Tuesday, July 7

Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Meditation

One more question, the final answer. Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment and this time he does not answer the question with a question. He gives an answer that cannot be challenged, and it is so well stated that the writer of the gospel notes that “no one dared ask him anymore questions. “

We are called to love God and love our neighbour. Sounds easy but it is not. We love to love those that love us. Jesus calls us to go beyond that and he showed us how it was done. He loved those who did not love him. He gave them answer to how life is to be lived, and he showed them how in his own life.

Do we show demonstrate how we should live by what we say and do?

Prayer

Lord, we thank you that Jesus spoke plainly that day what it means to live according to your plan for us. We are to acknowledge who you are and in so doing, be moved to care for all we live life with and beyond. You care for this whole world which we learn each day is bigger and bigger and yet you see the sparrow fall, Lead us to care in your way for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Monday, July 6th

Mark 12:18-27

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

Meditation

Sometimes we lose perspective when we think of heaven and we think about a reunion with those we love. Yes that will happen but if I understand what Jesus is saying our family will not be the family we have known and loved here. It will be all who are present with our Lord in heaven. Love will not be given as it is here. We won’t love one more than another and we will not have hate or disregard for anyone. That is hard to imagine in this world we live in now. It will be real in heaven.

Prayer

Lord, we do cherish the love we have for those who live with us here. We look forward to the day that we will have the love that you have for all your creation. Make us ready by loving all that we touch lives with in whatever time and place we are. By doing so may we grow in your love and be prepared for the day when Jesus will take us to our place he has prepared for us. Amen.

Sunday, July 5th

Bethel Presbyterian Church

5th Sunday after Pentecost

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Announcements

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

Mission Moment

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

Prayer Partnership

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.

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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

Saturday. July 4th

Mark 12:13-17 (NIV)

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

Meditation

Another place, another time for what they thought was a trick question for Jesus. They are bound to trap him but there is no question they can ask that will trap Jesus into saying something they can use against him. We all have had occasion when we felt we had someone trapped in a question that we asked. We either didn’t think they would come up with the answer or didn’t have in mind the answer they could give which was better than our own answer. Isn’t that how it often works with God? We ask him to provide for a need and his answer is beyond our comprehension.

Prayer

Lord the answers you provide are often beyond our way of thinking and understanding and we thank you for that. How could we as finite human beings with limited understand all the things that an all-knowing God does? It is not possible. We thank you for all that you provide and that you give us some understanding of your great gist of love and grace given to us each day. Amen.

Friday, July 3rd

Mark 12:1-12

The Parable of the Tenants

12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Meditation

How many times in our lives have we not done something because we “were afraid of the crowd or maybe done something despite of the crowd and lived in fear afterwards to the reaction?”  Maybe something small, maybe something more significant. The chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders did not want to attack Jesus again for fear of the crowd.  They walked away.

Prayer

Lord we are tempted in many ways not to accept what Jesus has done and not to do what you ask us to do for fear of the crowd. You walk with us, and you give us strength for every trial, but we allow ourselves to succumb to the crowd. Lead us by your word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the stories of Jesus to do that which you call us to do. Amen.  

Thursday, July 2nd

Mark 11:26-33

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” 29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

Meditation

Did you ever ask a question you regretted that you asked? I know I have. With a question you never know how the question will be interpreted and where the answer will come. The Chiefs priests thought they finally had a question to trap Jesus but Jesus puts the question back to them using John and there is no way to answer the question without putting themselves into a bad place. So they lie and say they don’t know and by that they have given Jesus the right not to answer.

Prayer

Omniscient God, you do not need to ask questions and you already know the answers. We are in awe of all you are. Teach us to trust that you will lead us through valleys and the hills and understand that you knew we were going there before we went. Lead us each day to know that you are all knowing, ever present and all powerful. Amen.

Wednesday, July 1st

Mark 11:12-25

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

Meditation

When you pray for something or for something to happen do you pray believing it will happen or is there some doubt?

Our Daily Bread Tells the following story, “While crossing the Atlantic on an oceanliner, F.B. Meyer was asked to address the first class passengers. At the captain’s request he spoke on “Answered Prayer.” An agnostic who was present at the service was asked by his friends, “What did you think of Dr. Meyer’s sermon?” He answered, “I didn’t believe a word of it.” That afternoon Meyer went to speak to the steerage passengers. Many of the listeners at his morning address went along, including the agnostic, who claimed he just wanted to hear “what the babbler had to say.” Before starting for the service, the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair fast asleep. Her hands were open. In the spirit of fun, the agnostic put the two oranges in her outstretched palms. After the meeting, he saw the old lady happily eating one of the pieces of fruit. “You seem to be enjoying that orange,” he remarked with a smile. “Yes, sir,” she replied, “My Father is very good to me.” “Your father? Surely your father can’t be still alive!” “Praise God,” she replied, “He is very much alive.” “What do you mean?” pressed the agnostic. She explained, “I’ll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking God somehow to send me an orange. I suppose I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke, I found He had not only sent me one orange but two!” The agnostic was speechless. Later he was converted to Christ. Yes, praying in God’s will brings an answer.

May we come to prayer like this woman and find God gives us more than we ever ask for.

Prayer

Loving and gracious God, you are always present to us and willing to answer our prayers. Sometimes, the answer comes right away; sometimes soon; sometimes a longer time away; and some of our requests go seemingly unanswered; but that is our misunderstanding of your blessing in our lives. May we see that all the ways you answer our prayers are your gift of grace to us. For we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, June 30th

Mark 11:1-11 (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Meditation

Mark’s gospel has move along rather quickly and we are now at Palm Sunday. What a joyful day that was. Jesus was recognized by all that day in the manner that was wonderful. But we must remember all would not have been pleased.

Ever been at a wonderful party and someone says to you something about a happening at the event that takes away from the celebration. There would have been some of those in Jerusalem that day, but they are not mentioned by Mark. The focus was on Jesus and even if it was short lived, it was wonderful for all those shouting and praising Jesus.

Prayer

Lord, we wish that we were constant in our praise and adoration for the gift of all that Jesus is to us. We thank you for love and grace and the leading and guidance of the Spirit. Help us to accept and understand all that you have done, are doing and will do. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Monday, June 29th

Mark 10:46-52

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Mediation

Here is a story that has a faithful man who was blind. He hears that Jesus is coming his way and knows what Jesus has been doing. He knows he is the Messiah because he calls him the Son of David (a blind man that sees – remembering Jesus has been dealing with people who can see who are blind.) The crowd tell the blind to stop calling but Jesus tells them to call him. The blind man comes to Jesus who asks him what he wants and he says he wants to see. Jesus notes the man’s faith and heals him immediately.

Prayer

Lord we have eyes to see but often we find ourselves in total darkness. We misunderstand the intentions of others and we get disappointed, even angry and resentful. Open our eyes, open our understanding, that we may see the light that you bring into our lives through others, and trust that the Spirit will lead us on the path you want us to go…Amen

Sunday, June 28th

Bethel Presbyterian Church

4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Announcements

  • We welcome e everyone to this service of worship this morning. 
  • The sympathy of the congregation is expressed to Gordon and Wendy Ferguson & family and Jean MacQueen & family in the passing of Gordon’s mother and Jean’s sister-in-law Effie (MacQueen) Ferguson
  • The Session will meet Monday at 7:30 in the sanctuary.  Please enter through the Choir Room Door and sit where the green tape indicates to sit.
  • The July-August Today daily reading books can be picked up from the church Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9-11:30 for those who would like to have one.

Mission Moment

Keeping Connected in Nepal

When Dr. Nicholaus and Becky Bauman left Canada in 2017 for two years in Nepal, they were reviving direct connections with people after 20 years. The partnership between The Presbyterian Church in Canada and the United Mission to Nepal began in 1974, and the last mission internship was in 2000. God’s mission in the world includes people who share their professional skills while learning about life and faith from co-workers and neighbours. The motto of Tansen Mission Hospital is “We Serve, God Heals.” Nepal is very poor, and Becky soon became involved in Tansen’s New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre, which cares for abandoned people with mental health issues. In January 2020, Becky and two of her children returned to Tansen to celebrate the Prayer Dedication of the new Centre, which receives support from Presbyterians Sharing. Although Becky lives in Canada, her deep commitment and partnership will continue. Praise God!

Presbyterians Sharing supports international partnerships

Prayer Partnership

Monday, June 29 Merciful God, strengthen us by your Holy Spirit that today we may be witnesses to your great love for the whole world in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, June 30 In Christ we are all one family. We give thanks for the work of KAIROS that brings together many denominations to work together ecumenically for justice and peace.

Wednesday, July 1 (Canada Day) We pray that Canada will be a just and fair country, and we pray for politicians and public servants who form our laws and for judges, lawyers, law officers and others who help keep them.

Thursday, July 2 We thank God for the diversity of age, gender, culture, experience and theological perspective that enriches the church. May our unity in Christ grow as we acknowledge our differences.

Friday, July 3 We pray and give thanks to God for Jo Morris, organizer of Canada Youth 2021.

Saturday, July 4 We celebrate in prayer as Presbyterian World Service & Development provides families in Malawi with the tools they need to start rebuilding their lives after Cyclone Idai.

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Order of Service

Prelude Simply trusting every day
Call to Worship
Hymn God, we praise you for the morning

God, we praise you for the morning; hope springs forth with each new day,
new beginning, prayer and promise, joy in work and in play.

God, we praise you for creation, mountains, seas and prairie land.
Waking souls find joy and healing in your bountiful hand.

God, we praise you for compassion, all the loving that you show;
human touching, tears and laughter, help your children to grow.

God, we praise you for your Spirit, Comforter and daily friend;
restless searcher, gentle teacher, strength and courage you send.

God, we praise you for the Saviour, come that we may know your ways.
In his loving, dying, rising, Christ is Lord of our days.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah! Christ is Lord of our days!

Prayer of Confession
Old Testament Lesson Genesis 22:1-14 (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Responsive Psalm # 13 (NIV)

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.

N.T. Epistle Lesson Romans 6:12-23 (NIV)

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

N.T. Gospel Lesson Matthew 10:40-42 (NIV)

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Hymn For the beauty of the earth

For the beauty of the earth for the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies.

Refrain: Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise.

For the beauty of each hour, of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light.

For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight.

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild.

For each perfect gift of Thine, to our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of Heaven.

Sermon: Welcoming
Hymn It only takes a spark

It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in the glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it
You’ll spread His love to everyone you’ll want to pass it on

What a wondrous time is spring when all the trees are budding
The birds begin to sing the flowers start their blooming
That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it
You’ll want to sing it’s fresh like spring you’ll want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend this happiness that I’ve found
You can depend on Him it matters not where you’re bound
I’ll shout it from the mountain top I want the world to know
The Lord of Love has come to me I want to pass it on

Kurt Kaiser © 1969 Bud John Songs, Inc. (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) CCL! # 505652     Streaming License # 20478338

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Closing Hymn Great is thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Refrain

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in eloquent witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Benediction & Choral Amen
Postlude He hideth my soul