Prince Edward North Pastoral Charge

princeedward.north2@gmail.com

October 17 2021                     10:30am     

Minister: Rev. Barb Willard   (613) 403-4742         

Pianist: Brenda Harbinson     

A/V Team: Bob Parsons/RonTaylor/John Tomlinson

See our website: friendshipchurch.ca

ANNOUNCMENTS:

  1. Birthdays and anniversaries .  Remember to let Melody know your birthday or anniversary.  

Happy Anniversary to Wayne and Carole

  • COFFEE HOUR: Wednesdays 9-10am  ZOOM for September  ID: 857 3356 5497 PASSCODE: 190296
  • PHOTO DIRECTORY:  We will be setting up a few Sundays in November where you can come and have your picture taken. Stay tuned for details.
  1. READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: WEEK 48   Starting October 17

Sunday (Epistles)                1John 1-3

Monday (The Law)               Deuteronomy 20-22

Tuesday ( History)                Nehemiah 1-4

Wednesday (Psalms)          Psalms 137-139

Thursday (Poetry)                Ecclesiastes 11-12

Friday (Prophecy)                Malachi

Saturday (Gospels)              Acts  19-20

  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX: Need to be in by November 14
  • STOREHOUSE WELLINGTON & DISTRICT FOODBANK  is seeking help to purchase winter clothing for children this year. We, as a Church, will donate $500, however, if any of you would like to contribute, we will add it all up and donate what we collect.
  • If you are a “sew”er and would like to help out with some crafts for our ONLINE CHRISTMAS AUCTION, meet at the Church October 30 at 10am.
  • UPDATE FROM ECORC:
    • Passed our budget for 2022.
    • Elected on our Commissioners to General Council 44, which will be a virtual event, in July 2022
    • Elected Rev. Wanda Stride of  St. Andrew’s Brighton to be our “leading elder’, one of the General Council Commissioners who will  act as a liaison between General Council and the ECORC Assembly of Elders
    • Began a new fund (next deadline – Feb 15)  the EORC COF Assistance fund, to provide assistance to communities of faith in fulfilling their missions through capital assistance and ministry activities. This might be of interest in changing the windows of the manse.
    • A list of approved Mission support grants were given – including the Belleville Deaf Fellowship, Camp Quin Mo Lac, and Quinte Health Care.
    • A list of certified Licensed Lay Worship Leaders is being put on the ECORC webpage, so that COFs looking for pulpit supply know how to call. As well, a list of available retired supply is being put together.
    • Established a Bursary Committee. Moved that students who did not receive any bursary/financial assistance over the past 2 years because of COVID, be given the opportunity to receive that assistance, through an application process TBD by the Committee.  
    • Reports ) (Financial Reports and other documents of interest can be found on the ECORC website.

UPCOMING:  

October 31 – Messy Church

November 7 – Remembrance Day Service

November 28 – First Sunday in Advent

MISSION STATEMENT

We are a group of followers of Jesus Christ, worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord, making God’s love known to all ages through joyful, warm worship and compassionate caring for one another, our community, and God’s creation.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge that this land is the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). We are settlers on this land, and we have a responsibility to God, to one another, and to future generations, to care for this earth, by walking gently, and treating all of creation with respect.

SONG:  For the Fruit of All Creation VU#227

GATHERING WORDS & PRAYER

SONG:   In Loving Partnership We Come VU#603

READING: Luke 14:15-24  NRSV    The Parable of the Great Dinner

One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then Jesussaid to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’   But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the slave returned and reported this to his master.

Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.   For I tell you,  none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”

PRAYER OF CONFEESION:  

God of grace, you invite us to a banquet, and we don’t even respond.

You set us a place at the table, but we find excuses not to come.

You lovingly prepare for our arrival, yet we ignore your efforts.  Forgive us, God.

God of creation, you give us a world capable of abundance, but we act as if it is a world of scarcity. You give us the resources and the intelligence to provide for all, yet we lack the will and the vision to feed all of your children. Forgive us, God, for filling our plates while others go hungry.

God of love, you call us to be the body of Christ in the world, but we hoard the blessings of communion for ourselves. Instead of loving our neighbors, we are consumed by the love of self. Instead of loving you, we bow before idols of our own making. Forgive us, God.

God of hope, we avert our eyes when we see hunger and need; we close our ears to the cries of the poor and the oppressed; we refuse to let our minds be opened to the realities of our world; we refuse to let our hearts overflow with love and compassion.  Forgive us, God.

God of mercy, as you once again call us to your table, help us to respond in faith. Forgive our failures and help us to learn from them.   Change our hearts and minds as we hear your good news proclaimed. Help us to taste and see the goodness you have prepared for us, and for the world. Amen.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE:  Thank you, Brenda

REFLECTION:  We know what we have to do..

SONG:  When I Needed a Neighbor  VU#600

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

BENEDICTION 

As you have been loved – love.

As you have been welcomed – welcome.

As you have been fed – feed.

As you have received – give.

And may the boundless love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit be always with you. Amen

DISMISSAL   Go now in peace