.
Like the holy angels on your glory gazing, we adore, hosannas raising.
Let your will ever still rule your church terrestrial, as the hosts celestial.

Prayer of Confession
O.T. Lesson                         Genesis 28:10–19a (NIV)

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel.

Responsive Psalm #         90:1-6, 17 (NIV)

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.

Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.          17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.

N.T. Epistle Lesson          Romans 8:12–25 (NIV)

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

N.T. Gospel Lesson         Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 (NIV)

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Hymn # 654                        O God of Bethel, by whose hand

O God of Bethel, by whose hand thy people still are fed,
who through this weary pilgrimage hast all thy servants led,

our vows, our prayers, we now present be fore thy gracious throne;
as thou hast been our faithful God, so always be our own.

Through each perplexing path of life our wandering footsteps guide;
give us each day our daily bread, and raiment fit provide.

Oh spread the covering wings around, till all our wanderings cease,
and at our God’s own loved abode our souls arrive in peace.

Such blessings from thy gracious hand our humble prayers implore,
and thou shalt be our chosen God and portion evermore.

Sermon:                                Shining like the sun  
Solo                       Resurrection Hymn                      Melanie Lyle

Keith Getty, Stuart Townend Thankyou Music © Copyright 2003 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) CCLI 505652 Streaming license 20478338

See what a morning, gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes Tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen! See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love,
Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice, Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives,
Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping: ‘Where is He laid?
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name:
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years, Speaking life, stirring hope, Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears, For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Hymn # 332             How Great Thou art

Stuart Wesley Keene Hine Stuart K. Hine Trust © Copyright 1949 and 1953 Stuart Hine Trust CIO Stuart K. Hine Trust (Administration: USA All rights by Capitol CMG Publishing, except print rights for USA, North, Central and South America administered by Hope Publishing. All other non USA Americas rights by the Stuart Hine Trust. Rest of World – CCLI 505652 Streaming license 20478338

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:


Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And 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:

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

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!

Benediction & Choral Amen     
Postlude                 O that will be glory for me  


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