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”
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!
THE GIFT OF MUSIC: “In This Room” AUC Choir
TIME WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
THE GIFT OF MUSIC: “Let This Be the Time”
“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.
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.
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
Rev. Moses’ email: email@example.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
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!