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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: “Hallelujah By And By
Third Avenue United Church Choir


Order of Worship

Pentecost Sunday ~ May 31, 2020

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Dexter van Dyke

SCRIPTURES READER:  Ken Holliday

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

GATHERING TOGETHER IN CHRIST

Lighting of the Christ Candle:

Invitation to Worship:
Spirit. Wind. Breath.
God.
Spirit. Wind. Breath.
Love.
Spirit. Wind. Breath.
Grace
Spirit. Wind. Breath.
Hope.
Spirit. Wind. Breath.
We have come to worship the God who is love in spirit and in truth.

Opening Hymn:Holy Spirit, Hear Us # 377 VU

1. Holy Spirit, hear us, help us while we sing;
breathe into the music of the praise we bring.

2. Holy Spirit, shine now on the book we read;
light its holy pages with the truth we need.

3. Holy Spirit, prompt us when we bow to pray;
speak within and teach us what we ought to say.

4. Holy Spirit, help us daily by your might,
what is wrong to conquer, and to choose the right

Gathering Prayer and the Lord's Prayer (# 921 VU ~ Spoken):
In hope and joy we gather on our website to celebrate the gift of the coming of the Holy Spirit and with it, the birthday of the church. May we know that Spirit as present in us that when required we might speak truth to power. May we know that Spirit as present in us, that all of us, young and old, might have a vision, dream a dream, of a future where justice flows like a mighty river and freedom reigns; may we be and may we become a daring people open to all the new possibilities and changes that are part of that dream, part of that vision. Come, Holy Spirit, come Holy Mystery, come divine eternal wisdom, come empower the church. We ask in Jesus name joining to pray as Jesus taught his disciples and saying, “Our Father, . . . . Amen.”

Time with the Young & the Young at Heart:

Hymn:Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Refrain:
Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.
Yes, every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.


1. Upon the mountain, my Lord spoke, out his mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me looks so shine, ask my Lord if all was mine.
Refrain:

2. Jordan river runs right cold, chills the body, not the soul.
Ain't but one train on this track, runs to heaven and right back.
Refrain:

Expressing our Faith: (Reading a Portion of a Song of Faith)
And so we sing of God the Spirit, who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation, animating all energy and matter and moving in the human heart.
We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untameable, who is creatively and redemptively active in the world.
The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy not only in what is familiar, but also in that which seems foreign.
We sing of the Spirit, who speaks our prayers of deepest longing and enfolds our concerns and confessions, transforming us and the world.
We offer worship as an outpouring of gratitude and awe and a practice of opening ourselves to God's still, small voice of comfort, to God's rushing whirlwind of challenge.
Through word, music, art, and sacrament, in community and in solitude,
God changes our lives, our relationships, and our world.

Words of Affirmation:

Don't be Afraid (2x)
Don't be afraid
My love is stronger,
My love is stronger than your fear.

Don't be afraid,
My love is stronger and I have promised,
promised to be always near.

     Words and music by John Bell. Copyright © 1995, WGRG, The Iona Community, Scotland.

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

HEARING GOD'S WORD

A Responsive Reading from the Psalms: 104 Pg. 826 VU Part 2
Refrain:
Bless, O my soul, the Almighty, who rules all creation.


O God, how manifold are your works!
With Wisdom at your side you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. Refrain:
There lies the great and mighty Sea, teeming with living things both great and small.
Upon it sail the ships, and there is Leviathan, the monster you made to play in it.
All these look to you, to give them their food in due season.
What you give them they gather up. When you open your hand, you fill them with good things.
But when you hide your face they despair. When you take away their breath, they die, and return to dust.
But when you send out your spirit, they live again, and you renew the face of the earth. Refrain:
May your glory, O God, endure forever.
May you rejoice, O God, in your works.
When you look at the earth it trembles,
when you touch the mountains they smoke.
I will sing to God as long as I live.
I will praise my God while I have being. Refrain:

A Reading from the book of Acts: 2: 1 - 21
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Peter Addresses the Crowd
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Message:

Hymn:Spirit of Life # 381 VU

1. Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free; Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

WE RESPOND

Gifts of the People

Doxology:  (Tune # 537 VU)
Your work, O God, needs many hands to help you everywhere,
and some there are who cannot serve unless our gifts we share.
Because we love you and your work, our offering now we make
be pleased to use it as your own, we ask in Jesus' name.

Prayer:
God who is love, Holy Mystery, on this day of Pentecost may we dedicate ourselves anew to your service. May we ever praise you with our words and with our actions. May all that we are and all that we do show forth the abiding presence of your spirit in this world that you so love. Amen.

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:Breathe on Me, Breath of God #382 VU

1. Breathe on me, breath of God, fill me with life anew;
that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.

2. Breathe on me, breath of God, until my heart is pure;
until my will is one with thine, to do and to endure.

3. Breathe on me, breath of God, till I am wholly thine,
until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.

4. Breathe on me, breath of God: so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life of thine eternity.

*Commissioning - Benediction - Choral Amen: # 967 VU

As we move from this time of worship,
Let us move with the Spirit!
Let us breathe in the Spirit!
Let us praise the Spirit in all that we say and in all that we do!

Our Sympathies
We would like to extend our sympathies to Lorenzo Bacchetto and family on the passing of Lorenzo's mother, Gwen Bacchetto. At the same time, our sympathies to Ken Smart and families on the passing of Gwen Bacchetto, who was Ken's sister.

Lectionary Reading for June 7, 2020   First Sunday after Pentecost   Trinity Sunday  Whitsunday Genesis 1:1-2:4a;  Psalm 8;  2 Corinthians 13:11-13;  Matthew 28:16-20.

May 31, 2020

Our Generation

At Toronto Conference's annual meeting in 2011, youth delegates presented a vision for the future of their church and their place in it. The result of those first ideas was a song that has since inspired many people. Thanks to a Mission & Service Vision Fund grant, the group was able to record it, and that amazing and inspirational song-"Our Generation"-has become the theme song for the Mission & Service music video.
Seven youth delegates came together one Friday evening to practise their instruments and vocals for a Saturday recording session at Black Earth Music's Area 51 recording studio in Shelburne, Ontario. When they arrived at the studio the nervous excitement was thick in the air, especially when they were introduced to their producer, Michael Jack, who has produced records for Rush and Pink Floyd. But as the recording sessions went on, thanks to Michael's encouragement, the group became more confident in the process, creating space for the creativity of voices and instruments to become part of the song. The group supported and encouraged each other to experiment vocally and add guitar riffs.
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.

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.


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