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Dundas Street United Church

                    A Place to Belong…

                          Where God makes a Difference

                                 and we make a Difference

                                             in the name of God.  

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Minister:  Rev. Dr. Sherpherd Munikwa
Voluntary Associate Minister:  Rev. Liz Lemon

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YouTube Link to Service:  https://youtu.be/KcMdAgYLsWo

 

7th Sunday of Easter

Ascension Sunday

May 9, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

Introit:  "He Has Made Me Glad"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence    Jerry Minler

Lighting of Christ Candle                                                                Brandon Shearing

L: We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the darkness

          of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The light of

          Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and

          minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining

       through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:  VU 365     “Jesus Loves Me

Call to Worship:

L:         Friends! Today is Ascension Sunday when we celebrate Christ’s return to God.

P:        We look up in wonder as he is lifted from us into heaven!

L:        But this is not a time to gaze upward. There is work to be done.

P:        Jesus has entrusted the ministry of God’s love to us.

L:         Let’s get to work!

P:         Let’s make our hearts ready for the task ahead with prayer and praise. Hallelujah! Amen!

Opening Prayer (in unison):                               

            God of incredible surprises, as we gaze into the clouds,

            remind us that we are standing on holy ground. Place our feet

            on the pathways of peace and hope. Draw our attention from

            the vision of the Lord rising to the heavens to be with you and

            help us to focus on the ministries that you would have us

           do. Keep us ready and willing always to serve you all our

           days. Amen!

 

Kids’ Zone:  "Jesus Goes To Heaven"

Prayer of Confession (in unison):                                  

            Lord, we are impatient! We want everything right now, instantly!

            We don’t want to wait for anything. We rush our

            lives and then wonder why our spirits are exhausted and

           depressed. Slow us down, Lord. Help us to enjoy the process

           of waiting for the wondrous things you offer us. Forgive our

            arrogance and impatience. Help us to overcome those traits

            which pull us away from you and from appreciating

            all that you have done for us. In Jesus ‘name we pray. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

L: Friends! Forgiveness and love have been poured out upon us, to

    offer hope to all nations.

P: We are called and blessed to be messengers of God’s good

    news to all people. Hallelujah, Praise God! Amen!

 

Ministry of Music:     "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

                                            Pianist:  Rachel Niznik

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading:                                                  Ginny Stoakley

            Acts 1: 1-11

                        The ascension of Jesus.

            L: This is the Word of the Lord!

            P: Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn: VU 507     “Today We All Are Called to be Disciples

Sermon:  

Theme:  We are Empowered to be active agents of

               God's Mission!

Pastoral Prayer                                                                                                                                            

The Apostle’s Creed:                                                                                                                    

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the

            Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered

            under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

              Christ descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from

            the dead. Christ ascended to heaven and is seated at the

            right hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come

            to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the

           communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the

            resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Our Offering:

Prayer of Dedication       (in unison)                                         

            Holy God! We share these gifts and offerings today with the

            hope that your children everywhere will be anointed with the

            knowledge that your perfect love casts out all fears. Amen!       

3rd Hymn: MV 161     “I Have Called You By Your Name"

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: Friends! The power and love of Jesus Christ is with you.

P: We are sent forth to be his witnesses in the world, bringing

      the good news, healing, establishing ministries of justice and

     peace. We go in confidence and the power and love of God

     goes with us. Amen!

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May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-13:   The coming of the Holy Spirit

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Update:

Shirley Gamble has moved to Manor Village,

230 Victoria St., Rm. 330, London, ON  N6S 2C2

Her telephone # is (519) 873-1451 - Ext. 5540

Ross and Leta Hughes' new address as of May 18th is:

            Oxford Gardens

            323-423 Devonshire Ave,

            Woodstock, On   N4S 0B2

            Telephone Number:  (519) 537-2021

Thank You

to Rachel Niznik for her ministry of music in the service today.  We appreciate her time and effort in preparing this piece of music.

We look forward to more of Rachel's talent.

Please Remember in Your Thoughts and Prayers:

Doris Adams, Verna & Gord Chesney and Fran Couch (Jean Garner's granddaughter)

Happy Birthday to Mackenzie Shearing who is 16 on May 20th.

69th Wedding Anniversary

George and Dorothy Jean Bayne are celebrating their 69th Wedding Anniversary on May 17th.  Congratulations!!

Property Report  May, 2021 - Submitted by John Limburg

Many people pick spring as their favourite time of the year.  I, however, prefer the fall with it warm breezes and earthly colours --- but spring is a close second.  I hope you too are enjoying the emergence of fresh, green growth as we continue to fight this nasty Covid virus. Try to get outside as much as possible, but stay safe.

Big Red requires much maintenance and repair even if we are not always able to worship.  The following are some of the changes, actions and events as they pertain to our building and its many systems:

  1. The grass is growing again and we welcome MacKenzie Shearing as our lawn cutting person.
  2. The grass was fertilized this spring in an effort to improve the weed situation. Thanks to Marilyn and John Limburg for donating the fertilizer. IF only we could use 2-4D.
  3. Rod Workman donated weed spray (not 2-4D) in a further attempt to cut down the number of weeds in the lawn.  Thanks Rod and Barb for your donation and for the spraying.
  4. On May 1, this past Saturday, a group of us donated some hours removing dandelions from three sections of the lawn. We appreciate the time and effort given by Garry Waugh, Jim Stoakley, Barb Workman, Rod Workman, Brittany Grube, Josh Thomas-Rowley, Jerry Klages, and Jerry Minler.
  5. With the ribbons and the sign on the front step area, we have had fewer encounters with the homeless. That is not to say they have not been there. They surely have been in the area between the garage and the “new addition”.  The Woodstock Police are well aware of our problem and frequently patrol the area at night.
  6. To increase our secretary’s security we will mount a second parabolic mirror in the entry way off the parking lot. The second mirror has been donated by Marilyn and John Limburg.
  7. Three firms have been approached to obtain bids on putting new steel or aluminum coverings on the main church gable ends. We will start with the east and west gable ends as they are most in need of repair. Thanks, Jim Stoakley for obtaining these bids.  The Property Committee is in favour of completing the work on the east and west gables this summer.  Cost of the project will be about $8000 as lifts will be required to work at the gable height
  1. Gail, our secretary, has informed me she has received notice there will be an increase in cost of the elevator inspection fees. These required inspections and mandated equipment part replacements are beginning to amount to thousands of dollars annually; we cannot do without the needed elevator service.
  2. Jerry Minler has been changing the sign message at the front of the church. We are looking for one or two persons to take on this project.  This is your opportunity to compose creative slogans that will show everyone we are alive, well and inviting.

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YouTube Link to Service:  https://youtu.be/-njI-YRK8h4

 

6th Sunday of Easter

Mother's Day

May 9, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

WE GATHER To WORSHIP GOD

Introit:  "He Has Made Me Glad"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence    Jerry Minler

Lighting of Christ Candle                                               Jim Stoakley

L: We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the darkness

     of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The light of

    Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining

     through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:  VU 606     “In Christ There Is No East or West”

Call to Worship:

L:         Friends! We are called to walk from the darkened hill, to the light-   filled empty tomb.

P:        We come seeking surprise and wonder, in the dawning light

            of Easter Day.

L:         Let us greet the Risen Christ, who is here among us.

P:        Hallelujah Praise God! Amen and Amen!

Opening Prayer (in unison):                                 Ginny Stoakley

            Come to us, Holy God, as we gather before you; encircle us with your love. 

            Bless us with your sustaining presence;   surround us with your grace.

            Draw us ‘round your living Word, and bind us to one another

            as disciples of Christ, whose Spirit is in our midst. Amen!

Kids’ Zone:  "A Place in the Choir"

Prayer of Confession (in unison):                                   Jerry Minler

      God forgives and heals us. We need your healing, merciful

     God: give us true repentance.

     Some sins are plain to us; some escape us, some we cannot

      face. Forgive us; set us free to hear your Word to us; set us

      free to serve you. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

L: Friends! The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient,

    loving, and true, showing mercy, forgiving iniquity, transgression,

    and sin, and granting pardon. 

P: Hallelujah Praise God! Amen!

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading:                                                 Kathryn Kramer

            Acts 10: 44–48

                        The gift of the Holy Spirit comes as Peter preaches.

            L: This is the Word of the Lord!

            P: Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn: VU 382          “Breathe on me, Breath of God”

                                                                                Pianist:  Ellen Town

Sermon:

Theme: God is a loving God!

In Honour of our Mothers: VU 580 – Faith of our Mothers.

 

Pastoral Prayer:                                                                                                                                                       

The Apostle’s Creed:                                                     Sharon Minler

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the

     Holy spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered

     under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

     Christ descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from

      the dead. Christ ascended to heaven and is seated at the

      right hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come

       to   judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the

       communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the

        resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

 

Our Offering:

Prayer of Dedication       (in unison)                                           Jim Stoakley

            Holy God, you have perfected love among us by sending our

            Lord Jesus Christ to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We

            humbly acknowledge your gift is an overwhelming

            pronouncement of grace. We share these gifts and offerings

            today with the hope that your children everywhere will be

            anointed with the knowledge that your perfect love casts out   all fears. Amen!

3rd Hymn: VU 703      “In the Bulb There is a Flower”

                                                                          Soloist:  Brenda Harris

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: From this Easter festival, we go forth to live resurrection.

P: We go forth in the name of God who created and is creating,

     in the name of Christ who makes us free, in the name of the

     Holy Spirit who makes us one. Christ is risen! Christ is risen

      indeed! Hallelujah! Amen!

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May 16, 2021 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:1–11: The ascension of Jesus.

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From the McDowells

Verna Chesney is in the Woodstock Hospital, ** Rm. 2410, and also her husband Gord  ** Rm. 2127 had a fall, and severely injured his knee, so he is also in the same hospital. Since the COVID restrictions are in place, they can’t have visitors, other than family. Their two daughters are taking care of all of their needs, and are visiting them at the same time. We all remember how much these people have done for our church over the years, so we ask you to remember them in your “Thoughts and Prayers.” We wish everyone of you our best, and please know that Rev. Sherpherd, his family, and all of you are in our Thoughts and Prayers.!

            God Bless Everyone of You!

            John & Mary McDowell

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Update:

Shirley Gamble has moved to Manor Village,

230 Victoria St., Rm. 330, London, ON  N6S 2C2

Her telephone # is (519) 873-1451 - Ext. 5540

Thank You

to Ellen Town for her ministry of music in the service today.  We appreciate her time and effort in preparing this piece of music.

Church Update:

On April 3, 2021 the Ontario government put into place a provincial shutdown/emergency brake order.  Places of worship could continue holding services in their sanctuary at 15 percent capacity.  At Dundas Street United Church, this meant that we could accommodate 60 attendees.

Your Joy Board met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to discuss whether we would go ahead with holding worship services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings on an ongoing basis.  

Because of the seriousness of the new variants of the coronavirus, your Joy Board made a decision to suspend holding services in our sanctuary for, at least, 24 days from the date of our meeting. 

On April 7, 2021 the Ontario government announced that a “Stay At Home Emergency Order” will come into effect at 12:01 am on April 8, 2021 that will remain in effect for 28 days.  This means that people should only leave home for essential reasons like work (if work cannot be done from home), attend school (unless designated otherwise by the local public health unit), groceries, medical appointments, drug supplies, etc. 

The Leadership Team of your church wants to keep our Church Family safe and do our part to keep the community safe. Although, the decision was made to suspend holding services in our sanctuary the Ontario government is still allowing 15 percent of the sanctuary to be occupied for services but only 5 people in the building at other times. For us, this will allow for church family to be called upon to participate in the VIRTUAL WORSHIP! We are working on making our Worship Services LIVESTREAMED! Please be patient as this is a learning curve, but our goal is for everyone to learn how to watch our worship services LIVE! Let us know what you need help in for this to happen for you.

Right now our members/adherents can continue to watch our services on Facebook and Youtube.

Since the building is only allowed 5 people at a time please plan to make your meetings a zoom meeting!

 

We can do this – one learning person at a time!

 

On April 19, 2021, the Ontario government announced that the current “stay at home order” would be extended by two weeks to May 20, 2021.  As well, if places of worship were open, they would be limited to ten attendees.

PLEASE TIE YOUR RIBBON OF HOPE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH! YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. TOGETHER WE STAND! TOGETHER WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!

 

            Yours in Christ,

            Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa, DSUC Minister

            Ginny Stoakley, DSUC Joy Board Chair

            Jerry Minler, DSUC Covid Chair

 

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5th Sunday of Easter                                 

You Tube link to Service:     https://youtu.be/qO2NNxB4SKI   

May 2, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

WE GATHER To WORSHIP GOD

Introit:  "He Has Made Me Glad"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence

Lighting of Christ Candle                                                                                             Jerry Minler

L: We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the darkness

    of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The light of

    Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining

    through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:  VU 343      “I Love To Tell The Story”

Call to Worship:

L: Friends! We are branches, rooted in the vine of Christ.

P: We come because we seek to abide in Christ.

L: The branches that remain in the vine bear much fruit.

P: We come because we long to be spiritually vibrant, alive, productive.

L: If we abide in Christ, then Christ’s words will abide in us.

P: We come because we strive to be faithful disciples. We gather

     for worship now to the glory of the One God, Creator,

     Redeemer, Sustainer. May we grow wildly as God tends us

     lovingly Amen!

Opening Prayer:       (in unison)                                                      Sharon Minler

     God of our lives, Vine of life, in your branches we are nestled

        taking shelter and sustenance in the shade of your strength.

      With thanksgiving we celebrate the growth and hope we have

      found in placing our roots in you, for in life you nourish us

       and your Holy Spirit encourages us to reach our full potential,

       in the gifts we have been given that others may know of your love Amen!

Kids’ Zone: Philip and the Ethiopian

Prayer of Confession (in unison)                                                 Jim Stoakley

     God forgive us for the occasions, when we have been the

      ones to introduce disease into the vine, preferring its

     contamination to the vigour of health. Forgive us for

     neglecting to draw deeply on the sap of Life, for our tendency

      to wander instead of growing on the framework you provide,

     for being content, and sometimes even proud of, a few sparse

      or undersized fruits, for the apathy which let us to go through

      some seasons without bearing any fruit. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:                                                                                       Jim Stoakley

L: Friends! We thank our gracious God, for Jesus Christ the true vine,

     with his roots eternally grounded in us.

P: We rejoice that by grace we have been grafted into him, to be

     branches on a vine which bears the loveliest of all the fruits

    of earth. Thanks be to God for love and hope. Amen!

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading:                                                    Beth Snow

Acts 8:26–40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.

 

     L: This is the Word of the Lord!

     P: Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn: VU 639    “One More Step Along the World”

Sermon:

Theme:    We are an Extensions of Christ!

Pastoral Prayer:

The Apostle’s Creed                                                                                           Ginny Stoakley

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the

    Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered

    under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;     

   Christ descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from

   the dead. Christ ascended to heaven and is seated at the

   right    hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come

   to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the

   communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of

   the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Our Offering                                                                                                                          Ginny Stoakley

Prayer of Dedication (in unison):

     Holy God, you have perfected love among us by sending our

      Lord Jesus Christ to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We

      humbly acknowledge your gift is an overwhelming

      pronouncement of grace. We share these gifts and offerings

      today with the hope that your children everywhere will be

     anointed with the knowledge that your perfect love casts out

     all fears. Amen!

3rd Hymn: “Cassandra Star & her sister Callahan - An Easter Hallelujah”

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: Friends! We go forth with the words of wisdom crying in our ears.

    Knowing that we are Extensions of Christ!

P: We go forth with songs of hope singing in our hearts.

     Knowing that we are called to be faithful followers of the One

     who will always be near us, guide and encourage us to walk the path of life Amen!

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Next Week's Scripture

May 9 – Sixth Sunday of Easter:

Acts 10: 44–48: The gift of the Holy Spirit comes as Peter preaches.

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For The Mother's Day Service

On Mother’s Day we will be sharing special memories of mothers during our church service.  Our church family is invited to send to the church (either in written form or by a short video) a special memory of your mother.  If you could either email it or drop it off at the church so that Gail will have it by May 2  that would be wonderful.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Bud and Carolyn Allin and family.  Their brother-in-law, Robert Watts, passed away this past week.

From the McDowells

Verna Chesney is in the Woodstock Hospital, ** Rm. 2410, and also her husband Gord  ** Rm. 2127 had a fall, and severely injured his knee, so he is also in the same hospital. Since the COVID restrictions are in place, they can’t have visitors, other than family. Their two daughters are taking care of all of their needs, and are visiting them at the same time. We all remember how much these people have done for our church over the years, so we ask you to remember them in your “Thoughts and Prayers.” We wish everyone of you our best, and please know that Rev. Sherpherd, his family, and all of you are in our Thoughts and Prayers.!

            God Bless Everyone of You!

            John & Mary McDowell

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Happy Birthday

to Katie Wallbank who is 4 years old on April 30th.

Church Update:

On April 3, 2021 the Ontario government put into place a provincial shutdown/emergency brake order.  Places of worship could continue holding services in their sanctuary at 15 percent capacity.  At Dundas Street United Church, this meant that we could accommodate 60 attendees.

Your Joy Board met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to discuss whether we would go ahead with holding worship services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings on an ongoing basis.  

Because of the seriousness of the new variants of the coronavirus, your Joy Board made a decision to suspend holding services in our sanctuary for, at least, 24 days from the date of our meeting. 

On April 7, 2021 the Ontario government announced that a “Stay At Home Emergency Order” will come into effect at 12:01 am on April 8, 2021 that will remain in effect for 28 days.  This means that people should only leave home for essential reasons like work (if work cannot be done from home), attend school (unless designated otherwise by the local public health unit), groceries, medical appointments, drug supplies, etc. 

The Leadership Team of your church wants to keep our Church Family safe and do our part to keep the community safe. Although, the decision was made to suspend holding services in our sanctuary the Ontario government is still allowing 15 percent of the sanctuary to be occupied for services but only 5 people in the building at other times. For us, this will allow for church family to be called upon to participate in the VIRTUAL WORSHIP! We are working on making our Worship Services LIVESTREAMED! Please be patient as this is a learning curve, but our goal is for everyone to learn how to watch our worship services LIVE! Let us know what you need help in for this to happen for you.

Right now our members/adherents can continue to watch our services on Facebook and Youtube.

Since the building is only allowed 5 people at a time please plan to make your meetings a zoom meeting!

 

We can do this – one learning person at a time!

 

On April 19, 2021, the Ontario government announced that the current “stay at home order” would be extended by two weeks to May 20, 2021.  As well, if places of worship were open, they would be limited to ten attendees.

PLEASE TIE YOUR RIBBON OF HOPE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH! YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. TOGETHER WE STAND! TOGETHER WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!

            Yours in Christ,

            Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa, DSUC Minister

            Ginny Stoakley, DSUC Joy Board Chair

            Jerry Minler, DSUC Covid Chair

 

 

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4th Sunday of Easter                                              You Tube link:        https://youtu.be/PGCZnd4T7q8

April 25, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

WE GATHER To WORSHIP GOD

Introit:   "He Paid A Debt"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence

Lighting of Christ Candle:                      Sharon, Brandon, Mackenzie

L: We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the darkness

     of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The light of    

     Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining

      through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:   VU 238 “How Great Thou Art”

Call to Worship:

Leader:            Friends! The God of all shepherds has called us here.

People:           We come today, celebrating God’s love for us.

L:         The Good Shepherd has given his life for us.

P:        We come today, thanking Jesus for his witness and his teaching.

L:         The Shepherding Spirit moves through us, bringing us new hope.

P:        We come today ready to celebrate and to praise God, Amen.

Opening Prayer (in unison):                          Mackenzie Shearing

            Thank you, loving God, for bringing us to this time of

            worship. Refresh us and heal us again. Remind us of the

            many ways in which you have blessed our lives with your

            abundant love and your presence. Guide our hearts and our

            spirits that we may hear your words and our souls may be

            stirred into active service to your people. In the name of the

           Good Shepherd, who leads us to life, we pray. Amen!

 

Kids’ Zone:          "I Am" The Good Shepherd                   (Video)

Prayer of Confession (in unison):                          Sharon Minler

          Come to us, God, like fresh water, softening the soil of a

         parched and weary land. We confess that hurts and

          isappointments harden our hearts, frustrations and failures

         dry us out, Come to us, God, with life-giving power. Free us

         from resentment, reluctance, and reserve. Remind us that in

         your forgiveness we are free. Forgiven, may we be forgiving.

         In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

 

Assurance of Forgiveness:                   Rev. Dr. Margaret Trapnell

L:         Friends! In us, and in all circumstances, God works with wondrous

            power, forgiving us, renewing and restoring us, reconciling us to

            one another and to Himself.

P:        The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient,

            loving, and true, showing mercy, forgiving iniquity,

            transgression, and sin, and granting pardon. We are forgiven.

            Glory be to God. Amen!

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Scripture Reading:                                                     Sharon Minler

John 10:11–18

Jesus is the good shepherd.

            L: This is the Word of the Lord!

            P: Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn: VU 422 “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

Sermon:

Theme:  We are One Flock, Under One Shepherd!

Our theme today is a statement, declaration, confession, reminder, petition and prayer. My emphasis in this Easter season is the experience of Jesus’ resurrection to those who were close to him. Like wise, may we seek to experience Jesus’ presence in our own lives as Christians today in our own situations.

There are Eight “I am” statements of Jesus in the gospel of John 6: 35, 48 I am the bread of life. John 8: 12, 9:5 I am the light of the world. John 10:9 I am the door. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life. John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 15:1 I am the true vine.

Today Jesus is saying, “I am the good shepherd.” As the shepherd, he contrasts himself not just with robbers but with hired hands. Sheep in Palestine were vulnerable to attack by hyenas, jackals, wolves and bears. Of these, the wolf was the most dangerous. Thus, when a hired hand sees a wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away to preserve his own skin (10:12). The sheep are not his, and no matter how much he knows about them, he will not have the same commitment to them that the shepherd (owner) has. He will not suffer personal loss if some sheep are killed. By contrast, Jesus is ‘the good shepherd’. He is not just one good shepherd among a host of others, he is the good shepherd. He cares for the sheep with love, and knows them well. He can say, I know my sheep and my sheep know me (10:14). As the good shepherd he knows the needs and nature of each sheep in his flock. Each sheep, likewise, can recognize that he is its shepherd. Friends the risen Christ knows us as his flock and is able to address all our needs. As the chosen flock, we need to realize the presents of Jesus in our midst. Jesus speaks of two specific actions he will take for his sheep. The first is that as the good shepherd he lays down his life for the sheep (10:11b; 10:15). Though Jesus’ death was still in the future when he said these words, it was so certain that he spoke of it in the present tense. Moreover, his entire life, from his incarnation to his death, was in fact a laying down of his life for others. Jesus’ second action is to bring in the other sheep so that there shall be one flock (10:16). His mission went beyond the Jews to include the Gentiles. This part of his mission was continued by his disciples. They preached the message of Christ crucified and Christ raised from the dead and achieved Jesus’ goal of bringing Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles into one flock under one Shepherd. He laid down his life in the place of his sheep for them to have abundant life (John 10:10).

Abundant life is not about quantity but it’s about quality. It is that quality of life that touch the deepest part of ourselves. It is the experience of the risen Christ. It connects us with the divine, with the holy, and with what’s good, true, and beautiful in this world. It is being One Flock, Under One Shepherd. It’s not so much about getting something we don’t have, but living more fully into what is already present. Abundance is love that leads to love. It’s joy that leads to joy. It’s peace that leads to peace. It’s kindness that leads to kindness. It’s stepping more deeply and more fully into our own life and into the life of another. It never adds to the pain of the world. Abundance is Jesus’ way of being in this world. It is the presence of God lived through your life and my life.  

Think about what Psalm 23 says about the shepherd. What does the shepherd do? The shepherd leads and guides. The shepherd revives. The shepherd protects. The shepherd companions. The shepherd nourishes and feeds. The shepherd sets a table of welcome and hospitality in the difficult places of life.

The shepherd is always leading to the green pastures, to the still waters, to the table that is set and the cup that is overflowing. It’s always about getting to that place of abundance. Amen!

 

Pastoral Prayer:

The Apostle’s Creed:                                           Brandon Shearing

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the

            Holy    Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered under

           Pontius  Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; Christ

            descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from the

            dead. Christ   ascended to heaven and is seated at the right

            hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come to

            judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the

           communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the

        resurrection of  the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Our Offering:

 

Prayer of Dedication (in unison):                           Jerry Minler

       Glorious God, we know that your capacity to love is infinitely greater than our own ability. Indeed, you call us to love one

        another in truth and in action. We yearn to be active disciples

,       so that our hearts truly abide with you. Use these gifts to

        increase our ability to be your followers. In the name Jesus

        Christ, we pray. Amen!

3rd Hymn: VU 635 “All The Way My Saviour Leads Me”

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: Friends! We go forth as One Flock, Under One Shepherd!

P: God of Easter, send us forth to live the power of resurrection,

     that we and all creation might be one with the living Christ; to

     whom with you and the Spirit, one holy God, In the power of

     the Holy Spirit we now go forth into the world, to fulfil our

     calling as the people of God, the body of Christ our

      Shepherd. Amen!

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May 2 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26–40: Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

 

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For The Mother's Day Service

On Mother’s Day we will be sharing special memories of mothers during our church service.  Our church family is invited to send to the church (either in written form or by a short video) a special memory of your mother.  If you could either email it or drop it off at the church so that Gail will have it by May 2  that would be wonderful.

Church Update:

On April 3, 2021 the Ontario government put into place a provincial shutdown/emergency brake order.  Places of worship could continue holding services in their sanctuary at 15 percent capacity.  At Dundas Street United Church, this meant that we could accommodate 60 attendees.

Your Joy Board met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to discuss whether we would go ahead with holding worship services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings on an ongoing basis.  

Because of the seriousness of the new variants of the coronavirus, your Joy Board made a decision to suspend holding services in our sanctuary for, at least, 24 days from the date of our meeting. 

On April 7, 2021 the Ontario government announced that a “Stay At Home Emergency Order” will come into effect at 12:01 am on April 8, 2021 that will remain in effect for 28 days.  This means that people should only leave home for essential reasons like work (if work cannot be done from home), attend school (unless designated otherwise by the local public health unit), groceries, medical appointments, drug supplies, etc. 

The Leadership Team of your church wants to keep our Church Family safe and do our part to keep the community safe. Although, the decision was made to suspend holding services in our sanctuary the Ontario government is still allowing 15 percent of the sanctuary to be occupied for services but only 5 people in the building at other times. For us, this will allow for church family to be called upon to participate in the VIRTUAL WORSHIP! We are working on making our Worship Services LIVESTREAMED! Please be patient as this is a learning curve, but our goal is for everyone to learn how to watch our worship services LIVE! Let us know what you need help in for this to happen for you.

Right now our members/adherents can continue to watch our services on Facebook.

Since the building is only allowed 5 people at a time please plan to make your meetings a zoom meeting!

 

We can do this – one learning person at a time!

 

On April 19, 2021, the Ontario government announced that the current “stay at home order” would be extended by two weeks to May 20, 2021.  As well, if places of worship were open, they would be limited to ten attendees.

PLEASE TIE YOUR RIBBON OF HOPE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH! YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. TOGETHER WE STAND! TOGETHER WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!

 

            Yours in Christ,

            Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa, DSUC Minister

            Ginny Stoakley, DSUC Joy Board Chair

            Jerry Minler, DSUC Covid Chair

 

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This is the Youtube Link for our service for April 18, 2021         

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

WE GATHER To WORSHIP GOD

Introit:   "He Paid A Debt"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence

Lighting of Christ Candle:

L: We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the darkness

     of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The light of

    Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and

    minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining

    through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:  VU 400       “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

 

Call to Worship:

L: Friends! Here is good news: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!

P: But it means that Jesus died, and we don’t want to think

     about death, so please come back tomorrow.

L: The risen Christ says, follow me!

P: But life is filled with things to do, people to love, and hopes to

     achieve, so please come back tomorrow.

L: The risen Christ says, come to my table!

P: But that means spending our time with people we’d rather not

     see, so please come back tomorrow.

L: The risen Christ declares: “This is the day that God has made,

    therefore, rejoice and be glad in it!”

P: Then come, risen Christ, and bring us to your table, that

     through the fullness of life to the finality of death we may

     know your resurrection power Amen!

 

Opening Prayer (in unison):

     Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires,

     known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the

      thoughts of our hearts, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

      that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;

      God, alive and among us this day, to you no door is closed, to you no

      heart is locked; draw us beyond our

     doubts and fears, till we see the risen Christ and say in our

      hearts, “We believe.” Amen!

 

Kids’ Zone:   (Video)

Prayer of Confession (in unison):

L: Let us confess our shortcomings, recalling the words of Christ:    Jesus said,

P: “Peace be with you.” Yet sometimes we sow discord,

     neglecting to make peace with our sisters and brothers.

L: As we confess our sins, let us remember: Jesus said,

P: “As God has sent me, so I send you.” Yet sometimes we

    refuse to go, fearing to follow unknown paths of faith.

L:  Let us bring our sins to the cross as we remember that Jesus said,

P: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” But we turn away, rejecting the

  gifts of the Spirit. Forgive us, blessed God, in the name of

   Jesus Christ we pray Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

L: In us, and in all circumstances, God works with wondrous power,

    forgiving us, renewing and restoring us, reconciling us to one   another and to Himself. 

P: The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient,   loving, and Amen!

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture Reading:                                                   Kathryn Kramer

Luke 24:36–49

Jesus invites the disciples to touch his hands and feet.

     L: This is the Word of the Lord!

     P: Praise be to God. Amen!

 

2nd Hymn: VU 264      “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Sermon:

Theme:  May Jesus Appears to Us!

Luke 24:36–49

Today is our 3rd Sunday after Easter. My emphasis in this Easter season is the experience of Jesus’ resurrection to those who were close to him. Like wise, may we seek to experience Jesus’ presence in our own lives as Christians today in our own terrific situations.

In today’s reading, Jesus is appearing to the bewildered, baffled, perplexed, confused and very puzzled disciples on Easter evening “Peace be with you.” and then he asks them a question: “Why are you frightened/troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” The “why are you frightened” question, in this context, reminds us of biblical angels, who are always going around saying to people, “Fear not!”  Some scholars say this statement in its various forms appears 365 times in the bible. For the fear of the Jews, the disciples were in a lockdown and here they thought they were seeing a ghost. 

Disciples were in a lockdown, stay home rule reflecting on what happened.  It was just few days ago that Jesus was arrested. Their world crashed down. They thought Jesus was the Messiah. They were so excited to be part of the team, to witness healing miracles, to learn from wise teachings of Jesus.  But then, the teacher, king, saviour was arrested, mocked, beaten, put to death. So, they stayed hidden away for fear of the authorities. They thought they’d be coming after them next. 

And now in such a great confusion, they heard that two of their friends saw Jesus along the road to Emmaus (vs 13-35). As they were still trying to process their minds around that, something like Jesus stood in their midst which they thought was a ghost. That intensified their fear. In response to their fears, Jesus made things as concrete as he can for them, tried to give them something they can wrap their minds around. Here are my hands and feet, guys. It’s me.  Touch me and you’ll see. After experiencing the presence of Jesus, they find themselves with this strange, but understandable, combination of joy, disbelief, curiosity, and wonder. Jesus adds another concreate question: “Have you anything here to eat?”  A simple request, something concrete they can do for him, even while they’re caught up in fear and doubt, joy and disbelief. He wanted to offer them further proof that he’s really alive, ghosts don’t eat fish. Jesus asked a question they could easily answer: “Have you anything here to eat?” “Sure, Jesus, we’ve got a bit of fish over on the grill.”

The text then says Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, explaining why things had to unfold the way they did, through his suffering and death, and now his resurrection. Then he assured them, as witnesses of all these things, that they would soon be “clothed with power from on high.”  Meanwhile, for today, which appears from Luke’s telling still to be Easter day, they have Jesus with them, they have these signs that he is alive, and they have this promise of power from on high, oh, what a great evidence of his presence and what a great promise and assurance?

Friends, in light of what we are going through in the world today, Jesus asking: “Why are you frightened?”  Why are we frightened?  We might say terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists, terrorist attacks by white supremacists, hatred and enmity among nations, climate change, more importantly Covid-19. We love to celebrate Easter Holidays with family and friends, singing our “Alleluias” these are fun, joyful traditions, but it’s not possible for now. Fear has engulfed over us, we are wondering how the world is unfolding, what will be the future looks like?

 “Have you anything here to eat?” Jesus is bringing things back down to earth.  Jesus wants us to believe his presence by using what is around us and use those resources God provided to us. Exodus 4:2: Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. To Moses it was just a rod, to God it was an instrument for miracles. The staff by the power of God became the staff of God and it was used to part the red sea, perform the 10 plagues, bring water out of the rock etc. A simple request, a concrete task to do.  What might be our contemporary equivalents?  Where is the invitation from Jesus to which we can say: “Oh, but that?  That we can do!” If we’re unsure where to start, the Bible certainly offers plenty of places to begin. Jesus started from physical (food) to spiritual (scripture). Likewise, feed someone who is hungry.  Welcome a stranger.  Look after someone who is sick. Call the lonely. Pray for one another.  Pray for peace in the world.  Stand with the powerless.  Speak out against injustice. Practice hospitality, compassion, generosity.  Pick any biblical mandate you wish, and focus your energy and attention there, to distract you a bit from your fears and know that Jesus is alive and is in our midst. Listen for an invitation from Jesus to do something concrete, in his name.  It’s ok if we look around us and find the world to be frightening in times like these. The key is not to let that fear shut us down, but to find ways to resist it by building our confidence in the presence of Jesus. Watching for opportunities simply to do the basic things God commands us to do in Scripture, can help us become fearless, even in the face of all that unsettling news out there in the world.  Fearless in the sense of not giving in or giving up to fear.  Fearless in the sense of not being afraid to take risks and to reach out to others in love, kindness, compassion.  Fearless in the sense that we know there is Something, Someone greater than our fear.  Someone that will hold us no matter how scared we are, and no matter our particular balance of joy to wondering, belief to disbelief on any given day. Fearless in the sense of remembering all of those wonderful biblical angels telling us to “fear not” – why not? because God is with us. 365 times fear appears in the bible, which means everyday God is with us, encouraging and cheering us up. That is why he says all the time, “Peace be with you!” Amen!

 

Pastoral Prayer:

The Apostle’s Creed:

 I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the

            Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered under

             Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; Christ

            descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from the

            dead. Christ   ascended to heaven and is seated at the right

            hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come to

            judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the

           communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the

           resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

 

Our Offering:

Prayer of Dedication (in unison):

     Loving God, we faithfully give witness to your work in this world by sharing these gifts and offerings. Thank you for

     providing us with the example of how to place courageously

     your call of discipleship into action. We pray that we may live

      each day according to your holy ways. In the name of the

      Great Teacher, Jesus, we pray. Amen!

3rd Hymn: VU 635    “All The Way My Saviour Leads Me”

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: Friends! We go forth as witnesses of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

P: God of Easter, send us forth to live the power of resurrection,

     that we and all creation might be one with the living Christ; to

     whom with you and the Spirit, one holy God, be honour and

     praise, now and forever. Amen!

Amen! Amen! Amen!

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SCRIPTURE READING

April 25 – Fourth Sunday of Easter:

John 10:11–18: Jesus is the good shepherd.

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Church Update:

On April 3, 2021 the Ontario government put into place a provincial shutdown/emergency brake order.  Places of worship could continue holding services in their sanctuary at 15 percent capacity.  At Dundas Street United Church, this meant that we could accommodate 60 attendees.

Your Joy Board met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to discuss whether we would go ahead with holding worship services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings on an ongoing basis.  

Because of the seriousness of the new variants of the coronavirus, your Joy Board made a decision to suspend holding services in our sanctuary for, at least, 24 days from the date of our meeting. 

On April 7, 2021 the Ontario government announced that a “Stay At Home Emergency Order” will come into effect at 12:01 am on April 8, 2021 that will remain in effect for 28 days.  This means that people should only leave home for essential reasons like work (if work cannot be done from home), attend school (unless designated otherwise by the local public health unit), groceries, medical appointments, drug supplies, etc. 

The Leadership Team of your church wants to keep our Church Family safe and do our part to keep the community safe. Although, the decision was made to suspend holding services in our sanctuary the Ontario government is still allowing 15 percent of the sanctuary to be occupied for services but only 5 people in the building at other times. For us, this will allow for church family to be called upon to participate in the VIRTUAL WORSHIP! We are working on making our Worship Services LIVESTREAMED! Please be patient as this is a learning curve, but our goal is for everyone to learn how to watch our worship services LIVE! Let us know what you need help in for this to happen for you.

Right now our members/adherents can continue to watch our services on Facebook.

Since the building is only allowed 5 people at a time please plan to make your meetings a zoom meeting!

We can do this – one learning person at a time!

 

PLEASE TIE YOUR RIBBON OF HOPE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH! YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. TOGETHER WE STAND! TOGETHER WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!

 

            Yours in Christ,

            Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa, DSUC Minister

            Ginny Stoakley, DSUC Joy Board Chair

            Jerry Minler, DSUC Covid Chair

 

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                                      2nd Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2021                                                                 10:30 a.m.

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

Introit: He Paid A Debt

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence

Lighting of Christ Candle:

Leader:            We light this candle as a sign of Christ’s breaking of the      

darkness of sin and death, to bring us all the Easter victory. The          

light of Christ, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts       

and minds!

P: May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining       

through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn:   VU 395    “Come in, Come in and Sit Down”

Call to Worship:

L:  This is the season of Easter! The festival of hope. The dance of            

faith. The music of gladness. Come! Let us worship our life-giving       

God.

P: The celebration of resurrection. The promise of new           

beginnings. The song of joy. The hymn of love. We are here     

to worship our life-giving God.   Amen!

Opening Prayer (in unison):

     Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires,       

known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the   

thoughts of our hearts, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;

God, alive and among us this day, to you no door is closed, to you no heart is locked; draw us beyond our   

doubts and fears, till we see the risen Christ and say in our     

hearts, “We believe.” Amen!

 

Kids’ Zone:

Prayer of Confession (in unison):

L:  Let us confess our shortcomings, recalling the words of Christ.

P: Jesus said, “Peace be with you.” Yet sometimes we sow    

discord, neglecting to make peace with our sisters and    

brothers. Jesus said, “As God has sent me, so I send you.”    

Yet sometimes we refuse to go, fearing to follow unknown paths of faith. Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” But we    

turn away, rejecting the gifts of the Spirit. Forgive us, blessed       

God, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

L:  The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving,           

and true, showing mercy, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin,          

and granting pardon.

P: We are forgiven. Glory be to God. Amen!

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture Reading:                            Brenda Harris

     John 20: 19–31

     Jesus appears to the disciples; but Thomas is not there.

     L: This is the Word of the Lord!

     P: Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn: “Heaven came Down / KUSDA Church Choir”

Pastoral Prayer:

The Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the            

Holy   Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered under           

Pontius  Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; Christ            

descended to hell. The third day Christ rose again from the    

dead. Christ   ascended to heaven and is seated at the right            

hand of God the Almighty. From there Christ will come to       

judge the living and the          

dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the           

communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the  resurrection of         

the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Our Offering:

Prayer of Dedication (in unison):

     Holy One, we do not doubt that Jesus, the Messiah, lives    

again. Yet, only one short week from Easter, our thoughts are      

cluttered with finite, insignificant activities and agendas. Help            

us to remaining focused on the abundance of divine         

transformation. Help us to refocus our attention on the joy of     

Easter, so that we may recognize all that we have received and be

led to give cheerfully. Bless our efforts and offerings.          

We pray in the name of our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!

3rd Hymn: VU 585 “Jesus Bids Us Shine”

Blessing and Sending Forth:

L: Friends! Jesus, loves us, he appeared in our Lives in many ways!

P: We go forth as God’s chosen witnesses, to proclaim all we have            

heard and seen and experienced. We go forth in the name of the         

Risen Christ. We go forth sustained by God’s steadfast love. We    

go forth transformed and transforming. We go forth with shouts of   

joy. Christ is risen, indeed. Amen!

Amen! And Amen!

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Scripture Reading for:

April 18 – Third Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:36–48: Jesus invites the disciples to touch his hands and feet.

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Harold and Bea have moved!!

As of April 2nd, after 57 years at their residence at 675 Northdale Drive, Harold and Bea Lapier are moving to Oxford Gardens.  Their new address is 205-423 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock, On  N4S 0B2.  Their new phone number will be (519) 539-3317.  They look forward to seeing or visiting with you once this Covid gets straightened around.

Church Update:

On April 3, 2021 the Ontario government put into place a provincial shutdown/emergency brake order.  Places of worship could continue holding services in their sanctuary at 15 percent capacity.  At Dundas Street United Church, this meant that we could accommodate 60 attendees.

Your Joy Board met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to discuss whether we would go ahead with holding worship services in our sanctuary on Sunday mornings on an ongoing basis.  

Because of the seriousness of the new variants of the coronavirus, your Joy Board made a decision to suspend holding services in our sanctuary for, at least, 24 days from the date of our meeting. 

On April 7, 2021 the Ontario government announced that a “Stay At Home Emergency Order” will come into effect at 12:01 am on April 8, 2021 that will remain in effect for 28 days.  This means that people should only leave home for essential reasons like work (if work cannot be done from home), attend school (unless designated otherwise by the local public health unit), groceries, medical appointments, drug supplies, etc. 

The Leadership Team of your church wants to keep our Church Family safe and do our part to keep the community safe. Although, the decision was made to suspend holding services in our sanctuary the Ontario government is still allowing 15 percent of the sanctuary to be occupied for services but only 5 people in the building at other times. For us, this will allow for church family to be called upon to participate in the VIRTUAL WORSHIP! We are working on making our Worship Services LIVESTREAMED! Please be patient as this is a learning curve, but our goal is for everyone to learn how to watch our worship services LIVE! Let us know what you need help in for this to happen for you.

Right now our members/adherents can continue to watch our services on Facebook.

Since the building is only allowed 5 people at a time please plan to make your meetings a zoom meeting!

We can do this – one learning person at a time!

 

PLEASE TIE YOUR RIBBON OF HOPE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH! YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME. TOGETHER WE STAND! TOGETHER WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!

 

            Yours in Christ,

            Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa, DSUC Minister

            Ginny Stoakley, DSUC Joy Board Chair

            Jerry Minler, DSUC Covid Chair

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Palm Sunday/Communion - March 28th - 10:30 a.m.

Be sure to join us on Palm Sunday to tie a prayer ribbon on the railing at the front of the church.

Ribbons of Hope

As Christians, let us unite at DSUC, to show a sign of hope for the ending of the pandemic. Let us all get on board and show our support by prayerfully tying a colourful ribbon (supplied) to the front of our church (i.e. railing, bush). A sign that there is hope and to remind people of the strength they have through Jesus Christ.

The tying of the ribbons will start as we process out of the sanctuary after the Palm Sunday worship service (March 28, 2021 at 1130 hours).

Even if you haven’t been able to join us in the sanctuary, this is an outside event so you may feel more comfortable participating. You can come at 11:30 and join in or come later and tie a ribbon then. You also don’t need to use the ribbons provided, you can bring your own.

If you would like to participate and have a ribbon tied to represent you but are not able to do it in person please let us know and a DSUC youth or friend could tie it on for you. We are all in this together!! We will NOT be shaken. God lives in Us!!!!!

Be a part of HOPE and PRAYERS FOR ALL PEOPLE.

DSUC will be inviting the community to participate, after our initial tying on Palm Sunday, so if you have friends or even better, a stranger, that go to another church or don’t go to church at all please invite them to tie on a ribbon for hope to end the pandemic!!

DSUC follows ALL pandemic safety measures!

 

Maundy Thursday - April 1st - 7:00 p.m.

Jesus set into motion what would be completed on Easter Sunday. Christ’s sacrificial example calls for us to love as he has loved us.

Good Friday Service - April 2nd - 10:30 a.m.

is a day of sorrow mingled with joy. It is a time to grieve over the sin of humankind and to meditate and rejoice upon God's love in giving Christ for the redemption of sin.

Easter Sunday with Communion - April 4th - 10:30 a.m.

Jesus is the true meaning of Easter. Easter is inspiring and uplifting, it’s about new life and refreshment that remind us to be joyful this time of year.  We Are One with the Risen Christ: Lord we lift our hearts to you. As the dawn breaks, may we carry the unity we share into every moment knowing that we are one with the risen Christ. Lord, we lift our eyes to you. As the sunrises, may this moment stay with us, reminding us to look for the beautiful colors of promise in your word. Lord, we lift our prayers to you. As the dew air falls, may we breathe this morning in and know that like the earth, you sustain us, keep us and work within us always. And so, we lift our voices to you. We celebrate the greatest day in history, when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness and bathed the world in stunning resurrection light. May we ever live to praise you! Amen.

 

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Your presence is a blessing!

 

4th Sunday of Lent

March 14, 2021                                                                  10:30 a.m.

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

Introit:  "Be Still and Know That I Am God"

Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence

Lighting of Christ Candle:

       We light this candle as a sign of God's Spirit at work in the world!

       May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God shining through us brighten the world. Amen!

1st Hymn  VU 619     “Healer Of Our Every Ill”

Call to Worship:

God loves us with a steadfast love. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! 

God loves us so much he gave us his Son. Let us believe and have eternal life! 

God loves us with a great love, rich in mercy. Let us have faith to receive this grace!

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good Amen!

Opening Prayer:     (in unison)

Great Triune God, we have gathered here in your name as an act of faith,

believing that you are not only among us, but that you love us.

It is often hard to recognize your love, see your mercy, and feel your presence.

Help us today in our worship, that we might be transparent to your grace, as you reveal yourself to each one of us. Amen!

 

Kids’ Zone:    The History of the Snake Staff Symbol & Why its on  Ambulances

Prayer of Confession:    (in unison)

Gracious God, we want to hold on to what we know; we are

afraid to take risks for the sake of the gospel; we want to keep

our lives safe. Forgive us, O God, when we cling to comfort,

when we build barriers to protect ourselves, when we chose the easy way.

Transform our fears, that we may deny ourselves, take up our cross,

and follow Jesus to serve the world. Amen!

Assurance of Forgiveness:

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Amen!

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture Reading:               Numbers 21:4–9                 Jenny Gaudier

                                                                                                A bronze serpent heals the people.

            This is the Word of the Lord! Praise be to God. Amen!

2nd Hymn VU 266:    “Amazing grace”

Sermon:        Theme: Let Us Focus Our Eyes on Jesus!

Pastoral Prayer:

The Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy

Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered under Pontius          

Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; Christ descended to     

hell. The third day Christ rose again from the dead. Christ         

ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the            

Almighty. From there Christ will come to judge the living and the    

dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the     

communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of            

the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Our Offering:

Prayer of Dedication:    (in unison)

 Gracious God, bless and transform all that we offer: our         

faltering steps, our brokenness, our hope, our risking, our         

hearts, that your covenant may be written on our hearts and   

we may be a blessed and transformed covenant people. In     

Jesus’ name Amen!

3rd Hymn VU 365:   “Jesus Loves Me”

Blessing and Sending Forth:

            Friends! May the blessing of God give us strength for the       

journey; may the Spirit of wisdom give us vision for the road;            

may the love of Christ make us caring companions; as together

we go forth in the Lenten time Amen!

Go Now in Peace

 

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March 21 – Lent 5

John 12:20–33: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth.

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Joy Board Meeting

Tues., March 16 - 6:30           p.m. in the boardroom

Irene Dibble

Please keep Irene Dibble and her family in your thoughts and prayers
She has had a grandson and a niece pass away over the last couple of weeks.

Church Update

On Monday, March 1, 2021, our local health unit (Southwestern Public Unit) moved into the province's COVID-19 re-opening framework to the Orange (restrict) category. Similar to the Red (control) category, that we were in the two previous weeks, we can hold services in our sanctuary to 30 percent of its capacity.   As noted in our last two church bulletins, our Joy Board planned to meet on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. We did have that meeting.  

Our leadership team (the Joy Board and the COVID-19 committee) still has concerns about holding services in our sanctuary. 

New and active cases in both our health unit and across most of Ontario continue to stay level or decline. 

However, the more contagious and deadly variants of the corona virus continue to increase. As well, very few of our staff, members 

and adherents have received their vaccinations.  This should change greatly in the next few weeks.

After much discussion, the leadership team has made the decision to postpone on hosting worship services in our sanctuary at the current time.  

We will revisit this decision when we hold our regular Joy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  

We will continue with our virtual services that we have held since December 27, 2020.

We know everyone is anxious to get back to "live" services.  However, we want to keep everyone safe. 

When we do hold services in the sanctuary, we will follow all of the COVID-19 protocols-wearing of face coverings,

hand washing/sanitizing, physical distancing, etc.

If you have any questions, comments, opinions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa   (519) 537-7935

Ginny Stoakley, Joy Board Chair (519-535-7357 text or call)

Jerry Minler, COVID-19 Committee Chair (519-539-4302)

 

U.C.W. General Meeting

Will be held on Wed, March 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the board room.

March 2021 Property Committee Report

I would like to thank Jim Stoakley and Jerry Minler for covering for me during my operation and recovery.  Complications seemed to spring out of nowhere, but I’m getting along much better now.

 Ina, our custodian, has been busy during the lockdown.  She has continued to check systems and conditions throughout the church.  This included checking our front deck, heating systems, freezers, water pipes and drains and of course, removal of garbage and snow from entrance areas.  Even though the church was “closed”, service people and employees and others entered the building.  This meant that the new addition entry areas, railings, fixtures and washrooms needed to be checked, cleaned and disinfected regularly.  When time allowed, Ina cleaned the black auditorium chairs to remove dirt and food stains.  Other areas such as the stairs to the balcony, front stairs, choir loft, stainless counter tops, walls in food serving areas etc. were also cleaned and scrubbed. There is always something to do in an old building like ours.  Thank you, Ina for being proactive in making use of your allotted time.

Our secretary, Gail, has also continued to work steadily and reliably even throughout the lockdown period.  Sometimes she worked out of the church office, sometimes from home.  Thank you, Gail, for your dedication and technological know-how throughout these unusual and difficult times.

Recently, we have had to tow our first parking lot violator off the lot. The vehicle had been illegally parked along the east fence since late fall.  Dozens of warning notes were placed on the windshield.  As you know, other customers are paying for parking spots. The last straw was when the owner of the vehicle came out and threatened the snow plow driver for plowing snow around his vehicle.  We were fortunate to tow the vehicle at no cost to us---- not likely to happen next time.  The whole affair involved four calls to the police, calling five tow companies and about 8 hours of my time.  Not a good situation.  We have erected more signs along the east fence indicating that only parking related to church business is allowed.

The secondary circulation pump from the sanctuary hot water heating system needs attention.  Krygsman Mechanical has been called to check it out.  This could be another major heating expense.

In preparation for the spring thaw, Jerry M. and I have dug out the snow from the pipes leading the water away from eight of the church down spouts.  Hopefully this will prevent spring melt-water from entering the basement.  The sump pumps were also checked.

We are looking for two people who could change the church sign, perhaps on a bi-weekly basis.  This would not involve a lot of time and would give the community a signal that we are active and welcoming.   Please let Jerry Minler or I know if you could help with this task.

John Limburg ---Chair of Property

 

Dundas Street United Church

285 Dundas St. Woodstock, Ontario  N4S 1B3

Church Office:

            Telephone:  (519) 537-7935

            Email:  dundasstunited@execulink.com

Church Website:  www.dundasstunited.ca

Rev. S. Munikwa's Email:  revsmunikwa_dsuc@execulink.com

                                          Telephone:            (519) 532-0730

 

Youtube Link for the service:  https://youtu.be/5lPVFyIuJoI

 

 

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 DUNDAS STREET UNITED CHURCH

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO

Minister: Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa

Voluntary Associate Minister: Rev. Liz Lemon

                      

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

Your presence is a blessing!

 

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 7, 2021                                             10:30 a.m.

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

  • Introit: "Be Still and Know That I Am God"
  • Greetings, Welcome & Celebrating God’s Presence
  • Lighting of Christ Candle

         We light this candle as a sign of God's Spirit at work in the

         world! May its light brighten our spirits, may the light of God

         shining through us brighten the world. Amen!

  • 1st Hymn: VU 664     “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
  • Call to Worship

            Come worship the Lord! We come burdened with sorrow.

            God welcomes all seekers. We come with concerns.

            Come worship together the God who loves us and whose door

            is always open to us. We come in anticipation of the miraculous 

            moving of God’s spirit. Amen!

  • Opening Prayer  (in unison):

         Generous God, we have come to you thirsty. We are

         parched from the challenges of living in this Covid-19

         pandemic. Help us to be still and know that you are God.

          We pray for the courage, skills and sacrifices of all caregivers serving in this 

          difficult time. Guide us back to our normal days. Open our eyes; strengthen our

          faith; nourish our souls.    Amen!

  • Kids’ Zone: Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • Prayer of Confession (in unison):

       A broken and contrite heart is the acceptable sacrifice to

       you, O God.  So, we come before you today, as sinners in

        need of your mercy.  Grant us your forgiveness, O God.

      Help us turn from our old ways.  Lead us into newness of

      life, that our actions may be found pleasing in your sight.  Amen!

  • Assurance of Forgiveness:

        Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the

        Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as

        snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.   Amen!

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

  • Scripture Reading: John 2:  13-22                   Kathryn Kramer

                                      Jesus clears the temple.

 

           This is the Word of the Lord! Praise be to God. Amen!

  • 2nd Hymn: VU 325 “Christ is made the sure foundation”
  • Sermon:

             Theme: Jesus Uproot All Obstacles for Us to Worship!

Today is our 3rd Sunday in Lent season, it is a time to prepare and to renew our life, acknowledging our need for repentance. God’s mercy and forgiveness, by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God. Lent is a season of aligning ourselves with God’s will, it is time to seek and devote ourselves to true worship.

In today’s reading, cleansing the temple fulfills messianic prophecy by restoring the true worship of God. Jesus shows his passion and zeal for pure worship. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

Passover was one of the three main pilgrimage celebrations. Celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, as well as the beginning of the new planting season after the winter rains in Israel, since it falls in the early spring. This means that worshippers would make their way to Jerusalem to the Temple to make the sacrificial offering and worship God (Lev 23:4-14; Num 9:2-5; 28:16-25; Deut 16:1-8). Along the way, the Hallel Psalms were sung also commemorating God’s deliverance during the Passover. (Psalm 113-118)

This was a sacred time, at a sacred and holy place. It was a special time. It was the time of the Passover. It was a time they think back to how the Lord had them place the blood of lambs on their door posts and lintels when they were slaves in Egypt. On that night, they ate the sacrificial lambs, and placed the blood of those lambs on their doorposts and headboards, and the death angel passed over every house with that blood; but it killed the firstborn male in every home and family in Egypt where that blood was not found. They would be thinking back to how the Lord had led them out of Egypt and led them to their own homeland.

Jerusalem swelled to 4 or 5 times its normal population during Passover, with people camping in the hills all around the city. The streets were so packed with folks it would be difficult to walk around. It was a festive time. Imagine having 200 000 people in our Woodstock city of 40 000, is it not a great number? Jesus and His disciples head to the temple and instead of teaching holiness, and worship; they hear the mooing of cows. In the temple itself, they hear the cooing of doves, they smell the overwhelming stench of dung and urine from the livestock, and Jesus gets so angry and upset that he goes out and makes a whip and comes back and cleans the house.

What brought things to that point? They let a good thing go bad. At first the priests started providing animals near by, so people didn’t have to lead or carry animals to sacrifice, all the way from their homes. Some of those folks would have traveled long distances and for extended periods of time to get to the temple and it would not be easy to carry an animal for sacrifice, so the priests began selling some animal to those from away.

And the money changers? 20 years and above were to pay temple tax yearly, to help support the temple. Remember when they charged Jesus the tax, he sent Peter to go catch a fish and to take the money for the tax out of the fish’s mouth. (Matthew 17:27). That was a tax to help support the temple.

Most of the coins in those days either had the picture of the emperor or one of their gods on it. The Jews didn’t want any graven images in the temple, so they had a special temple coin they would use. They would let you exchange whatever coin you brought for one of those. It was a good thing.

But somewhere along the way, those good things got distorted. The animals moved into the temple, and priests began charging extreme prices for them. Then they began charging robbery rates for the temple coins.

There was corruption in the church. Poor helpless worshippers where being exploited by the rich and the priests. There was injustice going on. What started as good things went bad. They did not guard against the encroachment. They did not check to see if what they were doing was still in alignment with their original intentions.

Lent is time to stop, breath in, check and evaluate our own spiritual life and see if we are still in line with the will of God. Jesus Uprooted All Obstacles for Us to Worship! True worship is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Our lifestyle should express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant love for God because God first loved us Amen!

  • Pastoral Prayer:
  • The Apostle’s Creed:

            I believe in God, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

            I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy            

            Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus suffered under Pontius            

            Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; Christ descended to     

            hell. The third day Christ rose again from the dead. Christ

           ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the  

           Almighty. From there Christ will come to judge the living and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the     

            communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of            

           the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

  • Our Offering:
  • Prayer of Dedication (in unison):

                        Gracious God, bless and transform all that we offer: our                                                        faltering steps, our brokenness, our hope, our risking, our                                                    hearts, that your covenant may be written on our hearts                                                        and we may be a blessed and transformed covenant `                                                            people. In  Jesus’ name Amen!

  • 3rd  Hymn: MV 173  “Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands”
  • Blessing and Sending Forth:

              Friends! May the blessing of God give us strength for the                                                              journey; may the Spirit of wisdom give us vision for the road;

             may the love of Christ make us caring companions; as                                                                 together we go forth in the Lenten time Amen!

  • Go Now in Peace

            Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
            God will go with you each hour of every day.
            Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
            Know He will guide you in all you do.
            Go now in love, and show you believe.
            Reach out to others so all the world can see.
            God will be there watching from above.
            Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

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            Scripture for March 14 – Lent 4

            Numbers 21:4–9

              A bronze serpent heals the people.

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Announcements

Marjory Noble's Updated Address & Phone Number

18-595487 Hwy. 59N

Woodstock, ON  N4S 7W1

New Telephone #:  (519) 532-2474

 

Myrna O'Bright New Phone Number

New Telephone # (519) 539-4329

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Worship Meeting

Thurs., March 11 - 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom

Joy Board Meeting

Tues., March 16 - 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom

Church Update

On Monday, March 1, 2021, our local health unit (Southwestern Public Unit) moved into the province's COVID-19 re-opening framework to the Orange (restrict) category. Similar to the Red (control) category, that we were in the two previous weeks, we can hold services in our sanctuary to 30 percent of its capacity.   As noted in our last two church bulletins, our Joy Board planned to meet on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. We did have that meeting.  

Our leadership team (the Joy Board and the COVID-19 committee) still has concerns about holding services in our sanctuary.  New and active cases in both our health unit and across most of Ontario continue to stay level or decline.  However, the more contagious and deadly variants of the corona virus continue to increase. As well, very few of our staff, members and adherents have received their vaccinations.  This should change greatly in the next few weeks.

After much discussion, the leadership team has made the decision to postpone on hosting worship services in our sanctuary at the current time.  We will revisit this decision when we hold our regular Joy Board meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  

We will continue with our virtual services that we have held since December 27, 2020.

We know everyone is anxious to get back to "live" services.  However, we want to keep everyone safe.  When we do hold services in the sanctuary, we will follow all of the COVID-19 protocols-wearing of face coverings, hand washing/sanitizing, physical distancing, etc.

If you have any questions, comments, opinions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Sherpherd Munikwa   (519) 537-7935

Ginny Stoakley, Joy Board Chair (519-535-7357 text or call)

Jerry Minler, COVID-19 Committee Chair (519-539-4302)