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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

Director of Music/Pianist: Nancy Vandenberghe

Keyboard: Rod Workman

Guest Preacher: Nancy Vandenberghe

Guest Pianist: Paul Tree

 

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 “But ask the animals and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.”

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

“Fifth Day Sharing”

Would you prefer to be a bird or a sea creature? What kind and why?

            (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   VU 224   “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

  1. Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

 

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

Opening Song: VU820   Psalm 100 - Make a Joyful Noise  

Kids Zone: "Feathers, Fins and More!"

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

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1: 20-23)

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

All:    God has laid the foundation for the world.

One:  God has created the heavens and the earth.

All:    God’s goodness has filled the earth with vegetation!

One:  God has filled the heavens with sunlight, moonlight and stars!

All:    Let us continue to celebrate the gifts of God’s creation on

                     this fifth day!

One:  Our waters teem with living creatures!

All:    Let us peer into the waters and marvel at the creatures of

                                  the water.

One:  Let us look up and give thanks for birds that fill the sky.

All:    Creatures that fly above our earth, in the beauty of flight!

One:  Come, let us worship our God!   

All:    Let us worship our Creator, who continues to bless us with

                  the gifts of creation!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79     “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

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

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: “God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

Old Testament Readings: Job 12: 7-10                 Reader: Janice Pullin

                                         Genesis 1: 20-23

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Epistle Reading: Colossians 1: 15-20

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

           All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "O God, Beyond All Face and Form"   - Choir

Reflection: "Soaring and Soaking in Creation" - Nancy Vandenberghe

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering      

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   “Grateful”        

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                         all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

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

Creation Prayers for All!

The Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

            Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209   “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

 

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Minister: Rev. Bonnie Pilkey

Voluntary Associate Minister: Rev. Liz Lemon

Child & Youth Resource Minister: Reonn Wills

Choir Director/Pianist: Nancy Vandenberghe

Assistant Pianist: Don Harris

Keyboard: Rod Workman

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

 

 

 

         July 28, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

“The Fourth Day: The Harmony of God!”

                 “Hats off to the Sun & Kneeling to the Stars!”

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament

proclaims his handiwork.” ” (Psalm 19: 1)

 

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

“Fourth Day Sharing”

Are you an early bird or a night hawk? Why?

            (Please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   VU 224   “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

  1. Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

Opening Song: VU 374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”  

Kids Zone:

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

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1: 14- 19)

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

All:    God has called us together for this time of worship!

One:  Come, let us continue our summer adventure

          into the sacred story of creation!

All:    A story filled with love, generosity, and grace!

One:  Come, today we are celebrating the fourth day of creation!

All:    A day that speaks to the harmony and wonder of our God!

One:  Come, on this fourth day of creation,

          God encourages us to stretch out our arms!

All:    To stretch out our arms each morning as we

          give thanks for the gift of the sunlight that warms us!

One:  Come, on this fourth day of creation, God brings us to our

          knees!

All:    As we kneel each evening we are bathed

          in the starlight and offer thanks for our day!

One:  Come brothers and sisters, let us give thanks to God

          for the warmth and vitality of our busy, sunlit days!    

All:    Let us give thanks to God for the tenderness

          and peace of our starlit evenings!

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

All:    Let us worship this One who created the sun,

         moon, and awesome stars!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79    “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

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

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: VU 229 “God of the Sparrow”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

The Psalms: Psalm 19: 1- 6                                    Reader: Connie Lauder

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

All:      And a light to our path.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1: 14 - 19    

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Epistle Reading: Philippians 2: 12 - 18

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

     All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Seek Ye First"                    - Lori Piggott

Reflection: “The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God!”

 

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering      

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   “Grateful”        

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

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

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

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

Summer Prayers For All of Creation

The Lord’s Prayer

           Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

            Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 238   “O Lord My God”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Time

July 28                                                 Aug. 4

Lorelei Robison                                     Beth Snow

Ross & Leta Hughes                              Tanya Stere

 

A Toque for Our Church We Are Getting There!

Congratulations DSUC we are on our way to paying for our new roof. So far we have $21,500.00 in donations. We are a little over a third of the way there. Remember, we have an anonymous donor who will match our donations so our $125,000 bill is now $62,500.

We Can Do It!!

Thank you to Barb Workman and Nelda Black for our beautiful toques. Thanks as well to Betty Guthrie and the Sewing From the Heart ladies for our amazing summer hats.

Don't forget - when you make a donation to the roof you help yourself to a toque or hat from our clothesline. If you already have a toque, help yourself to a cool summer hat. After all, we need a roof every season of the year.

Pick up your donation envelope on the table by the elevator or use your regular envelope and mark "Roof Fund"

Thanks for your generosity. Bring your toque or hat every Sunday as a show of support.

It’s Vacation Time

(for me anyway!)

I will be away on vacation from July 29th – August 5th. I will be out of town and so Nancy Vandenberghe is providing emergency pastoral care coverage, Please contact Nancy if you need her at her home number: (519) 539- 4970, or her Wings of Hope number (cell) at (519) 532- 4649.

Thank you for your support!

Rev. Bonnie

Roof Work

During the roof work, it is not safe to cross the yellow tape that is surrounding the construction area due to falling debris and machinery moving around. Unless you have urgent business please try to avoid needing entry to the church while the workers are on site. If you want to take photos please come in the evening after they have left for the day. We really appreciate your cooperation. Thank you.

We Are Having A YARD SALE !

DSUC is having a Raise the Roof Fundraiser and we need YOUR help!!  August 10th from 8am-1pm we will need help setting up tables, people to watch and sell at the tables and of course many donations to sell.  The youth will be having a BBQ at this event so invite your family to come shopping and stay for lunch.  Donations can be brought to the church and stored in the youth room ahead of time.  For this event to be successful and a new toque paid for our church we will need to work together as a team, this is a very exciting time!  If you have any questions please talk to someone on the Fundraising Team, Jean Phelps, Betty Guthrie, and Kelly Fitch. 

Thank you for your support.

Thank You

To Lori Piggott for her gift of music this morning during the service.

 

Fundscrip

Your Fundscrip orders for August will be due next Sunday, August 4th.

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Guess Who is

Turning "90"

You are invited to celebrate Aileen Murray's birthday on August 10, 2019 at Dundas St United Church from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. No gifts...best wishes only.

 

R.S.V.P.

Lorraine (519) 955-0812

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         July 7, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

 

“The First Day: The Light of God”

“O send out your light & truth; let them guide me.” (Psalm 43:3)

 

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

Celebrating the Light & the Darkness

Which do you prefer – a beautiful sunrise or a mellow sunset? Why?       (please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:   VU 224   “Sing A Happy Hallelujah”

1    Sing a happy hallelujah,

      sing it out with heart and style,

      we're the echo of God's laughter,

      we're the image of God's smile.

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

  1. Every day sing hallelujah!

      We are loved, though so absurd,

      human, foolish, chosen people,

      God still takes us at our word!

Refrain:

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

      Hallelujah, all creation,            hallelujah everyone!

 

Opening Song: VU 242   "Let All Things Now Living” “

Kids Zone: “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

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

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1: 1- 5)

One:  “In the beginning when God created

          the heavens and the earth,         

All:    the earth was a formless void

          and darkness covered the face of the deep,

One:  while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

All:    Then God said, “let there be light;” and there was light.

One:  And God saw the light was good;

All:    and God separated the light from the darkness.”

One:  Come sisters and brothers, let us celebrate

         the joy and wonder of creation on this Sabbath day!

All:    Let us give thanks to our God for the gift

          of beautiful mornings!

One:  Let us give thanks to God for the gift of quiet,

          restful evenings!

All:    For light and darkness we give you thanks O God!

One:  Come, let us seek the light of our God in the midst

          of the shadows and busyness of life!

All:    Let us uncover this light so we may live more fully!

One:  Come, let us rejoice this morning

          as we honour the first gift of creation!

All:    The precious gift of God’s light!

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

          who shaped this earth and called each one of us into being!

All:    Let us worship together with one voice and one heart!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

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

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

           promised, promised to be

                   always near.

Hymn: VU 585, “Jesus Bids us Shine””

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

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

All:      and a light to our path.

Psalm 43

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1: 1- 5    

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 18 12 - 20

One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

     All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: The Choir

Reflection: "Resurrecting Creation"       Rev. Andrew Macpherson

 

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering      

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   “Grateful”        

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                         all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

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

Summer Prayers For All of Creation

The Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

            Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

Hymn: VU 375 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

 

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         June 30, 2019                                                     10:30 am.

 

“Beyond Time!”

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through him, and without him

not one thing came into being.”

                                                             (John 1: 1- 3)

We Gather to Worship God

Prelude

Processional:   MV 1   “Let us Build A House”

            Let us build a house where love can dwell

                        and all can safely live,

            A place where saints and children tell

                        how hearts learn to forgive.

            Built of hopes and dreams and visions,

            Rock of faith and vault of grace;

            here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

            All are welcome, all are welcome,

            all are welcome in this place.

Welcome   (please see announcements printed in the bulletin)

It’s Toque Time! (or Summer Hat Time!)

Sharing Canada Day Blessings

    How is Canada a blessing to you and/or your family? How have

    you blessed our country?

   (please share with a neighbour)

Gathering Song:  MV 23   “Come O Holy Spirit”

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

Strike it as the lightning hits a posing spire.

Burn away the structures and consume the sham of our holy

         systems:

Come, in Jesus’ name!

 

Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

Take our hearts by storm,

All the world lies open:

Pentecost is now! I said a

Come, come, come, in Jesus’ name

Take our hearts by storm.

All the world lies open:

Pentecost is now!

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

Kids Zone: “I Love Canada Because….”

“Adults Zone” “I Love Canada Because…”

Our National Anthem, VU 524, “O Canada”

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

Call to Worship (based on John 1: 1- 5)

One:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word

          was with God, and the Word was God.

All:    He was in the beginning with God.

          All things came into being through him,

          and without him, not one thing came into being.

One:  What has come into being in him was life

          and the life was the light of all people.

All:    The light shines in the darkness

          and the darkness did not overcome it.”

One: Come brothers and sisters, let us worship this morning

          in the light and love of our Creator God!

All:    We join the faithful who have worshipped God

          since the beginning of time!

One:  Our God who called each one of us into being!

All:    Our God who holds us close every single day!

One:  The very same God who greets us

          when we leave this earthly home!

All:    Our God who moves through time, beyond time,

          and is with us all the time!

One:  Come people of God, today is the midpoint

          of our Canada Day weekend!

All:    It is time to pause and thank God for the gift

          of this amazing country we call Canada!

One:  Come, let us celebrate that Canada

          is a part of God’s awesome creation!

All:    Thanks be to God for the joy and wonder of this country!

One:  Come sisters and brothers, let us worship

          our Creator God on this Sabbath day!

All:    Let us worship together with one voice and one heart!

Opening Prayer

Sung Confession: MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

A Time of Silent, Heartfelt Confession

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

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger, my love is

                       stronger than your fear

            Don’t be afraid.

            My love is stronger and I have

                       promised, promised to be always near.

Hymn: VU 291 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

 

We Listen For God’s Word

 

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42: 18- 21     Reader: Kathryn Kramer

            One: This is the Word of God.

            All:   Thanks be to God!

Gospel Reading: John 1: 1 - 18

One: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

     All: Praise to you O Christ! Amen.

Ministry of Music: "Beautiful Saviour"    

              Margery Noble & George Bayne

Reflection: “Beyond Time!”

 

We Respond To God’s Word

Our Offering      

Singing Our Thanks: MV 182   “Grateful”        

Refrain:           Grateful for the life you give us,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Son,

                                    Joyful in your Spirit flowing over

                                   all, O God of Love.

                                    Grateful for the Bread of Heaven,

                                    Thankful for your Holy Word,

                                    Joyful in your mercy flowing,

                                    we will praise you.

A Blessing On These Gifts

Preparation for Prayer VU 400   “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying”

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

            Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

            Lord, listen to your children praying,

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

Summer Prayers For All of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father who art in Heaven

                                    hallowed be Thy name

            Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Give us this day our daily bread

                                    and forgive us our trespasses,

                                    as we forgive them, that trespass against us.

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

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

                                    for ever and ever. Amen

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

Blessing and Sending Forth

Song of Parting:   MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

 

  1. We are the salt of the earth,

            called to let the people see

            the love of God in you and me.

            We are the light of the world,

            not to be hidden but be seen.

            Go make a diff'rence in the world.

            Refrain:

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

            Go make a diff’rence, We can make a diff’rence.

            Go make a diff’rence in the world.

Amen (sung twice)          

Postlude

 

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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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