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WELCOME TO COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

P.O. Box 209 Harbour Grace, NL  A0A  2M0

Tel: 709-596-7432 (Church)     709-596-3716 (Manse)

Clergy: Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher, B.A.; M.Div.

Clerk of Session: Mrs. Pauline Penney

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ASCENSION SUNDAY           May 16, 2021      11:00 a.m.

WORSHIP LEADERS: BOARD OF SESSION MEMBERS

 Welcoming Team: Carol, Philomena & Gerald Parsons

Today’s Organist:  Lillian Parsons

Song Leader:  Gerald Winsor

 

WELCOME and INTRODUCTION

 Good morning and welcome to this time of worship. Today is Ascension Sunday. We remember the prayer of Jesus before he ascended to heaven, “that all people may be one” (John 17:11). We also remember the ‘great commission’ of Jesus to his disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come and you shall be my witnesses in all Judea, Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Ascension Sunday calls us to faithful discipleship. We ask the question, how can we remain   faithful witnesses for Christ in an unprecedented time such as Covid-19 pandemic?  I trust that this time of worship will bless you in a very special way.  

 

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY

CALL TO WORSHIP  

One: The Holy One is in our midst.   

All: Praise God! God is eternally with us, and worthy of our praise. Praise God!

One: God the author of change for good cares for the vulnerable, brings friendship tot eh lonely, creates freedom to the restricted, and is hope for the poor and despairing.

All: God is universal, God is powerful. God is empowering; therefore with hearts and minds and spirits, we will praise God!

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION (All)

Gracious God, we praise you for your great love towards us.  We thank you for the heritage you have chosen for us, for the promises you have made to us, for the many gifts that you grant us for the living of our days.  Lord, we remember how, before your death and resurrection, you said you would be present with us to the close of the age.  We remember how you prayed that we might be one - with you - and with one another.  Help us to realize your presence with us now, O God, in this time of worship.  May we in this time of prayer and praise, of listening and speaking, of interceding and serving, come alive in You, and You in us, through the power and love of Christ's Spirit.  Amen.

 

*HYMN OF PRAISE  “We Praise You, O God” -VU 218- Song Leader

1.We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.

2. We worship you; God ever faithful, we bless you;
through life's storm and tempest our guide you have been.
When perils o'er take us, you will not forsake us,
and with your help, O Lord, life's battles we win.

3. With voices united our praises we offer,
and gladly our songs of true worship we raise.
Our sins now confessing, we pray for your blessing;
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise.

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

While we claim to celebrate the ascension of our Lord, the way we live proclaims our lack of faith in his power to deal with the world.

With contrite hearts, let us confess our sins….   

Let us pray:

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (All)

We come, O Lord, on this day of glory to confess our lack of trust. While we sing of your lordship over all creation, we have too often acted as though you are powerless in the face of today's events. Help us to live with confidence in your presence today and in hope for life with you forever. Amen. (The Worship Sourcebook, pp. 662-663)

SILENT CONFESSION

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON (1John 1:1-2)

But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

INTROIT TO THE WORD  (sung)    -  VU# 371 – Song Leader

Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear; And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear; Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God Thy will to see. Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine.”

 

*RESPONSIVE READING from PSALM 47 – Philomena Parsons

  

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him psalm of praise.

 

 

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.

*GLORIA PATRI  (Together)

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 LUKE 24:44-53 - Philomena Parsons

 

HYMN of PREPARATION    I Feel the Winds of God – VU 625

(Music: Traditional, Lyric by Jesse Adams – public domain)

I feel the winds of God today, Today my sail I lift
Though heavy oft with drenching spray, And torn with many a rift
If hope would light the water’s cres, And Christ my bark will use
I’ll seek the seas at His behest, And brave another cruise

It is the wind of God that dries, My vain regretful tears
Until with braver thoughts shall rise, The purer brighter years
If cast on shores of selfish ease, Or pleasure I should be
Lord let me feel Your freshening breeze And I’ll set back to sea

If ever I forget Thy love, Or how that love was shown
Lift high the blood-red flag above, It bears Thy name alone
Great Pilot of my onward way, Thou will not let me drift
I feel the winds of God today, Today my sail I lift.

MEDITATION      -  Ruby Pike      

 

PRAYER SONG  VU 400  - Song Leader

“Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

 

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send you spirit in this place; Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace.”

 

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE      - Pastor Wally

Lord’s Prayer

GOING FORTH TO SERVE

OFFERTORY CALL

 “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.” -Psalm 54:6 – Let us now give our free will offerings to help the word of God prosper here and around the world.

(The offerings will be received at the foyer.)

*DOXOLOGY OF PRAISE   - Song Leader

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God all creatures high and low, give thanks to God in love made known, Creator, Son and Holy One”

MINUTES FOR MISSION

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 We are your gifted people, O God. You have given us talent of mind, and heart, and spirit. You have put joy in our hearts and on our lips. As you have blessed us with so much that is good, so bless these gifts which symbolize our faithfulness, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.      

 

*CLOSING HYMN  (All)        “Love Lifted Me”  -SOG 25

1.  I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.                                                            Refrain:    Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
                  When nothing else could help, Love lifted me!                                              

2.  All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.   (Refrain)    

                                              

3. Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today. (Refrain)

                 

 

*SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION (Based from ACTS 1)

People of God, let’s not just stand here, gazing into heaven

as the disciples did after they saw Jesus leave.

Instead, let’s take up the mission Jesus left us: to be his witnesses, to tell everyone we meet who Jesus is, and how he has changed us. And may the grace of God,

the love of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit

go with us all. Amen.

 

THREE-FOLD AMEN

RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

LIFE AND WORK OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY

 

MINISTRY & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

There will a meeting for the M & P Committee on May 19,

Wednesday at 1:30 pm in the sanctuary.

 

BOARD OF SESSION MEETING

There will be a meeting of the Board of Session on May 28 Friday at 7:30 pm.   Flower Service, Summer Services, are among the agenda.

CAMPING & EARTH SUNDAY

On May 30th we will celebrate the gift of Camp ministry in the

church. We will give thanks to God for the gift of creations during worship. We will decorate the church with symbols of camping and greens. The worship service will be non traditional; you may come to church in your camping clothes.

 

FIRST DAWN EASTERN EDGE REGIONAL COUNCIL

ANNUAL MEETING 2021

 God bless the Regional Council meeting this weekend. “Presence and Hope” is the theme for the First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council 2021 Annual Meeting being held May 14,15 &16  via Zoom. Let us pray for the participants, delegates and Ministry Personnel who are attending the meeting. Let us pray for the enormous work of Regional Council to keep the work of Christ alive in our Province and elsewhere.

 

 

STAY SAFE…COVID IS REAL

Please follow the health and safety guidelines to keep yourself protected and others. Keep a 2- meter distance indoor and in public, wear mask, wash hands regularly, and stay in your bubble as much as possible. Please consider getting vaccinated  for those who are not yet registered. You will help save the community and your family.

May we remind you again that we shall keep our mask on during worship. The hymns can be hum as the song leader leads in singing. We shall sing only the last hymn as we exit (with mask on). This too, shall pass. Let us pray for the healing of the world.

 

….to all who are participating in today`s worship service. You are truly appreciated for

sharing your gifts and talents.

1 Peter 4: 10   - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: -

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MINUTE FOR MISSION

Turning Hard Work into Hope Everyday – Margaret`s Story

 

Hard work doesn’t always pay off. Around the world, many people work hard and still can’t feed their families. Your gifts through Mission & Service turn hard work into true hope for the future. Thanks to your support, resourceful people like Margaret Kagundu don’t just survive but thrive.

Margaret and her children live in challenging conditions in Nyeri, Kenya. In an area of widespread poverty, families live in makeshift homes without running water and have very little access to healthcare. Disease is so rampant that the average woman like Margaret can expect to live just 30 years.

Margaret struggled to meet her family’s basic needs before she received a micro-loan from a lending program called Jamii

 

Imara (pronounced Jam-ee EE-mara), which your gifts support.

Wanting to improve her life, Margaret applied for a small, interest-free loan from Jamii Imara to lift herself out of poverty. She used it to purchase a home to rent out. With the rental income, she paid back the loan and then applied for another. She has received and paid back many loans to date. Margaret now owns two rental homes and is a proud landlord. The income is helping her feed and educate her family.

Your support teamed up with Margaret’s hard work means that Margaret’s son is in high school today. Considering 90 percent of children living in poverty in Kenya don’t finish grade 8, that’s a remarkable achievement.

“I was granted 10,000 shillings four times. I have even started keeping goats that reproduce. I have educated my children,” Margaret says.

The Jamii Imara project helps women like Margaret establish their businesses. Together, the businesswomen share best practices and help each other financially to survive difficult times.

“We help our fellow members. If one’s husband is ill, we continue to help her. If one’s child is ill, we contribute to help her,” says Margaret. “There are many women who want to join the group because they see that I have progressed a lot. I am no longer the way I was before.”

Supporting women like Margaret who are determined to change their lives is just one of the ways you are helping to turn hard work into hope every day. Make your Mission & Service gift today to help transform and save lives.