Order of Service: Sunday October 08, 2017

Order of Service for Sunday October 08, 2017

Strathroy United Church

Thanksgiving Sunday

Thought for the day

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

“Count Your Blessings,” Johnson Oatman, 1897

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:

Bless God for the good land we have been given.

Praise God, who crowns the year with abundance,

We are thankful for the bounty we have enjoyed.

God has been good to us through another year.

God chooses to love us and draw us near.

God invites us to enjoy the good all around us.

We are grateful for food, shelter and family.

God enriches our lives with many opportunities.

Let us renew our vows to God in this hour.

May thanksgiving overflow in acts of kindness.

We are here to remember and find renewal.

We have come to listen to God’s word. 1.

*Opening Hymn: “Praise the Lord with the Sound of

Trumpet” VU 245

We open our hearts to God in Prayer:

Generous God, you are present in all times and places; capture our attention in this time and place. Open our eyes to see the wonders you provide. Open our ears to hear your commandments, your ordinances, and your statutes. Open our hearts to care deeply about people in need, whatever that need might be. Awaken our generosity and sense of justice, that we may be inspired to helpful action. Open our mouths to shout and sing together for joy, sharing the good news of salvation.


Children’s Time: David and Goliath

We sing With Our Children: “Morning Has Broken” VU409

We Listen for God’s Voice

Ministry of Music: ” Round of Thanks”

Hearing God’s Voice Dawn Moyer

Deuteronomy 8:7-18;

Psalm 65 VU 782

Luke 17: 11-19

Reflection: “One said Thank you”

Hymn: “Amazing grace” VU 266

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

Family prayers and prayers for our world

The Lord’s Prayer VU 959

We Leave Inspired to Live Out and

Share the Gospel News

*Closing Hymn: “Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart” VU 513


We Leave Our Service with:

“Go Now in Peace” Besig/Price

Postlude:”Chorale Prelude on “Now thank we

all our God” GF Kauffmann

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. 3.


Minister: Rev. Dr. Abiel T. Khalema

minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 519-245-0276

Office Administrator: Dianne Dixon

office@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 519-245-0276


Music Director: Andy Cloutier


Custodian: John Larocque


Website Liaison: Gail Barker


Webmaster: www.strathroyunitedchurch.ca Debra Porte


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. 4.


Face book

Administrators: Looking for 1 more person willing to be an administrator 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.

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Congregational Life Team

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.


Ø Minutes for Teams and Council

Ø United Church news letters

Ø Governance Chart

Ø TRIVIA NIGHT: St. Andrews Westminster on

Saturday, October 21st at the Belmont Community Centre.

Ø Numerous Craft events and Dinners …Please check the board for full information . Also note that These Days and the Observer are also available.