The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada
Bathurst Pastoral Charge
First United Church, Bathurst
May 13, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
Office Adm.
Rev. Blair Lewis
Isabel Clouston
Alan Wilcox
Martha Vickers
Edie & Peter Gammon
All musical selections reprinted under licence #606499, LicenSing for Churches.
Lectionary for today
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17
Lectionary for next Sunday
Acts 1:15-17,21-26
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19
Welcoming One Another:
Welcoming Friends Worshipping by CD:
Lighting of the Christ Candle:
As we light the Christ Candle we celebrate mothers
and all that they offer to our society.
Thanks be to God.
God has given us love and support
as we engage in our quest to be.
Thanks be to God.
God has gathered us into a community of care,
learning and worship.
Let us worship God with love,
thanksgiving, and praise.
Call to Worship:
(in unison)
We come from scattered lives to this sanctuary,
seeking unity in the Spirit,
seeking the grace of Christ,
seeking the peace of God.
The asterisk * identifies those times in the service where the congregation is
invited to stand as able.
Organ Prelude:
(Tune: Hymn to Joy)
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts to heav’n and voices raise.
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise.
He who on the cross as Saviour
for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory,
now is risen from the dead.
Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and is now here,
when the true worshippers will worship the Father
in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these
to worship him. God is spirit and those who worship him
must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23, 24
Prayer of Approach:
Eternal and Almighty God,
you have been with your people in all generations,
your mercies are more than we can number,
and your compassion is without end: grant us,
we pray to you, that with the help of your Holy Spirit,
that we may worthily praise you for your untold goodness.
We pray that we may be free to give ourselves
to you this day for your service and glory;
may you be with the Sunday school teachers and students
on this their special day and may you guide
and strengthen them as they enjoy the coming summer days.
*Opening Hymn
‘We Praise You, O God’
Sunday School Closing: Presentation of Certificates
The Lord’s Prayer:
#218 VU
*Prayer of Dedication:
(in unison)
Loving God, we thank you for Mothers,
may these gifts, given gratefully,
be brought to life through the power
of your creative Spirit.
Multiply and use them to bring the word
and the touch of Jesus to your people in this place
and throughout the world. Amen.
Prayer for Understanding:
As we pray we search for Good News!
Good News for all of your people!
With your help may we wish to hear
and be able to open our ears
to hear what is happening in the hearts of a people
who have begun to awaken.
Those who wish to see must open their eyes
to see what is happening in the hearts of a people
who have begun to walk together.
Latin America
Scripture Readings:
New Testament Reading:
Responsive Psalm:
Gospel Reading:
Marie Oliver
1 John 5:1-6
Psalm 98 #818 VU
John 15:9-17
‘Come, Let Us Sing of a Wonderful Love’
“Sing to God a New Song”
‘The Spring Has Come’
Minute for Mission:
Presentation of Gifts and Self to God:
Choral Response:
‘Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow’
#541 VU
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures high and low;
Give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit One.
Prayer of Confession:
God of love and of grace,
you know the secrets of our hearts:
how blind we are to our own faults,
yet harsh in judging others;
how swift we are to take for gain,
yet slow to give for others;
how proud we are of our success,
yet grudging in our praise of others.
Remember, O God,
your tender care and love unfailing.
Do not remember our sins and offences,
but remember us in your goodness,
in accordance with your endless mercy.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.
‘How Deep the Peace’
How deep the peace, the confidence,
Of those whose wrongs are forgiven.
How deep the peace, the confidence
Of those whose hearts are healed.
Choral Response:
#95 MV
Prayer of Assurance:
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you;
my peace I give you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
The peace of Christ be with you all . . ..
John 14:27
A New Creed:
(in unison)
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
The United Church of Canada, General Council 1968, alt. 1998
Pastoral Prayer:
One: For every breath we take,
for every beat of our hearts,
for every sensation of our bodies:
we give you thanks, O God.
One: For the ear that listens,
for the hand that caresses,
for the arms that reach out in love:
we give you thanks, O God.
One: For relief from pain,
for the tears of shared sorrow,
for the laughter of shared joy:
we give you thanks, O God.
One: For the freedom to choose,
for the ability to love,
for the power of hope:
we give you thanks, O God.
One: For the presence you reveal to us,
for the courage you offer us,
for the rest you assure us will be ours:
we give you thanks, O God.
One: Oh God you are with us all
as we go from our childhood to our adult days,
we pray this morning for children who never have
the opportunity to know security in their lives,
for those who do not know the security
of family and friends,
we pray that your compassion will be
with all homeless children and orphans,
and all the little ones whose lives
are overshadowed by violence,
who are thwarted by disease of cruelty.
Awaken in us your living love, that we may not rest
while children cry for bread or go without comfort or love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Quiet time:
Reflective Music:
Church News
This Week at First United –May 14– May 19
*Closing Hymn:
‘Would You Bless our Homes and Families’
#556 VU
(in unison)
May the God who dances in creation,
who embraces us with human love,
who shakes our lives like thunder,
bless us and drive us out with power,
to fill the world with justice.
May the grace of God,
deeper than our imagination;
the strength of Christ,
stronger than our need;
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
richer than our togetherness;
guide and sustain us today
and in all our tomorrows.
*Choral Closing::
(Tune Promise VU 703)
(Gathering Lent 2011 pg. 81 “Choral Sending Forth” )
As we go into the future,
As we tell of the Good News,
We will show our love for others,
Just as Christ has told us to.
We will tell the wondrous story,
Of a love that’s made for you,
And it’s all because of Easter –
Sing a joyous Hal-le-lu!
Organ Postlude:
Beavers Rms 1,2&3
Trustees – Eddy Rm
Do-Drop-In – RMR
Cubs & Scouts – DEMH Gym
TAB – Rms 1,2,&3
Choir Practice
E&P Eddy Rm
The bulletin today has been placed in loving memory of
Hugh Parrott by the family
Mary Anderson by daughter Ruth and family.
The flowers in our sanctuary today are
in loving memory of our mother and brother,
Violet and Kenneth Gosnell by the family.
Peanut Butter for Volunteer Centre
Commitment December 31, 2012
Total to Date
To meet our obligation, we will need to
collect 18-19 jars of peanut butter per week.
The Upper Room for May and June are in the Narthex. Please feel
free to take one. A container for donations is located with the
Baptism will be held at First United on July 22nd 2012. We
encourage anyone wishing to have a family member baptized at that
time to contact the church office for more information. 546-3532
Do-Drop-In will be holding its last gathering on Tuesday, May 15,
until the fall. They would like to take this opportunity to thank all
the faithful attenders and story tellers. They hope to see you all,
back in September.
Spring Beef BBQ
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Donald Eddy Memorial Hall
309 St. Patrick Street
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Takeouts available 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
$12. Adults
$6. Children (under 12)
All tickets sold in advance
The Beaver Scout’s at First United has just shipped 466 pairs of
used eye glasses to the “Medical Ministry Canada Inc.” in Ontario, for
use in their projects in the undeveloped world. Back in 1983 we
started this project as a way that the Beaver Scouts could carry out
their promise, “I promise to love God and help take care of the
world.” We hope that you will help us by bringing your used glasses
and placing them in the boxes at the back of the church.
School District # 15's "Lesotho Initiative" Committee is
organizing its second annual "ChariTea" for Lesotho for June 2, 2012
from 1:00 - 4:00 at Terry Fox Elementary School. Delicious
strawberry shortcake will be served with your choice of beverage.
Entertainment will be provided by: the Terry Fox Elementary School
Choir, Stay Tuned and Dave Wilson, Alyssa Collins and Mike
McLaughlin, Adam Chapman, and John Mann and students. Tickets
will cost $5.00, and are on sale at all Anglophone schools in the
Bathurst area, The Spinning Wheel Yarn Shop, or from Gary Branch.
Please reserve this event for the whole family on your calendar
A mom's hug
lasts long after she lets go.
~Author Unknown~
Community Events
Red Hatters Extravaganza at Arts Restigouche in Dalhousie, June
1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Planned events, entertainment, friends & plenty of
Laughs! For more information or to register phone 684-1801
Bathurst Christians Women’s Club invites you to join us at
Danny’s Inn and Conference Center, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at
11:15 am for punch and greetings for our “25th Anniversary”
Luncheon, $14. It’s a Celebration. Reminisce with former friends
and those who are new. Lots of photos on display. Maureen Bennett
from Nova Scotia will speak on “The Alphabet Soup of my Life” and
how she pulled herself away.
Call Wanetta at 548-5083 or Edith at 548-3924 for necessary
There will be a benefit concert for the Maison Doucet
Hennessy House on Sunday, May 27, 2012 from 2-4pm. at the
Paul Ouellette Room at KC Irving Center. Featuring: Friends in Song,
Stay Tuned, Men O’Erin and Eugene et Guylaine. Cost $10.00. For
tickets and/or information please contact Patsy at 548-5624 or email
[email protected]
The Knights of Columbus, Msgr. William Varrily Council 12031
and Father Jean-Robert Léger invite the general public to attend
the 7th Annual Solemn Blessing (interdenominational) of the First
Responders, Sunday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church.
It is our way to show our support and thanks to these men and
women, who daily, put their lives at risk for our safety. RCMP, local
police forces, all firefighters, paramedics, military, coroners,
sheriffs, animal control officers, emergency department of the
Chaleur Hospital Centre, St. John Ambulance, and all others who
are first on the scene of an emergency. We welcome you to come
and say Thank you.
A Spring Bonnet Tea and Bake Sale will be held in Saint
George's Anglican Church Hall on Saturday, May 25 at 12 noon.
Tickets $7.00
A Rummage Sale will be held in Saint George's Anglican Church
Hall on Friday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May
19 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon."
Steinway Notes♫
Financial Goal - $34,000
Money donated / pledged (as of May 9)
$26,000 = 76% of our goal!
While Steinways appreciate in value over time as
fine-quality, handcrafted creations, they are not often
traded. Instead, Steinways become cherished
heirlooms to be handed down from generation to
The grand piano rim consists of seventeen 3/16”
thick layers of Eastern rock maple. The bell-quality
cast-iron plate withstands 45,373 pounds of tension
exerted by strings.
The finest acoustic-quality spruce is fashioned
into the delicate curve of the soundboard, 8mm at the
center to 5mm at the edge, assuring the full, rich
Steinway sound.
I am praying to the Lord
That He will bless your day
And that you’d find a quietness
When to Him you come to pray
I pray you’d know how much you’ve meant
To me through all these years
For you have been there on your knees
Sometimes with bitter tears
God has seen your Mothers heart
And answered your heart pleas
And Mom because of your strong faith
I also now believe.
By M.S.Lowndes
John 15:9-17 New International Version(NIV)
1 John 5:1-6 New International Version (NIV)
Faith in the Incarnate Son of God
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is
how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and
carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep
his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for
everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that
overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the
Son of God.
This is the one who came by water and blood —Jesus Christ. He
did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the
Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain
in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my
love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his
love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that
your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each
other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to
lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you
do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a
servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have
called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I
have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose
you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit
that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the
Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.