Dunsford United Church Worship Service September 20, 2020

Welcome to our community of faith family. Come share open hearts, open doors and open minds. Experience spiritual living built on belonging, believing, blessing. Not confined to our building, we are people who are everywhere, every day. We are free to be ourselves, included, accepted, welcomed and people who help each other.

Mission Statement: We are a diverse, intentional, inclusive, compassionate, hope-filled Christian family of faith, seeking to respect everyone’s individuality and dignity as Jesus modelled, creating safe space, to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love through worship, work, growth, and respect for all creation. We celebrate and value people of every age, health, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family configuration, background, ability, interest, culture, economic circumstance and faith journey. All are encouraged to be in full participation in the life and work of all ministries. We endeavor to be aware of, and responsive to, the needs in our community and beyond.       

We warmly welcome everyone and extend a special welcome to all guests today.

This morning thank-you to:

Greeters: Carolle Boyce and Christena-Lynn Erglis

Candle Lighter and Trumpet: Cliff Ballantyne

Scripture Reader and Announcements: Carol Embury

Media Technologists: John Lummiss and Mary Lou Lummiss, and Carol Embury

Soloists: Brenda Shield and Christena-Lynn Erglis

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no junior church. All children should remain in their family bubble at their seats. Please ensure your family has picked up their JAM pack (Jesus and Me backpack) JAM packs should remain at the church. Each child has a notebook in the JAMPack and children’s worship bulletins are in Ziploc bags.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no fellowship or refreshments times following worship. Please proceed outside immediately following worship as directed.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not currently permitted to have congregational speaking or singing. Today we will have some soloist accompaniment the hymns to help us continue to adjust to these many new ways of being together safely and following public health and UCCAN.

  Thank-you for your understanding and patience.

* – rise in body or spirit (stand or remain sitting according to your comfort.)

To Ponder: Please provide feedback as we learn these new ways of being together and a part.  As fall dawns, what warms your heart at the thought of autumn beginnings?

* GATHERING MUSIC: “Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet” by Brenda Shield and Cliff Ballantyne (trumpet) 2 verses

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS: Surely God is in this place. Help me notice.

Welcome and thank-you for joining us on this sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Creation Time 2, September 20, 2020.  We are an affirming ministry of the United Church of Canada and Sept. 16 marked our second anniversary of being affirming. Wherever you are, whoever you are, there is room for all.

MUSICAL PRELUDE and LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS:  We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishnabeg/Mississauga peoples with whom Treaty 20, Williams treaty,  was signed, on the lands where we are and we acknowledge also and give thanks for the lands and people of treaties and unceded territories of all who are worshiping. It is up to all of us to live into truth, respect, reconciliation and right relations.

CALL TO WORSHIP: As we gather, we attune our senses to what is around us and discover the glory of God. We notice God everywhere we turn: in the sky, in the world around us, and in the people we meet. We praise God for goodness toward all things and all people.  Every day we are aware of the renewed cycle of God caring for us: in the rising of the sun and in the cycles of the moon, stars, and seasons.  We come together in this Creation Time, wherever we are, with gratitude and thanksgiving.

OPENING PRAYER/ASSURANCE/WORDS OF HOPE

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART: We enjoy this video together: “The Butterfly Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h23spxw0Vt8

We are all children of God and we are special! God is with us through all our experiences. Rejoice! This is the good news for all of us!

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD: Exodus 16:11-15 read by Carol Embury

16:11 The LORD spoke to Moses and said,

16:12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'”

16:13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

16:14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.

16:15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.


Scripture into Script: Matthew 20:1-16 with Cliff reader 1 and Sharon reader 2

Reader 1: There is so much work to be done in my vineyard. I know that I don’t have enough people to bring in the harvest, so I’ll go to the marketplace where people are looking for jobs and see if I can hire a few more workers.

Reader 2: Well, you hired a few more workers, but we will never get the harvest in. We need even more help.

Reader 1: Back to the marketplace for me. I know that there are lots of people who want to work.

Reader 2: A good portion of the morning has passed – you’ll have to figure out the proper wages for the new ones.

Reader 1: Don’t worry. I’ll take care of it. I’ll get twice as many workers as I got before.

Reader 2: Good luck! I hope that there are some who will come and work for you.

Reader1: I got twice the number I did the first time. How is it working?

Reader 2: Well, for a while it was OK, but we are still so far behind. We need more and the day is almost over – we have only a couple of hours left.

Reader 1: Back to the marketplace. Don’t worry, I am sure that there will be many willing workers.

Reader 2: That was great! We were able to get this harvest in. But how are you going to figure out what to pay them.

Reader 1: I am going to pay them all the same wage.

Reader 2: Do you think that is fair? Some of them worked all day from early morning; others worked part of the day and the last group worked only a couple of hours.

Readers 1: We could not have gotten the harvest in if it wasn’t for all the workers. I am not slighting those who worked all day – we had an agreement and they were comfortable with that. I also had agreements with the others. These things are between each worker and me and I choose to treat them all equally in appreciation for all that they have done. I care about each one of them. Do you resent my generosity?

Reader 2: No. You are right. Each person was treated with love and compassion; each person agreed to the wage and know that you are fair in your dealings. Sometimes it is hard for people to understand this kind of generosity – we get caught up in the “he got more than I did,” attitude.

Reader 1: I appreciate all the people who gave of their time! Everyone contributed to the harvest. Through their work we all are blessed.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Bless this House” Solo by Brenda Shield

MESSAGE:  Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

We pray together:

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 those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever! Amen.

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families” VU #556

1          Would you bless our homes and families, source of life who calls us here; in our world of stress and tension teach us love that conquers fear.

Help us learn to love each other with a love that constant stays;

teach us when we face our troubles, love’s expressed in many ways.

2          When our way is undemanding, let us use the time that’s ours to

delight in simple pleasures, sharing joys in gentle hours.

When our way is anxious walking and a heavy path we plod,

teach us trust in one another and in you, our gracious God.

3          From the homes in which we’re nurtured, with the love that shapes

us there, teach us, God, to claim as family every one whose life we share.

And through all that life may offer, may we in your love remain;

may the love we share in families be alive to praise your name.

4          Let us reach beyond the boundaries of our daily thought and care

till the family you have chosen spills its love out everywhere.

Help us learn to love each other with a love that constant stays;

teach us when we face our troubles love’s expressed in many ways.  

Words: Walter Farquharson

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

CHORAL RESPONSE: “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 (deep within your heart)*. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.  Amen. Amen. Amen.

*(deep within your heart replaces original text “watching from above” as a more inclusive adaptation, not having God watching or at a distance, some prefer deep within my heart as lyric change)

Announcements for Congregation shared by Carol Embury

POSTLUDE

Resources:

Call to Worship is adapted from Jeanne Wilson, First Grantham U.C., St. Catharines, Ontin Gathering for Pentecost 2, Creation Time, 2020, United Church of Canada.

Opening Prayer after silence is adapted from prayer from Scripture Into Script is from Nancy C. Townley, Worship connection)

Diana Butler Bass. (September 15, 2020) From the Cottage: Our Days of Fear.

A Few Announcements …

Sharon continues to work from home. Please let her know if you would like to connect – text, phone, email, arrange a porch visit or come visit us in the gardens at our home.

Please continue to share the daily email messages “A Little Spiritual Care.”

Your submissions of material for the spiritual care messages are always welcome.

Important message from the Mission Board

We are sorry to announce that Gregory Phillips has advised the board of Dunsford United Church that he intends to break the contract we currently have with him for the services of Treasurer. We wish to thank Greg for his hard work getting our books set up on a new system and providing excellent bookkeeping services for us since 2018. Greg has assured us that he will continue in his role until the end of this year and provide the year-end reports for 2020. We are sad to see him go and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

We will now be actively recruiting for a Treasurer which will be a paid position. If you yourself, or someone you know has accounting or bookkeeping experience that would work well in this role, we invite you to contact the church office or a board member. Please provide contact information so that we can forward more details when a job description becomes available.

Yours in Christ, Carol Embury

Now that our church has reopened, our DUC Wednesday and Sunday morning Zoom chats have been discontinued. We thank Christena-Lynn, Brian and Sharon who have all acted as hosts for the meetings and Brenda for providing music on Sundays. Zoom is a great way to connect virtually and we enjoyed our chats with everyone! Thank you for participating.

Needed: Two people (members of the same household would be best) to run the PowerPoint and sound system. Please contact the office if you are willing to help on Sundays.

Please remember in your prayersthose dealing with physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual difficulties, their care providers, those at home, in nursing homes and in hospital who are facing illness, bereavement and other life challenges.

Please let us know if someone is ill, in hospital or going through a challenging time.

PAR is a direct debit program through an automatic monthly withdrawal from your bank account. It is a convenient way to provide consistent, year-round financial support to our church. Completed forms may be sealed in an envelope, attention: Kathy Prentice, and placed on the offering plate.

If you are already on PAR (pre-authorized remittance), THANK YOU! We encourage you to continue to make your financial offerings to the church. Offerings can be made by cheque, through PayPal or on the new website soon, by clicking the “Canada Helps” donation button on our website.  Please do what you can to continue to support our ongoing mission and ministry together. 

No offering is being collected during worship as part of our COVID-19 protocols. Your offering can be placed in the offering plate on the way in to worship.

Please bring all personal belongings such as coats, sweaters, hats, umbrellas, boots or other outerwear to your pew. The pew in front of you and behind you will be empty, so you can place outerwear if you would like. We are entering at the narthex but exiting at the front of the sanctuary).

A reminder that Thursday September 30 is orange shirt day. Everyone is invited to wear orange on Sunday September 27.

Stay safe and stay well!

Sabbath Blessings, Sharon


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