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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

Second Sunday after Epiphany ~ January 19, 2020

Worship Service:   10:30 am

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Dexter van Dyke
MUSIC DIRECTOR:   Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist:  Glenn Goodman

SCRIPTURE READER:  Greg Corcoran

Welcoming
Time of Celebration - Birthdays & Anniversaries
Announcements: The Life and Work of the Congregation

GATHERING TOGETHER IN CHRIST

Lighting of the Christ Candle:

Call to Worship:
Listen all who are near and all who are far away.
Like those of times past we are being called by the God who is love to be servants and saints.
Usually we do not think of ourselves in that way.
We resist lowly roles, but we do not aspire to sainthood.
We will not be afraid to serve with the whole of our being. Neither will we resist the call to join with the saints of Jesus, the Christ.
We will trust that we will receive strength for the journey and light for the way.

Opening Hymn:  “Many Are the Lightbeams'   # 588 VU

Opening Prayer and the Lord's Prayer:
In the cold and darkness of this season we seek warmth and light, signs of Holy Mystery present and manifest in our lives and in our world. We are not the first to have done this nor will we be the last. May we like those of old find light and hope in times and places of despair. May we hear the call to be servants, the call to be saints joining ourselves with other followers, past, present and future. As there is opportunity may we join with others to be a light to the nations that together we may find ways from destruction and loneliness to a world made new, a world where all are honoured and valued, blessed that they might be a blessing to others. And now we pray as Jesus taught saying,“Our Father. . . . Amen.”

HEARING GOD'S WORD

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:  49: 1 - 7

Theme Conversation:

Hymn:Jesus Bids Us Shine  # 585 VU

A Song of Faith  (a segment of a Song of Faith)
We sing of a church seeking to continue the story of Jesus by embodying Christ's presence in the world. We are called together as a community of broken but hopeful believers, loving what he loved, living what he taught, striving to be faithful servants of God in our time and place. Our ancestors in faith bequeath to us experiences of their faithful living; upon their lives our lives are built. Our living of the gospel makes us a part of this communion of saints, experiencing the fulfillment of God's reign even as we actively anticipate a new heaven and a new earth. The church has not always lived up to its vision. It requires the Spirit to reorient it,helping it to live an emerging faith while honouring tradition, challenging it to live by grace rather than entitlement, for we are called to be a blessing to the earth. We sing of God's good news lived out, a church with purpose: faith nurtured and hearts comforted, gifts shared for the good of all, resistance to the forces that exploit and marginalize, fierce love in the face of violence,human dignity defended, members of a community held and inspired by God, corrected and comforted, instrument of the loving Spirit of Christ, creation's mending. We sing of God's mission.

*Words of Affirmation:

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

A Reading from the Psalms: 40 Pg. 764 (With Sung Refrain)

A Reading from the book of the Gospel of John:  1: 29 - 42

Choir Anthem:   “I Will Follow   by Jill Gallina
    Presented by the Third Avenue United Church Choir

Message:

Hymn:Will You Come and Follow Me  # 567 VU

WE RESPOND

Gifts of the People

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

Doxology:  (Tune # 540 VU)
Grant us God the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully.

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:  (# 400 VU Lord Listen to Your Children Praying)
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Closing Hymn: “ A Light Is Gleaming  # 82 VU

Commissioning - Benediction - Choral Amen:   # 967 VU (We ask that people remain standing (those that are able) until the Christ Candle is extinguished.)

Postlude:

In Memory of

It is with sadness that Don Beggs and family announce the passing of Beverly (Bev) Beggs Friday morning, January 10th at the Battlefords Union Hospital. Cremation will take place with a service of celebration and Thanksgiving for Beverly's life to be announced at a later date. For those so inclined, Memorial Donations are requested to Third Avenue United Church or to Bethany Enhanced Living - Wilkie, SK.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Monday, January 20th: Third Avenue United
Tuesday, January 21st: Battleford United
Wednesday, January 22nd: St. Paul's Anglican
Thursday, January 23rd: To be announced
Friday, January 24th: St. Joseph Calasanctius Catholic Church
Starts at 11:55 am with lunch for $5.00 and message by the hosting church around 12:30pm to be finished around 12:55 pm

Games Church

Join us on the following Sunday night in Calvin Hall, January 26, 2020. Doors open at 5:15 PM, potluck at 5:30 PM, followed by a family friendly ecumenical church service, and then let the games begin! For further information, please feel free to contact Rev. Shawn at greenpriest@hotmail.ca or 306-481- 5654.

January 19, 2020

Easing Past Ills: Tatamagouche
It's a beautiful spring day in Nova Scotia, and at Tatamagouche Centre people are scrambling through the underbrush looking for special plants-plants to settle a tummy ache or headache, or plants to help ease many of life's daily ills.
Under the careful watch of Judy Bernard-Googoo, a Mi'kmaq healer, everyone is learning a few of the basics from centuries of Mi'kmaq traditional healing. Judy learned it from her mother, as did her mother before her. Now, Judy wants to share her knowledge with others. "We are all one people," she says.
At Tatamagouche, mending the divide between Indigenous and non- Indigenous people is a high priority. By openly sharing their traditions and learning together about the plants and herbs that are the basis of traditional Mi'kmaq healing, which creates a window into Mi'kmaq culture, they will build bridges of understanding.
"Everything is done with respect. You have to respect the plant, take only what you need, and always give thanks to the Creator for providing these healing medicines," explains Judy. "You have to be careful; there are a lot of plants that can hurt you. It's like going to the drugstore-you have to make sure you choose the right medicine. That's the knowledge I have that I want to share."
Your gifts to Mission & Service help support programs at education centres that bring people in communities together to learn.
If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

Games Church

Join us on the following Sunday night in Calvin Hall, January 26, 2020. Doors open at 5:15 PM, potluck at 5:30 PM, followed by a family friendly ecumenical church service, and then let the games begin! For further information, please feel free to contact Rev. Shawn at greenpriest@hotmail.ca or 306-481- 5654.

Lectionary Reading for January 26, 2020   Third Sunday after the Epiphany  Isaiah 9:1-4;  Psalm 27:1, 5-13;  1 Corinthians 1:10-18;  Matthew 4:12-23.

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

Senior Choir practice On Thursdays at 7:00 pm.  If you enjoy singing, please come out and join 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. SUNDAY, January 19, 2020  10:30   Second Sunday after the Epiphany   Rev. Dexter van Dyke  Sunday School  ALL ARE WELCOME!

  2. SUNDAY, January 19, 2020  SUNDAY BRUNCH  11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

  3. 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!

  4. TUESDAY AFTERNOONS  1:30 - 3:00 pm    Rev. Dexter van Dyke  Next session of STUDY GROUP will be on January 14, 2020.

  5. TUESDAY, January 14, 2020 at 7:00pm  Jubilation Handbell Ringers  We always welcome new members.  Please join us in the sanctuary.

  6. THURSDAY, January 16, 2020  Senior Choir   Practice will begin at 7:30 pm. We welcome anyone interested in joining us.

  7. Worship & Membership Meeting  Tuesday, January 21st @ 12:00 noon

  8. SUNDAY, January 26, 2020  10:30   Third Sunday after the Epiphany   Rev. Dexter van Dyke  Sunday School  ALL ARE WELCOME!

  9. FRIDAY, January 31, 2020  KIDS DAY CAMP  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM  THEME: “Come and Explore the Light”  Children in Kindergarten to Grade 6  SEE INFORMATION BELOW

  10. SUNDAY, February 9, 2020  ANNUAL MEETING  12:00 Noon - 2:00 P.M.  Wesley Hall  ALL CHURCH MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND

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