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It's Happening”

THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH / SPEERS UNITED CHURCH
WELCOMES YOU TO WORSHIP


June 16, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Pentecost


ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Jo-Ann Hills
Worship Leader: Linda Emberley

ORGANIST / PIANIST:  Ilene Wettergreen

SCRIPTURES READER: Linda Emberley

ACKNOWLEDGING TERRITORY:
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

WELCOME, TIME OF CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 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:

GOD'S WORD TO US

 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.

 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.

 Sermon: “It's Happening”

OUR RESPONSE

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

9. Prayers of the People and the Lord's Prayer: # 960 VU

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.

 Commissioning & Benediction:

 Three Fold Amen

Scripture Readings, Reflection and Prayer

  • Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 15: 34 - 35, 16:1 - 13
              The LORD Chooses David To Be King

  • Epistle Reading:  2 Corinthians 5: 6 - 10, 14 - 17

  • Psalm Reading: Psalm 20 # 742 VU (no refrain)

  • Gospel Reading: Mark 4: 26 - 34
              Another Story about Seeds
              A Mustard Seed
              The Reason for Teaching with Stories

  • 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.


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