The Blessed Obvious

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 28, 2020                                                                                   4th Sunday after Pentecost

Livestreaming from Eldad during pandemic precautions

People’s responses are in bold type.
Song titles, are also links to lyrics.

We Gather with Praise


Gospel Jam: Amen, amen. 710. Shall we gather. 412. This is the day.

[Our call to worship and prayer of approach today are adapted from The United Churchs Statement of Faith (1968)]

Call to Worship:
We are not alone,
We live in God
s world.
We believe in God, who has created, and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,
who works in us, and others, by the Spirit.
As we gather in worship, in this time of change, and uncertainty, and opportunity, we affirm as people of faith: We trust in God. Let us worship!

Opening Prayer:
O God, by your grace and your gift of faith, we respond to your call to be the church today. We are called to celebrate your presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, you, God, are with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God, Amen

Life and Work of the Community of Faith (Neil Killens)
Sharing Time.

Song: 232, verses 1,2,3. Joyful, joyful, we adore you.

We Encounter God’s Word

Philippians 4:4-9. Whatever is good – stay focused on that.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. Encouraging teachings. “My yoke is easy – my burden is light.”

Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Special Music Duet: He

Message: The Blessed Obvious.

Song: 381 (2x) Spirit of Life. (lyrics are 4th paragraph of article)

Closing the Retired Supply Appointment
with Prayer and Thanksgiving

Minister: In March I began my appointment with you as your retired supply minister during this time of transition. None of us knew the larger circumstances of the world which were immediately coming upon us. As I end my retired supply appointment with you today, I am thankful that, although we could not be together in person, we were able to continue to worship, pray, and study together. I pray Gods blessing for all communities of faith, in our whole Region of East Central Ontario, and especially for your work, your faith, and your future, as you go forward, in your search for new ministry, as Eldad- Hampton Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada. Let us pray.

Prayer for the Closing of the Pastoral Relationship:
(Minister): Creating and loving God, we give thanks now for sharing life and faith in these times, as your people have lived and shared in their day and their circumstances.
(Neil Killens, on behalf of the Pastoral Charge): We give you thanks, O God, for these months we have shared in ministry with Rev. Jim. We pray that he may receive your blessing and further guidance in his retirement.
We pray, O God, that your Spirit will continue to guide the Eldad-Hampton Pastoral Charge, and the Region of East Central Ontario, in their ministry.
We pray for wisdom, guidance, new vision and abundant life, as we move, as churches, into a time of transition and search for new and long-term ministry.
Help us all to trust in the future which rests in your care, O God.
Keep us one in your abiding and unfailing love; through Jesus Christ, Amen.

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: 227. For the fruit of all creation, thanks.


Bible Study based on upcoming scriptures for June 28, 2020.
From: Retired Supply Minister Jim Feairs

For: All members and friends of Eldad-Hampton United Churches.


Greetings as we ‘gather’ online for the last study I will be able to provide for you as your retired supply minister. I pray you will continue to take time ahead of each Sunday, to do some study on your own; remembering that even if a scripture is familiar to us, each time we bring to it something new to reflect on from our own experiences in life.
I am sure somewhere during this Sunday’s message, I will likely quote something I have said to many congregations over the years, about what I believe worship is. {And no, I can’t remember who said it first…}
“You may have thought, that on Sundays, the minister is the performer, God is the prompter, and the people are the audience.
But I say unto you, that on Sunday, the people are the performer, the minister is the prompter, and God is the audience!”
It is the work of the people up front – musicians, pray-ers, readers, ministers – to help people worship. It is the work of the people, to actually worship. We do so better, when we have prepared, don’t we?

Please read: Philippians 4:4-9. Whatever is good – stay focused on that.
Last week, we had Paul’s ‘list’ (I Cor. 13) of what love is. This week, another favourite scripture of mine and many folks, a list of what to think about and do, for peace to be with us.
Starter question: What do I usually think about, when I am not thinking about anything? When I am driving? When I am awake in the middle of the night? When I am worried? When I am bored and there is nothing to do?
Background: Paul is in the late stages of his life, in prison, awaiting trial. His letter to his faithful in Philippi (northern Greece) is full of loving encouragement to them for how to carry on.
Reflect: Meister Eckhart, a Christian mystic, said, “If the only prayer we ever prayed was Thank You, it would be enough.” Did he mean a single prayer, or a continuous life-long one?
What positive things have I learned to use, of faith, prayer, and attitude, to get me through my days?

Please read: Matthew 11:16-19 and 25-30. Encouraging teachings of Jesus.
Starter: What is the heaviest thing I ever carried? How far? Is life supposed to be a burden? A joy?
Background: Oxen wore yokes, the wooden implements to push against, to pull plow or wagon. Humans did as well; to suspend a burden from each shoulder. The better the carpenter shaped and fitted the yoke to the individual, the more comfortable or ‘easy’ it felt.
Reflect: How does my faith ease my actual burdens? Am I carefree from some things others worry about, because of my faith? How does thankfulness help?

Thanks for this time together, folks! Blessings on your way! –Rev. Jim

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