HARROWSMITH-VERONA PASTORAL CHARGE

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Worship Time:  10 a.m at Trinity, Verona

Main Church Phone (Kitchen & Board Room) 613-777-5119

Phone: 613-372-2525 or 613-374-2777

Minister: Catherine Oxenford-Grant B.A, M. Div 613-246-7287

Email: cat.oxenfordgrant@gmail.com Office Hours Tues 1 – 4 p.m.

Office Administrator:  Natalie Wotherspoon Office Hours Tues 9 -2 p.m.

Director of Music:  Stan Stinchcombe

Website:  www.h-vpastoralcharge.org

e-mail:  office@h-vpastoralcharge.org

 

The Mission of St. Paul’s and Trinity United Churches is to be

the ears, eyes, feet, hands and heart of Christ in the

Harrowsmith-Verona area and in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2018 Easter 5   Guest Speaker: Sheila Anthony

Lay Reader:  Bea Moffitt

 

Organ Prelude: Voluntary in B flat (Greens 1695-1755)

Welcome and Announcements:

Lighting the Christ Candle:

Invocation: Like a Healing Stream (Harding)

 

Call to Worship: (responsively)

One: Grace to you and peace from God.

All: As Easter people we give thanks to the One who makes all things new.

One: Let us proclaim the wonder of the God who brings life out of death, joy out of sadness, possibility out of despair.

All: In word, action, and in gentleness of spirit, we celebrate this season of Easter joy.

 

Opening Prayer: (unison)

Creator of earth and sky, of endless space and burning stars, we come together in the belief that we are important to you. You created us; you sustain our lives; you fulfill us with hope. We give thanks for the miracle of spring and for the power of new life within us and our world; through Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Words of Assurance:

 

 

Opening Hymn: VU # 288 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

 

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: I’ve Just Seen Jesus – solo Ralph McInnes

 

Food Bank Collection:

 

The Offering:

 

OFFERTORY HYMN: “Grant Us God” #540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free,

That ourselves and all our living, we may offer faithfully.

 

DEDICATION OF THE OFFERING: (unison)

Gracious God, we bring these gifts as symbols of our openness to your Spirit of truth and love, your Spirit of justice and peace, your Spirit of life stirring within us and our world; in Christ’s name. Amen

 

CHILDREN’S TIME: “Stand up – Sit down!”

 

Hymn: This Little Light of Mine – (Public domain)

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 49: 1-7 (The servant of the Lord)

                                   Luke 17: 1-10 (Jesus teaches His disciples)

 

Message: “Making a Difference”

 

Time for silent reflection

 

Hymn: VU #374 “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”

 

Minute for Mission

Supporting People Entering Ministry

Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological education and support systems for the vocation of ministry. Let’s hear this interview with Alana Martin, a candidate for diaconal ministry.

When did you know you were called to ministry?

I started to feel a sense of a call when I was a teenager, but didn’t start discerning what that really meant for me until I was a young adult. Growing up, my mom was studying to be a diaconal minister and through that exposure I felt a strong connection to that type of ministry.

What is it about diaconal ministry that spoke to your call?

Education, service, and pastoral care—I feel so called to the ministries diaconal ministers are commissioned to. I also know my ministry will benefit greatly from the diaconal training program.

What are you most excited about in your training for ministry?

The hands-on practicality of the program, the intense learning circles, and being in the program with other students across The United Church of Canada sharing in community together.

What would you like to say to the people who give to Mission & Service?

Because of your generous donations, students at the Centre for Christian Studies are able to deepen their theological study and ministry gifts. I am truly grateful for your support and your endorsement of us to become and continue to be leaders within the church.

Our gifts to Mission & Service support theological schools across the country and people studying to enter ministry in the United Church.

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.

 

Prayers of the People

 

Closing Hymn: VU # 649 “Walk with Me”

 

Commissioning and Benediction: 

 

CHORAL CLOSING (Go Now in Peace)

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: Arabesque (Burgmuller)

(Note: “**” Please stand if you are able.)

Resources used in the preparation of this service: Worship for

All Seasons II- Year B.

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEETINGS

Lay Reader May 6: Darlene Nicole

 

Weekday Services: Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.  All are welcome. For more info please contact the office 613 374-2777

 

Sunday Sermons On-Line: Our sermons are now available online at “www.h-vpastoralcharge.org”. We also have CD's please contact Carl Turner at 613 374-1425 if you would like one.

 

Today: Guest Speaker Sheila Anthony

 

Tuesday May 1st: Stewards/Session meeting at 7 p.m.

 

Sunday May 6th: Congressional Meeting after the service

 

Saturday May 12th: Trinity Bake Sale This year, the Trinity Stewards have voted to put any money raised at our Bake Sale towards the new ramp for our church. We are hoping for a lovely assortment of PIES, MINI PIES, CAKES, COOKIES, TEA BREADS, HOME MADE LOAVES OF BREAD, TARTS, SQUARES, and OR MUFFINS. We would welcome anything yummy from your kitchen.

Let's all do our part to make this a worthwhile event and rise as much as we can to get a ramp in place. If you are past your best before date for pie-making, a monetary donation is always welcome. 

We are always grateful for your support for Trinity.