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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.

Order of Worship
Third Avenue United Church and Speers United Church

June 16, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Pentecost

10:45 pm

Worship Leader:   Linda Emberley

ORGANIST/PIANIST:  Ilene Wettergreen


Scriptures Reader: Linda Emberley

We acknowledge that this land on which we gather for worship is the traditional land of the people of Treaty 6 and the homeland of the Metis. We acknowledge that we live on this land as people who have agreed to share the care and use of this land as a result of a treaty that outlined the rights and responsibilities associated with our place in this land. May we be people who remember this with thanksgiving and respect.
     Adapted and used with permission from Gathering: Peter Chynoweth


 Call to Worship:
L.  We are gathered here to worship God.
P.  We come with hope in our hearts.
L.  We are gathered here in the presence of mystery.
P.   We come with longing in our souls.
L.  We are gathered here in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
P.   We come with all that we are.
L.  Come let us worship God!

Hymn:Let Us Build a House” #1 MVU
1.  Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

2.  Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,
where all God's children dare to seek to dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God's grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus;
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

3.  Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat;
a banquet hall on holy ground, where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

4.  Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, to serve and teach, and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 Prayer of Approach: (in unison)
We thank you, O God, that you have given us the privilege of declaring your goodness and mercy. Give to us full confidence that you hold us - and the world - in your hands. May your presence in this place today challenge our spirits and encourage our hearts, to the end that our joy may be complete.  Amen.

 Theme Time:

 Hymn:I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry”  # 644 VU
1.  I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.

2.  I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
in a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

3.  When you heard the wonder of the word,
I was there to cheer you on;
you were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.

4.  If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I'll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk till rising sun.

5.  In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young.
I'll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I've begun.

6.  When the evening gently closes in
and you shut your weary eyes,
I'll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.

7.  I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.


 Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 15:34-35, 16:1-13
Samuel went home to Ramah, and Saul returned to his home in Gibeah. Even though Samuel felt sad about Saul, Samuel never saw him again.
The LORD Chooses David To Be King
The LORD was sorry he had made Saul the king of Israel. One day he said, “Samuel, I've rejected Saul, and I refuse to let him be king any longer. Stop feeling sad about him. Put some olive oil in a small container and go visit a man named Jesse, who lives in Bethlehem. I've chosen one of his sons to be my king.” Samuel answered, “If I do that, Saul will find out and have me killed.” “"Take a calf with you,"” the LORD replied. “Tell everyone that you've come to offer it as a sacrifice to me, then invite Jesse to the sacrifice. When I show you which one of his sons I have chosen, pour the olive oil on his head.” Samuel did what the LORD told him and went to Bethlehem. The town leaders went to meet him, but they were terribly afraid and asked, "Is this a friendly visit?" "Yes, it is!" Samuel answered. “I've come to offer a sacrifice to the LORD. Get yourselves ready to take part in the sacrifice and come with me.” Samuel also invited Jesse and his sons to come to the sacrifice, and he got them ready to take part. When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel noticed Jesse's oldest son, Eliab.“He has to be the one the LORD has chosen,” Samuel said to himself. But the LORD told him, “Samuel, don't think Eliab is the one just because he's tall and handsome. He isn't the one I've chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.” Jesse told his son Abinadab to go over to Samuel, but Samuel said, “No, the LORD hasn't chosen him.” Next, Jesse sent his son Shammah to him, and Samuel said, “The LORD hasn't chosen him either.” One by one, Jesse told all seven of his sons to go over to Samuel. Finally, Samuel said, “Jesse, the LORD hasn't chosen any of these young men. Do you have any other sons?” “Yes,” Jesse answered. “My youngest son David is out taking care of the sheep.” “Send for him!” Samuel said. “We won't start the ceremony until he gets here.” Jesse sent for David. He was a healthy, good-looking boy with a sparkle in his eyes. As soon as David came, the LORD told Samuel, “He's the one! Get up and pour the olive oil on his head.” Samuel poured the oil on David's head while his brothers watched. At that moment, the Spirit of the LORD took control of David and stayed with him from then on. Samuel returned home to Ramah.

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
So always be cheerful! As long as we are in these bodies, we are away from the Lord. But we live by faith, not by what we see. We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him. After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies. We are ruled by Christ's love for us. We are certain that if one person died for everyone else, then all of us have died. And Christ did die for all of us. He died so we would no longer live for ourselves, but for the one who died and was raised to life for us. We are careful not to judge people by what they seem to be, though we once judged Christ in this way. Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.

 Psalm Reading: Psalm 20 # 742 VU (no refrain)
May God answer you in the day of trouble, and the name of God defend you.
May God send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from the holy mountain.
May God remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifices.
May God grant you your heart's desire, and give success to all your plans.
May we rejoice in your victory and triumph in the name of our God.
May God fulfil your every wish.
Now I know, O God, that you help your anointed, and will answer from your holy heaven with the victorious might of your right hand. Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will trust in the name of our God. They will totter and fall; but we shall rise and stand upright. God, save those who rule, and answer us when we call.

  Hymn:I Have Called You By Your Name” # 161 MVU
1.  I have called you by your name, you are mine;
I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.
I will not abandon you;
all my promises are true.
You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine.

2.  I will help you learn my name as you go;
read it written in my people, help them grow.
Pour the water in my name,
speak the word your soul can claim,
offer Jesus' body given long ago.

3.  I know you will need my touch as you go;
feel it pulsing in creation's ebb and flow.
Like the woman reaching out,
choosing faith in spite of doubt,
hold the hem of Jesus' robe, then let it go.

4.  I have given you a name, it is mine;
I have given you my Spirit as a sign.
With my wonder in your soul,
make my wounded children whole;
go and tell my precious people they are mine.

 Gospel Reading: Mark 4: 26-34
Another Story about Seeds

Again Jesus said: God's kingdom is like what happens when a farmer scatters seed in a field. The farmer sleeps at night and is up and around during the day. Yet the seeds keep sprouting and growing, and he doesn't understand how. It is the ground that makes the seeds sprout and grow into plants that produce grain. Then when harvest season comes and the grain is ripe, the farmer cuts it with a sickle.
A Mustard Seed
Finally, Jesus said: What is God's kingdom like? What story can I use to explain it? It is like what happens when a mustard seed is planted in the ground. It is the smallest seed in all the world. But once it is planted, it grows larger than any garden plant. It even puts out branches that are big enough for birds to nest in its shade.
The Reason for Teaching with Stories
Jesus used many other stories when he spoke to the people, and he taught them as much as they could understand. He did not tell them anything without using stories. But when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

 Sermon: “It's Happening”

 Hymn:One More Step Along the World I Go” # 639 VU
1.  One more step along the world I go,
one more step along the world I go,
from the old things to the new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it's from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.

2. Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you'll be looking at along with me:
And it's from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.

3.  As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you'll be telling me the way, I know:
And it's from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.

4.  Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it's from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.

5.  You are older than the world can be,
you are younger than the life in me,
ever old and ever new,
keep me travelling along with you:
And it's from the old I travel to the new; keep me travelling along with you.


Offering and Offertory Hymn: # 191 MV
What can I do? What can I bring? What can I say? What can I sing?
I'll sing with joy, I'll say a prayer. I'll bring my love, I'll do my share. (repeat)

Prayer of Dedication: (in unison)
God of all our hopes, we give thanks for the way you see and the many ways that you provide. Accept these gifts we bring as a small token of our desire to join with you in your creative work of transformation and justice.  Amen

 Prayers of the People and the Lord's Prayer:


Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. AMEN.

 Hymn:I See A New Heaven” # 713 VU
Refrain: I see a new heaven, I see a new earth as the old one will pass away,
where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.

1.  There, there on the banks of a river bright and free,
yielding her fruit, firm in her root,
The Tree of Life will be.  Refrain

2.  There, there where death dies and our lives are born again,
body and soul, struggling but whole
like flowers after the rain.  Refrain

3.  There, there where the darkness brings visions from above.
There where the night, bearing new light,
reveals the promise of love.  Refrain

4.  There, there where we work with the love of healing hands. Labour we must, true to our trust to build a promised new land.  Refrain

 Commissioning & Benediction:

 Three Fold Amen

Next Sunday: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
        June 23, 2024:
         1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49;  Psalm 9:9-20;
         2 Corinthians 6:1-13;  Mark 4:35-41.

What's Happening

  1. SUNDAY, June 16, 2024  “Fourth Sunday after Pentecost”   10:45 AM   Linda Emberley  “IT'S HAPPENING”  EVERYONE WELCOME!

  2. SUNDAY, June 16, 2024  “SUNDAY BRUNCH   11:30 AM - 1:00 PM   ALL ARE WELCOME!

  3. SUNDAY, June 23, 2024  “Fifth Sunday after Pentecost / SPEERS UNITED”   10:30 AM   Rev. Jo-Ann Hills  “REFLECTIONS!”  EVERYONE WELCOME!

  4. Speers United Church has extended an invitation to the congregation of Third Avenue United Church to join them for their Sunday service on June 23rd. The worship service will start at 10:30 A.M. Following the service, we are also welcome to join them for a barbeque lunch.
    We plan to meet at Third Avenue at 9:30 A.M. and car pool so that everyone does not have to drive. If you plan on attending, or if you can offer to drive to Speers, please contact Jodi at the church office or by text at (306)490-7376 by June 19th.
    We hope you can attend at Speers on the 23rd and join us in enhancing the spirit of fellowship with our sister church community.

    Reminder:  There will be NO WORSHIP SERVICE held in North Battleford June 23rd

    ***If you are attending Speers United, please bring your contribution envelope with you and it will be collected, sorted and brought back to Third Avenue United.***

  5. SUNDAY, June 30, 2024  “Sixth Sunday after Pentecost”   10:45 AM   Rev. Jo-Ann Hills  “REFLECTIONS”  EVERYONE WELCOME!


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