DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH November 8, 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:

Greeters: Carolle Boyce and Mary Lou Lummiss

Candle Lighter: Cliff Ballantyne

Scripture Reader and soloist: Sylvia Van Belle

Sound board: John Lummiss; PowerPoint: Abi Campbell; Zoom: Teddy Haber

Soloists: Brenda Shield

Trumpet: Cliff Ballantyne

Bagpipes: Brian Gowan

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 a part.

How have your experiences of COVID-19, over these nearly eight months impacted your views of remembering? (of sacrifice, frontline, freedom?) 

* GATHERING MUSIC: “Come Touch Our Hearts” MV #12 (first and final verse)

Come touch our hearts that we may know compassion, from failing embers build a blazing fire; Love strong enough to overturn injustice, to seek a world more gracious, come touch and bless our hearts.

Come touch us now, this people who are gathered, to break the bread and share the cup of peace; that we may love you with our heart, our soul, our mind, our strength, our all, come touch us with your grace.

WELCOME, AND CELEBRATIONS:

Surely God is in this place. Help me notice.

Welcome and thank-you for joining us on this twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, November 8, 2020 as we honour and remember, reflect, and seek wisdom, in our Remembrance Day observances. We are an affirming ministry of the United Church of Canada. Wherever you are, whoever you are, there is room for all.

I invite Brenda to play as Cliff lights our candles.

MUSICAL PRELUDE and LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

You are breath, O Spirit, animating us with self-giving love.

You are light, O Christ, illuminating the Way of radical peace.

We light the Christ candle inviting peace illuminated in and through us.

You are embrace, O God, holding us within your relational grace.

Our lamps are ready, prepared and we are awake to serve you as we care for others.

In the light of love.

We light the candle for our community inviting us to connect and share with all neighbours.

Your radical peace helps us remember and embrace the light of peace,

Your self-giving love brings us alive with life! life which transforms.

We light the candle for our world inviting the transformation of peace in all creation.

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 gather to reflect and remember.

We gather to celebrate peace.

We gather in safety and sanctuary, here, in the hall, in our homes, in freedom and thanksgiving.

Our light shines with love, our oil fuel for each new opportunity to share love.

As we worship, we come together to praise, to pray and to feel God’s mighty presence.

Today we gather to remember the conflicts of the past and those that are presently happening.

We gather in hope that war will end, and all peoples of the Earth will live in peace.

We honour those who have given their lives serving Canadians and helping people of other nations.

For those who left never to return and for those who returned but were never the same.

We thank them for their service, for their courage, for their sacrifice, and for our past, present and future freedoms.

We gather in humility, in worship as we remember.

You are invited to note the many names in the role of honour. These are projected on the screen.

ROLL OF HONOUR

1914-1918 WWI (* killed in action)

Pte Wilfred Brown, Pte Arthor Bevan *, Pte David Bevan, Sergt Alex Kennedy, Pte Bert Kennedy, Pte Robert Kingsborough, Sergt James Kingsborough, Pte James Mitchel, Pte Martin Thurston, Pte Chas. H. Logan, Pte Clarence  Pringle *, CPL Stanley Parker, CPL Fred Ball, Sergt Wm Harper *, Capt Wm Hunter, Lieut Spurgeon Hunter, Pte Burwell Kennedy, Gnr Vern Thurston, Gnr Stanley Brien, Gnr Arthur Brien,      Gnr Arthur Thurston, Pte Chas Taylor, Pte RM Parker, Pte Wesley Thurston, F.O. Lawson Brien, Capt. Harry Balfour, Pte Leonard Marsh, Pte Wm Smith, Pte Wm Southwell, Sgt Fred Cullen, Pte John Grur, Pte Alex Murdock, Gnr R.M. McMullen, Pte Jas Tully, Pte Gordon Byrnell, Pte Ansel Ashmore


1939-1945 WWII (* killed in action)

Pte J. Alex Clarke, Pte Bernard Foster, Pte Edward Hore, Pte Samuel Hore, Pte Ted Chessar, Major E.C. Anderson, Pte Chas Hayward, Cpl Richard Tom Johns, Pte Frank Hawkrigg, Pte Clarke E. Kennedy, Pte Ivan Pollard, Pte George Roadhouse *, W. opr J.Rea Ashmore, Pte Hubert Elliott, Cpl Percy D. Junkin B.E.M., A.B.S. R.L. Casselman, Pte Reg Thurston, Pte Lorne Stinson, Pte Ross Stinson, Pte Claude Stinson, Pte Clare Stinson, Pte George Tully, Gnr Gordon Tully, Cpl Wallace Tully, Pte Lorenzo Johns, Pte Albert Johns, Cpl R. Tom Johns, Pte Ivan Thurston, Pte Bruce Thurston, T.O. Harold Kennedy, Pte Orville Mitchel, Pte Arthur Dyson, Pte Norman Graham, Pte John Smith, Capt Harry Brown, Cpl Bert Moore, P.O. Elwood Beavis, Pte Emory Foster, Pte George Golloher, Flight Srgt Fred Devitt *, Pte Ross Hore *, Pte Ivan Irwin, Pte Eric Irwin           Pte,  George Thorsky, Flight Lieut Arnold Myers, Stocker Richard Mercer, Pte Wesley Mercer U.S. Army T.A.C. Douglas Mercer, Pte Laverne Mitchell, T.A.C. Jeffery Tucker *, Pte James Quigley, Pte Donald Cornish, Petty Officer Hugh Allen, Lieut Robert Fennell, Pte Allen B. Robertson, Pte Roy McCallum *, Pte Ward James, W.A.A.F. Alma McGinnis, W.A.A.F. Amy Thompson, P.O. Carmen Robeson, Pte Fred Crompton, Pte Martin Smith, Pte Gordon Doyle, Pte William Birgl, Seaman Earl Thurston, F.O. Morris Thurston,
W.A.A.F. Grace Thurston, F.Sergt. Harold Skitch, Pte Oscar Skitch, Pte Norman Skitch, Tpr Hall Thurston *, Rfm Tom Nye, Lt Joe Fry, Cpl Robert Nye, Lft/Cpl Mellvern Boyce,
Pte Ken Thurston

Please rise in body or spirit and receive the singing of our national anthem

* NATIONAL ANTHEM: O Canada VU # 524

Please be seated.

I invite Brenda to play as we pray …

Let us pray:

God of steadfast love,

Help us to find the path that leads to the peaceable kingdom.

Open our eyes and the eyes of the nations to find a different path.

Let our lights shine, lamps ready, with oil that keeps our faith light alive and burning.

through the disagreements of life in this world, bring hope and healing. 

As we continue in this time of pandemic, our lives altered and our ways of doing things, we are aware of how much more other lives have been changed by wars, by loss, by restrictions and limits in work for freedom. We are people of Peace– within ourselves, for others, in all creation.  We seek your peace O God, open us to receive your wisdom today.  We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

TRANSITION MUSIC: “Danny Boy” (Brenda)

A Poem from a fourteen-year-old author, written last year in 2019, by Joshua Dyer

One Thousand Men Are Walking

One thousand men are walking, walking side by side

Singing songs from home the spirit as their guide.

They walk toward the light milord they walk towards the sun.

They smoke and laugh and smile together no foes to outrun.

These men live on forever in the hearts of those they saved

A nation truly grateful for the path of peace they paved.

They march as friends and comrades, but they do not march for war

Step closer to salvation a tranquil steady corp.

The meadows lit with golden beams a beacon for the brave.

The emerald grass untrampled a reward for what they gave.

They dream of those they left behind and know they dream of them.

Forever in those poppy fields there walks one thousand men.

TRANSITION MUSIC: “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace” (Brenda & Sylvia)

A Letter to Veterans, An Act of Remembering

Dear Veterans,

Those of us who have not served will never fully understand the sacrifices you’ve made both in times of peace and of war. 

We will never fully understand what you were required to do or how you were able to do it. 

We will never fully understand the depth of your scars.

But what we can offer you is this: we see you We recognize your humanity and we send you love that is gentle, patient and healing.

With blessings and gratitude Thank you.   Lest we forget.

TRANSITION MUSIC: “White Cliffs of Dover” (Brenda)

An excerpt from the Peterborough Examiner Nov. 7, 2019, Remembering Others That Served

Not all of those who served Canada, and in some cases laid down their lives, have been people. Tens of thousands of horses, dogs and other animals have served during times of war and peace. Their sacrifices are memorialized in a monument erected in 2012 near the National War Memorial, “Animals of War Memorial” in Confederation Park, Ottawa. One of the most famous being Winnie the Pooh, a black bear that crossed the Atlantic with Canadian soldiers during the First World War.

Animals of War Memorial, Confederation Park, Ottawa, ON

Video: Remembrance Day Child  https://youtu.be/UjUpuO0DLVw

Video: In Flanders Fields    https://youtu.be/49JqmGXO9Tg

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

        In Flanders fields.

TRANSITION MUSIC: “Blowin’ in the Wind” (Brenda and Sylvia)

I share these quotes for us to reflect on:

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”  Thomas Campbell

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”  Laurence Binyon

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czeslaw Milosz

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” Maya Angelou

“All we have of freedom, all we use or know – This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.”  Rudyard Kipling

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.” John Maxwell Edmonds

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”  Jose Narosky

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell

“Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.”  Muhammad

“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries, without them humanity cannot survive.”  Dalai Lama

John 15:13 NIV “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

“We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.  There is no task that is more important or closer to my heart.”  Albert Einstein

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” Omar Bradley

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”  Rose Kennedy

“The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.”  Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Today, Sylvia, will be reading from the gospel of Matthew 25:1-13 from the New Revised Standard Version.

25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.

25:2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

25:3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;

25:4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.

25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.

25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’

25:7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.

25:8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

25:9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’

25:10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.

25:11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’

25:12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’

25:13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

MESSAGE: Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne 

MEDITATION FOR REMEMBRANCE AND REFLECTING …

TRANSITION MUSIC: “From a Distance” ( Brenda)

On this anniversary, November 11, 2020, 102 years ago the first World War ended.

As we near this 11th hour of the 11th day, we remember.

Due to COVID-19, our cadets are not currently active and will be in civilian clothing on Sunday as they pay their respects in the laying of the wreath, a tribute also to our long standing WWII military veteran, the late Ken Thurston who accompanied Hailey in the laying of the Remembrance Day wreath for so many years. In memory of Ken Thurston, a new wreath was created last year in 2019, in the year of his passing.

Regimental Sargent Major Chief Warrant Officer Hailey Elliott

Master Corporal Tyler Elliott

I invite all to rise in body or spirit as we invite the laying of the wreath by Hailey Elliott and Tyler Elliott, the playing of the last post by Cliff Ballantyne, Brian Gowan, playing the lament, observing our time of silence and we conclude  with Cliff playing reveille.

* LAYING OF THE WREATH

Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Elliott of the 2817 Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Lindsay (Hailey)

Lance Corporal Elliott of the 2817 Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Lindsay (Tyler)

* LAST POST Cliff Ballantyne, trumpet

* LAMENT Brian Gowan, Piper

* SILENCE

* REVEILLE Cliff Ballantyne, trumpet

Please be seated.

(Brenda playing quiet music)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

In our remembering and honouring, we give as we think of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Gracious and loving God, Father and Mother of us all. You sent the Prince of Peace, the bringer of shalom, the one who modelled justice and welcome to all. Amid our remembering, our solemn love-filled hearts yearn for peace. Encourage, O God, all those who are striving to make peace in the world, without compromise, without yielding, when it comes to the things that they believe to be true.

May they bear in themselves the Spirit of the Lord Jesus that they will be able to approach others who are different from themselves without violence.

And help us to reconcile others, so that being at peace within ourselves we may be able to bring peace to whatever place we may be in the world. May we be bringers of peace and givers of peace through the gifts we share. Bless and use us.

Loving God, we recognize the double-edged nature of our remembering.

We don’t want to be like the foolish bridesmaids who were unprepared, who left and did not do their part. 

We acknowledge the ultimate evil of war and our society’s part in adding to the violence of our world. 

Yet we remember, with very real gratitude, those who sacrificed their health and their lives to resist evil. 

They struggled as best they could on behalf of freedom and justice in the face of terrible tyranny. 

Be with us, O God, in our remembering. 

Strengthen us to resist evil and to work for peace with the same commitment and self-sacrifice as those whom we honour this day.

We bring our prayers before you for our loved ones and for situations in the world.

We thank-you for your steadfast love and for the ways you reach us even in troubling and overwhelming times of hurt and chaos. You give us moments of peace and help us to be calm in the midst of our most troubling storms.

Continue to guide us along our path to be true to ourselves and each other. 

We pray for all who are at war, those fought on ground, sea and air and those that are within us and among us. Bring peace. Bring healing and wholeness

We lift up all those who might be struggling with loss, hurting and grieving of any kind.

Our world is one in which pain and anger dominate, let us place our trust in your response and your healing love. We lift up to you our uncertainties, our questions, our confusions and pray for healing, peace and justice.

We lift up joys and concerns, as we name them in our hearts….

Give us courage that our faith will be a witness to those who struggle; that our lives will bear the love you pour on us. Let the love and light of Jesus be expressed in us.

We give thanks for this day, as we say 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: Video: “Lord Heal Our Land” by Jamie Rivera, A Message for World Peace 

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING:

Go now in peace.

As we walk from here, may God strengthen and renew us for our journey, guiding our path in God’s holy presence always with us.

We are Christ lights, bearing the message of peace and love, freedom and forgiveness.

In this week of remembering, may we be touched by the holy and sacred, honouring and humbled we faithfully serve.

Now may the grace of our lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the holy spirit be ours this day and forever more. Amen.

*CHORAL RESPONSE: “The Servant Song (We Are Pilgrims)” VU #595

We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road;

we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you;

I will share your joy and sorrow, till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony,

born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Congregational Announcements

POSTLUDE

Resources:

Candlelighting, Adapted, by Gord Dunbar, Kincardine P.C., Kincardine, Ont. From Drama and more files autumn 2019)

Call to Worship, adapted from “Act of Remembrance” by Jim McKean, Orillia, Ont., Drama and More Files Pentecost 2 Autumn 2019

Joshua Dyer 2019 (aged 14) One Thousand Men Are Walking poem.

Peterborough Examiner November 7, 2019

Remembrance Day Child retrieved from https://youtu.be/UjUpuO0DLVw

In Flanders Fields retrieved from https://youtu.be/49JqmGXO9Tg

Video “We Remember”  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=remembrace+day+video+called+we+remember&view=detail&mid=B1636178498F65A8DAE1B1636178498F65A8DAE1&FORM=VIRE

A Few Announcements:

Thank-you to all who submitted photos of veterans, memorabilia items honouring our remembering and for all who have taken part in this service of remembering.

Sharon continues to work from home. Please contact her at 705 875-8837 or by email sharon.ballantyne@gmail.com. We can arrange a safe visit by phone, text, email, Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp or according to public health restrictions a physical distance visit. Please reach out. We are not alone!

Christena-Lynn continues to work in the church office on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 5:00 P.M. The building remains locked to all visitors. Please phone or text her if you plan to come into the building. Please remember public health requires you wear a mask when entering the building.

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

Your submissions of material for the spiritual care messages are always welcome, I am especially in need of photos. Please label them so I know what they are and who to credit. Thanks. 😊

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, 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 out, after 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).

Stay safe and stay well!

Sabbath Blessings,

Sharon

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5 and by appointment 705-793-2511 dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca   www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com

Minister: Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne 705-875-8837     Email: revsharon@xplornet.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

Envelope Steward: Kathy Prentice 705-324-4753        

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