THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Bethany United Church, Carbonear
Clergy: Rev. Dr. Wayne M. Cole
Organist: Michael Williams, FSCO
Supply Organists: Sharon Dean, Ruth Davidge Louise Drover
Caretaker: Wayne Parsons Secretary: Judy Legge Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 am – 2 pm
October 7, 2018 – 11 am
19th Sunday after Pentecost
ORGAN PRELUDE …
INTROIT… Oh Come Let Us Worship … by Iain Anderson
WELCOMING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today. May our worship together be meaningful to us all.
(Life and Work of the Church)
(Birthdays and Anniversaries)
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: God whose love is pouring over us, welcome us here today.
P: Praise be to God
L: God whose healing power is ready to bind our wounds, welcomes us here today.
P: It is with joy and thanksgiving that we come.
L: God’s transforming presence offers us hope of peace.
P: Praise be to God. Amen
HYMN: Come, You Thankful People, Come VU #516
Time with the Youth
Songbirds: “Thankful Heart”
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
We give you our thanks, O Holy God, for all the gifts of love we have received from you, and for your light revealed in
Jesus Christ. We bless you for the wonders of creation, the delights of human companionship and the assurance of faith. Especially on this day of Thanksgiving when we have so much to be thankful for. Amen
HYMN: Seek Ye First the Kingdom VU #356
THE WORD OF GOD PROCLAIMED
Joel 2: 21 – 27 … Iva Powell
Please stand for the Gospel
Matthew 6: 25 – 33 … Minister
Response: Praise be to Christ. The living Word.
SERMON: The Good News about Thanksgiving
Anthem: Senior Choir … How Can I Thank the Lord?
CELEBRATING GOD’S PRESENCE
IN THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, And the love of GodAnd the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, Be with you all.
P: And also with you.
Communion Hymn: As we Gather at Your Table VU #457
(The Call to Confession)
L: Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in love and infinite in
mercy; God welcomes sinners and invites them to the table. Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness. P: Most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you
in thought, word and deed by what we have done and by
what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our
whole heart; we have not loved our neighbour as ourselves. For the sake of your son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. (Silence for Personal Reflection). Amen.
L: Lord, have mercy.
P: Christ, have mercy.
L: Lord have mercy.
(The Assurance of Forgiveness)
L: Sisters and brothers, anyone in Christ becomes a new person altogether, the past is finished and gone; everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel.
(Presenting of the Gifts)
L: As a forgiven and reconciled people let us with joy present
our gifts at the Table of the Lord.
Offering (The Great Thanksgiving)
L: Blessed are you gracious God, creator of heaven and earth. We give thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way, yet did not sin.
By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil,
and to live no longer for ourselves alone, but for him who died for us and rose again. Therefore, with angels and archangels,
and all who served you in every age, we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.
P: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
L: Mighty and tender God, in Jesus of Nazareth
we recognize the fullness of your grace: light, life
and love, revealed in words that confront and comfort us, in teachings that challenge and change us, in compassion that heals and frees us. And now we gather at this table to remember and to be filled with such longing for your realm, that we may rise together to turn our worship into witness and to follow in your way. At this time we remember all those
with whom you would have us share this feast.
– We pray for all who are in sorrow and in pain…
– all who are ill or alone…
– all who live with fear, oppression or hunger…
– for all whom the world counts as last and least…
– We pray for the church and its varied ministries…
– for nations as they strive for peace and justice… – for those who suffer loss of family, friends, property…
– for our families and our friends.
Loving God, we rejoice in the gift of your grace,remembering Christ’s life and death, proclaiming his resurrection, waiting in hope for his coming again.
Grant that in praise and thanksgiving, we may so offer
ourselves to you that our lives may proclaim the mystery
P: Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.
L: O God, pour your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these
gifts, that all who share this loaf and this cup may be the body of Christ: light, life and love in the world. In this
hope and as your people, we praise you.
P: Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, God most holy, now
L: And now gathering all our prayers, spoken and unspoken, weare bold to say/sing:
P: Our Father …
(The Breaking of the Bread and the Lifting of the Cup)
(The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup):
“The body of Christ, given for you”;
“The blood of Christ shed for you”.
(Prayer after Communion)
All: We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us
at your table by granting us the presence of Jesus Christ.
Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another,
and send us forth into the world united in courage and
Closing Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God VU #236
COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION