Dunsford United Church – October 11, 2020, Thanksgiving

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: Nancy Payne


Scripture Reader and Announcements: Sylvia Van Belle

Media Technologists: Sound:

PowerPoint: Teddeo Haber; Hall – Zoom: Abi Campbell

Soloists: Brenda Shield and Sylvia Van Belle

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.

* GATHERING MUSIC: VU #227 “For the Fruit of All Creation”

As this hymn is played, we will hear the poem “Taking Earth Literally” by Wendy MacLean

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

Welcome and thank you for joining us.



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.


We gather to praise God!

Especially today, we gather to give thanks:

for fields of soybeans and barley safely harvested,

for the beauty of blazing leaves

for morning mists and clear afternoon sunshine and brilliant blue skies.

But we also gather because at times, we may not feel very thankful.

We may feel tired of restrictions on our lives and sick of talking about what-ifs.

We may be worried about loved ones—worried about ourselves.

We may be lonely and isolated and fearful.

Whatever you’re feeling, God knows, and God cares.

No joy is too big and no worry too small.

So for now, whatever is on your mind,

just give it away.

Let it go.

Give it to God.

You are among friends.

You are loved.

You are blessed.

Let us enter this holy time together.


God of abundance, on this day of thankfulness,

flood our hearts with awe.

Open our eyes to the beauty that’s all around us, every day,

in nature, and in other people.

Just as a seed grows into a plant and produces fruit,

nurture in us the love Jesus showed us,

that we might care for others as you care for us,

and as he cared for all people.

Remind us that every life sees sunshine and clouds,

freezing winds and gentle rain.

And that through it all, the Spirit guides and refreshes us,

helping us grow into the people you want us to be,

serving you by serving others.



From Psalm 65, hear these words of power: “O God, to you we owe hymns of praise in Zion, you who hear our prayers. When we are overcome by our sins, you provide the atonement for them.” No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, God loves us fully and forever, just as we are. Let’s live like we believe it!

HYMN: VU #236 “Now Thank We All Our God”

Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices,

who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;

who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,

and keep us strong in grace, and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ill in this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God for all that has been given,

the Son, and Spirit blest who dwell in highest heaven,

the one eternal God, whom heaven and earth adore;

for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.


WE HEAR GOD’S WORD:  Read from The Inclusive Bible

Psalm 65: Read by Sylvia

O God, to you we owe hymns of praise in Zion;

to you our vows must be fulfilled, you who hear our prayers

and before whom all flesh must stand.

When we are overcome by our sins, you provide the atonement for them.

Happy are those you choose, those you draw near to dwell in your courts!

We are filled with the blessings of your house, the holy things of your Temple!

With powerful deeds of justice, you answer us, God our Deliverer,

in whom all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas put their trust.

You set the mountains in place by your power, having armed yourself with might.

You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of the waves,

and the tumult of the peoples.

And those who dwell at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your marvels;

you make the sunrise and sunset shout for joy!

You nourish and water the land — greatly you have enriched it.

The streams of God are full of water;

you provide us with grain as you ordained.

Thus have you prepared the land: drenching its furrows, breaking up its clods,

softening it with showers, blessing its yield.

You have crowned the year with your bounty

and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;

the untilled meadows overflow with abundance,

and rejoicing clothes the hills.

The fields are covered with flocks and the valleys are blanketed with grain.

They shout and sing for joy!

Luke 17: 11-19: Read by Nancy

On the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus passed along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. As Jesus was entering a village. Ten people with leprosy met him. Keeping their distance, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Rabbi, have pity on us!”

When Jesus saw them, he responded, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going, they were healed.

One of them, realizing what had happened, came back praising God in a loud voice, then fell down at the feet of Jesus and spoke his praises. The individual was a Samaritan.

Jesus replied, “Weren’t all ten made whole? Where are the other nine? Was there no one to return and give thanks except this foreigner?”

Then Jesus said to the Samaritan, “Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you.”

HYMN: MV #182 “Grateful”

Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son,
joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love.

Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word,
joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.

You are more than we imagine, Ancient, Holy, Living Lord. 

Even when we doubt your presence you are faithful to your Word.

Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son,
joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love.

Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word,
joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.

MESSAGE: “Blessed, Bless, Blessing” Nancy Payne



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.


HYMN: VU #481 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,

the people of God from this dwelling take leave.

The supper is ended, O now be extended the fruits of this service in all who believe.

The seed of Christ’s teaching, receptive souls reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

God’s grace did invite us, God’s love shall unite us to work for the kingdom and answer its call.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face.

Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race.

With your feast you feed us, with your light now lead us;

unite us as one in this life that we share.

Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving

give honour to Christ and the name that we bear.


As we leave this sacred place, know that you, too, are blessed,

and that you, too can be a blessing.

Look for God, and you will see God everywhere.

Look for the Spirit, and you will feel the Spirit wherever you go.

Look for Christ, and you will find Christ in the face of everyone you meet.


MUSICAL REFLECTION: “Count Your Blessings” Video

Congregational Announcements: Sylvia


A Few Announcements …

Greetings from Sharon

We are safe and sound in Nova Scotia, feeling healthy and well, day 2 of self-isolation. We do a daily on-line check-in with public health. There are presently zero cases in the province, and they aim to keep it that way. We will be in quarantine until October 19.

The wedding on Saturday was perfectly perfect and we were all so very blessed. Protocols were in place and while it made for interesting moments, it all worked. The wedding was outside and during the ceremony the sun began shining and it was a special gift. It rained on Friday and it rained on Sunday but was perfect for the Saturday wedding. No greater gift than the gift of love!

There were 20 or maybe 21 in the sanctuary Sunday. I heard 20 but I know there was one or more who arrived later and not sure when the count I was told was done. Sylvia and Brenda blessed us with music Sunday. We acknowledged World Communion even though we were not celebrating the sacraments in the sanctuary due to health restrictions in the pandemic and we our blessing of animals via photos, in our heads and hearts worked, with those at home being able to have their pet with them. Creativity!

Speaking of which, please remember to send in any photos of your memorabilia, photos of veterans, or meaningful images for Remembrance Day observances to be held November 8. C L can add them into the PowerPoint for the day if she has received them by Wed. November 4.

I am very much looking forward to our Thanksgiving and anniversary service this Sunday, October 11. I will join by Zoom. Our worship leader and guest preacher is Nancy Payne. Kevin Fitzpatrick is leading worship October 18, 25 and November 1. Kevin is also covering pastoral emergencies.

Stay safe and stay well. As much as possible, minimize your contacts and offer abundance of thanks for health and well-being.

We will continue to get through all of this.



Financial Update for September from the Treasurer, Greg Phillips

Opening balance: $41,874.46

Closing balance: $40,693.96

Operations Acct: $(29,223.24)

Income: $5,925.23

Expenses: $7,105.73

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 table as you exit worship.

Mission & Service: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”  Mark 12:31 (NRSV)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for all you do to live out Jesus’ call to love one another through your gifts to Mission & Service.  God’s compassionate presence is made real by the beautiful things that are happening because of your generosity.

We are grateful to the people of Dunsford United Church who have generously given $8,000 in 2019 to enable life-saving and life-changing work through our shared Mission & Service.

Mission & Service takes on a new importance as the church responds to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis.  Our ministries in Canada and across the world are acting quickly to help people whose lives have suddenly changed.  In-person outreach programs closed by social distancing have been replaced by food distribution and finding safe homes for people who are homeless.  Hospital chaplains are caring for COVID-19 victims and their families.  People are being helped to adapt to pandemic conditions and taught how to keep the virus from spreading.  Virtual camps and education programs are being offered to support families in isolation at home. 

Your gifts to Mission & Service make all this possible.  You are truly an example of what it means to love one another!  Please continue to be a part of our amazing ministry.


The Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, Moderator, The United Church

Sarah Charters, Acting Director of Philanthropy

Kidney Walk: Doris raised $415 and thanks everyone who supported her.

The Dunsford Community Food Bank would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I want to thank George Clarke for donating turkeys and carrots and Kathy Prentice for donating a large ham. Our families really appreciate everything the community is doing. Stay safe and stay well.  Your food bank coordinator, Fay or 1-705-341-3166


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

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


Music Director: Brenda Shield 1-705-748-9875 or

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