DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH Bulletin – Sunday, October 31, 2021

Service prepared by Abigail including some parts from Called to Be the Church: Congregational Giving Program, 2020, Loving Our Neighbours, All in One Gratitude Sunday: A Single-Sunday Program

Worship Leaders: Carolle and Abigail

PRELUDE: Chris Levan – Giving Thanks/Modelling Gratitude – YouTube

* GATHERING MUSIC: VU #299 “Teach Me, God, to Wonder” (Words: Walter Farquharson)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiPu9NCSZis

Teach me, God, to wonder, teach me, God, to see; let your world of beauty capture me.

R: Praise to you be given, love for you be lived, life be celebrated, joy you give.

Let me, God, be open, let me loving be; let your world of people speak to me.  R

Let me, God, be ready, let me be awake, in your world of loving my place take.  R

Teach me, God, to know you, hear you when you speak,

see you in my neighbour when we meet.  R

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

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 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.

CALL TO WORSHIP

We gather today, proclaiming God’s love and seeking God’s blessing.

            God loves us with an immeasurable love. God is with us always,

            even when we are unaware, even when we feel lost or alone.

In gratitude we come, proclaiming our thanksgiving and seeking to live out our love.

            In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

            Thanks be to God.

Thanks be to God. Let us worship God.

HYMN: VU #402 “We Are One”

We are one as we come, as we come, joyful to be here,

in the praise on our lips there’s a sense that God is near.

We are one as we sing, as we seek, we are found;

and we come needful of God’s grace as we meet, together in this place.

We are one as we share, as we share brokenness and fear,

in the touch of a hand there’s a sense that God is here.

We are one as we care, as we heal, we are healed;

and we share warmth in God’s embrace as we pray together in this place.

We are one as we feast, as we feast, peace becomes the sign;

in the bread and the wine there’s a sense of love divine.

We are one as we come, as we feed, we are fed;

and we feel God’s refreshing grace as we meet at table in this place.

We are one as we hear, as we hear, heart and hand unite;

in the word we receive there’s a sense that God is light.

We are one as we leave, as we love, we are loved;

and we seek justice in God’s ways as we move together from this place.

OPENING PRAYER:  23RD Psalm “The Lord is my Shepherd” (King James Version)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

HYMN:  MV #191 “What Can I Do?” (Words: Paul Rumbolt)

What Can I do?  What Can I bring?  What can I say?  What can I sing? 

I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.  I’ll bring my love.  I’ll do my share.

As we sing I ask you all to reflect on the gifts you have to offer our community not simply gifts of financial support but gifts of time, talents and blessings God has bestowed upon you…in the pew there are pieces of paper if you feel inclined please share your gift either with your voice, in writing, or both that we may all acknowledge and give thanks for you. 

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “When You Believe” Celtic Woman 

Many nights we’ve prayed with no proof anyone could hear. In our hearts a hopeful song we barely understood.

Now we are not afraid, although we know there’s much to fear, we were moving mountains long before we knew we could. 

There can be miracles when you believe thought hope is frail it’s hard to kill. 

Who knows what miracles you can achieve, when you believe somehow you will.

You will when you believe.

In this time of fear when prayers so often prove in vain, hope seems like the summer bird to swiftly flow away.  Yet now I’m standing here my heart so full I can’t explain.  Seeking faith and speaking words I never thought I’d say.

There can be miracles when you believe thought hope is frail it’s hard to kill. 

Who knows what miracles you can achieve, when you believe somehow you will.

You will when you believe.

Musical interlude flute

And when you’re blinded by the faith can’t see your way clear through the rain, a small but still resilient voice says hope is very near. 

There can be miracles when you believe though hope is frail it’s hard to kill. 

Who knows what miracles you can achieve, when you believe somehow you will.

You will when you believe.

CHILDREN’S TIME

Lessons of Acceptance and Stewardship 

The 4 Ts: Time, Talents, Temple, Treasures  https://youtu.be/_WSGrr3npTo 

Song:  I’m bringing my offering dear Jesus to you because you have shown us the work we must do, that others may know you I’m doing my part I bring it with love and with joy in my heart.  

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING

Mark 12:41–44 The Widow’s Offering (New Living Translation)

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

HYMN: MV #191 “What Can I Do?” (Words: Paul Rumbolt)

What Can I do?  What Can I bring?  What can I say?  What can I sing? 

I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.  I’ll bring my love.  I’ll do my share.

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 25:14-30 Parable of the Three Servants (New Living Translation)

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]’

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Footnotes

  1. 25:15 Greek talents; also throughout the story. A talent is equal to 75 pounds or 34 kilograms.
  2. 25:21 Greek Enter into the joy of your master [or your Lord]; also in 25:23.

STEWARDSHIP REPORT COMMUNICATIONS

Stewardship Analysis Report:

https://dunsfordunitedchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Dunsford-Stewardship-Analysis-Report-2021.pdf

Called to be the Church Reflections: Abigail and Carolle

MISSION AND SERVICE VIDEO

Your Generosity Matters 2021 – You Are There Every Step of the Way: Jason’s Story – YouTube

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

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,

through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

OFFERING

While we take up the offering differently than used to do in the sanctuary, it is still an important part of our ministry. We acknowledge and thank you all for your contributions to the church whether via PAR or time, talents or treasures of other means.

Your generosity with God’s help makes a difference more than you know.

Let us give generously as we worship God with the gifts entrusted to us.

Lord may these gifts rendered unto you be used to share your love with all in need. 

Thanks be to God. 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

At this time Lord please hear our prayers, the ones we speak aloud, the ones we hold silently in our hearts and on our minds, the ones you discern through our tears and frustrations.  Please Lord look into our hearts and lives to remind us how we must live our faith using your message of hope and love as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN: VU #506 “Take My Life and Let It Be” (Words: Frances Ridley Havergal)

Take my life and let it be consecrated, all for thee;
take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love,
take my feet, and let them be swift and purposeful for thee.

Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from thee;
take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine;
take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love: and I will pour at thy feet its treasure store;
take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

BENEDICTION AND BLESSING

Gracious and Loving God please remind and encourage us all to use our Time, Talents, Temple and Treasures to further your work here on earth.  Please nourish our faith in you as well as each other.  As your children help us to love and accept one another as our life long mission. 

Dear Lord please guide and direct, love and protect every man woman and child in every corner of the world now and evermore in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace” (Words: Don Besig and Nancy Price)

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. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

Amen, Amen, Amen


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