Dunsford United Church – November 1, 2020 – Worship Service

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:

Guest Worship Leader and Candle Lighter: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Student Supply Minister, Janetville Pastoral Charge

Greeters: Carolle Boyce

Scripture Reader: Brenda Shield

Media Technologists: Sound: John Lummiss; PowerPoint: Mary Lou Lummiss

Zoom: Carol Embury

Soloist: Brenda Shield

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.

Bold print – Congregational response              

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 apart.

MUSICAL PRELUDE

* GATHERING MUSIC: Psalm 100 “Make A Joyful Noise” VU #820 Words: Linnea Good

Refrain: Make a joyful noise all the earth!  Worship your God with gladness.

Make a joyful noise all the earth.  Come to this place with a song!

Know that your God has made you.  Know it’s to God we belong.

And come to this place with joyfulness and praise. Worship your God with a song!  R

Enter these gates, thanks giving.  Enter these courts with praise.

Sing thanks to your God and bless the holy Name.  Worship your God with a song!  R

Ages through endless ages, seasons of endless years,

the love of our Maker ever shall endure.  Worship your God with a song!  R

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES: Kevin Fitzpatrick

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:

We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses—

Patriarchs and matriarchs, prophets and psalmists, disciples and evangelists, martyrs and saints.

We thank you for their example. We praise you for their lives of faith. For all your saints, O Lord, who strove in you to live, who followed, obeyed, adored you. 

Lord God, we are surrounded by your grace.

We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses—

Loved ones now resting in you, who guided us, nurtured and cared for us; ancestors who worked and traveled, lived and died that we might be who we are, where we are–your precious children in this community of believers.

We thank you for their example. We praise you for their lives of faith. For all your saints, O Lord, who strove in you to die, who counted you their great reward – accept our thankful cry.

Lord God, we are surrounded by your grace.

We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses—

Family members and members of this congregation; fellow believers in every country, every denomination; friends who help, guide, and uplift us — children of your family, sheep of your fold, saints of your redeeming.

We thank you for their example. We praise you for their lives of faith. For this, your name we bless, and humbly pray anew, that we like them in holiness may live and die in you.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside everything that separates us from God’s love, and let live with perseverance the faith that is set before us, looking to Christ, the example of our faith.   

Amen

HYMN:  VU #672 “Take Time to Be Holy” Words: William D. Longstaff

Take time to be holy, speak oft with your Lord;

abide in him always, and feed on his word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,

forgetting in nothing his blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, let him be your guide, and run not before him, whatever betide.

In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, and, looking to Jesus, still trust in his word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in your soul,

each thought and each motive beneath his control.

Thus led by his spirit to fountains of love, you soon shall be fitted for service above.

OPENING PRAYER:

In all our weakness and strength, 

with our youth-filled spirits and aging bodies, 

we come to be your people, O God. 

Strong in faith and eager with questions, 

singing our praise and whispering our prayers, 

we come to be your people, O God. 

Filled with saintly determination 

yet mindful of our human limitations, 

we come to be your people, O God. 

Made strong in your endless love for us, 

we know ourselves to be yours and 

we come to be your people, O God.

May we truly become your people today. Amen

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Let Us Praise the Lord” Brenda Shield

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS: Revelation 7:9–17; Matthew 5:1–12

Revelation 7:9-17 NIV: The Great Multitude in White Robes

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.  ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV: Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


MESSAGE: “Praise of the Saints” Kevin Fitzpatrick

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive 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 and ever.

Amen.

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

HYMN: VU #705 “For All the Saints”

For all the saints, who from their labours rest, all who by faith before the world confessed, your name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Hallelujah, hallelujah!

You were their rock, their fortress, and their might: you were their captain in the well-fought fight; you, in the darkness drear, their one true light.  Hallelujah, hallelujah!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!  We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one within your great design. Hallelujah, hallelujah!

The golden evening brightens in the west; soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest; sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Hallelujah, hallelujah!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day the saints triumphant rise in bright array: as God to glory calls them all away.  Hallelujah, hallelujah!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Hallelujah, hallelujah!

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

* CHORAL RESPONSE: “May the Lord Bless You” Solo by Brenda Shield

Congregational Announcements

POSTLUDE

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5 Tel: 705-793-2511

dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca   www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com

Minister: Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne 705-875-8837    

Email: sharon.ballantyne@gmail.com

Music Director: Brenda Shield 1-705-748-9875 or bshield@cogeco.ca

Junior Choir Director and Church Bookings: CL Erglis (call/text) 705-879-0303

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