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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

Director of Music/Pianist: Michelle Heron-Gear

Keyboard: Rod Workman

 

 Youtube channel.  Please search for Dundas St United Church.

Youtube Links: 

May 24th Service                          https://youtu.be/uypfxnQGrBg

Palm Sunday                                https://youtu.be/l-LiEVB49mM

Maundy Thursday Service              https://youtu.be/nQteeHbzfoo

Good Friday online service             https://youtu.be/d8-93FCBM2w

Easter Sunday- April 12th              https://youtu.be/4FQZ7loxuSA

April 19th                                     https://youtu.be/uQ0KyvY7oto

April 26th                                     https//youtu.be/M_ExdmwzyiM

May 3rd                                        https:youtu.be/cpbC7oqK7lw

May 10th                                      https:youtu.be/QRK6sHRRYhg

May 17th                                      https://youtu.be/_Kg9UXw9U1Y

 

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

Your presence is a blessing!

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Minister: Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

Voluntary Associate Minister: Rev. Elizabeth Lemon

Director of Music/Pianist: Michelle Heron - Gear

Keyboard: Rod Workman

“I Will Make A Way in the Wilderness!”

Seventh Sunday of Easter,

May 24, 2020

Isaiah 43: 18- 21; Acts 1: 6- 14

Reflection

In our Old Testament reading this morning, the prophet Isaiah is speaking to a group of people who had lost everything. Due to war they had been exiled from their homeland and were now refugees attempting to begin again in a new and foreign land.

            Their beloved temple back in Jerusalem had been destroyed, and with it their sense of connection to God, to one another, and to that elusive yet necessary companion we often call hope.

            And so when they could find a little time they would often gather and whisper about “the good old days,” and then shake their heads in despair as they reflected on their current circumstances.

            It was a hard go – there is no doubt about it! The ancient Israelites had lost everything – many had family and friends who had been captured or killed by the Assyrians. They were lonely, they lived in fear, and most were living in countries that were not in the least bit welcoming.

            The prophet Isaiah’s words at first seemed almost impossible to comprehend. Often when we are in the midst of a huge and difficult transition we can’t take in any type of optimism. It just seems like too much of a stretch for our already stretched brains and broken hearts.

            That’s why Isaiah simply kept repeating himself, praying that finally, finally the people would open themselves enough to hear God’s words of grace and new beginnings for them.

            Isaiah just kept saying over and over again, “Friends these are God’s words for each one of you, please open your ears and hearts and listen.” “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old,” says the Lord.  “I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

            The people just stared at this remarkable prophet. His eyes were on fire yet his voice was soft and filled with compassion. “Could it be possible?” they began to ask one another. “Will the Lord really make a way for us – a way through this wilderness?”

            Isaiah heard their mumblings and nodded. “Yes brothers and sisters,” he said, “God will make a way for all of us – a way through this wilderness. We can’t see it yet because we are surrounded by so much despair.”

            “But how can we shift out of hopelessness?” asked one tearful man. “After all we’ve lost so much.”  

            “You’re right,” nodded Isaiah, “you have lost so much. But throughout it all, you have not and will never lose God. God is right here in this wilderness with us,” continued Isaiah. “We just have to look for God, we have to welcome God.”

            “But how do we do that?” asked another. “Well, to begin with its time to stop living in the past and move into our present, which in turn will shape our future,” explained Isaiah.  

            “Things will never be as they were,” continued Isaiah. “That’s why God says to us, “Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old.”

            “We are here and here is now, here is not yesterday. We have been exiled but we have not lost our way because God is our way, our way in the midst of this confusing wilderness.”

            Oh it took the people a long while to truly welcome Isaiah’s words – after all when we are in the midst of transition and change, it is often far more comfortable to be bitter than it is to look for glimpses of hope. For any of us who have been through times of change, we understand this completely.

            But you know what? They did it! Yes, it took time but they eventually stopped talking about the “glory days” and saw God’s glory everywhere and anywhere. Their temple building was gone so they gathered in small groups and built community and re-discovered God in new and intimate ways.

It’s fascinating really but being “away from home” helped them begin to develop a clearer identity of who they were as people of God and what was important for them. They no longer took anything for granted – especially God, and their faith experienced an incredible revival.

Isaiah was over the moon. So was God! These men, women and children were finally – finally making a way in the wilderness that surrounded them. They had moved beyond surviving to actually thriving!

            As we move through this time of change and upheaval in our world, God’s words to Isaiah are words of hope and encouragement for each one of us. “I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness.”

            Now I realize that our country has not been overthrown by an opposing nation; and we are still in our own homes, as most of us are not currently refugees.

But we too have been in the midst of a huge transition – and folks have consistently spoken about the “war against COVID – 19.” It’s a different kind of war but one that has turned our world upside down and created an atmosphere of fear and anxiety.

We, like the ancient Israelites continue to long for the “good old days,” the “glory days,” when we could go out for lunch, go grocery shopping in 30 minutes without rushing or wearing special grocery shopping attire, and most importantly, visit our friends and family whenever we wished.

“Ah yes,” we lament to one another, “If only life could go back to the way it was.” And then we hear God’s words to the ancient Israelites – words that are being spoken to us today thousands of years later,

“Don’t bother focusing on the past,” says God, “try to look forward instead of backwards because life is going to be very different.” “Not different bad,” continues God, “but simply different.”

Well some of us don’t really want to hear this and so we stomp our feet, fold our arms in front of us and shake our heads. What happens then? Let’s try it for a moment. (whether we are reading this or listening via you tube, let’s stomp our feet, fold our arms and shake our heads!)

Has it changed anything? Have all the COVID – 19 cases disappeared? Can we now head out to Swiss Chalet for a big family dinner?

Nope – no change! We are not going to make our way out of this wilderness by stomping our feet, folding our arms, or shaking our heads in disgust.

However, if we open our arms just a bit and practice some smiling, we may not only make our way through this wilderness, but in its midst discover and uncover God’s grace and hope! That’s Isaiah’s message for us today and every day.

Now I must acknowledge that on a personal level, this message is both life - giving and challenging for me. Its life giving because it reminds me that there is a way – a new way – a path I haven’t yet explored.

But its also challenging because I am in the midst of retiring from 22 years of ministry in the United Church of Canada, 13 ½ years of which I have spent in this beloved community of faith and yet I can’t – and we can’t, gather physically (at least at this point!) to say goodbye.

Retirement is a huge transition, and retiring in ministry means leaving you, my church family. Yes, you have been family to me for a very long time and each one of you has a special place in my heart. We have laughed together, cried together, stomped our feet together and together found our way through whatever wilderness surrounded us!

And so my friends we will find a way to say goodbye and to celebrate our relationship even in the midst of a pandemic! As we move into the month of June – my final month with you as your minister, my hope is that perhaps we may be able to gather in smaller groups to say goodbye – or at least I may be able to visit some of you.

I have also been assured by the folks who represent our larger United Church that if we can’t gather as a full congregation by the end of June, I can come back for a farewell & celebration service (and party I hope!) once the COVID restrictions have been lifted. 

“I will make a way in the wilderness,” says the Lord. Yes, God will make a way for us to say goodbye, just like God will also make a way for you as a faith community to welcome your new minister and his family.

Without a doubt, God is about to do all kinds of new things with DSUC! It is such an exciting time! Now it may feel more than a little upside down and all around because Rev. Sherpherd will in all likelihood be among you for awhile before I return for a farewell service. But that’s okay because at this church we can do “upside down and all around” pretty well.

I mean let’s face it we even have a member of our faith community who claims that everyone should eat dessert before their main course, instead of afterwards! And so if we can fill up on pie before we tackle our meat, potatoes and veggies, we can certainly open our hearts to welcome our new minister and then pause to take a few minutes to say goodbye to the old minister who is beginning a new chapter called retirement.

Now I’m still going to be around for the next month or so, but as I read and prayed Isaiah this past week, I realized that it is time to begin to name this journey called goodbye. You see, God was right (of course!) we need to say goodbye and let go of the former things so we can make space for the new things that are springing forth.

Next Sunday we will be celebrating our last Pentecost service together. Pentecost is one of my favorite worship services – although I say that about most worship services! We will share in our last communion together and open our hearts and beings to the Spirit – that Spirit of wind and fire that is calling us all into a new and wonder- filled chapter of faith!

And speaking of wonder, I want to close this reflection by showing you a photo that will truly make you shake your heads in wonder!

It is a picture of my desk, except now you can actually see my desk! For all those in our church family who love organization, neatness and details, my incredibly cluttered desk has always made you twitch just a bit.

But guess what? God helped me make a way in the wilderness and so my desk is now cleared of its former clutter and is patiently waiting for its next chapter with Rev. Sherpherd. Pray for me so I can keep it clutter – free for the next 5 weeks!

Thanks be to God for prophets like Isaiah who speak to our hearts and our lives regardless of what time period we live in. Thanks be to God for clutter free desks, for endings and new beginnings. Amen.

ANNOUNCMENTS FOR MAY 24, 2020

 

Link for the Youtube Video This Week:      https://youtu.be/uypfxnQGrBg

Next Week is Pentecost Sunday!

Yes friends, next Sunday, May 31st is Pentecost Sunday. It is a very special day for us because it is the day when we celebrate the birthday of our Christian church. Pentecost speaks to us of wind and fire and so we often wear red on Pentecost Sunday. This year is no exception! I realize we are not together in the sanctuary but wherever you are, please put on something red! Perhaps it will be red pj’s, a red mask, a red tee shirt, or vibrant red sweat pants! Go wild – use your Pentecost imaginations!

Also, we will be celebrating the sacrament of communion. It will be my last communion with you as your minister and so it is bittersweet that we can’t share in this meal being physically present with one another. But God always finds a way and so I am very grateful that we can share via video. Yay! What that means is that you are to prepare your “meal” before you click on the link next week. (May 31st not today!) This will give you time to perhaps pick up a special kind of bread or crackers and maybe even some Welch’s grape juice(after all, that is the United Church way!) Whether it is a refreshing glass of water, or orange juice, or your morning coffee or even a glass of “real wine,” plus whatever bread or crackers you may have, we will take time together to share in this sacred meal.

I look forward to meeting you at Christ’s table next Sunday with all of us decked out in red! Please send us some photos after Sunday so we can share this Pentecost celebration all week long!

            Blessings

            Rev. Bonnie

 

Masks!

We are grateful to all those from our church family who are sharing their sewing ministry though creating cotton masks. Louise Brackenbury has recently donated a number of masks to our church and Shirley Waugh is committed to making masks but is waiting for elastic before she can undertake this challenge. If you are able to sew masks, your contribution would be much appreciated. Also, if you are in need of a cotton mask, please contact the church at (519) 537- 7935. We have a few available and will have more as folks are able to get the supplies they need to live out this ministry. Elastic seems to be at a premium so if you have a bunch in your attic or basement, please let us know so we can make it available to those who are sewing. Thank you for your help!  

Fundscrip

Our next Fundscrip order is due for Sunday June 6th. If you could please drop off your order forms and cheques at the church office during the week of June 2- 4th between 10 am and noon it would be much appreciated. If these times are not convenient for you, please call to arrange another drop off time. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry!

Thank You!

We are so grateful for your continued support through your gifts of offering which you have been mailing in to us. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Food Helpl for the Community

Are you struggling to make ends meet. There is help available for groceries through the Salvation Army. You can go online to Helpyourcommunity.ca or call The Salvation Army at 519-539-6166. They also do deliveries.

Finding Our Worship Service Video

If there is any reason that you cannot access the Worship Video from the email that is sent to you weekly there are a couple of other ways you will be able to access them.

  1. If you are on Facebook - Go to the Dundas Street United Church Facebook Page and there will be a link for the service on there. You will be able to access the video by clicking on it or...
  2. Go to our website at dundasstunitedchurch.ca   On the left hand side of the page there is a list that includes "Bulletin". Please click on that word and it will take you to a second where where the link will be displayed beside the date of the service. Double click on the link and it will take you to the       service or another option is to:
  3. Go to the YouTube Website and type Dundas St. United Church in the search area at the top of the page. It will bring up our YouTube page - click on the title Dundas St. United Church and will show all the links to the services that are available.

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Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

“Gospel Gardening!!”

Easter 6 - May 17, 2020

Mark 4: 2- 9; 14 – 20

            As we move into the first long weekend of the summer of 2020, I must confess that I am still wearing my winter jacket. Now it’s one of my lighter winter jackets, but it is down filled and that has been good news for me during these chilly Spring days!

            That’s why I received such a shock the other day when I was once more hanging up my light but cozy warm winter jacket and looked at the calendar.

“Oh my goodness!” I exclaimed, “the Victoria Day weekend is just around the corner and so that means that we are moving into the latter part of the month of May and I’m still in my winter attire!

My husband Dennis just laughed and teased me about just how I was going to help plant our garden wearing my parka. I decided that if I put on a few extra sweatshirts I would be fine out in the garden. Besides when you are planting you are moving and so I am convinced even a little exercise will keep me warm!

But then we began chatting about planting a garden. Would we go ahead this year? After all, it has been a cold Spring and our world is such a mess and that means most of us are a bit of a mess and so do we want to be messing around in a garden in the midst of it all?

What are your thoughts my friends? Should we cancel planting gardens this year? Should we just not bother going to pick up some colourful hanging plants to grace our patios and balconies?

Perhaps we could simply dust off the old plastic flowers that have been sleeping in the attic for decades and forget the whole thing? After all, Easter was a huge adjustment, as we couldn’t physically gather for church and there were no large family gatherings with ham and scalloped potatoes and Aunt Mabel’s world famous squash casserole, and pumpkin pie and loads of chocolate bunny rabbits!

Besides, most of us are feeling pretty fed up and discouraged about all this social distancing stuff. Am I right? We’re lonely, we’re a bit cranky, we need a haircut and most importantly we need hugs – hugs from our kids and our grandkids. Hugs from our friends. Hugs that seem to be able to take the edge off any grumpiness!

But alas, it doesn’t seem like there will be too much hugging happening – at least not in the next little while.

So….what can we do instead? Well we could just pace the floor in our homes and declare they are like a prison; we could buy an extra large bag of potato chips at our next grocery shopping outing and crunch them really loudly to help us to get rid of our frustration; we could blame as many people and government leaders as possible or….or yes – we could take a deep breath, purchase some seeds and begin to plan our garden!

Have you ever noticed that there is something kind of wonderful about seeds? They make this wonderful little noise in their packets and their pictures promise us yummy, fresh vegetables. Vegetables that will help decrease our potato chip intake and actually give us some much needed energy!

Now I realize that not everyone these days has the space, or can manage to plant and care for a vegetable garden. That’s just fine! You see, we can all plant gardens of hope – we can all get into the “seed business” without actually digging into the soil and planting or hoeing our gardens!

As we spend time with Jesus in our Gospel of Mark this morning, we soon learn that all of us are gardeners – so yes we are all in the “seed business” together!

Now Gospel gardening is a bit different from the gardens we are traditionally accustomed to planting, but that’s okay, we can do this! After all, we’ve had plenty of time for reflection, quiet and prayer during these past few months as we have practiced social distancing and stayed home.

Hopefully that means that we have been able to rid our brains and our lives of too much clutter – or worries or busyness that always seemed to wear us out and never appeared to have an end in sight.

Without a doubt, living through a pandemic has been stressful – physically stressful for far too many and emotionally and spiritually stressful for others. It has changed our day to day lives. It has impacted what we do, whether we can go to work or not, when we shop, and how we connect with family and friends.

But it has also brought with it some gifts – the gift of time, the gift of patience, and the gift of gratitude. There has been more opportunity for reading for the readers among us and more time to just think…think about our world and think about who we are in the midst of this world.  

Yes, as we’ve been thinking and reflecting and praying we have begun to prepare our minds, bodies and souls for some Gospel gardening. We have hopefully begun to realize that you simply can’t plant a garden without space. We have to create that space before we can begin.

Jesus knew that all too well and so this was part of his message to those who were following him. At first when he began his parable about the sower the people looked at each other quizzically – I mean goodness, Rabbi Jesus was raised a carpenter’s son, not a farmer! Sure his family had a vineyard and fig tress in their backyard’s like everyone else, but a farmer?

Jesus smiled as he looked at their puzzled faces. “When are they ever going to understand that when I tell a parable it is a metaphor – it is to be taken symbolically not literally?” he asked himself.

Ah well, it was time for these folks to begin to get their hands a little dirty and their hearts broken open. It was time for them to learn some Gospel gardening!

“A sower went out to sow,” said Jesus, “and as he sowed the seeds fell along a path. Very quickly some hungry birds flew by and gratefully munched those seeds up,” Jesus continued.

“But the sower didn’t stop; neither did the sower attempt to chase the birds away. More seeds were scattered – this time they landed on rocky ground. Well at first the seeds thought they had it made in the shade, but there wasn’t enough soil for them to put down good roots and so when the sun came out they soon withered and died.”

The crowd began to mutter a bit. This was not sounding like good news! Jesus kept on telling his story. “The sower then scattered some seeds where there were weeds nearby and soon the seeds became so entangled in the weeds that they couldn’t find the sun on their own and began to wither.”

“The sower continued to scatter seeds,” said Jesus and this time, this time the seeds found good rich soil where there was room to put down roots and space to feel the sun. They also landed in the soil in such a way that the birds couldn’t reach them.”

The people shrugged their shoulders. The disciples were clearly puzzled. Even the farmers in the crowd weren’t exactly sure what to make of all this. And so they pressed Jesus to translate this parable for them.

At first Jesus was a bit cranky about it all. I mean for heaven’s sake, how come they couldn’t seem to get their heads and hearts around Gospel gardening?

But then he took a deep breath, said a silent prayer and proceeded to share with them the joy and wonder of Gospel gardening. Firstly, he helped them begin to understand that despite the hungry birds, and the rocky ground and the pesky weeds, despite all of these challenges the sower just continued to scatter seeds.  

“You see,” said Jesus, “our Creator God always scatters seeds of hope and possibility everywhere and anywhere. God is generous and includes all people, and covers all types of ground when those seeds of love and grace are scattered.”

“That’s the essence of Gospel gardening,” continued Jesus. “It begins with generosity and inclusivity. No one is left out. No one is left out of God’s garden.

And then once Jesus had laid the foundation for his followers he continued with his first bit of wisdom about Gospel gardening which reminds us that we are called to welcome, to make space for God’s seeds to grow and flourish. If we don’t really take the time to receive these gifts then they will be scattered along our life paths and the birds will simply enjoy them, leaving us empty handed and perhaps broken hearted.

“Gospel gardening also takes time and discipline,” Jesus reminds us. It’s not always easy to be gracious and positive, particularly in this scary COVID - 19 world – but if we don’t take time to pray, to look for hope, to cultivate hope, to be a source of hope, then the roots of our faith will soon falter and our gifts to the world will wither and die as well.

“Gospel gardening also requires us to focus,” continued Jesus. If we allow the world to distract us then soon we will not be able to see the beauty that surrounds us and we will no longer hear God whispering words of love into our ears.

In our pandemic world the weeds are everywhere! There is a constant barrage of news with all kinds of frightening statistics. There is so much to complain about that we could keep busy complaining all day and every single day. And blaming! Oh my where to begin? There is no potential end in sight to those we could blame for our terrible situation!

But as we thrash away in the weeds of blame, pessimism and judgment we slowly discover that we are in a constant state of anxiety. We can’t seem to breathe fully. We can’t feel the warmth of the sun; we’re not sure how love and compassion feels anymore because we’ve surrounded it with so much negative energy!

Ah yes, Gospel gardening is very clear that the weeds need to go. You see, once we disentangle ourselves from the weeds we feel free, lighter somehow! Finally there is space again – space for healing, space for joy peace and all kinds of love; space for empathy and understanding; even space for patience!

Friends, Jesus was clear with this message to his followers – just as he is clear with us today. We are the good soil. Yes, each one of us is that good soil. We have just the right composition in our lives to create space for seeds; seeds of hope in a world that often seems hopeless these days; seeds of laughter and joy in a time where smiles can be at a premium.

So on this long Victoria day weekend – this weekend that calls all of us to think of plants, or flowers, or hanging baskets, let’s also take some time to do some Gospel gardening.

Who in your life is in need of some seeds of hope to be planted in their weary hearts? Scatter those seeds of hope, offer a prayer, and then leave the rest to God!

I wonder who might be in need of a colourful hanging basket of joy? Now please don’t hang from someone’s balcony, but perhaps your smile, a phone call, or a thoughtful email will remind them that there is beauty and wonder in our world after all!

A sower went out to sow and the world was changed for the better. Let us join this One who has taught us all there is to know about Gospel gardening. Let us cultivate gardens of hope and new beginnings anywhere and everywhere.  Thanks be to God! Amen.

ANNOUNCMENTS FOR MAY 17, 2020

 

Link for the Youtube Video This Week: https://youtu.be/Kg9UXw9U1Y

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Today, Sunday May 17th, Dorothy Jean & George Bayne are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary Dorothy Jean & George!

May God continue to bless the two of you as you continue to bless each other, your family and our church family! We love you!

 

PRAYERS PLEASE!

We continue to ask for your prayers for Lorraine & Allan, Aileen Murray’s daughter and son in law, as they grieve the loss of their Mom. Prayers as well, for Aileen’s son Alan who is in Carresant Care and dealing with his own health issues.

We ask for prayers for Audrey Lowndes who is currently in hospital. Audrey and two of her daughters (Peg & Barb) are very active in our Sewing from the Heart group. Audrey & Peg are members of our church as well. Let us surround Audrey and her family with prayers for healing and peaceJ

THANK YOU KELLY!

Kelly, we are all so grateful to you for your continued ministry that involves “random Jesus visits,” amazing photos, great conversations and all kinds of joy! You make us smile every single day and we look forward to your messages of hope! Thank you.

FOOD HELP FOR THE COMMUNITY

Are you struggling to make ends meet. There is help available for groceries through the Salvation Army.  You can go online to Helpyourcommunity.ca or call The Salvation Army at 519-539-6166. They also do deliveries.

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“Love Never Sleeps

          (And Neither Do Moms!)

Mother’s Day, Easter 5

John 21: 15- 19, May 10, 2020

          I would like to begin this morning by inviting all the Moms who are listening to take a moment and reflect on a skill testing question.

            When your kids were little – and for those who still have little people at home – who hears them in the night? Is it you or their Dad?

            I am pretty sure that I can answer fairly confidently for you and the response would be, “me of course!”

            Ah yes, it was definitely my experience as a young Mom that “love never sleeps.” When my daughter Dana was born she had colic and I was a very long way from any type of support system as my family and extended family all lived up North. As well, none of my close friends who were part of my crew in Hamilton had babies. They were at work all day and just never really understood what it as like to be sleep deprived. That is until they had babies of their own!

            Now to this day I have no idea if a Mom’s hearing is better than her partner’s but I can recall heading to bed and saying to Dana’s Dad, “you’re on tonight, I just have to get some sleep!”

            “Of course,” he would reply, “I will listen for her.” I would just be drifting off to sleep and the crying would start. I would lay there for a few minutes – waiting, hoping, praying, that her Dad would stir. No such luck! And so I was up and walking the floor.

            Was I the only Mom who discovered very quickly that love never sleeps? Probably not! And most Moms will also report that this uncanny ability of being the first, or the only one to hear our children at night doesn’t end once they stop being babies!

            Nine times out of ten, or perhaps 10 times out of 10, it’s the Moms who are up with children with fevers, colds, coughs or who knows what else. That’s just what Moms do!

            Now I am not for one minute suggesting that Dads are “bad guys” or uncaring. It’s just that most of them never really heard their children in the night because the Moms seemed to have bionic hearing at best, or at the least, Moms were able to move quickly out of a deep sleep and respond to whatever crisis was unfolding in the next room. 

            Once I had grandchildren I was very curious about this phenomenon and wondered who would hear the grandchildren in the middle of the night if they were ill, or had a case of homesickness, or a bad dream.

            Guess what? Same thing! Dennis would be sleeping soundly and I would be out of bed comforting a little one, or bringing them into bed with us in order to settle them.

            Yes, their Grandpa would awaken the next morning puzzled by the extra bodies in our bed, or wondering where I was because often I ended up just sleeping with the grandkids who were sprawled all over our living room floor in various makeshift blankets and pillow beds.

            “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Jesus asked Simon Peter after they had finished that delicious breakfast on the beach we had talked about last week.

            Simon Peter gave Jesus a puzzled look. Who can blame him really? It was a fairly strange question, and besides at that point in his life, although Simon Peter was probably a Dad, he still hadn’t learned that love never sleeps. 

            But even though Jesus wasn’t a Mom either, he got it! Yes Jesus comprehended better than anyone that when you love, love never sleeps. And this was the message he was working so hard to have Simon Peter and all the disciples understand.

            You see my friends love is not a passive activity. To love, to truly love you are engaged, you suddenly develop bionic ears and with those bionic ears comes a compassionate, caring heart. Plus, along with the bionic ears, and the caring, compassionate heart, there is also a strong sense of justice and need to ensure that everything is fair.

            If the last part of this seems a bit confusing just picture a Mom who has witnessed someone attempting to bully her child. I haven’t met a Mom yet who would stand by and allow this to happen!  

            Without a doubt love never sleeps. It never sleeps because it is dynamic, it has bionic ears in order to listen to the joys and pains of the beloved, it has a kind, compassionate heart to comfort and love with, and it has a strong sense of what is just and right, to ensure that loved ones are as safe as safe can be.

            As Jesus sat with his disciples sipping that final cup of coffee and watching the sun rise over the horizon, he continued to reflect on how he could possibly instill the importance of not just talking about love, but actually living and breathing love!

            And because he had sometimes referred to himself as “The Good Shepherd,” and because Simon Peter and all the disciples often saw shepherds and their sheep in the fields around them as they moved through their days, he decided to use them as a metaphor to illustrate what he was trying to say. 

            “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” asked Jesus. “Yes Lord you know that I love you,” replied Simon Peter. Jesus smiled, “then feed my lambs – feed those who are vulnerable, feed and care for those who aren’t able to care for themselves. Look out for them, listen for them. In that way you will soon realize that love never sleeps.”

            “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” asked Jesus for a second time. “Yes Lord you know that I love you,” replied Simon Peter, beginning to feel a bit put out by all these questions.

            Jesus looked into his eyes and said, “Then tend my sheep. All of them Simon Peter,” continued Jesus, “don’t just tend the ones that you like or the ones who are keen and say thank you – tend to the grumpy ones, the homeless ones, the greedy ones, the ones who don’t brush their teeth – tend to them all.”

            Simon Peter took a deep breath and nodded. Yikes, he was learning pretty quickly that this love his Rabbi was describing was a bit of a tall order.

            Then Jesus continued, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” By now Simon Peter was getting a little cranky. “Yes Lord you know that I love you, why do you keep asking me over and over again?” he replied with an exasperated sigh. “Besides Lord you know everything so you obviously you know that I love you!”

            Jesus continued to gaze at this disciple of his. This one he had spent so much time with – this one who had abandoned him and denied him at one point – this one whose heart was always on his sleeve.

            “Then feed my sheep,” Jesus said with a smile. Simon Peter began to grin. He was catching on! “Yes Lord,” he replied, “I know. Feed all of your sheep not just the ones I want to feed, or feel good about feeding.” 

            Jesus laughed. “Yes my friend you are getting it. And what about if you’re tired, or the person hasn’t been kind to you?”

            “Ah Lord,” said Simon Peter, “you have shown me that love never sleeps and so even if I’m tired, or fast asleep, or discouraged, I will feed your sheep. I will continue to love them and feed them because like me, they belong to you.” 

It wasn’t always easy for Simon Peter, or any of the disciples for that

matter. It wasn’t always easy to remember these words from Jesus, “Loving me means feeding my lambs, tending my sheep, and feeding my sheep.”

            What helped them during times of fatigue or doubt was the reminder that just as they were living out this love for everyone and anyone in the name of the Risen Christ, he was right there beside them, loving them, feeding them and tending to their hearts.

            Yes, on this Mother’s Day and everyday we know that love never sleeps. How can it? If love falls asleep then who looks after the little ones in the middle of the night? If love sleeps then who cares for those whose hearts are broken – those who are struggling, those who are hungry, vulnerable, or ill?

            Moms and Grandmas aren’t the only ones who know that love never sleeps – there are all kinds of good men out there who live out of God’s love every single day and we are so grateful to them.

            But Moms or Grandmas can also teach us so much about love, particularly in our world today where it sometimes seems that love has fallen fast asleep and will never ever wake up!

            A member of our congregation shared with me a fascinating story about her Mom and how she lived out of God’s love and patience every single day – even when she had a mother in law she lived next door to, who often made life difficult for her!

            Now some of us may have great mother in law stories and others not so much! But often in the midst of these family stories if we look – really look, we will discover love; love that is present in the midst of the good times and the difficult times - love that never sleeps, love that calls us to be better people and to find a better way.

            And today my friends, today we celebrate our Moms, Grandmas, Stepmoms, Mothers in law, and all of those who have been like Moms to us. We celebrate their incredible gifts of love, patience, courage and grace. We celebrate that they have taught us what we are called in turn to teach our world - that love never ever sleeps! Thanks be to God for this amazing love. Amen.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAY 10, 2020Mothers Day Blessings!

A Mother’s Day without going out for brunch, or gathering with family and extended family ….it seems potentially strange and maybe even a bit lonely! Please, let’s not despair! Let’s simply make our own pancakes and waffles and scrambled eggs and call our Moms or Grandmas or email them or send them a video from our phones. Most importantly, let’s take a moment to pause and thank God for them and all the ways they have and/or continue to bless our lives. Thank you God for our Moms & Grandmas! They have been such a blessing in our lives!

Calling All Voices!

We are continuing to experiment and explore different ways of celebrating worship each week. Folks have been so generous with sharing their time and gifts (and stuffies!) with us and so as we continue to expand our repertoire, we would like to include more singing voices. Shirley blessed us for our Good Friday and Easter services and Brenda has been the much appreciated voice of all our responses and refrains. How about you? Do you have a song, or perhaps a duet you would like to share with our congregation? Please contact me and make my day! I live in hopeJ

Rev. Bonnie

Thank you!

Thank you for your generosity as you continue to mail in your offerings. Your gifts are much appreciated!

            Dundas Street United Church

            285 Dundas Street

            Woodstock, ON N4S 1B4

Finding Our Worship Service Video

If there is any reason that you cannot access the Worship Video from the email that is sent to you weekly there are a couple of other ways you will be able to access them.

  1. If you are on Facebook - Go to the Dundas Street United Church Facebook Page and there will be a link for the service on there.  You will be able to access the video by clicking on it or...
  2. Go to our website at dundasstunitedchurch.ca   On the left hand side of the page there is a list that includes "Bulletin".  Please click on that word and it will take you to a second where wher the link will be displayed beside the date of the service. Double click on the link and it will take you to the service or another option is to:
  3. Go to the YouTube Website and type Dundas St. United Church in the search area at the top of the page.  It will bring up our YouTube page  - click on the title Dundas St. United Church and        will show all the links to the services that are available.

 

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“Breakfast on the Beach,”

Easter 4, May 3, 2020

John 21: 1- 14

          As we move through this glorious Season of Easter, we, like the early disciples, are so grateful for the presence of the Risen Christ. Have you ever noticed friends that the Christ seems always to know just when we might need him the most? It’s more than uncanny, it’s pretty wonderful! But then again, he is pretty wonderful!

          Today, as we move into the Gospel of John, we encounter the disciples who are still struggling to make space in their world for the Risen One. Now we usually stay focused on the first part of this colourful story, its the part that Jean Phelps will also be mentioning briefly a little bit later in our reflection time.

          Ah yes, who can forget the discouraged disciples being out on the sea of Galilee all night and not catching any fish and then a stranger who is watching them from the shoreline and encourages them to fish from the right side of the boat?

          Well fishing from the right side of the boat was just not done in those times! The whole idea was kind of outlandish – perhaps a bit like having church in your kitchen or living room in the Spring of 2020, because its not considered safe to attend church physically!

          It seems pretty strange at first but then we lean into it, and it’s not so bad after all! Well, for the disciples fishing from the right side of the boat was beyond “not so bad.” It was incredible! They hauled in more fish than they had ever dared imagine!

          That’s why we remember this story so vividly- because it was extraordinary! But this morning I would invite us to move beyond the extraordinary and into the joy and wonder of what we often consider “ordinary.”

          And what is that ordinary centred on ? …You guessed it, food! But not simply “food,” food, but shared food, a meal that becomes a meal to remember!

          You see, after the disciples are finally finished hooting and hollering and dragging in their massive catch, Jesus does something that is equally as wonderful as catching 153 fish – Jesus cooks for his friends.

          Have you ever had anyone cook for you? How does it feel? Pretty awesome I believe! Brandon mentioned this during Kids Zone when he said that after he’s finished doing his training, it’s great to have a healthy home cooked meal that has been prepared by his brother Mackenzie.

          And Mackenzie who struggles with managing braces and apples, loves it when his brother Brandon whips us an apple crisp because he can still have his apples but they are much easier to deal with than when they are raw!

          Meatloaf, apple crisp, we all have our favorite meals and with those meals we also have so many memories. When the disciples sat down on the beach with Jesus and drank strong hot coffee and munched on delicious smoked fish and warm bread, their hearts were full.

          Oh their tummies were full as well, but just being there with their beloved Jesus - breaking bread with him, enjoying a fresh catch of fish with him, well it brought to mind all the meals they had shared in the past.

          I am sure that in the years to come whenever they gathered together they would often reminisce about breakfast on the beach with the Risen Christ and how he had not only shared food with them, but he had prepared it for them as well, prepared it with warmth, grace and love.

          So often in our families and our church families we have all kinds of wonderful memories that are centred around food – but not just the actual food( although it is always yummy!), but the laughter, friendship and sense of community that is shared.

          This morning Ina Holland who is a long time member of our church is going to share one of her memories around special meals connected to DSUC…..Thank you Ina, those lemon cupcakes your Mom made for the CGIT dinners sounded divine!

          Now I have never been much of a baker (these days I leave that task up to my husband Dennis!) but when I was a kid the one thing I could make was chocolate coconut macaroons! Do you know the ones I am referring to? They are super easy to put together, taste yummy, and you don’t have to even bake them, so they are impossible to burn!  

          Well every year in late June our Sunday School would have a church picnic down at our local beach. I loved it! School was out, the lake water was cold but we went swimming anyway and played games and always gathered for a huge potluck meal.

And there with all the other desserts were my chocolate macaroons! My Mom had me place them neatly with waxed paper in a cardboard shoe box to keep them together and make sure they didn’t crumble. They always tasted amazing and to this day when I eat a chocolate macaroon I imagine myself down by the lake, surrounded by my friends, my feet covered with sand and having the time of my life!

Of course, like all of you, as I’ve grown older, I have accumulated more wonderful memories of special meals shared with special people – memories that warm my heart, particularly during this pandemic when we are not able to gather for large meals.

But even though we can’t gather physically we can gather in our imaginations and our memories. Jeanie Phelps is with us this morning to share just a few of the memories that she has of shared meals at the Phelps household. Now if you have ever been to a Phelps meal, you know that it is more than a meal – it is a community event! Yes, it is a time when folks from all ages and life stages share table together and create a family based on generosity, laughter, good food and all kinds of love.

Let’s hear from Jeanie now…

Thank you Jean! Thank you for reminding us that when we break bread together we become a people more inclined to generosity, kindness, laughter, hope and love.

“Come and have breakfast,” Jesus had said to the disciples. Oh they were a bit shy at first. After all, he was their Rabbi, their Master, and here he was cooking for them.

But soon they realized what Brandon and Mackenzie learned with the meatloaf and the apple crisp, what Ina and the CGIT learned with those yummy lemon cupcakes and beautifully decorated tables, what I learned with my chocolate macaroons and what Jeanie & Bill learned with their Thanksgiving breakfasts and Christmas Open Houses, and what our church learns every time we gather for coffee, a lunch, or a corned beef supper - they learned that sharing food isn’t so much about the food, it’s about the love and the sense of community that is served with plenty of second helpings!

Those second and third helpings of love and grace that the Risen Christ prepared for his friends at dawn on the beach nourished them in the years to come. Often when they gathered for a quick meal or even a large gathering they would remember that simple breakfast and their hearts would resound with joy.

Yes friends they would remember. They would remember this One who loved them, cared for them, cooked for them, and broke bread with them. They would remember and then they would share those memories so that all of us would be reminded just how much we are all nourished by the Risen Christ.

So even though we can’t invite our extended families and friends over for a large meal we can still include them when we are munching on cupcakes, or meatloaf, or macaroons, or apple crisp, or eggs done just the way we like them.

We remember them and most importantly we remember the One who

is present at every single meal, the Risen Christ. Truly he will continue to feed us and break bread with us during these often challenging times.     

          Thanks be to God for awesome meals! Thanks be to God for breakfast of the beach! Thanks be to God for the generosity, kindness and grace shown to us through the Risen Christ! Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Thank You!

We are so grateful for your continued generosity, as you continue to mail your offering envelopes into the church. Our address is Dundas Street United Church, 285 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON N4S 1B3.

Discovering/Celebrating New ( & Not so New!) Gifts!

How have you been spending all this time at home? Are you sewing, cooking, baking, Spring cleaning, doing crossword puzzles, discovering painting?? How have you been able to bring some joy and hope into our COVID- 19 world? Please email me at: dundasminister@execulink.com

Or call me at home at (519) 424- 9510, or leave a message at the church at (519) 537- 7935, ext 22. I would love to hear your stories and any photos you may have would be great as well. Let’s stay connected as we move through this challenging time together!

          Rev. Bonnie

 

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner!

Wow! Next Sunday is Mother’s Day already! If you have a “Mother’s Day story” you would like to share please let me know. Again, photos are welcome and/or even a “Mothers Day video!”

Prayers

Donna Sharp, a much loved member of our church family passed away on Monday April 27th. Due to health restrictions around the impact of COVID- 19, we could only have a family service at the funeral home on Friday, May 1st. However Donna’s immediate family has been quite clear that there will be a Memorial Service at our church once we are able to gather again. Please keep Donna’s family in your prayers.

Aileen Murray who moved to Etobicoke to be closer to her daughter Lorraine, continues to struggle with COVID- 19, and is now palliative. Please keep her in your prayers as well as her daughter Lorraine and her husband Allan.

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A Poem for Palm Sunday

(based on Luke 19: 28-47)

The sun was blistering hot

The cheering was outrageous.

Outrageous in a good way –

Outrageous in a remarkable way!

So much laughter, cheering and joy.

Jesus moved through it all -

Nodding graciously as folks

Literally gave him the shirts off their backs.

Palm branches, cloaks and hosannas,

It was truly a day to be remembered.

A day filled with excitement, wonder and praise!

But soon…

Soon the palm branches were discarded,

Left to whither in the scorching desert heat,

And there were no shouts of hosannas.

Instead, the people faltered and began to wring their hands,

Unsure what to say or even do.

They stared in disbelief as their newfound King

Looked down at the holy city of Jerusalem

and wept.

Tears of sorrow and regret for a people

Who couldn’t seem to make time for God.

Tears for all those who had somehow lost their way.

But Jesus didn’t linger long,

Or allow grief to alter his course.

Wiping the tears from his eyes

He made the journey down…

Down into the city, down into the temple.

Where holy anger ruled the day,

As he cleared the temple and made space for God.

It was the kind of anger that burns with a fiery glow.

It breaks open hearts and transforms lives,

All in the name of justice, all in the name of God.

Ah yes, Palm Sunday in our Gospel of Luke

Doesn’t stop with hosannas and palm branches.

Instead, it challenges us to move deeper -

Into the depths of our souls, where grief often reigns.

Into the centre of our hearts, too often cluttered

With all that moves us away from God.

So let’s make a different kind of journey this Palm Sunday,

Let us fill the pockets of our very beings,

With hosannas, tears and holy anger.

Let us cherish these emotions,

As we walk with Jesus to the foot of the cross.

Amen.

                                                Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

                                                Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

                                                Dundas Street United Church

 “Let’s Say Yes To Palm Sunday!”

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Luke 19: 28 – 48

            Okay folks what are going to do? This Sunday it is Palm Sunday and so for years we have gathered in our sanctuary and waved palm branches as we shout “hosanna, hosanna, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

            It’s actually kind of fun because it’s one of the few times we get to shout and make noise in church and maybe even play a little tag with our palm branches! Plus, the kids always act out the story and have a blast riding down the aisle of our church on the toy horse that sits waiting patiently in our basement for this very day.

            Ah yes, Palm Sunday is quite simply the best! And this year to make it even more awesome we were planning on having a “Welcoming Sunday” where we welcomed some little people into the church through baptism, some of our youth through confirmation of faith, and some adults through transfer of membership.

            And you know what “Welcoming Sunday” means? Yes, it means that after our worship service there is all kinds of yummy cake, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, and other snacks, as well as laughter, celebration and fellowship.

            But instead you just get me. Alone in the sanctuary. Not a palm branch to be found, no horse, certainly no singing of hosannas, and no delicious cake.

            Yikes, does this mean we cancel Palm Sunday? Does this mean we close our Bibles, forget about praying, and simply lose ourselves in the midst of the despair that currently surrounds us?

            Well we could…after all, the world seems like a pretty grim place right now. Every day we are overwhelmed with more statistics about the numbers of folks who are diagnosed with COVID – 19, and for many of us these statistics are sadly becoming the names and faces of folks we know and love.

            We are frightened. We are frightened for ourselves, for our family members and friends. We are frightened for all those incredible health care workers and other essential workers who are back at it, day after day!

            Without a doubt, it seems like there are at least a gazillion reasons why we should cancel Palm Sunday! Besides, many of us are feeling so depressed and worried that we couldn’t possibly find the strength to hold up a palm branch, never mind shout – or sing, hosanna!

            But hey, before we tuck away our Palm Sunday story for another time and turn on the news again, let’s remember who we are. Who are we, my friends?

            I invite you to say it out loud. Say it to a family member if you are watching or reading this with a loved one. If you are alone, say it out loud anyway and later today go to your window and say it to a world that desperately needs to hear from you!

            We are Christians and Christians never ever give up! We never give up because we know that Jesus walks with us during this journey to the cross and we all know that the impact of COVID – 19 is indeed a journey to the cross.

            Why don’t we ever totally give into despair? The answer is simple, but difficult. We don’t give up because we are Resurrection People! We know that there will be new life; we know that hope will bloom; we know that our world will be healed. We know these things because we are followers of Jesus and he has assured of this time and time again; not only with his own journey to the cross and beyond, but in all the ways he has been with us during our own personal journeys into darkness and grief.

            And so on this Palm Sunday let us read and reflect on this powerful story as it is told to us in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, verse 28 – 48. Yes, it’s time to perhaps shake the dust off your Bibles, or if your Bible is worn like mine, be cautious as you turn the pages because soon they might begin to fall out!

            Luke’s journey into Palm Sunday is a favorite of mine because it doesn’t stop us at the hosannas and celebration. Instead, Luke takes us through a roller coaster of different emotions as we journey with our beloved Jesus.

            It is particularly appropriate for our world right now because every single day we move through so many different emotions. Am I right? We may wake up and see the sun shining and feel joyful and at peace and then we turn on our morning radios or TV’s and we begin to feel unsettled and anxious and then we remember that today is grocery shopping day and that anxiety begins to build as we take a shower in sanitizer before we leave the house.

            And at many times during the day we may feel angry, as well as hopeless. We may even be surprised to find ourselves weeping, as it all seems far too much to bear.

            Friends we are not alone for many of these emotions and/or reactions are part of our Palm Sunday journey. It begins with joy and excitement, but then Jesus leaves the hosannas and palm branches behind, as he gazes on the holy city of Jerusalem and weeps.

            Now Jesus could have stayed in the midst of the parade and the accolades, but instead he took time to grieve. Yes, Jesus wept for those who were a part of this holy city. He wept for his followers. He wept for his followers just as he is weeping for you and I, and this world we are a part of that is so broken and so diseased.

            Jesus could have stayed there all day weeping and lamenting, but he didn’t. He wiped his tears and headed down into the streets of Jerusalem; down into the outer courts of the temple where he turned the place upside down and all around!

            Why? Because those who were selling sacrifices which were to be used for worship, were cheating folks who had little to spend and would often go without food in order to pay the exorbitant price for an animal without a blemish.

            Holy anger emanated from Jesus – an anger rooted in justice and respect. He had little use for those who desecrated God’s holy temple.

            Wow – not only did Jesus clearly demonstrate during this Palm Sunday adventure that he was about far more than the hosannas, but he continues to remind us that we too, are about more than the good times or the quiet, peaceful times.

As we say yes to this Palm Sunday on April 5, 2020 we are called to shout our hosannas as we give thanks to God, for God’s presence in our lives. But we are also called to grieve – to weep for a world that is in desperate need of healing.

And finally, it’s healthy to get angry – as long as it’s a constructive anger. I am referring to an anger that burns away our feelings of hopelessness and helps us to find ways to connect even deeper to God. An anger that motivates us to make a difference in some way – whether that means reaching out to a family member or friend, or writing notes of encouragement, or daring to pick up groceries for a loved one.  

Friends it is Palm Sunday and we may not be together physically but we are definitely on this journey together! Let us offer our Palm Sunday prayers of gratitude, tears and holy anger to our God. Let us prepare to walk together into this holiest of weeks, that is beckoning us.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

Announcements

Pies R Us

We are just letting everyone know that the Beef Pie session for April 22nd has been officially cancelled.

 

Thank you! Special thanks for cards, visits, and best wishes following my fall in February.  I am happy to be home continuing my recovery after a one-month stay in hospital.  It is wonderful to have the support of our church family,                                     Blessings,                                     Jean Manning

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Greetings DSUC Folks!

Attached is your Palm Sunday Announcements bulletin as well as a poem and reflection from yours truly.

We have also included a poem Jenny Gaudier discovered on Facebook that she has asked us to share.

Just a reminder that due to health restrictions from the United Church of Canada related to COVID-19 we are not able to utilize the church as a drop off for offerings or correspondence, nor are we able to have folks enter the church. This is for your safety and well being!

Thanks for your cooperation!

            Rev. Bonnie

PS: Be on the lookout for Holy Week Reflections/photos next we

 

Someone posted this on Facebook and it is worth a read, it's beautiful...something to put things in perspective.

 

Society: What about my plans?

God: My plans for you are always better than your own. Don't worry,

             I'm going to work this all out for your good.

Society: We're not going to get anything done!

God: That's the point. You know how you keep spinning your

      wheels...always working, moving, doing, but never feeling satisfied?

      I've given you permission to stop. I've cleared your calendars for   you! Your worth isn't     

      tied to busyness or accomplishment. All you           

       have to do is take care of each other.

Society: What does this all mean?

God: It means I'm in control. It means you are human and I am God.

     It means that I've given you a wonderful opportunity to be the light in

   a dark world. It means you are going to learn to rely on me.

Society: What are we supposed to do when we can't leave our homes?

God: Rest. And you are going to be just fine. This time together is a

       rare gift. The rush of daily life has come to a halt. Play games, bake

  cookies, work on projects you've never had time for. Teach folks kindness and grace. Show them how to endure difficult

    circumstances and steer them toward me.

Society: We better start hoarding anything we can get our hands on!

God: Prevention, yes. Precaution, yes. Preparedness, yes, but after  that it's

         time to put the needs of others before your own. When you   see someone in

          Haven't I always taken care of you? Now, go take

          care of someone else.

Society: Why is this happening?

God: To remind you that I'm in control. To bring your attention back to me.

       I'm bringing you together as families and neighbors. I'm

       showing you patience and perserverance. I'm reminding you of your

        purpose and priorities. Now is the time to learn and teach your

        children what this life is really about.

Society: We don't know who to believe.

God: Believe in me. Trust me. Ask me for wisdom and I will surely give it.

Society: We're scared!

God: I've got this and I'm with you.

 

Video of Rev. Bonnie's Reflection This Week

This week's email include 2 links (on the actual email) which will take you to YouTube where you will be able to see videos of Rev. Bonnie for last week and this week's reflections. This is another trial and error project. Just double click on each link, one at a time, and you should be able to hear and see the video as long as your computer has speakers. You might have to adjust the actual volume on the device that you are watching the video if the volume isn't loud enough. Please let us know if you are able to access these videos. Thank You.

 

 

 

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 Reflection for the Week of March 29, 2020

“Speak, for Your Servant is Listening!”

Lent 5, March 29, 2020

1 Samuel 3: 1- 14; Mark 8: 27 – 37

            This Sunday is our final Sunday of Lent and what a Lenten season it has been! Oh my goodness, it seems as if we have made our way to the cross far too many times already and we are not even into Holy Week yet!

            Many of us are physically isolated from our family members, friends and our church family. Oh we are doing “okay,” but it’s a challenge….and it seems as if this is going to last forever!

            Remember when we were kids and heading off in the car for summer vacations? In our family, we had a 1958 black Dodge – the one with the “wings” but those “wings” never seemed to carry us quickly enough, because we were barely out of our home town when me and my brothers and sister would begin our mantra of “are you there yet?” or, “how many more miles?”

            By contrast, here we are nearing the end of March 2020, and instead of gazing out of the dusty windows of the family car, we are looking at the world from our living room windows as we keep asking, “how many more weeks – or heaven forbid, how many more months will this last?”  

            Yes, we are in Lent. Yes, we are on our journey to the cross. The landscape we are glimpsing (usually from a distance!) is frightening. It’s filled with statistics of people who are ill, or have died from the COVID- 19 virus. It is filled with faces of our health care workers who are exhausted as they work lengthy shifts in overcrowded, dangerous situations all the while attempting to curb the spread of this illness that has become our worst nightmare.

            As we make our way to the cross during this Lenten time, it seems as if all of our previously ordinary errands or daily tasks have suddenly become extremely stressful and complicated.

            Who besides me ends up with heart palpitations just going to the grocery store? “Will they finally have toilet paper?” we ask ourselves. “Will there be milk, or bread…yikes, what about bleach?”

            And before we even get our of our vehicles to head into the store we are hand sanitizing, then once we are in the store, we splash our grocery carts with more sanitizer, put on our gloves (if we have remembered to bring them) and then we rush up and down the aisles, searching for our items, growling at the parents whose toddlers are touching every cookie box on the shelves!

            Screech! We have finally made it to the cashier line up, but again the rules have changed. We put the brakes on and wait behind the taped line, eventually approaching a cashier who is wearing gloves and sanitizing the counter before we put our groceries down.

            We quickly pack up our groceries, wince as we take out our debit or Fundscrip gift cards (after all they could be coated with germs!) and then rush to our cars, pack up and head for home!

            Oh no! We have to stop at the bank to pay a bill, or heaven forbid withdraw some money. Ah yes, even money is deemed a dangerous weapon these days! Well the bank hours have been reduced and the doors are locked only allowing folks to enter one person at a time. We are becoming concerned that our milk will be sour by the time we escape from the bank but we somehow make it through.

            We consider stopping at a Timmy’s on the way home for a much needed double double and a yummy apple fritter, but we are too afraid of contamination and so we simply return home, wash again, put away our precious groceries, wash again and then sit down, breathe a sigh of relief and decide to watch the news!

And that’s when we discover that we are very likely to be laid off as we are not considered an “essential service.” If we are retired, we aren’t really in the clear because we immediately begin to worry about our kids and or grandkids and their jobs and mortgages.

            Truly this journey to the cross called a pandemic is exhausting, frightening, lonely, and anxiety provoking… and that’s just for those of us who are not ill.

            Imagine having COVID – 19, or caring for a loved one who is struggling with this virus! Suddenly the landscape that is part of this journey shifts and becomes even darker and more menacing.

            “How will we make it through this madness?” we cry. “How many more days Justin Trudeau? How many more days Doug Ford?”

            But our country’s and our province’s leaders have no definitive answers for us. That’s simply because they – plus an incredible team of epidemiologists and Public Health Administrators (who have overnight become our public heroes) don’t know either.

            There are seldom definitive answers when we make our way to the cross because the territory is unchartered. It’s not familiar and there is no GPS, or road signs along the way.

            That’s when our faith steps in and we step up! Yes, it’s important to acknowledge how difficult this time is, but it’s also critical to not let our anxiety and worry prevent us from listening for God and seeing God all around us.

            Friends, we follow the Christ. He knows the path we are travelling because he’s been there many times before. He knows the angst of a shared sorrow; he knows anxiety, fear, doubt, pain and loneliness.  

            But even more importantly, he knows the wonder of resurrection – of hope, resilience and new beginnings! Regardless of how unsure we may feel about the world shifting beneath our feet, we are not alone. Jesus walks with us. Jesus not only is walking with us, but he doesn’t have to keep social distance and so he can take our hand when we need it, or simply gather up our anxious bodies and broken hearts and carry us for a bit.

            We will make it through this Lenten time - this time of darkness, worry and illness! We will make it because we are ultimately an Easter people and so everywhere we go (even if it’s only to the backyard or grocery store!) we are called to pause and listen and look for signs of hope and new life.

            Yes, the more we pause, the more we have the opportunity to embody those signs of resurrection and hope, and so we too can offer healing and peace to a broken world.

This is who we are. This is part of our journey to the cross. Not only do we acknowledge that we never walk alone, but we are called to seek opportunities to be a source of healing, joy and peace to our world. It is through our generosity and faith that we can indeed make a difference!

As we reflect on our OId Testament passage today from 1 Samuel, we are soon in a world that sounds familiar. Scripture tells us that “the word of the Lord was rare in those days and visions were not widespread.”

Corruption is everywhere, and there is a sense of deep despair and hopelessness throughout the land. God has been forgotten and because of this there are no visions – no inspirations, no prayers; there is only a deep and abiding emptiness. The people are lost. Eli, the head priest of the temple is lost. Eli’s sons are beyond lost – they are destructive and self serving.

Although this is a time in history long before the birth of Jesus, it is truly a Lenten time, for it is a time of uncertainty and darkness.

But in the midst of all the hypocrisy and hopelessness there is Samuel. Samuel who was brought to the temple to be raised as a holy man after his   mother Hannah promised God that if God would gift her with a child after years of being barren she would “offer him as a gift to the Lord,” to be raised to know and share the Lord’s teachings.

Samuel is still a boy when we encounter him in today’s reading. God comes to him in his sleep not once but three times. Each time Samuel scurries to Eli, thinking it is Eli who is calling him.

Eli is old. He is tired, and is so disappointed not only with his poorly behaved sons, but with himself, for he has not had the will, or the courage, to lead his people and/or preach and practice the Word of God.

But as we lean into this extraordinary Biblical story we learn that “the lamp of God had not yet gone out.” Yes, in the midst of this difficult time in history – God comes through and calls this young boy. God calls him into a life of prophecy and leadership.

Once Eli realizes what is happening he says to Samuel, “It is the Lord. When he calls, simply say, Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”

Samuel obeys. He is terrified as he is still quite young and this is, after all, the Lord who is coming to call!

But once Samuel whispers those words, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening,” the entire course of his life is changed forever. Eli the chief priest and his sons are soon gone. The corruption and despair that lingered for far too long in the temple goes with them.

And Samuel, this young man grows in wisdom and faith as he prepares himself – mind, body, and soul, to lead his people. The lamp of God burns more brightly. Hope is sparked anew in the people as they once more lean in to listen – to listen for God.

“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” I wonder what might happen if we took time each day to pause and whisper quietly – ever so quietly - “speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

And then - like our young friend Samuel, our next challenge would be to actually listen!

Ah yes, I am convinced beyond a doubt that God has much to say to us during this time of personal, family, community, and global turmoil.

Friends, let us remember that “the lamp of God has not gone out.” God spent a very long time attempting to get through to Eli the high priest and he just couldn’t listen.

But then a boy – a young person about 11 or 12 years of age found the courage to whisper “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”

Not only did Samuel find the courage to listen that night, but he began to listen to God every night and every day! And his life was transformed and a nation was transformed!

Now we may not quite be up to transforming nations – we’ll leave that to our country’s leaders – but we can transform our own lives. We can listen for God. We can look for signs of hope. We can become those signs of hope.

When anxiety comes to call we can name it and then hand it over to God. We can listen, pray, and then act! Yes, even from our homes or backyards, we can whistle songs of resurrection. From our telephones and computers, we can share stories of hope. From our hearts we can offer love and healing to a world that needs some tender care.

“Speak Lord for we are your people. We are a people of resilience, a people of hope and new beginnings. We are an Easter people. We are your people and yes Lord in the midst of the chaos and worry we are listening with every inch of our beings!” Thanks be to God! Amen.

Announcements - March 29, 2020

Pies R Us

We are just letting everyone know that the Beef Pie session for April 22nd has been officially cancelled.

Fundscrip - April 5th

If there are any members of the congregation that would like to order Fundscrip - Carol will be sending in an order. I am attaching an order form to this email which can be printed off and filled out. We are designating Thursday, Apr. 2nd from 9 to noon to have orders dropped off in the basket just inside the parking lot door at the church. If this t ime isn't suitable, please call the church at (519) 537-7935 to set up an alternate time.

There will be extra order forms on the table beside the basket in case you are unable to print out the form or if you want to take another one home with you.

Pickup up of the cards will be Thursday, April 9th after 11:00 a.m. but please call before you arrive and we will meet you at the parking lot door to give you your cards. Thank You.

 

"God Loves A Cheerful Giver!”

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

Tuesday & Thursdays Are Terrific Offering Days!

It is a challenge for us to be cheerful these days, but as Christians we remember that we are always a people of hope! Although we are currently not able to gather for worship we can still continue to offer our gifts to God, in a way that is safe and healthy for congregation members as well as staff and volunteers.

If you are out and about on a Tuesday or Thursday (after all Thursdays is Seniors Day at Shoppers!), you are welcome to drop your offering off at the church. The parking lot doors (the doors we usually use) will be open between 8:30 a.m. - noon and there will be a basket on the table.

If you would prefer to mail your donations then please mail to: Dundas Street United Church, 285 Dundas St., Woodstock, Ontario N4S 1B3.

If these dates and/or options don’t seem to work for you, please call us and we will do all we can to accommodate you in a healthy, respectful manner.

Please remember that in the midst of this crisis, our church building must be maintained and our staff are continuing to live out their work and ministries.

Thank you & God Bless!

Rev. Bonnie

 

  

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“I Saw Satan Fall!”

Lent 4, March 22, 2020,

1 Samuel 1: 19 - 28; Luke 10: 1- 12 & 17 – 21

            “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning!” exclaimed Jesus to the crowd of 70 disciples who had returned home from their very first mission adventure.

            Yes, just a week or so before, Jesus had sent them out in pairs to heal those who were ill and to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

            “I can’t do this alone,” Jesus had delcared, “and besides I don’t want to! Our world needs each one of you, so it’s time to move out of your comfort zones and let folks know that God has not abandoned them; that God is with them each and every single day!”

            “That’s what the kingdom of heaven is all about,” continued Jesus. “It’s not about a faraway, distant king who demands sacrifice and penance. It’s about a compassionate and loving God who is with people in the midst of thier suffering, as well as their celebrations, and of course, in their everyday lives.”

            The word “kingdom” to Jesus meant what we in 2020 would understand as “community.” Jesus was adamant that our God is not “a God,” but our God!”

            Friends, let us never forget that God doesn’t ever exist in isolation from any of us and we as people of God never exist in isolation from one another. That’s why Jesus sent 70 disciples out into the ancient world – to remind men, women and children that each one of them is loved and cherished by God.  

            “Well that may have worked in Jesus’ time” we remark to ourselves – or our cats, or maybe a spouse, or a family member if we aren’t living alone – “but it doesn’t work in March 2020, because we are all struggling with the impact of COVID – 19 and so are practicing social isolation!”

            Ah yes, how could we possibly declare at the top of our voices, “I saw Satan fall!” when we are so frightened and so worried and so alone?

            Should we choose a different Biblical passage to reflect on? Do we need to fast forward to Holy Week instead?

            Absolutely not! We are in the 4th Sunday of Lent and without a doubt, we are on our way to the cross. But Jesus is clear in this passage and throughout our Gospels, that God has not, and will never, abandon us!

            Of course we are frightened. Our world has been turned upside down overnight! Nothing will ever be quite the same again. For us as 21st century Christians, our faith is being challenged, perhaps for the first time in our lives.

            So how do we respond? Do we slam our Bibles shut and then turn up the volume on our TV’s that remind us every single minute that we as a world are under siege?

            Well... we could, but why would we? Why would we continue to fuel our fears instead of slowing them down? Now please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting that we turn off our TV’s completely, or cover our ears so we don’t have to hear any more bad news!

            It is so important for all of us to remain aware of the health concerns and to paractice social distancing, handwashing, and all the other recommendations that come to us via social media, TV, newspapers etc.

            But it’s also critical that we don’t allow the media to become our new religion! We are frightened but we are not a people proccupied with fear! We are cautious and respond to recommendations with wisdom and diligence; we don’t react and blame or rush to the store to buy every roll of toilet paper just in case...

            Do you see the difference? When we are centred in our faith we are able to make our way through each and everyday knowing that God is with us, and is holding us close.

            You see, God is the only One around who doesn’t have to practice social distancing and so is as close to us as our very breath! Let’s take advantage of this gift and breathe in God’s goodness and mercy and peace every single second of our wild and crazy days!

            And every time we do breathe in God’s peace we will hear Jesus declaring, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning!”

            Without a doubt, Satan is an all encompassing description or “label” for all of our fears, anxieties, and blaming in this time and place. Satan is not a “little man in a tight red jumpsuit and a pitchfork!” Instead, Satan is our worst nightmares and worries that seem to be escalating with every news report that tells us how quickly the coronavirus is spreading and how devastating it is.

            Yes, it is devastating. Yes, our world is changing. Yes, it is frightening but in the midst of it all, let us experience Satan falling from the heavens like a flash of lightning!

Let us breathe in God’s peace and let us stay connected to one another by telephone, or email, or Facebook, or whatever form of social media we are most comfortable with.

            Let’s get outside and dig in our gardens, or if we live in a condo or apartment, let’s go for a walk and look for signs of Spring. It’s amazing but in the midst of this crisis, robins are still returning and snowdrops are showing their beautiful shoots.  

            Friends, resurrection is around the corner! We don’t know if that corner will be April or July, but we do know that it will happen! And in the meantime we can prepare our hearts, our minds, and our very beings for hope, wonder, and new beginings.

            The 70 disciples Jesus sent off into the ancient world were not being impacted by the COVID- 19 virus. They didn’t have to worry about social distancing and couldn’t have carried hand sanitizer even if they had wanted to, because Jesus directed them to head off without a bag or knapsack of any kind.

            No they didn’t carry with them our 21st century health concerns about a virus as devastaing as the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean for one minute that their task was easy – or even a piece of cake!

            Thye were terrified! What if they were arrested by the Romans? What if angry or suspicious townspeople ran them out of town, or worse attempted to run them off a cliff?

What if folks laughed at them or ridiculed them? How would they find food? Who would offer them water? Where would they sleep?

            Their questions and doubts were seemingly endless. Jesus just smiled and didn’t answer any of them. Instead he simply sent them on their way, and then sat down to pray for each and every one of them.

            I am sure they had many adventures and were forcibly escorted out of many towns, but somehow with prayer and God’s grace, those 70 made a diiference in their world. And so they returned home filled with the joy and wonder of the Holy Spirit!

            Jesus wept tears of joy as he welcomed them home. “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning!” he exclaimed, greeting them with outstretched arms.

            Now please, after you have read and reflected on this wonderful and inspiring Gospel passage, I don’t want you to distance yourselves from social distancing and head out into the world with another person(or yur cat!), to knock on doors and preach the Good News!

            Not today anyway! Or even tomorrow, or the day after, or the days after that! But what I would invite you to do is to begin to imagine – and then practice, all the ways in which you too can watch Satan fall!

            As I mentioned earlier, perhaps begin by breathing in God’s peace and then limit your news time to an hour/day maximum. Pray every single day. Set aside a particular time and pray for our world, our congregation, family, friends, health care workers, epidemiologists, scientists, anyone and everyone! Pray like you’ve never prayed before!

            And then just like the 70 who were sent out to share the wonder of a God who is a part of our very beings, who is part of our communities; perhaps it’s time to explore who we can reach out to, while still maintaining social distancing.

            As well as contacting close friends and family memebrs via telephone, or email, or Facebook, perhaps we can also connect with a member of our congregation, particularly someone who may be living alone, or is in a retirement or nursing home.

            In this time of isolation I am sure there are many folks who are lonely and would love to hear a friendly and caring voice on the other end of the telpehone. Or send cards.... Really friends the possibilities are endless!

            Yes, Jesus is sending us out to remind the world that we are all loved and that we too can do our part to bring healing to a broken and grieving planet! The difference is that we aren’t going out physically – we are using other modes of transportation (including prayer and social media!)

            “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning,” Jesus exclaimed. In our Old Testament passage today from 1 Samuel, our Biblical sister Hannah also watches Satan fall from heaven, because after years of being barren she finally gives birth to a son, whom she names Samuel.

            Does Hannah hoard this precious gift – this son she had prayed for, this son she had wept buckets of tears for? No, Hannah remembers her promise to God – a promise made while at the temple and deep in prayer, and so Hannah returns Samuel to the temple, to be trained as a holy man in service to God.

            Hannah’s sacrifice is something we can never really understand within the context of our 21st century world – it seems unfathomable. But for Hannah it was part of the covenant she had made with God, and although she dearly missed Samuel, on that day and for the rest of her days, she continued to watch Satan fall from the heavens like a flash of lightning.

            Hannah no longer lived a life overwhelmed with shame or fear; she lived her life centred in faith and God’s grace. Hannah also watched with wonder as her son Samuel emerged as a wise and powerful prophet; a prophet who would faithfully lead God’s people during a time of tremendous challenge and uncertainty.

            “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning!” Friends, during this next week, because I can’t spend time with you physically, I will be watching the heavens instead!

            Yes, I will be watching for flashes of lightning as each one of you sends out your prayers and messages of hope and healing to a world in need of God’s presence and peace.

Thanks be to God for the faithfulness and wonder of this community of faith we call DSUC! Thanks be to God for each one of you and may God continue to guide you and centre you! Amen

Peace

Rev. Bonnie

 

 Announcements - March 22, 2020

 

"God Loves A Cheerful Giver!”

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

Tuesday & Thursdays Are Terrific Offering Days!

 

It is a challenge for us to be cheerful these days, but as Christians we remember that we are always a people of hope! Although we are currently not able to gather for worship we can still continue to offer our gifts to God, in a way that is safe and healthy for congregation members as well as staff and volunteers.

If you are out and about on a Tuesday or Thursday (after all Thursdays is Seniors Day at Shoppers!), you are welcome to drop your offering off at the church. The parking lot doors (the doors we usually use) will be open between 8:30 a.m. - noon and there will be a staff seated at an appropriate distance to receive your envelope or to slip out to your car. Please park in the loading zone just outside the door.

If you would prefer to mail your donations then please mail to: Dundas Street United Church, 285 Dundas St., Woodstock, Ontario N4S 1B3.

Another option is to contact Gail at our office (519) 537- 7935 and she will guide you through the process of setting up PAR.

If these dates and/or options don’t seem to work for you, please call us and we will do all we can to accommodate you in a healthy, respectful manner.

Please remember that in the midst of this crisis, our church building must be maintained and our staff are continuing to live out their work and ministries.

Thank you & God Bless!

Rev. Bonnie

Thank You

Thank you so much for the very thoughtful words and the lovely card! Inside was a chance for my family to go out to supper and a donation for my time.  This was not necessary but very much appreciated.  We all do the things we do because we love our church, I love our church!  Thank you for being a wonderful family!  Looking forward to beating this Corona Virus so we can get back to Bingo and Fantastic Friday .

Kelly Ficht

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     “Just Say Yes!”

                                Third Sunday of Lent

                                         “Surprise!”

 

Then Jesus asked, “Were not 10 made clean? But the other 9 where are they? Was none of then found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17: 17 & 18)

March 15, 2020                                                               10:30 a.m.    

                                                                                

We Gather to Worship God

Beginning in Song:  MV 1 “Let Us Build A House”

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,

            a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.

            Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;

            here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

                        All are welcome, all are welcome,

                        all are welcome in this place

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Sharing the Wonder of Yes!

Have you ever “judged” someone and then later discovered you were pleasantly surprised?  

          (please share with a neighbour)

Opening Song: VU 234   “Let Us With A Gladsome Mind”

Kids Zone

(Our kids/youth / leaders will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters and brothers, let us continue

                        our journey to the cross!

All:      It is a journey filled with mystery and surprises!

One:    Come, our Biblical sister Hannah will be walking

                        with us again this morning!

All:      Hannah who reminds us of the importance of prayer,

                        especially during challenging times!

One:    Come, we have much to learn from this faithful woman!.

All:      Her courage and determination

                        will guide us in our Lenten journey!

One:    Come, Jesus is beckoning us on this Sabbath day!

All:      He has a surprising story to share!

One:    A story about homecoming and gratitude!

All:      A story that warmed his heart!

One:    Come, let us open our hearts to be surprised

                        on this Third Sunday of Lent!

All:      Let us open our hearts to the wonder of the cross!

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

                        as we continue our Lenten journey!

All:     Let us worship together with daring and joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 229      “God of the Sparrow”

Seeking the Quiet Centre

            (A Time of Confession & Silent Prayer)

            Lent calls us to slow our pace – even just a bit!

            Let us take time this morning to sing & then simply pray in silence, seeking God’s peace.

 VU 374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre                     (verses 1 & 2)

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

                        in the crowded life we lead,

            find the room for hope to enter,

                        find the frame where we are freed:

            clear the chaos and the clutter,

                        clear our eyes, that we can see

            all the things that really matter,

                        be at peace, and simply be.

 

  1. Silence is a friend who claims us,

                        cools the heat and slows the pace,

            God it is who speaks and names us,

                        knows our being, face to face,

            making space within our thinking,

                        lifting shades to show the sun,

            raising courage when we're shrinking,

                        finding scope for faith begun.

A Time of Silence

VU 374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre                             verse 3

  1. In the Spirit let us travel,

                        open to each other's pain,

            let our loves and fears unravel,

                        celebrate the space we gain:

            there's a place for deepest dreaming,

                        there's a time for heart to care,

            in the Spirit's lively scheming

                        there is always room to spare!

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hymn: VU 371   “Open My Eyes”

          

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 12 - 18  

                                  Reader: Jenny Gaudier

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 17: 11- 19                                                                  

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                          – Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Surprise!”                                              

Our Offering  

Offertory: 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  “On Eagles Wings”       Psalm 91

                                                          VU p. 807

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

                   bear you on the breath of dawn,

                   make you to shine like the sun,

                   and hold you in the palm of my hand.'

Lenten Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lords 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 424 “May the God of Hope Go With Us”

  1. May the God of hope go with us every day,

            filling all our lives with love and joy and peace.

            May the God of justice speed us on our way,

            bringing light and hope to every land and race.

 

Refrain:                      Praying, let us work for peace,

                                                singing, share our joy with all,

                                                working for a world that's new,

                                                faithful when we hear Christ's call.

Amen (sung)

Postlude  

 

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Worship & Annual Meeting

March 1, 2020        10:30 am

Welcome to the Vineyard!

“Just Say Yes!” 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12)

                                                                            

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Prelude

Welcome and News

Beginning with Song: VU 395     “Come In, Come In and Sit Down”

Kid’s Zone:

   (children/youth will attend their morning programs)

Chair of the JOY Team                                                               Janice Pullin

Beginning with Prayer

Quorum – do we have enough members present?

Motion to let Adherents Vote

Motion for Adjournment to be after the parting hymn

Hymn: MV 1              “Let Us Build A House”

Call to Worship

     One:          Come sisters & brothers, God is calling us

                      into this vineyard time!

     All:            It is a fruitful time -

     One:           A time set aside for worship & reflection!

     All:            A time set aside for prayer, gratitude & practical matters!

     One:           Some of us come into this vineyard this morning

                      as resilient, older branches!

     All:            Others of us are tender new vines, still finding our way!

     One:          But all of us are rooted in the soil that is God’s love!

     All:            God’s love for us & our love for one another!  

     One:          Come fellow branches, as we move into this Annual Meeting

                      time, let us remember that God first called our awesome  

                      vineyard into being!

     All:            And Jesus sustains us and renews us,

                      as he is our true vine!

    One:          Come, we may have branches to prune

                     as we reflect on this past year!

     All:           Together we will make space for new beginnings

                     & signs of new life!

     One:          Come, let us give thanks to God for the gift of this past

                      year together!

    All:            A year filled with surprises, detours & new growth!

    One:         Come, let us worship together as DSUC -

    All:            a place to belong -

   One:          where God makes a difference-

   All:            and we make a difference in the name of God!

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

   All:            Let us worship together with gratitude & joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 182   "Grateful"                           (refrain only)

Motion:           Acceptance of Minutes from 2019 Annual Meeting, February 24, 2019.               (pg. 5-9)

Motion:           Acceptance of Minutes from Congregational Meeting

                          May 12, 2019              (pg. 10 – 11)

Motion: Acceptance of Minutes from Congregational Meeting

                          June 9, 2019              (pg. 11)

Motion: Acceptance of Minutes from Congregational Meeting

                                                Feb. 16, 2020 Budget for 2020     (pg. 12)

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Gospel Reading:       John 15: 5- 12                          Rev. Bonnie

One:         This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

All:            Praise to you O Christ!

One:          These are the sacred stories that God

                  has planted in our hearts.

All:            May we live out these Gospel stories

                  in all we say and do!

Reflection: “Just Say Yes!”

“Change Your Life, Chase Your Dreams!” (Video)

JOY Team   (p. 14)            Janice Pullin, Chair

Have We Been Watering & Fertilizing

   Our DSUC Vineyard in 2019?

   Paul Gresty, review of last year’s General Givings        (p 40)

Finance Report & Statement for 2020                      Garry Waugh

Short Version Financial Statement 2019,    (pg 41)

Detailed Financial Statement 2019,            ( pg 42 – 47)

Ministry & Personnel Team       Paul Gresty, Chair

            Report: pg. 17

*           Please note: 2019 report now available for those who received 2018.

Budget for 2020               (pg. 48- 54 )

            (Information only, budget passed Feb 16, 2020)                  

Pastoral Care & Membership Team    

            Jenny Gaudier & Kelly Fitch, Co – Coordinators

            Report: (pg.16); Budget (pg. 53)

Property Team                                                      John Limburg, Chair

            Report: (pg. 19) ; Budget (pg. 53 )     

Study Team                                                            Rev. Bonnie

We are still looking for a Study Coordinator!                           

    (Child & Youth Ministries Report: Reonn Wills (pg.18)

   Budget: (pg. 54)  

Worship Team                  Beth Snow, Coordinator

            Report: (pg. 19) (Nancy Vandenberghe); Budget: (pg. 54)

Service/Outreach                   Maureen Roberts, Chair

            Report: (pg. 22); Budget: (pg. 52)

Wings of Hope is Still Soaring!           Rev. Bonnie

Report (Nancy Vandenberghe) (pg. 21)

Hymn: VU 289   “It Only Takes A Spark”

Just Say Yes!!

Where is Your Heart Calling You to Serve at DSUC?

We are looking for folks to serve as Coordinator of Study Branch, join our Outreach, Worship & Pastoral Care teams, or count offering each Sunday. We are looking for you to make a difference this year & every year!

If you are interested in any of these amazing positions please speak to either a member of our JOY Board, or Rev. Bonnie.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

                 Remembering With Love & Gratitude!

Hymn: VU 703 "In The Bulb There is A Flower”                             (vs. 1&2)

One:    Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” This

             morning we acknowledge with love and thanksgiving,   

            those members of our church who have been faithful

           branches; those who have left us during this past year,

           but whose gifts continue to blossom and bear fruit in

           this vineyard we call DSUC. Truly we are grateful for

            all the ways in which they have touched our lives.

All:      Thanks be to God for the gifts of these precious

           ones. May God help us to keep their memories

           alive in all we say and do.

One:    We now light these candles in memory of these much loved           

           ones who were members of our church family, as well as    

           those who have been connected to our church family through

          family and friendships. This morning we remember

          Alexander Sandham, Ken Rouse, Verna Hepburn, Jean

          Stevenson, Raymond Holland, Geraldine Ross, Mary Pelton,

          Jim Hayes, Elora Workman, Edwin Smith, Don Harris, Pat

          Wraight, Emerson Chisolm, Harry Parrott, Dorothy Brown,

          Frances Johnston & John Macleod, all faithful servants who

         passed away in 2019.

All:      Thank you Lord for the lives of these faithful ones.

           We remember their gifts of love, service, and                                                                               

           grace. Truly they nurtured our church vineyard with

           their gifts of love and faith. Amen

Hymn:   VU 703 "In The Bulb There is A Flower                (vs. 3)

Motion: Acceptance of All Reports  (from Annual Report)

Representation from the Congregation for Community, Committees and Regional Council Annual Meeting

            Annual Meeting of Regional Council, May 29 – 31, 2020

                   Port Elgin

            Hillview Cemetery Board Representatives

           - Bob Tabor, Bert Overveld, Paul Gresty

            Representatives for Operation Sharing

            - Frances Pawsey

Motion:           Acceptance of Representation from the Congregation for                                      

Community, Committees & Regional Council Representative Positions.

Motion: Acceptance of Auditors - Symons, Wearn & Smith

Offering

Offertory: 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.               

A Blessing On These Gifts

Prayers Of Hope & New Beginnings 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

New Business

            Other items

Hymn: VU 585   “Jesus Bids us Shine”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Amen (sung) __________________________________________________

 

Please help yourselves to the lunch treats placed on your table. We hope to break bread while we worship & work together!

There is a supervised program for the children during the Annual Meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

                                     Bread for the Soul

                 “Flatten, Roll, Shape, Move into the Pans…& Rise Again!””  

 

“This is the bread that comes down from heaven

so that all may eat of it and not die.”

                                             (John 6:50)

 

February 16, 2020                    10:30 a.m.    

                                                                                

We Gather to Worship God

Beginning in Song:    “Here I Am To Worship”                 (refrain)

     Refrain:     So here I am to worship

                        Here I am to bow down

                        Here I am to say that You're my God

                        You're altogether lovely

                        Altogether worthy

                        Altogether wonderful to me

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

 Breaking Bread with a Neighbour

What is your very favorite kind of bread? Why?  

          (please share with a neighbour)

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

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters and brothers, let us continue to feast on heavenly                              

                      bread during this Sabbath time!

All:      Bread that is mixed with song, prayer, Scripture,           

                        laughter and tears!        

One:    Come, Jesus promises us this morning that the bread

                        he offers will live on in our hearts forever and a day!

All:      It is the Bread of love and grace!

One:    It is the Bread of our faith, Bread that nourishes us and renews us!

All:      It is the very same Bread that awaits us

                        when we leave this earthly place!

One:    Come, a bread making, worship feast awaits us!

All:      Today we will create space for rolling pins

                        that will help us to stretch our faith!

One:    Today we will allow our heavenly bread maker to roll us up!

All:      Then shape us and place us in our own unique bread pans!

One:    The bread pans of our lives that invite us to rise!

All:      To expand in our faith as we prepare

                        to truly become heavenly bread!

One:    Come, the prophet Jeremiah will also be on

                        our bread making journey this morning!

All:      Jeremiah who allows himself to be shaped

                        into heavenly bread!

One:    Come brothers and sisters, let us worship together on this

                        heavenly Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us worship Jesus, the One who is our Bread of Life!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 703 “In the Bulb There is A Flower”    

A Reluctant Prayer of Confession

The Lord:       Jeremiah, I have amazing plans for you! I am going to                                                                    

shape you, so in turn you can shape an entire nation!

Jeremiah: But Lord, I don’t think I can be shaped into doing this kind of                                         

work! It is too much of a stretch for me!

The Lord: And why do you say that Jeremiah?

Jeremiah: Well Lord, I think I am far too young. And besides, I don’t                                                          

have enough experience. What if people won’t listen to me,                                             

or become angry with me?

The Lord: Jeremiah, sometimes we simply have to take a leap of faith                                                     

and risk doing something new and different. There may be                                                   

some who will attempt to flatten and roll over your message.                                      

But you will rise up and feed this hungry world with the                                                                    

words I will give you!

Jeremiah: But Lord, what if I say or do ‘the wrong thing?” What if I don’t                                       

fully understand your words and so they come out wrong?

The Lord: Jeremiah, please stop worrying! Remember that I am the                                                         

One who is shaping you! Trust me Jeremiah! Trust that I will                                          

shape you into a prophet who will find his voice and make a                                          

difference in this hurting world!

Jeremiah: Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for becoming so consumed                                                        

with my own insecurities that I forget to trust in you! Help                                                      

me to set aside my anxiety and focus on what you are                                                                       

calling me to be and do!

The Lord: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our Old Testament passage today from Jeremiah we are              

reminded that it is God and God alone who knows us and shapes us.           

Like Jeremiah, we are called to name to God all that frightens us and            

prevents us from trusting this One who offers us life in abundance.            

Friends, let us offer up our worst fears and worries to this awesome    

One who is our God! Let us allow ourselves to be shaped by the    

forgiveness and grace that comes to us through Jesus Christ!

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of Jesus, the One who                      

challenges us, shapes us, and calls us into the wonder

   of a new beginning!

Hymn: “Standin’ In the Need of Prayer”        

  1. Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O Lord,

            Standin" in the need of pray'r,

            Not my father, nor my mother, but it's me, O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r.

Chorus: It's me, it's me, O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r,

            It's me, it's me, O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r.

 

  1. Not the preacher, nor the deacon, but it's me, O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r,

            Not the stranger, nor my neighbour, but it's me O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r.

Chorus: It's me, it's me, O Lord,

            Standin' in the need of pray'r,

           It's me, it's me, O Lord,

           Standin' in the need of pray'r.

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 1: 4- 10    Reader: Madeline Ruehlicke

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 6: 41- 51                                                                  

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                       – Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Heavenly Bread is Heavenly!””                                                

Our Offering  

Offertory: 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 VU 400

                                    “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

A Heavenly Feast of 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 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.

Amen (sung)

Postlude   

_____________________________________

  Bread for the Soul

 “Cut Into Two, Shape, Cover & Rest!”  

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6: 35)

February 9, 2020                                                                 10:30 a.m.    

                                                                                

We Gather to Worship God

Beginning in Song: :    “Here I Am To Worship”                 (refrain)

     Refrain:     So here I am to worship

                        Here I am to bow down

                        Here I am to say that You're my God

                        You're altogether lovely

                        Altogether worthy

                        Altogether wonderful to me

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

 

Breaking Bread with a Neighbour

Do you eat when you are stressed or worried, or is food the last thing you want to look at when you are upset?  

          (please share with a neighbour)

Opening Song: VU 345     “Come Children Join to Sing”

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters and brothers it is a heavenly day!

All:      It is our Sabbath – the day God calls us into worship!   

One:    Come, let us continue to reflect on all the ways

                        God feeds us and sustains us!

All:      Let us break open our hearts to receive

                        God’s gifts of love and grace!

One: Come, let us dare to venture into the wilderness

                        on this Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us join our Biblical brothers and sisters

                        as they look to the heavens for their gifts of daily bread!

One:    Come, today God will rain bread from heaven,

                        just like God did thousands of years before!

All:      Bread that eases our hunger – mind, body and soul!

One:    Bread that longs to be shared with the world!

All:      Bread that renews us and calls us into new beginnings!

One:    Come brothers and sisters we will also be spending

                        time with Jesus this morning!

All:      This One who reminds us that he is our “Bread of Life!”

One:    Come, let us worship together!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 375 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”    

A Hungry Prayer of Confession

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Jesus, we are so glad we found you. We are very hungry!

Jesus: But friends, didn’t I feed you yesterday with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish?

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Yes and it was delicious. Thank you!

   However Lord that was 24 hours ago and so we need more food!

Jesus: Did you not understand what happened the last time we broke

       bread together?

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Of course we understood. We were hungry

         and so you fed us. Now we are hungry again.

Jesus: Friends, what happened yesterday was about God, not food.

         Have you taken time today to pray?

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Oh no, we’ve been far too busy looking for

     you! Besides, we are hungry and could use some sandwiches.

          That’s our priority right now, not prayer.

Jesus: Do you not realize that I am the Bread of Life? If you actually

        take time to be nourished by my words and my love, you will no

        longer feel hungry, restless, or grumpy!

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Oh my goodness! Does this mean you are just like Moses?

Can you find us some manna?

Jesus: Friends, it wasn’t Moses who “found” the manna. It was God

         who made heavenly bread a reality. It is God who helped feed you

     with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. It is God you are seeking, not

         another sandwich!

The Hungry Bear Crowd: Forgive us Lord. Too often we seek

     immediate gratification, and don’t make space for you. Open our

      hearts today and everyday, so that we may be nourished by your

  gifts of heavenly bread.

Jesus: Amen! 

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus reminds the hungry crowd that

        he is “The Bread of Life.” Yes, Jesus reminds all of us that our

        hunger for fast food and fast answers, or fast solutions to all of our

         worldly needs, prevents us from pausing long enough to see God in

         the midst of our daily lives. This morning Jesus challenges us to let

         go of our demands, anxieties and complaints in order to make room

          for him, the One who nourishes us and sustains us.

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of Jesus, the One who

          challenges us and calls us into the freedom of new life!

Hymn: VU 501   “Break Now the Bread of Life”

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 16: 1- 8     Reader: Marlene Hayes

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

 Gospel Reading: John 6: 30 - 40                                                                  

            One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                        – Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Breaking Open the Bread of Life!”                                                

Our Offering  

Offertory: 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 VU 400

                                     “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

A Heavenly Feast of 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 675 “Will Your Anchor Hold”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting 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.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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 Bread for the Soul

 “Punch It Down…..Then let It Rise!”  

 

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs but because you ate your fill of the loaves.”(John 6: 26)

 

February 2, 2020                                                                 10:30 a.m.                                                                                

We Gather to Worship God

Beginning in Song: :    “Here I Am To Worship”                 (refrain)

     Refrain:     So here I am to worship

                        Here I am to bow down

                        Here I am to say that You're my God

                        You're altogether lovely

                        Altogether worthy

                        Altogether wonderful to me

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Breaking Bread with a Neighbour

Do you say grace before you share a meal? Who usually is the one in your house who says the grace?  

          (please share with a neighbour)

Opening Song: VU 401 “Worship the Lord”

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers and sisters, let us worship together!

All:      God has called us together to share in heavenly bread!            

One:    Bread that nourishes our bodies!

All:      Bread that renews our souls!

One:    Come, let us continue to follow Jesus this morning!

All:      Let us listen to his words filled with wisdom and challenge!

One:    Come, let us dare to open our hearts to a new way of being!

All:      A way that calls us to look beyond our own needs and wants.

One:    A way of grace that frees us and sustains us!

All:     A way paved with courage, truth- telling and faith!

One:   Come, let us also dare to stand with

                        our Biblical brother Joshua as we declare -

All:      “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!”

One:    Come, let us worship our God with wonder and joy!

All:   Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”    

A Family Prayer of Confession

Joshua:                      Friends, it is time!

Ancient Israelites: Time for what Joshua? We are pretty busy you

         know.

Joshua: It is time to stop whatever you are doing - or not doing, and

         renew your promises to God!

Ancient Israelites: But Joshua, what are you talking about? We follow

     God.

Joshua: Are you sure about that my friends? Is God the One who

            feeds and sustains you? Is God truly your heavenly bread?

Ancient Israelites: Well….maybe not all the time, but most of the time!

Joshua: Remember friends, when you follow God there is no room for

                 excuses or false gods. You are either in, or you are out!

Ancient Israelites: Forgive us Lord! Forgive us for being easily

     distracted or always looking for a better way. Help us to remember that you are the centre of our lives.

Joshua: As we make our confessions this morning, let us renew our

         covenant with our God!

Ancient Israelites: Together, as individuals, as families, and as a church family, we will serve the Lord!

Joshua: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In today’s Old Testament story from Joshua, we are challenged to

    pause, reflect, and let go of all the busyness, distractions, or “things”

     that keep us form God. Let us hear these words of challenge and

     remember that our God is the One who feeds us and sustains us.  

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of Jesus, the One who calls us

       into new life! Amen.

Hymn – VU 357 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Joshua 24: 14- 18     Reader: Karen Seguin

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!Gospel Reading: John 6: 25- 29                                                                  

           One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                        – Choir

Reflection on the Word: “Punch it Down….Then Let it Rise!”                                                    

Our Offering  

Offertory: 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 VU 400

                                    “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

A Heavenly Feast of 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 639 “One More Step Along the World”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting 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.

Amen (sung)

Postlude   

____________________________________________________________________________

                                   Bread for the Soul

                             “We Need to Knead Our Faith!”  

 

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ”There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” (John 6: 8 & 9)

 

January 26, 2020                                                                 10:30 a.m.    

                                                                                

We Gather to Worship God

Beginning in Song: :    “Here I Am To Worship”                 (refrain)

     Refrain:     So here I am to worship

                        Here I am to bow down

                        Here I am to say that You're my God

                        You're altogether lovely

                        Altogether worthy

                        Altogether wonderful to me

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Breaking Bread with a Neighbour

Do you enjoy potluck dinners? Have you ever been at a potluck where there was plenty of food? Have you ever been at one which had barely any food? Which experience felt better? Why?

(please share with a neighbour)

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

Kids Zone “Tell us About Your Very Favorite Picnic Time!”

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters and brothers,

                        God has called us into this worship time!

All:      Today we will continue to make bread!    

One:    Bread that is heavenly!

All:      Bread that will nourish us, our church, and our world!

One: Come, on this Sabbath day let us take time to knead our faith!.

All:      We will knead it with prayer, music,

                        sacred Scripture, and community!!

One:    Come, let us open our hearts to God!

All:      Let us create space for God’s love!

One:    A love that feeds us mind, body, and soul!

All: A love that calls us to feed others in the name of God!

One: Come, let us gather with Jesus on this Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us join the crowd of five thousand people!

One: Five thousand people who are fed with five barley loaves

                        and two fish!

All: Five thousand people who are nurtured with heavenly bread!

One:    Come, brothers and sisters, let us worship

                        this One who is our Bread of Life!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn:  Psalm 42 “As The Deer Pants for Water       VU pg. 766 – 767    

 

A Kneady Prayer of Confession

Andrew: Lord, there is a boy here with five barley loaves and two fish,      but that simply isn’t enough to feed this crowd!

Jesus: Andrew, it is time to open your mind and your heart!

Andrew: What do you mean Lord?

Jesus: Please don’t tell me that your faith is limited to five barley loaves

   and two fish!

Andrew: But Lord, that’s all that we have!

Jesus: Tell me Andrew, does a delicious, crusty loaf of bread begin its

      life that way?

Andrew: Well…no…

Jesus: Of course not! First its yeast is nurtured with a welcoming and

       warm mixture of other ingredients in order that it has space to grow.

         And then what happens?

Andrew: Well, then it is kneaded until it is smooth!

Jesus: And then what happens?

Andrew: It is covered and left to rise.

Jesus: You are an excellent bread maker Andrew!

Andrew: Thank you Lord, my mother taught me well!

Jesus: Now what would your faithful mother say if we took these loaves

  and fish today and mixed them with love and gratitude, and made all

   kinds of room for sharing and laughter?

Andrew: Now I understand! These loaves and fish will surely multiply!

            They will expand and grow and all will be fed!

Jesus: Andrew, now you are learning how to make heavenly bread!

Andrew: Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for only seeing what is in front of

  me. Forgive me for not being patient or creating space for possibility,

            hope, and positive energy!

Jesus: Amen!

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our Gospel story today, Jesus teaches an entire crowd how to

      make and share heavenly bread. All he asks is that we let go of

         limitations, negative attitudes and skepticism. All he asks is that we

            create space for heavenly bread – bread that comes to us as

        humility, grace and new beginnings.

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of Jesus, the One who calls us to    begin anew! The One who is our Bread of Life! Amen.

Hymn – VU 577     “I’ve Got Peace like A River”

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Epistle Reading: Romans 12: 1- 18               Reader: Frances Pawsey

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

            All:      Thanks be to God!

 

Gospel Reading: John 6: 1- 15                                                                             

   One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                       – Choir

Reflection on the Word: “We Need to Knead Our Faith!”                                                    

Our Offering  

Offertory: 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 VU 400

                                    “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

A Heavenly Feast of 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 625     “I Feel the Winds of God”

Blessing and Sending Out

Song of Parting 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.

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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January 5, 2020                                                  10:30 a.m.

Epiphany Sunday

By Another Road!

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.”.”

                                                                                       (Mt. 2:12)

We Gather to Worship God

 

Prelude

Processional:             “Shine Jesus Shine”

Refrain:  Shine, Jesus, shine;

            fill this land with the Father’s glory.

            Blaze, Spirit, blaze;

            set out hearts on fire.

            Flow, river, flow;

            flood the nations with grace and mercy.

            Send forth your Word, Lord,

            and let there be light.

  1. Lord, the light of your love is shining,

            in the midst of the darkness, shining.

            Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.

            Set us free by the truth you now bring us.

            Shine on me, shine on me.

Welcome         (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)                                      

Opening Song: VU 91   “The First Nowell"

Kids Zone    “What is Epiphany?”

            (children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us celebrate on this Epiphany Sunday!

All:      A Sunday sprinkled with stardust and dreams!

One:    A Sunday when angels come to call!

All:      Angels who may nudge us down another road!

One:    A life path we had perhaps only dared dream about!

All:      A life path we never considered – not even in our wildest dreams!    

One:    Come brothers and sisters, this is our first Sunday of a new year!

All:      It is our first Sunday of a new decade!

One:    Come, on this Epiphany Sunday,

         let us move out of the shadows of 2019!

All:      Let us embrace the hope and possibilities of a new year!

One:    Come, let us join the Wise Ones as we embark on our journey into 2020!

All:      Let us look to the stars to guide our way!

One:    Come, let us create space for the light of Christ as we worship together!

All:   Let us open our hearts and gaze up into the heavens!

One: Come, let us fill this sanctuary with courage, adventure and light!

All:   Let us shine together like stars on the darkest night!

One: Come people of the light, let us worship our God

            on this blessed Epiphany Sunday!

All:      Let us worship with joy, as we journey into this new year together!

Opening Prayer

 

Hymn: "We Three Kings"

  1. We three kings of Orient are,

    Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

    Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

    Following yonder star.

Refrain:

         O star of wonder, star of night

         Star with royal beauty bright;

         Westward leading, still proceeding,

         Guide us to thy perfect light.

  1. Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,

          Gold I bring to crown Him again,

          King for ever, ceasing never,

          Over us all to reign.                      R

  1. Frankincense to offer have I,

          Incense owns a Deity nigh,

          Prayer and praising, all men raising,

          Worship Him, God most high.       R

  1. Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

           Breathes a life of gathering gloom;

           Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

           Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.     R

  1. Glorious now behold Him arise,

          King, and God, and Sacrifice,

          Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

          Earth to the heavens replies.          R

The Gift of Silence – Our Prayers of Confession

            (let us now take time in silent prayer as we offer to God our darkest times during this past year – our regrets, our anger, our sadness, our            disappointments, and our deepest hurts)

Assurance of Forgiveness – Together We Walk Into the Light!

      Again, Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world.

      Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the

      light of life.”

                    (John 8: 12)

 Choosing Light

On this Epiphany Sunday - the dawn of a new year (and a whole new decade!) let us leave the darkness behind and choose light. Knowing that Christ’s light surrounds us, upholds us, and fills us, let us light a candle this morning.

As we light a candle, let us share silently with God how we will be a blessing – a source of light and love in this world, during 2020.

            (Once you have lit your candle please place it on the windowsill, the

            communion table or some nearby surface.)                                          

Hymn:  VU 82    "A Light is Gleaming"

                       

We Listen For God’s Word

 

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 60: 1- 7     Reader: Carolyn Allin

            One:     This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2: 1 - 12        

   One:            This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

All:                  Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: “Arise Your Light Has Come”              - The Choir

Reflection: “Another Road!”          

 

We Respond To God’s Word

 

Our Offering                                                          

Offertory: 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.

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer VU 400  "Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying"

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Prayers of Light 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 87   “I Am the Light of the World”

Blessing and Sending Out                        

Song of Parting: VU 43, Go Tell It On the Mountain

Refrain:                                    Go, tell it on the mountain,

                                                over the hills and everywhere.

                                                Go, tell it on the mountain

                                                that Jesus Christ is born.

Amen (sung)                                        

Postlude

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December 29, 2019                                                                     10:30 a.m.

 

“Encountering Angels”

Christmas 1                                                      

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome & Announcements

Processional Shine Jesus Shine                                 ref., vs1, ref.

            Refrain:             Shine, Jesus, shine;            

fill this land with the Father’s glory.            

Blaze, Spirit, blaze;            

set out hearts on fire.            

Flow, river, flow;            

flood the nations with grace and mercy.            

Send forth your Word, Lord,            

and let there be light.

  1. Lord, the light of your love is shining,            
  2. in the midst of the darkness, shining.            
  3. Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.            
  4. Set us free by the truth you now bring us.            
  5. Shine on me, shine on me.

            Refrain:

Opening Song: VU 36 “Go Tell It On The Mountain”     

Call to Worship

One: The baby has been born, Christmas is over.

ALL:    SO SAYS THE WORLD.

One:    But is it true?

ALL:    NO!

One: The church continues to celebrate

ALL:    CONTINUES TO LISTEN FOR ANGEL CHOIRS

One:    Continues to listen to God’s message of love.

ALL:    AND SO, WE WILL CELEBRATE THIS PRECIOUS BIRTH IN              

OUR WORSHIP TODAY.

One:    We will worship together in the Spirit of Christmas.

ALL:    LET US WORSHIP TOGETHER CELEBRATING THE WORD              

MADE FLESH BORN AMONG US.

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 158   “Dream A Dream"

Kids Zone: Why are evergreens ever green?

            (our children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning    programs)

A Heartfelt Confession:

One: The year is fast coming to a close and we look back to reflect in                   

order to see where we could do better.

ALL:    WE THINK OF THOSE TIMES WHEN WE HAVE BEEN                                     

SELFISH.

One:    We think of those times when we spoke harshly.

ALL:    WE THINK OF THOSE TIMES WHEN WE HURT                                                                                    

SOMEONE’S FEELINGS AND DIDN’T APOLOGIZE.

One:    We remember the times when our faith was weak

ALL:    AND WE DIDN’T TRUST IN GOD’S LOVE.

One:    And so, we humbly ask

ALL:    HOLY GOD, FORGIVE US AND HAVE MERCY. AMEN.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness:

One: In this season of celebration, the good news is simple: God’s                         

grace and mercy are for each and everyone of us. The slate                                   

has been cleaned and we are a forgiven people.

ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD. AMEN.

Hymn: VU 47     "Still, Still, Still"

We Listen For God’s Word

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2: 13-23               Rev. Dr. Margaret

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ!

Ministry of Music: "Mary’s Little Boy Child"

                        Adults with bell choir

Reflection: “Sadness and Hope”                    

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.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 374 “Come And Find the Quiet Centre”

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

                        in the crowded life we lead,

            find the room for hope to enter,

                        find the frame where we are freed:

            clear the chaos and the clutter,

                        clear our eyes, that we can see

            all the things that really matter,

                        be at peace, and simply be.

Creating Space for the Christ Child – A Time of Silent Prayer

Prayers For All 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 7 “Hope Is A Star”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 73 “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”

  1. The virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            and they say that his name is Jesus.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        Oh, yes! believer! Oh, yes! believer!

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

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

Your presence is a blessing! 

 
 

 

The bulletin today is co-sponsored:

As we prepare to welcome the Christ Child, may our hearts be filled with Love, Light and Presence!   Peace and blessings, to my dear church family.

                                    Nancy Vandenberghe

In memory of John’s sister Mary MacDouell who passed away April 11, 2019 and Mary’s brother Gary Barney who passed            away December 6, 2019.

                                    John & Mary McDowell

 

 December 22, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

                                     “Encountering Angels”

                                          Advent 4, Love

                                 “Gabriel is the Voice of Dreams!”

“Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream…”

(Matthew 1: 19 & 20)

                                                                    

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional Shine Jesus Shine                                 ref., vs1, ref.

            Refrain:            

Shine, Jesus, shine;            

fill this land with the Father’s glory.            

Blaze, Spirit, blaze;            

set out hearts on fire.            

Flow, river, flow;            

flood the nations with grace and mercy.            

Send forth your Word, Lord,            

and let there be light.

Lord, the light of your love is shining,            

in the midst of the darkness, shining.            

Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.            

Set us free by the truth you now bring us.            

Shine on me, shine on me.

            Refrain:

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

A Little Angel Wisdom:

                        “Do not be afraid…” (An angel of the Lord, Matthew 1: 20)

Opening Song: VU 36 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

            (our angels have a message for you today - messages are offered             randomly – surprise!)

Call to Worship

One:  Come earthly angels, God has called us together

          on this final Sunday of Advent!

All:    It is the Sunday of Love!

One: This morning we celebrate the deep love Joseph has for God.

All:    Today we celebrate the love and compassion

          Joseph has for Mary!

One:  Come earthly angels, this is a Sunday filled with dreams!

All:    Dreams of angels who challenge us both night and day!

One:  Angels who remind us that loving can involve

          taking tremendous risks!        

All:    Angels who remind us that we are called to love

          with courage, determination and grace!

One:  Come, let us share Joseph’s dreams

          on this Fourth Sunday of Advent!

All:    Let us open our hearts to his story of love and faith!

One:  Come, let us worship the Lord on this heavenly Sunday!

All:    Let us worship our God – the One whose name is Love!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 73   “The Virgin Mary had A Baby Boy”

Kids Zone “What Does Our World Need for Christmas?”

The Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle, The Candle of Love

One: Today is our last Sunday of Advent.

Two: It is the Sunday called Love!

One: It is an awesome Sunday!

Two: A Sunday when the angels fly into our hearts.

One: They sweep into our hearts to remind us -

Two: That love is very special!

One: And that we should never be afraid -

Two: To give love -

One: Or receive love!

Two: Or to act in the name of love!

One & Two: Amen!

                        Lighting of the Fourth Advent candle (blue), the candle of love.

Sung Response: VU 38       “Angels We Have Heard On High”

  1. Angels we have heard on high

            sweetly singing o'er the plains,

            and the mountains in reply,

            echoing their joyous strains.

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

(our children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

A Fearful Confession (based on Matthew 1: 18- 25)

An Angel of the Lord: Joseph, I know you are asleep but I have a           

heavenly message for you. The Lord wants you to go ahead and    

marry your fiancé!

A Sleepy Joseph: But how can I do this? Never in my wildest       

dreams could I ever imagine marrying a woman who has been unfaithful to me!

An Angel of the Lord: Joseph, she was not unfaithful to you!

A Sleepy Joseph: Now even though I am still sleeping, I realize that         

you are an angel and angels are supposed to know everything.

An Angel of the Lord: Well…we know a great deal, but I don’t think         

we know everything!

A Sleepy Joseph: But surely you must realize that Mary is with child,       

and so according to Jewish law, I cannot marry her. It would be a         

sin against God.

An Angel of the Lord: Yes Joseph, I know all about Jewish law! But        

this is a heavenly matter. It is about love and sometimes love    breaks all the rules!

A Sleepy Joseph: But I love God too much to break the rules!

An Angel of the Lord: Joseph, it’s time to wake up and understand          

that God wants you to break the rules in the name of love!

A Sleepy Joseph: The very thought of breaking the rules frightens           

me! Is this really what God wants me to do?

An Angel of the Lord: Yes Joseph. Our Lord has chosen you to  

walk this path of faith and love. It is time to open your eyes, and           

leave your fears behind. It is time to embrace God’s plans for you   and Mary.

A Sleepy Joseph: Forgive me Lord. Help me to let go of my fears            

and create space for love. A courageous love that will turn our

  world upside down!

An Angel of the Lord: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our Gospel reading from Matthew this morning we share our dreams with Joseph, the one who is to become the earthly father of Jesus. We are reminded that just like us, Joseph was often filled with fear and doubts, and that just like us, Joseph often got so caught up in the rules that he almost missed God’s gift of grace. Let us follow the path of our Biblical brother Joseph and let go of our skepticism and worries. Let us create space for forgiveness and new beginnings.

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of the Christ child, the One who offers each one of us the gift of forgiveness and grace! Amen.

Hymn: VU 69   “Away In A Manger”

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading:     Isaiah 11: 1- 9     Reader: Jenny Gaudier

            One: This is the Word of God!

            All:      Thanks be to God!

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 1: 18- 25

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "In the Bleak Midwinter"

                                 - Choir and Bell Choir  

Reflection: “Gabriel is the Voice of Dreams!”                    

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.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 374 “Come And Find the Quiet Centre”

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

                        in the crowded life we lead,

            find the room for hope to enter,

                        find the frame where we are freed:

            clear the chaos and the clutter,

                        clear our eyes, that we can see

            all the things that really matter,

                        be at peace, and simply be.

Creating Space for the Christ Child – A Time of Silent Prayer

Prayers of Love For All 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 67 “Silent Night”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 73 “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”

  1. The virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            and they say that his name is Jesus.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        Oh, yes! believer! Oh, yes! believer!

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

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            December 15, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

                                     “Encountering Angels”

                                           Advent 3, Joy

                                  “Gabriel Makes A House Call!”

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”(Luke 1: 26 & 27)

                                                                    

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional Shine Jesus Shine                                 ref., vs1, ref.

            Refrain:             Shine, Jesus, shine;

                                     fill this land with the Father’s glory.            

                                     Blaze, Spirit, blaze;

                                     set out hearts on fire.

                                     Flow, river, flow;

                                     flood the nations with grace and mercy.

                                     Send forth your Word, Lord,

                                     and let there be light.

             Lord, the light of your love is shining,

            In the midst of the darkness, shining.

            Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.

            Set us free by the truth you now bring us.

            Shine on me, shine on me.

            Refrain:

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

A Little Angel Wisdom:

“For nothing will be impossible with God!” (The Angel Gabriel, Luke 1: 37)

Opening Song: VU 36 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

(our angels have a message for you today - messages are offered randomly – surprise!)

 

Call to Worship

One:  Come earthly angels, it is time to jump with joy!

All:    It is time to celebrate our Third Sunday of Advent.

One:  Come, let us join the angel Gabriel

          as he surprises Mary with a visit!

All:    A visit that changes her life!

One:  A visit that changes so many lives!

All:    A visit that fills our world with joy!

One:  Come earthly angels, let us hurry with Mary

          to the home of her relative Elizabeth!

All:    Elizabeth who greets her with hospitality and joy!

One:  Come, let us share in the blessings

          of this precious time with Mary and Elizabeth!

All:    Let us prepare our hearts and minds!

One:  Let us prepare them for the Christ child!

All:    The One who is our joy!

One: Come earthly angels, let us worship together

          on this Third Sunday of Advent!

All:    Let us worship our God with wonder and joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 60   “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Kids Zone

The Lighting of the Third Advent Candle, The Candle of Joy

One: Our angels this morning can hardly sit still!

Two: They are jumping with joy!

One: Yes, they are so excited!

Two: We are halfway through the season of Advent!

One: This means that something special will happen very soon!

Two: It means that we are closer to the time!

One: The time when the baby Jesus will be born anew -

Two: Born into the mangers of our hearts.

One: So let’s join the angels this morning!

Two: Let’s make space for baby Jesus!

One: Let’s make room for all kinds of surprises!

Two: Let us join the angels as we jump for joy!

One & Two: Amen!

                        Lighting of the Third Advent candle (pink), the candle of joy.

Sung Response: VU 38       “Angels We Have Heard On High”

  1. Angels we have heard on high

            sweetly singing o'er the plains,

            and the mountains in reply,

            echoing their joyous strains.

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Thank You Nancy – You Are An Angel!                    All Our Kids!

An Ode To An Angel Called Nancy                          Dennis Pilkey

(our children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Hymn: VU 12 “She Walked in the Summer “

We Listen For God’s Word

Scripture Song: VU page 898 “Song of Mary”(Magnificat)    ref.1          

Old Testament Reading:     Isaiah 35: 1 & 2  

                                          Readers: Wally & Jean Manning

One: This is the Word of God!

All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 26 - 38; 39 - 45

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Tell Us, Little Shepherd"          - Choir  

Reflection: “Gabriel Makes A House Call!”                    

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.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 374 “Come And Find the Quiet Centre”

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

                        in the crowded life we lead,

            find the room for hope to enter,

                        find the frame where we are freed:

            clear the chaos and the clutter,

                        clear our eyes, that we can see

            all the things that really matter,

                        be at peace, and simply be.

Creating Space for the Christ Child – A Time of Silent Prayer

Prayers of Joy For All 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 59   “Joy to the World!”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 73 “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”

  1. The virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            and they say that his name is Jesus.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        Oh, yes! believer! Oh, yes! believer!

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

 

 

 

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The bulletin this morning is sponsored by Stan Lightheart

in memory of his wife, Ila.

            December 8, 2019                                                    10:30 am.

                                     “Encountering Angels”

                                           Advent 2, Peace

                                 “Do Angels Wear Camel Hair Coats?”

In those days the John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Mt. 3: 1)

                                                                    

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional Shine Jesus Shine                                   ref., vs1, ref.

            Refrain:             Shine, Jesus, shine;

                                      fill this land with the Father’s glory.            

                                      Blaze, Spirit, blaze;

                                     set out hearts on fire.

                                     Flow, river, flow;

                                    flood the nations with grace and mercy.

                                    Send forth your Word, Lord,

                                   and let there be light.

  1. Lord, the light of your love is shining,            
     in the midst of the darkness, shining.
      Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.
       Set us free by the truth you now bring us.
        Shine on me, shine on me.

            Refrain:

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

A Little Angel Wisdom:

“The Bible teaches us that the energies in the spiritual dimension include created beings of light called angels. These beings come into our lives in various ways as persons, in visions or dreams, in a felt presence, in a voice or in singing, or as inspiration that comes to the mind or through the intuition….And they come into our lives unexpectedly.”

(“Healing from the Heart” R.Graham, F. Litt, W. Irwin)

Opening Song: VU 36 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

(our angels have a message for you today - messages are offered randomly – surprise!)

 

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters and brothers, it is our Second Sunday of Advent!

All:    It is the Sunday of Peace!

One:  Come, this morning we are about to encounter

          an unusual angel!

All:    One who is bound to the earth, yet loves the water!

One: One who has traded his wings for a camel hair coat -

All:    And heavenly food for locusts and honey!

One:  Come, this morning we will create space

          for John the Baptist in our sacred Advent story!

All:    An earthly angel who proclaimed

          the coming of the Messiah!

One:  Come, let us be nourished with locusts and honey

          on this Second Sunday of Advent!

All:    Let us sweeten this Advent time with John’s gift of peace!

One:  It is a peace not to be taken lightly!

All:    It is a peace that calls us into forgiveness

          and reconciliation!

One: Come, let us embrace this gift of peace!

All:    It invites us into the grace of a new beginning!

One:  Come brothers and sisters, let us worship

          our God on this Sunday of Peace!

All:    Let us worship together on this Second Sunday of Advent!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 359 “He Came Singing Love”

Kids Zone: “Who is John the Baptist?"

The Lighting of the Second Advent Candle, The Candle of Peace

One: Angels are everywhere during this Advent time!

Two: They come in all shapes and sizes!

One: Just like our friend John the Baptist,

Two: They bring messages from God!

One: Their message today is about peace.

Two: Peace in our hearts.

One: Peace at school.

Two: Peace in our families.

One: Peace with our friends.

Two: Peace in our world.

One: The more space we make for peace –

Two: The more room there is for baby Jesus!

                        (lighting of the Second Advent candle – the candle of peace)

Sung Response: VU 38       “Angels We Have Heard On High”

  1. Angels we have heard on high

            sweetly singing o'er the plains,

            and the mountains in reply,

            echoing their joyous strains.

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

                        Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

(our children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

A Confession Dripping with Locusts & Honey!

Advent Story Fans: We are very sorry John, but there simply isn’t any room for you in our Advent story.

John the Baptist: But why not? After all, my parents Elizabeth & Zechariah are part of the beginning of the Advent story. Don’t you remember that I was the baby the angel Gabriel told my Dad about?

Advent Story Fans: John, of course we remember! But you are all grown up now. This is a story about beautiful babies, glorious angels, mothers dressed in immaculate blue, and ruddy cheeked shepherds. There really is no space for you.

John the Baptist: I still don’t understand. What is wrong with including me in the Advent story?

Advent Story Fans: Well….to begin with, you are not terribly clean. Plus, you shout a great deal and you are extremely intimidating! We’re concerned you will frighten people and they won’t listen to our wonderful Advent story!

John the Baptist: You have it all wrong! You see, some people need a good shake up! How else are they going to make space in their lives for the Messiah?  

Advent Story Fans: But John, our story is a quiet one. Everyone is smiling and beautiful and very peaceful.

John the Baptist: Sorry folks, but that’s not the Advent story! It’s not a Hallmark card. It’s real and it’s gritty, and it’s about turning our lives around!

Advent Story Fans: But what if we don’t really want to turn our lives around? What if we just want to pretend everything is perfect, just like in the Christmas cards?

John the Baptist: Then perhaps you will always look good, but you will never truly hold the Christ child in your arms. That also means you will never experience the wonder and peace of a new beginning. After all, most new beginnings are filled with loss, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Advent Story Fans: John the Baptist truly you are an angel – an angel that speaks the truth! Forgive us Lord. Help us to create space in our Advent story for all people. Help us to make room for honesty, confessions, humility and most of all, your grace!

John the Baptist: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

One: In our Gospel passage today, John the Baptist challenges us to move into a new and different kind of peace; a peace that calls us to reflect deeply on our lives and make peace not only with ourselves, but with all those around us. Let us embrace this peace that comes to us as a gift of grace from the Christ.

All: Thanks be to God for this precious gift of forgiveness and new beginnings that comes to us from Jesus, the One who is our Peace! Amen.

Hymn: VU 18   “There’s A Voice in the Wilderness”

We Listen For God’s Word

Epistle Reading: Romans 15: 4 - 13                  Reader: Rev. Bonnie

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

            All:      Thanks be to God!               

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3: 1- 12

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "The Light Will Come"                          - Choir  

"Reflection: Prepare the Way!"                       Nancy Vandenberghe

 

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

Preparation for Prayer VU 374 “Come And Find the Quiet Centre”

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

                        in the crowded life we lead,

            find the room for hope to enter,

                        find the frame where we are freed:

            clear the chaos and the clutter,

                        clear our eyes, that we can see

            all the things that really matter,

                        be at peace, and simply be.

Creating Space for the Christ Child – A Time of Silent Prayer

Prayers of Peace For All 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 44       “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 73 “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”

  1. The virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            the virgin Mary had a baby boy,

            and they say that his name is Jesus.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

                        Oh, yes! believer! Oh, yes! believer!

                        He come from the glory, (clap, clap)

                                    he come from the glorious kingdom.

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

                                           “If Only…”

But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”” (Genesis 21: 9 &10)

                                                                    

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional MV 1 “Let Us Build A House”

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell

            and all can safely live,

            A place where saints and children tell

            how hearts learn to forgive.

            Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

            Rock of faith and vault of grace;

            here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

            All are welcome,

            all are welcome,

            all are welcome in this place.

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Time of Sharing:

I wonder…as you reflect on your life so far, do you have many regrets? Have you learned from them, or do you still sometimes hear yourself saying, “if only I had done this or that?”

                        (Please take a few moments to share with a neighbour.)

Gathering Song: MV 29  “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place”        

            Refrain:

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            than thousands elsewhere.

 

Home Means….                                                        Jean Phelps

Opening Song VU 412   “This is the Day”

Kids Zone: “If You Could Have One Wish, What Might It Be?”

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters and brothers, let us continue our adventure

          with Abraham and Sarah on this Sabbath day!

All:    Let us also include Hagar and Ishmael,

          for they are part of this ancient family as well!

One:  Come, our Biblical friends are eager

          to join us during this worship time!

All:    Their stories are much like our own.

One:  They are stories filled with laughter and tears!

All:    Their stories are much like our own!

One:  They are stories filled with laughter and tears!

All:    They are stories filled with beginnings and endings!

One:  Come, let us create space for God in the midst

          of these sacred stories!

All:    Let us make space for God in the midst

          of our own life stories!

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

All:    Let us worship together with daring and joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Heartfelt Confession (based on Genesis 21: 1- 21)

Abraham: Lord what should I do? My heart is breaking!

God:  What is troubling you my son?

Abraham: Sarah of course….again! Lord, she just can’t seem to

   contain her jealousy.

God: What do you mean Abraham?

Abraham: Oh Lord, I am sure you already know. You are aware of

           everything that happens in our lives!

God: Abraham, tell me in your own words what is happening with   you and Sarah.

Abraham: Well Lord, I thought that after the birth of our son Isaac, all

        would be well in Sarah’s heart.

God: Oh my. Is Sarah unhappy with her little one?

Abraham: Lord, please don’t misunderstand me. Sarah loves Isaac

          very much….that’s part of the problem.

God: Tell me more Abraham.

Abraham: Well Lord, she is furious that Isaac and his brother

         Ishmael are friends. She has told me to banish Hagar and Ishmael!

God: Then do it!

Abraham: But Lord, they will surely die in the wilderness!

God: Abraham, your family is being torn apart by jealousy and rage.

         There will be no love or peace, until Hagar and Ishmael leave.

Abraham: Lord, how can I send them out to die? They are family too!

God: Abraham, you are not sending them out to die. You are sending

       them to me. I will care for them & I will love them.

Abraham: But Lord what if something happens to them?

God: Trust me Abraham. Let go of your fears. I will be with them.

Abraham: Forgive me Lord. Help me to find the courage to let go.

            Help me to trust you through troubled times and times of chaos.

God: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

One: In our passage from Genesis this morning we once more encounter that overwhelming enemy called jealousy. But in the

     midst of its destructive power we lean into God. It is God and God alone who frees us - who creates space for letting go; for

      forgiveness and new beginnings. Let us give thanks to God who

    comes to us in the wilderness moments of our lives – the One who

    comes to us through Jesus Christ.

All: Thanks be to God for this gift of forgiveness and grace that

         comes to us through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Hymn: VU 337         “Blessed Assurance”

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 21: 1- 21   Reader: Ginny Stoakley

            One:    This is the Word of the Lord.

            All:      Thanks be to God!               

Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 24 - 30

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Long Before The Night"                                                                                                                                                                     - Soprano Choir with Bells

Reflection: “If Only….”

 

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 185 “Ev’ry Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving”

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

God, you've been so good to me.

Ev'ry day you're blessing me.

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 703   “In the Bulb There is A Flower

  1. There's a song in every silence,

                        seeking word and melody;

            there's a dawn in every darkness,

                        bringing hope to you and me.

            From the past will come the future;

                        what it holds, a mystery,

            unrevealed until its season,

                        something God alone can see.

Prayers for All 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 595   "We Are Pilgrims On A Journey”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 646   “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

          

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November 3, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

                

“All Saints Sunday & Sacrament of Holy Baptism”

The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say ”Shall I indeed bear a child now that I am old?” Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?” (Genesis 18: 13& 14)

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional MV 1 “Let Us Build A House”

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell

            and all can safely live,

            A place where saints and children tell

            how hearts learn to forgive.

            Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

            Rock of faith and vault of grace;

            here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

            All are welcome,

            all are welcome,

            all are welcome in this place.

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Time of Sharing:

I wonder…who are the saints in your family – folks who may have passed away but continue to shape who you are?

Also, who are the saints who are currently a part of your day to day lives? Have you thanked them lately?

                        (Please take a few moments to share with a neighbour.) 

Gathering Song: When the Saints Go Marching In .

            O, when the saints go marching in.

            when the saints go marching in,

            O Lord I want to be in that number,

            when the saints go marching in.

Home Means….                                    Jenny Gaudier                            

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

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters and brothers, God has called

          us into this worship time!

All:    God has called us into this time of celebration!

One:  This time of remembering…

All:    This time of renewal & new beginnings!

One:  Come, on this All Saints Sunday let us give thanks!

All:    We give thanks for all of our loved ones

One:  Loved ones who have left this earthly life-

All:    But continue to live on in our hearts and our lives!

One:  Come, on this All Saints Sunday we also create space

          for little ones!

All:    Little ones who speak to us of God’s joy!    

One:  Little ones who speak to us of new beginnings!    

All:    Little ones who offer a glimpse into the future!

One:  Come brothers and sisters, we have much

          to be grateful for on this Sabbath day!

All:    Let us worship our God!

One:  This One who dances between heaven and earth!

All:    This One who creates space for each one of us!

One:  Come, let us worship together!

All:    Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands!”

Kid’s Zone:   “Baptism Is About More Than Water!”

Presentation Candidate for Baptism

One: We present Clara Diane Kimberly Taylor, daughter of Darren and Dana Taylor for initiation into the body of Christ through baptism.

Question to Parents: Darren and Dana do you desire to have your child baptized?

Parents Response: 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!

Parent’s Profession of Faith and Baptismal Promises

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

Parents: We do, by the grace of God.

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

Parents: We do, by the grace of God.

One: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as Saviour and Lord?

Parents: We do, by the grace of God.

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

Parents: We do, by the grace of God.

Congregational Commitment

One: As a baptized and baptizing church, do you commit yourselves to welcome, support, pray for, and love Clara within this community that worships God, resists evil, and seeks justice?

All: We do, by the grace of God!

Let us join 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 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 Christ.

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. Amen.

Hymn: VU 453 “Out of Deep, Unordered Water”

Action of Baptism

One: Clara Diane Kimberly Taylor, I baptize you in the name of the

          Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All:    Amen!

One:  Clara Diane Kimberly Taylor, with the sign of the cross

          you have been marked as Christ’s forever.

All:    Amen!

One:  Clara Diane Kimberly Taylor, may 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!

Welcoming Song

He’s got Clara in his hands (3x)

He’s got the whole world in his hands!

          (we sing until Clara has been welcomed throughout the congregation)

Presentation of Baptismal Candle

Presentations of Bible, Certificate & Prayer Shawl  Jenny Gaudier

One:  Darren, Dana, Simon and Clara, all who united in the covenant

                     of baptism are the body of Christ in this world. Go in peace.

All: Amen.

(Our children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 18: 1- 15

                           Readers: John & Marilyn Limburg

            One:    This is the Word of the Lord.

            All:      Thanks be to God!               

Epistle Reading: Revelation 21: 1- 6

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

   All:   Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 25- 29

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:     Chariot’s Comin’!                         - The Choir

Reflection: “Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?””

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 185 “Ev’ry Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving”

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

God, you've been so good to me.

Ev'ry day you're blessing me.

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 703   “In the Bulb There is A Flower

  1. There's a song in every silence,

                        seeking word and melody;

            there's a dawn in every darkness,

                        bringing hope to you and me.

            From the past will come the future;

                        what it holds, a mystery,

            unrevealed until its season,

                        something God alone can see.

Prayers for All 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 Forth

Song of Parting: VU 646   “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

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           October 20, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

                

“Home Sweet Home!”

Happy Anniversary Dundas Street United Church!

And looking at those who sat around him, Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3: 34 & 35)

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional “We Are Family!”              (with help from Sister Sledge)

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family Get up everybody and sing

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family

Get up everybody and sing

Everyone can see we're together As we walk on by and we fly just like birds of a feather I won't tell no lie

all of the people around us they say Can they be that close Just let me state for the record We're giving love in a family dose

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family Get up everybody and sing

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family Get up everybody and sing

Living life is fun and we've just begun To get our share of this world's delights (High) high hopes we have for the future And our goal's in sight

no we don't get depressed Here's what we call our golden rule Have faith in you and the things you do You won't go wrong, oh-no This is our family Jewel.

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family Get up everybody and sing

We are family I got all my sisters with me We are family

Get up everybody and sing

Welcome     (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! Congrats DSUC!

Time of Sharing:

In what ways does this church feel like home?

                        (Please take a few moments to share with a neighbour.)

Gathering Song: MV 29  “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place”        

            Refrain:

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            than thousands elsewhere.

 

Home Means….                                                                                      Nancy Vandenberghe                                            

Opening Song: VU 395   “Come In, Come In & Sit Down”

Kids Zone “ Did Kids/Youth Dress or Even Look Different in 1885?”

            (children/ youth/ teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters and brothers, it is Anniversary Sunday!,

All:    Today we celebrate 134 years!

One:  134 years of worshipping together!

All:    134 years of singing, praying, & sharing sacred stories!

One:  134 years of laughter as well as tears!

All:    134 years as a family!

One:  A family bound together by faith!

All:    A family bound together by God’s grace!

One:  Come, let us rejoice as we give thanks

          to God for the gift of this place!

All:    We are grateful to God for this amazing family of faith!

One:  Come, let us join our voices with our brothers

          and sisters who came before us!    

All:    Let us join our voices with all those gathered today!

One:  And let us dare to join our voices

          with those who will come after us!

All:   Brothers and sisters whose names we will not know -

One: Sisters and brothers who will share our hearts!

All:   Hearts that belong to God and one another!

One: Come faithful ones, let us worship our God

          on this Anniversary Sunday!

All: Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Ministry of Music:        Victoria Gydov

An Anniversary Litany: “How Big Red Came Into Being!”

One: We began in 1885 as the West End Mission Church.

Two: We were just down the street, a block or so…

One: But our little building (a former mattress factory I might add),

                                    was filled to the rafters!

Two:      Three services a day and still we came!

One:       Our little Mission Church felt like it might burst!

Two:      So our Methodist brothers & sisters scouted around…

One:      And lo and behold, 285 Dundas Street was found!

Two:      Bricks & mortar, a turret or two, plus an amazing slate roof –

One:       And “Big Red,” was born!

Two: Our church family was thrilled!

One: The city fathers weren’t quite so sure –

Two: Some of the city mothers even clucked their tongues!

One: After all, our church was big and when the sun danced on its

                     shiny new bricks –

Two: It was very red!

One: But our great great grandfathers –

Two: And our great great grandmothers –

One: Laughed with delight!

Two: And gave thanks to God!

One: Now the 129 years since, have been filled with adventure, tears,      

                   and all kinds of joy!

Two: The bright red bricks have aged and so have we!

One: But the courage, faith & commitment of this church family –

Two: Continues to shine!

One: In 1993 we added to “Big Red,” as new bricks joined with the old.

Two: And our Christian Education addition came into being!

One: Then in 2010, “Big Red,” opened its heart to a very different kind

                  of addition.

Two: As brothers & sisters from Faith United joined our church family!

One: Many of them were filled with sadness, for saying farewell to a

                     church home is no easy task!

Two: We listened, we loved them, & soon claimed them as our own!

One: And then many years later, in the chilly wet spring of 2019 –

Two: “Big Red,” called out for a new toque (or hat!)

One: “All this water is cracking me up!”

Two: exclaimed “Big Red” in despair!

One: Well that chilly spring sprang into a very hot summer!

Two: And soon our roof was alive with straw hats & nimble workers!

One: The old weathered slates came tumbling down!

Two: And the life- giving prayers went soaring up!

One: Beautiful warm toques were knit with flair!

Two: Sunny colourful hats were sewn with love!

One: Our church family came together –

Two: Yard sales, corned beef suppers & gifts from our hearts!

One: Plus a whole lot of prayer -

Two: And in record time (at least for our church!)

One: Big Red had an awesome new roof!

Two: A roof that is warm, dry, & debt – free!

One: Now we have no idea what surprises may greet us tomorrow!

Two: But with God’s continued blessings -

One: And the generosity & faith of this congregation -

Two: Generosity & faith shown to us throughout the ages

One: We know in our hearts that “Big Red” will do more than survive!

Two: We will continue to thrive!

One & Two: Thanks be to God! Happy Anniversary! Amen.

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

We Listen For God’s Word

 

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 12: 1- 9                             Reader: Madeline Ruehlicke

            One:    This is the Word of the Lord.

            All:      Thanks be to God!               

Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 31 - 35

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:    Victoria Gydov

Reflection: “Home Sweet Home!””

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 185 “Ev’ry Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving”

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

God, you've been so good to me.

Ev'ry day you're blessing me.

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 703   “In the Bulb There is A Flower

  1. There's a song in every silence,

                        seeking word and melody;

            there's a dawn in every darkness,

                        bringing hope to you and me.

            From the past will come the future;

                        what it holds, a mystery,

            unrevealed until its season,

                        something God alone can see.

Prayers for All 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 209 “Go Make A Diff’rence”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 646   “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

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October 13, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

Thanksgiving Sunday

A Bounty of Blessings!

“Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,”

Luke 17: 15

 

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional MV 1     “Let us Build A House”

Let us build a house where love can dwell

            and all can safely live,

A place where saints and children tell

            how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

Rock of faith and vault of grace;

here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

All are welcome, all are welcome,

all are welcome in this place.

Welcome       (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Fall Hat Time!)

Time of Sharing:

We are thankful for many things, in our lives. What about thankful moments? Do you have a special moment, in your life, for which you are most grateful?

                        (Please take a few moments to share with a neighbour.)

Gathering Song: MV 29   “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place”        

            Refrain:

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            Better is one day in your courts,

            better is one day in your house,

            better is one day in your courts

            than thousands elsewhere.

            than thousands elsewhere.

Opening Song: VU 516       “Come, You Thankful People, Come”

Kids Zone – Thanks!

(Children/youth/teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:  Welcome sisters and brothers! Let us come together to celebrate God’s blessings!

All:    Let us celebrate our bounty of blessings, on this Thanksgiving Sunday!

One:  Blessings that come to each one of us, each and every day.

All:    Gifts of family and friendships.

One:  Gifts of love, laughter, joy and tears.

All:    Moments that cause us to pause, in our busy day.

One:  Moments that remind us of God’s love for us.

All:    Love that fills us with God’s grace and mercy.

One:  Love that is freely given to us.

All:    We thank God for these gifts of grace and mercy!

One:  Come, let us worship with thanksgiving and praise.

All:    Let us worship together with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: #227     "For the Fruit of All Creation"

A Confession of Forgetfulness!

Busy Folks: My goodness! So much to do before family and friends

        join us for Thanksgiving.

God: Are you forgetting something?

Busy Folks: Why yes! There are groceries to be bought, baking to do

       and, of course, we must get the cleaning done!

God: Anything else?

Busy Folks: Yes! We need to remember to either buy paper plates or

     dust off the good dishes!

God: Hmmm….really?! Stop and think for a moment!

Busy Folks: No, that was about all we had on our to-do list.

God: Will I be invited, to your table, this Thanksgiving?

Busy Folks: Of course! Oh, that reminds us….we need to confirm

           how many people will be joining us.

God: Wait a moment! In the midst of your busyness, remember

        and give thanks for gifts of love, grace and mercy. Give

    thanks for these blessings that fill your lives, each day; not

       just at Thanksgiving!

Busy Folks: Forgive us, Lord! Forgive us when we allow our busy

            lives to take over! Give us thankful hearts for Your blessings that

            come to us, each day!

God: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

One: In our Gospel reading, this morning, we hear of ten lepers who cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests. As they were on their way, all ten were healed. Only one of the ten stopped and returned to thank Jesus. The other nine kept going. One stopped, returning to Jesus, to give glory to God! Let us open our hearts to receive and give thanks for the goodness of God.

All: Thanks be to God for unending gifts of love, grace and

    mercy, amidst our busy lives.   Amen.

Hymn: VU520 “We Plough the Fields”               Updated Version

  1. We plough the fields with tractors, with drills we seed the land,

     but growth is still the wondrous gift of God's almighty hand.

     We add our fertilizers to help the growing grain,

     but for its full fruition is needs God's sun and rain.

Refrain:

     All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above;

     then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all God's love.

  1. With many new machines now, we do the work each day;

     we reap the fields with combines, we bale the new-mown hay;

     but it is God who gives us inventive skills and drives,

     which lighten labour's drudgery, and give us fuller lives.

     Refrain:

  1. God only is the maker of galaxies and stars,

     of birds and beasts and flowers, and fuel for driving cars.

     Atomic powers obey God, yet still the birds are fed;

     and still our prayer is answered, "Give us our daily bread."

     Refrain:

  1. We thank you then, Creator, for life so rich and good;

     for seedtime and the harvest, the wealth of daily food.

     No gifts have we to offer, for all your love imparts,

     but what you most desire, our humble, thankful hearts.

     Refrain:

          All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above;

          then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all God's love.

We Listen For God’s Word 

Psalm 33: 1-9                                                                                     Reader: Jerry Minler

            One:    God’s word is a lamp to our feet.

            All:      And a light to our path.

Gospel Reading: Luke 17: 11-19

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Epistle Reading: Romans 8: 37-39

            One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

            All: Praise to you, O God! Amen.

Ministry of Music:      "Simple Thanks”                              - The Choir

Reflection: “Are You Forgetting Something?!”

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 185, “Ev’ry Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving”

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

God, you've been so good to me.

Ev'ry day you're blessing me.

Ev'ry day is a day of thanksgiving.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 703   “In the Bulb There is A Flower

  1. There's a song in every silence,

                        seeking word and melody;

            there's a dawn in every darkness,

                        bringing hope to you and me.

            From the past will come the future;

                        what it holds, a mystery,

            unrevealed until its season,

                        something God alone can see.

Prayers for All 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: VU238- “O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art)

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting: VU 646   “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

Amen  (sung twice)

Postlude

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September 1, 2019                                                     10:30 am.           

“It All Began With An Apple….Supposedly!”

“Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers.” (Psalm 1:1)

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

Time of Sharing:

Is there anyone in your life (either currently or in your past) who has been able to “sweet talk” you into doing things that seem out of character for you?

Please take a few moments to share with a neighbour.

 Gathering Song:   VU 224 “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

  1. Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

Opening Song: “As the Deer Pants for the Water,”

                           Psalm 42, VU p. 766  

Kids Zone

            (children/ youth/ teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship

One:  Come brothers and sisters, we continue

          our creation story this morning!

All:    Let us venture once more into the Garden of Eden!

One:  Come, it is truly a place of beauty and abundance!

All:    A place of insight and deep wisdom!

One:  Come, Adam and Eve are calling to us!

All:    They have a remarkable story to tell!

One:  A story with a chapter for each one of us!

All:    A story filled with yearning, doubts,

          and all kinds of questions!

One:  Come sisters and brothers, let’s watch our step

          as we move into this garden together!

All:    Yes, in the Garden of Eden there is the potential

          for all kinds of distractions!

One:  Distractions that may dazzle us, confuse us,

          or even make us smile!

All:    Distractions that call us even deeper

          into the story of creation!

One:  Come, God is calling us into the garden this morning!

All:    God is reminding us that Adam and Eve are still the

          “apple of God’s eye!”

One:  Come, let us worship our Creator God with grateful hearts!

All:    Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79     “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness: MV 90 “Don’t be Afraid”

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: VU 664     "What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

The Psalms: Psalm 1: 1- 6                                                                                                        

One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

All:     And a light to our path.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 3: 1 - 7                        

One: This is the Word of God.

All:     Thanks be to God!                

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15: 10 - 20

One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ

All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                                                                                                                                        The Choir

Reflection: “Can An Apple Crisp Lose Its Crunch?”

We Respond To God’s Word

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

Preparation for Prayer VU 400 “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Prayers for All 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 684   “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)

Postlude

 

____________________________________________

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

“Fifth Day Sharing”

Would you prefer to be a bird or a sea creature? What kind and why?

            (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   VU 224   “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

  1. Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

 

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

Opening Song: VU820   Psalm 100 - Make a Joyful Noise  

Kids Zone: "Feathers, Fins and More!"

            (children/ youth/ teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1: 20-23)

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

All:    God has laid the foundation for the world.

One:  God has created the heavens and the earth.

All:    God’s goodness has filled the earth with vegetation!

One:  God has filled the heavens with sunlight, moonlight and stars!

All:    Let us continue to celebrate the gifts of God’s creation on

                     this fifth day!

One:  Our waters teem with living creatures!

All:    Let us peer into the waters and marvel at the creatures of

                                  the water.

One:  Let us look up and give thanks for birds that fill the sky.

All:    Creatures that fly above our earth, in the beauty of flight!

One:  Come, let us worship our God!   

All:    Let us worship our Creator, who continues to bless us with

                  the gifts of creation!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79     “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness: MV 90 “Don’t be Afraid”

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: “God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Readings: Job 12: 7-10                 Reader: Janice Pullin

                                         Genesis 1: 20-23

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Epistle Reading: Colossians 1: 15-20

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

           All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "O God, Beyond All Face and Form"   - Choir

Reflection: "Soaring and Soaking in Creation" - Nancy Vandenberghe

We Respond To God’s Word

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

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Creation Prayers for All!

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 Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209   “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

 

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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

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

 

 

 

         July 28, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

“The Fourth Day: The Harmony of God!”

                 “Hats off to the Sun & Kneeling to the Stars!”

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament

proclaims his handiwork.” ” (Psalm 19: 1)

 

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

“Fourth Day Sharing”

Are you an early bird or a night hawk? Why?

            (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   VU 224   “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

  1. Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

Opening Song: VU 374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”  

Kids Zone:

            (children/ youth/ teachers will now attend their morning programs)

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1: 14- 19)

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

All:    God has called us together for this time of worship!

One:  Come, let us continue our summer adventure

          into the sacred story of creation!

All:    A story filled with love, generosity, and grace!

One:  Come, today we are celebrating the fourth day of creation!

All:    A day that speaks to the harmony and wonder of our God!

One:  Come, on this fourth day of creation,

          God encourages us to stretch out our arms!

All:    To stretch out our arms each morning as we

          give thanks for the gift of the sunlight that warms us!

One:  Come, on this fourth day of creation, God brings us to our

          knees!

All:    As we kneel each evening we are bathed

          in the starlight and offer thanks for our day!

One:  Come brothers and sisters, let us give thanks to God

          for the warmth and vitality of our busy, sunlit days!    

All:    Let us give thanks to God for the tenderness

          and peace of our starlit evenings!

One:  Come, let us worship our Creator God on this Sabbath day!

All:    Let us worship this One who created the sun,

         moon, and awesome stars!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79    “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness: MV 90 “Don’t be Afraid”

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: VU 229 “God of the Sparrow”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

The Psalms: Psalm 19: 1- 6                                    Reader: Connie Lauder

One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

All:      And a light to our path.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1: 14 - 19    

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Epistle Reading: Philippians 2: 12 - 18

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

     All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Seek Ye First"                    - Lori Piggott

Reflection: “The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God!”

 

We Respond To God’s Word

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

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Summer Prayers For All of Creation

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 238   “O Lord My God”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Time

July 28                                                 Aug. 4

Lorelei Robison                                     Beth Snow

Ross & Leta Hughes                              Tanya Stere

 

A Toque for Our Church We Are Getting There!

Congratulations DSUC we are on our way to paying for our new roof. So far we have $21,500.00 in donations. We are a little over a third of the way there. Remember, we have an anonymous donor who will match our donations so our $125,000 bill is now $62,500.

We Can Do It!!

Thank you to Barb Workman and Nelda Black for our beautiful toques. Thanks as well to Betty Guthrie and the Sewing From the Heart ladies for our amazing summer hats.

Don't forget - when you make a donation to the roof you help yourself to a toque or hat from our clothesline. If you already have a toque, help yourself to a cool summer hat. After all, we need a roof every season of the year.

Pick up your donation envelope on the table by the elevator or use your regular envelope and mark "Roof Fund"

Thanks for your generosity. Bring your toque or hat every Sunday as a show of support.

It’s Vacation Time

(for me anyway!)

I will be away on vacation from July 29th – August 5th. I will be out of town and so Nancy Vandenberghe is providing emergency pastoral care coverage, Please contact Nancy if you need her at her home number: (519) 539- 4970, or her Wings of Hope number (cell) at (519) 532- 4649.

Thank you for your support!

Rev. Bonnie

Roof Work

During the roof work, it is not safe to cross the yellow tape that is surrounding the construction area due to falling debris and machinery moving around. Unless you have urgent business please try to avoid needing entry to the church while the workers are on site. If you want to take photos please come in the evening after they have left for the day. We really appreciate your cooperation. Thank you.

We Are Having A YARD SALE !

DSUC is having a Raise the Roof Fundraiser and we need YOUR help!!  August 10th from 8am-1pm we will need help setting up tables, people to watch and sell at the tables and of course many donations to sell.  The youth will be having a BBQ at this event so invite your family to come shopping and stay for lunch.  Donations can be brought to the church and stored in the youth room ahead of time.  For this event to be successful and a new toque paid for our church we will need to work together as a team, this is a very exciting time!  If you have any questions please talk to someone on the Fundraising Team, Jean Phelps, Betty Guthrie, and Kelly Fitch. 

Thank you for your support.

Thank You

To Lori Piggott for her gift of music this morning during the service.

 

Fundscrip

Your Fundscrip orders for August will be due next Sunday, August 4th.

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Guess Who is

Turning "90"

You are invited to celebrate Aileen Murray's birthday on August 10, 2019 at Dundas St United Church from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. No gifts...best wishes only.

 

R.S.V.P.

Lorraine (519) 955-0812

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