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 Dundas Street United Church

"God Lives In Us!"

285 Dundas St., Woodstock

N4S 1B3

            A Place to Belong…

                 Where God makes a Difference

                       and we make a Difference

                            in the name of God.  

 

 

Minister: Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

Voluntary Associate Minister: Rev. Liz Lemon

Child & Youth Resource Minister: Reonn Wills

Choir Director/Pianist: Nancy Vandenberghe

Assistant Pianist: Don Harris

Keyboard: Rod Workman

 

            DSUC…

                 A Place to Belong!

                         Where God Makes A Difference!

                               And We Make A Difference!

    When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,

             “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 5)

November 18, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Processional MV 34   "All Is Done for the Glory of God"

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

         All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

         All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome

Disciples Love to Dialogue:

“Can you recall a challenging time in your life when family

or friends were there for you?” ” (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering & Opening Song: VU 374 "Come & Find the Quiet Centre"

Kids Zone

     (children/youth & leaders will now attend their Sunday morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, God has called us together!

All:      God has called us into worship on this Sabbath day!

One:    We are here because we long to make a difference!

All:      We long to make a difference in the name of God!

One:    Come, let us make this world a brighter place

                        during this worship time!

All:      Let us carry this warmth and light into the world!

One:    Come, let us join our Biblical friends who defied

                        the crowds and chaos!

All:      Four remarkable men who moved

                        heaven & earth to get to Jesus!

One:    Come, let us now quiet the busyness in our minds & hearts!

All:      Let us dare to create space in our lives for the Christ!

One: Come, our Biblical sister Lydia is also among us this morning!

All:      Lydia, who encountered the Apostle Paul

                        during a time of worship near the river.

One:    Lydia listened as Paul opened her heart to Jesus!

All:      She then shared this Good News with all her family & friends!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us celebrate this morning

                        how God surprises us, challenges us & delights us!

All:      Let us celebrate how God works within us –

One:    Calling us to make a difference –

All:      Calling us to make this world a place of daring love!

One:    Come, let us worship together!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 579     "The Church is Wherever God's People"

A Daring Prayer of Confession!          (based on Mark 2:1-12)

The Cautious One: I told you that the Teacher would be too busy for the likes of me! Let’s just go home!

The Risk Takers: There is no way that we are giving up that easily! We are going to get you to Jesus! Let’s just raise the roof and lower you down so you land right in front of him!

The Cautious One: Are you serious? No way! We might get into trouble! Besides, what makes you think that the Teacher can heal me anyway?

The Risk Takers: Hang on friend! You are going down through the roof and you are going to spend some time with Rabbi Jesus! We did it! Look, you are right in front of him!

The Cautious One: Oh my goodness! Friends…I feel different! My body is tingling. Look I can walk! But even more importantly, my heart is filled with joy! For the first time in my life, I can actually feel God’s love!

The Risk Takers: We told you that the Lord could heal you! It is his love that has made the difference!

The Cautious Ones: Forgive me friends. Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for doubting and being so frightened. Help me to step out and risk in your name. Help me to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Risk Takers: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our Gospel passage from Mark this morning, we are reminded that God’s love & grace often comes to us through the courage & faith of those around us. Let us give thanks for the Christ, the One whose forgiveness and grace calls us to move beyond fear & caution, into risk taking & new beginnings! ,

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of the Christ whose love

       surprises us, comforts us, challenges us, and calls us once

       more into peace & wholeness! Amen.

Hymn:  VU 664     "What A Friend"

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Acts of the Apostles: Acts 16:11- 15             Reader: Carolyn Allin

            One:    Friends, hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 1- 12

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  "Love Grows Here”    

                                    Duet: Rev. Liz Lemon & Barbara Cope                                

Reflections on the Word:    "Friends"               Nancy Vandenberghe

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191   "What Can I Do?"

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.

                      (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  MV 79    “Spirit, Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: MV 178   ”Who Is My Mother"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55 "You Shall Go Out With Joy"

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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November 11, 2018                                                       10:30 a.m.

Remembrance Sunday

“Take Courage!”

“Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the Lord; take courage O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest,; take courage all you people of the lands, says the Lord; work, for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts.”(Haggai 2: 4)

Thank you, for joining us during this time of worship!

Your presence is a blessing!

 

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional: MV 34, “All Is Done for the Glory of God”

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

    All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome and Announcements

Beginning in Song: “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

A Call to Worship & Remembering

One: Come brothers & sisters, God has called us

                        into this worship time!

All:      God has called us into this time of remembering.

One:    It is a holy time -

All:      One filled with sadness, as well as joy.

One:    Come, let us dare to remember together!

All:      We remember the men & women

                        who served in both world wars.

One:    We remember their loved ones -

All:      Their families, sweethearts, & friends!

One:    We remember those who are currently serving,

                        or have served, in our Armed Forces.

All:      We remember them & their families,

                        with gratitude & prayers.

One:    Come, our God knows that the path

                        to healing & peace is through remembering!

All:      Our hearts are filled with gratitude

                        as we remember & honour these courageous ones!

One:    Come, this path of remembering is paved

                        with God’s gifts of love & grace!

All:      This path of remembering is paved

                        with our gifts of love and grace!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship our God

                        on this Remembrance Sunday!

All:      Let us worship together with courage, faith & joy!

Opening Prayer                                                                                                                                                                   

Kids Zone: “What Do You Remember Most

                                   About Remembrance Day?”

 Poem:   “In Flanders Fields”               by John McCrae

               In Flanders fields the poppies blow

               Between the crosses, row on row,

               That mark our place; and in the sky

               The larks, still bravely singing, fly

               Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                We are the Dead. Short days ago

               We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

               Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

               In Flanders Fields.

                Take up our quarrel with the foe:

               To you from failing hands we throw

               The torch; be yours to hold it high.

               If ye break faith with us who die

               We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

               In Flanders Fields.

     (children/youth & leaders will attend their morning programs)

We Remember… With Hearts Filled with the Peace of Christ

Hymn: VU 684 "Make Me A Channel of Your Peace"    verse 1

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. “I do not give as the world gives.”      (John 14: 27)

We Remember Those on Our Historic Roll                                   - Jerry Minler                

Hymn: VU 684 "Make Me A Channel of Your Peace" verse 2

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid”        (John 14:27)

We Remember with Love Those Connected to DSUC Who Have Served and/or are Currently Serving in the Armed Forces.                    

        - Sharon Minler

Hymn: VU 684  "Make Me A Channel of Your Peace"       verse 3

O Canada: VU 524                                    

                        (presentation of the wreath by Rev. Liz Lemon)

The Last Post

Piper's Lament          Piper: David Fleet

A Time of Silence     (slide presentation of those who have served)

Reveille                                                                 

Hymn: VU 577   “I’ve Got Peace Like A River”

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading:                  Haggai 2: 1- 5

                   Reader: Jean Manning

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 14: 1- 6; 18 &19; 27.

            One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen

Ministry of Music: “The Dream Lives On!”                                               - Choir                                                                       

Reflections On the Word: “Take Courage!”                                             

We Respond To God’s Word 

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191, “What Can I Do?”

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.                 (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle       MV 79, "Spirit, Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Remembering & Peace For All Of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 703      "In The Bulb There is A Flower"

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55 “You Shall Go Out With Joy”

                                                                  VU pages 884- 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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         DSUC…

                  A Place to Belong!

                            Where God Makes A Difference!

 

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying, to

him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14: 31)

November 4, 2018       10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Processional MV 34   "All Is Done for the Glory of God"

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome

Disciples Love to Dialogue:

“What was your most frightening experience while on water?”

  (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering & Opening Song: Psalm 100. Make A Joyful Noise

                                                   VU pages 820- 821.

Kids Zone

     (children/youth & leaders will now attend their Sunday morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:    Come friends, God is calling us!

All:      It doesn’t matter if we are still under construction!

One:    It doesn’t matter if we are in the midst of

                        a major, bridge building experience!

All:      Or whether we are simply talking a break from it all!

One:    God calls to us wherever we are!

All:      God calls us during stormy times, sunny days,

                        and anything or everything in between!

One:    Come, God has called us to this place where we all belong!

All:      We belong to God and we belong to one another!

One:    Come, this is a place where God makes a difference!

All:      It is a place where God is the difference!

One:    Come us worship our God on this Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 563 “Jesus You Have Come To The Lakeshore”

A Water- Logged Prayer of Confession      (based on Matthew 13: 22 – 33)

Simon Peter: Lord, is that really you out there walking on the Sea of Galilee in the midst of this terrible storm?

Jesus: Yes Simon Peter it is me.

Simon Peter: Well I’m very nervous, but if it’s okay, I would like to join you!

Jesus: Of course you can join me! Keep your eyes fixed on me and all will be well!

Simon Peter: Lord, the waves are higher than I thought, and the wind is very strong! Maybe I was wrong. Maybe I can’t do this after all!

Jesus: Simon Peter, keep your eyes on me!

Simon Peter: Lord, I’m sure you are out here somewhere, but I can’t see you, or hear you! I’m frightened! I am starting to sink!

Jesus: Hold onto my hand Simon Peter. Look at me & don’t let go!

Simon Peter: Thank you Lord. You have saved me from drowning!

Jesus: My dear friend, the storms of life will often threaten to overwhelm you. Whether you can physically see me or not, I am always with you. I will never let go of you!

Simon Peter: Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for thinking I could walk on water without you! Help me to seek your presence during all of my life storms!

Jesus: Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our Gospel passage from Matthew this morning, we are reminded that even when we may feel like we are drowning under the weight of too many commitments, overwork, or negative thoughts & behaviours, our Lord is there for us. It is him and him alone who pull us out of the water of our doubts, regrets and frustrations. Yes, our Lord is present in the midst of all our life storms, offering each of us the gift of forgiveness and a new beginning! ,

All: Thanks be to God for the gifts of peace and grace

       That comes to us through the Christ! Amen.

Hymn: VU 644   "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry"

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Acts of the Apostles: Acts 14: 8- 18             Reader: Dennis Pilkey

            One:    Friends, hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

            All:      Thanks are to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 22- 33

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  "When the Saints/This Train”"          - Choir                                

Reflections on the Word: “God Makes the Difference!”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191   "What Can I Do?"

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.

             (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  MV 79    “Spirit, Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: MV 138   “My Love Colors Outside the Lines”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55 "You Shall Go Out With Joy"

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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DSUC…   A Place to Belong!

So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.” (Acts 11: 26)

October 28, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                  

Prelude

Processional MV 34   "All Is Done for the Glory of God"

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

         All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

         All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome

Minute For Mission                                                     - Karen Seguin

Gathering & Opening Song: VU 412, This is the Day

Kids Zone “To Whom Do We Belong?”

(children/youth & leaders will now attend their Sunday morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers & sisters, for thousands of years

                        Christians have been gathering!

All:      Gathering to celebrate the Sabbath -

One:    Gathering to remind ourselves and one another -

All:      Who we are and to whom we belong!

One:    Come friends, there is space for everyone

                        and anyone in this community of faith!

All:      All are welcomed in the name of God!

One:    Come, sisters & brothers, DSUC is a place to belong!

All:      A place where tears & laughter are greeted

                        with equal amounts of love & grace!

One:    Come, DSUC is truly a place where we are

                        bound together -

All:      By our love for God & our love for one another!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship our God

                        on this Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 593 "Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love"

An Unconditional Prayer of Confession

Conditional Christians: Barnabas, we are so glad you are here! Perhaps you could help us out a bit. We have some new folks who want to become a part of our church and well….we don’t’ really have room for them!

Barnabas: Friends, I’m not sure I understand you. Our Lord Jesus calls us to make space for everyone who loves him.

Conditional Christians: Oh yes, we realize that Jesus was quite open minded, but we aren’t Jesus! Besides, we are worried that these new folks might disrupt our church a bit. After all, they are “different” from us. They speak differently, they eat different foods and they dress differently. They don’t really belong in our church. We don’t think they should be allowed to join.

Barnabas: Oh my goodness, truly you are misguided! These newcomers are the face of our Lord. If you don’t accept them, then you don’t have room in your heart for Jesus! It is time for you to stop judging and making excuses because you are afraid to embrace new people and new ideas.

Conditional Christians: But Barnabas they are really different!

Barnabas: Our Lord Jesus calls us to look beyond differences. He calls us to lives of acceptance, compassion and grace.

Conditional Christians: You are right Barnabas. Our caution and negative attitudes are preventing us from making space for all disciples.

Forgive us Lord. Open our stubborn and worried hearts. Help us to listen. Help us to accept and love in your name.

Barnabas: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In both of our Scripture readings today, we are reminded that Christ is the face, heart, & hands of compassion and justice in our world. In the midst of our brokenness, in the midst of our regrets & pessimism, Christ’s grace breaks free, releasing us and offering us the wonder of forgiveness and resurrection!

All:      Thanks be to God for the gift of this freedom!

            Thanks be to God for the gift of new life through Christ!    Amen.

Hymn: VU 343     "I Love To Tell the Story"

A Story About Belonging                             Kathryn Kramer

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Acts of the Apostles: Acts 11: 19- 30.

            One:    Friends, hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10: 40 – 42.

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Chariots Comin'"            – Choir

Reflections on the Word: “Belonging!”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191   "What Can I Do?"

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.

                              (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 675   "Will Your Anchor Hold"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55 "You Shall Go Out With Joy"

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            while you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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“Dance with the Spirit!” Anniversary Sunday

Celebrating 133 Years as a Spirit – filled Community!

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40: 31) 

October 21, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Processional MV 34   "All Is Done for the Glory of God"

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

          All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

         All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

         All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

         All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

        All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome

Gathering & Opening Song: MV 23  "Come O Holy Spirit"

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, the Spirit has called us here today!

All:      We have come on eagles wings!

One:    We have come with open hearts!

All:      We have come ready to listen to the Spirit!

One:    The very same Spirit that danced in the lives

                        of our early Methodist brothers & sisters!

All:      The very same Spirit that has soared

                        through the ages & stages of this faith community!

One:    Come, the Holy Spirit still has much to teach us!

All:      Let us create space for this Spirit

                        that continues to comfort us, challenge us, & renew us!

One:    Come, let us celebrate with joy & thanksgiving

                        on this Anniversary Sunday!

All:      Let us celebrate that God lives in us!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us worship our God!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 1 “Let Us Build A House””

Kids Zone: “Soaring Through 133 Years!”

Isaiah 40: 28- 31

Isabelle:

            Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?

            The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth.

     He never gets weary or tired;

     His wisdom cannot be measured.

     The Lord gives strength to those who are weary.

            Even young people get tired,

     then stumble and fall.

            But those who trust the Lord will find new strength.

            They will be strong like eagles

            Soaring upward on wings;

            They will run and walk without getting tired.

Isabelle: This is the Word of God.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

(our children/youth/ leaders will now attend their Sunday programs)

Ministry of Music:     “Give Me Jesus”                                  Chloe Weir

                                 "His Eye is On the Sparrow”

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Dance With the Spirit!

Celebrating 133 Years of Spirit – filled Christian Community

Refrain: MV 156 Dance with the Spirit

            Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

The Spirit Calls Us To Dance! 1884 - 1891

Beatrice Buggs Shares Her Pentecost Story – Rev. Bonnie

Good morning friends. Welcome to 1884. I am Beatrice Buggs and I have been living nearby on Delatre Street since we bought our house in 1880. Oh it’s not a very big house, neither is it fancy, but we love it because it’s ours!

My husband Mr. Fred Buggs has a little grocery store just across from Delatre on the south side of Dundas Street. He is one of the few men in this area who doesn’t work at the wood factory on Mill Street. I must tell you that this part of our fair town is becoming quite prosperous. There are factories being built day and night it seems, and most importantly, there is work for our men!

Fred & I have 5 children and I am also a seamstress and so when the little ones head to bed at night, I stay up for another 4 hours getting my work done in the peace and quiet. Oh I am tired the next day, but we are paying our bills and have food on the table and that is surely enough!

Now the reason I am here today is to share some very exciting news with you! Just yesterday when my dear Fred came home from work I could hear him whistling before he was even on our front porch!

Now you must understand my friends that my dear husband is not by nature one who whistles, or even laughs that much! He is a serious, hard working man and seldom shows emotion, although he is well known with the local children, because he often has a pocketful of white humbugs which he is apt to share with them!

It was not until supper was on the table and the blessing had been said that he shared his good news. Why he of all people had been approached by Mr. Wellbourn, a gentleman who works in the administrative part of the wood factory!

Mr. Wellbourn came by to the store just that afternoon and it seems that he and a few other gentlemen have been considering donating land to build a church for us here in the west end. Can you believe it? Finally our own church! Mr. Wellbourn knew that my dear husband, as a local shopkeeper, had the ears of our community and wanted it enquire as to his thoughts on this important matter! My Fred was so impressed that his opinion had been consulted!

I’m sorry folks I had forgotten to mention that we are faithful Methodists and every Sunday, rain or shine, sleet or snow, we walk about a mile to the Central Methodist Church. It can be a journey, especially carrying little ones, but it is our church and so we attend the morning, afternoon, and evening services. Goodness, no wonder I am so tired!

Plus, I hope you won’t take offense, but sometimes we feel a bit out of place. After all, we are working folks and there are a number of people there who I am sure also work for a living but their hands aren’t quite as calloused as ours.

A church right here in the west end! Truly the Spirit has come to call. Later on, once the children were safe in their beds, Fred and I even did a bit of a 2 step in our kitchen. We are so excited!

Well I better head back home now – one of my older girls is watching the little ones, but I dare not be away too long!

(waves then exits from the sanctuary; Mrs Wellbourn enters& begins speaking )

Mrs E. W. Wellbourn Learns To Dance! – Janice Pullin

Good morning ladies & gentlemen. I am Mrs. E.W. Wellbourn. Perhaps you have heard of my husband Mr. E. W. Wellbourn? He is quite a distinguished gentleman if I do say so myself.

(smiles& looks very proud)).

I thought I should stop by for a minute to share some wonderful happenings with you. I am on my way down the hill to see my seamstress Bea Buggs and I know she will be very excited by my news!

My husband Mr. E. W. Wellbourn has been going on and on this past while about how important it is for those of us who live near the west end to have our own church. Now don’t get me wrong, we are quite comfortable at the Central Methodist Church, but it is a bit of a journey by horse & buggy and frankly we feel that we are a new and thriving community and should have our own church.

Well I must say that there has been quite a fuss about all of this. My goodness, sometimes Mr. Wellbourn would come home in quite a state after yet another Church Board meeting!

But I would continue to encourage him and listen to him (smiles & rolls her eyes) and provide my very “gentle opinions” and I am delighted to say that by 1885 we had built our very first church!(quite excited) It was simply wonderful! We, or should I say, my husband Mr. Wellbourn had land that he generously offered to the church and so very quickly the construction was underway!

But then there were some “church issues” if you know what I mean. We wanted to hire our very own minister and the Board at the Mother church wasn’t too pleased by that, so my dear Mr. Wellbourn seemed to be spending every single evening at the church at meetings.

Goodness, I kept telling Bea my seamstress that these men should stop their fussing and allow us women to take charge! (smiles & laughs)

She agreed wholeheartedly. Yes, many of us wives do all we can to provide our husbands with ideas on how to move past all of this silliness!

And guess what? All of our work behind the scenes has certainly made a difference, but don’t tell our husbands that!(smiles) It might make them a tad uncomfortable!

That’s why I’m on my way to see Bea. Oh I have a new dress in the making, and a very difficult foot at the moment, (smiles & looks down at foot) but nevertheless but she & I will soon be dancing! Last night Mr. Wellbourn informed me that finally- after much “animated discussion” at the Central Board meeting a motion was passed and Dundas Street Mission Church is no longer a mission or outpost of Central Methodist, but a church in its own right!

This is glorious news ladies and gentlemen! Our congregation has been growing in leaps and bounds and there is even talk about us building a new church, one big enough to hold our thriving congregation!

Well here I am at my destination on Delatre. It was lovely to share your company for just a brief while, but I really must share all this wonderful news with Bea!. (waves & exits; Rev. George Kerby enters)

Rev. George W. Kerby Sets the Church On Fire (not literally!)     Dennis Pilkey

Good morning brothers & sisters. It does my heart good to see you this morning in this, my very first church! Yes, when I was called to Dundas Methodist Church in 1888 we were just 20 souls but with prayer, hard work and the presence of the Holy Spirit, our church came alive and grew! Soon we were 200, then 250 and by the time we had commissioned for the construction of this fair church we had 500 souls on our register!

It was an exciting time! I preached 3 services every Sunday and still found energy to visit, pray for, and teach my flock. When we dedicated this church on May 4, 1890, I laughed when I heard that folks in our town were calling it “Big Red!”

Of course its “Big Red” I responded, “this is a Pentecost Church and it’s on fire for the Lord! It has been built with faith, passion and incredible grit! Yes, the Holy Spirit has guided us each step along the way!”

I was so sad to leave this glorious church behind, but in my day we ministers were called to move every 3 years and so before I knew it, the church had sent me to serve elsewhere. .

It is so good to be back! Thank you for this opportunity to return to this place that taught me so much about commitment, faith, joy and the wonder of God’s Holy Spirit. Peace be with you. (exits)

The Spirit Calls Us To Pray! 1892- 1930’s

Refrain MV 156, Dance With the Spirit

( enters during the singing)

            Pray with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

Dancing Runs In the Family – Marg Buggs Overveld

Good morning folks! It is great to be here. My mother is Bea Buggs but she is a very busy women and is getting on in years, and so she asked me to drop by for a few minutes and just share with you how we have been dancing with the Spirit over the past 40 years here at Dundas Street Methodist… oops I mean Dundas Street United Church. Yes, church union in 1925 changed our name and some of us still forget. (smiles & shrugs her shoulders)

But I am getting ahead of myself I am afraid! You see, after Rev. Kerby left us in 1891, we began to struggle and so instead of dancing with the Spirit, we were on our knees and praying with the Spirit!

But my mother always said that hard times build character and if that’s the case, there was a great deal of character building happening! Our west end of Woodstock was greatly impacted by a major depression and many of the factories closed. Thank goodness my Dad was able to keep the store open, although it has been a tremendous struggle for him and my mother.

But our community suffered and so our church suffered as well. Our new ministers weren’t all that dynamic I’m afraid, and just 6 years after we had dedicated this church, we were in the midst of a massive debt and almost lost it.

But we prayed my friends, we prayed and we worked, and we visited, and we prayed some more, and the Holy Spirit came to call and we were able to clear our debt and move forward!

What a time it was! Plus our country was involved in The Great War from 1914 - 1918 and many of us lost brothers and sweethearts, as well as husbands. It has been a time of great challenge, but this church has remained steadfast!

Church union in 1925 was a time of great excitement for all of us as we witnessed the Spirit at work as 3 great denominations came together to form our United Church of Canada. We had many special services to celebrate this glorious occasion!

When it looked like we were moving out of all our troubles we had a fire in the Sunday School rooms in 1930, but again we rallied and met for services in the Town Hall and finally returned to our church which has been a sanctuary and a place of community for many of us for generations.

Now I must return home to check on my mother, before I hurry to prepare supper for my own family. Blessings my friends and please remember the power of prayer! (exits during singing)

Refrain: MV 156 Dance With the Spirit

            Sing with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

(enter during singing)

Singing Sparks the Spirit! 1940’s – 1950’s  Rev. Liz Lemon

Greetings friends! It is so wonderful to be here with you this morning. I am Liz Lemon and I was blessed to be a part of our wonderful choirs during my time at DSUC. Now I say choirs, because in our day there were three choirs. I was baptized and raised here and when I was 5 years old I had the privilege of becoming part of the Junior Choir. Oh how I loved to sing!

By the time I could read and was well into school, I “graduated” to the Intermediate Choir, and that was a pleasure as well. We had our own special gowns and it was such a thrill to sing at our services!

By the time I was an adult and married, I was a member of our adult choir and have continued to serve God through my gifts of music.

I believe firmly that God speaks to us in very special ways through music and when we sing, the Spirit comes to call and before you know it our spirits are dancing and praising God!

Now don’t get me wrong, after all this is the United Church and so we don’t do any actual “dancing” during our worship services, but we do a whole lot of toe tapping and smiling and a few of us even move our hips just a tiny bit!

Beginning in 1947, our services were broadcast live on CKOX and our choirs were one of the biggest reasons why so many folks tuned in every single Sunday evening!

During the war years of 1939- 1945 singing became an even more important part of our worship services. I think we all needed to feel closer to God during that challenging time in our history, and singing some of those familiar hymns helped us to feel more connected to the boys overseas.

It was during this time that we began our Honour Roll to honour those from our congregation who were serving. I believe this very same Honour Roll is still read during the annual Remembrance services.

Ah yes, the 1940’s & 1950’s were exciting, vibrant times for us as a church! Our sanctuary was packed every Sunday, our Sunday School was overflowing, and we knew that the Spirit had truly come to call when in 1948, women were actually “allowed” to greet folks at the door!

Well I must hurry off my friends. Our choir is practicing for an anthem and I don’t want to miss it. Take care and keep singing!

(Liz exits during the singing & at the same time Ina is coming forward to the pulpit)

Refrain MV 156 Dance With the Spirit

            Work with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

(exits with the singing)

Good Old Fashioned Hard Work Can Often Jump Start the Spirit!

1960’s – 1970’s Ina Clark Holland

Good morning everyone! Dundas Street United Church has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but today I have been asked to comment briefly on a very challenging time in the chapter of this congregation.

It was the 1960’s & 1970’s and suddenly churches everywhere that had been booming were beginning to struggle. Our church was no exception.

Attendance was down, and we scrambled to do all kinds of things to save money. For example, we met in the basement for worship during winter one year, but that actually created another financial challenge because the cold upstairs compromised the plaster and we ended up with a large repair bill!

By 1979 the church board was clear. We had to make a decision. Would we remain open and work hard to re-vitalize this church, or would we close and find faith connections elsewhere?

It was a difficult time for all of us, because there were many of us who loved this place and could see that with hard work, clear leadership and lots of room for the Spirit to weave its mystery, we could bloom again.

We voted to stay open. Some folks left, and the rest of us prayed and worked, and visited folks, and slowly this church began to grow once more.

It was a time of determination, faith and risk taking. We moved forward and with the Spirit’s help, Dundas Street United Church was once more a vibrant, worshipping community.

Thanks be to God for this church that has continued to be such an important part of my life and the lives of my family and friends.

Refrain MV 156, Dance with the Spirit

            Move with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

(Ina exits during singing as the next person enters & should be at the pulpit by the time the singing has stopped)

It’s Time To Move with the Spirit! 1980’s – 1990’s - Betty Guthrie

Happy Anniversary friends! Ina is right. Once the church decided to stay open, everything seemed to turn around. We called Rev. Harry Macpherson as our minister in 1979 and his optimism and energy helped to get all of us moving! Rev. Harry was famous for his “brief visits” to our homes if we hadn’t attended church that week. I am sure he kept a mental tally and on the beginning of each week would drop by just to make sure everyone was “okay,” because we were “missed” at church.

If you were new to the neighbourhood you weren’t new for long, because he was soon knocking at your door and inviting you to church! He was so warm and friendly that before you knew it you were agreeing to come to church, regardless of any other plans you might have made!

Children and youth ministries seemed to blossom as well as outreach projects like the Christmas Place and Operation Sharing.

In 1993 our Christian Education addition was completed and this was indeed a time for celebration!

Now although Rev. Harry undoubtedly led the way, there were many lay people who were instrumental in developing a nd maintaining the ministries that became an important part of this church of ours.

Rev. Harry’s unexpected death in 1996 was a great loss for this church family, but with the faithful & compassionate leadership of Rev. Glen Macpherson and our lay leaders, we continued to move forward, carrying Rev. Harry’s laughter, faith and energy in our hearts.

Yes, during these formative years, truly the Holy Spirit had come to call and we were on the move, serving God, our community and our world!

This church welcomed myself, Peter, and our entire family with open arms and it has been our church home ever since.

(Betty exits during singing as next person comes forward)

Refrain Dance With the Spirit MV 156

            Walk with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

The Spirit Calls Us to Walk Hand in Hand! 2000 – present

                                              Sam Wolfe

Blessings everyone! Wow, we are now in the 21st century and what is abundantly clear is that when we are guided by the Spirit nothing is ever set in stone and there is no such thing as “we’ve always done it that way!”

Yes, the past 133 years of DSUC have been a roller coaster ride. They have been filled with laughter, tears, hard work, prayer, healing, determination and incredible faith.

Now some of us love roller coasters and others of us become frightened and want to get off quickly so we can once more walk on solid ground and feel somewhat in control of our lives and the lives of those around us.

But I have learned that when we lean into God and create space for the Spirit, we may end up in the most surprising situations. And that is a good thing because we all need a few surprises in our lives!

During the past 18 years our church has continued to walk hand in hand with the Spirit and so surprises are everywhere. Who would have thought that our Angel Breakfast program that began over a decade ago with a vision God gave to the Grestys, and then financial support from our UCW, would still be feeding and supporting folks in our city? Indeed this is a Spirit filled program and speaks not only to the tummies, but to the hearts of all those in our community who struggle.

Angel Breakfast, and then a Mission trip to Uganda which transformed so many folks and sparked a prayer within Paul & Karen Gresty’s hearts for a child from Africa. A few years later, we all welcomed their son Ibssa who traveled from Ethiopia to become a part of their family and our church family. What a blessing he has been to all of us!

In 2010 with the closure of Faith United, which had been an amalgamation of Central & Chalmers United Churches, many of us from Faith came to this place.

We were grieving, we were exhausted and we were heart broken. This church welcomed us and walking hand in hand, we began a new and exciting chapter for DSUC.

Pies R Us came to call as well, as part of an original outreach ministry from Central United, and together, hand in hand, and pie after pie, we have seen this program continue to make a difference in our community and our world.

Bible studies, laughter, prayer, faith journey groups, Fantastic Fridays, bingo nights, Sunday worship, Sewing from the Heart, two awesome UCW groups …these are just a few examples of how the Spirit is alive in this faith community.

Let’s hang on to our faith, and let’s hang on to one another, as together we move into the future. Thanks be to God!

(Sam exits with singing as last person comes up)

Refrain Dance with the Spirit MV 156

            Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

Let’s Keep Dancing with the Spirit! 2018 – future

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rev. Bonnie

We are living in an age where to be part of a Christian faith community is seen as an act of rebellion. After all, who really goes to church anymore?

We do! And like Jesus, we are committed to being rebellious. We are committed to dancing, praying, singing, working, moving, and listening to the Spirit because we know deep in our souls that it is the Spirit that completes us ….that very same Spirit that offers peace and wholeness for a broken world.

This church is alive with the Spirit because God lives in us! Let us move into the unknown with hope and wonder, always making a difference in the name of God! Amen.

Ministry of Music      "I Feel the Spirit"               Chloe Weir

                                 "Safe Within Your Arms"

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191   "What Can I Do?"

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.

                (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  MV 79 “Spirit   "Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Spirit – Filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 575 "I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55 "You Shall Go Out With Joy"

                                      VU pages 884 – 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            while you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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“Yikes New Roundabout Ahead!”

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

 

“Do all things without murmuring & arguing, so that you may be blameless

& innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked & perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.”

(Philippians 2: 14 &15)

 

October 14, 2018                                                     10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Processional MV 34   "All Is Done for the Glory of God"

  1. All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

    All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Life is lived for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

  1. Worship is for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

     All is done for the glory of God. Amen! Amen!

Welcome

Disciples Love to Dialogue: “When & Where Were You Baptized?”

Gathering & Opening Song: VU 401 "Worship the Lord"          

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, it is the Sabbath day!

All:      A day that God calls us to set apart!

One:    A day for worship, family & community!

All:      A day for rest & renewal!

One:    Come, let our love for God brighten this worship time!

All:      Let our love for one another fill this place with light & grace!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, the Apostle Paul

           tells us that we are to “shine like stars!”

All:      Stars that guide & stars that comfort!

One:    Stars that light up even the darkest nights!

All:      Stars that are a source of hope & new beginnings!

One:    Come, this morning we – like the stars –

            are taking the light of Christ into the world!

All:      This morning we are celebrating the Sacrament

            of Holy Baptism!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship God

           on this amazing Sabbath day!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

 

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands!”

Kids Zone: “Why is Baptism Special?”

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

One: Brothers and Sisters, we gather now to celebrate

           the gift of grace that is given to us in the Sacrament of Baptism.

All:      There is one body and one Spirit; we have one hope in Christ.

One: There is one Lord, one faith, one God, Creator of us all.

All:      Out of the waters of baptism we rise with new life, forgiven,

            renewed, and one with Christ, members of Christ’s body.

Presentation of Candidates for Baptism

One: This morning we present Jacob Liam Mathers & Julia Lynn

Mathers, son & daughter of Jason Mathers & Sharron Manning for

initiation into the body of Christ through baptism.

Question to Jacob & Julia

One: Jacob & Julia would you like to be baptized

         and join this family of faith ?

Jacob & Julia: We do, by the grace of God.

Scripture: Romans 6: 3- 4

Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too, might walk in the newness of life.

Baptismal Promises

One:    Do you believe in one God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit?

Jacob & Julia: I do, by the grace of God.

One: Desiring the freedom of new life in Christ, do you turn away from      forces of evil and renounce their power?

Jacob & Julia: I do, by the grace of God.

One: Do you return to Jesus Christ and accept him as Saviour and

            Lord?

Jacob & Julia: I do, by the grace of God.

One: Do you commit yourselves to the mission and ministry of Christ’s

     church?

Jacob & Julia: I do, by the grace of God.

Congregational Commitment:

One: As a baptized and baptizing church, do you commit yourselves to

        welcome, support, love, and pray for Jacob & Julia, within this

       community that worships God, resists evil and seeks justice?

All: We do, by the grace of God!

One: Let us join together in our statement of communal faith.

 A New Creed

We are not alone,   we live in God's world. We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,   who has come in Jesus,

the Word made flesh,      

to reconcile and make new,  

who works in us and others      

by the Spirit. We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:  

to celebrate God's presence,  

to live with respect in Creation,  

to love and serve others,  

to seek justice and resist evil,  

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,      

our judge and our hope.  

In life, in death, in life beyond death,  

God is with us.We are not alone.Thanks be to God.

The Story of Water is the Story of Belonging!

Pouring of the Water

Prayer of Thanksgiving

One: The water has been poured and so we remember Isaiah’s

                        promise:

All: “Waters shall spill forth from the wilderness and streams in

                        the desert.”

One:    And Ezekiel’s declaration:

All:      “I will sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean.”

One:    And the psalmist’s testimony:

All:      “He leads me beside still waters.”

One:    And finally we remember the words of Jesus:

All:      “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little

              ones – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

One:    Lord, we ask your blessing be upon this water. We pray that those

                        who are given to the waters of life will live in your grace, knowing

                        the death and resurrection of Jesus.

All:      O God, send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this water,

            that it may be a sign for all of new life in Christ, in whose

            name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: VU 453 "Out of Deep, Unordered Water"

Action of Baptism

One: Jacob Liam Mathers/Julia Lynn Mathers, I baptize you in the name

                        of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All:      Amen!

One:    Jacob Liam Mathers/Julia Lynn Mathers, with the sign of the cross

                        you have been marked as Christ’s forever.

All:      Amen!

One:    Jacob Liam Mathers/Julia Lynn Mathers, may the power of the

                        Holy Spirit work within you, that being born of the water and

                        Spirit, you may continue to be a faithful witness to Christ Jesus,

                        our Lord.

All:      Amen!

Presentation of Certificate & Bible

Welcoming Song

He’s got Jacob & Julia in His hands (3x)

He’s got the whole world in his hands!

(our children/youth/ leaders will now attend their Sunday programs)

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Epistle Reading:    Philippians 2: 12 - 18              Reader: Terri Macht

            One:    Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to the church                    

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel: Luke 10: 1- 12; 17- 20

            One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”                                           

                                                                                               - The Choir                                           

Reflection on the Word: “Yikes! New Roundabout Ahead!”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 191   "What Can I Do?"

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

            I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.

            I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share.

                                                (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  MV 79 “Spirit   "Open My Heart”

Refrain:

       Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living.

       As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving,

       Spirit, open my heart.

Glad & Generous Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 585 "Jesus Bids us Shine"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: Isaiah 55, You Shall Go Out With Joy

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

            You shall go out with Joy and be led forth with peace

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

            there’ll be shouts of Joy, and all the trees of the field

            will clap, will clap their hands!

            And all the trees of the field will clap their hands (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            the trees of the field will clap their hands   (clap, clap)

            while you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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Guilty Pleasures

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

                                   (John 10:10b)

 August 26, 2018                                                            10:30 am.

Guest Minister: Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

 

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open           wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

Opening Song: VU 896  Matthew 5   (Blest are They)

Call to Worship

One:    As the summer stretches forward toward the autumn we

           remember the pleasures of the season.

ALL:    PICNICS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

One:    Working in the gardens full of colour.

ALL:    TRAVELING TO NEW PLACES AND OLD.

One:    Staying home to laze about in the yard.

ALL:    SWIMMING, PLAYING BALL AND SIMPLY ENJOYING

           OURSELVES.

One:    We remember the pleasures of summer and all the blessings we

           have received.

ALL:    LET US THEN REJOICE AND BE GLAD AS WE WORSHIP

           GOD TOGETHER.

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                   to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Gospel Reading:       Matthew 11: 16-19

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

   All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: ""

Reflection on the Word: “Guilty Pleasures!”

                  - Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell

Hymn: VU 624 "Give To Us Laughter"

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                    all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    "On Eagles Wings" Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

 

Sun – filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: MV 30 “It's a Song of Praise to the Maker"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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“We Are Fearfully & Wonderfully Made!”

                  “I praise you, for I am fearfully & wonderfully made.  

                   Wonderful are your works, that I know very well.”

                                     (Psalm 139: 14)

  

     August 12, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide! 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Opening Song: VU 245, Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, God has called us together!

All:      We have come to worship our Lord!

One:    Come, it is the Sabbath day!

All:      A day set aside for reflection, rest & renewal!

One:    Come, let us rejoice this morning as we celebrate!

All:      We celebrate that we are created in the image of God!

One:    We are created with, and for love!

All:      We are fearfully & wonderfully made!

One:    Come fearfully & wonderfully made

                       sisters & brothers, let us worship God!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:    I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                  to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 139: 13 - 15       Reader: Carolyn Allin

           One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Mark 10: 46- 52

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

   All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  "He Washed My Eyes With Tears"  

                                 Duet by Joan & Jane

Reflection on the Word: “Speak it, Pray it, Do it!””

Hymn: VU 371 “Open My Eyes That I May See”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:                        Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    "On Eagles Wings" Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:                        And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Sun – filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                     Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 585 “Jesus Bids us Shine”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

 

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“We Are Fearfully & Wonderfully Made!”

                  “For it was you who formed my inward parts;

                   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

                                     (Psalm 139: 13)

  

     August 5, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

 

Prelude

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide! 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open           wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

Opening Song: VU 412    “This is the Day”

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us rejoice on this Sabbath morning!

All:      We give thanks to our God who created us!

One: Yes, this One who loved each one of us into being!

All:      Our God who breathes life & love into us,

                        every single moment, of every single day!

One: Come, let us renew our minds, bodies and souls

                        during this worship time!

All:      We give thanks that we are fearfully & wonderfully made!

One:    Come, let us open our hearts to God with our gratitude & praise!

All:      Let us create space for joy & wonder!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship God!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:       I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                    to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 139: 1 – 15

           One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 38- 42

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

   All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Look For The Silver Lining"              - Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Too Distracted To Notice!”

Hymn: VU 644 “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    "On Eagles Wings" Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Sun – filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 626   “I Hear the Voice of Jesus”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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WHO KNEW?! JONAH HAS A SISTER!!

    

July 29, 2018                                                        10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

                                                                      

Prelude

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8   “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Opening Song: VU#401   "Worship The Lord"

Call to Worship

One:    Come, let us celebrate the gift of this day!

All:       A gift from God, as we worship together.

One:    God calls us by name and knows our hearts.

All:       God loves us, just as we are!

One:    With love and patience that is never ending.

All:       Let us worship with gratitude!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

 

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                   to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness:   VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

 

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament: Jonah flees from the Lord

                           Jonah 1:3

            One: This is the word of God

            All:     Thanks be to God!

Ministry of Music: "Make A Song For My Heart To Sing!"

Reflection: Surprise!   Jonah has a sister and she’s a runner, too!

Hymn: VU#371   "Open My Eyes That I May See"

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Prayers of the People:

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU#509     "I, The Lord of Sea and Sky"

Blessing and Sending Out

 

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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SINGING IS A PATH TO GOD’S HEART

    

July 22, 2018                                                        10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Prelude : Favourite hymns

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8   “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Opening Songs: VU#395    "Come In, Come In and Sit Down"

                                           "They’ll Know We Are Christians"

Call to Worship

Revelation 4: Part of Vs 8

ALL:                “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

VU 315: "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty"

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

                        (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

Let’s sing, as children/youth/leaders head out…..

VU#646: "We Are Marching"

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                   to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness:   VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 100: 1-2

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:     Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: Liz Lemon – I May Never Pass This Way Again

Reflection in Song:

            VU#120:          "O Jesus, I Have Promised"

            VU#238:          "How Great Thou Art"

            VU#229:          "God of the Sparrow"

            VU#670:          "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"

            VU#266:          "Amazing Grace"

            MV#138"         "My Love Colours Outside the Lines"

            VU#644:          "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry"

            VU#182:          "Stay with Us through the Night"

Our Offering:     ***Rod Workman video***  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

            Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                                Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                                Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                                Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                                Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                                Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                                we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymns: VU#675 "Will Your Anchor Hold"              

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                   keep me travelling along with you.

VU#967: Three-Fold Amen

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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Our DSUC Faith Journey Group shares their connections to our Biblical Ruth!

    

     July 8, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

                                                                      

Prelude

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8   “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Opening Song: MV#34     "All Is Done for the Glory"

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship our God!

All:      Let us worship together on this beautiful Sunday Morning!

One:    Today we will be encountering a number of women who connect

                        deeply to our Biblical Ruth!

All:    Friends who have walked in her sandals and shared her           stories.

One:    Stories filled with tears, laughter, courage, adventure and faith!

All:      Stories that connect with our own.

One:    Let us open our hearts and minds, as we journey together!

All:   Let us look for God who is the centre of all our stories!

One:    Come, let us worship with joy!

All:      Let us worship together!

 

Opening Prayer

 

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

 

Refrain:        I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                     to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness:   VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

 

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Ministry of Music:   "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"

Selected readings from the book of Ruth with reflections on the Word by our Faith Journey Group.

Hymn: VU#672   "Take Time to Be Holy"

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

 

Prayers of the People:

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: MV #216   "Wherever You May Go"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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                               Happy Canada Day!

                      “Happy Endings Are The Best!”

“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together the Lord made her conceive and she bore a son.” (Ruth 3: 13)

  

     July 1, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Prelude

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

     2.    So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Opening Song: VU 401 “Worship the Lord”

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, it is the Sabbath day!    

All:      On this sacred day, God calls us into worship!

One:    This is a day for reflection, rest and renewal!

All:      A day to remind us who we are, and to whom we belong!

One: Come, let us also give thanks to God for the gift

                        of this amazing country we call Canada!

All:      We worship with gratitude & joy on

                        this Canada Day Sunday!

One:    Come, let us also continue our adventure

                        with our friends from the Book of Ruth!

All:      Remarkable folks who have much to teach us about

                        courage & faithfulness!

One:    Come, our friends Naomi, Ruth & Boaz are beckoning us!

All:      They have exciting news to share!

One:    News about daring and risk – taking!

All:      News about a wonderful new beginning!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us open our hearts

                        to God on this beautiful Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone “Thank You God for Canada!”

Our National Anthem VU 524   “O Canada”

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                                to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343 "I Love To Tell the Story"

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

 

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Old Testament: Book of Ruth 4: 1- 6& 13 - 17

                                                          Reader: Marjory Noble       

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Something To Sing About"                       - Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Happy Endings Are the Best!”

Hymn: VU 585   “Jesus Bids Us Shine”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

 

Sun – filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 642   “Be Thu My Vision”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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             “Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures!”                              

Naomi her mother in law said to her, “My daughter I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you.” (Ruth 3:1)

  

     June 24, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Prelude

Processional:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:   MV 23, “Come O Holy Spirit”     (vs. 1 & refrain)

  1. Come, O Holy Spirit, set the Church on fire:

            Strike it as the lightning hits a posing spire.

            Burn away the structures and consume the sham of our holy systems:

            Come, in Jesus’ name!

Refrain:                        Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm,

                                    All the world lies open:

                                    Pentecost is now!  I said a

                                    Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm.

                                    All the world lies open: 

                                    Pentecost is now!

Opening Song: MV 138, “My Love Colours Outside the Lines”

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers & sisters, our adventure

                        with The Book of Ruth continues!    

All:      An adventure filled with intrigue, trust, faith, & risk – taking!

One:    Come, today we will join the household of Naomi & Ruth,

                        as they step out in the name of justice!

All:      Justice for two women who have nothing,

                        & yet still dare to dream & act on their dreams!

One:    Come, let us sit with Naomi as she worries and waits

                        all through the night!

All:      Let us tiptoe with Ruth as she makes her way to Boaz.

One:    Come, let us celebrate the faithfulness & daring

                        of these remarkable women!

All:      Let us rejoice as Boaz takes action in the name of God!

One:    Come, as we continue our summer adventure with Ruth,

                        we too are reminded of times in our own lives -

All:      Times when we have taken a leap of faith,

                        & relied completely on God’s grace!

One:    Come, let us make space for Naomi, Ruth & Boaz,

                        as we worship on this Sabbath morning!

All:      There is space for all people during this sacred worship time!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship our God

                        with daring & joy!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1.  I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:       I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                    to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343, I Love To Tell the Story

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament: Book of Ruth 3: 1- 13                     Reader: Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell      

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music:   "He Touched Me"                      - Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures!”

Hymn: VU 266, “Amazing Grace”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:                        Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 352 “Lord of the Dance”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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                       “Is There A Boaz In Your Life!”                              

 

“Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.” (Ruth 2:1)

 

     June 17, 2018                                                            10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

 

Prelude

Processional:     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open wide!

Welcome

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:   MV 23, “Come O Holy Spirit”     (vs. 1 & refrain)

  1. Come, O Holy Spirit, set the Church on fire:

            Strike it as the lightning hits a posing spire.

            Burn away the structures and consume the sham of our holy systems:

            Come, in Jesus’ name!

Refrain:           Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm,

                                    All the world lies open:

                                    Pentecost is now!  I said a

                                    Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm.

                                    All the world lies open:  

                                    Pentecost is now!

Opening Song: VU p.766, Psalm 42,  “As the Deer Pants for the Water”

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, God has called us into worship on this

                        Sabbath day!  

All:      This Sabbath day when we give thanks to God!

One:    We give thanks for the presence of our Dads, Stepdads,

                        Grandpas, and those who have been like Dads to us!

All:      We are grateful for all of the ways

                        in which these men have blessed our lives!

One:    Come, today our Biblical sister Ruth

                       will be introducing us to another very special man!

All:      A man who is compassionate, faithful, & filled with integrity!

One:    Come, let us welcome this ancient Israelite called Boaz

                        into our midst today!

All:      This one whose story becomes part of Ruth’s story,

                        as well as our own!

One:    Come, today we are called to celebrate all the remarkable men

                        who have touched & shaped our lives!

All:      Biblical men like Boaz who teach us

                        about justice and faith!

One:    Men who have cared for us and our families!

All:      Men who have offered us so many precious gifts!

One:    Gifts of love, grace, courage, tenderness, & faith.

All:      Gifts that continue to shape all the chapters of our lives!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us worship our God

                        on this Father’s Day Sunday!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone: “Our Dads & Grandpas Make Us Happy!”

One: Today we light a candle to thank God for our Dads.

Two: They love us and make us happy!

                        (lighting of candle)

Sung Refrain:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!

One: Today we light a candle to thank God for our Stepdads.

Two: They love us and make us happy!

                        (lighting of candle)

Sung Refrain:

One:    Today we light a candle to thank God for our Grandpas.

Two:   They love us and make us happy!

                        (lighting of candle)

Sung Refrain:

One:    Today we light a candle to thank God for our Dads & Grandpas

                        who have passed away.

Two:   Their love will always be a happy part of us!

                        (lighting of candle)

Sung Refrain:

            (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                                to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness: VU 343, I Love To Tell the Story

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Old Testament: Book of Ruth 2: 1- 13         Reader: John Limburg      

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  "What A Wonderful World"     - Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Is There A Boaz In Your Life?”

Hymn: VU 595    “We Are Pilgrims On A Journey”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   "Grateful"

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807 (refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 226   “For the Beauty of the Earth”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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                     “Where You Go I Will Go!”                              

But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from  

   following you! Where you go I will go….” (Book of Ruth 1: 16)

  

 

     June 3, 2018                                                           10:30 am.    

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

 

Prelude

Processional     MV 8 “And On This Path”

  1. And on this path,

            the gates of holiness are open wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

 

  1. So enter in,

            the gates of holiness are open           wide,     (3x)

            Open wide! Open wide!

            Open wide, the gates are open          wide!

Welcome

Announcement: Janice Pullin, Chair of the JOY Board

Passing the Peace

Gathering Song:   MV 23, “Come O Holy Spirit”     (vs. 1 & refrain)

  1. Come, O Holy Spirit, set the Church on fire:

            Strike it as the lightning hits a posing spire.

            Burn away the structures and consume the sham of our holy systems:

            Come, in Jesus’ name!

 

Refrain:           Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm,

                                    All the world lies open:

                                    Pentecost is now!  I said a

                                    Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

                                    Take our hearts by storm.

                                    All the world lies open: 

                                    Pentecost is now!

Opening Song: VU 409 "Morning Has Broken"

Ministry of Music: “In the Quiet Curve of Evening”    - Handbell Choir

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers and sisters, our summer

                        adventure for 2018 is about to begin!        

All:      A summer filled with glorious sunshine,

                        vibrant flowers, and fresh garden vegetables!

One:    A summer rich with family gatherings, friends, laughter, & love!

All:      A summer that calls us to slow our pace and smell the roses!

One:    Summer is also a time for reading and reflection.

All:      A time for sharing, prayer, and renewal!

One:    Come, during this summer of 2018

                        we will be journeying through time!

All:      We will be taking time to encounter

                        some remarkable folks from the Book of Ruth!

One:    Orpah, Ruth, Naomi and Boaz – each one has a story to tell!

All:      A story to touch our summer hearts!

One:    A story that speaks to all seasons!

All:      A story about loss, risk taking, change, and new beginnings!

One:    Come, sisters and brothers, let us move into

                        this summer worship time with anticipation & joy!

All:      Let us worship our God!

 

Opening Prayer

Ministry of Music: “Argentina Tango” - Rachel Niznik & Julia Hobbs

Kids Zone: “What Does Summer Mean To You?”

                        (children/youth/leaders will attend their morning programs)

A Sung Confession: VU 343   "I Love To Tell the Story"

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,

            of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

            I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

            it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

Refrain:                      I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

                                   to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

What Story Do We Wish To Share With God in the Silence?

                        (a time of silent reflection)

A Story of Forgiveness- VU 343, I Love To Tell the Story

2          I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

            than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

            I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

            the message of salvation from God's own holy Word. R

 

3          I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

            seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

            And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

            'twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.    R

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Old Testament: Book of Ruth 1: 6- 22         Reader: Marilyn Limburg      

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: “If I Have My Ticket”               - Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Where You Go, I Will Go!”

Hymn: MV 79, Spirit, Open My Heart

Our Offering    

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182, Grateful

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

                                    On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91, VU page 807(refrain)

Refrain:           And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 375 "Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness"

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

     One more step along the world I go,

     one more step along the world I go,

     from the old things to the new,

     keep me travelling along with you:

     Refrain: And it's from the old I travel to the new;

                    keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude



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May 27, 2018                                                            10:30 am.   London Conference Sunday

 

We Gather To Worship God

Prelude

Beginning in Song:    “Praise Him, Praise Him"

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him in the morning,

            Praise Him in the noon- time,

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him when the sun goes down.

Welcome & Announcements

Passing The Peace

Gathering Song: Hallelu Hallelu    

   Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

   Praise ye the Lord!

   Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

   Praise ye the Lord!

   Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

   Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

   Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

   Praise ye the Lord!

Acknowledging The Traditional Territory:

One:    We acknowledge the traditional Territory of the Attawandaron,

                 Anishnaabeg, and Wendat peoples.  

ALL:    We give our gratitude to the tribes of the Iroquois, Huron,

               and Chippewa of the Thames.

One:    With thankfulness and respect for their stewardship of creation,

             we seek to live into right relations with all.

ALL:    We offer ourselves, and our HOPE and PEACE, that together

             we can find reconciliation.

Lighting The Christ Candle:

One:    Today we light the Christ Candle as a reminder that Jesus is the

                            light of the world, and that light is within us all to share in the

                             world. May the light of Christ shine through us all, so that new

                              seeds of Hope might be nourished.

 

Candle Lighting Chorus:  On Eagles Wings, Psalm 91

                                      VU page 807(refrain)

Refrain:          And I will raise you up on eagle's wings

                                    bear you on the breath of dawn,

                                    make you shine like the sun,

                                    and hold you in the palm of my hand."

 

Call To Worship:

One:    As we gather to Praise God, to Seek Forgiveness, and to Bless Neighbour, let us seek Wisdom in our prayers.

ALL:    Let us journey in peace and prayer, to plant seeds of God’s Grace.

One:                From the first blossom, to the ripening fruit:

ALL:    Our hearts delight in seeing the growth all around us, and within us.

One:    Let us seek to be the vessels of faith that God would have us be, so that we can share the message of compassion, kindness and love, that is at the heart of our faith.

ALL:     We offer all of the different vessels that we are. Gold and Silver, Wooden and Clay. Special and Ordinary, for we know that all are valued in God’s kingdom.

One:    Nothing in the universe ever grew from the outside in.

ALL:    We come to grow, as God’s seeds planted in Hope. May we grow through prayer, action, silence, mission, justice, and service to all.

Opening Prayer:

One: Let us pray; Holy God, who called all life into being,

ALL:    the earth, sea, and sky are filled with your goodness.

One:    we who walk upon the earth, yearn for your justice to be done.

ALL:    for every creature to be freed from all ill, for the hungry to be

             fed, for the captives to be released, and for Your kindom of

             Peace to come to the earth.

One:    May we be inspired today, to Bloom where we are Planted. To

                               Empower, Encourage, and Set the Spirit Free, as we pray

                               together in the words of Jesus, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

            Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

                                    and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

                                    for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 291                      "All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Kids Zone

Solo: A Gaither Medley                                             Shirley Waugh

                                                                                  Accompanied by Fran Foster

We Listen For God's Word

 

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2: 20-21 (NRSV) Reader: Maureen Roberts

In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. 21 All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned[b] will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work. 

Message: “Bloom where you are Planted!”        Maureen Roberts

                        A Message from President Joyce Payne

Hymn: VU 703                       "In the Bulb There is A Flower"

Prayers of the People                                         Jean Manning

Selections taken from Richard Wagamese;

            EMBERS: One Ojibway’s Meditations

One:    Let us Pray:

All:       What is the best way to be spiritual?

One:    Pack Light.

All:       What do you mean?

One:    Carry only what you need for the journey. Don’t tire yourself out with unnecessary stuff.

All:       Like what?

One:    Like your heart. Like your talk. Spirituality isn’t found in your

                    head. The seeds of faith grow in your heart. It isn’t found in big

                     important sounding words or long speeches. It is found in silence.

                    If you travel with your heart and your quiet, you will find the way to

                    your Spirit.

                                                (silently pray for your personal seeds of faith)

All:       Why am I alive? What is my purpose?

One:    You are alive, because everything else is. Your purpose is to learn about your relatives.

All:       You mean like my family?

One:    Yes your whole family. The moon, stars, rocks, trees, plants,

            water, insects, birds, mammals. Learn about that relationship.

             How you’re moving through time and space together. That’s why

             you’re alive.

                                    (silently pray for the earth and all our relations.)

 All:       What does it mean to believe?

One:    It means to trust with your whole heart, to have faith. You have to

              be honest. You have to live your belief every day. To believe in

                  something and not live it is to be dishonest.

All:       What is the hardest spiritual thing that I have to do?

One:    See every person as a gift. If you receive others as worthy,

                                               lovable, spiritual creations – perfect just the way that they are –                                 you get to see the highest possible version of who you are. You                               get to be that. Experience that. And you become a gift to the                                               world.

                                                (silently pray for others)

All;       What do I need to live at my best?

One:    Truth and Courage! These are the roots of everything powerful

                              and spiritual. When you keep your truth in front of you and have

                               the courage to keep moving toward it, through anything that

                                         arises, you live at your best.

All:.      With all this – together we can Bloom where we are planted!

Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182, Grateful

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over        all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

Prayers of Dedication

Hymn: VU288                        "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"

Blessing and Benediction

Song of Parting: VU 639   "One More Step Along the World I Go"

One more step along the world I go,

one more step along the world I go,

from the old things to the new,

keep me travelling along with you:

Refrain:  And it's from the old I travel to the new;

               keep me travelling along with you.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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