Bulletin and Announcements – July 24, 2022

Dunsford United Church

Sunday July 24, 2022

Pulpit Supply: Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

† GATHERING MUSIC: VU #266 “Amazing Grace” (Words: John H. Newton)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;

how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;

’tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me, this word my hope secures;

God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES: Vicki

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS (Unison)

We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishinaabe/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 with all our relations.

† HYMN: VU #333 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (public domain)

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver; let us all thy grace receive;

suddenly return, and never, nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee, without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be;

let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee,

changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

CALL TO WORSHIP

We gather in this place open to new wisdom, seeking something greater than ourselves.

We gather to worship.

Here, may you find what you need.

Here in the presence of God, may we all be renewed for the week ahead.

Here may God be glorified.

We must worship.

We need to worship.

Let us worship now.

Written by Elaine Bidgood Sveet, Gatherings 2022 p. 35. Used with permission.

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Loving God, as we join together to worship you today, please help us to know your presence.  Sing your joy in us; Sing your comfort in us.

Ring out your peace, your love, your Mercy and justice in us

May your voice resonate through our bodies our spirits and our lives.

Birth in us life, new life, abundant life and equip us to share that life and love with the world you so love. Amen

Written by Chelsea Masterman Gatherings 2022 p. 41. Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: Brian

OFFERTORY PRAYER

While we can’t take up the offering as we used to, we very much appreciate your generosity.  We offer up our lives and our gifts to you O God.  May they be sufficient to your use in this world.  Amen

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Hosea 1:2-10 Hosea’s Wife and Children (Read by Brian)

When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.”  So he married Gomer, daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.  Then the LORD said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them.  Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the LORD their God, will save them.”

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.  Then the LORD said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

“Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’

New Testament Luke 11:1-13 Jesus teaches the disciples to pray (Read by Anne)

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’  And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

† HYMN: VU #960 “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” 

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,

and the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen

MESSAGE: Hosea – A Story of Israel and of Our World

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

Go out into the world ready to show who you are by your actions and your loving kindness. And as you go may you feel the love of God with you always.

† 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

Update from the Chair: In an attempt to provide a sense of comfort to those who would like to keep some distance between themselves and others in the sanctuary, some of the side pew cushions have been turned up. All the cushions in the centre section are down. This provides seating options for everyone. We are continuing to provide hand sanitizer and also recommend that a mask be worn while in the building for an added measure of safety. We are not under any formal restrictions so these measures are all voluntary at this time. I thank you for your consideration of others as the BA.5 variant has proven to be highly transmissible and Ontario is considered to be in the seventh wave. Carol, Mission Board Chair

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

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

Stewardship Second: Is your “stuff” building a barrier between you and God? Try giving it away.

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

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

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

Words to hymns used with permission. CCLI  #11197107


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