Bulletin and Announcements for August 7, 2022

Dunsford United Church

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Pulpit Supply: Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

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#660 “How Firm a Foundation” (public domain)

How firm a foundation, you servants of God, is laid for your faith in God’s Excellent word!

What more can be said than to you has been said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

Fear not, I am with you; O be not dismayed! For I am your God and will still give you aid;

I’ll strengthen and help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call you to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;

for I will be with you, your troubles to bless, and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace, all-sufficient, shall be your supply: the flame shall not hurt you;

I only design your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose I will not – I will not desert to his foes;

that soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake, I’ll never – no, never – no, never forsake!

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let us keep space for the Holy Presence.

Let us still ourselves and quiet our minds.

We are called to hold Sabbath on this day.

Spirit  moves in and through us in divine tranquility and peace

In the name of the Risen Christ let us rest, worship and pray together.

May God fill us with light, forgiveness and an enveloping love as we worship.

Written by Jani Francis, Gatherings 2022, p.36. 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 justice and mercy in us.

May your voice resonate through your 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

OFFERING

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

OFFERTORY PRAYER

We offer up our lives and our gifts to you O God. May they be sufficient to your use in this world. Amen

FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART: What Does it Mean to Argue? 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Isaiah 1:1, 10-20  Come, Let us argue it out, says God to Israel (Read by Carolle)

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls or of lambs or of goats.

When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand?

Trample my courts no more! 

Bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and calling of convocation— I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove your evil deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil; learn to do good; seek justice; rescue the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow.  Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord:
If your sins are like scarlet, will they become like snow?
If they are red like crimson, will they become like wool?
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land,

but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

New Testament reading  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (Read by Anne)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictionof things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance, and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith, with Sarah’s involvement, he received power of procreation, even though he was too old, because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better homeland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

† HYMN: VU #642 “Be Thou My Vision” (public domain)

Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art,

thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, my calm in all strife; I ever with thee, and thou in my life;

thou loving parent, thy child may I be, thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

Be thou my battle shield, sword for the fight be thou my dignity, thou my delight,

thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower; raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise, thou mine inheritance, now and always;

thou and thou only, the first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

Great God of heaven, after victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O ruler of all.

MESSAGE: What is it to Argue Something Out?

One day many years ago we had a neighbour returning home by cab who blocked my side of the mutual driveway. I couldn’t get out and as circumstances would have, I was in a rush. I always was in a rush back then- don’t know why but you know- 4 kids and multiple activities after school…I spoke to the driver and asked if they could move but there seemed to be no interest. So after 10 painful toe tapping minutes I finally was able to get in my car and drive away.

That evening my neighbour’s daughter called. I thought she was calling to apologize but she was not. She was very disappointed in me for being impatient with her mom who was the passenger. I did apologize because it was not her mom’s fault. I did not mean to target her mom at all and I don’t think I even said anything to her. But clearly she felt uncomfortable even though the driver was at fault and I should have known better.

It was one of those moments in life where I expected something different than I actually received. And while I did apologize I honestly felt that I was not as much in the wrong as the situation suggested to the other neighbour- so I sucked it up.

We all do that sometimes don’t we?

You know how we say where two or more are gathered Christ is with us?

Well I have news- where two or more are gathered conflict is also there!

One of the most common aspects of our human nature is to have disagreements with others. And as you probably know, conflict can be over something mighty and important or trivial and passing. It can involve two people or many and it can lead to entrenched feelings between groups of people that may, in extreme cases, last for generations.

It can manifest in silence where there was once easy communication; or in loud yelling- also of course physical outbreaks as well-conflict is a truly puzzling part of life and it can be terrifying to some. The conflict avoidant types run the other way and the ones who are not, tend to lean in and engage to the best of their comfort and interest level.  But what I learned when I did a course in mediation is that conflict can be demystified if we understand how it tends to occur. There is predictable pattern to conflict which helps people seeking solutions to interpersonal or community disagreements. Conflict is often based upon having different perspectives or values. Nothing wrong with that but it either needs to be solved or accepted.

How we express conflict of course is important. My father had a saying – “don’t burn your bridges” which I think of often. It means to not destroy a relationship over a disagreement. And most of the time we don’t do that. But we may have to in some cases. I am thinking very severe conflict where racism or abuse or other really bad behaviour are affecting the context of the situation.   

In the OT reading we heard about Israel’s Ungrateful Rebellion and Yahweh’s Gracious Invitation (Isaiah 1:1-31).  The first chapter of the book serves as a general introduction to all the writings in the collection, including it in most of the themes of the book. The chapter falls into four sections: the indictment of Israel’s sin, the rejection of their hypocritical attempt at reconciliation, the gracious invitation of Yahweh, and a lament over the state of the nation. The first three sections form a natural unit with a culminating invitation. The fourth section which we are not reading today, could be a fourth point, or an epilogue, or it could be alluded to and drawn in while discussing the first point.

Several things in general need to be made clear about this passage. First, the literary form and vocabulary of the passage is that of a legal context. God is bringing a formal indictment against the nation. The passage invites comparison with other legal texts (especially the so-called rib passages, Hebrew rib [pronounced reev] is a legal dispute or lawsuit). Second, the setting of the passage appears to be a festal gathering when all the people assembled in the area of the Sanctuary to pray to God to protect them from their invading enemies who are closing in on them. We may go so far as to suggest that this gathering was the Feast of Tabernacles, for the passage mentions “booths” (sukkot), the oil of the fall harvest, and begins with a reflection on the way that the Book of Deuteronomy ends—a book that was to be read at the Feast of Tabernacles. At such an assembly the people would look for words of comfort from a prophet near the end of the services, but this was not what they got—rather, a stern rebuke and call for repentance.

Ultimately I did make peace with my neighbours and we got along again.

But it taught me a valuable lesson which I have carried forward-not everyone who feels conflicted will speak up. Not everyone who is involved will register their discomfort-physically or verbally. Some run away because they can’t handle it-if you think that’s happening its good to check in. And I realized that my impatience came across as conflict but it was not really a big deal- and I could have handled it better.

God’s frustration with his people of Israel might have been almost at the breaking relationship point but he was MUCH more patient and he waited a long time to call them out.  Even then he did offer to work it out and we can all use that as a model for ourselves.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

LORD’S PRAYER

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) [Not on a CD – words are printed in the front inside cover of More Voices]

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

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: The gospel according to Luke reminds us, “Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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

The United Church of Canada E-ssentials – Aug 2, 2022

Installation of the 44th Moderator

What a historic General Council it has been! It was held virtually, spanning over seven months and also marked the election of the first Indigenous woman as Moderator, the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne.

Join us in-person or online at the installation of the 44th Moderator of The United Church of Canada on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PDT/ 4:00 p.m. EDT/ 5:30 p.m. NDT. 

[Photo credit: The United Church of Canada]  

A Commitment to Harm Reduction

At General Council 44 virtual decision sessions, the United Church committed to joining harm reduction advocates and community and medical services across the country in calling on the Federal Government to decriminalize illicit substances for personal use.

[Photo credit: Harish Sharma from Pixabay]  

Christian Left Conference 2022


Don’t miss the third edition of the Christian Left Conference “Creation, Land, and Indigeneity: Resistance on Turtle Island and Beyond.” The conference will take place online, on August 5‒6, 2022, with featured keynote speakers Moderator Elect Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Jenny Te Paa-Daniel, Dan Longboat, and others. [Image credit: Emmanuel College]  

A New Episode From Podcast Series “It’s Your Call” 


Have you been enjoying the “It’s Your Call” Podcast series? Enjoy the final episode of season one featuring Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean. Catherine is a theological pastor in The United Church of Canada, currently serving at St. Paul’s United Church in Edmonton. Listen as we discuss her “call” and what made her pursue it!

Stay tuned for more as we gear up for season two!

[Photo credit: Courtesy of Catherine Faith MacLean]


WWJD? Here’s One of the Church’s Best Answers

  
Through Mission & Service, the arms of your generosity stretch wide, reaching into schools, camps, hospitals, shelters, prisons, and churches with three main goals: to help transform lives, deepen meaning and purpose and build a better world. Mission & Service is one of our church’s best answers to the question What would Jesus do?

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United Church Bookstore: 2023 Canadian Church Calendars


The beautiful Canadian church calendar for 2023 is here! Order yours today, and enjoy stunning photographs of United Churches across the country while keeping track of liturgical seasons and colours, significant United Church days, and lectionary dates.

Early Bird Savings: From now until August 31, 2022, if you purchase 50 copies or more you will receive 35% off! Use the early bird promo code MYCHURCHCAL at checkout.

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