Sunday, September 12, 2021


Prelude: Alleluia

Welcome!

Sharing Drummond Hill News

What a joy to have our worship in the sanctuary, a very house where we gather before God. Thank you for having been patient in these past year and half worshipping here and there away from this place.

Starting this week until Sunday, December 5, our church will be collecting donations of food and toys. Food is to be non perishable like school snacks, drink boxes, pasta and sauces, box cereals. Toys must be new and in original packaging. In the case of toys, please do not wrap them. We thank you in advance for your generous willingness to share.

We have started our Wednesday Community Suppers. We thank those who have been coming out and sharing in the Supper. We invite all of you to come and join us. It begins at 5:30 pm and worship service follows. Freewill donations are appreciated.

Our Wednesday Community Suppers are replacing the Saturday Lunch Takouts. Your continued support of getting us fruit cups, apple sauce in small cups, individually wrapped cookies are very much appreciated.

We are starting to plan for other activities in a safe manner following all the guidelines and recommendations by Niagara Health. Please keep praying for our Fall season.

Our love of Christ was shared yesterday with Katalin Makkay as she and her family celebrated the life of Zoltan who passed away earlier.

We rejoice with Melissa Wheeler (I am sure Deanna is now relieved and thankful. Don in the meantime looked wonderful walking his granddaughter down the aisle) who was wedded yesterday at the church. Our congratulations to Melissa’s family!

#216 Hosanna (X3)

Prologue

How do we begin anew? What changes when we are new in Christ?

Today is an exciting day as we start anew. As you can see some things in the sanctuary have changed. I hope you enjoy them.

#422 Sing a new song unto the Lord

Sometimes when we imagine something new, we always think of something that is totally new in a sense that we have never seen before. New, for Christians, is a little different. New comes to us when everything we knew before and know now are made complete. This newness comes only from God in the sense that finally God’s full intention or will is revealed to us. We can only see parts of it, experience portions of it, and know pieces of it. In God’s full revelation, we finally see things in totality. This is what new means to Christians.

Each Sunday, we gather together to praise and worship God. Because we gather in Christ’s name, we are made new. That is, God reveals to us who we are intended to be before God. Each Sunday, we see and experience this fullness in many different ways. In praise and worship we come to know God fully through small glimpses.

New in Christ means the completion of all God’s promises in this world. To live a new life in Christ is to be part of God’s revelation in revealing this new world.

God calls us to worship
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2)

Prayer
Gracious and loving God,

Receive our worship today. We come with joy in our hearts because we are able to return to this sanctuary where we find you always. Be pleased that we have entered this holy place with praise in our hearts.

Though we come in joy, we are mindful of our sins, our ways we fail you each day. Yet, you invite us to turn back to you so that in mercy we may come to you as you forgive us and reconcile us. May we gladly receive your forgiveness and be reconciled to you through your Son our Lord.

Help us to worship you in fullness of faith and hope. Make us your instrument of love in this world. Through this worship, reshape us as your people who are forgiven and reconciled. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

#417 Come, rejoice in God

Scripture: Revelation 21:5
And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’

#445 Open our eyes Lord

Sermon Part 1
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them; (Revelation 21:3)

To be new people in Christ is to set our eyes, hearts, and minds on God to enjoy the life that is under God. God’s reign is always at hand for those who seek it. God’s reign is real for those who believe that Christ is the one God sent to share the good news of salvation. God’s reign is true for those who live fully in God’s grace.

What happens when God is among people? When we walk with God, or live life in God’s presence, we are different. People live without fear of death. That is, we live life focused on love where we are who we are made out to be without worries of pain, anguish, suffering and death. Without the need to please God or be in the right with God, we can be fully who we are intended to be.

We see this life of God among people being realized when those who are keenly aware--like Dorothy Day--tended fully to those who are hungry, vulnerable, and under the power of others. Those who are poor come to find dignity, strength, and love in ways of empowerment and grace. That is how it is when God is among God’s people.

#624 Blest are they vs. 1 & 2

Sermon Part 2

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more; (Revelation 21:4)

What does it mean to have us with God as God wipes away every tear from our eyes?

In Jesus’ ministry, we saw a daughter of Jarius. She suffered. Her parents and neighbours mourned. Jesus raised the daughter to new life. Their tears were wiped away. We saw a woman who suffered from a blood disease for twelve years. She spent all she had. By touching Jesus, she was made well. Her tears were wiped away. A blind came to him. He touched his eyes. He was able to see. Friends brought a paralytic. Jesus made him walk. On and on those whose tears filled the world had their tears wiped away.

Our world is filled with people who cry in desperation. We saw this as people died in hospitals alone due to COVID 19. We heard plenty during the AIDS crisis as so many were dying isolated or quarantined. We read many times how so many people died throughout history due to the Spanish Flu, Black Death, Potato Famine and many other incidents. We also hear about those who cry in earthquakes, tornados, floods, and other disasters.

In each and every time so much tears are shed, God was, is and will always be present wiping those tears away. We see God doing this through Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Schwitzer, and many like Damien who were and are determined to bring God’s love to those who were cut off from our world.

#624 Blest are they vs. 3 & 4

Sermon Part 3
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’ (Revelation 21:4)

The new world in God is not like the new in the way we replace those things that are wearing out with brand new things. It is not like replacing an old car, phone, house or whatever with a new car, phone, house or whatever with better and more convenient technology. The new world in God is our world becoming fully realized. Instead of crying because we lack love, we live fully as we were intended to be in fullness of love. Instead of being broken and face continual physical pain due to decline of health, we live life to the full overcoming pain and suffering. Instead of living to die, we live to share fullness of hope as we trust, set our hearts on, fully welcomed, always giving of ourselves for, and rely totally on God and one another without fears and threats of death. This is what it means to be new in Christ as Christ establishes heaven on earth.

#624 Blest are they vs. 5

Prayer

O Lord,
As your people, we bring our thanksgiving. Many joyful things are happening as we begin slowly to return and serve you. Each day as we see greater needs in this world, we also see how your grace fills this world through your servants. Our experience of you makes us pause and give you thanks.

We pray on behalf of those who are struggling in this world. Many who are suffering in poverty, hunger, natural disasters, and other calamities are despairing and losing hope. Hear their cries. Know their desperations. Help us to open our hearts and extend your love that is in us to them.

We pray for those among us who are in pain. So many are facing physical difficulties. As the bodies begin facing decline, minds forgetting more and more, and hearts losing hope, tend to each and every one of them. You know the love they showed to you in the past and are now continuing to be given to you in this present. Respond to them in kind. Love them as you have always loved them. Let them experience your love every day.

We pray for those whose hearts are being hardened towards the weak, the sick, the poor and the meek. May they be reminded of your unconditional love. Through the grace of your Son, may they find a way to love those whom they find it difficult to love.

We pray for those who are struggling with incurable illnesses. Those who are facing their own demons are trying their best. Those who are battling cancers are following all the treatments laid out for them. Bless these your people with strength that only comes from your love. Fill them with hope. Be with their doctors, nurses, and caregivers. Through these helping ones, show your mercy.

We pray for this congregation. As we refocus on you, retrain our minds, hearts, and souls according to your righteousness, helping us to find our way back to you. Make us hold on to you no matter what. Encourage us to be faithful in our future commitment.

All these and more, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offering

Offering Prayer

As we so received unconditionally from you, now we bring these offerings to you in the generosity of our hearts. Receive these gifts to you. Do not look down on what we bring. Know that these gifts are from our hearts. Bless these gifts in ways that through them we may reveal your presence in this world. Help us to follow your Son in sharing these gifts so that your good news may be shared with all those around us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

#726 May the God of hope go with us every day

Benediction

Postlude: Exultate Jubilate