Website: http://www.bethanyunitedchurch.com
E-Mail: bethanyunitedchurch@yahoo.ca


July 18, 2021 – 11am

L: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
P: And also with you!
Introit: vu #409 Morning Has Broken vs 1
Welcome & 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 & Anniversaries)
Call to Worship L: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits,
P: inviting us to worship.
L: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits,
P: inviting us by love.
L: God’s Spirit calls to our spirits,
P: calling us by name, calling us to grow in faith, calling us to be made new.
L: We come to worship in this season of the Spirit.

Prayer of Approach O God, we gather before your holy presence. We come as you know us, seeking your transforming grace. Make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship; Narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife. Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back evil’s power. O God, make the door of this house the gateway to your peace, love, redeeming grace, and eternal kingdom. Amen.

Hymn: vu# 563 Jesus, You Have come to the Lakeshore
Prayer of Confession Jesus, who sat at the table with outcasts and sinners, we confess that too often our words and actions are not consistent with our beliefs. Often we ignore the needy, show indifference to the lonely, and reject those who seem different from us. Forgive us, we pray. Empower us to reach out in love and acceptance. Amen.

Words of Assurance The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. So, with confidence, I say to you: in God’s great mercy, receive forgiveness for your sin.
Thanks be to God!

Listening to God’s Word … Karen Comerford
Hebrew Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 23 (p.749)
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:30-34 53-56 … Minister
Meditation: “Renewal is Vital in Serving God and Others.”
Pastoral Prayer
Statement of Purpose
Sisters and brothers, we are called now to celebrate the gift of grace that is given to us in Baptism.
We are one body and one Spirit, we have one hope in God’s call to us. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, and Creator of us all. Out of the water of baptism, we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one with Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Hear how Jesus welcomed little children: People were bringing children to Jesus that he might bless them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was angry and said to them; “Let the children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.”
And he took them in His arms, laid his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Hymn: vu #445 O Little Child the Savior Came vs 1 only
Presentation of the child: Clerk
On behalf of the congregation of Bethany United Church, I present to you Jasper Carmen John Comerford, child of Holly Noelle Winsor and Adam John Comerford, to be initiated into the body of Christ through baptism.
Profession of faith and Promises by Parents
L: Do you desire to have your child baptized?
Parents: I do, by the grace of God.
L: Will you accept the responsibility of acting and speaking on your child’s behalf? Will you endeavor to show your child the Christian life and to grow with her/him in faith?
Parents: I do, by the grace of God.
(Renunciation and Declaration)
L: Desiring freedom of new life, do you turn away from the forces of evil and renounce their powers?
Parents: I do, by the grace of God.
L: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord?
Parents: I do, by the grace of God.
L: Will you join with your brothers and sisters in a church of your choice to celebrate God’s presence and to share in the life, work and ministry of Jesus Christ?
Parents: I will, God being my helper.
(Congregational Commitment and Profession of Faith)
(Congregation will you please stand)
L: As a baptized and baptizing church, do you commit yourselves to support and nurture these persons with a community which worships God, resists evil and seeks justice?
All: We do.
L: Let us now affirm our faith in the words of the
New Creed (Unison)
All: We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God; who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh, to reconcile and make new. Who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in creation; to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, Crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father……
(Congregation please be seated)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
L: Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks and praise.
C: It is right to give God thanks and praise
L: Blessed are you, our God, Ruler of the universe, Maker of Heaven and earth, Keeper of the sky and sea. At the beginning, your Spirit was at work, brooding over the waters of creation’s birth. Again, and again, you have shown your grace to us through water: Cleansing the earth at the flood, parting of the Exodus at the Red Sea, Flowing from the rock in the wilderness.
C: Blessed are you, O God.
(Pouring and blessing of the water). (Calliope will pour the water)
L: Therefore, eternal and present God, we thank you for the water with which you bless us. We pray that those who are baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus may live in your grace. Pour out, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon this water, that this font may become your womb of new birth, our fount of blessing and source of grace.
C: Blessed are you, O God.
L: All Glory, praise, honor be to you, now and forever. Amen.
The Act of Baptism
Marking with the sign of the Cross
Congregation Welcome (Unison)
Welcome to Jasper Carmen John Comerford into the house of faith. We welcome you with joy and thanksgiving.
Jasper Carmen John Comerford, we welcome you as members of God’s family. We welcome you with love that you may know love. We welcome you with joy that you may learn to know of Christ’s joy. We welcome you by name that you may know who you are. We welcome you by Christ’s name that you may know whose you are. You are part of our family and you will always find a welcome place here.
Presentation of Certificates … Clerk
Offertory Invitation
God the Almighty, Giver of all things. We thank you for the gift of life and many other blessings. We offer ourselves and our gifts as tokens of gratitude and thanksgiving. We offer with faith, that they may serve your will and fulfil your mission. Through Christ, the Lord we pray. Amen.
Hymn: vu #626 I Heard the Voice of Jesus 1& 3
Sending Forth (Unison)
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at my end, and at my departing. Amen.