More about Jesus: Worship 24 May 2020

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More about Jesus
Psalm 1
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

I’m focusing on verses 2 and 3: “but their delight in in the law of the Lord and on His law, they meditate day and night.”


Do we delight in God’s law? Do we spend time in prayer, meditation, and study of the scriptures? Those are the questions I’d like to ponder today.


In the busy-ness of our lives we would get up, enjoy our morning routines, and get on with the day. For some the morning ritual, if you will, would include scripture reading, prayer, and even journaling. Basically, time with God. I know of one person that includes the singing of one or two hymns as part of this morning practice. This is time to which we look forward; time set aside so that our day begins in communion with the Divine. For others the morning is more like hit the snooze button again and again, jump into the shower, grab a coffee or tea, feed the cat and off you go. Do you see yourself in either scenario?

With Covid-19 slowing us down I wonder if some are spending more time in prayer and scripture than previously. I wonder if we are drawn back to something that had been important to us. Or, are we now finding the time to study scripture where before there seemed to be no time at all?


Why study the Bible? Why re-read the same scriptures year after year. Have you ever come across a passage that reads as if for the first time? Something new jumps out at you. God is saying something new, just for today?
I’ve found this to be true more often than not. This Psalm today is one of those readings. I remember from days in music ministry in an Anglican church where this Psalm, as all of them, were sung, or chanted. The words and melody flowed but the meaning didn’t stick. Well, at 21 years of age how many words run deeply. However, I do remember. Perhaps not the same meaning to me but the words are written on my heart. “Their delight is in the law of the Lord.” The commandments, the guides for living that help me find the right path each day.


We sing Tell me the Stories of Jesus and More about Jesus and are reminded that we want to learn more, to study more, and even, to know more deeply about God’s love for us. Here’s the Mind Map:

Follow the circle around and see what areas truly speak to you. One phrase:

“Speak O Lord”, was what I shared in worship.
Kristyn Getty, Keith
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Songwriters: Townend Stuart Christopher Andrew / Getty Keith
Speak O Lord lyrics © Thank You Music Ltd.

May your life be filled with the richness of the Word as found in Scriptures and with the many blessings you find around you.
Peace be with you, Barbara

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

This arr. and new words and music © 2016 Integrity’s Praise! Music/BMI (adm worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family)

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

Barbara

Easter: The cry of my heart

Psalm 5: 1-8

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.

2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God,

    for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you

    and wait expectantly.

4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;

    with you, evil people are not welcome.

5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence.

You hate all who do wrong;

6     you destroy those who tell lies.

The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest.

7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house;

in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—

    make your way straight before me.[1]

Worship was a little jagged this morning.  YouTube wouldn’t load, lap top frozen, and my keyboard would not change keys.  A dear friend told me to take a deep breath.  That breath, Spirit lead, allowed me to continue on Facebook.  Goodness knows.

The upshot is that there is no video to load this morning to share with you here.

Prayers this morning: 

  • for Pat P. as she heals from her injury
  • for all those who have lost their jobs
  • for quick resolution for those waiting for the CERB
  • for the family of Reta Warlich who passed this week. (Sheri, Joey, Sasha, and Abby
  • for families near and far
  • for Nova Scotia in the midst of tragedy

The mind map is below.  Follow the numbers on the map to get the flow of the message.  You can still watch the Facebook video.  Follow me @doll.creelman OR check out the DMS Pastoral Charge Facebook page.


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

Good Friday April 2020

ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA

April 10th, 2020

Good Friday Service




Hebrew Reading:  Mark 15
ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL
UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA
Email: dmsminister@gmail.com
Designated Lay Minister: Barbara Creelman  
Phone: 613-333-9894
April 10th, 2020
Good Friday
 
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
Musical Prelude
We prepare our hearts for worship
Welcome – Lighting of the Christ Candle
Centring Prayer
 
 
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD FOR US
 
Story of Jesus:  Mark 15
 
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.            
 
29 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
 
Message:  What’s so good about Good Friday?
 
·         Good Friday also known as
·         God’s Friday
·         Long Friday
Good because the death of Jesus was the final sacrifice for all atonement needed
Feels like a Long Friday to me.  Dark day today; dark themes in our scripture; dark world we like in.
We have time today, as we shelter in place, in the sanctuary of our homes, to prayer, to meditate on what is being sacrificed today – the health of those who work to care for others, those who continue to supply our needs. 
 
 
The Death of Jesus
33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land[f] until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[h] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
 
It is finished (the candle is extinguished)
 
Music:  I know who holds tomorrow
              He giveth more grace
 
Our prayers for the world in turmoil, for our friends and family separated from us, for all who care for us.
 
Good Friday? Yes it is.  What good to you find in this day?
 
Hymn:  Jesus keep me near the cross
1 Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain;
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
 
2 Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me. [Refrain]
 
3 Near the cross! O lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o’er me. [Refrain]
 
4 Near the cross! I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever;
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river. [Refrain]
 
Public Domain 1869
*Benediction
Friday ends but Sunday is coming….
 
 

Good Friday?

*Benediction

Friday ends but Sunday is coming….