Sunday, August 2nd

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Bethel Presbyterian Church

9th Sunday after Pentecost


We welcome everyone to this service of praise this morning

We thank Carol Ferguson and Chris McCall for reading the lessons this morning and Hailey Yhard for singing with Poppie on the third hymn

Mission Moment – August 2, 2020

Making Space for a New Generation of Believers

The Well Church in Mississauga, Ont., started with a group of only 13 people. They were drawn together by their deep love of Jesus and a desire to share that love with others. Inspired by a vision to become a welcoming space for second-generation immigrants, they developed a style of evangelism and worship that spoke to those they desired to reach. Since the congregation started worshipping together three years ago, their community has grown and has become a home for many young people who had strayed from the church. Please pray for the Well Church and the many other churches in The Presbyterian Church in Canada that are making space for a new generation of believers.

Presbyterian Sharing supports new faith communities

Prayer Partnership

Monday, August 3 We pray for new ministers in first pastoral charges.

Tuesday, August 4 We pray for congregational leaders who are taking vacation this month. May this be a time of rest and renewal.

Wednesday, August 5 We pray for the Assembly Council as it continues to give leadership to the denomination during these changing times. Give thanks for each member’s leadership and commitment to serving our church, and especially for the convener, Ms. Sandra Cameron Evans.

Thursday, August 6 (Anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima) We remember the victims from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and pray to God for an end to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Friday, August 7 We give thanks for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guiding light on the path to justice and reconciliation.

Saturday, August 8 We pray for Indigenous women in Guatemala as Presbyterian World Service & Development works alongside them to improve empowerment and self-esteem.


Order of Worship

Prelude     The great Physician now is near
Call to Worship & Opening Prayer (The Lord’s Prayer)
Hymn # 39                           God of mercy, God of grace

God of mercy, God of grace, show the brightness of your face                            Shine upon us, Saviour, shine; fill your world with light divine,
and your saving health extend unto earth’s remotest end.

Let the people praise you, Lord; be by all that live adored.
Let the nations shout and sing glory to their gracious King;
at your feet their tribute pay, and your holy will obey.

Let the people praise you, Lord; earth shall then its fruits afford.
Unto us your blessing give; we to you devoted live,
all below and all above, one in joy and light and love.

Prayer of Confession
O.T. Lesson                         Genesis 32:22-31 (NIV)

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” 29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.

Responsive Psalm #          Psalm 17:1-7 (NIV)

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer—    it does not rise from deceitful lips.

Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.

Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.

My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love,  you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

N. T. Lesson Romans 9:1-5 (NIV)

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

N.T. Gospel Lesson         Matthew 14:13-21 (NIV)

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Hymn # 347                         There were ninety and nine

There were ninety and nine that safely lay in the shelter of the fold,
but one was out on the hills away, far off from the gates of gold,
away on the mountains wild and bare,
away from the tender Shepherd’s care, away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, thou hast here thy ninety and nine: are they not enough for thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer, “This of mine has wandered away from me, and although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find my sheep; I go to the desert to find my sheep.”

But none of the ransomed ever knew how deep were the waters crossed,
nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through,
ere he found his sheep that was lost. Out in the desert he heard its cry,
sick and helpless and ready to die, sick and helpless and ready to die.

And all through the mountains, thunder riven, and up from the rocky steep, there rose a cry to the gate of heaven, “Rejoice, I have found my sheep.” And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back his own; rejoice, for the Lord brings back his own.”                 

Sermon   Healing, caring
Hymn Creation sings the Father’s song

Creation sings the Father’s song; He calls the sun to wake the dawn
And run the course of day, yill evening comes in crimson rays.
His fingerprints in flakes of snow, His breath upon this spinning globe,
He charts the eagle’s flight, commands the newborn baby’s cry.

Hallelujah! Let all creation stand and sing:
“Hallelujah!” Fill the earth with songs of worship,
Tell the wonders of creation’s King.

Creation gazed upon His face; the ageless One in time’s embrace,
Unveiled the Father’s plan of reconciling God and man.
A second Adam walked the earth, whose blameless life would break the curse,
Whose death would set us free to live with Him eternally.

Creation longs for His return, when Christ shall reign upon the earth;
The bitter wars that rage are birth pains of a coming age.
When He renews the land and sky, all heaven will sing and earth reply
With one resplendent theme: the glory of our God and King.

Creation sings the Father Song Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
Thankyou Music ©Copyright 2008 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Hymn # 507                         Break now the bread of life

Break now the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
as once you broke the loaves beside the sea:
beyond the sacred page I seek you, Lord:
my spirit longs for you, O living Word.

You are the bread of life, dear Lord, to me;
your holy word is truth redeeming me.
Give me to eat and live with you above;
teach me to love your truth, for you are love.

Oh send your Spirit now, dear Lord, to me;
touch now my blinded eyes and make me see:
then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall,
and I shall find my peace, my all in all.

Benediction & Choral Amen  
Postlude       Leoni


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