Bulletin and Announcements for June 18, 2023

REMINDER: Sun. June 18th Outdoor Service and Potluck lunch

Please remember to bring your own chair, plate, cutlery, cup and some food for sharing, with the hope that the weather will be suitable for an outside service – Worship Team

Dunsford United Church

June 18, 2023 – Outdoor Worship Service and Potluck Lunch

Pulpit Supply: Lorrie McConnell

†= stand as you are able


Welcome everyone to the Third after Pentecost, Proper 6.

Happy Fathers Day!  Today we celebrate all our fathers and grandfathers and father figures in our lives. 

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #409 “Morning Has Broken”


(Lit by Gloria)

Christ Candle

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

Jesus invites: And whispers  in our ear …. It’s time to know and experience more peace, love and healing in your world ….it’s time to sing a new heart song . 

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.


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.


God in the Cosmos, in swirling galaxies and unknown mystery. 

God in the stars, in sun, moon, and earth. 

God in the cloud, in sky and breeze. 

God in the water, oceans, and trees. 

God in the creature, in turtle and bear. 

God in the flower, in fire and air. 

God in the people, in smile and hug. 

God in the cross, in Son, and in kin-dom come. 

God-in-All, we give thanks to you: 

Your Spirit imbues. 

Your grace renews. 

All praise to you. 

We Sing to You. 

Your love is true! 


Let us worship! 

HYMN: MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

OPENING PRAYER (Responsive) 

Loving God, can we thank you enough for giving us life?

Thank you for the first and most incredible gift.

Loving God, can we thank you enough for the gift of family, that is those who unconditionally love 

and welcome us as we are, however that family is formed?

Thank you for those close and precious to us.

Loving God, can we thank you enough for the gift of our faith community?

Thank you for all who pray and praise and work together.

Loving God, can we thank you enough for the gift of living a life of inspiration and faith?

Thank you for the Way of Jesus that inspires us to sing a new song 

Our God, to whom all thanksgiving be given; 

In time and beyond time, Amen. 

( Adapted) David Sparks, Summerland, B.C.


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!

George Allan, Chatham, Ont.

† HYMN: MV #161 “I Have Called You by Your Name”

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.

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.

George Allan, Chatham, Ont.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (Words: Thomas Ken)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures high and low;
give thanks to God in love made known: Creator, Word and Spirit, One.


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.

George Allan, Chatham, Ont.

† HYMN: VU #365 “Jesus Loves Me”




Open wide our hearts, open wide our minds, open your word to us this morning, we pray; let your holy light and love shine upon it and through it, bringing us new insights, new Life and new Hope. Amen.

(Adapted) Fern Gibbard, for Penticton U.C., Penticton, B.C. 


Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19 (Read by Gloria)

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.

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]

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (Read by Lorrie)

The Workers Are Few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

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

MESSAGE: “Singing a New Song”


Please keep Kristen, Emma, Mary Lou, Linda, Donna, Patrick and Abigail and family, in your prayers.


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


† HYMN: VU #575 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”


May we be the song of peace, love, healing, faith, hope, joy, unity and Oneness and ripple that out to ourselves, family, friends, our community and our world. 

Every day holds new opportunities and new possibilities for our own healing and adding to the light of our world. 

Peace and Blessings.

Stay Safe, Be Well. 

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Any from the congregation?


And until we meet again

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

And all God’s people said,

Amen  Amen  Amen 

Inspiration and Resource: Prayers for Worship Gathering  Pentecost 2023


STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Give joyfully; give gratefully; give without boasting.



Moderator’s Message for National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023

Transcript of videotaped message

Greetings. I am the Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to recognize the unique heritage and diverse cultures of Indigenous Peoples across the country, from coast to coast to coast.

While on Truth and Reconciliation Day in September we recognize and commemorate the challenges and realities of our colonized and colonizing history in Canada, National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time of celebration to recognize and lift up the resilience of Indigenous people and communities, and to celebrate what we have to share with the rest of the country.

This year, I was invited to attend the National “Indspire” Awards, where I learned about so many inspiring Indigenous leaders who work and lead in many different sectors across the country.

There are a number of things you can do to celebrate or recognize this day:

·         Attend a local celebration or cultural event; plan to attend with family, friends, or colleagues.

·         Spend the day exploring the Indigenous heritage of the place where you work or live.

·         Learn to introduce yourself in the Indigenous language or languages from where you live or work.

·         Add to the Indigenous economy—support Indigenous businesses by shopping or dining in Indigenous-owned stores and restaurants (actually, this one you should do year-round).

·         Support Indigenous programs through our Gifts with Vision partnerships. You can learn more at giftswithvision.ca.

·         Listen to Indigenous music.

·         Visit an art gallery or museum with a show curated by Indigenous Peoples.

·         Read a book—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—by an Indigenous author.

·         Watch a movie or TV show featuring Indigenous direction, screenwriting, and acting.

Take time to share with others what National Indigenous Peoples Day is and how they can join you in the celebration. I know that many communities of faith have Reconciliation Matters committees, which is a great place to build community and discuss the ways in which you engaged with Indigenous culture this National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Walis Gayasixa.

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