HARROWSMITH-VERONA PASTORAL CHARGE
UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Worship Time: 10 a.m at Trinity, Verona
Office Phone: 613-372-2525 or 613-374-2777
Minister: The Rev’d. Catherine Oxenford-Grant 613-246-7287
Retired Voluntary Minister: The Rev’d. Ian MacKay
Licensed Lay Worship Leader: Sheila Anthony
Office Administrator: Rebecca Peters
Director of Music: Stan Stinchcombe
The Mission of Trinity United Church is to be
the ears, eyes, feet, hands and heart of Christ in the
Harrowsmith-Verona area and in the world
Trinity United Church acknowledges the traditional territory upon which we gather. For thousands of years, the First Peoples sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travellers and shared their knowledge for survival. We seek a new relationship with the First Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.
(Note: “*” You are invited to stand in body or in spirit)
January 26, 2020
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Lay Reader: Carl Turner
Prelude: Fugue in F Minor (Burney)
Welcome and Announcements:
We Come to Worship
Introit: Give Thanks
Lighting the Christ Candle: (Unison)
All: Light of New Life, shine around us and through us. Encompass the world. Amen.
(The candle is lit)
Call to Worship: (Unison)
For those who are tired, may this sacred space be a place of rest. For those who are hurting, may this holy place be a place of healing. For those who are seeking answers, may this be a place where questions are accepted and wise, caring words are spoken. Here, we are all embraced by the same Spirit. In the Spirit, let us worship God. Amen.
Opening Prayer: (Unison)
Infinite One, we gather this morning…on our way from something…on our way to something…but here we stop. We stop to rest, to look to all that is holy. We stop to gather in community, held and loved, to break bread together. We stop to give praise, to sing, to pray, to repent, to give, to receive, to experience your Spirit moving among us. Blessed be. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
One: The good news of God’s love is this: God is more persistent than we are. God sends us what we need so that we can come to our senses and change our way and our path.
All: Thanks be to God. Amen.
*Opening Hymn: VU #395 “Come In and Sit Down” Vss. 1, 3 & 4
Ministry of Music: Holy, Holy (Owens)
We Give Back
Food Bank Collection:
*OFFERTORY HYMN: VU # 541
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 bring our gifts to you, O God. Here is the work of our hands and the love of our hearts. Accept them and use them, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Something to Ponder: Do you answer every call?
The Lord’s Prayer: (Unison)
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 and the power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
*Children’s Hymn: VU # 365 “Jesus Loves Me” Vs. 1
(Children dismissed for Sunday School)
Gospel: Matthew 4: 18-22 (Jesus begins his ministry)
Following the reading:
Reader: This is the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All: Thanks be to Christ, the Word.
Message: “Answering Calls”
Communion Hymn: VU # 459 “Here, O My Lord” Vs. 1 (please remain seated)
Trinity United Church January 26, 2020
One: God is with us!
All: We are not alone!
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
One: Holy Mystery that is Wholly Love, you are beyond complete knowledge, above perfect description. Father, Mother, Son, and Holy Spirit; Source of Life, Living Word, and Bond of Love, you are creative and self-giving, and always moving. In all the near and distant corners of the universe, nothing exists that does not begin with you.
All: Even when we turn away from you, you are with us; your presence never fails us, your gifts of hope and new life transform us.
One: We praise you for Jesus Christ, eternal as your love, our bond to one another. We rejoice with all your people of every time and place, and with angels and archangels, to proclaim the glory of your name:
All: Holy, holy, holy. Lord God Almighty, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Prayer of Remembrance
One: It is Jesus, God incarnate, the Risen Christ, who joins us together as a community of broken but hopeful believers: loving what he loved; living what he taught, and striving to be his faithful servants in our time and place. In this meal we remember Jesus, his promises, and the price he paid for who he was, what he said, and what he did.
On the night before Jesus died, he took a loaf of bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take and eat; whenever you do this, remember me.” After supper, Jesus took the cup, and poured, saying, “This is the new covenant poured out for you. Whenever you drink this, remember me.”
All: We do remember. We remember his life of love, his friendship, his teaching, his dying, and his rising to life again.
One: In sharing this meal, we live out the mystery of our faith:
All: Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again.
Blessing of Elements:
One: Holy Mystery, God the Spirit, we call on you to transform these familiar things, as you continue to transform the world around us.
Bless this bread and this cup, So that in the sharing of these simple elements in community, we may taste and see your goodness, what it is to be in communion with you and with one another.
All: Through Christ, in Christ, and with Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever. Amen.
Lifting up of the Elements:
One: The bread of life…The cup of blessing - The gifts of God for the people of God.
One: This is not the table of Trinity United Church or even the United Church of Canada. It is the table of Jesus Christ and the invitation is simple. All who wish to come to the table are welcome. Come, the meal is ready.
Sharing the Meal: (served by Intinction – people come forward – those not able to come forward may be served in their seats)
Prayer after Communion:
All: We thank you, O Christ, for this feast of life. We are fed by your love; we are strengthened by your life.
We pray now for those who are not able to share in this meal with us. O God, we open our hearts. We open our lives. Come into us. Come with your Spirit to help us begin again; bring comfort and bind our wounds; come into our lonely places where we feel abandoned; come in our daytime and our nighttime; come with your cross and your compassion that we too, may know resurrection and new life. Help us to answer your call…to follow you.
We lift up in prayer those who need you most today. Hear our prayers. (silent prayer or names spoken aloud)
We are sent forth into this world, commissioned to feed as we have been fed, forgive as we have been forgiven, love as we have been loved. Thanks be to God. Amen.
We are Sent Forth
*Closing Hymn: VU # 481 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
*Commissioning and Benediction
*CHORAL BENEDICTION “Go Now in Peace” – Besig/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 God 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 us in love.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
POSTLUDE: Bouree in B Minor (J.S. Bach)
Worship Leader for February 2nd:
Blessing Box: The UCW would like to thank the congregation for their donations to the blessing box for KGH Health Sciences Centre, for the new equipment. Also for the ongoing support by donating to send children to Camp Quin-Mo-Lac.
Annual Meeting: The Trinity Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday February 2nd following the service
Winter Wakeup Breakfasts: Our annual Winter Wakeup Breakfasts have started and run every Saturday until February 1st from 8-10:30am. This is a joint effort between Trinity and the Verona Community Association.
Posting: Please find the minutes of the January 7th Stewards meeting posted at the back of the sanctuary.
“And he said to them, “Follow me, and I
will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
“And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”