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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: “Carry The Light
Third Avenue United Church Choir


Order of Worship

Seventh Sunday after Easter
Pentecost Sunday
Sunday - May 20, 2018

Worship Service:   10:30 am

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Frances Patterson

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist: Glen Goodman

SCRIPTURES READER:  Darlene Humenny

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

GATHERING

Prelude:

Call to Worship:
Leader: God is present in the still of the night or in the quiet of the morning.
People: God is present for one and all.
Leader: Christ is alive in the gathered community and in our acts of service, care, and love.
People: Christ is alive for one and all.
Leader: The Spirit is discerned through our moments of quiet reflection and prayer and through the insights shared by others.
People: The Spirit is here for one and all. Let us be alive to its call upon our lives this day and every day.

Hymn:Come, Let Us Sing   # 222 VU

Opening Prayer:   [together]
With anticipation we come before you in worship, O God. We look forward to the beauty of flowers rising from the fresh soil and leaves bursting from swelling buds. We await the splashes of color and the array of beauty that nature holds. We attend to the demands of this spring season to renew and refresh our surroundings. In this time of new life and new birth, let us feel the power of your new life within ourselves. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Hymn:We Praise You, O God   # 218 VU

HEARING

Time with the Young and the Young at Heart

Hymn:Holy Spirit, Hear Us   # 377 VU

Recognizing our Flawed Humanity:
Leader: On this festival of Pentecost, we confess our failure, O God, to live lives open to your Spirit.
People: We confess our failure to love with passion as your Spirit wills; We confess our failure to embrace the future into which your Spirit leads; We confess our failure to accept the power for faithful living that your Spirit brings; We confess our fear of facing new challenges and opportunities, of standing alone against popular wisdom and comments of our neighbours, of being different because we believe. Forgive us God, and by your Pentecostal power, turn us around and set us on your way again. Amen.
[moment of silence for personal reflection]

Responsive Reading:  Psalm 104,   Pg. 826-827 VU  Part 2 only with sung refrain # 1

Words of Assurance:
Leader: By grace we are Gods, and with joy - God forgives, reaching out to welcome us in Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God.

Halle, Halle, Halle: # 958 VU There is always joy in the knowledge of God's love and forgiveness. Children of God, make a joyful noise as we sing!!!]

Scripture Reading[s]:
Acts 2: 1 - 21:   The Spirit comes on the Day of Pentecost
Romans 8: 22 - 27   The Spirit prays for us
John 15: 26 - 27, 16: 4b - 15:   Jesus will send the advocate

Anthem: Prayer Chorusby Shirley Porter

Sermon:

Hymn:On Pentecost They Gathered # 195 VU

RESPONDING

Invitation to Offering:
Leader: In the act of giving, in compassionate sharing, Christ is made known and the gospel comes alive. Let us live our thanksgiving. Let us join together in our morning offering.

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

Prayer of Dedication  [please stand, read together]
Loving God, we give, not out of obligation but as a response of thanksgiving to you. We give, not to keep the local church going, but to promote the mission of Jesus Christ. We give not to just serve the persons in need that we know, but to serve those who are needy throughout the world. We give - and you, O God, receive our gifts and remind us that this is a sacred act. You have blessed us, O God. Amen.

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

The Lord's Prayer:

Hymn:Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow    # 196 VU

Benediction:
Leader: We leave our worship now
People: with the fire of the Holy Spirits in our hearts. And when the wind blows gently against our cheeks, we will know that the Spirit embraces and surrounds us, now and always.
Leader: The Spirit lives within each one of us. Go with God's blessing upon you.
People: Amen

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 next Sunday,  May 27, 2018:   First Sunday after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday  Isaiah 6:1-8;  Psalm 29;  Romans 8:12-17;  John 3:1-17.

THANK YOU!

The Stewardship Team would like to thank the family who povided he snacks for the May 6th service.

SASKATCHEWAN CONFERENCE
Third Avenue United Church will not be open for Sunday Service on May 27, 2018. Instead, the service of worship will be at the Western Development Museum at 9:30 am. All are invited to attend.
Also, volunteers are still needed for various areas throughout conference time - May 23 - May 26. If you could help, please contact Barb at the church office. Thank you.

Joint Needs Assessment Committee

Your input is very important to the JNAC process. Please complete the JNAC survey and give it to a committee member as you leave today or place it in the box, on the table, in the foyer.
Also, if you know of someone who is not at church today please feel free to take a survey to them. If you have young family members in their 20's or 30's who attended church as children but are no longer active, we would really like to have their input.
If you have any questions about or would like to discuss the JNAC process with a committee member, please don't hesitate to call.
Cathy Richardson: 306-481-6583
Darlene Humenny: 306-445-6554
Greg Corcoran: 306-817-0377
Irene Sack: 306-937-3318 or 306-441-1288
Jean Deyell: 306-445-4866
Ken Holliday: 306-445-4137
Lorenzo Bacchetto: 306-445-1556
ALL SURVEYS MUST BE RETURNED BY - MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018.

Games Church!

"Games Church" continues on Sundays. Please feel free to join us as we return to fun-filled evenings of potluck, worship, and board-games!

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 Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
Senior Choir Practices are on Thursdays @ 7:00 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
  1. SUNDAY, May 20 , 2018  10:30 am  Pentecost Sunday - Sunday (Intergenerational Service)  NO Sunday School During Service  ALL ARE WELCOME

  2. SUNDAY, May 20, 2018:   11:30am - 1:00pm    SUNDAY BRUNCH  ALL ARE WELCOME!

  3. SUNDAY, May 20 , 2018  10:30  GAMES CHURCH - Calvin Hall  ALL ARE WELCOME

  4. THURSDAY, May 24, 2018   NO SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE  7:30pm   SEE YOU AT CONFERENCE!

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