Summerlea United Church
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Sunday May 23, 2021

-- Affirming Sunday --

This service was recorded earlier on May 19
in the (almost) sanctuary.

Oboe Concerto in D minor
(II) Larghetto Affetuoso

A. Marcello

Alessandro Ignazio Marcello

1676 - 1747

Draw The Circle Wide MV 144

Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song: no one stands alone.
Standing side by side,
Draw the circle wide.

God the still-point of the circle
Round whom all creation turns;
Nothing lost but held forever,
in God's gracious arms.


Let our hearts touch far horizons,
So encompass great and small;
Let our loving know no borders,
Faithful to God's call.


Let the dreams we dream be larger,
Than we've ever dreamed before;
Let the dream of Christ be in us,
Open every door.


Matthew 9 verses 9-13

The text can be followed HERE.

Matthew 8 verses 5-13

And the text can be read HERE.

Like a Healing Stream (MV 144)

Like a healing stream in a barren desert,
Spirit water bringing life to dusty earth,
God is trickling through our lives
As in a dream unfolding,
Promising revival and rebirth...
like a healing stream.

Like a gentle rain on a thirsty garden,
Spirit water come to nourish tiny seed,
God is bubbling through
The soil to coax a new creation,
Yearning for an end to want and need...
like a gentle rain.

Like a river strong with a restless current,
Spirit water rushing on to distant shore,
God is carving out a channel in a new direction,
calling for an end to hate and war...
like a river strong.

Like a mighty sea reaching far horizons,
Spirit water with a love both deep and wide,
God is working in our hearts
To shape a new tomorrow;
God will always challenge and provide!

Like a mighty sea,
Like a river strong,
Like a gentle rain,
Like a healing stream.


-- Summerlea as an Affirming Congregation became a reality in 2009! --

In March of 2009 Howard Clark was our minister. It was one of Howard's hopes that Summerlea would become an Affirming Congregation while he was at Summerlea and he was instrumental in getting that ball rolling down the hill and the process began. And once that ball started to roll it could not be stopped!!

Bill Lynn, creator of our Summerlea Website documented the congregational meeting (see HERE) that voted in a secret ballot to approve the process with over 90% in favour.

The anthem the previous Sunday featured pianist Doug Stewart, bass guitarist Lee Heppner and drummer Kate Miller (who were actually married at Summerlea) and soloist and music director Connie Osborne (and the famous Summerlea Choir singing backup) and thanks to Bill Lynn who documented their presence HERE.

The performance was recorded:
and here it is !


What can I Do? What can I bring?
What can I say? What ca I sing?
I'll sing with joy.
I'll say a prayer.
I'll bring my love. I'll do my share.

(sung twice)

Sung Dedication

Come Touch Our Hearts
MV #12

Come touch our hearts
That we may know compassion,
From failing embers build a blazing fire;
Love strong enough to overturn injustice,
To seek a world more gracious,
Come touch and bless our hearts.

Come touch our souls
That we may know and love you,
Your quiet presence all our fears dispel;
Create a space for spirit to grow in us,
Let life and beauty fill us,
Come touch and bless our souls.

Come touch our minds
And teach us how to reason,
Set free our thoughts
To wonder and to dream;
Help us to open
Doors of understanding,
To welcome truth and wisdom,
Come touch and bless our minds.

Come touch us in the moments we are fragile,
And in our weakness
Your great strength reveal;
That we may rise to follow and to serve,
Steady now our nerve,
Come touch and bless our wills.

Come touch us now,
This people who are gathered,
To break the bread
And share the cup of peace;
That we may love you
With our heart, our soul,
Our mind, our strength, our all,
Come touch us with your grace.

This is the day that God has made;
We will rejoice and be glad!
Singing hallelu, singing hallelu, singing hallelu!
We will rejoice and be glad!
Singing hallelu, singing hallelu, singing hallelu!
We will rejoice and be glad!

(From More Voices no. 122

Common Blessing

(From the Te Deum)

By Charpentier

Marc Antoine Charpentier

-- And the following day...two New Flags proudly flew!
Thanks to Ian M. and his skillful handiness!!


And so now...

a few "After Hymns..."

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff'ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.   Refrain

O God, Our Help in Ages Past
(VU 806 - Psalm 90)

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

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

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

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

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