Note – no in-person service at Rowntree today. Also, with the service having Rev. Jane Van Patter as guest speaker today, there was no message available so the message is actually a video of the 96th anniversary of the United Church .
Prelude: Morning Had Broken, words- E. Farjeon, Glen Thompson, organist. recorded with Hauptwerk organ at Rowntree church.
Acknowledging the Territory
We acknowledge that our sacred space is found in the Indigenous territories of the Attawandaron, Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, Leni- Lunaape and Wendat peoples. (We more commonly know them as the Chippewa Nation, Oneida, Delaware, Neutral, and Huron peoples.) With thankfulness and respect for their stewardship of creation; we seek to live into right relations with all.
Lighting the Christ Candle
In the shadows of life, Jesus proclaims himself our guiding light. No matter where we are or what circumstances we find ourselves in, Jesus is with us. We light this candle to remind us of the Light that never goes out.
Call to Worship
To be a church family is a blessing.
To encourage and care for one another is a joy.
To work together for the common good of all people
Come, let us worship as the body of Christ,
as followers of the Way of Jesus,
as those inspired by the Spirit of God, to worship, sing, and pray.
Loving God, you who are the centre of all being, we begin our worship today with a thankful heart. We call to mind the many ways our lives are made better just by knowing that your unconditional love and acceptance is a part of who we are. May this time together be guided by your Holy Spirit and may we be uplifted and strengthened in your love and light, so we may channel that love and light into the world. This we pray in the name of the one who is the light of the world, Jesus the Christ, who taught his followers to pray in this way …
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
We hear God’s word
First Testament reading Psalm 100 (NRSV)
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
The Gospel of Mark 10: 35 – 45
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Today’s Message is actually a video created to celebrate our United Church’s 96th anniversary. Click for link to Anniversary Video . Click on ‘Back Button’ ( < ) when finished
Prayers of the people
God in whom we find the fullness of love,
we open ourselves to your deep teaching about love.
We struggle when we consider the inequities within world systems and structures,
yet we know that most times our perception of balance prioritizes our own desires.
Teach us how to love those with whom we disagree.
Open our understanding of those who live in a world so different from our own.
Encourage us to find ways to create relationships which are healthy,
which are life-giving, which are mutual and which are self-giving.
Surround us with your healing love when we stumble and fall,
failing to follow where Jesus strives to lead us.
We pray for ourselves, that we might become the servants you call us to be.
We pray for others, that we might provide the service that shows our loving.
We pray silently for your guidance in all we think and do.
Risen Christ in whom we discover our identity and our purpose,
we give you our abundant thanks for the life into which you call us each day.
For the patience to remain at home and physically distanced to protect others – even when it turns our lives upside down – we thank you.
For the courage to ponder and to plan how to modify our society to balance inequities – even when it will change our own comfort – we thank you.
For the daring to listen faithfully to your call as a family of faith – even if we’ve never done it that way before – we thank you.
For the risky nature of living a life of loving self-giving – even when it takes more than we believe we could give – we thank you.
For the overflowing of your cup of blessing which is ours to drink deeply everyday – even when we feel full to the brim already – we thank you.
Hear our silent prayers of thanksgiving.
May you continue to enfold us in your embrace for you are our heart and our strength. May the Spirit ever breathe into our souls passion for justice and for joy. May we always find companionship as you walk with us each step of our serving, in the name of the risen Christ, we pray. Amen.
We Walk in God’s way
Prayer of dedication
Gracious God, we know that our gifts make a difference to each other and to others in your world. We give to support the ministry of our faith communities. We give to support your ministry of love in the world. We give that others might live with hope. Receive and bless our gifts, and with them, the offerings of our hearts. We ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Commissioning and Benediction
Let us go forth in peace and hope:
embracing simple, quiet pleasures, rested, revived, and renewed,
gathering our cares and sorrows, so intertwined with our joys,
and weaving them together in the cloak of your love, which comforts us and soothes our spirits so that we might bless others.
And may God, the Lover of our souls, be with us this day and all our days. Amen.
Postlude – Immortal, Invisible. Salisbury, Willis , organist – Glen Thompson.