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 21, 2020 3rd after Pentecost
People’s responses are in bold type.
Song titles, are also links to lyrics (if available).
We Gather with Praise
Call to Worship: We meet here to worship God,
We look for inspiration, guidance, comfort, and challenge, within our community of faith,
We meet to be open to God’s Spirit among us. Though we cannot meet in person, God’s Spirit is not bound by any limits,
So in this day, in these circumstances, we pray as always, for the love of God to guide us, as we worship.
Opening Prayer: Ever-present and ever-gracious God, our life and times enfold us and surround us. We acknowledge and confess that we are often preoccupied by our own life issues, anxious for our selves, less than patient with others, while troubled with the uncertainties of illness, violence, and injustice in our whole world.
In this hour, therefore, we pray that your holy and peaceful presence will inhabit our thoughts, our feelings, our inward being. Be in our lives and on our lips. Be among us all, as we worship; for you are the Spirit of all life and all love. We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
Words of Assurance: This we may hold onto: God loves us more than we love ourselves. Faith sets us free to love others. Thanks be to God.
Life and Work of the Community of Faith
Song: 266. Amazing Grace.
We Encounter God’s Word
I Corinthians 12:27 – 13:7. Love is a “more excellent way”.
I Corinthians 13:8-13. In this life, we understand, believe, and act in limited ways. Faith, hope, and love are our ‘best practices’.
Matthew 10:39 – 42. Let go of everything. Welcome everyone.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Special Music Duet: “Majesty”.
Message: Love Is…
We Respond with Prayer and Thanksgiving
Song: 372. Though I may speak.
Prayer for Gifts and Givers: Bless, O God, all offerings given for the work of our church here and in the world. Uphold and strengthen all communities of faith in our East Central Region, especially today, the minister and people of Enniskillen-Tyrone Pastoral Charge, that they too may be encouraged as they show their faith and love in each ordinary day. 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: 509. Here I am, Lord.
Bible Study based on the above Scriptures for June 21/20.
From retired supply minister Jim Feairs.
For: All members and friends of Eldad-Hampton United Churches.
Greetings as we enjoy the good weather we waited so long for!
Tuesday mid-morning, I popped out of the church office to eat an orange in the warm sunshine. I interrupted a young racoon just coming up out of the creek by the parking lot. He stood with his hands over one board of the fence, looking at me with as much interest as I looked at him. Life goes on all around us, doesn’t it? At all levels; critters, bugs, galaxies, atoms, humans.
Are you fascinated by how much you don’t know?
We humans have now set ourselves up to have streams of information pouring at us at all times. Yet our brains are apparently busier screening things out than taking them in.
We have to admit – there is a good deal we don’t want to know more about.
Yet we have to confess – there are some things we long to understand better, in order to live better, act better, believe more deeply; but seem unable to.
Please read: I Corinthians 12:27 through to the end of the famous (and short) Chapter 13. Starter: If I were given only five minutes, and twenty-five words or less, to describe love as I currently understand it, what are some words or phrases I would include?
Background: City of Corinth, Greece, about 51 a.d. An early Christian community, people from different social and religious backgrounds. Paul, their founder, writes back to them because he hears they clash over who has the ‘most’ spiritual knowledge and the ‘best’ spiritual gifts. More or less in the middle of his own arguments and advice to them, he launches into the most beautiful meditation on the nature of love itself.
Reflect: How do I think and feel about ‘love’ right now, in ways that are different than I understood or felt at some earlier place in my life?
If we will never know enough to follow God perfectly in this life, how can we say we know enough to follow God at all? Are ‘faith, hope, and love’ our best ordinary clues?
Please read Matthew 10:39-42.
Starter: What do I find easy to let go of? What do I find enjoyable to give away?
Background: Instructions before their first test. Jesus’ student-saints are challenged by several principles of spirituality. They must practice an attitude of letting go of everything. They must be happy for God to bless those who have not worked as hard at this as they have.
Reflect: What is the meaning of ‘grace’ to me? The giver of the glass of water to a thirsty one – whether they were messiah, prophet, righteous person, or just one of God’s ‘little ones’- receives some spiritual reward. Have I given? Have I been given?
As announced last Sunday, online worship continues. Blessings! Rev. Jim.
Printable PDF of above bible study – 200621BStudy3rdAfterPentecost