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Coughlan United Church

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WELCOME TO COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

Website: www.coughlanunitedchurch.com

Tel.:  596-3716 ( Manse) *  596-7432 (Office)    

Clergy & Friend:    Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist: Gail Downing

 

January 19, 2020       11:00 am         Epiphany 2

Welcoming Team:   

 

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

Good morning and welcome everyone to this time of worship! This second Sunday of Epiphany we will focus on the beginning of Jesus’ ministry as he welcomes the disciples of John the Baptist, Andrew and Peter into his fold.  We will reflect on their   quest for a deeper meaning of truth and God’s presence. “What are you looking for?” is the question Jesus asked them as they begin to follow him. It is not a question of what do we need, rather, it is a question of commitment be His disciples.  It is the same question we are being asked today. What are we looking for? Is it a deeper sense of spirituality where Christ is the center of our vision and purpose as a faith community? In our quest for true discipleship Jesus invites us to “Come and see!” (John1:39)  Let us be open to the Spirit’s prodding as we worship God today!

 

WE GATHER AS A COMMUNITY OF FAITH

(* Please stand as you are able)

GATHERING MUSIC - Led by Choir  

WORDS OF WELCOME  

 

CHORAL INTROIT    - VU 822   

 

“All People that On Earth Do Dwell” (1st & 3rd verses only)  

*CALL TO WORSHIP

One: The Peace of Christ that passes all understanding be with you.

All: And  also with you.

One: God is here. God is with us. Listen and hear God speak.

All: Our hearts long for God. We wait upon the Lord so we may

renew our strength.

One: God is our strength and support. God’s spirit moves among us to lead us in holiness and righteousness.

All: With joyful hearts we sing God’s praise! With

rejoicing we call upon the Lord who is our strength and hope!

*PRAYER OF APPROACH ( Unison)

Gracious God, we give you thanks for this day - a day you have made and blessed us with.  We praise you for how you reach out to us regardless of our race, nationality, color, achievements or the lack thereof.  We adore you for how you love us and all that you have made.  Be present with us most gracious God as we gather to worship you and to hear your word and call upon your name.  Grant that this time may restore and refresh us and help us to return to the world more able to serve you with our every thought, word, and action.  We ask in the name of Jesus.  Amen

 

SHARING JOY/BLESSINGS & CHURCH CONCERNS

THE CALL TO and ACT OF CONFESSION (Unison)

Sometimes O God, your word is too much for us. You ask us to love our enemies; when we can scarcely love our friends as we should. You ask us to give when we want to take, and to forgive when we want to nurse bitterness. We thank you that you accept us as we are, and that you show us what we can be. Help us to believe that we can be loving, just, and holy like you; through the grace of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, Amen.     (Silent Reflection)

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S MERCY & PARDON

*HYMN     VU 639    “One More Step Along the World I Go”

 

WE LISTEN AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (Unison)

  We come before you, O God, seeking your Wisdom. Open ears that we may hear the truth of your word; And in hearing your Word, may we be the disciples you want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

READING from ISAIAH 49:1-7 – Philomena Parsons

*RESPONSIVE READING from PSALM 40 –VU 764 & Refrain 

GLORIA PATRI   (Altogether)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

ANTHEM    -  Coughlan United Church Senior Choir

READING from JOHN 1: 29-42

MESSAGE          “Come and See…”   

GATHERING  of OFFERINGS -  MINUTE FOR MISSION

*PRESENTATION of OFFERINGS  and DOXOLOGY       

“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 OF DEDICATION  (Unison)  

   Dear God, we thank you for the new life given to us through Christ Jesus. Accept these gifts, O God, and all that we offer in his name. Take our lives and let them be consecrated unto thee. Amen.

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE  ( Lord’s Prayer)

*HYMN  VU 567     “Will You Come and Follow Me”  

*SENDING FORTH & BENEDICTION           

*THREE-FOLD AMEN - RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

Mission & Service

Minutes for Mission

Easing Past Ills: Tatamagouche

 

It’s a beautiful spring day in Nova Scotia, and at Tatamagouche Centre people are scrambling through the underbrush looking for special plants—plants to settle a tummy ache or headache, or plants to help ease many of life’s daily ills.

Under the careful watch of Judy Bernard-Googoo, a Mi’kmaq healer, everyone is learning a few of the basics from centuries of Mi’kmaq traditional healing. Judy learned it from her mother, as did her mother before her. Now, Judy wants to share her knowledge with others. “We are all one people,” she says.

At Tatamagouche, mending the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is a high priority. By openly sharing their traditions and learning together about the plants and herbs that are the basis of traditional Mi’kmaq healing, which creates a window into Mi’kmaq culture, they will build bridges of understanding.

“Everything is done with respect. You have to respect the plant, take only what you need, and always give thanks to the Creator for providing these healing medicines,” explains Judy. “You have to be careful; there are a lot of plants that can hurt you. It’s like going to the drugstore—you have to make sure you choose the right medicine. That’s the knowledge I have that I want to share.”

Your gifts to Mission & Service help support programs at education centres that bring people in communities together to learn.

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.