Bulletin and Announcements for July 2, 2023

Dunsford United Church

July 2, 2023 – Canada Day Service

Presider: Lisa Norman, LLWL

† = stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS (Announcements are done after the Choral Response)



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 (Responsive)

We open ourselves to the One who gave us life. We bring ourselves before God our Creator:
Settlers, new immigrants, and First Peoples: pilgrims all.

We come to pray, to sing, to dance with God’s Spirit.
Settlers, new immigrants, and First Peoples: pilgrims all.

Come, followers of Jesus, people of God.
Settlers, new immigrants, and First Peoples: pilgrims all.

Let us worship God, who is the centre of our circle, the source of reconciling love.
Settlers, new immigrants, and First Peoples: pilgrims all.

We are all called to service in Christ’s name.

(Wetaskiwin Writers, Grace Lutheran Church and First U.C., Wetaskiwin, Alta. Used with permission.)

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES: Sung with Llew playing accompaniment

This path we walk, through joy and tears,

a living Way of faith and fears,

through each step’s risk, each sorrow’s pain,

when walked in love, we’ll rise again.

When life is shared, together, free

we’ll grow to be all we can be:

a circle wide will call us home,

when wrapped in love, we’re not alone.

These gifts we bring, this light we hold,

our songs of grace, our stories told,

remain un-done, told just in part,

till shared in love, and known by heart.

When life is shared, together bound,

God’s richest gifts, together found;

together walk the Spirit’s Way

when love’s the guide, we shall not stray.

This life we share, a blessing deep;

a promised gift, now ours to keep.

God grant our words were spoken true,

now clothed in life, each day anew.

(S. Curtis Tufts, St. Andrew’s U.C., Spruce Grove, Alta. Words © S. Curtis Tufts – April 2016. Used with Permission. Subscribers to Gathering have permission to use these words in their worship services.)


Creator God, you have blessed us with a land of abundance to live in, a land that provides for us, a land that offers us places of silence and tranquility, a land that is home. Dear Lord, we honour the First Peoples who have lived in and cared for this land for thousands of years. Help us truly appreciate what we have received in this land as we offer our thanks to you for this abundance. Help us appreciate the diversity of this country and the blessing of all the people who reside here. Thank you for allowing everyone the freedom to worship as we individually choose. Thank you for our places of worship and for the people who worship and give thanks with us. Receive our prayer as we lift our voices to you in praise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

(Written by Sue Carleton. Gathering 1 Pentecost 2023. page 35. Used with permission)

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.



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.



I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river 

in my soul.



Old Testament – Psalm 13 (Read by Lois)

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.

    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;

    my heart rejoices in your salvation.

6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,

    for he has been good to me.

Gospel Lesson – Matthew 10: 40-42 (Read by Lisa)

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

HYMN: VU #409 “Morning Has Broken”

MESSAGE: Thoughts on a Cup of Water and Canada

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Please keep Kristen, Emma, Mary Lou, Linda, Donna, Patrick and Abigail C and family, and CL’s Dad, Bill, in your prayers.

As Canada begins another year, we come with praise and thanksgiving

for the beauty and bounty of this land and the diversity of its people.

We come too with concern, and a desire for hope

that the environment will be protected, that truth and reconciliation will be advanced, and that all people will live in harmony.

Holding these desires and concerns in our hearts, let us pray:

O Holy Spirit, help us to trust that you are at work among us, moving our country in the right direction. Stir the consciences of our leaders and citizens to make the decisions that bless all people and all creatures who share this land. Help people to learn to trust in one another, to name the best in each other, and to be moved to share with each other. Fill us with the trust in you and in each other that inspires sharing for the good of all and engaging in the work of reconciliation. May the prayer that Jesus taught us inspire us as we share it together: “Our Father…”

(Karen Boivin, Bells Corners U.C., Ottawa, Ont. Used with permission.)



† HYMN: VU #713 “I See A New Heaven”


† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Any from the congregation?

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me.” How will you show hospitality and welcome today?


E-ssentials: Tackling the Climate Crisis, The Flourishing Project, and more! (mailchi.mp)

FROM THE UNITED CHURCH BOOKSTORE Stock up on your Summer Reads! (mailchi.mp)


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