Sunday Worship – 09/06/20

This is the September Long Weekend. It symbolically marks the passing between one season (Summer) and another (Fall). We invite you to make a little visual altar for worship today.

Take something symbolic of Summer (flowers, garden produce, camping gear, swimsuit or life jacket – whatever!) and something symbolic of Fall (leaves, school supplies, a jacket, a frozen roast or can of soup – whatever).

If you have space on a table (or the floor) put the two sets of items on separate sides with and a candle (or some kind of light) in-between. We invite this to be the setup for your time in worship. This will remind us of God’s presence.

God is present with us in the in-between!

*** If you have kids present, the Kids’ lesson is at the bottom after the Doxology. You can do it at the start, during the message or at the end. You choose! ***

The sun is setting on our Summer but God remains with us into Fall!

Gathering Song – “As the Deer” Instrumental

Take a few deep breaths. Take a moment to be still. Can you sense God with you? Ask God to draw near and show you something this next hour. Be open and ready to experience God!

As you listen to this classic song, consider – What is your soul longing for this September?

Call to Worship (responsive reading)

Come, all you whose souls thirst for the living God. We come in search of help and hope.
Come, you who are acquainted with grief and difficulty. We come bearing our doubts, our wounds, and our fears.
Come, you who are in need of good news. We come in search of joy, truth, and light.
Come and find refuge in God your rock. Let us again praise the One who is our help and our hope.

Worship through Song

Let Us Adore
Let us adore the ever living God
And render praise unto him
Let us adore the ever living God
And render praise unto him

Who spread out the heavens
And established the earth
Whose glory is manifest throughout all the earth

He is our God
He is our God
There is no one else
He is our God
He is our God
There is no one else

Let us adore the ever living God
And render praise unto him
Let us adore the ever living God
And render praise unto him

Who spread out the heavens
And established the earth
Whose glory is manifest throughout all the earth

He is our God
He is our God
There is no one else
He is our God
He is our God
There is no one else

Fairest Lord Jesus
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature
O thou of God and man the son
Thee will I cherish, thee will I honour
Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown

Fair are the meadow, fairer still the woodlands
Robed in the blooming garb of spring
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
Who makes the woeful heart to sing

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight
And all the twinkling starry host
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast

Beautiful Saviour, Lord of the nations
Son of God and son of man
Glory and honour, praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be thine
Glory and honour, praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be thine

Prayer

Where have you seen the beauty of the Lord this Summer? Take a minute to give thanks.

Where are you fearful and afraid heading into the Fall? Take a minute to bring our anxieties to Jesus, asking for his presence and strength.

God,

This was a strange summer, and yet your goodness was all around us. The heat of the days was a welcome gift after a long winter. The beauty of the trees that line our streets, the flowers and produce in our gardens, remind us of the life you gift.

Thank you for your sustaining generosity towards us even when we grumble. Thank you for your blessing even when we have grown quick to bock at your gifts. Be with us as we head into what is known and unknown this Fall. Teach us to trust your goodness and mercy. On our better days, we know they sustain our life. Thank you! Amen.

Giving and Giving Thanks

We have given thanks to God for his provision and we have invited God to continue to care for us into the next season. Take a minute now to offer tokens of our trust. We invite you to partner financially as well as consider how you can offer more of yourself (your time, your abilities, your heart) to God’s work this Fall.

Sermon – Numbers 13

Gavin – HCCC

Scripture’s Call to Courage

Take turns reading (and listening) to the Scriptures as they call us to courage. If one grabs you, memorize it, and let it be encouragement this Fall!

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deut. 31:6)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1)

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. (1 Cor. 16:13-14)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Tim. 1:7)

So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper,
    so I will have no fear.
    What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:17-18)

Song of Response – “Yet not I but through Christ in me”

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

Benediction – Numbers 6:24-26

Erskine family (minus Garrett who was hunting!)

Doxology

Whether you’re meeting with others or alone, sing this final song of praise aloud!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen

Long weekend Doxology bonus

Kids’ Lesson

In Numbers 13 we read the story of Moses sending 12 spies into the Promised Land to see what it was like. Moses wanted to know if the people living there were strong or weak. He wanted to know if there were a lot of people or not. He also wanted to know if it was good land and if there were trees and good fruit. The spies went out for 40 days and when they came back they said it was a rich land with good food. But the people who live there are strong and there are many of them. Only two of the 12 spies said the Israelites could win the land with God’s help. The other 10 spies thought it was too difficult, even for God. God was pleased with the two spies who believed, Joshua and Caleb, but he was not pleased with the spies who were afraid. Joshua and Caleb were honoured for their faith by one day entering the Promised Land, the others never did. God asks us to trust him even with things that seem really hard or even impossible. What seems really hard or impossible to you today? Share with your family and pray together that God would act on your behalf. 

Now, as a fun activity, go on your own mini-scavenger hunt around your house to find these things: 

  • Something purple – the spies brought back grapes with them. 
  • Ten matching items (like forks) and two that don’t match (like spoons) – the 10 spies did were too afraid to trust God, Caleb and Joshua had faith.
  • Something really strong – the spies found that the Canaanites were very strong
  • Two leaves from two different trees – the spies found fruit from two trees pomegranate and fig
  • Something sweet – the Bible says that the land was flowing with milk and honey

For a simpler activity with kids:
play a few rounds of “I spy with my little eye”

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