Psalm 133

Chorus 1
Hineh ma tov u’ma’naim
Shevet achim gam yachad

Chorus 2
Hineh ma tov
Hineh ma tov
Lai, lai, lai

Verse 1
It’s like precious oil flowing
Down the beard of Aharon
From the top of his head
To the edge of his robe
Hineh, hineh ma tov

Verse 2
It’s like the dew of Hermon descending
Upon the mountains of Zion
For there, the Lord commanded blessing
Life forevermore

Tag
Behold how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together

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May we find the many and rich blessings as we dwell together, apart.

Barbara

Sunday Worship, May 3, 2020: Victory!

We began with “Blessed Quietness” as we prepared our hearts for worship then joyfully sang “This is the Day”! God is good – all the time. The service concluded with “Be thou my vision”. May you be blessed.

Psalm 118:19-29 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,

    that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches,     up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/

Below is the map of this morning’s message as well as links to both youtube and audio recording.

Audio of worship this morning (click on the underlined – can be saved to your device.

He is risen! Jump for joy!

He is Risen!

Psalm 16

Song of Trust and Security in God

A Miktam of David.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”[a]

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
    in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;[b]
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
    my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
    or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.[1]

WELCOME in the name of Jesus, the Christ.

Sharing with you some ideas about this psalm and our lives today.

We’re standing in the middle of something so much bigger than each of us but our God is big enough AND small enough to tap each of us on the shoulder and say, “Have no fear, I am with you.”

I don’t often write out my full prose of my message and today will be no different.  The mind map that I will share at the end may seem confusing or odd but it gives a glimpse into my thought process throughout the week.

The big question and the following questions stem from this statement: “If you were to write a psalm today what would it look like?”

The psalmist today writes about how very present God is and not like the gods of the Canaanites. There are a lot or resources available on this Psalm – just ask Mr. Google if you want more.

Back to the questions. 

  • How would you write your psalm today?  Would you base it somewhat on Psalm 16?
  • What does your lament or tears look like?  Would you share that part of you?  That’s not always easy.
  • What songs would you sing today? Songs of joy, faith, or love perhaps.
  • Take the questions further – what does your dream look like?  For tomorrow or for this time next year.  What’s the dream for when we worship together once more?

Perhaps the dream would be about rising again.  We will arise!  We will find joy in today but also in tomorrow and whatever is next for us.

This morning we sang songs of Joy: Joyful, joyful we adore you, I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, and then finished with I can feel you near me God (Jump for joy).

Are you feeling joy?  Are you able to get excited about your dreams to come?

This we know for sure:  God is with us.  We are not alone.  Thanks be to God.

See my Mind Map below which is the short form of my message today.


[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-Revised-Standard-Version-NRSV-Bible/

Worship: Sunday, March 15th

Mark 12:30 Bible Verse Printables - Christian Preschool Printables

In an effort to reach the community during this time of uncertainty I recorded yesterday’s service held at St. Andrews in Matawatchan. This audio recording has not been edited. (I currently don’t have the technology to do so).

If you want to hear the message only you can go to time stamp 16:35

For those who attended in Schutt or Denbigh you will hear the message a little differently. As a few know, my sermons are not identical from church to church.

I’m also adding the service bulletin.

ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA Email: dmsminister@gmail.com Designated Lay Minister: Barbara Creelman Phone: 613-333-9894 March 15, 2020 LENT III

*Indicates an invitation to stand in body or spirit. Bold type indicates responses to be said or sung by all.

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD Musical Prelude We prepare our hearts for worship Welcome – Lighting of the Christ Candle Centering Prayer

Call to Worship: *Opening Hymn:

We share our blessings, celebrations, and community

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD FOR US

Special Music

Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:1-9

We pray: May we hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to us through these words of Good News heard today. Amen.

Message: Righteous anger?

*Hymn: 378 Spirit of God descend upon my heart

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD Community and world prayers, the Lord’s Prayer

We share our gifts and give thanks

*Offering Hymn: 543 We give thee but thine own What e’er the gift may be All that we have is thine alone, A trust, O God, from thee. Amen.

*Hymn: 343 I love to tell the story

WE GO FORTH TO LOVE AND TO SERVE *Benediction We sing: We are one as we walk this road together. We are one as we journey side by side. We are one, even though we may be different. We are one. We are one. (Sing twice) Barbara Creelman June 2015

To Ponder: When are you the angriest?

Next Week: LENT IV Mark 12:28-44

After the sermon…

Sunday worship was filled with excitement, children’s voices, and words of encouragement. Part of my love of worship stems and grows from the love that is shown to each other when we gather.  This Sunday was no different.

We heard from Mark 4 – the Parables of the Kingdom and the mustard seed.

Both of these parables connected with Father’s Day.  Quite the task but not impossible.

There were seeds:

  • of encouragement
  • of love
  • of joy
  • of hope
  • of family
  • of churches/communities of faith

The seeds, deep roots, stalk, and harvest can be metaphors for our lives and for the Kingdom. What we plant IS important.  What seeds will you plant tody?  sowing seeds

Happy Monday

…and it is a very happy kind of day.  There’s blue sky, gentle breeze, and nature is a buzzing with life.  So much to be thankful for.

happy monday

Yesterday at St. Luke’s United we shared in a time of remembrance for those who have passed since last June.  We lit candles, prayed, and had a time over food to share memories.

The focus of the service was not only remembering but of giving thanks.  From Psalm 138: “To You, Lord, I give my whole heart, a heart filled with praise, for I am grateful;”
We understand that through the valleys and onto the mountain peaks God is with us – we are not alone.  For this we give thanks.

Living in gratitude is Godly living. Giving thanks renews our hearts. Are you living in an attitude of gratitude today, on this happy Monday?

 

Speak Eternal One, your servant is listening.

This song came to my mind as I pondered being still and listening to that still small voice that calls to each one of us.

Samuel rose three times to respond to Eli who did not call to him.

How often do we respond thinking God is calling to us but not taking the time to discern or understand where, why, or how we are to proceed?

This is a week of decisions.  Decisions within the Province of Ontario; decisions of what to do, where to go, what to wear, what to eat. Each moment can present an opportunity to make choices.

Listen.  Do you hear God’s call on your life?  Are you ready to answer, “Yes Lord. Your faithful servant is listening.