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Order of Service - June 28, 2020

These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. (Psalm 42:4)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Hebrews 2:5-13 (ESV)

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
      or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
      you have crowned him with glory and honor,
   putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,

“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
             in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

ESV®Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bible

OPENING HYMN

Holy Holy Holy

Text: Reginald Heber (1826); Tune: nicaea

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy – there is none beside Thee
Perfect in pow'r, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our fellow men, in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your name. Amen.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, eternally begotten from the Father, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of the same substance as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PASS THE PEACE

SONGS & HYMNS

O God Our Help In Ages Past

Text: Isaac Watts (1719); Tune: st. anne

1. O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come, 
Our shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal home!

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne 
Thy saints have dwelt secure; 
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, 
And our defense is sure. 

3. Before the hills in order stood, 
Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, 
To endless years the same. 

4. A thousand ages in Thy sight 
Are like an evening gone; 
Short as the watch that ends the night 
Before the rising sun. 

5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, 
Bears all its sons away; 
They fly, forgotten, as a dream 
Dies at the op'ning day. 

6. O God, our help in ages past, 
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while life shall last, 
And our eternal home.

Jesus Loves Me

Text: Anna B. Warner; Music: William B. Bradbury (1859)

1.    Jesus loves me this I know,            

          For the Bible tells me so;

            Little ones to Him belong,

            They are weak but He is strong.

      [Chorus]

      Yes Jesus loves me!

            Yes Jesus loves me!

            Yes Jesus love me!

      The Bible tells me so.

2.    Jesus loves me He who died,

Heaven’s gates to open wide;

He will wash away my sin,

Let His little child come in.

3.    Jesus take this heart of mine,

            Make it pure and wholly Thine;

            Thou hast bled and died for me,

      I will henceforth live for Thee.

OFFERING

“Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:14-16)

Offerings can be given electronically by sending an e-transfer to admin@westminsterchapel.ca (with a memo, “tithes& offerings” or “benevolence”) or through Canada Helps (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15609).Cheques can be mailed to Westminster Chapel, 9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto ON M6R1Y4.  

Doxology

Text: Thomas Ken (1674); Tune: old hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE

2 Samuel 14

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart went out to Absalom.And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner and put on mourning garments. Do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead. Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.

When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.” And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. And your servant had two sons, and they quarrelled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’ And so they would destroy the heir also. Thus they would quench my coal that is left and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.” And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, “On me be the guilt, my lord the king, and on my father's house; let the king and his throne be guiltless.” 10 The king said, “If anyone says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall never touch you again.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king invoke the Lord your God, that the avenger of blood kill no more, and my son be not destroyed.” He said, “As the Lord lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said,“Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” He said, “Speak.” 13 And the woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, in as much as the king does not bring his banished one home again. 14 We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. 15 Now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid, and your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant. 16 For the king will hear and deliver his servant from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from the heritage of God.’ 17 And your servant thought, ‘The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,’ for my lord the king is like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The Lord your God be with you!”

18 Then the king answered the woman, “Do not hide from me anything I ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king speak.” 19 The king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” The woman answered and said, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, one cannot turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has said. It was your servant Joab who commanded me; it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your servant. 20 In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth.”

21 Then the king said to Joab, “Behold now, I grant this; go, bring back the young man Absalom.” 22 And Joab fell on his face to the ground and paid homage and blessed the king. And Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant.” 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 And the king said, “Let him dwell apart in his own house; he is not to come into my presence.” So Absalom lived apart in his own house and did not come into the king's presence.

25 Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26 And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king's weight. 27 There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman.

28 So Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, without coming into the king's presence. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but Joab would not come to him. And he sent a second time, but Joab would not come. 30 Then he said to his servants, “See, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom's servants set the field on fire. 31 Then Joab arose and went to Absalom at his house and said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” 32 Absalom answered Joab, “Behold, I sent word to you, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.” Now therefore let me go into the presence of the king, and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.’”33 Then Joab went to the king and told him, and he summoned Absalom. So he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 byCrossway Bibles

SERMON

“The Banished One Will Not Remain an Outcast”

Pastor David

CLOSING HYMN

Great Is ThyFaithfulness  

Text: Thomas O. Chrisholm (1923);faithfulness

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
There is no shadow of turning with Thee; 
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; 
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

[Refrain] 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided--
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness 
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; 
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain] 

BENEDICTION

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

PERSONAL & FAMILY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Ø  Focused Reading: Read and reread 2 Samuel 15. Note how the tragic circumstances that are the subject of chapter 15 are brought about by three wounded men and their efforts to find justice. Into this tragic scene God provides three faithful friends to help David through the crisis.

o  Ongoing Reading: Read Job 23-29 and Acts 21-27.

o  Recite and memorize Question 53-55 of the Heidelberg Catechism:

Q53. What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?

A. First, that the Spirit, with the Father and the Son, is eternal God. Second, that the Spirit is given also to me, so that, through true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his benefits, comforts me, and will remain with me forever.

Q54. What do you believe concerning “the holy catholic church”?

A. I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, protects, and preserves for himself a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith. And of this community I am and always will be a living member.

Q55. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?

A. First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.

o  Sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and let Hebrews 2:5-13 guide your prayer.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bible Studies & Prayer

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: The Wednesday Evening Bible Study will be meeting at the church at 7:00 p.m. We're studying the prophecy of Isaiah. For more info, contact Pastor David: david.robinson@westminsterchapel.ca.

Spanish Bible Study: Para unirse al estudio bíblico sobre los fundamentos de la feCristiana los Domingos por medio de Zoom, por favor contactar a Julian Castaño: julicastano@hotmail.es. 

Westminster Morning Prayer: Join us for morning prayer via Zoom at 8:00AM (Monday to Saturday). Our morning prayer is 15 minutes and is led by one of our elders. You can find the Zoom link in the church e-newsletter or email the church office: office@westminsterchapel.ca.

Prayer Calendar: We want to encourage the congregation to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17) during these uncertain times. To that end, we've set up a prayer calendar and invite you to sign up to pray at particular times. Our hope is that at any given time, someone from the church is praying. You will be able to view the calendar and see the names of your brothers and sisters who have committed to pray on different days and times. All you need to do is sign for a prayer slot and we will add your name and time to the prayer calendar. The sign-up form and calendar can be found here: (https://www.westminsterchapel.ca/covid-19-prayer). If you have any questions, or need assistance, please email the church office: office@westminsterchapel.ca.

Church Life & Ministry

Judith Harr’s Memorial Service: This evening at 6:00p.m. at Westminster Chapel, all are invited to come together to honor Judith and give thanks to God for the preciousness of her life.

Join us for our next Q&A on Sunday, July 5 after the service in the sanctuary.

Vacation Bible Camp – Mystery Island, July 20-24:  8:00 a.m-noon: In light of the cancellation of other camps this summer, we as a church are planning on hosting our first ever Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) as a way of reaching out to families around the church and giving kids at Westminster a fun, Christ-centered summer activity. We want children and teens from Westminster to be part of what’s planned by participating and serving but space is limited. We are still in the process of planning, and limits on group sizes are still a consideration so more details will be sent out in future emails. Registration is open for children ages 6-11: Visit https://www.westminsterchapel.ca/upcoming-events to register. If you or a teen in your family would like to serve, please contact George Simopoulos: george.simopoulos@westminsterchapel.ca.  

Resume Editing &Consultations: If you’re searching for a job or looking to polish your resume, we would like to offer you practical advice and support to improve your resume writing. Heather Riegler has started a resume coaching service (Birchwood Resumes) and is offering free consultations to help you write abetter resume. If you already have a resume written and want a second look for editing and advice, you can send the document to Heather at heather@riegler.ca and she will send it back within a couple of days. Alternatively, if you are writing a resume for the first time (or the first time in a while), you can email Heather to schedule a Zoom consultation. You will receive a checklist of items to complete prior to your meeting. If you have any questions, please reach out to Heather.

Work Wednesdays at the EICC! These one-day volunteer opportunities are designed for families or individuals of all ages to come and spend the day lending a hand in the vegetable gardens, doing forestry maintenance, and tending to the orchard. Volunteers can learn more and sign up by contacting Lauren Tamming: ltamming@ezrainstitute.ca. P: 289-309-3422ex. 400.