Bulletin and Announcements for April 23, 2023

Dunsford United Church

April 23, 2023

Pulpit Supply: Lisa Norman, LLWL

 †= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS (Announcements are at the end)

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #402 “We Are One” vs. 1 & 2

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

Christ Candle: Light of Christ, guide us on the path of love. Help us to live in your key.

Truth and Reconciliation Candle

Holy One, Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, of story and of song, of heartbeat and of tears of bodies, souls, voices and all relations: you are the God of all truth and the way of all reconciliation.

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 we are.  We acknowledge 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

Come, let us hear good news.  Jesus has died and risen.

We have been crucified with Christ and now shall live forever.

Come let us praise the living God, joyfully sing to our Saviour.

† HYMN: VU #179 “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks”

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

God of resurrection,

You have rolled the stone away

and the tomb of our world has been opened wide.

With the dawn has come a new creation.

Let our celebration today

empty our tombs,

renew our lives,

and release our power;

Through the risen Christ we pray.

Amen

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “He Lives” Sylvia V, accompanied by Llew S

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541

OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)

God of all creation,

we know that

all that we have,

all that we are,

is blessed and blessing.

In this sharing,

we add our blessing to yours.

May all of these blessings

bring hope and healing to your world.

Amen

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART – A Fun Surprise!

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Psalm 116 vs. 1-4, 12-19 (Read by Sylvia)

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!”

12 What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord—in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.[a]

Luke 24: 13-35 On the Road to Emmaus (Read by Lisa)

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

† HYMN: MV #154 “Deep In Our Hearts”

MESSAGE: Living in the Key of Jesus

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

† HYMN: VU #296 “This Is God’s Wondrous World”

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of Her hand.


† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Board Meeting: Thurs. May 11th at 7 PM by Zoom.  The link was sent in an email to the Board members.

Please keep in your prayers: Mary Lou, and Emma J.

MILK BAG MATS MINISTRY: Join in the fun on Wednesdays from 10 AM. 

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: With peace rooted in our own spirits, we can bloom and share ourselves with others.

https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-12/stewardship-seconds_jan-june-2023.docx


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