Bulletin and Announcements for Sept 10, 2023

Dunsford United Church

September 10, 2023

Presider: Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS: Birthdays/Anniversaries

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #232 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”

LIGHTING OF 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 made, 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

As our lives return to regular routines after the long weekend conclusion to summer let us offer thanks for the ways we have reconnected with the holy this summer.  We enjoyed God’s creation in nature.

Our rich blessing as Canadians is to have lakes and mountains, star filled night skies, fishing and boating, golfing and gardening, hiking and biking, swimming and sunshine. 

In our worship this day, may we share gratitude for these gifts and be inspired to conserve them for future generations. May we come to know our place within the web of life God has placed us in on earth.

Let us praise God, the giver of all good things.

Written by Taylor Croissant, Gatherings 2023 P. 25.  Used with permission.

† HYMN: VU #325 “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

OPENING PRAYER (together)

Holy God of all creation, you are awesome indeed.

You have made an amazing and beautiful universe!

we praise you for the incredible cycles;

of nature,

of life,

of abundant harmonious living.

May we come to understand the divine law;

of constant renewal,

Of continuous growth,

Of eternal life.

Enfold us in your love,

Fill us with energy for your sacred work,

Guide us to eternal life with you. Amen

Written by Jani Francis, Gatherings 2023, p. 27. Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “As Long as I Have Music” Sylvia

INVITATION TO OFFERING

God held out God’s hands and created the world.  So we too hold out our spirits in offering our gifts to help God’s dreams for this earth to come true.  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 dedicate these gifts in the name of our great Creator, giving from our hearts to help make possible how God imagines the earth coming to life.  Amen

Written by Eileen Masse, Gatherings, 2023, p. 28. Used with permission.

STORY AND PRAYER FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

How do we show love – back to school?

CHILDREN LEAVE FOR JUNIOR CHURCH

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Psalm 149 Sing to God a New Song

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters
    and their nobles with chains of iron,
to execute on them the judgment decreed.
    This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

New Testament Matthew 18:15-20 Where two or more are gathered in my name

15 “If your brother or sister sins against you,[a] go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If you are listened to, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If that person refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

† HYMN: VU #234 “Let Us with a Gladsome Mind”

MESSAGE: “Where Two or More are Gathered”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sun. Oct. 1st:  We welcome Rev. Kevin Fitzpatrick, who will be providing the Message and sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion with Rev. Anne. A potluck meal will follow the service as we celebrate Rev. Kevin’s Ordination.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: Share your gift of music, whether it’s singing or instrumental. The sign-up sheet is on the table behind the last pew. 

The UCW and Friends will meet at the home of Sandra S on Wed. Sept. 13 at 12 noon for a potluck lunch with the speaker at 2 pm.  This year the speaker will be Jennifer from “A Place Called Home” in Lindsay.  We look forward to her presentation.  All are welcome.

Kidney Walk: Doris D will once again be walking to raise funds for The Kidney Foundation.  The walk is on Sun. Sept. 10th in Lindsay at 10 AM.  Donations can be given to Doris up until Sept. 24th.  Anyone wishing to walk with her can meet at the RMH Dialysis Dept.  Doris is the oldest walker and only one undergoing dialysis.

JULY FINANCIALS

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

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: When you listen to God with your heart – prayerfully considering the abundance in your life – what are you called to give?

FROM THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

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DUNSFORD UNITED CHURCH

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


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