Order of Service: October 1, 2017

Order of Service for Sunday October 01, 2017 

Strathroy United Church 

World Communion Sunday 








Thought for the day 

Faith is obedience, nothing else; literally nothing else at all.” Emil Brunner 


Gather to Praise and Celebrate God’s Presence 


Welcoming Music as we gather and welcome one another! 

Improvisation                A. Cloutier 

We Celebrate God’s Spirit amongst us as we light the Christ Candle! 




Why we are here: 

Long ago, God led the Israelites through the desert – 

by a fiery pillar at night, and by cloud during the day. 

We come to worship today, searching for God, 

wondering if the Holy One is among us or not. 

God split the rocks open in the wilderness, causing water 

To flow down like rivers to save the people from thirst. 

We come hungry and thirsty for compassion, 

wondering if anyone cares about our lives. 

Jesus said that outcasts and sinners would be welcome 

in heaven, because they believe the good news of god’s love. 

We come today, longing to believe.1. 


*Opening Hymn: We Are One    VU 402         


We open our hearts to God in Prayer: 

Eternal God, we thank you for the gift of your holy scriptures, whose timeless truths always bring a relevant word to our ears. Prepare our hearts and minds with a ready willingness to hear its truths, heed its calling and enact its lessons. Amen.  


The Lord’s Prayer       VU 959 


We Listen for God’s Voice 


Ministry of Music“Pie Jesu”    Gabriele Fauré 

Hearing God’s Voice               Dawn Moyer 

Philippians 2:1-13 

Psalm 78   (Part 1 &2)                                    VU 792     

           Matthew 21: 23-32 


Reflection: “ Actions speaks louder than words  

Hymn: “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”    VU 593 


We Respond to God’s Gift of Love 


Invitation to Share our Blessings 

“Improvisation”                    A. Cloutier 


*Singing Our Thanks: “Your Work, O God Needs Many          Hands”      VU537 


*We Invite God to Receive Our Gifts 





Communion Hymn: “One Bread, One Body”VU467 

Great Thanksgiving and Communion 


Christ be with you.And also with you.  

We lift up our hearts. 

We lift them up to God. 

Let us give thanks to the Holy One. 

It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

 It is right, good, and a joyful thing, 

always and everywhere to give our thanks to you, 

who hears the cries of the oppressed and afflicted. 

As our ancestors in faith were wanderers, 

making their home where ever they were welcomed, 

you call us to celebrate the bounty we receive, 

and to share it with those who wander in need of your grace. 

We give you thanks for milk and honey, 

for clean water and blue skies, 

for the yeasty fragrance of fresh bread, 

and for the power to resist the evils that tempt us. 

And so, with your creatures on earth and all the heavenly chorus, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:                                       VU 932 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, 

heaven and earth are filled with your glory. 

Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in your name. Hosanna in the Highest.Hosanna in the highest! 


  1. 3.


Holy are you, and holy is your child, Jesus Christ, 

who resisted worldly temptations: 

to turn stones into bread, 

to reach for earthly power, 

to put you to the test. 

On the night in which he gave himself up, 

Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, 

broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples, saying: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. 

Do this in remembrance of me.” 

When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup, 

offered thanks and gave it to the disciples, saying: 

“Drink from this, all of you; 

this is my life in the new covenant, 

poured out for you and for many, 

for the forgiveness of sins. 

Do this, as often as you drink it, 

in remembrance of me.” 

And so, in remembrance of your mighty acts 

in Jesus Christ, we proclaim the mystery of faith. 


Christ has died.  VU 932 

Christ is risen. 

Christ will come, come again. 


Pour out your Holy Spirit on our gathering, 

and on these gifts of bread and wine. 

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, 

that we may be the body of Christ 

to a world that is filled with temptations. 

God of signs and wonders, God of power and love, 

God of breath and life, 

we praise your saving, gracious name. 

Amen.                               VU 932 


  1. 4.

Sharing of the Meal                                        


Prayer after Communion 

Thank you, O Christ, for this feast of life.  

We are fed by your love;  

we are strengthened by your life.  

We are sent forth into this world to live your way and share your joy.  

We are now commissioned to:  

feed as we have been fed, 

forgive as we have been forgiven,  

love as we have been loved. 

Thanks be to God.  



We Leave Inspired to Live Out and 

Share the Gospel News 


*Closing Hymn: “Forth in Your Name, O Christ      VU 416 




We Leave Our Service with: 

“Go Now in Peace”           Besig/Price 


Postlude: “Chaconne”                  Johann Pachelbel  


Welcome, We are happy to have you with us this morning. If you are new to our church please feel free to ask our Ushers any questions about our worship service and facility. 

Coffee and Refreshment Times- Please join us for coffee at the back of the sanctuary before, and down in the Golden Jubilee Room following our service. 

Orange Juice is available at the back window for those who may need a sugar boost. 

Infant Nursery- We are happy to provide a Nursery complete with a play pen, sink, toys etc. …but will not be staffed at the present time. Parents are asked to be responsible for their children. Change table is available in the family restroom in the upper hall. 

Peace Candles – If you are a visitor with us this morning there are small votive candles available at the front of the sanctuary for you to take back to your home church. 



Minister:Rev. Dr. Abiel T. Khalema 

minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca          519-245-0276 

Office Administrator:Dianne Dixon 



Music Director:Andy Cloutier 


Custodian:John Larocque 


Website Liaison:     Gail Barker  


Webmaster:  www.strathroyunitedchurch.ca       Debra Porte 



Property Team  Tuesday, October 3, 7 pm 

Community Life Team  Wednesday, October 25, 11 am 

Congregational Life Team     Sunday, November 5, 11:30 

Church Council       Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 


Family Prayers 

This Sunday we ask you to pray for the ministry of Metropolitan United Church 

Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers: 

Doris Robotham, Karyn Olsen, and Rob Wark. 

May those unnamed yet in our hearts experience the presence of God’s grace.                                                   


Note: Pastoral Care is important. Please contact the church office if you are going into hospital or if you or a family member are needing Pastoral Care. Your name will not be in the bulletin unless we have permission from you to do so. We wish to offer Pastoral Care support and at the same time respect your confidentiality. 




Thank you to those who participated in the Mission & Service Soup Lunch on September 17, 2017. Special thanks to those who donated soups: Tina Zimmermann, Ida Traxler, Barb MacKinnon, Val Goodin, Joan Carter and Gail Barker. A donation of $200 was realized which will go towards our Mission & Service goal of $20,000.  


Frosty Frolic Bazaar – Saturday, November 18th  

There will be a meeting directly after church TODAY in the Golden Jubilee room for anyone interested in any way helping with the Frosty Frolic (baking, working that day, convenor, etc.) 


Face book 

Administrators: Looking for 3 persons willing to be administrators for our Strathroy United Church Facebook page and groups.  You would be in charge of removing comments or posts that would not be suitable to our site or beliefs. You are also able to invite and approve members.  Please contact Tina Zimmermann for more info. 

We are excited that we have set up our Strathroy United Church’s Page and Group.  Our page is a public forum to inform our community of what we are all about and of community, national needs.  Our group is private for our members to receive updates on events, meetings, immediate needs.  Our group is for all members to share information.  Please do not post items of a personal nature, re: health, birth, death.  More updates to come.   


– Bulletin Boards: 

The Community Life Team is looking for someone to help them keep the bulletin boards of the church updated.  Letters, decorations and posters are available, as well as assistance from the team members if needed. We are asking for about two hours of your time each Season. (IE – Fall, Christmas, Spring and Summer).  If you are creative and would like to contribute to our church in this way, please speak to Tina Zimmermann or anyone on the Community Life Team. 


Jean Nisbet has graciously written an article about our Church Library across from the Golden Jubilee Room. 

“If you are a senior with spare time on your hands, or if you are getting a little bored, visit our church library. My younger days were always busy, and then later, with lots of volunteering, I had little time to read anything but the newspaper. 

I had enjoyed a few Amish books and a friend mentioned that there was a good supply of them in our library. 

There is also a good selection of Authors and books for all ages. I’m never bored. I always have a book to pick up and read, even if just a few chapters at a time. There is no fee!  


             FOOD DRIVE – to give thanks ... 

Congregational & Community Life Teams  are requesting food items to be collected each Sunday, for the month of October this year. Let’s see how many we can accumulate in the Sanctuary for the month and be thankful with our giving’s. We are  collecting Beans of all types, Cake & Muffin mix, boxes of Scallop Potatoes, Pasta Sauce, Eggs, Cookies, Crackers, Kraft Dinner, Pancake mix, Syrup, Cereal, Canned Fruit, Juice Boxes, Lunch Snacks, Rice, Sauce mixes, Soup, Bread, Meat. Items will be distributed to Salvation Army and WRRC. Many thanks to all for your support. Thank you to Ken Jolliffe in delivering these items.      Let’s go Strathroy United !!!!!!!!!!!! 

Christmas decorations needed! If you are down-sizing, or  have extra gently-used Christmas decorations or household goods (i.e. serving dishes) that you would like to see go to a good home, please consider this suggestion. Our guests at our monthly Hospitality Meal sometimes don’t have the extras at Christmas to give their homes a festive touch. For our November meal, we are hoping to have a selection of festive / Christmas items that they can take home and enjoy. If you have such items, please bring them into the church before November 19th. They will be distributed at our November Hospitality Meal. We thank you in advance for your generosity. 



Decorating The Sanctuary 

Another opportunity to help beautify our Sanctuary and also help our foodbanks. If you have any gourds, vegetables, decorations, quilts, corn stalks, etc. etc. please bring them in by Saturday, October 7th.  

Tina would appreciate some assistance with decorating the Sanctuary on Saturday am.! 


– Senior Choir Practice has 

begun and we meet on Thursdays 

at 7:15 in the Parlour. If you like to sing please come and join us for music and fellowship! 


Monthly Wednesday Morning Walk In Bible Study 

Studying the Parables of Jesus with Rev. Abiel will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11 am. starting Wednesday, October 4th . 

Please come and join us anytime! 


Child and Youth Ministry Leadership 

Strathroy United Church is looking for a Child and Youth Leader to join us in providing leadership and faith to our youth from ages 0-18 years. At this time it would be approximately 8-10 hours per month. Our Sunday School at this time is small and we are looking to grow. We are forming a Youth Group in September and this is new to our church. We need faith, energy and enthusiasm. Is that you? 

Please contact us with your resume at: 

myemail@mlharris.ca  or minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 


Prayer Circle: 

Rev. Abiel would like to hear from you if you feel called to the ministry of prayer. He is planning to have a weekly prayer group beginning in September. Please contact Dianne at the office if you wish to participate.    



  • Minutes for Teams and Council 
  • United Church news letters 
  • Governance Chart 
  • TRIVIA NIGHT: St. Andrews Westminster on  

Saturday, October 21st at the Belmont Community Centre. 

  • PRAYER SHAWL RETREAT: Sacred Heart Parish 

Hall Ingersoll. Oct. 14th  

  • MCAMP Octoberfest Wed. Oct. 18 6-8pm Metropolitan UC 

The Lyra Choir- Alvin Reimer-Conductor. An evening of culture and German Cuisine.  

  • KAIROS Reconciliation in our Water shed – full day workshop Sisters of St. Joseph London- October 14, 

10 am-4pm 


For full information please check the bulletin 

board at the Maria St. entrance. also note that These Days and the Observer are also available. 

                             ROAST BEEF DINNER 

                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017 

                                      4:30 TO 7:00 PM 












ADULT       $17.00 

CHILDREN 5-12 $5.00 



AVAILABLE FROM: Shirley Aerts519-245-1141 

John Rowe519-245-2698 

Ken Jolliffe519-205-0415 


A few tickets will be available through the church office, 

as well, but we encourage you to call our ticket agents first. 




Help Needed 

We are getting close to our Dinner Date so now is the time to sign up and/or purchase your tickets! 

Sign-up sheets are in the Golden Jubilee Room. 

Decorations:  We could use 2-3 people to help decorate the windows in the GJR. Please meet Joan Carter on Friday, October 6th at10 am. 

If you have any questions, please call Joan Carter 

 (co-ordinator of the dinner). 519-247-3901.