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: Rev. Catherine Oxenford-Grant 613-246-7287
Voluntary Retired Minister: Rev. Ian MacKay
Licensed Lay Worship Leader: Sheila Anthony
Office Administrator: Jonathan Davies
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.
August 19, 2018 Pentecost + 13
Lay Reader: Linda Brown
Welcome and Announcements:
We Come to Worship
Lighting the Christ Candle: (Responsively)
All: We light this candle, acknowledging the presence of Christ with us, in worship and in daily discipleship.
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
One: We have been called by God to give our hearts.
All: We have been called by God to show God’s love to all.
One: We have been called by God to be disciples.
All: We have all been called by God, and now we respond in worship.
Opening Prayer: (Unison)
God, as we gather this morning, give us grace to truly seek you. Free us from the cares that claim our thoughts and fill our hearts, we pray. Calm our fears that drive us to despair. We are your people yet, too often, we have not witnessed to the grace you share with us. We have judged, rejected and found excuses not to love. Forgive us and open our hearts to your grace so we may love others as you love all of us. Amen.
Words of Assurance:
One: Jesus came to us to bring us this good news. God forgives us, Jesus invites us and the Spirit helps us.
All: We are created in Christ Jesus to do good things. May we live as God has intended for us. Thanks be to God!
*Opening Hymn: VU #325 “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
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:
We Give Back
Food Bank Collection:
*OFFERTORY HYMN: VU # 542“We Give You But Your Own”
We give you but your own, what-e’er the gift may be, all that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.
*Offering Prayer: (Unison)
God of all good, we bring our gifts to you. Use them, we pray, to fulfill your holy purpose in the world. Amen.
Something to Ponder: What about the vegetarians?
(Vss. 1, 2, & 4)
Minute for Mission:
Safe Haven, Stepping Stone
Our gifts for Mission & Service create community and support people living on the margins.
Centre 507, located at Centretown United Church in Ottawa, is an adult drop-in centre and support service that describes itself in its motto: “Safe Haven, Stepping Stone.” Each day, 100 or more people—many facing such challenges as homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness, unstable housing, chronic unemployment, and physical abuse— come into the centre seeking a safe and friendly environment.
Daniel Hayward is a former chaplain at Centre 507. He reminisces about his days journeying with the people who drop in: “A lot of coffee and many games of chess! I remember listening to a man who had been released from prison in Kingston, got on the bus to Ottawa, and ended up right away at 507, which is two blocks from the bus station. A young woman came in looking for support; she was pregnant and had been rejected by her church. Parents would arrive, searching for adult children who could be on the streets in Ottawa. A volunteer from a local United Church would repair clothing for grateful participants.
“I led memorial services for participants who had died. One man had no family or money at all and received the solitary burial provided by the government, but the people of Centre 507 and Centretown United showed up so that he would not be alone. Centre 507 staff, volunteers, and participants make a great effort to ensure that no one feels abandoned.” Mission & Service cares for these neighbours.
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: “Not for the Faint of Heart”
VU #411 “O God, We Call” – sing twice (please remain seated)
Prayers of the People:
We are Sent Forth
*Closing Hymn: VU # 670 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
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.
(Note: “*” You are invited to stand)
Lay Reader Aug. 26:
Weekday Services: Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more info please contact the office
Sunday Sermons On-Line: Our sermons are now available online at “www.h-vpastoralcharge.org”. We also have CDs please contact Don Coleman at 613-483-2450 if you would like one
Thanksgiving Apple Pie Sale: We need you!!! Peelers, cutters, mixers, gofers, apple washers, measurers, BUYERS, set-up people. Sept 27 – 1 PM: set-up, pre-mixing, apple washing. Sept 28 – 8 AM: pastry-making, peeling, cutting, mixing, bagging, gofer (with car). Phone: Linda Brown if you can help. 374-9990 (a message can be left)
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