Bulletin with announcements – June 12, 2022

Dunsford United Church

Sunday June 12, 2022 – Trinity Sunday 

Pulpit Supply: Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

† GATHERING MUSIC: MV #156 v. 1 “Dance with the Spirit” (Words: Jim Strathdee)

Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’, walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.
Work and hope for the new life abornin’, listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS (Unison)

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:  VU #331 “The Church’s One Foundation” (Words: Samuel J. Stone)

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord;

we are his new creation by water and the Word;

from heaven he came and sought us that we might ever be

his living servant people, by his own death set free.

Called forth from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth;

one charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name professing and at one table fed,

to one hope always pressing, by Christ’s own Spirit led.

Though with a scornful wonder the world sees us oppressed,

by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,

yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, ‘How long?’

But soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of our war,

we wait the consummation of peace forevermore;

till with the vision glorious our longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

We now on earth have union with God the Three in One,

and share through faith communion with those whose rest is won.

Oh, happy ones, and holy! Lord, give us grace that we

like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Be still and know that God is.

Before creation began God was.

And when all human striving has ceased God will still be.

From everlasting to everlasting,

God is God who alone is worthy to be worshipped.

Let us sing praise to our God.

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

On this Trinity Sunday we come before you, Holy God to offer our praise and adoration.

You are God the creator giving us richly all things to enjoy.

You are Christ, saviour of the world, Word made flesh to set us free.

You are the spirit of truth and love willing to dwell in us.

You are holy and blessed, One God, eternal Trinity, be near to us, the people formed in your image,

And be close to the world your love brings to life.

Amen

Written by Carol O’Neil Gatherings 2022 p. 30. Used with permission.

OFFERING

While we can’t take up the offering as we used to, we very much appreciate your generosity.

Let us pray.

OFFERTORY PRAYER 

Holy One, we gather on this first Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Sunday to lift up your triune nature.  Let us remember you at all times as we look at a hurting world in need of your care.  May these gifts be helpful and constructive to those in need in our wider community.  Amen 

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART: Three is a Special Number

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31(read by Dawn)

Does not wisdom call
    and understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
“To you, O people, I call,
    and my cry is to all who live.

22 “The Lord created me at the beginning[a] of his work,[b]
    the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
    at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
    when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
    before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields[c]
    or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30     then I was beside him, like a master worker,[d]
and I was daily his[e] delight,
    playing before him always,
31 playing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the human race.

New Testament: John 16:12-15 The spirit of truth (Read by Rev. Anne)

 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

† HYMN:  #315 “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” (Words: Reginald Heber)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!  Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;

holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! 

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;

holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

MESSAGE:  What is Wisdom?

On Facebook these days I often see posts that say “Teach your children that it’s more important to be kind to others than the best in class or sports.”

It’s an idea I approve of – it speaks of emotional intelligence more than sheer IQ.

One of my favourite aunts was my mom’s twin sister. Her name was also Anne –

She did not have an easy life- despite many birth lottery privileges, she struggled with addiction and a serially unfaithful spouse.  But one comment she used frequently was

“I am an old married woman- I have seen everything”.

 I thought that was an interesting statement but didn’t really “get it” until I became an old married woman! I think she was younger than I am when she first said that!

What she knew was legion- she understood her context- her birth family, her own children, her place in society, her world as she saw it- and she lived her life as well as she could.

I admired her because while she was quite unhappy at times, she never ever spoke ill of her husband to me- even after their divorce. If she bad mouthed him to anyone else, I never heard, but I admired her loyalty to him. She created a new life for herself and quit drinking. She was a courageous person and she inspired me.  One day some years after the divorce I had the unfortunate experience of being noticed by her ex’s sister while I was out shopping.  She obviously did not hold to the same standards as Aunt Anne and started talking about what a mess her Sister-in-law’s life had become.  I was horrified by her nastiness and made an oblique comment about Aunt Anne’s journey in life being different from others.  She obviously did not expect that response and went silent. When I got home, I called my mom and asked if someone should tell Anne that this happened. Her wise response was that it would hurt Anne more to be discussed like that than to be defended.     

Wisdom is a curious attribute in some ways.

We talk about people having wisdom and being wise.

Sometimes it’s about the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.  “Listen to his words of wisdom”

Wisdom may be the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Sometimes it’s about prior experience- in a wide or specific area.

Wisdom may be the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period.

Sometimes the wisdom a person accrues is about a field of knowledge- for instance a civil engineer would acquire wisdom from years of study and working experience.

In the OT wisdom is mentioned 222 times- it is considered one of the highest virtues along with kindness and justice.

In the Bible we have the wisdom books- they are JOB, ECCLESIATES & PROVERBS.

These are books that specifically address the kinds of wisdom I have just mentioned.

Job as you know was a fellow beleaguered by bad luck and struggling to make sense of it all.  His friends weren’t much help, but he got through and his faith in God remained.

Proverbs is the same with examples of what is upright living- although chapter 31 is about a truly over the top 1%er- the woman  who cares for her household.

Ecclesiastes is another book that gives advice on life, together with reflections on its problems and meanings -one of my favourites in Ecc is chapter 3:1-8

 “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

What I like about this is that it is subject to the context of each person and place.

For instance, we in Canada have no context for the violence and destruction in Ukraine.  Therefore, we cannot really judge that-

And as for the gun violence in the US we can only watch and hope for improvements in safety and mental health.

Many of the other times mentioned above are specific to individual’s experience alone or in community or family life.

And an outsider can’t know all that goes into each situation.

So really what wisdom exists in those situations is particular to the individuals involved.

My point is that it’s easy to look up on pedestals and assume that wisdom only belongs to people who are high up in society or academia.  Not so at all!

It is very important to recognize the wisdom that belongs to everyone- children are known for speaking the truth and being utterly wise-but who else?

I am involved with a search committee in Toronto which is looking for staff for a church that does extensive outreach work.  In interviews it is always important to listen for the answers given about how to interact with street people.

The best responses are usually about respecting them and their knowledge, but one blew me away recently- it was about respecting the wisdom of their experiences and life journey.  May we learn from the wisdom around us all!

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, for ever and ever.  Amen

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

Go out to the world as Christ would have you to serve others with renewed appreciation for his wisdom and example. And as you go may the love of God be with you always.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See below

† 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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From Carolle B

STRAWBERRY SUPPER 2022

WED. JULY 6

TAKE OUT ONLY

$20 / MEAL

PICK UP AT DUNSFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE 4:30 – 5:30

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The meal is: potato, pasta and coleslaw salads, ham, bun and strawberries

Arrangements have been made for the salads to be made on July 5th by DUC volunteers and DCC volunteers.

The berries will be prepared on July 6th.

A few people will be needed to direct traffic during pick up.

All members are asked to make as many phone calls as possible to obtain orders;

friends, family, neighbours, club members you belong to, etc.

Fay put an invitation on Face Book. (copy it to your friends if you can)

DEADLINE FOR PHONE CALL ORDERS TO BE TALLIED AND SUBMITTED

MON. JUNE 20th.   Meet at D U C, 7:00 p.m. Or send your orders with someone else. This is when the food will be ordered.

When you make your calls, please record the following (eg. on lined paper);

NAME                                PHONE #                 #/MEALS                PAID

John                     705-000-0000                         3                prepaid   $60            

           (every other line please)

Carolle                  705-xxx-xxxx                  1              at pick up ____     

Update from the Worship Team: Hymn books and CDs will replace the slideshow for worship services during July, August and Sept. 4th.  We are looking for volunteers to operate the CD player and the soundboard.  Please sign up on the media sheet.

Sunday Worship Schedule

DateWorship LeaderSlideshowSoundboardReaderMinistry of Music
June 12Anne HepburnHelen Mary Dawn  
June 19  *Anne Hepburn  CommunionNot needed (picnic)Not needed (picnic)Lois  
June 26Darlene HallettCarol Mary Gloria 

June 19: Father’s Day; Communion; Potluck; Outdoor Service

Please bring your own chair, cutlery, plates, mug/cup, and some food for sharing.  Coffee/tea and communion elements will be provided.

Sign-up sheets are on the table behind the last pew. 

Please continue to pray for: Emma; Tracie; Kristen; Mary Lou; Marg; Marilyn and Claude, Henry, Beryl and Murray.

Cheer Ministry: Please call Mary when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; or special birthday/anniversary wishes.

A Stewardship Second: Just as our faith is rooted in relationship―God: Three in One―so too is good stewardship. People give to people. We all want to help.

© 2022 The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ca.

Dunsford Community Food Bank: Contact Fay Carslake 705-341-3699 or faycarslake@hotmail.com

United Church of Canada

let all our hearts unite!

let us toward each other move,

and move toward your light.

(from VU #591)

June 10th is Union Day (observed June 5th), The United Church of Canada’s “birthday” and the 97th anniversary of its inaugural service. It’s truly fitting that our beloved United Church marks another trip around the sun in the same month that we also lift up the lives and ministry of LGBTIQ2A+ people in all their diversity (Pride Sunday); honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples’ customs, languages, values and cultures (Indigenous Day of Prayer); and celebrate our love for Creation (Environment Sunday).

The founders of the United Church believed that ours is a living faith and a witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ that is expressed in active, thoughtful involvement in society. The combined voices of people of faith bring forward the message that every individual, and Earth itself, must be cherished and respected.¹ We are blessed to be part of this united and uniting church, joining beautiful, diverse cultures, traditions and journeys in Christ and striving towards healing and right relations with all peoples and the planet!

The Foundation is here to sustain our Church as it evolves, and to support the continued work of those carrying out God’s mission in the world. We look forward to many, many more Union Day celebrations to come. Happy Birthday, UCC!

Blessings,

Sarah Charters

President

¹ The United Church of Canada

 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ

– Colossians 2:2

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DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5

Tel: 705-793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca


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