Bulletin and Announcements – Sunday July 17, 2022

Dunsford United Church

Pulpit Supply: Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

† GATHERING MUSIC: VU #227 “For the Fruit of all Creation” (Words: Fred Pratt Green)

For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God. For the gifts to every nation, thanks be to God.

For the ploughing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping,

future needs in earth’s safekeeping, thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done. In the help we give our neighbour,

God’s will is done.  In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,

in the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God.  For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God.

For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,

most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.

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 with all our relations.

† HYMN: MV #1 “Let Us Build a House” (Words: Mary Haugen)

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
A place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions rock of faith and vault of grace
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.

Here the cross shall stand as witness and a symbol of God’s grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat;
A banquet hall on holy ground where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus is revealed in time and space;
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.
Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

CALL TO WORSHIP

In the midst of a busy season

We seek Sabbath rest.

In the midst of sweltering heat

We seek refreshment of spirit, cool water. Gentle breezes.

In the midst of an indifferent world,

We long for acceptance, connection, meaning and purpose.

In the midst of uncertain times

We hunger for generosity and a shared humanity.

In every moment we seek the sacred revealed in our midst

The blessed one who provides for us.

And so we gather to worship as a community.

Written by Karen MacNeill for Gatherings 2022 p. 35. Used with permission.

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

The richness of summer surrounds us as we take much needed time for recreation.  May we use this time we pray for re-creation, opening our hearts and lives to your love, Gracious God. Amen

Written by Fern Gibbard Gatherings 2022 p.40. 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 

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Amos 8:1-12 (Read by Llew)

God will turn feasts to mourning and songs to lamentation

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.  “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.  Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.  “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.  Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!”  Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain,

 and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”— skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.  The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.

“Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn?   The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.  “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping.  I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads.  I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.

 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.

New Testament Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits Mary and Martha (Read by Anne)

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

† HYMN: VU #506 “Take My Life and Let it Be” (Words: Frances R. 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.

MESSAGE: BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

† 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

Summer Worship Schedule

DateWorship LeaderReaderMinistry of Music
July 17Anne HepburnLlew S 
July 24Anne Hepburn 
July 31Evelyn Chambers  
Aug. 7Anne Hepburn  
Aug. 14Anne Hepburn  
Aug. 21Carol Cunday  
Aug. 28Robert Bennett  
Sept. 4Robert Bennett  

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

Stewardship Second: How much is enough? Maybe you have enough already.

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

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Church Office Hours: Wed. 9-5

Tel: 705-793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca


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