WELCOME to AYLESFORD UNITED CHURCH

WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

WELCOME

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH

 

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

On a day when Israel was delivered from the power of her enemies, Samuel set up a memorial stone and named it Ebenezer; for he said,

“Thus far the Lord has helped us.” (1 Sam.7:12)

On this anniversary Sunday, we too say,

“Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

We celebrate the faithfulness of those gone before us;

we rededicate ourselves to God’s service;

we look forward in faith.

We will sing of God’s steadfast love;

we will proclaim God’s faithfulness to all generations.  (from Ps. 89: 1)

 

OPENING HYMNS VU 559   “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing”

SG 134  “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

      

OPENING PRAYER:

With gratitude for the gift of this place and these people,

we come before you, God.

Send your life-giving Spirit upon us

that we may be the living body of Christ,

loving what he loved,

seeking to do what he would do,

giving ourselves away,

trusting that you will never fail us or forsake us.  

God, hear our prayer.  Amen.

 

 

Minute for Mission November 19, 2017:

UCW Works to End Child Poverty

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the United Church Women Child Well-Being Initiative. Let us hear a story of the ways the Prince Edward Island UCW are working to end child poverty.

What important message could a colourful cloth doll give? A powerful one! Just ask the members of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly, who each recently received a handmade doll from the PEI UCW Presbyterial Child Poverty Committee with a message reminding them that all PEI children deserve to have their basic needs met.

The members were genuinely interested in the dolls and commented on the uniqueness of each one, some with personal comments such as “I have a sweater just like my doll!” But better yet, the UCW committee was assured that politicians understood the intent of the dolls—to be a concrete reminder that over 22 percent of children in that province live with poverty every day and that the responsibility of government is to do all it can to eradicate poverty.

This is only a beginning, as the UCW works continually to monitor progress in this area and hold government to account until child poverty has been eradicated in Prince Edward Island. This initiative is part ofa nation-wide UCW strategy to address child poverty. Across Canada, United Church Women continue to be huge supporters of the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.

We sing thanksgiving for UCW’s work to end child poverty.

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

 

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THE GIFT OF MUSIC:  “In This Room”  AUC Choir

                                     

TIME WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

 

THE GIFT OF MUSIC: “Let This Be the Time”

                                     “Hallelujah”        

                                   “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”

                                     Chris  Palmer & Gina Potvin

 

 

 

 

WE RECEIVE GOD’S WORD

GOSPEL: St. Matthew 25:14-30 – Barb Pinsent

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE GIFT OF MUSIC: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

                                 “I’ll Fly Away”  

Wanda Butt Beaudoin

 

SERMON:  A Gift Is Not for Burying

HYMN VU 575  “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

 

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

 

THE GIFT OF MUSIC:  Vanessa Moncrieffe

 

OFFERTORY HYMN MV 142 “Oh, a Song Must Rise”

Oh a song must rise for the spirit to descend  

Oh a song must rise once again

Singing out God’s praises and glory,

the faithful voices blend,

Oh a song must rise for the spirit to descend.

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION:

Receive our gifts, O God;

may they sustain this church in its work;

may the work of this church shine

with the light of Christ’s glory and grace.  Amen.

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THE GIFT OF MUSIC:  “Because He Lives”  

                                    Wanda Butt Beaudoin

 

PRAYERS Of THE PEOPLE

 

HYMN VU 337  “Blessed Assurance”

SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

 

DISMISSAL HYMN MV  156 “Dance With the Spirit”

Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’

walk with the Spirit throughout the long day.

Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’,

 listen to the Spirit to show you the way.  

 

 

The Bulletins today are dedicated

in loving memory of daughter Sandra, and many loved ones,

by Eleanor and Frank Fillmore.

 

 

              Stewardship Second:

The gifts of this world will not last past our lifetimes,

but God’s gifts to us – and our gifts to God –

will last through this life and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS November 19,  2017

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 Hazel Franey

The Ushers today are Hazel and Jim Franey

The Elder November 26 will be Christa Trombley

The Ushers November 26 will be Byron and Marilyn Butt

 

 

 

The UCW invites the ladies of the Church to a Christmas dinner at 5:30 pm., on Tues., Dec. 12th, at Angie's Restaurant in Middleton.  The menu is a choice of turkey, haddock, or roast beef dinner, at $14.99 (including dessert, tea or coffee).  As we need to know numbers, a sign-up sheet is on the table in the foyer.  Please let us know by the end of November. Come enjoy good food and good fun .... all ladies are welcome.

 

 

 

“SCROOGE’S TALE” will be performed by members of Aylesford and Kington United Churches at 7:00pm on Friday Dec 8 and Saturday Dec 9.  Admission to these performances is by free-will donation, and doors will open at 6:45. This play is written by Rev. John Moses, with music by William Treadgold and is promising to be a great evening’s entertainment. Proceeds to the Kingston and Berwick Food Banks. *Seating for the Saturday show will be limited, as the “Dinner and a Show” has sold out and those attending will be seated before the door opens to the public.  In order to avoid disappointment, you may wish to attend Friday evening.

 

Budget 2018 – all committees are asked to submit budget items to Church Treasurer Sue Skinner by January 1, 2018.

 

 

 

 

ORGAN – our “new to us” organ will be installed before Christmas and the old organ will be disposed of before the end of the month. If you wish to take it, the cost is “free”!

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

Thursday, Nov 30 – Committee of Stewards Meeting, 7:00pm

 

Scrooge’s Tale – Dec 8 & 9 Aylesford United Church, 7:00pm

 

Tuesday, Dec 12 – UCW Dinner Party – all ladies invited to sign up!

 

Thursday, Dec 14 – Trustees’ Meeting, 7:30pm

 

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November 19, 2017