Sunday, October 15th, 2017

19th Sunday after Pentecost

World Food Sunday

 

Central United Church is a safe place for all people to participate fully

regardless of race, creed, age, cultural background,

sexual orientation or gender identity.

What if we considered the term God

to be a metaphor for “the whole of the universe”?

How would that impact your reading of this morning’s liturgy?

For thousands of years Indigenous people

have walked on this land, in their own country.

Their relationship with the land was at the center of their lives.

We acknowledge Indigenous People and their stewardship

of this land throughout the ages.

We remember that in this region we live, play, work and assemble on lands

which are, by law, the un-ceded territories of the Wabanaki peoples –

predominately the lands of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Passamaquoddy.

May we learn to live with respect on this land, and live in peace and

friendship with its people.

Un-ceded – means not formally surrendered to another

Those who are able and wish to are invited to stand at the places marked

with an *­ Those who wish to, and are able, are invited to join in the

responses which are printed in bold print.

 

GATHERING

Gathering Music     Favourites…

 

­Hymn:  In the Midst of Daily Living    (tune 559 VU)

 

Entry into the Celebration

May we greet one another with open hearts and minds;

inspire each other to consider new questions and seek deeper

meaning; and cultivate both wisdom and compassion.

And may this time together empower us

to take some new steps

so all our living is transforming and

the yearning of our hearts becomes reality.

May what we say and do here be real for us

in preparation for the life of the world.

 

The Community Candles are lit

 

We light these candles to celebrate

the inherent worth and dignity of every person and

to acknowledge that love unites us all.     (Adapd/SStock)

 

Opening Sentences

We gather together in this place at this time,

a time to reconnect with one another,

a time to examine life in all its dimensions,

a time to ask questions and ponder answers.

And in the quiet of this sacred space,

may we listen at the centre of our being

for the truth of our inner voice.      (Adapt.Gretta Vosper/ab)

 

­Hymn:  Holy Spirit, Hear Us     377 VU

 

WELCOME

A warm welcome is extended to all – especially those who may be joining us

for a first time. Your presence enriches this gathering and contributes to the

creative evolution of community. Thanks for the gift of you!

 

EXPLORING

 

Readings from our broad Religious Tradition

May the words we are about to hear

give us food for thought,

cause us pause in wonder and uncertainty,

renew our hope, refresh our courage, lift our spirits.

Reading     Philippians 4: 6-8  (The Message MSG)

 

From the world around us

Reading     As Simple as Breathing      by Carol Scott

In Awake in my sleep

 

Reflection     Prayer

 

­Hymn     Come and Find the Quiet Centre     374 VU

 

 AFFIRMING

Reflections and Prayers

As a community, we bring our dreams, hopes, joys and concerns to

this place.  Let us share these with one another.

 

Sharing of Dreams, Hopes, Joys and Concerns

 

Listening Response

For ourselves, for those named or remembered,

and in solidarity with those who have not the freedom

to express their concern or celebration for fear of discrimination

or condemnation, we light a candle of Care.

 

The care candle is lit

 

When we are grieving or sad,

when we are challenged,

when we need help,

may the flame of this candle guide us

out of the darkness.

When we are cheerful,

when we celebrate,

when we accomplish a great task,

when we return to a place that makes us happy,

may the flame of this candle remind us

to share our happiness with others.  (Adapted. APalmer)

 

In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful

of the presentness of the sacred among us,

and to see the new possibilities of the now.

 

Praying in the Pattern of the Prayer of Jesus (together)

O presence and pow’r within,

Creative impulse and life of all.

May we be filled to overflowing

with infinite love and appreciation for life!

May we sow grace, peace, and justice,

as we pursue that which is right and good.

 

May we share food and hope needed for today.

May our wrongs be forgiven as we acknowledge them,

and may we endeavor to forgive the wrongs done to us.

 

May we elude the conceit and despair, the fear and hate,

which can occasionally threaten to consume or overwhelm.

 

May we not forget that inside each of us and all of us,

lies possibility and potential for wholeness and fullness,

for restoration and renewal. Amen.  

 

Acknowledging the Offering of Each

What do we have to offer?  Is it our time, our money, our talents?  Is it

our thoughts and prayers?  Is it the way we show our love?  Whatever

it is that we have to offer, let us do so with joy and compassion, for

both separately and together we give more than we realize.

 

­Dedication     What Can I do?     191 MV

 

­Thoughts for today

Inspired by stories of compassionate people,

may we find a good feeling in our hearts

so that through all the gifts we offer,

we can help free some people from hunger,

lift some people from their distress, and

encourage all people to help make this a better world.

 

SCATTERING

­Hymn     Love Knocks and Waits     (v1,2)     94 MV

 

­As We Go Out…

As we go into the world may we

dance, laugh, sing and create.

As we go into the world may we

risk, explore, discover and love.

As we go into the world may we

believe, hope, struggle, and remember

that we are not alone,

that we are surrounded by love.

 

The candles are extinguished

 

Go in peace.

Hold in your heart the certainty

that the Spirit of life and love is with you always.
­Hymn     Love Knocks and Waits     (v3,4)     94 MV

 

Climate Change Challenge

Announcements

Celebrating Makes Cents

Coffee and Conversation

 

 

CENTRAL UNITED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rev. JA Berridge Unit of the UCW will meet on Thursday, Oct 19th at 1pm (note new time) at Laura Whitmee’s home.

4 Volunteers from Central are needed for clean-up at the Community Breakfast at St. George’s Anglican Church on Saturday, Oct 28.  You would need to be there by 9 and should be done by 11. There are sign-up sheets or please get in touch with Ann at 532-2502 or edgarbann@yahoo.ca.  Thanks for your help in feeding the hungry in downtown Moncton.

ReConnect is in dire need of food (especially hearty soups and canned meats), hygiene items, socks, and underwear (for men and women). They are also collecting books and magazines for their clients reading pleasure. If this is something you can help out with please take your donations to Reconnect which is located behind the Post Office on St. George St.  Entrance is off Dufferin St. Thanks for your help.

Please forward all pastoral care matters to Tanya in the office at 857-3186 or centralunitedchurch@nb.aibn.com as well as send a short message to Rev. Val Chongva at vchongva@gmail.com.

The Affirming Committee of Central United Church presents the movie “42”, The Jackie Robinson Story, starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, in the Community Peace Centre Forum, 22 Church Street Moncton on Thursday, October 19th at 7:00pm.  Movie and snacks are free of charge.  Come and bring a friend.  Movie Info:  Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men-the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey-whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.  Rating:  PG-13 (for thematic elements including language)  Genre:  Drama  Runtime: 128 minutes

OFFERING ENVELOPES:  This year the office will not be ordering new 2018 Offering Envelopes.  If you have unused envelopes, please continue to use them, despite the marked date.  The office will ensure the correct date is filled in after each offering.  If you require more envelopes, please add your name to the list after today’s service and you will receive a box from what we have on hand in the office.

If you wish to go on PAR (pre-authorized remittance) which gives you the option to have your church donation automatically withdrawn from your bank account monthly or charging your donation monthly to your credit card, please contact the church office at 857-3186 or centralunitedchurch@nb.aibn.com.  There is also a sign up sheet available today.  Changes can be made to PAR at anytime throughout the year by contacting the office. 

We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee and Conversation on Sundays. Sign-up sheets are available today or call the office, 857-3186, for more information.

UNITED CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Emergency Appeal – Caribbean Hurricanes – Support our global partners who are assisting people affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the earthquakes in Mexico.  Our membership in the global ACT Alliance provides ways to help those affected communities.  To donate by cheque, please mail your gift, payable to The United Church of Canada, to:  The United Church of Canada Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300 Toronto, ON  M8X 2Y4  Please be sure to note “Emergency Response – Caribbean Hurricanes” on the face of your cheque.  More information and other ways to donate: http://www.united-church.ca/caribbean-hurricanes-2017

The Social Justice (Outreach Committee) at Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Ave, are holding a presentation by Connie Thurbor, Director of the Pregnancy & Wellness Centre, Tuesday, Oct 17th 7pm – 9pm.  If you wish you may bring a new or gently used item for a baby or toddler for the Centre.  We would like to have an idea on the number attending and ask that you please call the church office at 857-4817 or email: mtviewunited@rogers.com

St. John’s United Church Rummage Sale, Saturday, Oct. 21st 8:30am – 1pm.  Basement entrance.  Something for everyone.

Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Ave. will be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8am – 12 noon.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visit My Mosque Day – Today, Oct 15 from 1pm- 4pm at Moncton Mosque 99 High St.   The first Visit My Mosque Day in Canada is today. On this day, mosques across Canada will be welcoming members of their communities from all faiths and those without a faith to foster friendship and conversation. The event aims to provide members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. Similar efforts have been done in the U.K., the U.S., Norway, France, Germany and Australia.  There will be guided tours, Q&A sessions and other activities, as well as refreshments on sight for everyone to share.  We are excited to see you there!

Greater Moncton River of Pride is hosting an LGBTQ+ Community Forum on Tuesday, Oct 17th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm in the Community Peace Centre Atrium (22 Church St.), where participants may voice in a safe and accountable space their opinions, ideas and concerns on Greater Moncton Pride Week and year-round River of Pride programming.  We will invite LGBTQ+ community members and allies to participate in a strategic planning session that will orient River of Pride’s actions, internally and externally, in the next year. This event is taking place in preparation for the River of Pride Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 8.  This is free and open to all. Accessible venue. A snack will be served.  The forum will take place in French and English.

“Longing For Peace – Calming the storm of Anxiety, Trauma, and Fear” conference at Whitepine Church, 153 Canusa Drive, Riverview on Oct 21st  8:30 – 4:00.  $30 at the door or $25 if pre-registered by contacting Nancy Manderson @ nmanderson@hotmail.com or joyconference@gmail.com or send your registration to 34 Goldsboro Avenue, Riverview, NB E1B 4K4.  SPEAKERS:  Jill Quiring – Finding Peace in Anxiety, Rev. Douglas Painter – Finding Peace in Trauma and Fear, Eleanor Kreplin – Practice Tools for Managing Anxiety Rev. Painter suffered from PTSD so his talk would be especially important for those who are affected by this.

LECTIONARY READINGS FOR OCTOBER 22, 2017

Exodus 33:12-23 God speaks to Moses face to face as a friend.

Psalm 99 God is a ruler who delights in justice.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 We always give thanks to God for you.

Matthew 22:15-22 Give to God the things that are God’s.

 

CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH SUPPORT STAFF   

ORDER OF MINISTRY:

The Rev. Dr. James MacDonald (Sabbatical leave)

The Rev. Val Chongva (Presbytery appointment)

CONGREGATIONAL CARE: The Rev. Ron Maund

CONGREGATIONAL EDUCATION: The Rev. Val Chongva

MUSICIAN: Justin Guignard

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR: Tanya Melanson

 

Some of the resources used in shaping this liturgy:

http://www.rexaehuntprogressive.com/liturgy

Various books by Spong, Borg, Vosper, Butler-Bass.

Living the Questions 2 video series