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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: “Canon of Thanks
Third Avenue United Church Choir


Order of Worship

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ October 20, 2019
Worship Service:   10:30am


ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Dexter van Dyke

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist:  Garry Gansauge

SCRIPTURES READER:  Judy Cheetham Einsiedler

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

GATHERING TOGETHER IN CHRIST

Call to Worship:
We come to worship seeking hope and joy, wisdom and direction.
We come to hear and learn from the stories of our faith;
stories of Jesus and his example, stories of what he sought to teach his disciples and followers.
We come gratefully for the blessings and goodness of our lives.
We come to worship and give thanks.

Opening Hymn:Come, Let Us Sing   # 222 VU

Opening Prayer and the Lord's Prayer (#921VU):
Holy Wisdom, Creator Spirit, we are thankful on this World Food Sunday for the food that nourishes and sustains us. May we always be aware of our humble place in the web of life. As we worship today may we be deeply grateful for the countless blessings that come to us through the plants and animals of the earth who provide us fullness of life in body and in spirit. May we be open to receive these gifts with mindfulness, grace and humility, that we may live with respect in creation and know peace with all that lives. We pray in Jesus' name joining to sing as he taught his followers, "Our Father, who art . . . Amen.
    (based on a prayer by365 Graces, #149, William Kervin)

HEARING GOD'S WORD

A Reading from the Gospel of Luke:   18: 1 - 8

Time with the Young and the Young at Heart:

Hymn:  Kum Ba Yah!  (“Come By Here”)
Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah!

Someone's crying Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah!

Someone's hungry Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's hungry Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's hungry Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah!

Someone's praying Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah!

Someone's singing Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah!

A Prayer of Confession:
We come seeking forgiveness, asking forgiveness for the times we have not shared the bread that we have received. We ask forgiveness for those times that we don't see the hands outstretched or hear the voices calling out for bread, for not recognizing them as your hands and your voice. We seek forgiveness for not sharing the bread of life that we have been given. We ask forgiveness for those times we have not lived the Good News that we have heard in ways that others might also share in the bread of life with which we have been blessed. We seek forgiveness for the times we do not see the open hearts that call out to be loved and cherished. We seek forgiveness for the times we do not love as we are loved. May we be blessed with the courage we need to seek justice and to offer hospitality, faith to endure the journey, and love with which to embrace all our brothers and sisters. We ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

    Based on a prayer by (Sheila Campbell)

Words of Affirmation:

Halle, Halle, Halle: Sing Twice  # 958 VU {Please Stand}
HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUYAH, HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUYAH
HALLE, HALLE, HALLELUYAH, HALLELUYAH, HALLELUYAH.

A Responsive Reading from the Psalms:   Psalm 119  # 840 VU {With sung refrain # 4}

A Reading from the book of Jeremiah: 31: 27 - 34

Anthem:   “What God Can Do!   by Nancy Price and Don Besig

Message

WE RESPOND

Invitation to Offering:

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

Doxology: # 541 VU
Grant us God the grace of giving,,
with a spirit large and free,,
that ourselves and all our living,
we may offer faithfully.

Prayer:

Sharing our Joys and Concerns  (if the joy or concern you wish to bring is not your own please seek the agreement of the person to whom it belongs before bringing it on their behalf)

Prayers of the People:   “Lord Listen to Your Children Praying # 400 VU

Closing Hymn: “God Be with You till We Meet Again ”  # 422 VU

Commissioning - Benediction

Threefold Amens:  #967 VU (We ask that people remain standing (those that are able) until the Christ Candle is extinguished.)

Postlude:

Parts of today's service were taken from " A service for two voices prepared for General Council worship for Wednesday October 17, 2012, by the Rev. Sheila Campbell of Riverside-Emery United Church, Toronto, and David Carroll, Associate Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto.

Flowers in the Sanctuary

The flowers in the sanctuary are in memory of Neil Speers Wettergreen (October 23, 2001). He is lovingly remembered by Ilene, Brynn, Tiffany, Teagan, Amy and Justin.

Lectionary Reading for October 27, 2019   Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost:   Joel 2:23-32;  Psalm 65;  2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18;  Luke 18:9-14.

A Reminder
The Community Involvement Committee would like you to keep in mind that they have the date of Saturday, November 2nd 2019 set for a gathering time of “Rebuilding the Family” and is open to all people.
Also, the Christmas Garage Sale, Tea & Bake Sale is set for November 15th & 16th.

Study Group

Study Group has begun. For now, we are looking at the lectionary readings that will be read the following Sunday. We use background materials from Seasons/Fussion as preparation for the study. We will be considering doing a book study at some point. The group is meeting on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Over the next couple of weeks we will be exploring establishing a second group that meets in the evenings. 7:00 to 8:30 or 7:30 - 9:00. At this point Tuesday look like the best possibility in terms of other scheduled meetings. All are welcome to come and explore the scriptures and how they might speak to us as we journey in faith and life.

GAMES CHURCH!!!

“Games Church” at Third Avenue United continues this fall... A small but joy-filled group, "Games Church" will be meeting monthly. We gather for a potluck meal at 5:30pm in Calvin Hall, then have a short church service. Our worship includes a bible reading from the Lectionary Story Bible, shared discussion on what the reading means in our own lives of faith, time for prayer, karioke-style hymns from Wood Lake's video hymnal, and an open-table ecumenical communion. After church, we spend time playing board games. It is a fun gathering that we all look forward to, and everyone is welcome. Seniors, kids, singles, couples, and families of all shapes and sizes enjoy this evening out! Our monthly schedule this fall is as follows:
Sunday Nov. 10, and Dec. 8    (more dates to follow for the new year...)
For more information, please feel free to contact Rev. Shawn at: greenpriest@hotmail.ca or 306 481 5654.

ON A “MUSICAL” NOTE
Handbell practice on Tuesday, October 15 th at 7:00 pm. Please join us in the sanctuary.  We always welcome new members.

Choir Practice Starting Thursday, October 17 Senior Choir practices will begin at 7:00 pm. And the Christmas Cantata practice will begin at 7:45 pm until 9 pm. We welcome anyone interested in joining us.

If you would like to sing or ring bells with us,
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
  1. MONDAY EVENINGS  YOUTH ACTIVITY CLUB (YAC)   Logie Hall Gym  7:00 - 9:00 pm  All Youth Welcome (12 years and older)  No Fees;   ALL ARE WELCOME!

  2. TUESDAY AFTERNOONS  1:30 - 3:00 pm    Rev. Dexter van Dyke  STUDY GROUP (See outline below)

  3. TUESDAY, October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm  Jubilation Handbell Ringers  We always welcome new members.  Please join us in the sanctuary.

  4. THURSDAY, October 17. 2019  Starting Thursday, October 17 Senior Choir practices will begin at 7:00 pm. And the Christmas Cantata practice will begin at 7:45 pm until 9 pm. We welcome anyone interested in joining us.

  5. SUNDAY, October 20, 2019  10:30   REGULAR CHURCH SERVICE  Rev. Dexter van Dyke  Sunday School During Church Service  COME ONE. COME ALL!

  6. SUNDAY, October 20, 2019  10:30   SUNDAY BRUNCH  11:30 am - 1:00 pm  Wesley Hall  COME ONE. COME ALL!

  7. SUNDAY, October 27, 2019  5:00 - 7:00pm   ANNUAL FALL SUPPER  (See poster below)  COME ONE. COME ALL!

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