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October 7,

  1. 1. MINUTE FOR MISSON Many people in the world give thanks for the support of The United Church of Canada, while others are grateful for their new life unaware of United Church help. That’s be- cause through Mission and Service, we work behind the scenes with agencies across Canada. Order of Worship for Michael got another chance at life when he was 55. It happened at the Claremont House OROMOCTO UNITED program run by Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton, Ontario, which receives funding from Mission and Service. CHURCH Michael comes from a large, close family and has a good education, as well as success in several career paths. He is also an alcoholic. Michael was a patient of many centres and programs over the years with no long-term success. He consistently relapsed, lost his job, money, and home, and stayed at Wesley Centre for extended periods. We welcome everyone to this time together in worship. We gather in this church in In 2010, a social worker recommended the Claremont House program. This special care the belief that we are all equally God’s guests whether we’ve been here all our lives unit supports people with chronic alcoholism who have had little success with traditional or this is our first time. We welcome everyone in this spirit of Christ as it is our belief addiction programs. Three weeks after arriving at Claremont House, Michael contacted that this is how we are to live. Everyone, without exception, belongs equally at his son and slowly reconnected with other family members as he learned to moderate his God’s table. alcohol intake. Today, Michael abstains from alcohol and works to understand his issues and to communicate more openly. If you are visiting with us please sign our guest book opposite the usher’s table. If you are new with us and wish a follow up contact please fill out a ‘Guest/New Thanks to Claremont House and Michael’s determination, he is rebuilding his life. He Member Card which can be found with the guest book. As well you may pick up an knows that it is a long journey, but he feels he is now on the right track and very lucky to orientation package on the table in the entrance. We invite visitors from other have been given another chance. churches to pick up one of our Peace Candles to take home with you. An explanation of this symbol accompanies each candle and these can be found on the Your generous gift to Mission and Service will allow us to con- usher’s table. tinue funding life-giving programs like this one. Happy Thanksgiving!Rev Bob McDowellOffice 357-3423; Cell 470-1155; Home 488-2154 *While we stand for most hymns and at others times in our worship, please feel freeEmail: not to if for any reasons you can not or would rather not. VU stands for Voices United and MV for More Voices. You are also invited to pick up a Bible version of your choice at usher’s desk. Should you have any concerns please speak to an usher. Minister Rev Robert McDowell Accompanist/ Choir Director Joyce Andrews VU: Voices United – our hard cover red hymn book Office Administration Jennifer Chiasson MV: More Voices – our soft covered hymn book Oromocto United Church 144 Winnebago Oromocto October 7, 2012 10:30 am
  2. 2. Announcements SERVICEWelcome and About Today: Parking: We are pleased to have the new parking spaces built in front of the church*Introit: VU 516, Come, You Thankful people, Come and thank the stewards for this work. During the week these are intended for use by anyone coming to the church. However, on Sundays and special events such asLighting the Resurrection Candle: suppers, concerts etc, we would like these spaces used by those who may have difficulty getting into the church from the across street parking.Leader: Let us give thanks to God, the King of the Universe for all the gifts we ac-knowledge and celebrate this weekend.All: We give thanks to God for the beauty and wonders of creation, in earth andspace, molecule and gene. Our Fall Bible Study will look at the Life of Jesus in film. We will be looking at how Jesus is portrayed in such interpretive movies as Jesus of Nazareth, The King ofLeader: We give thanks to God for all that is gracious in the lives of wonderful and Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus Christ Super Star, The Life of Brian, Jesusspirit filled people who reveal the image of Christ in their own faithful lives. Revealed etc. The format will involve the use of film but we will not be watching the whole of each movie. Participants in this program will look at selected BibleAll: We give thanks to God for our daily food and drink, our homes and families, sections and the corresponding film clip followed by discussion. As I previous yearsand our friends and leaders. each week will be its own unit so missing a week will not leave a participant at aLeader: We give thanks to God for our minds to think and hearts to love, and loss or unable to participate. We will be purchasing these movies in DVD form sohands to serve and our feet to follow. members will be able to borrow these and view at home. See rev bob for more details.All: We give thanks to God for health and strength to work, and leisure to restand play.Leader: We give thanks for the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering Remembrance Day this year falls on Nov 11. Session decided there will not be anyand faithful in adversity. morning worship on this day so all can go to the cenotaph as usual. Session also decided to use this opportunity to have an evening service at Pine Grove at 7pm.All: We give thanks for all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice.Leader: We give thanks for the communion of saints, in all times and places and forthose who came before us to clear fields, build communities and set before us therich heritage that has come down to us..All: We give thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesusour Lord.Leader: We give thanks to God on this weekend set aside for Thanksgiving and wededicate our candle to the many forms gratitude takes in us this day.Our Prayer for a New Beginning*Our Hymn to Begin-- VU 477, I Come With JoyLeader: This day is set aside for a ritual Holy Feast.
  3. 3. SERVICE Dates to note All: As we gather this morning we remember our sisters and brothers From around this planet homeOct 15: Monday, Bible Study 7-8:30 pm From the north and from ‘Down Under’,Oct 18: Session, 7pm From all time zones of our spinning globe,Oct 21: Fall meeting of the Congregations after church, Finger Food Pot-luckOct 28: Anniversary Sunday – desert reception after church Leader: As the sunrise and the sunset inches across land and sea Christians of great diversity celebrate our One Family, The Family of God.Oct 29: Monday, Bible Study 7-8:30 pmNov 3: Fall Turkey Supper All: All are invited. All are welcome. A place at the table is set for each.Nov 4: Baptism of SavannahNov 11: Remembrance NO MORNING WORSHIP. Evening Service at Pine Grove, Leader: A table is prepared for all. We light this candle and dedicate it to our family of7pm faith, loved by God and commissioned to be a Light to the World.Nov 12: Monday, Bible Study 7-8:30 pm Our Invitation to Communion:Nov 25: CommunionNov 26; Monday, Bible Study 7-8:30 pm Our Words About What We Do Now:Nov 30, Friday, Hanging of the Greens, 5:30 pm, Service 6:30Dec 1: Lintuhtine Choirs Christmas Concert Leader: Loving and gracious God Who calls galaxies and time into beingDec 2, Advent 1, Lectionary Year C begins- the year of Luke’s GospelDec 9: Lintuhtine Choirs Christmas Concert All: We give thanks and blessings to youDec 10: Monday, Last fall Bible Study 7-8:30 pm Sovereign of the Universe.Dec 24: 6:30 Christmas Eve Family Service, Oromocto The wonders of the skies and the diversity of this planet amaze us From prairies to pampas, deserts to mountain meadows9:00 Christmas Eve Communion, Pine Grove Ocean coasts to quiet ponds we give you thanks. Leader: For a humanity of multiplicity and complexity of culture and nature Yet called into oneness of being through Christ With many languages yet one voice we declare again. All: Holy Holy Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High Leader: Loving and Gracious God you surround this world with love And for that we give you our thanks and blessing. Your love has reassured and reconciled us to you and one another and your invitation is for us to learn and practice the same. All: May we use this symbolic meal to become a light to others Illuminating a path to the communion of humanity, That we might live with the blessing of peace and security of justice now and for- ever.
  4. 4. SERVICE SERVICELeader: God, may this bread connect us more closely with youAnd with our neighbours near and far Our Hymn to Leave With: VU 520, We Plough the Fields and ScatterAll: Bless this bread we pray. Our CommissionLeader: May this fruit of the vine remind us of the inter-connectedness of all peo- Leader: Be gentle when you touch bread.ple – of all life- around this world All: Let it not lie uncared for, unwanted.All: Bless this cup we pray. May this simple meal bring us into union with you,and all on this world, reminding us that we are to be the one Body of Christ in all Leader: So often we take bread for granted.that we do. All: There is much beauty in bread, the beauty of sun and soil, the beauty of pa-Taking, Breaking, Sharing, Eating tient toil.During the distribution of the bread we will sing MV 194, Long Ago and Far AwayDuring the distribution of the bread we will sing MV 195, Leader: Wind and rain have caressed it. Christ often blessed it. Be gentle when we touch bread.Our Prayer of Thanks, Our Choral Benediction [tune Morning has Broken]Our Hymn: VU 224, Sing a Happy Hallelujah[and the children leave to reconvene downstairs] Christ be behind us, Christ be before us Christ be within us, king of our heartsOur Reading from the Scriptures: Mark 10:17-31, Encounter with a Rich Young Christ be above us, Christ be below usMan Christ be beside us, never to partOur Hymn: VU 227, For the Fruit of all CreationA Message for TodayAnthem:*Our Words of Faith, page 918 VU [standing]Lighting Our Candle of Concern:Minute for MissionOur Offering Collected & Our Offering Presented: Offering: VU 603 vs 1In loving partnership we comeSeeking O God, your will to do.Our prayers and actions now receive,We freely offer them to you.Our Prayers of Thanks and Concern and the Lord’s Prayer