HARROWSMITH-VERONA PASTORAL CHARGE
UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Worship Time: 10am at Trinity, Verona
Office Phone: 613-372-2525 or 613-374-2777
Minister: The Rev. Catherine Oxenford-Grant
Voluntary Retired Minister: Rev. 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.
October 14, 2018
Pentecost + 21
Lay Reader: Ralph McInnes
Prelude: Prelude in D minor (Bach)
Welcome and Announcements:
We Come to Worship
Introit: Rejoice in the Lord Always (anon.)
Lighting the Christ Candle: (Responsively)
All: We light this candle, a reminder of the light of God that shines on us all.
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
One: We gather together as people of God.
All: We come to sing, to pray, to give thanks.
One: We worship the One who is with us all our days.
All: We worship the One who lives in us, through us, and around us.
One: We worship the One who is life itself –
All: God of all Creation!
Opening Prayer: (Unison)
God, you are generous and just and we have come to this place to know you, grow in faith and strengthen our ties with one another. Help us to move beyond our selfishness, our self-interest and apathy. Forgive us, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Words of Assurance:
One: This is the Good News in Jesus Christ: God loves us more than we love ourselves. God set us free to love others.
All: Thanks be to God!
*Opening Hymn: VU # 389 “God Is Here” Vss. 1, 3 & 4
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 and the power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Ministry of Music: God, Reveal Your Presence (Neander)
We Give Back
Food Bank Collection:
*OFFERTORY HYMN: VU # 540 “Grant Us, God, the Grace”
Grant us God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free, that ourselves and all our living we may offer faithfully.
*Offering Prayer: (Unison)
We thank you, O God, for the Spirit by which we live. Receive, we pray, the fruit of our hands and may our gifts proclaim your Grace. Amen.
Children’s Time: What do you take with you?
*Hymn: MV # 28 “God of the Bible” Vs. 1
God of the Bible, God in the Gospel, hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come, you are our centre, daylight or darkness, freedom or prison, you are our home.
Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change. Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change.
Minute for Mission:
Rebuilding Community in the Philippines
Our gifts for Mission & Service, together with our emergency response for Typhoon Haiyan, support the agricultural program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed large parts of Philippine infrastructure, affecting the economic base of many communities.
The Visayas region in Central Philippines, a predominantly agricultural area, was hard hit by Haiyan. Ninety-five percent of fruit trees were uprooted, livestock were killed, and crops were destroyed. Also destroyed were many families’ hopes for feeding their families and making a living. As part of the recovery process, Mission & Service partner the UCCP is working with agricultural communities to restore livelihoods.
Working with community-based organizations, the UCCP developed a plan that identified the most appropriate livestock to distribute to local families. Basic veterinary skills and training help farmers ensure the health and welfare of the animals they receive. Home solar lighting kits are being distributed to communities. For some, this was the first electrical light their home had ever had.
A third component of the plan is helping farmers plant and harvest aerobic rice, which uses less water and requires less labour than traditionally grown rice. Given the right conditions, seed is easily saved from year to year, and a growing season can have two harvests.
Our emergency response provided a robust short-term response to start the rehabilitation. Through Mission & Service, our ongoing support ensures that these programs grow and develop to create resilient and sustainable farming communities in the Philippines.
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.
Message: “You Can Take It With You”
Prayers of the People:
We are Sent Forth
*Closing Hymn: VU # 664 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
*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: Fantasia in B flat Major (Telemann)
(Note: “*” You are invited to stand)
Lay Reader for October 21st: Linda Brown
Weekday Services: Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more info please contact the office
Choir Practice & Christmas Concert: Choir practice every Thursday at 7pm. We will start the Christmas concert rehearsals this Thursday October 11th from 7:30-8:30pm. Please invite anyone you know who might like to sing with us.
Prayer from the Pews: Next Sunday October 21st at 9:30am, will be our first session. If you are interested in hearing the spoken word as poems, join Linda Brown in the first four row of the pews, at the piano, for 15 minutes before the church service. There will also be a reading on Sunday November 18th. Meanwhile, who can identify these last lines of this very famous poem....
“AND WHILE WITH SILENT, LIFTING MIND I’VE TROD
THE HIGH UNTRESPASSED SANCTITY OF SPACE,
PUT OUT MY HAND AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD.”
UCW Meeting: There will be no UCW meeting on October 24th. Instead we invite you to attend a meet and greet potluck in Smiths Falls from 10-2pm. If you wish to attend, please see Darlene Nichol.
Church Request: stamps, pop tabs, large plastic milk bags (but not Reid Riverside bags), Canadian Tire money, and tin cans (please save cans until December). Thank you for your support
South Frontenac Community Services: Food Bank Request: cereal, granola bars, rice, soda crackers, canned meat, peanut butter, Jam, fruit cups, individual apple sauce, canned tomatoes, toilet paper. Thank You