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 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)
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
A warm welcome is extended to all â€“ 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!
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
Hymn Come and Find the Quiet Centre 374 VU
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
St. John’s United Church Rummage Sale, Saturday, Oct. 21st 8:30am – 1pm.Â 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.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or send your registration to 34 Goldsboro Avenue, Riverview, NB E1B 4K4. Â 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:
Various books by Spong, Borg, Vosper, Butler-Bass.
Living the Questions 2 video series