United Church



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.





Worship Time:  10 am 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

Website:  e-mail:



 (Note: “*” You are invited to stand in body or in spirit)


February 16, 2020

6th Sunday after Epiphany

Lay Reader:  Beatrice Moffit


Prelude:  Just as I am Without One Plea (Wood)

Welcome and Announcements:


We Come to Worship

Introit:  Don’t Be Afraid

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)

All:  We come from scattered lives to this sanctuary, seeking unity in the Spirit, seeking the grace of Christ, seeking the peace of God.


Opening Prayer: (Unison)

In joy and in trouble, help us, Gracious God, to trust your love, to serve your purpose, and to praise your name. Forgive us when we falter and sustain us in our efforts to follow in your footsteps.   Amen.




Assurance of Pardon:

One: God is the love that over and around us lies; the grace that is totally unearned; and the healing that makes the earth whole. Give thanks to God; we are forgiven!

All: Amen.


*Opening Hymn:  VU #333 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


Ministry of Music:  Like a Healing Stream


We Give Back

Food Bank Collection:

The Offering:


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.


Prayer: (Unison)

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: it’s all about choice…?


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: MV #156 Vs. 1 “Dance With the Spirit”

 (Words/Music Jim Strathdee, 1995)

Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’, walk with the Spirit throughout the long day. Work and hope for the new life a-born-in’, listen to the Spirit to show you the way. (Sing twice)

(Children may leave for Sunday School)


We Listen

Minute for Mission:

A Way to Heal

Thanks to Affirm United and Mission & Service, the Living Apology Project gave many a place to heal and to learn. Seeing the poems, laments, stories, and pieces of art created by people affected by the 1988 decision to accept LGBTQIA2S+ people as full members in The United Church of Canada was therapeutic for some; for others, it conjured up memories of anger and fear.

The late Former Moderator Anne Squire shared the first reflection on the Iridesce website:

My secretary once handed me a letter, saying, “I don’t want to give you this, but I have to.” It was from Elizabeth, outlining her work in the church; she said the last straw was the possible ordination of gay and lesbian people. She ended with “My prayer is that you will be stricken with AIDS. Yours in Christ, Elizabeth.”

Another day a big box arrived with no indication of the sender. One of my staff said, “Don’t open it; it might be a bomb.” I said, “We can’t live in fear this way.” Inside were two 10-inch cubes of acrylic; embedded in each was a metal rod that had been bent into a Greek letter. One was Alpha and the other was Omega. When someone asked what this meant, I said it meant that God was with us at the beginning of our life and will be with us at the end. I also felt that it meant that God was with us in this divisive project and would help guide us.

To answer that hurtful letter now, I say, “Yes, Elizabeth, I do have aids but not the kind you are talking about. My aids are Affirm, my family, my friends, and my faith.”

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.


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Choose life)

Following the reading:

Reader: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet,

All: and a light to our path.


Message: “Free, but Not Cheap”


We Pray

VU #411 “O God We Call” (please remain seated)

O God we call, O God we call, from deep inside we yearn, from deep inside we yearn, from deep inside we yearn for you.

Prayers of the People:


We are Sent Forth


*Closing Hymn:  VU #506 “Take My LifeVss. 1, 2, & 5


*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:  Invention No 1 in C (Bach)





Worship Leader for February 23rd:

Ian Mackay

Lay Reader for February 23rd:

Jane Mackay




Ann McDougall  February 6th

Barb Stewart  February 19th


May God’s richest blessings rest upon you!












Birthdays:  Wishing everyone who celebrates a birthday in February a very happy birthday!  Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.  May God’s richest blessings fall upon you!


Fellowship:  Please join us following service today for our sweetheart lunch.


UCW:  The next meeting will be held this Wednesday February 19th at 1pm.


Posting:  Please find the Stewards and the Nominating Committee reports posted on the back church bulletin board.


Annual Report:  If you did not receive an annual report, and you would like one please contact Rebecca in the office.


Help Needed:  Volunteers are needed to help paint the church upper and lower halls this Friday February 21st from 9-12noon.  Please bring your own paintbrush.  Thank you for helping keep our facility looking fresh and new.


Donations:  At the Steward meeting on February 4th, approval was given to support  students from Prince Charles P.S. to attend Camp Quin Mo Lac this summer.  Five of these students are associated with our congregation.  If you wish to contribute to the fund to support this endeavour, please make cheques out to Trinity United with a note to Camp Quin Mo Lac.  For your information, it costs around $550.00 per child to attend.


Blessing Box:  The blessing box will be circulated today.  The proceeds will be going towards the Kingston Health Science Centre for medical equipment.


Tree Seedlings:  Prince Charles P.S. is proud to bring back tree seedlings.  They will be sold for $2.50/seedling.  Order early; many species sell out fast.  6 varities are avaialble: White Pine, White Cedar, White Spruce, Red Oak, White Birch, and Black Maple.  Payment is due at pick up (late April/early May).  For more information please contact Ali at  Funds raised go towards PCPS student activities and programs.