Bulletin and Announcements for April 30, 2023

Dunsford United Church

April 30, 2023 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Pulpit Supply: Lorrie McConnell

†= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS (Announcements are done at the end of service)

Welcome to the Fourth Sunday of Easter

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #412 “This is the Day”

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

Christ Candle 

We gather as people who follow the light.

Whether we wait for the sun’s rising, or light a candle in the night, or experience the light in a loved one’s heart, we seek light by which we may live.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”

May his light burn warmly within us and shine brightly out as love from us for all the world to recognize.

(Adapted) Bob Root, Peterborough, Ont. Used with permission.

Candle for Truth and Reconciliation:

We light this candle for truth and reconciliation.

We light this candle in recognition of this world, particularly this area of earth called Turtle Island, which was created by God before human time began.

In every moment, Christ’s light shines over this land where we are thankful to live. Amen.

Sue Carleton, Shallow Lake U.C., Shallow Lake, Ont. Used with permission.

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

Who put the magical buzz in the bumblebee, and the intricate scales on the cod?

Our God! Our God!

Who put the incredible trunk on the elephant, and the peas in the pod?

Our God! Our God!

And who has brought us miraculously here, joyful and awed?

Our God! Our God!

(Adapted) Heather Ferrier, Trinity U.C., Mahone Bay, N.S. Used with permission.

HYMN: MV #79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

OPENING PRAYER (Unison) 

Loving God, 

Creator of heaven and earth, Creator of sea and sky, 

Creator of all living things—plant and animal, bird  and fish—we come as one of your earth creatures. 

Provider God, 

you provide all the nourishment that is needed. 

You feed and nurture all living things: plant and animal, bird and fish. 

Creator, Provider, and Sustainer God, you create and recreate, heal and restore as it pleases you. 

Help us experience you in all creation.

Help us sing your praise with thanksgiving. 

Help us live in your love. 

Help us be a loving part of your creation, caring as you care and loving as you love. 

With joy and love for the wonder and miracle of life itself we praise you, Creator God. 

In the name of Jesus we pray. 

Amen.

(Adapted) Jim Warburton, Meadow Lea U.C., Marquelte, Man.

David Lander, while at Castleton-Grafton P.C., Grafton, Ont. Used with permission.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, God, understanding and forgiving,

reaches out to enfold us in loving arms and make us whole.  We are a forgiven people. Thanks be to God!

Written by George Allan, Chatham, Ont. Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “God Leads Us Along” Christena-Lynn E

† HYMN: “I, The Lord of Sea and Sky” VU #509

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.

As our loving shepherd, Jesus reaches out to help us through all the troubles of life, in loving ways.

Let us reach out to each other and to others in our community and in the world beyond as we present our offering this morning.

Written by George Allan, Chatham, Ont.  Used with permission.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541 “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

We know there is much need, O God, and we offer what we can to help. Spread the good we intend where it is needed, we pray,

that it may help our neighbours, near and far, through Christ, in love.

Amen.

Written by George Allan, Chatham, Ont. Used with permission.

† HYMN: VU #664 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART: “Sharing is Caring”

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS

John 10:1-10 NIV (Read by Jim)

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Acts 2:42-47 NIV (Read by Lorrie)

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

† HYMN: VU #639 “One More Step Along the World I Go”

MESSAGE: “That’s the Miracle”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

† HYMN: VU #567 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

May we draw the circle of the miracle of life, love and oneness wide, sharing and caring wider and wider and ripple that out to our family, friends, our community and our world.

Believe in your heart you are meant to live a life of passion, magic and miracles.

Everyday holds new magic. 

Peace and Blessings …

Stay Safe, Be Well.

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

RESPONSE:

And until we meet again

May the Light and Love of God surround you and bless you! 

And all God’s people said,

Amen Amen Amen 

Inspiration and Resource: Prayers for Worship Gathering LE 2023

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Update from Kevin Fitzpatrick

Hello Folks;

I am sending this around to let you know when my Ordination will be, time, place and you are invited to celebrate with me in the culmination of my journey to answer my call to Ministry.

Please see the information below:

Celebration of Ministry Service:

May 6, 2023 at 2:30pm

Trinity United Church – 264 Division St. Cobourg.

Trinity United Church is located at 284 Division St. Cobourg, ON K9A 3R1. From Highway 401, exit at County Rd. 45/Division St. (exit #474) and proceed south on Division St. into the center of the town. The church is located at 284 Division St. on the southeast corner of Division St. and Chapel St. There is a large municipal parking immediately to the south of the church. There is wheelchair access from the Division St. parking lot.

There will be a Zoom link for the service, but I think the link will be shared on the day of the service. I can find out if I can get access to it sooner, for anyone interested in it.

Please share this information with all that may not be on this email chain, I would love to have many of you as possible at my Ordination to share this wonderful day.

And not to worry if you cannot make it, there will be a covenanting service for all who want to come and witness the covenant between my Ministry and Janetville Pastoral Charge. This will take place in the fall to make my call official and we can celebrate there again.

I thank all of you for all your support and guidance as I discerned my call to Ministry. You are the wonderful Saints at Dunsford United Church that have been the blessings of being part of my faith journey for my family and I and you welcomed us as part of your community. I consider all of you Saints that God has provided for me as faith companions on this journey. I keep you all in prayer.

Blessings

Kevin

Congregational Minister

Janetville Pastoral Charge

Janetville United Church – Mt. Horeb United Church

Youth, Young Families and Community Outreach Minister

Grace United Church – Peterborough ON

Spiritual Care Provider/Chaplain

Ross Memorial Hospital – Lindsay ON

YARD + BAKE + PLANT SALE

Saturday, May 6th from 8 AM to 1 PM

RAIN OR SHINE!

Dunsford United Church, 1981 Sturgeon Rd., Dunsford

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

Please keep in your prayers: Mary Lou; Emma J., and Linda M, who broke her elbow.

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Stewards live God’s dream of a community of people who truly look after one another.

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


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