THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Bethany United Church, Carbonear
Clergy: Rev. Wilson Gonese
Organist:: Leslie Forward
Supply Organists: Sharon Dean, Ruth Davidge Louise Drover
Caretaker: Wayne Parsons Secretary: Judy Legge
Office Hours: Thursday & Friday 9 am – 2 pm
September 17, 2017 – 11 am
15th Sunday After Pentecost
Creation Time 2
All are Welcome
Call to Worship:
L: We gather now to witness to God’s most gracious Word.
P: We gather now proclaiming the Good News we have heard.
L: We say the Spirit’s gift to us is Jesus coming among us.
P: We are his church together and we walk in his way.
Opening Prayer: (Celebrate God’s Presence)
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, giving thanks for the newness of life offered to us.
We are glad for warmth, for green grass, and for flowers, for soft breezes and the music of birds, and for gentle rain drops.
On this day of hope and new life, we are reminded that God dwells with us and within all creation.
We remember we are called to be partners with God in creation.
Let us rejoice and celebrate God’s gift of life.
Opening Hymn: “Let us with a gladsome mind” #234 VU
Prayer of Confession:
Gracious God, we come to you this morning confessing our failures with regards to your creation. We have always dominated all your creation forgetting that you entrusted all your creatures to us. Help us to know that we must live together with your creation in love and harmony. Amen.
Words of Assurance:
God love us unconditionally and he accepts us just as we are. Let us be assured that our sins and failures are forgiven. Amen.
Life and Work of our Church/Announcements
Celebrations – Birthdays/Anniversaries
We Bring Our Offerings With Thanks
Minute for Mission – Jean Swain
Offertory Hymn: “Love divine all love excelling” #333 VU
Loving God, we present our offerings as a way to surrender fully unto you. Bless these offerings as they continue to be used for the enlargement of your kingdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Hymn: “Come children join to sing” #345 VU
Exodus 14: 19-31 … Gladys Tucker
Matthew 18: 21-35 … George Power
Message: “What God can do?”
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Closing Hymn: “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah”# 651 VU
As we go out into the world, let us think about our responsibility with all creation. You gave us the power to be in charge in love. We ask for your blessings as were take good care of your creation. Amen.
Benediction / Amen
When Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, what was divided?
(a) people (b) water (c)nothing
Last Sunday’s question was:
In Romans 13:8; What debt should remain in us? Answer: to love ane another
Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 24 are: