Bulletin and Announcements for August 27, 2023

Dunsford United Church

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Presider: Rev. Anne Hepburn

† = stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS: Birthdays/Anniversaries, etc.

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

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE AND THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION CANDLE

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

Sometimes we wonder who we are.

The path before us is not always clear.

God calls us all beloved.

Some tell us who we are or what to do.

Others just journey with us on the road.

God calls us all beloved.

Some come to the cross,

Finding purpose and meaning in the Christ.

Some come to the circle,

sharing their dream and love of the creator.

God calls us all beloved.

In this place, in this time, we gather to worship

God, who calls us all beloved.

Written by Wetaskiwin Writers, Gatherings, 2023, p. 37.  Used with permission.

† HYMN: VU #651 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

OPENING PRAYER (unison):

O Holy One,

Who brings forth light in our world,

Who takes our breath away

with the beauties of your creation,

who shares the message of hope

through the resurrected Christ,

who moves our hearts

with the pulse of the Holy Spirit,

who offers limitless grace to all,

we experience your call and sing your praises. Amen

Written by Barbara Johns, Gatherings 2023, p. 41.  Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “Victorious” Christena-Lynn Erglis

INVITATION TO OFFERING:  Let us bring forward the offering.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541 (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.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

We pray, God of generosity and grace that what we offer even if we think it meager, will be multiplied through your love, and serve to help our neighbours at home and around the world.

Written by George Allan, Gatherings 2023, p. 51. Used with permission.

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

            Different Kinds of Families

CHILDREN LEAVE FOR JUNIOR CHURCH

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Exodus 1:8-2:10 The baby Moses is rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter

Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. 13 The Egyptians subjected the Israelites to hard servitude 14 and made their lives bitter with hard servitude in mortar and bricks and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this and allowed the boys to live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews[a] you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

Birth and Youth of Moses

2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

New Testament Romans 12:1-8 Present yourself as a living holy sacrifice to God.

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[a]

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the encourager, in encouragement; the giver, in sincerity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

† HYMN: VU #506 “Take My Life and Let It Be”

MESSAGE: Complicated Families !!

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Please keep Kristen, Emma, Mary Lou, Donna B, Diane and The Campbell family, in your prayers.

Loving parent, Holy Father and Mother,

We come before you this morning with hope for a better tomorrow.

We are living in a time we never imagined, one of death and illness, fear and uncertainty, of war and climate disasters.

We come before you in hope for a better tomorrow.

We are worn down with worries and depressed from the daily news.

We seek reassurance that our lives will renew and the world will heal from disease dread and disaster.

We come before you in hope for a better tomorrow.

Loving God, may your love be revealed in the world once again,

And my we experience it with renewed hope courage and love. Amen

Written by Sharon Winegarden Gatherings 2023, p. 43.  Used with permission.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

Go into the world with the yoke of Christ upon you.

A yoke Jesus promises will be easy to bear, as you share with your neighbour whenever you can. And as you go may you feel the love of God resting within you always. Amen

Written in part by George Allan, Gatherings, 2023, p. 51.  Used with permission.

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sun. Oct. 1st:  We will be celebrating the ordination of Rev. Kevin Fitzpatrick.  Kevin will be taking part in the worship service and there will be refreshments afterwards.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: Share your gift of music, whether it’s singing or instrumental. Sign-up sheets are on the table behind the last pew.  

JULY FINANCIALS

Income $7,222.00     Expenses $5,140.27     Net Income $2,081.73

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Sharing ourselves as members of the Body of Christ is an act of generosity. 

DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

Office Hours: Wed. Office 9-5 † Tel: 705-793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca

Website: www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com


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