Dunsford United Church Bulletin – Sunday October 17, 2021

Pulpit Supply: Lisa Norman



This past Sunday was the 29th United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. When grappling with big issues it is so important that we come together as a church to call to mind the divine community that God imagines for all God’s people. A community of love, justice, dignity, and full participation. A world without poverty. In Canada, nearly 5 million people live in poverty. One effort toward God’s kin-dom is the call for a guaranteed livable income program. Together may we reflect on the Word and be moved into the world.


May the light that brings all understanding shine on us this day.


We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishnabeg/Mississauga peoples with whom Treaty 20, Williams treaty, was signed, on the lands where I am, 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 and reconciliation with all our relations.

HYMN: MV #14 “Where Two or Three are Gathered” (Words: Bruce Harding)

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there, I am there.


We gather together

With hopeful eyes

With open ears

With compassionate hearts

With humble thoughts

Seeking Christ’s Word made new

For this time and this place.



O Great Wisdom

We come before you

Ordinary people in and extraordinary time

We have so many questions

We have so many conflicting emotions

We are inundated with images and information constantly.

We see great need in our homes, our community, our world.

We hear the cries of the people and the planet.

Our hearts want to act.

But we don’t.

This is our sin.

The sin of inaction.

Like horses wearing blinders,

We stay the course.

We know we will be spooked by what is around us.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Create in us a clean heart

And put a new and right spirit within us.


Our poor souls have cried out and have been heard by the Lord.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

For in them is created a clean heart.


While we can’t take up the offering the usual way, we do appreciate the generosity you show us. Whether by PAR or other methods the support is real and meaningful. Envelopes may be left in the offering plate on the table as you leave the Sanctuary.


God our Provider

We give to you, whatever that gift may be

All that we have is yours alone,

To you we give it gratefully.

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART (Children are to remain in their seats)


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,

for ever and ever.



Psalm 34: 1-8

I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me,

and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant;

so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,

and was saved from every trouble.

The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;

happy are those who take refuge in him.

The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 20:1-15

A Story About Workers

20 1-2 “God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a denarius a day, and went to work.

3-5 “Later, about nine o’clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They went.

5-6 “He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o’clock. At five o’clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, ‘Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?’

7 “They said, ‘Because no one hired us.’

“He told them to go to work in his vineyard.

8 “When the day’s work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, ‘Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.’

9-12 “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a denarius. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one denarius. Taking the denarius, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.’

13-15 “He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a denarius, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous? Does my generosity prick at you?

HYMN: VU # 291 “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Words: Cecil Frances Alexander)

MESSAGE: “How does GLI fit into our Christian Life?” Lisa Norman

(Sermon will be sent separately)


God of all peoples,

Creator of a grand cosmos and tiny infants,

Source of nurture and creation,

you call us into relationship with each other.

We remain in our own judgment

when we turn away from those of us who suffer

in the midst of affluence and pandemic

and the struggle to survive.

Open us to the cries of others

and our hearts to your persuasive Spirit.

May we acknowledge the needs among us

and advocate for the fair distribution of resources.

May we learn the politics of justice and adequacy,

that we may act with justice,

love kindness and walk with humility.

Today we remember all who struggle to survive.

We specifically hold in our hearts

low-income racialized communities,

who have experienced the most challenges with COVID.

We pray for our political leaders,

that they act with compassion

as they are asked to give leadership

to implement a guaranteed livable income.

Remind us, Holy Wisdom, that through your love

we encounter in each person, friend, or stranger

Christ’s light and love in the world.

Grant that we may promote the justice and acceptance

that enables peace, a true shalom.

Help us to remember that we are one world and one family.


Rev. Susan Eagle, Chair, Shining Waters Social and Ecological Justice Commission, with Barry Rieder, Jane Finch Community Ministry (Used with permission)

HYMN: VU #567 “Will You Come and Follow Me” (Words: The Iona Community)


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.


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