"A Village Church With A Heart For The World"

Christ United Church

12 Perth St., PO Box 113, Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0
(613)498-0281 (Phone)   (613)498-2589 (Fax)

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Worship Leader: Satori Hiramatsu                                       Music Director: Tim Hallman

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Music Used in Today’s Service:
VU 395: Come In, Come In and Sit Down   OneLicense 44817
MV  122: This Is the Day   OneLicense 117875
VU 624: Give To Us Laughter   OneLicense 80370
MV 40: Never Ending Joy   OneLicense 60826

CCLI Streaming License: 20558674
One License Streaming License: 737026-A

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If you wish to watch this service on YouTube the link is: https://youtu.be/OKJrkJLW_r0

 Call to Worship

Opening Music:  MV 122 ‘This is the Day”

 Welcome and Introductions

Lighting the Christ Candle and Prayer
Draw me to the warmth of your light, O God.
Warm my spirit by your soft but mighty glow.
Illumine my life’s Mission & Service.
Bless all who receive my gift of love.
Bless all whose love I receive.
Fill me with gratitude for every
sign of hope, movement toward peace, expression of joy, and impulse to love.

Music: VU 624 “Give To Us Laughter”

Scripture Reading: Jane Lyster
Matthew 5:14-16
14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Prayer of Illumination
Holy One, keep us from taking ourselves too seriously. By your grace, you set us free from the illusion that we are in control of everything we are part of. Help us to shed our worries and fears and to take up your gift of a light heart and a joyful spirit. Amen (Rev. Wendy McLean)

Holy Humour by Fay Simpson & Heather Murdock

Something strange is happening in the world right now.  We are separated from our friends & families.  We all are doing our parts, but these rules and restrictions are starting to get on our nerves and influencing our emotions and behaviours.

I read this article about interesting changes in human interactions in Toronto. It said “We are now saying hello to strangers”.  Apparently, saying hi to strangers on the streets are not very common in Toronto, because people are too busy doing their own things, but now people are yearning for social connections. 

 Although, my experience has been little bit different.  In our community in Brockville area, saying hello to strangers is a normal social interaction.  That one conversation that simple moment, it can brighten up your day.

However, lately I have been noticing a lot people don’t even make eye contact.    When someone does make an eye contact, it seems cold and it even looks judgmental, of course there is no smile.  It almost feels like we are invisible somehow and some people look guilty being there. 

When I was grocery shopping, I felt like people were grumpy and rude and I was uncomfortable.  I was in the long line waiting for the cashier, the lady in front of me turned around and looked at me. Then the next moment she said “Hi” to me.  It was so nice.  I needed it.  It brought joy to me.

This made me realize, maybe people are actually smiling under the mask, but I just couldn’t tell.  Maybe people are not smiling back at me because they can’t tell if I was smiling. Because we are all covered up.

Do you know what “smize” mean?   It is a new terminology used in fashion model industry.  It means to smile with your eyes.  Since that experience, I have been paying more attention to people’s eyes to see if I can find a taste of “smize” in their eyes and been practicing on my smizing skill as well as making my smile more obvious. 

We smile and laugh when we are happy obviously, but Science research proves that our facial expressions can cause our emotions. That means we can create happiness by smiling.  We can start with our facial expressions and that eventually becomes your emotions.   And also, we can be happy when we see others smiling or laughing.

Video of “Skype Laughter Chain”

How are you feeling right now?  Did this make you laugh?  I just wanted to show you how easy it is to bring laughter, smile and happiness into your life.  Just like that video made us laugh, our expressions, emotions and behaviours are contagious. Good and bad. We humans are social beings. We match each other's emotions unconsciously and immediately. I’m sure we all have experienced that seeing someone yawning made you yawn.  In the same way, your fear can infect others. Your anger can infect others. Your joy infects others, too. 
If we can influence others why not infect others with a happy thing?  It can bring joy to people. 
The world is depressed and unhappy right now.  The world needs our contagious laugh and smile more than ever.  The scripture says “You are the light of the world.”  Shine your light.  I know we must cover our face but let’s not cover up our joy.

Do you have any funny stories or jokes?  Maybe give someone a call and share those.  Practice on your smize and infect others with your joy even during this difficult time.

We are the light of the world.  Shine your light. 

Holy Humour by Sylvia Foxton and Rob Smith


Benediction and Commissioning
In the brightness of the day, it is easy to forget the power of a candle’s flame.
In the night we are reminded of how the candle is a small and mighty flicker of resilience.
Through its bright light and the glow it casts, it laughs at the natural order of night and day and says, “NO. Despite the time, despite my context, despite what my circumstances might say, I am going to shine anyway. For that is what I was made to do.”
May we, like this candle, shine anyway. Amen. (Alydia Smith, from Parables, Prayers, and Promises)

Closing Music:  MV 40 “Never Ending Joy”

Today’s bulletin has been donated by Doris Murphy in loving memory of her son, Bill.