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THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH
1301 - 102nd Street
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, S9A 1G4


Who are we? We are a community of faith, known as Third Avenue United Church, who have adopted and prayerfully put into words and deeds what we believe to be our Mission in this community and in the world, and that is: We seek to love and care for God’s creation through worship and service in Christian community. W E L C O M E
Thank you for worshipping with us today!


Background Music: “Taste And See
Third Avenue United Church Choir

Order of Worship

Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost ~ October 22, 2017

Worship Service:   10:30 am

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Frances Patterson

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist: Glenn Goodman

Scriptures Reader:  Barb Hoover

Welcoming
Time of Celebration
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Preparation for Worship

GATHERING

Call to Worship:[based on today's Psalm reading, Psalm 65]
Leader: We gather to celebrate the ways in which God is alive in our lives;
People: to find our strength renewed through expressing our faith;
Leader: to know the security of God's surrounding love;
People: to find meaning in the challenges that we face;
Leader: through Jesus Christ, the heart and mind of God,
People: We come in worship.

Prayer: [together]
Eternal God, we have gathered in community to remind ourselves that we are always in your presence. In the midst of the many voices that surround us, teach us to be attentive to your voice. In the midst of all the pressures of our daily living, make us long to do your will. Grant us the courage to shine in shadowed places, and to fearlessly seek your truth in the trust that your truth will set us free. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Hymn:This Is the Day' # 412 VU

HEARING

Time with the Young and Young at Heart:

Hymn:Praise Our Maker  316 VU

Responsive Reading: Psalm 99,   Page 819 VU with sung refrain.

Prayer:  [Together]
God of Love, God of Power, we have heard your promises of abundant life and have been afraid to believe them. We have worshipped you with our lips but have reserved a part of ourselves for our own purposes and plans. We are bound by our need for absolute certainty and so we often miss your living presence in the surprises of life. Renew us by turning our trust to you again. Amen.

Words of Assurance:
Leader: God's grace is boundless; God's forgiveness knows no limits; God's love overflows in spite of our apathy, our selfishness, our separation. God's promise is forever in Jesus.
People: We are a forgiven people! Thanks be to God!

Halle, Halle, Halle: #958 VU [Does the assurance of forgiveness cause you joy? Then we celebrate that in song!]
HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUJAH! HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUJAH! HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!

Scripture Reading[s]:
Exodus 33:12-23 - God speaks to Moses as a friend.
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10 - We always give thanks to God for you.
Matthew 22:15-22: - Give to God the things that are God's

Reader: These are the stories of God's love passed down from generation to generation.
People: Thanks be to God.

Handbell Anthem:Seek Ye First Karen Lafferty, Johann Pachelbel, and arr. by Douglas E. Wagner
(Jubilation Handbell Ringers)

Sermon:

Hymn:Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart # 378 VU

RESPONDING

Invitation to Offering:
Leader: The stuff that makes things happen is the energy of God - The Spirit - moving across the church, and, through the offering of our time, energy, and resources, we are a part of it. Your offering will now be received.

Offertory Music:  [Those collecting offering, please remain at the back until the selection is complete. Thank you]

Prayer of Dedication: [of gratitude] [together, please stand]
Ever-giving God, we bring these gifts as a response to the many gifts you offer us. We have been blessed in so many ways; may our response this day be a means of blessing others. Amen.

Doxology:[Hymn of gratitude and dedication] # 315 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 Thanksgiving and of the People:

The Lord's Prayer:

Hymn:“This Is God's Wondrous World' ”   # 296 VU

Choir Benediction:Prayer of Dedication by Price and Besig

Threefold Amens: #967 VU

Postlude: Organ/Piano Selection    [We ask that people remain standing (those that are able) in their pews until the Christ Candle is extinguished. You may be seated for the Postlude. Thank you!]

Lectionary Reading for October 29, 2017:   Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost  Deuteronomy 34:1-12;  Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17;   1 Thessalonians 2:1-8;  Matthew 22:34-46.

Lunch After Church

There will be a lunch after church on Sunday, October 29th. Costs will be the same as Brunch! Come and see what is done with some of the leftovers in the freezer!

Christmas Garage Sale

This is a garage sale of Christmas items only. We do not want to take any clothing. Lorna Reimer will be doing a re-gifted table of new items that won't be sold at garage sale prices. Items can be dropped off at the church or brought on Friday (set up day). There will also be a bake sale and tea. The following is the schedule:

November 17th: 9:00 am ~ setting up
November 18th: 9:00 am ~ 3:00 pm ~ Garage Sale
November 18th: 9:00 am ~ Bake Sale
November 18th: 2:00 ~ 4:00 pm ~ Tea

Note of Thanks

Thanks to Erin Campbell, Darby Smith, Karen Nichol, Barb Daly Milley, Diane Cawood, Barb Hoover, Dante Bacchetto, Eric Cawood, Joan Bunce and Barb Truemner for the handbell music this morning.

Floral Tribute

The floral arrangement placed this morning is in loving memory of Neil Speers Wettergreen who passed away October 23, 2001. By his family - Ilene, Brynn, Tiffany, Teagan, Amy and Justin

Games Church!

Games Church is a regular Sunday evening event, held downstairs in Calvin Hall.
Doors open at 5:15, with Potluck at 5:30, followed by a family-friendly ecumenical church service. And then ...let the games begin!
“Boardgame Cafe” style (lots of games will be provided, or bring your own)
There is no admission for this event, but please bring a potluck dish to share. All are welcome!
For more information, please contact Rev. Shawn at 481 5654 or email greenpriest@hotmail.ca

ON A “MUSICAL” NOTE
Jubilation Handbell Ringers practices are on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Senior Choir Practices are on Thursdays @ 7:30 PM
If you love sharing music with others,
Join Us!
COME RING AND/OR SING WITH US!


CHILDREN'S AREA
A table with books, pictures to color or draw your own, and crayons are at the back of the Sanctuary for children to use if they wish.


EVENTS and HAPPENINGS
    Coming Events:

  1. TUESDAY, October 24, 2017  HANDBELL PRACTISE  7:00 pm  COME RING WITH US
  2. WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017  BIBLE STUDY 10:00 am  ALL ARE WELCOME
  3. WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017  OFFICIAL BOARD MEETING 7:00pm
  4. THURSDAY, October 26, 2017  SENIOR CHOIR PRACTISE 7:30pm  COME AND SING WITH US!
  5. SUNDAY, November 19, 2017  SUNDAY BRUNCH  ALL ARE WELCOME


  6. FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH, SEE THE “HAPPENINGS” TAB ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE.