May 8th, 2022 – “Voice Recognition”

2022-05-08 Christian Family Service 11:00 AM - "Voice Recognition”

Dear all,

What is generally known as Mother’s Day is designated Christian Family Sunday in the Presbyterian Church in Canada – with the idea that it includes both the families that we come from and are a part of  as well as the larger Christian family embodied by our church. An important task of both is raising the next generation.  But that can be a frightening prospect when people look at the world they will be born into. It is not hard to be pessimistic if hope depends on human beings getting their act together.

Tomorrow (May 8th) also happens to be Good Shepherd Sunday. Our gospel lesson points us in a more comforting direction. Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”  God is sovereign and stronger than any power than might hurt or destroy,  menace or threaten them and Jesus assures us that he shares in the Father’s rule. So God’s purposes will not be thwarted. It is not all up to us and our decisions and our actions. God will prevail in drawing his creation to its appointed end. 

Order of Service

SUNDAY, May 8, 2022 Christian Family Sunday
Call to worship
Hymn 411: “Stand up and bless the Lord”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace and Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 23
Revelation 7: 9 – 17
Anthem: Psaume 23 “L’éternelle est mon berger”
John 10: 19-31
Hymn 607: “Ye watchers and ye holy ones”
Sermon: “Voice recognition”
Hymn 568: “I sought the Lord, and afterwards I knew”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 634: “Will you come and follow me”
“Go Now in Peace”