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 Dundas Street United Church

"God Lives In Us!"

285 Dundas St., Woodstock

N4S 1B3

            A Place to Belong…

                 Where God makes a Difference

                       and we make a Difference

                            in the name of God.  

 

 

Minister: Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

Voluntary Associate Minister: Rev. Liz Lemon

Child & Youth Resource Minister: Reonn Wills

Choir Director/Pianist: Nancy Vandenberghe

Assistant Pianist: Don Harris

Keyboard: Rod Workman

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

Your presence is a blessing!

June 2, 2019                                                10:30 a.m.  

The Seventh Sunday of Easter!

“Jesus Calms the Storm”

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

                                                                                                                                                (Mark 4:38-39)

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional:   "Praise Him, Praise Him"

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him in the morning,

            Praise Him at the noon-time,

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him when the sun goes down.

 

Welcome (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

                        - Minute for Mission                                     - Karen Seguin

Faith-Full Moments!

Please take a moment to share with a neighbour: A time in your life, when you placed absolute trust in God, feeling God’s presence.

Gathering Song:  "Hallelu Hallelu"

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord.

Opening Hymn: VU412     “This Is the Day”

Kids’ Zone (Children and Youth) – A Boat Ride to Remember

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

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters and brothers, let us worship with joy,

          on this Seventh Sunday of Easter!

All:    Let us give thanks to our God who is faithful to us!

One:  Today, we will journey, by boat, on the darkness of the sea!

All:    We will be tossed about by wind and waves!

One:  We will confront our very own struggles and fears, on this journey!

All:    Fears and struggles that call us to faith in God!

One:  God will strengthen us with courage and wisdom!

All:   God will provide guidance and peace for the journey!

One:  God will encourage us to stand with others, in the boat!

All:   Going beyond our fears to seek what is right and just for all!

One:  Calling us to have faith beyond our understanding!

All:    Faith to trust that God will show us a better way!

One:  Faith to weather the storms in our lives!

All:    Let us worship our God with joy!

Opening Prayer:

Hymn: MV#88  "Over My Head"

A Wave-tossed, Windswept Prayer of Confession

                                                         based on Mark 4: 35-41)

Disciples: This storm blew up, quickly! Lord, wake up! Aren’t you getting soaked?

Jesus:        Maybe a little but I was enjoying such a peaceful sleep!

Disciples:  Do you not hear the howling of the wind and see the size

        of the waves? Look at us, Lord! We are cold, soaking wet and

            afraid!

Jesus: Well, you do appear to be a little drippy and all of you are   shaking.

Disciples:   Lord, look around! The power of this storm threatens to

         drown us all!

Jesus: So, the shaking isn’t just because you are cold. You are all

           afraid!

Disciples: Lord, we don’t want to die, in this storm!

Jesus: Why are you frightened? Have you no faith that I will not let

         harm come to you?

Disciples:  Forgive us Lord. Forgive us for being so caught up in our

       fears and struggles that we forget to put our trust in You, Creator of all!

Words of Assurance:

One:    In our Gospel reading today, from the book of Mark, Jesus

            performs an act of God, commanding the wind and waves to peace

            and calm. God offers each one of us this same peace and calm,

            helping us move through our fears, encouraging us to action for

          ourselves and others. We open our hearts and minds to the

          presence of God, in our lives and in our world! Let us be faithful,

          trusting in God’s guidance, when we are tossed about by fears and

           struggles. Faithful that God will care for us, helping us find another way.

All:    Thanks be to God who does not forsake us, amidst the fears and storms of our lives! Thanks be to God who calms the storms and commands peace!  Amen!

Hymn: VU672      "Take Time to Be Holy"

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-49

                       Reader: Margaret Trapnell

     One:           This is the Word of God.

     All:              Thanks be to God!

The Psalms: Psalm: 9:9-20       Reader: Margaret Trapnell

            One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

            All:   and a light to our path.

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13  Reader: Margaret Trapnell

            One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41                 Reader: Nancy Vandenberghe      

One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

All:   Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me”             - The Choir

Reflection: “Faith Over Fear!”                 Nancy Vandenberghe

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks:   "Give Thanks"                  Praise Book, p.12

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            Give thanks

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer "Open The Eyes of My Heart"

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

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 Forth

Song of Parting:   VU 352, I Danced In the Morning   (refrain)

            Dance, then, wherever you may be;

            I am the Lord of the dance, said he,

            and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,

            and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

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May 19, 2019                                                              10:30 a.m.    

The Fifth Sunday of Easter!

“Fishing for Hallelujahs!”

Blessing of the Seeds & Plants

 

“They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.” (John 21: 3& 4)                                                                    

We Gather to Worship God

Processional:   "Praise Him, Praise Him"

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him in the morning,

            Praise Him at the noon-time,

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him when the sun goes down.

Welcome and Announcements

Hallelujah! “It’s Victoria Day Weekend!” Please share your very favorite Victoria Weekend memory with your neighbour. I wonder…did God show up in the midst of that experience?

A Toque Knit With Blessings    Janice Pullin Joy Board Chair

Gathering Song:  "Hallelu Hallelu"

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord.

Opening Hymn: MV 3   “River”

Call to Worship

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

All:    A day set aside for worship, rest and renewal!

One:  Come, we are halfway through the first

         long weekend of our summer!

All:    This morning we will celebrate

          by going fishing with the disciples!

One:  A fishing trip that will change our lives!

All:    A fishing trip that will rock the boat

          and surprise us with amazing blessings!

One:  Come, let us look for the Risen Christ as

          we move into the sacred waters of worship!

All:    Let us seek this One who challenges us,

          guides us, and loves us beyond reason!

One:  Come, this Sabbath day promises to be

          a feast of fish, bread and grace!

All:    Let us create space for God’s love

          which is served in abundance!

One:  Come, let us worship our God on this Victoria Day Weekend!

All:    Let us worship together with anticipation, wonder, and joy!

Opening Prayer

Kid’s Zone, “Blessing of the Seeds and Plants”

 Hymn: VU 232   “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”

(let us sing together while our kids/youth bring the seeds and plants forward to be blessed)

Blessing of the Seeds

One: God, you created our whole world!

All:    God, you are our joy!

One:  God, you created these tiny seeds and beautiful plants!

All:    Thank you God for these gifts of joy!

One:  God, we ask you to please bless each seed

          and plant that is here this morning!

All:    Bless them and water them with your love and grace!

One:  God, we ask you to also bless each one of us,

          as we promise to love and care for these seeds and plants!

All:    May our love for you blossom and bear fruit!

One:  God, bless all the earth’s gardens wherever they may be!

All:    Help us all to care for our earth with wisdom, faith and joy!

          Amen.

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

Prayer of Confession     (based on John 21: 1- 19)

The Risen Christ: Hey guys, how is the fishing going?

The Disciples: Terrible! We’ve been fishing all night long and haven’t

       caught one fish!

The Risen Christ: Oh my! Why don’t you try something different?

           Perhaps you could drop your net down the other side of the boat.

The Disciples: Who are you anyway? You look vaguely familiar.

  Obviously though, you don’t understand.

The Risen Christ: What don’t I understand?

The Disciples: We simply can’t drop our nets down the other side of

        the boat!

The Risen Christ: Why not?

The Disciples; Because we’ve never done it that way before, and

            besides… the boat will rock and some of us might get seasick!

The Risen Christ: Yes, fishing from a different side of the boat can

          be a bit risky. But if you don’t, your boat will remain empty and your

   hearts will be stuck in the sorrow and resentments of the past.

The Disciples: We don’t want to get tangled up in the nets of ‘the   good old days.” Let’s try fishing from the other side of the boat!

The Risen Christ: What has happened friends?

The Disciples: We have been blessed with abundance!

The Risen Christ: Amen!

 

Assurance of Forgiveness:

One: In our story from the Gospel of John this morning we are

       reminded that like the early disciples many of us become tangled

         up in the nets of our resentments, nostalgia and bitterness and find

            ourselves feeling empty and without purpose. In the midst of our

        brokenness the Risen Christ offers us an opportunity to drop these

  nets and embrace the joy and wonder of forgiveness and a new

    beginning! Let us receive this grace with gratitude and joy!

All:     Thanks be to God for the gift of the Risen Christ, the One

                               who is our joy! Amen.

Hymn: VU 563   “Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore “

We Listen For God’s Word

 

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 21: 1-7   Reader: Carolyn Allin

One:           This is the Word of God.

All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 21: 1- 19        

One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

All:             Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "It Is Well With My Soul"      - The Choir and Bell Choir  

Reflection:   “Fishing for Hallelujahs!”

 

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks:   "Give Thanks"             Praise Book, p.12

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

 

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

 

            The Lord has done for us

            Give thanks

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer "Open The Eyes of My Heart"

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

Easter 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 296   “This is God’s Wondrous World”  

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   VU 352 "I Danced In the Morning       (refrain)

            Dance, then, wherever you may be;

            I am the Lord of the dance, said he,

            and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,

            and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Amen (sung)          

Postlude

 

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May 12, 2019                                                  10:30 a.m.    

The Fourth Sunday of Easter!

God Bless Our Moms & Grandmas!

“Moms Know How To Laugh!”

So Sarah laughed to herself saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I bear a child now that I am old? Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?”(Genesis 18: 12- 14)

                                                                               

We Gather to Worship God

 

Processional:   "Praise Him, Praise Him"

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him in the morning,

            Praise Him at the noon-time,

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him when the sun goes down.

Welcome and Announcements 

“What Are You Doing This Coming Wednesday Evening?” - UCW

“Hallelujah! Moms & Grandmas Are A Blessing”

            Please share at least 1 memory of how your Mom (or Grandma)   has blessed your life. (please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:  "Hallelu Hallelu"

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!

     Praise ye the Lord.

Opening Hymn: MV 1 "Let Us Build A House"

Call to Worship

One:  Come sisters & brothers, let us continue our worship journey

          on this Fourth Sunday of Easter!

All:    Let us laugh with joy & wonder as God creates

          space for new beginnings!

One:  Come, our Biblical sister Sarah has incredible

          news for us this morning!

All:    Sarah & Abraham are about to begin a new chapter

          in their lives!

One:  It is that amazing chapter called parenthood!

All:    A chapter that calls all of us to make space for possibilities,

          surprises, challenges & hope!

One:  Come let us walk with Sarah this morning as one

          chapter of her life with Abraham comes to a close!

All:    Let us journey with her as a new and exciting chapter

          begins to unfold!

One:  Come, let us celebrate with this faithful woman

          as God blesses her!

All:    On this Mother’s Day Sunday, let us celebrate Moms,

          Stepmoms, & Grandmas everywhere!

One:  Moms, Stepmoms, Grandmas and all those

          who have been like Moms to us!

All:    Thanks be to God for these faithful & amazing women!

One:  Women who, like Sarah, have laughed & loved

          through all the joys & challenges of raising a family!

All:    Women who have laughed with us in joy,

          and cried with us during times of sorrow!

One:  Women whose courage and faith have shaped our lives!

All:    Women who have shown us God’s love, time and time again!

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

         of this Mother’s Day Sunday!

All: Let us worship our God!

Opening Prayer

Kid’s Zone

“Thank You God for our Moms, Stepmoms & Grandmas

Who Fill Our Lives With Sunshine!”

One: Thank you God for our Moms! They brighten our lives with their

                   smiles and sunshine on rainy days and every day!

Sung Refrain: VU 585   "Jesus Bids Us Shine"                   vs.       1

     Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light,

     like a little candle burning in the night.

     In this world is darkness, so let us shine,

     you in your small corner, and I in mine.

     (a flower is placed in our “Mother’s Day bouquet”)

Two: Thank you God for our Stepmoms! They are like umbrellas of

                        sunshine when our lives are filled with rain or worry!

Sung Refrain: VU 585     "Jesus Bids us Shine"                   vs 2

     Jesus bids us shine first of all for him;

     well he sees and knows it if our light grows dim:

     Jesus walks beside us to help us shine,

     you in your small corner, and I in mine.

     (a flower is placed in our “Mother’s Day Bouquet”)

Three:   Thank you God for our Grandmas and Great Grandmas!\

               They are like rainbows, and their hugs and love, colour our

               lives every single day!

Sung Refrain: VU 585, Jesus Bids Us Shine, verse 3 only.

     Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around;

     many kinds of darkness in the world are found:

     sin, and want and sorrow; so we must shine,

     you in your small corner, and I in mine.

     (a flower is placed in our “Mother’s Day Bouquet”)

Four:          Thank you God for the gift of our Moms and Grandmas who

                   have passed away and are now with you in heaven! Their

                laughter and love will continue to shine in our lives, for they

                   have given us beautiful memories!

Hymn: VU 585, Jesus Bids Us Shine                                    (all 3 verses)

          (a flower is placed in our “Mother’s Day Bouquet”)

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

Prayer of Confession     (based on Genesis 18: 1-15)

Sarah: Lord, I appreciate that you mean well by telling me I will soon

         be a mother, but you don’t seem to understand that having a child

           at my age is impossible!

The Lord: Sarah, are you telling me that you are not willing to make

         space in your life for a new beginning?

Sarah: Lord, I have wanted a child for a very long time! But….I’m afraid that it’s too late for me now.

The Lord: Sarah, it seems you are afraid to let go of past

  disappointments. How can I help you to make room for hope?

Sarah: Lord, I want to trust you. I want to have hope, but I am old and

       very bitter about my life.

The Lord: Sarah, it is time to let go! If you can’t move beyond your

           resentments and regrets, there simply won’t be space in your heart

           for a new beginning!

Sarah: Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for doubting you. Forgive me for

     getting stuck in the past and hanging on to negative thoughts

      instead of making room for hope and possibilities. Give me the

      courage I need to start down a different and surprising life path!

The Lord: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

One: In our reading from Genesis this morning, we are reminded that God calls us to create new opportunities,

      new ways of being in this world. Just

      like our Biblical sister Sarah, let us now release any bitterness or

    regrets that have been burdening us and hindering us from

    embracing transformation and change. Let us create space for the

    forgiveness and grace of the Risen Christ!

All:      Thanks be to God for the gift of the Risen Christ, the One

                               who is our joy! Amen.

Hymn: VU 224   “Sing a Happy Hallelujah”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 18: 1-15  Reader: Marilyn Limburg

One:           This is the Word of God.

All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 12: 24- 26        

One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

All:   Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: “It’s A Wonderful World!”         - The Choir        

Reflection:   “Moms Know How To Laugh!”

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks:   "Give Thanks"             Praise Book, p.12

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            Give thanks

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer "Open The Eyes of My Heart"

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

            Open the eyes of my heart Lord

            Open the eyes of my heart

            I want to see You.

            I want to see You.

Easter 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 I Go”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   VU 352, I Danced In the Morning   (refrain)

            Dance, then, wherever you may be;

            I am the Lord of the dance, said he,

            and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,

            and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Amen (sung)          

Postlude

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Guest Minister:  Rev. Andrew Macpherson

April 28, 2019                                                  10:30 a.m.    

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

Holy Communion

“Thomas doubts until he sees Jesus for himself.”   (John 20:19-31)                                                                                 

We Gather to Worship God

Processional:   "Praise Him, Praise Him"

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him in the morning,

            Praise Him at the noon-time,

            Praise Him, praise Him,

            Praise Him when the sun goes down.

Welcome and Announcements

“Holy Hallelujahs!”: How do you nurture your relationship with Christ Jesus?

        (please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   One God, Many Names! (sung 3 times)

Beginning in Song: VU 577   “Peace Like a River”      

Call to Worship     (based on Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)

One:  Come sisters and brothers, Let us walk in the footsteps of Paul on Straight St. (Damascus).

All:    The Risen Christ appeared to Paul on this street 2000 years ago.

One:  Come, Let us walk into the unknown and be transformed by Christ, let us be filled with the Love of Christ Jesus.

All:    Today we recognize the conversion of Saul, the great transformation to the Apostle Paul.

One:  Saul fell off his horse and was blinded by the Light of Christ

All: The Voice of Christ spoke. “Why do you persecute me”

One:  People with Paul could see no one but could hear the voice of Christ.

All:    Let us open our ears to hear the Voice of Christ. hallelujahs to all of God’s children!

One:  Come, let us draw the circle wide and embrace all of humanity in the Love of Christ!

All: Thanks be to God for the gift of the Risen Christ!

One:  Come sisters, brothers or however you wish to identify, let us recognize our common humanity and listen to each other.

All: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 675   "Will Your Anchor Hold"

Kid’s Zone

Prayer of Confession     (Let us offer our confessions to God in silence)

Assurance of Forgiveness: MV 90         "Don't Be Afraid"

Communion Hymn:   VU 468   "Let Us Talents and Tongue Employ"

Communion Prayer

Reflection: Holy Communion (The Eucharist)

Remembering the Lord’s Supper

Sharing the Meal

All are welcome to come forward to receive,

taking first the bread offered, and dipping it into the cup.

The words offered as you receive will be

the bread of lifeand the cup of love

 

Those unable can be served where you are

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

            (our children/youth will now their regular programs)

 

We Listen For God’s Word

Epistle Reading: Acts 9: 1-6                 Reader: Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

One:           Hear what the spirit is saying to the church.

All:             Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 20: 19-31        

One:            This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

All:             Praise to you O Christ!

Ministry of Music: “Robe of Calvary””                                  - Shirley Waugh

Reflection:   “Transforming Water into Wine”

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks:   "Give Thanks"             Praise Book, p.12

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            Give thanks

            With a grateful heart

            Give thanks to the Holy One

            Give thanks because He's given

            Jesus Christ His Son

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            And now let the weak say

            I am strong

            Let the poor say

            I am rich

            Because of what

            The Lord has done for us

            Give thanks

A Blessing On These Gifts

Presentation to Rev. Andrew       Rev. Bonnie & Annice King

Prayers of the People

Hymn: VU 326             "O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing"

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   VU 352, I Danced In the Morning   (refrain)

            Dance, then, wherever you may be;

            I am the Lord of the dance, said he,

            and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,

            and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Amen (sung)          

Postlude

 

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April 14, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

Palm/Passion Sunday

A Journey Beyond Palm Branches!

“He has told you, O mortal what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God?” (Micah 6: 8)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional             VU 124      “He Came Riding On A Donkey”

               (Choir comes in waving palm branches)

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Hope is Woven Into the 7 Grandfather Teachings of the            Anishinaabe People

(Humility, Honesty, Respect, Wisdom, Courage, Truth & Love)

Which one of these teachings resonates for you at this point in your own life?      (please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song: MV 8   "And On This Path"

Opening Song: VU 402 “We Are One”

Call to Worship                                              

One:    Come brothers & sisters, this morning we are heading

                        to Jerusalem with our beloved Jesus!

All:      “Hosanna to the Son of David,” we shout,

                        “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

One:    Yes, on this Sabbath morning we wave our palm branches

                        with excitement & joy!

All:      Some of us throw down our coats to make a path for Jesus!

One:    Truly this is a day of hope & wonder!

All:      A day filled with laughter & celebration!

One:    But in the midst of our palm branches & hosannas

                        we hear a voice of teaching & wisdom!

All:      It is the prophet Micah who speaks to us

                        from earlier chapters in our story of faith!

One:    Micah reminds us that palm branches & celebrations

                        are only one part of our faith journeys!

All:      Every single day we are called to love kindness,

                        do justice, & walk humbly with our God!

One:    Come fellow travellers, let us open our hearts & minds

                        to the prophet Micah on this Palm/Passion Sunday!

All:      Let us dare to journey into Jerusalem waving our palm

                        branches of love, kindness, humility & faith!

One:    Come this chapter of our journey together

                        will prepare us for the challenges that beckon us!

All:      Soon we will lay our palm branches at the foot of the cross!

One:    Palm branches drenched with awareness, hosannas, & tears!

All:      Palm branches that call us into wholeness, healing,

                        reconciliation, & new beginnings!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship God

                        on this Palm/Passion Sunday!

All:      Let us worship together with a daring faith!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 145 “Draw the Circle Wide”

Kids Zone: “A Beginning Chapter In the Journey Toward Truth &

                       Reconciliation with Indigenous People of this Land”

 Old Testament: Micah 6: 6- 8

            One: This is the Word of God.

           All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Reflections: Robyn Michaud

                     Kids/Youth of DSUC

Thank you Robyn!

MV 145 "Draw the Circle Wide"               (refrain only)

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

A Time of Reflection & Confession…

Confession Hymn: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”

(God has opened our hearts. Let us now spend time in quiet confession, as we prepare to move into this holiest of weeks)

Assurance of Forgiveness: MV 90   “Don’t be Afraid”

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Our Gospel Story: Matthew 21: 1- 17

            One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:            -The Choir

Reflections on the Word:

           “Is There More To Our Faith Than Palm Branches?”                   

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

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer Psalm 91, On Eagles Wings,

                                                                                                            VU p. 807(refrain only)

                        '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.'

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Palm/Passion Prayers of Hope 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 135 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

( as we sing together our chancel will be covered in black to remind us that we are moving into Holy Week & will soon be with Jesus at the foot of his cross)

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting, “Go Now In Peace”

            Go now in peace. Never be afraid.

            God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.

            Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.

            Knowing God will guide you in all you do.

            Go now in love and hsow you believe.

            Reach out to others so all the world can see.

            God will be there, watching form above.

            Go now in peace, in faith and in love.                                               

Amen (sung twice)

Postlude

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March 31, 2019             10:30 am.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Do Eagles Weep?”

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

 

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional                                                 Praise Book #22

  1. Lord I lift Your name on high
  2. Lord I love to sing Your praises
  3. I'm so glad You're in my life
  4. I'm so glad You came to save us

 Chorus You came from heaven to

earth To show the way

From the earth to the cross

My debt to pay

From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high

Welcome                                (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

            - Sam Wolfe

Hope Takes Flight!

Is there a bird that speaks to you of Spring? Can you share a “bird story” with your neighbour.

Gathering Song:  MV 8  "And On This Path"

Opening Song:    VU 409 “Morning Has Broken”                                                                          

Kids Zone: “What Does the Lord Require of You, but to Do Justice, Love Kindness & Walk Humbly with Our God?” (Micah 6: 8)

Grandfather Teachings   “Truth”

Call to Worship

One: Come brothers & sisters, God has called

                       us into this Lenten journey time!

All:      God has walked with us every step of the way!

One:    Come, on this Sabbath morning let us dare

                        to soar on eagles wings!

All:      On this Fourth Sunday of Lent we hear these words -

One: Words of hope spoken by the prophet Isaiah,              

All:      Words of hope spoken to a people

                        in need of consolation & hope!

One:    Isaiah says to the people of ancient Israel -

All:     Isaiah says to each one of us -

One:    “but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

All:      they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

One:    they shall not run and not be weary,

All:      they shall walk and not faint.”

One:    Come, let us wait for the Lord during

                       this worship time and all the time!

All:      Let us soar together on wings of hope!

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

All: Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

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

A Time of Reflection & Confession…

Sung Refrain: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

            When have I felt the presence of God in my life this past week?

                        Thank you Lord!

            When have I felt distant from God this week?

                        Forgive me Lord!.

            How might I strive to be closer to God this coming week?

                        Amen.

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Hymn: VU 337   “Blessed Assurance”

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

The Psalms: Psalm 3: 1- 8                         Reader: Verna Chesney

One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

All: and a light to our path.                                                                            

Old Testament: Isaiah 40: 27- 32

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel: Luke 19: 41- 44

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music: "Just A Closer Walk"           -The Choir

Reflections on the Word:   “Do Eagles Weep?”

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

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer Psalm 91, On Eagles Wings,

                                              VU p. 807(refrain only)

                        '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.'

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Lenten Prayers of Hope for All of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Forth

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.

 

2          May the God of healing free the earth from fear,

            freeing us for peace, both treasured and pursued.

            May the God of love keep our commitment clear

            to a world restored, to human life renewed.

            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 twice)

Postlude

 

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March 24, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

 

Third Sunday of Lent

“And Hope Does Not Disappoint Us!”

“but we also boast of our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given us.”

                                                              (Romans 5: 3- 5)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional                                                 Praise Book #22

Lord I lift Your name on high Lord I love to sing Your praises

            I'm so glad You're in my life

            I'm so glad You came to save us

Chorus You came from heaven to

earth To show the way From the earth to the cross

My debt to pay From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Hope Is Everywhere!

If hope was a vegetable what might it be? (please share your “hopeful” vegetable story briefly with your neighbour!)

Gathering Song: MV 8  "And On This Path"

Opening Song: “Days of Elijah”                     Praise Book, pg. 10                                                                            

Kids Zone: “What Does the Lord Require of You, but to Do Justice, Love Kindness & Walk Humbly with Our God?” (Micah 6: 8)

Grandfather Teachings   “Wisdom, Courage"

Call to Worship

One: Come brothers & sisters, let us continue our journey to the cross!

All:      It is a path filled with mountains & valleys!

One:     Friends, some days we may feel just too tired

                        to make this journey!

All:      And some nights there are too many aches & pains

                        to even consider a journey!

One:    Yes, the journey to the cross is paved with challenge,

                        reflection, and a need for prayer & quiet.                  

All:      It requires courage, patience, & faith!

One:    Come, this Lenten time will call us to name suffering

                        to ourselves, our world, and our God!

All:     It truly is a journey of the heart!

One:    And in the midst of this journey, God’s light shines through!

All:      God’s light fills our hearts with wonder & hope!

One:    Come, let us seek this hope with every step

                        we take & every breath we make!

All:      Let us share the hope of our Christ today & everyday!

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us dare to worship our God of Hope

                        on this Third Sunday of Lent!

All:      Let us worship together with hearts filled with hope!

Opening Prayer

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

A Time of Reflection & Confession…

Sung Refrain: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

            When have I felt the presence of God in my life this past week?

                        Thank you Lord!

            When have I felt distant from God this week?

                        Forgive me Lord!.

            How might I strive to be closer to God this coming week?

                        Amen.

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Hymn: VU 509     “I the Lord of Sea & Sky”

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament: Jeremiah 29: 10 - 14            Reader: Jerry Minler  

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Epistle Reading: Romans 5: 1- 5

           One:            Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

           All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel:           Luke 8: 1- 13

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music: "Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary"                                    -The Choir

Reflections on the Word:   “And Hope Does Not Disappoint Us!”

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

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer Psalm 91, On Eagles Wings,

                                                                                                           VU p. 807(refrain only)

                        '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.'

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Lenten Prayers of Hope 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 343   “I Love To Tell the Story”

Blessing and Sending Forth

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.

2          May the God of healing free the earth from fear,

            freeing us for peace, both treasured and pursued.

            May the God of love keep our commitment clear

            to a world restored, to human life renewed.

            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 twice)

Postlude

 

 

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March 17, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

Second Sunday of Lent

“Can These Bones Live?” 

                 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”

                I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”    (Ezekiel 37:3)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional                                                 Praise Book #22

Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I love to sing Your praises            

I'm so glad You're in my life            

I'm so glad You came to save us

 Chorus: You came from heaven to

             earth To show the way

             From the earth to the cross

             My debt to pay From the cross to the grave

             From the grave to the sky Lord I lift Your name on high

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Hope Is Everywhere!

            Where have you seen or experienced hope this past week? (it could

            be in the appearance of a robin, or grandkids coming to visit, or a

            good friend, or ….)

Gathering Song: MV 8  "And On This Path"

Opening Song: VU   375    "Spirit of Gentleness"                                                    

Kids Zone: “What Does the Lord Require of You, but to Do Justice, Love Kindness & Walk Humbly with Our God?” (Micah 6: 8)

Grandfather Teachings   “Respect”

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, our Lenten journey continues!

All:      It is a journey filled with hope!

One:   A journey of light in the midst of shadows & darkness.

All:     A journey that speaks to our minds, bodies, & souls!

One:   Come, let us dare to seek hope in the midst

                        of a world often overwhelmed with suffering!             

All:      Let us dare to celebrate resurrection in the face of death!

One:    Come, there is space for each one of us on this Lenten path!

All:      Hand in hand, we make our way together!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us breathe hope

                        into our tired & often discouraged bodies on this Sabbath day!

All:      Let us breathe in the hope that comes to us from our God!

One:    Come fellow travellers, let us worship God

                        on this Second Sunday of Lent!

All:      Let us worship together with hearts filled with hope!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 684     “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace”

A Time of Reflection & Confession…

Sung Refrain: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

            When have I felt the presence of God in my life this past week?

                        Thank you Lord!

            When have I felt distant from God this week?

                        Forgive me Lord!.

            How might I strive to be closer to God this coming week?

                        Amen.

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Hymn: VU 585 "Jesus Bids Us Shine"

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

The Psalms: Psalm 13                                           Reader: Jenny Gaudier

            One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

            All:  And a light to our path.

Old Testament: Ezekiel 37: 1- 14

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel: John 11: 38 - 44

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music: "Pray for the People"                                                                -The Choir

Reflections on the Word:   “Seriously Lord, Can These Bones Live?””

Our Offering

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

                        (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer Psalm 91, On Eagles Wings,

                                                                                                            VU p. 807(refrain only)

                        '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.'

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Lenten Prayers of Hope for All of God’s People

Hymn: VU 595 “We Are Pilgrims on a Journey

Blessing and Sending Forth

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.

2          May the God of healing free the earth from fear,

            freeing us for peace, both treasured and pursued.

            May the God of love keep our commitment clear

            to a world restored, to human life renewed.

            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 twice)

Postlude

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March 10, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

 

The Path to the Cross: Hope in the Midst of Suffering

First Sunday of Lent: “Suffering – Why Lord & Why Me?”

Sacrament of Holy Communion

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” (Psalm 22: 1)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional                                                 Praise Book #22

Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I love to sing Your praises            

I'm so glad You're in my life            

I'm so glad You came to save us

 Chorus:

You came from heaven to  earth To show the way

From the earth to the cross

My debt to pay

From the cross to the grave

From the grave to the sky

Lord I lift Your name on high

Welcome        (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

Hope Is Everywhere!

            If hope was a flower, which one would it be? Why? Please share   

            your reflections with your neighbour

Gathering Song: MV 8  "And On This Path"

Opening Song: VU 359    "He Came Singing Love"                                                               

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers & sisters, our Lenten journey has begun!

All:      Together we make our way to the foot of the cross!

One:    Come, our heads or hands have been marked

                        with a cross made of ashes,

All:      Our hearts are open as we step onto a new path!

One:    It is a holy path -

All:      A path that calls us to let go -

One:    To let go of all that distances us from God.

All:     A path that calls us to listen with respect,

                        compassion, & love!

One:   Come sisters & brothers, the way of the cross is our way!

All:      It will challenge us as well as comfort us!

One:    It is the path of hope in the midst of suffering!

All:     It is light in the midst of the darkness of anxieties or worries.

One:   Come, our path to the cross is paved

                        with the hearts of all those who have walked before us!

All:      It is paved with the heart of the Christ!

One:    Come followers of Jesus, let us begin this journey

                        of worship, praise, sacred story, & prayer!

All:      Let us worship our God on this First Sunday of Lent!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 374   “Come and Find the Quiet Centre” 

Kids Zone “A Lenten Journey Into Truth & Reconciliation”

            “What Does the Lord Require of You But to Do Justice,

            Love Kindness, & Walk Humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

A Meal for the Journey – The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Let Us Share in the Bread of Life…

            Jesus said, “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)

All Are Welcome at Christ’s Table

Let Us Give Thanks – Prayer of Thanksgiving

We Remember the Story

Breaking the Bread

Pouring the Cup

Communion Hymn: VU 469 “We Gather Here”

Sharing the Bread & Cup

            One: This is the Bread of Hope

            Response: Amen.

            One: This is the Cup of Blessing

            Response: Amen

Prayer after Communion

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

 

A Time of Reflection & Confession…

Sung Refrain: MV 79 “Spirit Open My Heart”

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

            When have I felt the presence of God in my life this past week?

                        Thank you Lord!

            When have I felt distant from God this week?

                        Forgive me Lord!.

            How might I strive to be closer to God this coming week?

                        Amen.

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

The Psalms: Psalm 22: 1- 11       Reader: John Limburg

            One: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet.

            All: and a light to our path.

Old Testament: Job 17: 11- 16

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel: Mark 8: 34- 38

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music:  "Jesus Is the Friend Who's Always There"

                                                               -The Choir

Reflections on the Word:   “ Why Lord….& Why Me?”

Our Offering

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

                        (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer Psalm 91, On Eagles Wings,

                                                                VU p. 807(refrain only)

                        '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.'

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Lenten Prayers of Hope for All of God’s People

Hymn: VU 625 “I Feel the Winds of God””

Blessing and Sending Forth

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.

2          May the God of healing free the earth from fear,

            freeing us for peace, both treasured and pursued.

            May the God of love keep our commitment clear

            to a world restored, to human life renewed.

            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 twice)

Postlude

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March 3, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

Gratitude is Contagious!

The Woman At The Well Knew This To Be True!

Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!” (John 4: 28 & 29)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional:            "Here I Am To Worship"

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)

Our Tree of Gratitude

Our Tree of Gratitude has blossomed and the fruit of gratitude is everywhere! Thanks be to God. So my friends…what are we grateful for on this Sabbath day? Let us share & celebrate our gratitude as a community!

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.

Opening Song:         MV 178, Who Is My Mother                                                   

Kid’s Zone

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us gather around

                        Jacob’s well on this Sabbath day!

All:      Let us drink deeply of the living water that Jesus is offering!

One:    Come, the woman from Samaria will be here with us today!

All:      Plus, she has invited all kinds of folks

                        from her community to join us!

One:    Come, the very first disciples are here with us today as well!

All:      We are all here to share in the cup of gratitude

                        and hospitality!

One:    Come, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’ve been!

All:      All thirsty hearts are welcomed here!

One:    Come, let us quiet our busy minds and open our very beings!

All:      Let us make space for Jesus!

One: The One who came to us as pure gift!

All:      The One who loves us unconditionally!

One:     Come brothers & sisters, let us worship God

                        with grateful & generous hearts!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: "As the Deer Pants for Water" Psalm 42      VU pp. 766- 767

 

A Thirsty Prayer of Confession (based on John 4)

Disciples: Lord, do you have sunstroke? Are you feeling unwell today?

Jesus: Thank you for asking about my health, but I am a bit puzzled by

    your concern. I feel just fine!

Disciples: But Lord we are sure you must be ill! After all, it seems as if

     you’ve been sharing a cup of water with her – that woman from

     Samaria!

Jesus: Why yes! My new friend shared that her life is dry and parched,

    and so I offered her living water.  

Disciples: But Lord….she isn’t one of “us!”

Jesus: Friends, there is no such thing as “us,” or “them.” We are all

          God’s beloved sons & daughters!

Disciples: But Lord….she is different. She is very bold for a woman,

        even a foreign woman! Plus, we don’t know anything about her & her

        family!

Jesus: I know she is thirsty. I know she is grateful. I know she is

    sharing living water with her entire community. That’s all I need to      

    know, & that’s certainly all you need to know!

Disciples: Forgive us Lord. Forgive us for being judgemental &

    negative. Help us to share your living water with all those we meet.

Jesus : Friends, I pray that this woman from Samaria may open all of

      our hearts today!

Disciples: Truly she has much to teach us about courage & gratitude!

Jesus: Amen!

Words of Assurance:

One: In our Gospel reading today from John, our dry & brittle hearts

         are broken open by the gift of living water. Yes, just as Jesus offered

          the gift of living water to a woman who was a stranger, so too does

          he offer each one of us this gift of forgiveness & grace. Let us drink

          deeply from this cup of grace & new beginnings!

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

       who calls each one of us into a new beginning! Amen.

Hymn: VU 624, “Give To Us Laughter”

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Acts of the Apostles: Acts 2: 43 - 47    Reader: Ginny Stoakley

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

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 4: 5- 30 & 39- 42

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music: "Fill My Cup, Lord"               Solo:  Shirley Waugh

Reflections on the Word:   “Good News….All the Way from Samaria!”

Our Offering

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

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer VU400

                                                            “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!

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Prayers of Gratitude 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 224 “Sing A Happy Hallelujah!”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting MV 156       " Dance with the Spirit"

            Dance with then 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 twice)

Postlude

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February 10, 2019                                                         10:30 am.

 

“Gratitude Takes Practice (Daily!)”

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you.” (Job 42:5)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional:            "Here I Am To Worship"

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)

Our Tree of Gratitude

(in all 4 corners of our sanctuary there are tables containing symbols of gratitude & magic markers. As we are singing please choose a symbol & write on it something (or someone!) you are grateful for & then come forward & hang it on our Gratitude Tree. Please challenge yourself & express gratitude for something or someone other than family & friends! They are currently our most grateful item & we acknowledge them (with gratitude!), but also are called to look deeper into our hearts – and world! )

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.

Opening Song:         VU 401, Worship the Lord                                                  

Kids Zone “It’s Great To Grateful!’

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers our banquet table is ready!

All:      A cloth woven with gratitude covers every inch of our table!

One:    Come, this worship banquet is serving joy and thanksgiving!

All:      Laughter, praise and prayer are part of our worship meal!

One:    Come, there is a place for everyone during this Sabbath time!

All:      Happy hearts, cranky hearts, and broken hearts,

                        all are welcome here!

One:    Come, let us offer God our heartfelt gratitude and praise!

All:      Let us offer God our hearts!

One:    Come, brothers and sisters, let us worship

                       our God on this Sabbath day!!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: I Cannot Come to the Banquet

A Smorgasbord of Confessions (based on Luke 14: 15 – 24)

Our Heavenly Host: Friends, please join me as we feast on the Word.

     We are serving compassion and wisdom, today and everyday!

Busy People: Oh Lord, we are truly sorry, but we have just bought a

        new house so we can’t make it. We need to meet with the bank and

        then show off our house to our family and friends.

Our Heavenly Host: Friends, please join me for a heavenly banquet.

       It’s going to be awesome! Joy and love are the main courses.

Very Busy People: Lord that sounds like a wonderful banquet, but

       we’ve just purchased a new car and we need to read the owners

       manual, so we’re not able to make it. Perhaps another day?

Our Heavenly Host: Friends, you are welcome to join me at my table.

    We will be sharing platters of healing and peace for one another and

    for our world.

Very, Very Busy People: We are so sorry Lord. We do wish we could

      attend, but our daughter is soon to be married and there are halls to

            be booked, and entertainment to confirm.

Our Heavenly Host: My dear friends, when did your lives become so

     busy? It seems quite clear that you no longer have space in your

     lives for me!

Very, Very, Very, Busy People: Oh no Lord, we could probably make

     some room for you in a week or two, but just not right now…

Our Heavenly Host: But friends, I’m not sure you really understand!

         You see, I am compassion & wisdom. I am joy & love. I am healing &

         peace. If they are not key ingredients in the smorgasbord that is your

        life, then you have no room for me!

Not Quite So Busy People: Forgive us Lord! Each day you offer us a

     banquet of blessings and often we are too busy or pre-occupied to

      notice or receive them. Help us to slow our steps and savour the

      gifts you give us.

Our Heavenly Host: Amen!

Words of Assurance:

One: In our Gospel reading this morning, Jesus offers a parable that strikes to the heart for the folks of ancient Israel, as well as for many of us today. We are reminded how easy it is to slip into busy lives and become preoccupied with everyday events that tend to overshadow our faith and commitment to God. Often we end up feeling exhausted, resentful and empty inside. And yet, God still invites us to the table of blessings, a table where Christ offers us helpings of forgiveness and possibilities for new beginnings. Let us give thanks to our God for the gift of this banquet of blessings! Let us   give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus Christ!

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

       the One who is our grace!

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

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Psalm: Psalm 131, VU page 854    (with refrain)

Old Testament Reading: Job 42: 1- 6    

                 Reader: Rosemary Vanderhoeven

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 14: 15- 24

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

Ministry of Music: "Who's Goin' To Tell The Story?"  

Reflections on the Word:   “A Smorgasbord of Gratitude!”

Our Offering

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

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer VU400

           “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!

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Prayers of Gratitude 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 424 "May the God of Hope Go With Us"

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting MV 156       " Dance with the Spirit"

            Dance with then 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 twice)

Postlude

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January 20, 2019                                                          10:30 am.

 

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

                                                  (Psalm 103:8)

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

Processional:            "Here I Am To Worship"

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)

Opening Song           VU333 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”                                                  

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

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

All:      God calls us into our community of faith, on this Sabbath morning!

One:    Let us gather to acknowledge and celebrate God’s grace!

All:      A grace that is never-ending!

One:    Reminding us that this grace is for each one of us, each moment of every day!

All:      Truly, a gift from God!

One:    A gift that we can share.

All:      Let us pass on this grace to those we meet.

One:    Let us give thanks for God’s mercy, love and grace.

All:      Let us worship with gratitude and joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 337   "Blessed Assurance"

Prayer of Confession

One:    God has blessed us with grace!

All:       Is God’s grace for everyone?

One:    Yes, for everyone! No strings attached!      

All:       But sometimes, we don’t feel very grace-full!

One:    What do you mean?

All:       Sometimes, we forget about grace. We aren’t very kind in our

                               thoughts and actions!

One:    Like the prodigal child, God waits for us, gathers us in and

                               showers us with grace beyond measure!

All:       Forgive us, Lord! We give thanks for Your unconditional grace.

Words of Assurance:

One:    We are never removed from God’s grace! God’s grace is a

           powerful gift that opens doors of change for each one of us.

           We are truly worthy of this grace, love, mercy and so much

           more! We open ourselves to receiving this gift of grace.

                        Amen!

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Numbers 6: 24 - 26        Reader: Kathryn Kramer

                        One:    This is the Word of God.

                        All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 15: 11-31

            One:    The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

             All:     Praise to you, O Christ! Amen!

A Moment of Gratitude:                              Kathryn Kramer

Ministry of Music:   "The King of Love"             with Hand Bell Choir

Reflections on the Word:   "Grace-full!"

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182, “ Grateful”

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                         all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer VU400

                                                            “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!

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle

Prayers of Grace 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 326         "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting MV 156       " Dance with the Spirit"

Dance with then 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 twice)

Postlude

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January 6, 2019                                                  10:30 a.m.

Epiphany Sunday

Strangers Become Friends!

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the child who has been born King of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.”

(Mt. 2:1 & 2)

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"

A Baby Story                       Rosemary Vanderhoeven

Kids Zone    “Can Kids Be A Blessing?”

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us celebrate

                        this morning that we are a people of the light!

All:      We give thanks for the gift of this Epiphany Sunday!

One:    Come, today is the day that we journey with the Wise Ones!

All:      Those remarkable men who left everything behind to find Jesus!

One:    Come, today is the day that we look to the sky!

All:      We look to the sky as we celebrate these ones

                        who dared to follow the stars!

One:    Come fellow travellers the Wise Ones have set the pace!

All:      Their courage and faith is written in our hearts!

One:    Come, on this Epiphany Sunday all people

                        are welcome at the feet of our Lord!

All:      On this Epiphany Sunday strangers soon become friends!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, a new year is beckoning!

All:      A year filled with promise, blessings, friendship & stardust!

One:    Come, let us worship God on this Epiphany Sunday!

All:      Let us worship together on this first Sunday of 2019!

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, 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 (or 2 if you prefer!) let us share silently with God how we will be a blessing – a source of light and love in this world, during 2019.

            (please come forward and light your candles)                                          

Hymn:  VU 82    "A Light is Gleaming"

                       

We Listen For God’s Word

Our Gospel Story: Matthew 2: 1 - 23         Reader: Kathryn Kramer

   One:            This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

   All:             Praise to you O Christ! 

Ministry of Music:  "Love Has Come"                                              - The Choir

Reflection: “Strangers Soon Become Friends!”

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 16, 2018                                                                10:30 am.

 

                                         Advent 3, Joy

                                 Children/Youth Service

                                 “Our Gifts To You!”

“For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy, and blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”(Luke 1: 45)

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 our 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

Disciples Love to Dialogue

     Did you ever participate in a Christmas Pageant or play as a young person? Share a bit of what that was like.

Opening Song: VU 69                     "Away In A Manger"

Baby Books Tell Amazing Stories!                                                              

Lighting of the Third Advent candle: Joy

One: Babies are truly bundles of joy!

All: They speak to us of the wonder of life!

One: Babies often cry out to be held.

All: They are a reminder that we all long for God’s embrace!

One: This morning as we prepare to light our Third Advent Candle

All: We create space for a little One.

One: This precious One who is our Christ child!

All: This precious One who is our joy!

            The Lighting of Our Third Advent Candle – Joy (pink)

Sung Response: VU 7, Hope is A Star, verses 1, 2.& 3

  1. Hope is a star that shines in the night,

     leading us on till the morning is bright.

          When God is a child there's joy in our song.

          The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

          and none shall be afraid.

  1. Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth,

     giving a promise of safety and worth.

          When God is a child there's joy in our song.

          The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

          and none shall be afraid.

  1. 3. Joy is a song that welcomes the dawn,

            telling the world that the Saviour is born.

          When God is a child there's joy in our song.

          The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

          and none shall be afraid.

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, let us worship together

                        on this Third Sunday of Advent!

All:      Let us worship together on this Sunday of Joy!

One:    Come, let us quiet our minds and open our hearts!

All:      Let us make room for joy!

One:    Come our children & youth will be blessing us this morning!

All:      We are grateful for their gifts of laughter, wisdom and joy!

One:    Come, this morning we will be hearing

                        the story of Mary & Elizabeth!

All:      Two amazing women who are the faces of joy!

One:    Come, let us rejoice with Mary & Elizabeth!

All:      Let us rejoice with women, men, and children, everywhere!

One:    Let us rejoice with folks of all ages & life stages

                        as we create space for the birth of new beginnings!

All:      New beginnings that often take us by surprise!

One:    New beginnings that encourage us to take risks!

All:      New beginnings that bring us adventure and joy!

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

All:      Let us worship together with hearts filled with joy!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 36   "Angels from the Realms of Glory"

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 35: 1- 8(a)                        Reader: Verna Chesney

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading:       Luke 1: 39- 45

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Our Gifts To You! Children/Youth Service

Rachel Niznik –“A Snowball Fight” (piano solo)

Isabelle Fitch – “A Little Bit of Magic!”

Cordelia Stere – “Silver Bells” (solo)

Dundas Street United Youth               “The Angels Will Talk”

Hymns: VU 64 "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

VU 43     "Go Tell it On the Mountain"

Our Offering

Singing Our Thanks : MV 182, “ Grateful”

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

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

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer: VU 1

                “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,

            and ransom captive Israel

            that mourns in lowly exile here

            until the Son of God appear.

                        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

                        shall come to thee, O Israel

Lighting of Our Prayer candle

Prayers of Joy 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 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)

Postlude

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            DSUC…

                 A Place to Belong!

                         Where God Makes A Difference!

                               And We Make A Difference!

                                         

                                           Advent 1, Hope

                                 Sacrament of Holy Communion

                                           White Gift Sunday

                                 “A Baby, Are You Serious?”

 

“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"

                                                                                    (Isaiah 43: 18 & 19a)

December 2, 2018                                                     10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

Processional Shine Jesus Shine                       refrain, verse 1, refrain

            Refrain:                        Shine, Jesus, shine;                                    

                                                fill this land with the Father’s glory.

                                                Blaze, Spirit, blaze;

                                                set our 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

Dundas Kids Choir VU 69, Away in a Manger, verse 1 only

1   Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

     the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

     The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,

     the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Gathering & Opening Song:  

          VU 2 “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

A Baby Story!           Nancy Vandenberghe

Lighting of the First Advent Candle: Hope

NancyIn the midst of our challenging world, a baby will soon be born!

All:         A little one who is a sign of hope & new beginnings!

NancyIn the midst of our broken world,

               the Christ child will be born anew!

All:         A little One who is our hope & offers us a new beginnning!

NancyCome, let us light this first Advent candle!

All:         We light this candle in honour of every child!

NancyWe light this candle in the name of the One who came to us as

              hope and light, in the midst of so much darkness!

All: We light this candle in the name of the Christ child!

                   ( Lighting of the first Advent candle - blue)

Sung Response: VU 7, Hope is A Star                                       verse 1

  1. Hope is a star that shines in the night,

          leading us on till the morning is bright.

          When God is a child there's joy in our song.

          The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

          and none shall be afraid.

Call to Worship

One:    Come sisters & brothers, our Advent season has begun!

All:      It is a holy time – a time of anticipation & waiting!

One:    Come, let us listen as the prophet Isaiah speaks to us from the

                        past, which has become our present, & promises to be our future!

All:      Isaiah says, “Do not remember the former things,

                        or consider the things of old.

One:    I am about to do a new thing;

All:      Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

One:    Come, God is about to do a new thing

                        during this holy Advent time!

All:      God is about to create space in the mangers of our hearts!

One:    Space for the One who is Emmanuel, God with us!

All:      Space for the Christ child who will be born

                        anew in our lives & in our world!

One:    Come brothers & sisters, let us slow our pace & open our arms!

All:      Let us prepare our very beings to embrace this little One!

One:     This little One who speaks to us of hope!

All:       This One who offers new beginnings to all of us,

                        regardless of age, or life stage!

One:     Come let us worship our God!

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

Opening Prayer

Kids Zone

“Let Us Break Bread Together!” Sacrament of Holy Communion

Call to Give Thanks

            One: Glory to God in the highest!

            All: And on earth, peace to all!

            One: We lift up our hearts!

            All: We lift them up to God!

            One: It is good to give God thanks!

            All: It is good to give God thanks and praise!

Invitation to the Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

One:    Blessed are you gracious God, Creator of light.

                        Giver of life. Source of hope.

All:      Your song of wisdom rang out before the world began.

                        Your ancient love still touches us & stirs within us.

One: In Mary, woman of promise, you showed us courage & faith.

                        In the fullness of time, you sent your greatest gift, Jesus,

                        the Christ, your Prince of Peace & Herald of Hope.

All:      This morning we join in the Advent prayer of all your people:

             "O Come Emmanuel!” & as we wait for your coming we

            proclaim your goodness, & so we say with people everywhere:

            “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power & might. Heaven &

           earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed

           is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in

           the highest!” Amen.

We Remember Jesus at the Table

Breaking of the Bread

Pouring of the Cup

Communion Hymn: VU 468 "Let Us Talents & Tongues Employ"

Sharing the Bread & Cup

Prayer after Communion

The Lord’s Prayer

Gathering of Our White Gifts

            (Our children/youth will collect the gifts & place them in the manger

             or around in, during the singing of the hymn)

Hymn – “The Little Drummer Boy”

            Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum

              A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum

              Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum

              To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,

              rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

            So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,

              When we come. 

            Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum

              I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum

              I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum

              That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,

              rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

              Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,

              On my drum?

            Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum

              The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum

              I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum 

            I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,

              rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

              Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum

              Me and my drum.

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

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 43: 18- 21

                                                  Reader: Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 5 - 25

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:                        - Choir

Reflections on the Word:  “A Baby, Are You Serious?”

Our Offering  

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182, “Grateful”

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                    all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer: VU 1   "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,

            and ransom captive Israel

            that mourns in lowly exile here

            until the Son of God appear.

                        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

                        shall come to thee, O Israel

Lighting of Our Prayer Candle  

Prayers of Hope for all of God’s People

Hymn: VU 38   “Angels We have Heard on High”    

Blessing and Sending Out

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)

Postlude

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

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

November 18, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Welcome

Disciples Love to Dialogue:

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

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

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

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

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

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

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

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

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

                        during this worship time!

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

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

                        the crowds and chaos!

All:      Four remarkable men who moved

                        heaven & earth to get to Jesus!

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

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

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

All:      Lydia, who encountered the Apostle Paul

                        during a time of worship near the river.

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

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

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

                        how God surprises us, challenges us & delights us!

All:      Let us celebrate how God works within us –

One:    Calling us to make a difference –

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

One:    Come, let us worship together!

All:      Let us worship with joy!

Opening Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Risk Takers: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

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

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

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

       more into peace & wholeness! Amen.

Hymn:  VU 664     "What A Friend"

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

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

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

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 1- 12

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music:  "Love Grows Here”    

                                    Duet: Rev. Liz Lemon & Barbara Cope                                

Reflections on the Word:    "Friends"               Nancy Vandenberghe

Our Offering  

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

                      (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

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

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: MV 178   ”Who Is My Mother"

Blessing and Sending Out

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

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

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

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

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

            will clap, will clap their hands!

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

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

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

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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November 11, 2018                                                       10:30 a.m.

Remembrance Sunday

“Take Courage!”

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

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

We Gather to Worship God 

Prelude

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

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

    All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

     All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

     Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Welcome and Announcements

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

A Call to Worship & Remembering

One: Come brothers & sisters, God has called us

                        into this worship time!

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

One:    It is a holy time -

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

One:    Come, let us dare to remember together!

All:      We remember the men & women

                        who served in both world wars.

One:    We remember their loved ones -

All:      Their families, sweethearts, & friends!

One:    We remember those who are currently serving,

                        or have served, in our Armed Forces.

All:      We remember them & their families,

                        with gratitude & prayers.

One:    Come, our God knows that the path

                        to healing & peace is through remembering!

All:      Our hearts are filled with gratitude

                        as we remember & honour these courageous ones!

One:    Come, this path of remembering is paved

                        with God’s gifts of love & grace!

All:      This path of remembering is paved

                        with our gifts of love and grace!

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

                        on this Remembrance Sunday!

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

Opening Prayer                                                                                                                                                                   

Kids Zone: “What Do You Remember Most

                                   About Remembrance Day?”

 Poem:   “In Flanders Fields”               by John McCrae

               In Flanders fields the poppies blow

               Between the crosses, row on row,

               That mark our place; and in the sky

               The larks, still bravely singing, fly

               Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                We are the Dead. Short days ago

               We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

               Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

               In Flanders Fields.

                Take up our quarrel with the foe:

               To you from failing hands we throw

               The torch; be yours to hold it high.

               If ye break faith with us who die

               We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

               In Flanders Fields.

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

We Remember… With Hearts Filled with the Peace of Christ

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

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

We Remember Those on Our Historic Roll                                   - Jerry Minler                

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

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

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

        - Sharon Minler

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

O Canada: VU 524                                    

                        (presentation of the wreath by Rev. Liz Lemon)

The Last Post

Piper's Lament          Piper: David Fleet

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

Reveille                                                                 

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

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Reading:                  Haggai 2: 1- 5

                   Reader: Jean Manning

            One:    This is the Word of God.

            All:      Thanks be to God!

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

            One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen

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

Reflections On the Word: “Take Courage!”                                             

We Respond To God’s Word 

Our Offering

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer

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

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

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

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Forth

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

                                                                  VU pages 884- 885

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

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

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

            will clap, will clap their hands!

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

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

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

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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         DSUC…

                  A Place to Belong!

                            Where God Makes A Difference!

 

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

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

November 4, 2018       10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Welcome

Disciples Love to Dialogue:

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

  (Please share with a neighbour)

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

                                                   VU pages 820- 821.

Kids Zone

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come friends, God is calling us!

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

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

                        a major, bridge building experience!

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

One:    God calls to us wherever we are!

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

                        and anything or everything in between!

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

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

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

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

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

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

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

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

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

Jesus: Yes Simon Peter it is me.

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

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

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

Jesus: Simon Peter, keep your eyes on me!

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus: Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

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

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

       That comes to us through the Christ! Amen.

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

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

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

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

            All:      Thanks are to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 14: 22- 33

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

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

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

Our Offering  

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

             (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

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

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Out

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

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

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

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

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

            will clap, will clap their hands!

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

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

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

            While you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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DSUC…   A Place to Belong!

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

October 28, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                  

Prelude

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Welcome

Minute For Mission                                                     - Karen Seguin

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

Kids Zone “To Whom Do We Belong?”

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

Call to Worship

One:    Come brothers & sisters, for thousands of years

                        Christians have been gathering!

All:      Gathering to celebrate the Sabbath -

One:    Gathering to remind ourselves and one another -

All:      Who we are and to whom we belong!

One:    Come friends, there is space for everyone

                        and anyone in this community of faith!

All:      All are welcomed in the name of God!

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

All:      A place where tears & laughter are greeted

                        with equal amounts of love & grace!

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

                        bound together -

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

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

                        on this Sabbath morning!

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

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

An Unconditional Prayer of Confession

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

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

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

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

Conditional Christians: But Barnabas they are really different!

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

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

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

Barnabas: Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness

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

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

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

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

A Story About Belonging                             Kathryn Kramer

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

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

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

            All:      Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10: 40 – 42.

            One:    This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

            All:      Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Chariots Comin'"            – Choir

Reflections on the Word: “Belonging!”

Our Offering  

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

                              (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

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

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Prayers of Belonging for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

                        Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 675   "Will Your Anchor Hold"

Blessing and Sending Out

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

                                                                                  VU pages 884 – 885

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

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

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

            will clap, will clap their hands!

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

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

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

            while you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

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“Dance with the Spirit!” Anniversary Sunday

Celebrating 133 Years as a Spirit – filled Community!

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

October 21, 2018                                                      10:30 am.    

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD                                                                

Prelude

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

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

          All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

          Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

         All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

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

         All depends upon our glorious God. Amen! Amen!

         Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Welcome

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

Call to Worship

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

All:      We have come on eagles wings!

One:    We have come with open hearts!

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

One:    The very same Spirit that danced in the lives

                        of our early Methodist brothers & sisters!

All:      The very same Spirit that has soared

                        through the ages & stages of this faith community!

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

All:      Let us create space for this Spirit

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

One:    Come, let us celebrate with joy & thanksgiving

                        on this Anniversary Sunday!

All:      Let us celebrate that God lives in us!

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

All:      Let us worship together!

Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 1 “Let Us Build A House””

Kids Zone: “Soaring Through 133 Years!”

Isaiah 40: 28- 31

Isabelle:

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

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

     He never gets weary or tired;

     His wisdom cannot be measured.

     The Lord gives strength to those who are weary.

            Even young people get tired,

     then stumble and fall.

            But those who trust the Lord will find new strength.

            They will be strong like eagles

            Soaring upward on wings;

            They will run and walk without getting tired.

Isabelle: This is the Word of God.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

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

Ministry of Music:     “Give Me Jesus”                                  Chloe Weir

                                 "His Eye is On the Sparrow”

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Dance With the Spirit!

Celebrating 133 Years of Spirit – filled Christian Community

Refrain: MV 156 Dance with the Spirit

            Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

The Spirit Calls Us To Dance! 1884 - 1891

Beatrice Buggs Shares Her Pentecost Story – Rev. Bonnie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(smiles& looks very proud)).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refrain MV 156, Dance With the Spirit

( enters during the singing)

            Pray with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

Dancing Runs In the Family – Marg Buggs Overveld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refrain: MV 156 Dance With the Spirit

            Sing with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

(enter during singing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refrain MV 156 Dance With the Spirit

            Work with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

(exits with the singing)

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

1960’s – 1970’s Ina Clark Holland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refrain MV 156, Dance with the Spirit

            Move with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Betty exits during singing as next person comes forward)

Refrain Dance With the Spirit MV 156

            Walk with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

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

                                              Sam Wolfe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Sam exits with singing as last person comes up)

Refrain Dance with the Spirit MV 156

            Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’

            Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

            Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’

            Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rev. Bonnie

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

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

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

Ministry of Music      "I Feel the Spirit"               Chloe Weir

                                 "Safe Within Your Arms"

Our Offering  

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

            What can I do? What can I bring?

            What can I say? What can I sing?

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

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

                (Sing twice)

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparing Our Hearts for Prayer:

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

Refrain:

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

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

       Spirit, open my heart.

Spirit – Filled Prayers for all of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

                        Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                        Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Out

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

                                      VU pages 884 – 885

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

            the mountains and the hills will break forth before you;

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

            will clap, will clap their hands!

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

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

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

            while you go out with Joy

Amen (sung)

Postlude

 

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“Yikes New Roundabout Ahead!”

Sacrament of Holy Baptism

 

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

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

(Philippians 2: 14 &15)