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Chapel Online

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Regent community gathers for Chapel through Zoom on Tuesdays at 11 am (PDT). You can find Zoom login details in the Weekly Announcements email. If you don’t currently receive our Weekly Announcements email, you can subscribe by clicking the 'Subscribe’ button on this page.

If you are unable to join us at that time the recording of Chapel will be available on Moodle.

Welcome & Announcements

Introduction

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Call to Worship | Psalm 113

Praise the Lord!
    Praise, O servants of the Lord;
        praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord
    from this time on and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations,
    and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
   who is seated on high,
who looks far down
   on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust,
   and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
   with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
   making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Lyrics: S. Trevor Francis | Tune: Ebenezer (Williams) © Public Domain

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of thy love;
leading onward, leading homeward,
to thy glorious rest above.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Spread his praise from shore to shore;
how he loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore;
how he watches o'er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he intercedeth,
watcheth o'er them from the throne.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
Love of ev'ry love the best:
'tis an ocean vast of blessing,
'tis a haven sweet of rest.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus! 'Tis a heav'n of heav'ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee.

O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
'Tis a heav'n of heav'ns to me;
and it lifts me up to glory,
for it lifts me up to thee.

Scripture | Romans 8: 18-27, 31-39 (NRSV)

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Homily | Convinced of Christ's Love: Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer

Rhonda McEwen - Director of Regent Exchange and Associate Professor of Education and Culture

Silent Prayer

During this time you are invited to pray silently using the prompts from the video.

O Lord Hear our Prayer

Text: Psalm 102 (revised) | Tune: Jacques Berthier | © Taizé Community

O Lord hear our prayer, O Lord hear our prayer
When we call answer us
O Lord hear our prayer, O Lord hear our prayer
Come and listen to us

Prayers of the People

Living Lord God, we come before you,
To lift up the burdens and struggles of your church
    around the globe.
Sometimes we don’t even know what to say,
    or how to pray.
So as words fail to capture the depth of what we long for,
   may the Spirit speak for us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, we know that you stand beside those who suffer,  And although others stand against them,
    we know the power of your love prevails.
For Jesus, who died for us, stands before the throne interceding,
   and pouring out his love.
A love that nothing can remove or destroy.
There is nothing, not trouble, nor persecution, nor hatred
Not hunger, nor homelessness, nor threats
Not fear, nor ignorance, nor prejudice.
Not grenades, nor guns, nor regimes.
Nothing will separate your people from your love.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

It is the power of that immeasurable, unfathomable love
   that we call upon and ask that you would,
Grow courage to those in the face of immense fear.
Cultivate contentment to those in the midst of instability.
Offer compassion to those in the midst of hate.
Bring composure to those facing threats, which we cannot even fathom.
May your love bring all of these things and more,
   to our suffering sisters and brothers.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

O Lord Hear Our Prayer

Text: Psalm 102 (revised) | Tune: Jacques Berthier | © Taizé Community

O Lord hear our prayer, O Lord hear our prayer
When we call answer us
O Lord hear our prayer, O Lord hear our prayer
Come and listen to us

Prayer in Groups

During this time, you will be invited to join a breakout room to pray using the prompts below

For Courage | Imminent threats of persecution understandably generate genuine fears; pray for a courageous faith that stands firm in the face of opposition.

For Contentment | For those whose faith makes them vulnerable to harm and intimidation, pray that the Holy Spirit would engender a joy in Christ that overrides the fear inherent in their circumstances.

For Consolation | Harsh persecution can break the human spirit; persecuted believers may develop a sense of abandonment by God. Pray that the love and nearness of Christ would be felt in their lives. 

For Compassion | Ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate believers’ capacities to love their enemies, that they might lay down their rights to seek vindication and relinquish the desire for retaliation.

For Composure | Pray that believers would demonstrate the wisdom of Christ in the midst of persecution; pray that they would remain in line with God’s word and reliant on his strength.  Themes taken from “Prayers for the Persecuted” | Matthew Giesbrecht The Voice of the Martyrs Canada (vomcanada.com)

He Shall Reign

© 2007 Tom Wuest

Come broken, come captive
Come all you who mourn
Oh groaning creation, rejoice
A child, a savior, our healing he brings.
What freedom! What consolation!

He shall reign (He shall reign), He shall reign
He shall reign (He shall reign), He shall reign

El reinara, (El reinara) El Reinara
El reinara, (El reinara) El Reinara
He’ll order his kingdom

With justice and peace
Oh merciful one, oh Lamb of God
All nations, all people All heaven and earth
Will bow down and to Him proclaim

El reinara, (El reinara) El Reinara
El reinara, (El reinara) El Reinara

Atawala, (Atawala) Atawala
Atawala, (Atawala) Atawala
He shall reign (He shall reign), He shall reign
He shall reign (He shall reign), He shall reign

Benediction

After the benediction, volunteers are available to pray with you. If you would like someone to join you in prayer, send a private chat message to Claire Perini.

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