Sunday, July 26th

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Bethel Presbyterian Church

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Announcements

We welcome everyone to this service of praise this morning

We thank Carl Rideout and Heather Furey for reading the lessons this morning, Ben Furey for singing “Jesus, He is the Son of God” and Richard MacAulay for the playing the flute during the Postlude

Elder Larry Victory suffered a heart attack this week and was sent for tests in Halifax on Friday. They were able to put the dye in is arm and he had a small blockage. They were able to install a stent. He cam back to the Regional Hospital Saturday and will hopefully be home in the next few days. Please keep Larry and Chris and family in your prayers

To the Benevolent Fund
In memory of Myrna Wilson by Roy and Kay Gallivan

Mission Moment

Keeping Communities Hygienic

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) helps ensure that countries affected by natural disasters have access to proper sanitation. In South Sudan, continuous rainfall that caused massive floods washed away homes and food supplies of hundreds of thousands of people. Waterways and latrines were also destroyed. Without proper sanitation, the chance of contracting deadly diseases like cholera and typhoid are much higher. With PWS&D’s support, 9,000 men and women are accessing clean water and adequate sanitation. Hygiene kits are distributed to families, along with training on improved hygiene practices. Ensuring cleanliness and sanitation is vital to keep communities as healthy as possible while allowing them to continue to thrive.

PWS&D promotes sanitation programs for a healthy community

Prayer Partnership

Monday, July 27 We pray for those in the Order of Diaconal Ministries who are called to serve the church in areas of Christian education, pastoral care and social ministries.

Tuesday, July 28 We pray that our hearts may be open and generous so that we might make stewardship a way of life.

Wednesday, July 29 We pray for the ministries and mission of the Presbytery of Montreal.

Thursday, July 30 (World Day Against Trafficking in Persons) We pray for all victims and survivors of human trafficking. We give thanks for those who work diligently to end all forms of human trafficking.

Friday, July 31 We pray for the strength and commitment to protect the earth in all its beauty and wonder.

Saturday, August 1 We pray for the ministries and mission of the Presbytery of Western Han-Ca.

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Order of Worship

Prelude   Tis the blessed hour of prayer 
Call to Worship & Opening Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer)
Hymn The love of God comes close

The love of God comes close where stands an open door, to let the stranger in, to mingle rich and poor. The love of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the love of God is here to stay.

The peace of God comes close to those caught in the storm, forgoing lives of ease to ease the lives forlorn. The peace of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the peace of God is here to stay.

The joy of God comes close where faith encounters fears, where heights and depths of life are found through smiles and tears. The joy of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the joy of God is here to stay.

The grace of God comes close to those whose grace is spent, when hearts are tired or sore and hope is bruised and bent. The grace of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the grace of God is here to stay.

The Son of God comes close where people praise his name, where bread and wine are blest and shared as when he came. The Son of God is here to stay, embracing those who walk the Way; the Son of God is here to stay.

Prayer of Confession
O.T. Lesson   Genesis 29:15–28  (NIV)

15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.” 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.” 22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant. 25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” 26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.” 28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

Responsive Psalm 105:1–11, 45b (NIV)

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.                 

Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”

Praise the Lord.

N.T Epistle Lesson Romans 8:26–39 (NIV)

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

N.T. Gospel Lesson         Matthew 13:31–33, 45–52 (NIV)

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. 52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Hymn    We give Thee but Thine own

We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be;
all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.

May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive,
and gladly, as thou blessest us, to thee our first fruits give.

To comfort and to bless, to find a balm for woe,
to tend the lonely in distress is angels’ work below.

The captive to release, to God the lost to bring,
to teach the way of life and peace, it is a Christlike thing,

and we believe thy word, though dim our faith may be:
whate’er for thine we do, O Lord, we do it unto thee.

Sermon: Treasures old and new
Solo      Jesus, He is the Son of God       Ben Furey

Danny Lee Stutzman New Spring ©Copyright 1974 New Spring  (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) CCLI 505652 Streaming license 20478338

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Hymn The Church’s one foundation, Benediction & Choral Amen

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord;
we are his new creation by water and the word;
from heaven he came and sought us that we might ever be
his living servant people, by his own death set free.

Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
our charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth,
one holy name professing and at one table fed,
to one hope we are pressing, by Christ’s own Spirit led.

Though with a scornful wonder the world sees us oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, ‘How long?’
But soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of our war,
we wait the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious our longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

We now on earth have union with God the Three in One,
and share, through faith, communion with those whose rest is won,
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

Postlude   Be Thou my vision

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