WELCOME to AYLESFORD UNITED CHURCH

WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH

LCALL TO WORSHIP:

We are in the calling season now.

Do you remember the stories?

 The calling of Samuel, the calling of Jonah,

the calling of Philip and Nathanael

and Peter and Andrew and James and John.

Samuel heard God’s call but he wasn’t sure what he was hearing.

Jonah tried to run away, to put as much distance

 between himself and God as he possibly could.

The first disciples followed Jesus eagerly,

but later, they were not so sure.

Is God still calling?  Is God calling us?

Are we still listening?  Are our hearts and our

 minds open to receive the call?

OPENING HYMN VU 356 “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”               

OPENING PRAYER:

 In the quiet of this place, O God,

may we hear you speaking

- not in the antique cadences of the past -

but in the language of our lives.

In the quiet of this place, O God, may we hear you calling

- not faintly as from a great distance

but clearly and urgently for this moment.

In the quiet of this place, O God,

may we know your love, healing and forgiveness

- not as a story about someone else

but as our story being told even now.

All our prayers we offer in the name of Jesus,

your Word for us.  Amen.

TIME WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE GIFT OF MUSIC:  “Lead Me, Lord”

 

 

 

WE RECEIVE GOD’S WORD

OLD TESTAMENT:  Jonah 3: 1-10 - Byron Butt

The word of the Lord.   

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 62:5-12 VU p.779

GOSPEL: St. Mark 1:14-20 - Byron Butt

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

SERMON: Fishing For A New World

HYMN VU 563  “Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”

 

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

OFFERTORY CALL

OFFERTORY HYMN: Epiphany Doxology (Tune: Old 100th)

 Praise God the source of life and breath;

Praise Christ, now born to conquer death;

Praise Holy Spirit’s mystery:

 One God, pure grace, who sets us free.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION:

When you call us, God,

you do not make an exemption for our money.

May these gifts be signs of our discipleship,

pledges of our determination

to follow in the way of Jesus.  Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN VU 635  “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”

SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

DISMISSAL HYMN VU 79 “Arise, Your Light Is Come”  (v.1&4)

Arise, your light is come!

The Spirit’s call obey;

show forth the glory of your God,

which shines on you today.

Arise, your light is come!

The mountains burst in song!

Rise up like eagles on the wing;

God’s power will make us strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS January 21, 2018

Rev. John Moses, Minister of Worship, Education and Pastoral Care

Church Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:30-12:00  

902-847-9624   aylesfordunitedchurch@gmail.com

Rev. Moses’ email:  jwmoses51@gmail.com

The Elder greeting you today is Christa Franey

The Ushers today are Judson and June Corkum

The Elder January 28 will Mary MacLennan

The Ushers January 28 will be Mary and Kirk MacLennan

Stewardship Second:

Proclaim the good news! Believe in the good news! Let us be good stewards of God’s good news.

 

 

 

PAR - Contact Sue Skinner if you wish to increase your PAR givings for 2018.

 

BULLETINS – please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Parlour if you wish to sponsor a bulletin for 2018.

 

LENTEN STUDY SERIES

Join Rev. Moses  at 7:00 on Tuesday evenings at the Manse (Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27) for a look at the life and writings of the Apostle Paul.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE 7:00, February 14 at Aylesford United Church

 

 

Minute for Mission Jan 21, 2018: Fresh Start

Our gifts for Mission & Service support new ministers.

United Fresh Start is a program offered by the General Council Office through trained presbytery-based facilitators. The goal of the program is to nurture the pastoral relationship between a minister and key congregational leaders, especially at the beginning of a pastoral relationship after a new minister is called or appointed. Over two years, a facilitator works through pieces of the United Fresh Start curriculum with the minister and key congregational leaders to facilitate effective leadership, cooperation, mutuality, creative problem solving, and potential reductions in conflict.

“The program enables shared learning and growing as a tool for strengthening and enhancing the new ministry relationship,” reports Bob Wallace, a facilitator in South Alberta Presbytery. Brenda Watt, a facilitator in Foothills Presbytery, says, “I have watched relationships and attitudes be transformed with renewed enthusiasm and awareness. I have experienced creativity and collaboration emerge from inspired participants who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and their typical boxes to seek new ways of reflecting on, behaving, and leading in their relationships with others. I am especially grateful for Mission & Service funding and to our church leadership for having the foresight to bring this program into our midst!”

A vibrant ministry that shares in God’s mission of love with our neighbours is often rooted in a healthy pastoral relationship. Thanks to Mission & Service for supporting United Fresh Start and other programs for vital ministry personnel and their healthy pastoral relationships.

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, Jan 25 – Stewards’ Meeting 7:00

Sunday, Jan 28 – Committee Annual Reports due. Please submit to

 The Church Secretary at aylesfordunitedchurch@gmail.com

or place in the Secretary mailbox in the Church entryway.

Tuesday, Jan 30 – Fundraising Supper (Ham, beans, potato scallop,

apple pie) for St. Mary’s and Pine Ridge Schools at the Aylesford Lions’ Hall 4:30-6:30

Sunday, Feb 4 – Congregational Soup Lunch after Church Service.  

Games in the afternoon for those interested. (new date)

Tuesday, Feb. 6 - UCW Meeting 2pm Book this date for a short

meeting, followed by a funpuzzle and book exchange. All

women welcome.

Wednesday, Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday Service 7:00, AUC

Sunday, Feb 18 - Congregational Lunch and Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Feb 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 – Lenten Study Series, 7:00

at the Manse – studying the life and writings of the Apostle Paul

 

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Weekly Services Information

January 21 , 2018