Coughlan United Church

Welcome to Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

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P.O. Box 209 Harbour Grace, NL   A0A 2M0
Telephones: 596-3716 (Manse)  596-7432 (Church)
Clergy: Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher, B.A.;M.Div.
Clerk of Session: Pauline Penney
SUNDAY WORSHIP             June 28, 2020     11:00   a.m.
Online Worship thru Facebook Group during Covid-19 Pandemic
Music by Gail Downing
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We extend a friendly welcome to everyone! This is the second  week of summer season.  It’s a season of re-creation & renewal, outdoor activities, gardening, camping, fishing, family picnics, spiritual retreats -whatever you may be doing this summer, we hope that you will encounter the Divine in your work, play, and prayer time. Just be mindful that we are still under Covid 19 Pandemic. Please continue to practice distancing when in a crowd, and hygiene such as hand washing and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Today’s worship is about  listening to God ‘s Spirit through scripture and music. May our worship this morning bless and prepare you for the coming week.  Let us worship!
Plan for In-Person Worship. At Alert Level 2, the Provincial Public and Health authorities has given permission for churches to re-open with 50 people capacity. However, we are asked to do it on our own pace or when we feel the need to go back to church.  At the Official meeting held last week via teleconference, a motion was passed that we don’t do the In- Person worship until September 27th.  The said date will be revisited should we enter in Alert Level 1. 
Online worship service will continue to be held on our Facebook Group until the commencement of the In-Person worship.  A plan for re-entry to church is underway. The Plan is being prepared in accordance to the Guidelines provided by the Provincial Public Health & Safety, and the First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council, NL, United Church of Canada. We will respect those who may not  be ready to return to church even on the said date. The Plan will be presented to the Official Board on July 9th, and when approved, it will be shared to the members and friends of Coughlan United Church. May God’s blessing and grace be with us in this wilderness journey!
JUST A REMINDER on June 30, Tuesday the church door will be open to receive your monetary contributions (church envelopes, Father’s Day Memorial and Spring Collection). The church door will be open from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 -4 pm. We will continue to receive your financial contribution this way while our church doors remain closed during covid 19 pandemic.  The church door will be open every 30th day of the month. Thank you for your prayers and continuous support!
UCW Closing for the church Year. The United Church Women will gather on telephone Conference this afternoon at 2:00 pm  for the year-end meeting. We thank the United Church Women for their ministry with our church. May you have a good and safe summer break!
Rev. Nancy will be away from the Pastoral Charge from June 29-July 8. In case of Pastoral Care  emergency, please contact our clerk of Session, Pauline Penney @ 596-7718. 
Let us pray for our church family and friends who are  not well -Joyce Guilfoyle, Charlie White (Pastor Wally’s brother). Please  note that permission was given to us to
print their names for prayer request. There are those who are not mentioned but God knows who you are and your innermost needs. We pray for your healing of the mind body and spirit. May God’s healing and wholeness be with you. 
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MUSICAL PRELUDE  -  by Gail Downing
CALL TO WORSHIP: ( from  Psalm 96:1-4)
Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all  the earth!  Sing to the Lord and praise God’s name! Proclaim God’s salvation day after day. Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth! Worship the  Lord with gladness; come before God  with joyful songs! We will sing of your love and justice, O God! Unto you we will sing praise!  
We come to your holy presence, Gracious God, with thanks- giving for the gift of this day. We thank you for this season of summer -for the beauty of creations around us, for the summer breeze,  and, for the joy to play outdoor under the sun.  We lift up to you our voices and hearts in praise and worship this morning. Be present with us, O God. Open us to your indwelling presence and renew our spirits, even as we gather through online worhsip. In   Christ’s, we pray. Amen.
HYMN        “Stand Up for Jesus”   - SOG 40  
Object Lesson:   ““Your Words Can Build or Destroy”
THE CALL TO CONFESSION:  Let us come before God with contrite hearts and confess our sins (Silent Confession)
PRAYER HYMN     “Sweet Hour Prayer”  SOG 134  (Vrs. 1-2)
Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. Amen.
(Time for Silent Reflection)
PRAYER HYMN      “Sweet Hour Prayer”  SOG 134  (vrs 3-4)
Psalm  13
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Matthew 10:40-42
 REFLECTION                 “The Welcome of Christ   ” 
PRAYER RESPONSE     “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”   
“Lord, listen to your children praying, 
Lord, send your Spirit in this place,
Lord, listen to your children praying, 
Send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace.”
Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
Go in peace
May God our Creator renew in us the creative Spirit
that brings healing and life to all creation.
May Jesus the Christ, sustain us in boundless grace and love
May the Holy Spirit fill us with courage to be bearers of God’s hope in the world,
Down a long road behind a large fence in Nairobi, Kenya, is a safe house for LGBTQIA and Two-Spirit refugees from Uganda, Somalia, and South Sudan, supported by Mission & Service partner Pembizo Christian Council. The refugees who live here dream of a day they are resettled in Canada or another country where they can live freely without fear of imprisonment.
While the group waits to be resettled, they have named themselves Nature Network and spend their time creating art. Whether it is movies, dance, or vlogs to post on Facebook, the group always puts their best foot forward.
In 2017, a small group of Mission & Service pilgrims visited the safe house and received a warm welcome. When some of the visitors shared that they were LGBTQIA and Two Spirit and were openly in relationships, the residents cheered, since that’s what they’d been praying would be possible for them one day.
We are thankful that in The United Church of Canada there are opportunities to sponsor and support LGBTQIA and Two-Spirit refugees.
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.