CALL TO WORSHIP: (Based on the Seven “I am” sayings from the Gospel of John)

 Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice - Tobias Archibald) You are the bread of life.

           You are the one who feeds our deepest hunger;

           you are the food of our souls.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

 (Voice) You are the light of the world.

 You are the one who defies the darkness;

 you shine in the deepest night.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice) You are the gate.

You are the one who invites us in;

you welcome us into God’s presence.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice) Your are the good shepherd.

You are the one who tends us and cares for us;    you give your life for us.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice) You are the resurrection and the life.

You are the one who has conquered death;

you give us the gift of eternal life.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice) You are the true vine.

You are the one to whom we need to be connected;

without you, the church can do nothing.

Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”

(Voice) You are the way, the truth and the life.

You are the one who calls us to follow in your way;

you teach us to walk the path of self-giving love.


OPENING HYMN VU 327  “All Praise to Thee”




 God, the first disciples sat at Jesus’ feet

 and listened to his stories;

 they shared food with him;

 they travelled with him along the rocky roads of Galilee;

they saw signs and wonders;

they heard him challenge the accepted wisdom

and the established authorities of their day.

They were inspired; they were amazed;

they were filled with awe; they were confused and perplexed;

sometimes, they were afraid.

Here we sit today in these pews.

We long to know what all the fuss was about.

We want to be among those

who learn from Jesus and walk with him;

we seek inspiration and transformation.

Let your Spirit come to us to help us find the living Christ.   Amen.

HYMN FOR CREATION MV 37 “Each Blade of Grass”




THE GIFT OF MUSIC: “I See the Morning Breaking”




PSALM 19 VU p.740


GOSPEL: St. Mark 8:27-37 - Faye Wood

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


SERMON: “Who Do You Say that I Am?


HYMN VU 359  “He Came Singing Love”






OFFERTORY HYMN (Tune 330 Duke Street)

All perfect gifts are from above,

flowing from God to bless our lives.

So now, we give with grateful hearts

to thank and praise and honour God.

           (Based on James 1:17, adapted by John Moses)




In mercy, O God, receive all our giving

and bless it in the service of your righteous kingdom,

 for the sake of Jesus the cross-bearer.  Amen.




HYMN VU 343  “I Love to Tell the Story”




DISMISSAL HYMN  MV 209 “Go, Make a Diff’rence”  (Refrain only)



Minute For Mission: Caring for Children in Gaza

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the Near East Council of Churches in caring for children in the midst of the shattered infrastructure of the Gaza Strip.

Of particular concern are children suffering from malnutrition and anemia, both treatable illnesses. The clinics in Shijaia, Darraj, and Rafah estimate anemia and malnutrition affect about 10,000 children in these areas from newborn infants to age six. If treated in time, 60 percent of the children will fully recover.

Parents and children are welcome to come to clinics, and the Near East Council of Churches also runs outreach programs for families who need services and can’t get to clinics. In addition to the 10,000 children treated for illness, clinic staff will be able to carry out about 22,000 well baby checks per year. Children with more complicated diagnoses are referred to advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services.

The reality of living in the Gaza Strip is harsh. There are shortages of drugs. The Near East Council of Churches reports a shortfall of about 40 percent in essential drugs needed for mother and child health services. The exposure to health risks has increased, including the spread of communicable diseases, food insecurity, and psychosocial issues. The economic impact of the ongoing blockade and other factors means families have much more limited capacity to contribute to medical costs.

Mission & Service makes it possible for the Near East Council of Churches to address the challenges of providing medical care to children in the Gaza Strip.

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.





ANNOUNCEMENTS September 16, 2018

902-847-9624   aylesfordunitedchurch@gmail.com


The Elder greeting you today is Bob Buchanan

The Ushers today are Scott and Donna MacNeill

The Elder September 23rd will be Gladys Hitch

The Ushers September 23rd will be Don Holmesdale & John Cole


The And Sew On… group will meet on Tuesday, Sept 24 to get back on track, pack up the PJ's, cut out a few more patterns. Please come with ideas for giving away the bibs ("food protectors") and bags. Do we need to look for another project?


The sign-up sheet has gone up for our annual pie production.  If you are able to donate it would be really appreciated.  Funds from the pie sale help to cover the cost of turkeys and other expenses of the October Turkey Dinner.


Speaking of Turkey Dinner…..Do we have an offer for you?!  Orders will be taken for a “Thanksgiving Package” which includes:

1 jar of pickles (mustard or ice pickles)

1 dozen rolls

1 squash, peeled and cut up

Sausage-apple-cornbread stuffing for 6 people

1 homemade pie (apple or pumpkin)

The cost is $25.00 and orders must be prepaid by September 30. Please contact Gladys Hitch. Pickup will be Saturday, Oct 6 between noon and 4:00pm or Sunday morning. All items are homemade and we encourage you to tell your friends!  Thanks for your support.


Say No to Plastics Committee

September "Plastic Reduction Challenge"

When buying laundry detergent, try buying the powdered detergent in a box, as opposed to the plastic container. Locally, Superstore has the best selection.  For those with frontload washers, Tide has a suitable powdered detergent in a box.


UCW Summer Project - We trust your summer was a happy one and you are ready to begin a new year. Again it is time for the cans and donations for our summer project to be turned in. We would like to have all monies in by October 31st. Please return cans and donations to Barb Pinsent.  Again, we thank all those who supported our project.  


VON Annapolis Valley Adult Day Program

Adult Day Program (ADP) is a full-day program based out of Berwick and Middleton on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

ADP provides a safe and comfortable environment for seniors who are living with chronic illness, social isolation, and/or dementias. Clients have the opportunity to maintain and improve cognitive and physical skills through exercise, activities, entertainment, and discussions. ADP provides caregivers with respite, information, and support.

“Coming to Adult Day has changed my life for the better; I don’t know what I would do without it.”- ADP Client

For more information, please contact:

Jillian MacDonald, Program Coordinator: 902-678-3415 ext. 2109   



Ticket Auction at St Anthony's Parish, Mill St. Berwick on Saturday September 29th. Doors open at 10am. Draws are at 2pm. Canteen available.





STEWARDS – Thursday, September 27, 7:00







United Church of Canada

Aylesford United Church

Weekly Services Information

September 16, 2018

Cabin Refresh Project

Sherbrooke Lake Camp

The First Cabin