Order of Service: August 19, 2017

Order of Service:  August 19, 2017

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Order of Service for Sunday August 19, 2018

Strathroy United Church

Thought for the day

A wise and discerning mind is more to be desired than great wealth or long life. the ability to distinguish good from evil is more to be sought than earthly power and prestige. Seek the greater gifts and discover God’s blessings. (2Kgs2)

We Gather With God

Welcome and Life and Work of the Church

Hymn: Take, O Take Me as I Am” X’s 2 MV 85

Blessing

Lighting the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Praise the source of wisdom and understanding.

God’s wisdom is the cure for human folly.

Praise the source of discernment and insight.

God’s wisdom is humanity’s hope

for a better future.

Praise the source of knowledge and truth.

God’s wisdom is our chance for a new beginning.

Come, Let us worship.

*Opening Hymn: “All Praise to Thee” vs 1,4&5 VU327

Opening Prayer:(1Kgs2)

Eternal God, your steadfast love endures forever.

When your servant David died,

you granted Solomon the wisdom

to rule your people with judgment and understanding. 1.

When our own cleverness fails us,

you grant us the wisdom to discern good from evil,

and to understand your ways

Be with us in this time of worship,

that we may seek to live our lives

with wisdom and grace. Amen.

Children’s Time:

Children’s Hymn: “Jesus Came, a Child like Me” vs 1

(Craft table available at the back of the GJR) VU583

Ministry of Music: “Sarabande” JS Bach

WE LISTEN FOR THE WORD OF GOD

Scripture: Psalm 111 VU833

Refrain: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

I will thank you, God, with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in their assembly.

Great are your works, O God,

studied by all who delight in them.

Honour and majesty are your work;

your righteousness endures forever.

You have won renown for your wonders;

you are gracious and full of compassion. R

You give food to those who fear you;

you keep your covenant always in mind.

You have shown your power in action,

giving your people the heritage of nations.

The works of your hands are faithful and just;

all your precepts trustworthy.

They stand fast forever and ever;

grounded in justice and truth.

You sent redemption to your people;

you decreed your covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is your name. R

2.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom;

those who practise it have good understanding.

May your praise endure forever. R

I kings 2:10-12

John 6:51-58

Reflection: ” Spirit and Life”

*Hymn: “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” vs 1&3 VU356

WE RESPOND TO GOD’s GIFT OF LOVE

Invitation to share our Blessings

*Offering Hymn“ Your work, o God, Needs Many hands” VU 537

*Offering Prayer

Pastoral Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

WE LEAVE INSPIRED TO LIVE OUT AND

SHARE THE GOSPEL NEWS

Hymn: “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided” vs 1&5 VU274

*Commissioning and Benediction

*Sung Benediction “Benediction Prayer” Roger Kennedy

Postlude: “Canarios” Gaspar Sanz

Minister: Rev. Dr. Abiel Khalema

Organist: Andy Cloutier

3.

Welcome to Strathroy United Church

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.

IT’S MISSION AND SERVICE SUNDAY

SO PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BBQ

AFTER THE SERVICE.

Free will offering to support our

Mission and Service Fund

LIGHT A CANDLE

TO SUPPORT OUR VACANCY SEARCH TEAM

Rev. Abiel would like the congregation to light a candle in their homes every Wednesday evening at 7 pm for about 10 minutes until a new minister is selected. This shows our Search Team we support them and with the help of the Holy Spirit to guide them they will make the best selection of a minister for our church.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Community Life Team: Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 11am

Church Council: Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm

Summer Office Hours

The church office will be open:

Tuesday to Thursday 9-4 in August

Prayer Circle Box

The Prayer circle group have supplied Prayer Request Cards that are completely confidential. At the back of the GJR you will find a locked wooden box with a slot for cards.

6.

OPEN HOUSE

Tony & Tina Zimmermann invite the congregation to our Open House celebration of our 30th Wedding Anniversary, and Renske DeWeerd’s 85 Birthday(Tina’s Mom) and Tony’s 65 Birthday surprise on Saturday August 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Your presence is our gift. All are welcome.

Hospital Bears

Rev. Abiel delivers small teddy bears when he does his hospital pastoral care visits. Joan Gentleman has done one that is knitted and if you wish to knit/crochet some please contact her at 519-245-4037. We thank Evelyn Bryant who has done the material ones in the past.

We are having a bee to do the material ones on Wednesday, August 29th from 10-3pm(bring a bag lunch). Options to help are cutting, sewing, stuffing, some embroidery work. You can be a part of the assembly line::>). Please let the office know if you are able to help with this project and if you have some spare thread, buttons, ribbons etc. Bonnie Joynt will coordinate once we know who is able to help.

Family Prayers

This Sunday we ask you to pray for the ministry of the 43rd General Council in Oshawa.

We keep the family of Marnie Cunningham in our prayers as they move forward without her in their lives. Marnie was a long time faithful member of our church and will be missed by many.

Please keep Barb Bett, and Evelyn Bryant in your prayers.

5.

Community Life Team

Farmers Market

We have applied for a booth at our local Farmers Market. Our goal is to promote our church and various programs to our community. Flyers will be available for information and various activities for children. We need your help too. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to help promote our

church in a positive manner. If you could help out for 1 Saturday morning, that would be awesome. Please let anyone on Community Life Team know of your availability. Thanks.

We are also looking for a portable shade awning.

YOUTH NIGHT

FOR AUGUST

WHEN: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Friday August 24th

WHO: Youth grades 6-12.

WHAT: We will be having a 10-ft sundae at our next youth night! Yes, you heard me right, 10 FEET. So, come on out and bring some of your favourite toppings to share and make this sundae delicious!