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May 2, 2021
Rev. Stephanie Richmond.
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Greenbank & Seagrave Pastoral Charge May 2, 2021 Mental Health Awareness Sunday & Fifth Sunday of Easter Welcome Thank you: Shirley Hooker, Jonathon Feyen, Marita Parsons, Val Hunter, Joan Lee, The Combined Choir, Juli and Richard for sending out the services via email, All you for joining us and all of you who have sent in pictures. WE GATHER TOGETHER Territorial Acknowledgement In this moment we pause to give thanks for the stewardship of the First People of the land which we are worshiping on. We acknowledge that the land we are on has been the home and place of sacred indigenous ceremonies since time in memorial. On this land of broken treaties we acknowledge that there is work to be done and we commit to doing our part to bring about healing and understanding, listening with an open heart, a heart of compassion as Christ calls us too. Let us take up the cross of truth and reconciliation and truly love our neighbours on this land. Lighting of the Christ Candle We light this candle as reminder and an intentional focus of the light of Christ. For some of us the light is dim and hard to see. Like the hymn It only Takes a Spark says. Opening Prayer (Written by Dr. Tom Reynolds) O God, come into our homes as we worship this day and enliven us. Come into each heart, each story, each prayer, each song, each life here today so that we may live and love with purpose, courage, and beauty. O God, who has created each of us in your image and made us one body, each as holy vessels of your presence to one another, create in and among us a holy place. Give us hearts and minds, we pray, to be open to human vulnerability, to listen to each other with patient and thoughtful attention and support. To perceive the grace of the differences in our embodied experience, To resist what excludes and diminishes, and to dismantle what acts as barriers to flourishing together in love and justice. Help us to trust your Spirit’s work to make us whole, together in relationships of mutuality and partnership, in sacred rhythms of giving and receiving. Gather us together to be your people in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. Children’s Time Mission and Service: Marita Parsons Blessing of Offerings and Gifts Music Ministry : “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Litany of Extravagant Welcome (Rev. Colin Jones, Co-Pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus Ohio) Let us pray to the God of our Ancestors, who is the Creator of all Life: Eternal Divine Spirit, we pray for the Church that you created through your Son, Jesus Christ; that it may provide an extravagant welcome and serve those who live with a mental illness, particularly in minority communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide us, the citizens and leaders of this land, this region and this community that we may unite to provide for and protect those of us who are poor, homeless and suffer in mind, body and spirit. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Forgive us as a community, when we knowingly or unknowingly ridicule, look in disgust, neglect or discriminate against those who suffer from mental illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Comfort and relieve those who are troubled in mind and spirit. Bring them hope, peace and the consolation of a loving community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Grant patience and courage to the families and friends of those who are ill. Increase their perseverance as they face challenges to recovery for their loved one. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Protect and defend those living with mental illness from exploitation, addictions and abuse. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Oh Lord, increase our awareness, compassion, and sensitivity so that we can embrace our siblings and cousins who wrestle with Mental Illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Because of their intense pain, and at times, their lack of perceived options, we commend to your mercy and defense all who are contemplating suicide today, right now. Bring someone or something to intervene. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. For the families who have lost a loved one to mental illness, bring them comfort in trusting that your grace accepts their loved one, despite the event that brought them into your loving arms. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Deep within the souls of black and brown people that are across the diaspora, empower us to speak up for those who do not have a voice; save us from making peace with the injustices in the social systems that have failed them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide those who do research for the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses; uphold them with your compassion and diligence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Eternal Spirit of Love, Giver of life and health, we trust that in your time and way, you will dispel all confusion with your order, all fear with your peace. Through Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD Scripture Reading: Jonathon Feyen 1 John 4:7-21 WE RESPOND IN LOVE Reflection May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable to you O God our rock and source of love. For the past 70 years in Canada the first week in May has been observed as Mental Health awareness week. The aim of this week is to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help. Each year the Canadian Mental health Awareness week has a specific theme to focus on and this year the theme is, “Get Real about how you feel. Name it, don’t numb it.” When we talk about how we feel we acknowledge our feelings heavy feelings lighten when you put them into words. Perhaps one thing that the COVID 19 pandemic has brought into the light is that all our lives have been touched by someone dealing with a mental health situation, it maybe ourselves, a loved one, a friend or a co-worker. The necessary precautions we have had to take to stop the spread of COVID 19 has had an effect on all of us. Social isolation, loneliness, stress fear, anxiety and the uncertainty of when things will get back to something close to normal plagues all of us. Over the last couple of weeks I have heard a few people comment on how people seem to be less patient and tolerant. In times of heightened stress and anxiety it is easy to react first and think later. Sometimes we want to blame others for the unhappy situations we are in. In times of grief and despair our brains do not always react as they would under normal circumstances. I have heard people talk about COVID brain fog, and the running joke is, what day is it, for they all seem the same lately? We are all dealing with this pandemic differently, some of us are navigating it better than others. Some of us have been living and dealing with mental health situations prior to COVID. Some of us have hidden or tried to ignore our mental health conditions out of fear of what people will think. The heightened stress of these times have brought many mental health situations to a head. We cannot ignore or push our mental health away or sweep it under the rug. Like all health conditions we have to face it and deal with it. I want to believe that we are breaking down the stigma around mental health conditions. Breaking down stigma related to mental health is not simple, it requires a great deal of love that is built out working to understand another’s journey. As followers of Christ and as a loving community of faith we are called to love each other as God loves us. Our scripture reading form first John tells us God is love. The love that the author of this epistle is talking about is a love freely given to all people, He writes that this great love from God abides in us, that we have been given the spirit of love, and that this love is the same love we are to have for each other. It is a love that sees us through all our ups and downs of life. This love casts out fear. This love is a love that claims us as beloved and lifts us, it gives us a sense of belonging. Nowhere does it say we have to be perfect in mind or body to be loved, no God who is love, loves each and every one of us as we are. The amazing and wonderful thing about this unconditional freely given love is that as we accept it and as we come to know it we begin to act it out in our lives. As we come to know God as love we cannot help but become more loving and kind. In these times when so many of us are struggling I know love and understanding will go a long way and will help us all heal from the effects of these times. I read this story a long time ago some of you may have heard it before but it is worth hearing again, it is about a taxi driver who arrived at the pickup address and honked his horn. After waiting a few minutes he honked again. Since this was going to be his last ride of my shift of the day he thought about just driving away, but instead he put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. He could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before him. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. 'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. The taxi driver took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took his arm and they walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking him for his kindness. 'It's nothing', he told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated,’ he said. 'Oh, you're such a good boy,' she complimented him. When they got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘if he could you drive through the downtown?' 'It's not the shortest way,' he answered quickly. 'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.'The driver looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' The driver quietly reached over and shut off the meter. 'What route would you like me to take?' he asked. For the next two hours, they drove through the city. She showed him the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. They drove through the neighbourhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had the driver pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. A couple times she'd ask him to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now.' They drove in silence to the address she had given him. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as they pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. The taxi driver opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. 'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.'Nothing,' he said.'You have to make a living,' she answered. 'There are other passengers,' he responded. Almost without thinking, he bent and gave her a hug. She held onto him tightly.'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'He squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind him, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. The taxi driver drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, he could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away he thought to himself? On a quick review, he thought, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life. We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. Love is like that when we love each other as God loves us we create beautiful moments that lift each other up and help us all. This week as we observe Mental health awareness week let us love each other with the great love God for us. HYMN: MV 138 “My Love Colours Outside The Lines” (Previously used August 9, 2020) My Love colours outside the lines, exploring paths that few could ever find; and takes me to places where I’ve never been before, throw open doors to worlds outside the lines. My Lord colours outside the lines, turns wounds to blessings, water into wine ; and takes me to places where I’ve never been before, throw open doors to worlds outside the lines. We’ll never walk on water if were not prepared to drown, body and soul need a soaking from time to time. and we’ll never move the grave-stones if were not prepared to die, and realize there are worlds outside the lines. My soul colours outside the lines, tear back the curtains, sun, come in and shine; I want to walk beyond the boundaries where I’ve never been before, throw open doors to worlds outside the lines. We’ll never walk on water if were not prepared to drown, body and soul need a soaking from time to time. and we’ll never move the grave-stones if were not prepared to die, and realize there are worlds outside the lines. My soul colours outside the lines, tear back the curtains, sun, come in and shine; I want to walk beyond the boundaries where I’ve never been before, throw open doors to worlds outside the lines. CCLI#1794364 Prayers of the People (Written by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund) God of love, we celebrate that today you are still speaking a word of acceptance, wholeness, and inclusion of all your differently-abled people. We give thanks for this church and the ways we seek to live out Jesus’ commandment to love You, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. On this Mental Health Sunday, we pray for people who live with untreated mental illness and who are unable to find help and cannot afford medical care. We pray for an end to the stigma of mental illness. We pray for families torn apart by mental health diseases, and for families that hold- on-to one an-other during difficult times of illness. We pray for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We pray for mental health caregivers, for scientific researchers, and for professionals who seek to bring compassion, treatment and healing to those who suffer from brain diseases. We pray for children, teens, and young adults learning how to live with newly diagnosed brain diseases. We pray for people burdened by labels and stereotypes. We pray for people who are victims of bullying and discrimination because of their disability. We give thanks for the many gifts that people with mental health disease bring into the world and celebrate the creative genius of artists, scientists, authors, scholars, business leaders, actors, musicians, inventors, and presidents who live with mental illness. Still speaking God, as the mysteries of the human brain unfold, we remain in awe of the intricate ways in which we are created in your image. May we be reflections of your love in this world. Personal prayers in a time of silence Amen. 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 who trespass against us; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and for ever. Amen Closing & Benediction Closing Choral “Let There Be Peace on Earth” Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me; Let there be peace on earth, The peace that was meant to be. With God our Creator Family all are we, Let us walk with each other In perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, Let this be the moment now; With every step I take, Let this be my solemn vow: To take each moment and live each moment In peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. CCLI#1794364 Coffee Time To learn more about our community of faith, to comment on the service and for ongoing pastoral care, please email Reverend Stephanie Richmond at email@example.com
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