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October 27

WELCOME TO HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

Website: www.coughlanunitedchurch.com

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

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy  Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist:  Ruth Davidge

 

Order of Worship     October 27, 2019     11:00 a.m.

Welcoming & Offering Team:  Gord Taylor & Clyde Reynolds

 

 WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

(*Please stand for those who are able)

GATHERING MUSIC   -   Led by Choir

*CHORAL INTROIT    VU 376    “Spirit of the Living God”                                                                  

GREETINGS and CALL TO WORSHIP

One: The Spirit of God calls to us,  

All: With sighs too deep for words.

One: The Spirit of God calls to us,

All: Claiming us,

One: Summoning us to become more than we now are.

All: Calling us by name: God’s children.

*HYMN        VU 339    “When Morning Gilds the Sky”             

 

PRAYER OF APPROACH and CONFESSION (All)

         We thank you Living God for being with us today as we gather to worship you in spirit and in truth.  We realize that our worship would be empty if we have not reconciled our lives back to you in repentance. Forgive us for the many sins we have done against You and our neighbors. Forgive us from our arrogance and selfishness. We need healing merciful God. Give us true repentance. Some sins are plain to us, some escape us; some we cannot face. Forgive us; set us free to hear your word to us; set us free to serve you in our worship today and forever more. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.       (Silent Reflection)

CHORAL RESPONSE     VU 948         “O God Hear Our Prayer”

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S MERCY

One:  How we love to hang on to the past! We get all tied up remembering, keeping

count, bearing grudges. God doesn’t.  Your past is accepted. Let it go Live in the freedom God hands to you afresh each day.

All:  THANKS BE TO GOD!

 

SHARING JOYS & BLESSINGS AND CHURCH CONCERNS

*HYMN     VU 289     “It Only Takes A Spark”

TIME WITH THE YOUNG & YOUNG AT HEARTS

 

WE LISTEN  TO GOD’S WORD

INTROIT TO THE WORD (Sung)        VU  371    (2nd vrs. only)

“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 84   -VU 800 & Refrain – Florence Reynolds

*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.  

A Reading from 2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8;16-18 – Florence Reynolds

A Reading from the GOSPEL OF LUKE 18:1-8

CHORAL ANTHEM: ``The Patch of Prayer``     - Senior Choir   

MESSAGE      “Persistent Prayer”               

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

PRAYER RESPONSE (Sung)     

  “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”   - VU 400

“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.”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD IN LOVE

GATHERING OFFERINGS   –    Minutes for Mission

*PRESENTATION OF GIFTS       -         *DOXOLOGY    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.”

*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)   

Generous God, you have given us so much: a world of wonder, hearts to love and bodies to serve you. Life itself is your most precious gift. With joy and gratitude, we return these gifts to you. We offer these material gifts, and our very selves, to be used to share your love with the world. Bless our giving and our sharing, we ask in Christ’s name. Amen.

*HYMN      VU 674   “Fight the Good Fight”  (Tune: VU 561)

*SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

*THREE-FOLD AMEN - RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

Youth Pilgrims

Thirteen Youth Forum pilgrims were on a journey during the summer of 2018. After work and orientation in their home Conferences, they travelled east to Newfoundland. With their two young adult leaders and a global partner, these dedicated young people visited each Conference of the United Church. They stopped in Oshawa, Ontario, in July to participate as commissioners at the 43rd General Council and then continued their pilgrimage, ending in British Columbia in mid-August.

Building on the theme of Rendez-vous 2017, these young people deepened their understanding of what it means to Be the Church/Soyons l’eglise in this time of change and challenge.

The youth were selected by peers from their home Conference at a Youth Forum Winter Retreat held in February 2018. At the retreat, 60 youth gathered to learn what a remit was, gain insight into how business would be carried out at General Council, and immerse themselves in the issues and concerns facing the United Church. They also spent time in worship, small groups, and played games, and other activities.

The pilgrimage invited participants to deepen their experience as they visited Indigenous communities, met migrant workers, learned about justice issues related to mining and fair trade, witnessed the work of social justice ministries and camps, and worshipped and celebrated with many communities of faith across the church. They came home changed, challenged, and ready to lead in ministry. How will you walk with a Youth Forum pilgrim from your region?

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..

 

October 20

WELCOME TO COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

Website: coughlanunitedchurch.com

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

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist:  Gail Downing

 

 

Order of Service    October 20, 2019      11:00 am

 Welcoming & Offering Team:  Laurence & Helen Pike   

 

GATHERING AND PRAISE

(*Worshippers may stand as you are able)

 

GATHERING MUSIC                Pre-Sing – Senior Choir

WORDS OF WELCOME  and LIFE & WORKS of the CHURCH

CHORAL INTROIT    “Spirit of Life”  - VU 381

*CALL TO WORSHIP  

One: No Matter how far from God we seem to be, we do not lose heart:

All:   For the days are surely coming, says the Lord..   

One:   No matter how many obstacles we face in life, in the church, we do not lose heart:

All: For the days are surely coming, says the Lord.!

One: No matter how hard it is to continually pray and work for justice, we do not lose heart:.

All: For the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will forgive and restore my people: when I will equip them for every good work; and when I will grant justice, for I hear their cries day and night..

 

*HYMN     VU 410     “This Day God Gives Me”   (Tune: VU 409)

OPENING PRAYER  (Unison)

 Loving God, we come to worship you this morning. Despite our human frailty, you welcome us with your grace, and we thank you. We thank you for being with us in the past week, and, amidst our reluctance to be here because of our busy lives, you encourage us to accord you with praise. You are always with us - your Spirit never ceases to move and create in our midst. Help us God, to be mindful of your Holy Presence today and every day, that our lives may reflect the joy, peace, and, justice of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. AMEN.

*HYMN VU 323             “I Love To Tell the Story”  

TIME WITH CHILDREN/YOUNG AT HEART

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Responsive)

One: God of grace, for our failure to love others as you have loved us,  

All: Forgive us.

One: For wasting your gifts and hoarding our goods,

All: Forgive us.

One: For losing heart and abandoning hope,

All: Forgive us.

One: For all the ways we turn away from you,.

All: Forgive us. . . (Silent prayer)... We offer our prayers in the name of the One who saves us, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND PARDON

One: Grace flows like a river; mercy like a never ending streamBelieve the good news: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

All: We believe, we receive the God’s pardon! Thanks be to God, we are free!

*HYMN:   “Great is Thy Faithfulness”   - VU 288

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (Unison)

Speak to us, by the power of your Holy Spirit, and equip us to be messengers of your life-altering, world-changing, blessing -filled Word... Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

A READING from JEREMIAH 31: 31-34       - Glenys Godden

*RESPONSIVE   PSALM 121   - VU 844 & Sung Refrain

*GLORIA PATRI (In Unison)

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.

GOSPEL READING from LUKE 12:13-21

CHORAL ANTHEM

SERMON      “The Failure of Success”  

PRAYERS OF & FOR THE PEOPLE      -      LORD’S PRAYER

 

THE WITNESS OF GOD’S WORD

OFFERTORY CALL        -     MINUTE for MISSION

GATHERING & PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS  

      *RESPONSE:      Doxology of Praise  - VU 541

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise God all creatures high and low;

Give thanks to God in love made known;

Creator, Son and Holy One.”

*CLOSING HYMN     VU 506    “Take My Life and Let it Be”

*SENDING FORTH AND BLESSING

*THREE-FOLD AMEN       -      RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

MISSION & SERVICE

Minutes for Mission

Thank you to our

Ministers!

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul writes about God empowering church leaders “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). What are the ways that a minister has helped this community of faith to equip the saints for ministry, or to build up the Body of Christ in this place?

Today, we offer gratitude for the many ways that our ministers help to build up the Body of Christ through their leadership and ministry. Thank you for the sermons. Thank you for the worship gatherings. Thank you for the educational opportunities for all ages. Thank you for the ways you equip people for discipleship. Thank you for the home and hospital visits. Thank you for your outreach and justice leadership. Thank you for the prayers and care. Thank you for your faithfulness and your call to be a minister in The United Church of Canada. 

Thanks to our gifts to Mission & Service, we support our ministers through theological education training and continuing education. Mission & Service also provides support to your community of faith through pastoral relations at the regional council and the denominational council. Thank you for your gifts to Mission & Service.

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.

 

October 6

 

WELCOME TO HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

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

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy  Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist:  Ruth Davidge

 

 Celebrating World Wide Communion Sunday   

October 6, 2019         11:00 a.m.

Welcoming Team:  Laurence & Helen Pike

 

WELCOME TO WORSHIP!

Praise be to God for another day that we could worship together! We welcome you with the joy and love of Jesus who is the foundation of our church. Today we are joined in spirit together with our sisters and brothers around the world in celebration of the World-Wide Communion Sunday.  At the Lord’s Table we celebrate the Love of God that knows no bounds. At the Table of the Lord all are welcome to dine in and experience the gift of God’s love and grace.  We hope that the worship today will bless you in a very special way; may it help you spiritually to face the tasks for the week ahead. Please come back to join us in worship and praise! Let us worship!

 

 

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

(* Please stand as you are able)

GATHERING MUSIC  -   Pre-Sing by Choir

WORDS OF WELCOME & CHORAL INTROIT 

“Come and Find the Quiet Center”  - VU 374 ( 1st verse only)                                 

*CALL TO WORSHIP (Resource: “Worship for All Ages”)

One: Who sets the tables of heaven and earth?  

All: Who watches tenderly over each birth?

One: Who is the Spirit behind every love?

All:  As strong as Eagle and gentle as Dove?

One: Who makes the bread from tiny grains seeds?

All: Who makes the wine from the grapes with a squeeze?

One: God made the world, so wide and so small.

All: Give thanks to God, God made it for all!

*PRAYER OF APPROACH (Unison)

   Loving God, your steadfast love never ceases and your mercies never come to an end.  Your touch turns deserts into pools of living water.  As you embrace the land, its yield abounds. With wisdom you implant goodness and justice.  We proclaim your virtue.  We thank you for breaking down the walls that divide us one from the other and the barriers that separate us from you.  Be with us in this time of worship as we and our brothers and sisters around the world lift up your most holy name; we ask it through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  AMEN.

*HYMN            “We Praise O God Our Redeemer” -  VU 218   

SHARING JOYS / BLESSINGS and CHURCH CONCERNS

PRAYER Song           “O God Hear my Pray’r      - VU 948

O God hear my pray’r, O God hear my pray’r, 

When I call answer me. O God hear my pray’r,

O God hear my pray’r, come and listen to me.

THE CHURCH IN CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Merciful Lord, we confess that with us there is an abundance of sin, but in you there is the fullness of righteousness and abundance of mercy. We are spiritually poor, but you are rich and in Jesus Christ came to be merciful to the poor. Strengthen our faith and trust in you. We are empty vessels that need to be filled; fill us. We are weak in faith; strengthen us. We are cold in love; warm us, and make our hearts fervent for you that our love may go out to one another and to our neighbors. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD 

INTROIT TO THE WORD  “Break Now the Bread …”    - VU 501

Break now the bread of Life, Saviour to me,

 as once you broke the loaves  beside the sea.

Beyond the sacred page, I seek you, Lord,

my spirit waits for you, O Living Word.

*RESPONSORIAL READING  from PSALM 37  VU 763 & Ref. - Philomena Parsons

 *GLORIA PATRI (Unison)

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.

 

GOSPEL READING from LUKE 10: 25-37 ( Monologue)

CHORAL ANTHEM:  ``Long Ago and Far Away``      

 

COMMUNION MEDITATION       “Communion Without Walls”

           (Building Bridges of Peace Instead of Walls)

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE  

PRAYER SONG   VU 400

“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”   

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD IN LOVE & FAITHFUL SERVICE

OFFERTORY CALL         -      MINUTES FOR MISSION

*PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS   and BREAD & CHALICE  

*SUNG RESPONSE:     “We Give You …”   - VU 542

 “We give you but your own, what e-e’r the gift  may be,

All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.”

PRAYER of DEDICATION (Unison)

Gracious God, you offer life to us in one who came to serve.  With our brothers and sisters around the world, grant us such faith that we will seek good and maintain justice.  As we dedicate these   offerings to you, so bind us together at our Lord's table and stir the gifts You have placed in us that we might truly serve you and   magnify Your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 

CELEBRATING WORLD-WIDE COMMUNION

*COMMUNION HYMN   VU 469           “We Gather Here”  

THE INVITATION  (Minister)

On this World Wide Communion Sunday, we gather at God’s table, joining with disciples of Christ in many lands and places. This table is for all people. Christ invited poor and rich, male and female… sinner and saint to his table. At that table, he invited the ordinary to become extraordinary. He didn’t demand a profession of faith, or an R.S.V.P. Invitation. He only asked that people come. So, we too invite all to Christ’s table. Wherever you come from. Whoever you are. However you believe in Jesus Christ. Wherever you are going. Come and be fed. Come and be refreshed. Come and be filled with new life!

 

(Today, when it is time, people will be invited to come forward. The Bread and the   cup of grape juice will be served by the elders and we will partake the elements one at a time.)   

 

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

One: God be with you
All: And also with you.       
One: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God.
One: Let us give God our thanks and our praise.
All: With joy and celebration we say, “THANK YOU, God!”

One: We do thank you, Creator-of-All. For all things in our lives.
For all people in our lives. For life itself! We give you thanks for the many ways we are

transformed, by the touch of another of your children -both the ones we meet and the

ones we will never know.

All:     Thank you, Loving God!
One:   We give you thanks for the many ways we are transformed, by the touch of your creation

–for the two and the four-legged  animals; the ones that fly in the air, the ones that swim in

the   waters. We give you thanks for the earth and the sea and the stars.
All:   Thank you, Loving God!
One:   We give you thanks for all who have come before us.

           Grandmothers and Grandfathers -by blood and by faith, who have loved us and taught us,

by their stories and by their lives. They have shared your love in their love. We     celebrate that they are a part of your great community of  saints -of which we, too, are a

part.
All:   Thank you, Loving God!
One:   All creation thank you, Loving God, and we join them, saying,
 All:   Holy, holy, holy God! God of love and life -heaven and  earth are full of your glory,

hosanna in the highest! Blessed is  the One who comes in God’s name!  Hosanna

in the highest!
One:   We realize that we don’t always live out your love.  Sometimes, in fear, we turn away.

Sometimes, in anger, we   turn away. Sometimes, in apathy, we turn away.      Sometimes, not even realizing it…we turn away.
All: But you don’t let us stay away, God! Time and time again, you call us back. You are

forgiving ...you are  faithful!   Hallelujah!  

you   call  to us, God, thank you. For filling us again, thank you! Help us to be, all that you know we can be. In Christ’s name, in your love, we ask it. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN  VU 606   “In Christ There is No East or West”

THE SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

THREE-FOLD AMEN       -   RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

 

Mission & Service

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

The United Church Women (UCW)

Love and Strength

 

The vision statement of United Church Women (UCW) includes a call to continuous prayer and learning, leading to action—and United Church Women across the church have faithfully answered that call for over 55 years!

“As women of faith… we believe in affirming and strengthening ourselves, both individually and together through creative study, prayer, and action,” says the UCW’s vision statement. During the UCW’s 55th anniversary event in 2017, support for a project at the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Tanzania was celebrated. The women have supported the training of hundreds of traditional birth attendants, who have saved half a million women and children from dying in childbirth.

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the UCW as it learns about our changing world. Imagine the strength of women who have learned about and taken action on gender justice and inclusion, truth and reconciliation, intercultural ministries, students and theological education, climate justice, the work of global partners, inter-faith initiatives, refugee support, and so much more!

The United Church’s Song of Faith states, “We sing of a church seeking to continue the story of Jesus by embodying Christ’s presence in the world.”

We are thankful that the UCW has been an example of what it means to truly love our neighbours!

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.

 

September 29

WELCOME TO HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

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

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy  Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist:  Gail Downing

 

 The Order of Worship for     September 29, 2019     11:00 a.m.

Ministers:  The Whole People of God   

Welcoming Team:   Dave & Ada Peddle  

 

WE APPROACH GOD

(*Please stand as you are able)

GATHERING MUSIC/ SONG       (Pre-Sing by Choir)

WELCOME  &  INTROIT (Choir)     “This Is the Day” (VU 412)

“This is the day, this is the day that our God has made, that our God has made; we will rejoice, we will rejoice, and be glad in it and be glad in it. This is the day that our God had made, we will rejoice and be glad in it,; This is the day, this is the day that our God has made!”

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Bread for the Journey)

One: All life is a call and a response. God calls us into creation. God calls us into life.

All: God calls us this day! God calls us to love, to plunge ourselves into the hurts and horrors, to give ourselves fully to those who are in need.

One: God calls us to be present to those who are without love; God calls us this day!

All: God calls us to dance, to move out our joy and sadness, shedding our self-consciousness and clothing ourselves with peace. Each of us has been called. God calls us this day!       

 

*HYMN      VU#240         “Praise, My Soul the God of Heaven”                     

 

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION (Responsive)

One: Bring us together to worship, O God.

All: Give us joy and renewal, as we offer praise and thanksgiving to you.

One: Bring us together to create community, O God.

All: Give us fellowship and encouragement, as we seek to work together.

One: Bring us together to follow the Way of Jesus, O God.

All: Give us inspiration and staying power, as we consider Christ’s wisdom, and as we reflect on Christ’s concern for the poor and challenged.

One: Bring us together to serve those without power, O God.

All: Give us gentle justice, and a willingness to work with those who are oppressed. Amen.

 

SHARING JOYS AND BLESSING and CHURCH CONCERNS

*HYMN     VU #585    “Jesus Bids Us Shine”

 PRAYER of CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON

One: Let us be still and tell God we are sorry for all our sins. . .

All: Forgive us, Lord, for not loving our brothers and sisters as you have commanded. Forgive us for ignoring the cry of people who are hungry and thirsty for clean water; for turning our backs away from those who are lonely and afraid; for keeping silent in the midst of injustice and violence; for loving only those who are on our side. We have been complacent, God, forgive. . . . .

(silent prayer)

One: Let us pray that all people may live in peace . . . . (silent prayer)

Friends, God’s word is true and dependable. In Christ, we have been forgiven.

All: In his suffering, Christ absorbed our sins. In unfailing love, he forgives our heartfelt failures. In Christ’s resurrection, God promises acceptance, assures pardon, and affirms eternal life.   Amen.

 

WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD

INTROIT TO THE WORD   VU 371 (2nd verse only) –

“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!”

A READING from 1 TIMOTHY 6: 6-19 -       Gerald Winsor

*RESPONSIVE READING from PSALM 91- VU 807  & Sing Ref

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.

GOSPEL READING FROM LUKE 16: 19-31

CHORAL ANTHEM   -   Senior Choir  

MESSAGE “The ‘Lazarus’ Among Us”

PRAYERS OF and FOR THE PEOPLE   - Lord’s Prayer

PRAYER RESPONSE    “O God Hear My Pray’r”   - VU# 948

“O God hear my pray’r, O God hear my pray’r;

          When I call answer me; O God hear  my pray’r, O

          God hear my pray’r; Come listen to me.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD IN LOVE & FAITHFUL SERVICE

CALL TO OFFERTORY    -       MINUTES FOR MISSION

THE OFFERING OF  “A DIME FOR A DINE BOTTLES 

(Everyone is invited to come forward to present their bottles on the altar rail. Please place your offering envelope on the plate provided.   

The money collected from the Bottles will be donated to the Breakfast for Kids Program at St. Francis Elementary School)

OFFERING RESPONSE (Sung)  “We Give You …”  VU 542

 “We give you but your own, what e-e’r the gift  may be,

All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.”

PRAYER of DEDICATION (Unison)

Gracious God, your love for us is revealed in the gifts of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You call us to make these gifts evident in our lives. Receive and bless this offering as a symbol of our thanksgiving as a sign of our commitment to be prophetic witnesses of your love and mercy. Amen.

*HYMN  “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”  -  VU #593

*SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

*THREE-FOLD AMEN - RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

MISSION & SERVICE

Minutes for Mission

 

We give thanks for over eight years of giving through the Gifts with Vision catalogue. Every gift is developed by one of our Mission & Service partners and each one truly makes a difference! As we look forward to the new Gifts with Vision catalogue, let us hear some of the amazing things that have been accomplished thanks to your giving through Gifts with Vision.

You have made so many good things possible through your gifts: clean water projects in Congo, Nicaragua, and Zambia; summer camp experiences for more than 200 children across Canada; education and safe spaces for children around the world; food for people who are homeless in Canada; grocery gift cards and warm clothing for remote Indigenous communities; food, shelter, and education for displaced persons in Kenya, the Philippines, Colombia, and Jordan; Indigenous cultural renewal here in Canada; a culture of peace in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; and projects in reconciliation and Indigenous reclaiming of language and traditions--just to name a few!

Your generous support for Mission & Service means that Mission & Service partners receive core funding for their programs. Your gifts through Gifts with Vision provide additional support for Mission & Service partners and ministries for selected projects. ​

Without Mission & Service, Gifts with Vision projects would not be possible. Through your support of Mission & Service and Gifts with Vision, you provide so much hope, both here in Canada and across the world. 

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.

 

September 22

: WELCOME TO HARBOUR GRACE PASTORAL CHARGE

COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

Website: www.coughlanunitedchurch.com

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

Clergy & Friend:  Rev. Nancy-Fisher

Clerk of Session:  Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist:  Gail Downing

 

   

WELCOME BACK & RECOVENANTING SUNDAY

      September 22, 2019          11:00 a.m.

Welcoming & Offering Team:   Clyde Reynolds & Cal Penney

 

WELCOME TO WORSHIP!

In the name of the living God we welcome you all to this time of worship!  We hope that you had a wonderful and restful summer.  We give thanks to God for the changing season. Today is the first Sunday of Fall and also the beginning of another church year for us. May we feel God’s empowering presence                                         as we worship, study, fellowship, reach out to all people, and, work together. Our worship this morning is slightly non-traditional. The message will focus on building community as we welcome God’s Presence and re-covenant with one another and God. Everyone is given a piece of cloth as you entered the church today. We will use the cloth during worship as part of our re-covenanting service. Let us join our spirits in worship.    

 

WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

GATHERING MUSIC         

WELCOME & SHARING JOYS & CHURCH CONCERNS

*INTROIT  VU 395 -    “Come In, Come In …”   (1st verse only)

Come in, come in and sit down, you are a part of the family.

We are lost and we are found for we are a part of the family.

You know the reason why you came, yet no reason ca explain, So share in the laughter and cry in the pain for we are a part of the family! (repeat Chorus)…Come in, come and sit down….

*CALL TO WORSHIP  

One: God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Let us worship God!  

All: We  open our hearts to God.

One: It is good to worship and praise God together!

All: Let us open our  hearts to one another.

One: We are God’s community under construction.

All: Let us prepare ourselves for new life.

One: Let us join together to build God’s real on earth!

PRAYER OF INVOCATION (Unison)

We come, O God, seeking you in song and in prayer, in word and in witness. Through the growing nights of the Fall, show us Christ’s light. Through the gradual chill of shorter days, warm us with your embrace of loving grace. Through the baring of the trees, clothe us in the Spirit’s persevering wisdom. In Christ, we pray. Amen

*HYMN    VU 412         “This is the Day”   

THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN CONFESSION    (Unison)

Loving God, we know what you expect of us; to accept your love, to be loving toward others, to include everyone, to recognize our mistakes and mend broken relationships, to build a community of caring and giving. Yet how easily we forget. How easily we get caught up in the busy-ness or worries or our individual problems. Forgive us, renew, us, strengthen us, we pray.   (…Silent Prayer…)

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LVOE AND MERCY

One: Our God is loving and forgiving. We can be assured that God’s loving arms will tenderly hold us in forgiveness and send us forth to new life.

All: Thanks be to God!

WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (Unison)

O Lord, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our

path. Give us grace to receive your truth in faith and love, and

strength to follow on the path you set before us; through Jesus

Christ, Amen.

*RESPONSIVE READING FROM PSALM 79 p. 793 & Refrain

Clyde Reynolds 

*GLORI 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; Word without end. Amen.

A READING FROM 1 TIMOTHY 2: 1-7

*HYMN    VU 402      “We Are One”

MESSAGE THROUGH BUILDING COMMUNITY

God’s Community under Construction”

(As we begin another year in the life of our church, we want

everyone to feel welcomed and part of this faith community, a

community “under construction”. We gather together to worship

and learn- to grow in God’s way. To symbolize that we are always changing and growing, we gave each of you a piece of building material (cloth) when you came into the church today. So, in a moment, we would want you to turn and meet the people sitting around you. As you exchange names and greet one another, find out how long each of you have been coming to this church. Then we would like you to symbolically join your cloth together making a chain. Then turn to another group close to you, greet them and then join your set of chain to make a longer chain. When all the chains are connected, everyone is asked to form a big circle holding on to the  chain and move towards the altar where the blocks of different ministries of Coughlan United Church are placed. The chain represents us as individuals who have come together to celebrate God’s presence with us. And the blocks represent various ministries that we have in the church. We will now sing the hymn “We Are one in the Spirit”)

 

*HYMN        “We Are One in the Spirit”

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
And we pray that all unity will one day be restored.
Chorus: 

And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand;
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.

We Will work with each other, we will work side by side;
We will work with each other, we will work side by side;
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride.

          

 All praise to the Father, from whom all things come;

And all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s begotten Son.

And all praise to the Spirit who makes us one.            

 

 

*PRAYER FOR RENEWING THE COVENANT ( Each ministry will be named at this time)  

One: We are all connected one to another, and with God’s help we are able to support and encourage each other in our learning and in our teaching, in our giving and in our receiving. Let us pray…

All: You have called us together, God into this family and you have promised to be with us. We thank you for your love and for each other. We begin a new season together with promises…. We promise to be a family. We promise to give new-comers and old-timers, children and adults and equal place in the family. We promise to respect each other  and to care for one another. We promise to learn from each other and to teach each other.

We promise to study the Word, and to serve you in the world. Be with your church, loving God, as we journey together into the future. In the name of Christ who is the head and foundation of the church, we pray. Amen.

 

WE GO OUT TO SERVE

GATHERING & *PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS  

*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, Son and Spirit One”

*OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)   

Loving God, who gives us abundance for all, we pray that you would bless these gifts we offer, transforming them into tools for your ministry of healing and reconciliation. Bless us that we too may be channels of your kingdom of love and peace to all. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE    

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

*CLOSING HYMN      VU 686   “God of Grace and God of Glory”

*SENDING FORTH and BENEDICTION

*THREE-FOLD AMEN

RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE

 

Minutes for Mission

Kidzone

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs for children and families living in community housing areas like Ardglen in Brampton, Ontario.

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre looks like every other store in the strip mall where it is located, but once you enter, you encounter a different world—one filled with art, laughing children, enthusiastic volunteers, and interns from the Social Work program at Ryerson University. One of these interns is Maria, who came to Toronto as a teen from Colombia to live with her father.

“At first, I didn’t like it here,” says Maria, sitting at the table preparing snacks for the children who would be arriving from school to participate in the KidZone program. “Over time I have come to really love this country, and I wanted to do something to make a difference in the world. That is why I chose social work.” Maria and the other interns speak passionately about the centre and the children who come through the door. “They are just wonderful!” Maria exclaims.

Your gifts offer children and families in community housing a place to come to share in food and fun.

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.

 

 

September 8, 2019

 WELCOME TO COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

Website: coughlanunitedchurch.com

Tel: 596-3716 (Manse)      596-7431 (Church)

Clergy & Friend: Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher

Clerk of Session: Pauline Penney

Today’s Organist: Ruth Davidge

 

The Order of Worship

September 15, 2019      11:00 a.m.

Welcoming & Offering Team: Cal Penney &  Gerald Penney

 

WELCOME TO WORSHIP!

In the name of the living God we welcome you to this hour of worship! We pray that your worship with us will bless you in a very special way and may you leave this sanctuary refreshed in faith. This is the last week of Summer. We hope that your summer has been a rewarding experience for you, and, it has nourished you in spirit. Today we worship the God of love and reflect on the unconditional grace and love of God through Christ. We will sing our hearts away to the glory of God as we sing from the Songs of the Gospel. Let us open our hearts to God’s indwelling Spirit! Let us worship!

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP & PRAISE

MUSICAL PRELUDE    (*Please stand as you are able)

WORDS OF WELCOME  

INTROIT (All)   “We Are One in the Bond of Love”  (Adapted)

We are one in the bond of love, We are one in the bond of love,   

We have joined our spirits with the Spirit of God,   

We are one in the bond of love.

Let us worship everyone, Let us feel God’s love divine.   

Let us sing with joy in our hearts today, We are one in the bond of love!

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

One: God, who cares for us as a shepherd cares for the flock,

All: Calls us to worship.

One: God, who loves us as a mother loves her child,

All: Is here for us as we worship.

One: God, whose love for us exceeds the depth of our understanding,

All: Is heartfelt joy to us as worship.

One: God, who challenges us to feel the world’s pain and bring healing,

All: Is inspiration to us as we worship.

One: God, whose community of faith goes beyond all space and time,

All: Is eternal hope to us as we worship.

 

*HYMN                 “My Hope is Built”   -SOG # 154

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION (Responsive)

One: Come join our celebration, Loving God!

All: We are gathered as faith community of prayer and praise.

One: Come join our celebration, Loving God!

All: We give thanks for your creative, life-giving presence.

One: Come join our celebration, Loving God!

All: Your Word is inspiration, and light in the dark places.

One: Come join our celebration, Loving God!

All: To know you is a joy, and to faithfully serve you is a delight. Amen.

 

SHARING BLESSINGS & CONCERNS OF THE  FAITH COMMUNITY

TIME with the Young & YOUNG at HEARTS  

*HYMN   “Sweet Hour of Prayer”   SOG # 134

PRAYER of CONFESSION

One: God is here among us; with contrite hearts, let us come

to God confessing our sins.

All: Holy Lord, God of life, hear our prayer: Forgive us when we follow those paths that do not lead to life,
That lead instead to violence, or hate, or fear,
Paths that lead to dread and death. Forgive us when we forget that you offer us life, Life that is abundant and eternal,  Life that began at the creation of all things. Forgive us, turn us to the right path, and let your love and grace flow over us and the world. We pray in Jesus’ name and for his sake. Amen.

 

SILENT REFLECTION

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S  PARDON (Psalm 103.8,10-12)

One: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

All: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s loving kindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Amen.

WE LISTEN AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

*RESPONSIVE READING from PSALM  14 VU 735 & Refrain          - Gertie Pike

*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.

A READING FROM   I TIMOTHY 1: 12-17

A READING FROM LUKE 15:1-10

 

*HYMN     “Open My Eyes That I May See”    -SOG # 156

MESSAGE    “…God Calls Out to Us…”

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

 

GATHERING OF OFFERINGS (Minutes for Mission)

*PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS & DOXOLOGY -VU 541

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING & DEDICATION (Responsive)

One: O God, your generous provision for us goes beyond the limits.

All: May we give as you give: to foster compassion, to  enlighten through teaching, to encourage the talent, to empower the rejected, to follow the Way of Jesus, and, to proclaim his saving grace to the lost.       Amen.

 *CLOSING HYMN             “Softly and Tenderly”  - SOG # 73

*SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION  

*THREE FOLD AMEN           RECESSIONAL POSTLUDE 

 

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

Spiritual Support to Students

A row of old houses on Rue MacKay in Montreal, Quebec, is part of student life at Concordia University. One is home to the Concordia Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre. The Rev. Ellie Hummel is the United Church chaplain on staff at the centre, and she works with chaplains from the Baha’i, Muslim, Sikh, Pagan, Buddhist, and Jewish communities as well as various Christian denominations.

The centre is a safe space for students to talk one-on-one with chaplains, share meals with fellow students, work together on service projects, and hang out during exam time. It holds a drop-in conversation group called Spirituali-TEA each week. In June 2017, the centre celebrated the completion of a mural by fine arts student Laura Douglas, who explored the relationship between people and the environment. Like the centre itself, the mural is a beautiful expression of that exploration. Concordia Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre offers students a place to explore and question faith, and a safe space to make a difference and simply be. Its service projects include helping with a community garden in the downtown core of Montreal.

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.

 

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