Bulletin and Announcements for Sept 24, 2023

Dunsford United Church

September 24, 2023

Presider: Lisa Norman, LLWL

†= stand as you are able

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS: Birthdays/Anniversaries

† GATHERING HYMN: MV #12 “Come Touch our Hearts”

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE AND THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION CANDLE

As we light the Christ candle and the Candle for Truth and Reconciliation today, may we be ever mindful of the Indigenous children who were traumatized by their experiences in the residential school system.

May this light shine on the shadowed places of memory, revealing truth and helping us to be ever mindful of our actions now and in the future.

In the light of this candle, we remember the many Indigenous children who died at the residential schools.

May the Spirit’s light open us to places long hidden and restore the memory of these children, along with their rightful names.

May this light shine forth, gathering us in to a place of shalom where grief is shared, trauma healed, and reconciliation found. Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer by Jim McKean, Severn Shores U.C., Severn, 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 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

We come rejoicing in God’s creation.

God is good. The fruit-laden trees proclaim the wonder of God.
We come rejoicing in God’s creation.
God is good. The autumn rain declares the nurture of God.

We come rejoicing in God’s creation.

God is good. The mountains and hills reflect our awesome God.
We come rejoicing in God’s creation.
God is good. The gathered crops make evident our caring God.

(David Sparks, Summerland, B.C. Used with permission)

† HYMN: VU #296 “This is God’s Wondrous World”

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Loving Creator God,

We are here rejoicing in all of your Creation.

We are thankful for the beauty that surrounds us.

Help us to keep our eyes open to the daily miracles of nature.

Help us to listen to the wisdom on the wind.

Help us to be reinvigorated by the smells of living that surround us in this season.

And as we taste the bounty You provide,

May we pause in gratitude for all our blessings.

Amen

MINISTRY OF DANCE: Aubree Brown

INVITATION TO 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 (Unison)

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.

Amen

STORY AND PRAYER FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

Oh when the saints go marching in

Oh when the saints go marching in

Lord, how I want to be in that number,

When the saints go marching in.

Oh when each child really does matter

Oh when each child really does matter

Lord, how I want to be in that number,

When each child really does matter.

CHILDREN LEAVE FOR JUNIOR CHURCH

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Exodus 16: 2-15 (Read by Gloria)

16 1-3 On the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt, the whole company of Israel moved on from Elim to the Wilderness of Sin which is between Elim and Sinai. The whole company of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness. The Israelites said, “Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!”

4-5 God said to Moses, “I’m going to rain bread down from the skies for you. The people will go out and gather each day’s ration. I’m going to test them to see if they’ll live according to my Teaching or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they have gathered, it will turn out to be twice as much as their daily ration.”

6-7 Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel, “This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God. Yes, he’s listened to your complaints against him. You haven’t been complaining against us, you know, but against God.”

8 Moses said, “Since it will be God who gives you meat for your meal in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, it’s God who will have listened to your complaints against him. Who are we in all this? You haven’t been complaining to us—you’ve been complaining to God!”

9 Moses instructed Aaron: “Tell the whole company of Israel: ‘Come near to God. He’s heard your complaints.’”

10 When Aaron gave out the instructions to the whole company of Israel, they turned to face the wilderness. And there it was: the Glory of God visible in the Cloud.

11-12 God spoke to Moses, “I’ve listened to the complaints of the Israelites. Now tell them: ‘At dusk you will eat meat and at dawn you’ll eat your fill of bread; and you’ll realize that I am God, your God.’”

13-15 That evening quail flew in and covered the camp and in the morning there was a layer of dew all over the camp. When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground. The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was.

15-16 So Moses told them, “It’s the bread God has given you to eat. And these are God’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.’”

New Testament Mathew 20: 1-16 (Read by Lisa)

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

† HYMN: VU #562 “Jesus Calls Us”

MESSAGE: (to be provided)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Please keep Kristen, Emma, Mary Lou, Donna, in your prayers.

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

† HYMN: MV #154 “Deep in Our Hearts”

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

The blessing of God, whose love for us is generous beyond the telling of it but not beyond the knowing; the blessing of Jesus, whose stories lead us on good pathways; and the blessing of the Spirit, who moves within us and around us to turn the world upside down, go with us as we leave this place of worship.

Blessings galore be with you.

Thanks be to God!

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace” (Words: D Besig and N Price)

Go now in peace, never be afraid.  God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do.  Go now in love and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.  Amen, Amen, Amen.

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.  Gloria will circulate a sign-up sheet on Sunday.

Board Meeting Thurs. Oct. 26th in the Church Hall. Team Leaders/Chairs are asked to email their reports to Board members by Sun. Oct. 22nd.  Also, review the Study Guide for Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization and be ready to vote.  Click on the link: Remit 1: Study Guide for Category 3 Remit (generalcouncil44.ca)

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. 

AUGUST FINANCIALS: Income $3,114.00    Expenses $3,842.68      Net Income – $728.68

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Those who have been blessed with riches have many opportunities to bless others through generosity.  From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

FROM THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA 

E-ssentials: Solidarity and Action with 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth, 40 Days of Anti-Racism Returns, and more! (mailchi.mp)


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