Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.
Minister: Rev. James Feairs, B. A., M. Div., Retired Supply.
Organist & Choir Leader: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers.
Livestreaming and song leader: Shawn Pearce-Chambers.
June 7, 2020 Trinity Sunday 1st after Pentecost
Livestreaming from Eldad during pandemic precautions.
People’s responses are in bold type.
Song titles, are also links to lyrics (if available).
We Gather with Praise
Call to Worship:
We are all invited to worship, each in our own way,
God is infinite in power, in health, in compassion,
We are all invited to bring our whole selves here, even when we are broken,
The presence of the wounded and risen Christ is among us,
We are all welcome, for the Spirit bids us to be one.
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, call us to worship now.
Loving God, those great souls who have approached you most closely have named you as loving, just, forgiving, purposeful, and creative beyond measure. You are hidden only by a light too great for us to look at. We are ‘frail creatures of a passing day.’ We approach you, not even knowing what we don’t know about you. And yet you bid us welcome. Through the plain words of your Son Jesus, you tell us: in my house there is always room. In our separate households this morning, be with us, and make us one, in your one family. We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
Words of Assurance:
God, knowing us completely, calls us forward to peace. Rest in the arms of God.
Life and Work of the Community of Faith
Song: 409 Morning has broken.
We Encounter God’s Word
Genesis 1:1-13. God begins.
Genesis 1:24 to Chapter 2:3. God finishes beginning, and rests.
The Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20. Jesus sends them out.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Special Music Duet: “Sanctuary.”
We Respond with Prayer and Thanksgiving
Prayer for Gifts and Givers:
Hear the prayers of all who seek to make ‘giving back’ a theme of their lives, O God. Bless the work of all communities of faith in our region of East Central Ontario, remembering today especially the minister and congregation of Newcastle United. Strengthen the mission and the faith of all who seek you, with the help of your Holy Spirit; we pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
Prayers of the People
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.
Closing Hymn: 684. Make me a channel of your peace.
Bible study based on scriptures for this coming Sunday, June 7, 2020, during pandemic restrictions. Ist Sunday after Pentecost (aka Trinity Sunday) (also the Sunday closest to the Anniversary of the United Church of Canada, June 10, 1925.)
From your retired supply minister Rev. Jim Feairs.
For all members and friends of Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge.
Greetings in this first week of June!
Thanks for keeping up with this online study! Thanks for sharing with each other in your household or on your phone or computer; or for plugging away on your own.
I have a memory of my father reading by a dim light at the supper table, after a long day’s physical labour, with both hands over his ears to politely indicate that perhaps one of his six children could quiet down, while he was continuing his lifelong study of history, literature, and the Bible.
Study can happen anywhere, anyhow, for those who desire.
Even in a pandemic. Perhaps especially in challenging times we feel the need to dwell on that which is greater than the present situation, to feed and edify us.
Please read the Book of Genesis, chapter 1:1, through to chapter 2:4a. And God saw that it was good.
Starter: Who were my favourite storytellers growing up? Do I remember aunts, uncles, neighbours, grandparents, sitting around ‘yarning’ about ‘the good old days?’ Am I the story –teller of my family? Do I tell stories about my children to their children?
Content: This account of God creating is told in a narrative story form; one that with its repetitive format, was originally told, not read. Told over and over, to generations, by generations, note-perfect, before it is ever written down. Ancient tribal societies were verbal.
Why might the story of creation still today be best told as story, instead of as a theological or philosophical argument? Who hears stories best?
Reflect: What is the nature of God as reflected in this scripture? Have I made a cake or a woodwork project and just said to myself: Um-hmm. That’s good. Why do humans find ‘making something’ so satisfying? Can we imagine or trust God is able to help us ‘make a way’ through this present world situation?
We may also read for enjoyment Psalm 8: The ancient world saw creation in separate ‘layers’, from heaven on down. Here they all sing loud and draw a crowd, but one ‘layer’ has questions
We may also touch on Matthew 28:16-20. It is Jesus’ farewell and commissioning. This Sunday is called Trinity Sunday, honouring the Church’s historic understanding of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Starter: Do I have other names for God also?
Reflect: At this stage in my life, where do I like to find my glimpses of God? In nature (Creator)? In human relationships (Christ)? In inward meditation (Spirit)?
Blessings! Rev. Jim
Printable PDF of above bible study – 200607BStudy1stAfterPentecost