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ORDER OF WORSHIP

OCTOBER 24, 2021         11:00 AM

Welcoming & Offering Team: Pauline Penney,

Gerald & Philomena Parsons

 

We Come to Worship

(*Please stand for those who are able)

GATHERING MUSIC  

WORDS OF WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

*CALL TO WORSHIP (People say the words in Bold)

We gather to celebrate the ways in which God is alive in our lives;

to find strength renewed through expressing our faith;

to know the security of God’s surrounding love;

to find meaning in the challenges that face us.

Through Jesus Christ, the heart and mind of God,

we come in praise and worship!

*OPENING PRAYER   (All)

 Holy and Wonderful God, we enter this place of worship, tired and weary, especially as we deal with the ongoing changes in the Covid-19 guidelines. Thank you for the gift of hope and faith which enable us to persevere and carry on the work of your church in this trying time. As you are present in this changing season, we know that you are always present in our lives, making things new for us. Bless now our worship and bless your people everywhere this day with your holy presence. Help us to encounter your divine presence that we may leave this space with renewed faith and hope. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

 

*HYMN   VU 326  “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” CALL TO CONFESSION

CHURCH IN CONFESSION (All)

Holy and Merciful God, we come to you with contrite hearts. You have shown your goodness many times unto us, but how often our faith waivered. When we are faced with adversity and seem defeated, we have doubted. But you remain faithful and patient, God forgive us.

Empower us to be more able bearers of hope, more dedicated doers of your Word, more resourceful enablers of others, more open channels of the faith. We confess that sometimes our lives are more cluttered than committed; then we do not know which way to turn. Help us, when we are most lost, to find you. What possess us, that we act as we do? Sometimes we do not know. Forgive our misdeeds, and grant us an awareness of your will so that we might be possessed by your Spirit of freedom and grace. In Jesus’ name we earnestly pray, Amen.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON AND LOVE

 

We Listen and Respond to God’s Word

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION                                                                                                                                  

*RESPONSIVE PSALM 126 -   VU p.850, Refrain 2           -Pauline Penney

 

*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.

READING from JEREMIAH 31:7-9

HYMN  VU #374  “Come and Find the Quiet Center”

GOSPEL READING from MARK 10:35-45                                                                       MESSAGE         “Wearied but Hopeful” 

PRAYERS OF & FOR THE PEOPLE   (Lord’s Prayer)                         OFFERTORY          -     Minutes for Mission                                       

(Offerings will be received at the foyer as you exit)

*DOXOLOGY OF PRAISE    VU 541

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 (All)

 Thank you God for hearing us when we call upon you.  Thank you for coming to us in Christ Jesus and for granting to us those things we most need from your hands.  Accept we pray these offerings - our gifts of gratitude - and bless them and us that they and we may serve to bring your saving word to others and glory to your name.  Amen.

*HYMN VU 586      “We Shall Go Out with Hope. . .”

*COMMISSIONING & BLESSING              

In our moments of chaos…

God is with us.

In our moments of calm…

God is with us.

In our moments of life.

God is with us. Alleluia! We go as a praising people, touched by fire, stirred by wind, to mend the world. Alleluia!

RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

LIFE & WORK OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY

 

WELCOME and BLESSINGS! With joy and peace, we welcome you to this space of worship. We trust that your worship with us will renew and nourish your faith and help you face the days ahead.

 

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving

we acknowledge the following gifts and dedicate them to the glory of God:

Bulletins:

In Loving Memory of a precious mother, mother-in- law, grandmother and great-grandmother; Ida Skinner, remembering her Birthday Thursday, October 28th.

 - Remembered with love by Judy, Melvin, Greg & Family, Stephanie & Family.

 

Local Fund:

In loving memory of a wonderful mother and mother-in-law; Ida Skinner, remembering her Birthday Thursday, October 28th.   

  - Remembered with love by:

Keith & Jocelyn.

Sherri & Jim Bouzane.

 

Food Bank:

In Celebration of Cal Penney`s  83rd.  Birthday Monday, Oct. 25th by Pauline, Juergen & Katarina.

 

PROOF OF VACCINATION! Please note, in compliance with the NL new Covid-19 regulations which took effect on October 22,2021, we will require proof of vaccination to enter our church building for in-person worship, gatherings, and, meetings. Effective today, we will ask you to present your Electronic NL passcode, or, paper copies of proof of vaccination when you enter the church building. Please ensure you have your necessary documents with you when you come to church. Many Thanks to our Board of Session for helping us implement the guidelines.

Please know that PASTORAL CARE will be offered for those who are not vaccinated for medical reasons or another, via phone call or as requested for home visit. Blessings and thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate during this changing time.

 

UCW MEETING will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2:00 pm in the board room.

 

OFFICIAL BOARD REGULAR MEETING will be held on November 10, Wed. at 7:30 pm. in the church hall.

FALL LETTER 2021 will be distributed this week. The Board of Stewards/Trustees will begin their home visit on the first and second week of November.

 

A DIME-for-a-DINE bottles will be distributed today. This is one of our mission goals to help alleviate hunger and poverty. Proceeds of this project will go to the Mission and Service Fund. We encourage you to hold in prayer those who are living in poverty-stricken places. Whenever you dine in, please put a dime or more in the bottle. We will collect them in Spring during Mission Sunday.

 

SECRETARIAL ASSISTANCE.  Coughlan United is looking for volunteer secretarial assistance effective January 1, 2022. Pauline Penney will be finished effective the said date. There will be a transition training for those interested. Please notify Pauline (596-7718) or Rev. Nancy  (596-3716) should you be interested in helping.  

 

MINUTE FOR MISSION

 

Growing Stronger Together – Maina`s Story

 

Maina Bai’s mother died when she was a baby, and Maina never went to school.

When she was just 10 years old, her father married her off to an older man. By 16, she had a child. A few years after the birth of her daughter, her husband died. When she returned to her maternal home, Maina was married off―again.

After a few years of marriage, Maina became a widow again. Single, she faced extraordinary stigma.

Approximately 2.18 million single women like Maina live in the state of Rajasthan, India. Whether they are widowed, divorced, or have never been married, these women are deemed “incomplete” and a disgrace to their families. As a result, many live lives marked by stigma, fear, and violence―simply for not being married.                      

In 1986, The United Church of Canada partnered with Astha Sansthan, an organization that empowers marginalized individuals to advocate for their needs. In 1999, Astha Sansthan launched the Association of Strong Women Alone (ASWA), which your Mission & Service gifts support. Immediately, 450 single women joined. Today, there are more than 70,000 members.

ASWA’s approach is simple: Create a safe space for single women to come together and get the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their lives.

The association has made all the difference for Maina. She can now read and write and is empowering other women to become literate. Because of her leadership, 35 women have enrolled in adult learning. All of them now have grade eight certificates. What’s more, the generational cycle of illiteracy has been broken. Maina’s daughter can not only read and write but is also teaching others to do the same.

Your Mission & Service gifts empower women like Maina to be agents of change within their communities. Thank you for your generosity.

 

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE: These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins. 

 

1). For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

2). Potluck supper Sunday at 5pm – prayer and medication to follow.

3). Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.