Friday, May 20, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022 The Sixth Sunday of Easter


Hymn.     Shall We Gather at the River #710VU

Scripture Lessons:        Acts 16:9-14

                                      Psalm 67

                                       Revelation 21: 10, 21:22-22:5

Hymn      I’ve Got Peace Like a River #577


Prayer:  O God, we come to you in the assurance that you are present with us now. We do not have to seek your presence. We are daily living in your presence. Make us aware of it. Make it real to us. And help us in these moments of prayer to know that we are speaking to one who is near and not far off, whose love is all around us and who knows our every need. We ask it through our Saviour Jesus the Christ. Amen. (a prayer by Frank Colquhoun and published in Contemporary Parish Prayers edited by F. Colquhoun.)

Hymn           Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah #651VU

This Sunday there will be services in Franklin (9:30am) and in Howick (11:00). Next Sunday there will be a combined service for all three congregations in Howick at 11:00. 

The following Sunday will be Pentecost Sunday. There will be a 9:30 service in Ormstown and in Howick an 11:00 service. In Howick this will also be our Anniversary Sunday and the service will be followed by a light lunch of sandwiches and cake. 

There will be no service in Howick on June 12th, Fair Sunday. 

The time has come to apply for the Hugh Duncan or IFE bursaries, provided through the Nakonhaka Regional Council. The bursaries are available to members of the United Church, both college and university students. The deadline is June 3rd. Forms and more information are available on the region’s website ( or you may contact Barbara for the form and more information. 

The UnitedSpirit Camp, a camp of the Nakonhaka Regional Council is inviting registrations. The camp will take place June 26th to July 2nd at the Camp D’Action Biblique for young people between the ages of 8-15. The cost is $400.00. For more information, check out the registration form on the bulletin board or contact the camp directly: 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022, The Fifth Sunday of Easter


Hymn.     Come Let Us Sing of a Wonderful Love #57

Prayer: O Christ, had we faith enough to move mountains, without love what would we be? 
But you love us. 
Without your Spirit who lives in our hearts, what would we be? 
But you love us. 
Taking everything upon yourself, you open for us a way towards the peace of God, who wants neither suffering nor human distress. 
Spirit of the Risen Christ, spirit of compassion, spirit of praise, your love for each one of us will never fail, and we thank you. Amen. (a prayer from the Taize community, adapted.)

Scripture Lessons:       Revelation 21:1-6

                                     Psalm 148 p.871VU

                                     John 13:31-35

Hymn.      O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go #658


Prayer:  God, kindle within our hearts today a flame of love for our neighbours, for our foes, for our friends, for our people, for the brave, for the cowardly, for the thoughtless ones. 
O Christ, son of Mary, in all that we love May we serve you, from the lowliest thing that lives, to the name that is highest of all. Amen ( a prayer from the Scottish Celtic tradition published in the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Worship Group’s A Wee Worship Book, 4th incarnation.)

Hymn.      Love Divine #333VU

This week’s services will be held in Howick at 9:30 and in Ormstown at 11:00. (The service in Ormstown will also be available from the parking lot on a car radio at the frequency 87.7.) Next week’s services will follow the usual pattern, 9:30 in Franklin and Howick at 11am. The following Sunday, May 29th is a fifth Sunday and a combined service will be held at 11am in Howick. All are welcome. 

June 5th will be Pentecost Sunday. There will be a 9:30 service in Ormstown and in Howick this will be Anniversary Sunday as well. The 11:00 service will be followed by a lunch of sandwiches and cake. 

It is now the time to start or to renew a subscription for Broadview, the United Church’s magazine. The cost is $25.00 for a year’s subscription. You can give the cash or send the money by e-transfer to Wilene Cullen. Please clearly identify that this is for Broadview and if it is a new subscription, please include mailing details as well. 

St Paul’s Session will be meeting Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30pm at the hall. 

St Paul’s Stewards will meet on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30pm at the hall. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Sunday, May 8, 2022 Good Shepherd Sunday

 This Sunday is also Christian Family Sunday and we pray for God’s blessings on all families, and on all the women of the community, who may be mothers or grandmothers, aunties,  foster mothers, or caregivers and who make God’s love live in our homes and communities. 

Hymn       Praise My Soul the God of Heaven #240

Prayer: Loving God, Father, Mother of our being, recall to my heart always your tender love and faithfulness. Like children who can look eagerly toward their mother’s kiss and their father’s embrace, may I run freely toward your open arms, yielding myself totally to the joy you hold out to me. Amen. ( a prayer from Jacqueline Syrup Bergman and S. Marie Schwan’s Taste and See.)

Scripture Lessons:      Acts 9:36-43

                                    Psalm 23 p.749 VU

                                    John 10:22-30

Hymn.       The Lord’s My Shepherd #747VU


Prayer: We give you thanks, Gentle One who has touched our soul. You have loved us from the moment of our first waking and have held us in joy and in grief. Stay with us, we pray. Grace us with your presence and with it, the fullness of our own humanity. Help us claim our strength and need, our awesomeness and fragile beauty, that encouraged by the truth we might work to restore compassion to the human family and renew the face of the earth. Amen. (a prayer from More Than Words by Janet Schaffran and Pat Kozak)

Hymn        He Leadeth Me #657VU

For members of Howick, or those who would like to receive the Broadview magazine, the time has come! The cost is $25 for the year and can be given to Wilene Cullen or sent by e-transfer. Please identify the envelope or e transfer as for your Broadview subscription. The deadline for renewing or subscribing is May 22nd. 

Worship Schedule: May 8 Christian Family Sunday 9:30 Franklin    11:00 Ormstown
                                          11:00 Howick with Debbie Beattie
May 15.    9:30.   Howick.      11:00.     Ormstown
May 22.    9:30.    Franklin      11:00.    Howick 
May 29.    11:00.    Combined service in Howick 
June 5.      9:30.     Pentecost service in Ormstown.    
                 11:00.     Pentecost and Anniversary service in Howick, followed by sandwich lunch and cake

Friday, April 29, 2022

Sunday, May 1, 2022 The Third Sunday of Easter

 This coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Are you doing anything to care for yourself or someone else? Maybe this is something we can consider this week. 💞

Hymn       This Joyful Eastertide #177

Scripture Lessons:    Acts 9:1-20

                                  Psalm 30

                                  John 21:1-19


An Easter Affirmation of Faith: We believe that resurrection is always possible. 
We believe in resurrections because of what we know happened in Jesus. 
We see a living faith as witness to Christ’s resurrection. 
We also affirm other resurrections which have happened. 
We know persons who have been turned around in their lives and given a brand new start. 
And because of the resurrections we have seen we affirm that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS 
        a hopeless situation
        an unredeemable person
        a death without eternal life. 
We look forward to the final resurrection when all the world will be one with God. Amen. (from Sisters and Brothers Sing! A book of music and worship resources from Sharon and Tom Neufer Emswiler) 

Prayer:  God of all life, we give you thanks for the signs of your love that surround us; 
for sun and warmth and all that comes to life within creation; 
for all that sleeps within the earth awaiting birth.
We praise you for the wisdom of your touch: water on the earth, sunlight on spirits, hands on blinded eyes. Continue to touch us. Reach out to us with compassion and forgiveness, that knowing ourselves to be loved and graced, we might work to bring your Reign. Amen. (a prayer from Janet Schaffran and Pat Kozak’s More Than Words, prayer and ritual for inclusive communities.) 

Hymn     Thine is the Glory #173

This week we welcome Gwendolyn Tolhurst into the family of God and the church of Jesus Christ through the sacrament of baptism, which was rescheduled from March. 

The time has come to renew your subscriptions to Broadview, the United Church’s magazine. The cost for 10 issues is $25.00 which can be given (or e-transferred!) to Wilene Cullen, marked for Broadview. The deadline for renewing or starting your subscription is May 22nd. 

We hold in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of James McGerrigle, who died this past week. A private service will be held for the family at a future date. 

We also hold in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of Isabelle Sutton, who died this winter. Her family held a graveside service on Saturday, April 30th at the Bethel Cemetery. 

This past Thursday was Yom Hashoah, a time to remember the Holocaust and commit ourselves to try to stop the hate that leads to events like this. Maybe it is a time to lead a little more about it or other places of concern in the world? 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Sunday, April 24, 2022, the Second Sunday of Easter


Hymn.     The Day of Resurrection #164

Prayer:  In you we live and move. In you we have our being. We are in your love; Enfolded by your peace; Surrounded but your might. 
Open our eyes, Lord. Enlarge our vision. Open our hearts, Lord. Increase our faith. Open our minds, Lord. Deepen our knowing. 
We are in your love. Enfolded in your peace. Surrounded by your might. In you we live and move. In you we have our being. (from The Open Gate, Celtic Prayers for Growing Spirituality by David Adam.) 

Scripture Lessons:        Revelation 1:4-8

                                      Psalm 150 p.874VU

                                      John 20:19-31


Prayer:  On this Earth Sunday, let us pray for planet earth and for all living things.  We pray that there will be careful use of the earth’s resources, that forests, waters, soil, and air may be kept clean and that life in all its abundance will flourish. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer. 
   Let us pray for those countries where people continue in conflict with each other— fighting for freedom of speech, religious or cultural expression. We pray for Yemen, for Ukraine, for Somalia and so many other places…. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer. 
    Let us pray for those communities suffering as a result of natural catastrophe— flood, drought, earthquake, fire— where lives, homes, and livelihoods have been destroyed, including South Africa, and Arizona. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer. 
   Let us pray for emergency workers— for fire fighters, search and rescue personnel, aid workers, peacekeepers and peacemakers— and all those who respond to crisis situations. Especially we pray for those committed to the rebuilding and restoration of broken community. May blessing and peace abound. This is our prayer. Amen. (a prayer by Lynne Frith, of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and printed in Marin Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy’s Gifts in Open Hands).

Hymn.     Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022, Easter Sunday

 Hymn      Come Children Join to Sing #345VU

Prayer: O God, as we celebrate with joy the resurrection of Jesus our Saviour, help us to make the Easter faith a deeper reality in our lives; that we may know something more of the peace he bequeathed to his disciples, and lay hold of the victory he won for us over sin and death, rejoicing in the hope of the life immortal which is ours in him, our Redeemer and Lord. Amen. (a prayer by Frank Colquhoun, published in Contemporary Parish Prayers).

Scripture Lessons:      Isaiah 65:17-25

                                    Psalm 118:14-24 p.837VU pts 2, 3

                                    Luke 24:1-12

Hymn     Christ Arose


Prayer:  Risen Christ, hear the prayer of my heart, not the dull confusion of my mind. Hear the tears I will not shed, the grief I hide in busyness, and bring your resurrection love weaving new life. 
       Risen Christ, hear the prayer of my heart not the words of foolish boasting. Hear the doubts within my soul, dark denials freezing action, and shine your resurrection light revealing new life. 
       Risen Christ, hear the prayer of my heart not the fear I hide behind. Hear the longing for a fairer world, for God’s Justice and compassion, and bring your resurrection power enabling new life. Amen. (a prayer by Chris Polhill, printed in the Iona Community’s worship resource, Fire and Bread.)

Hymn      Christ the Lord is Risen Today #157VU

A blessed Easter to you all! Throughout the coming weeks and months we will continue to celebrate our Easter faith. 

St Paul’s Stewards will be meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30pm in the hall. 

The time has come to renew subscriptions to Broadview. The cost is $25 to be paid to Wilene Cullen by May 22nd. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Good Friday April 15, 2022

 Hymn    Go to Dark Gethsemane #133VU

Prayer:  O God in heaven, as your people prepare once more to follow the events of Good Friday and Easter, may we be led by your Spirit to deeper insights into your love and saving grace; that we may love you more and serve you better, for the sake of him who died for us and rose again, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (a prayer by Roger Pickering and printed in Frank Colquhoun’s Contemporary Parish Prayers)

Scripture Lessons:       Isaiah 52:13-53:12

                                     Psalm 22 p.744-5 VU part 1

                                     John 19:1-30

Hymn        What Wondrous Love is This #147


Prayer:  On those days when life seems too demanding with all its cares, burdens, and concerns….
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

When we experience great loneliness deep inside and the pain of separation fills our spirits…..
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

When we feel the pain of our world and unite in compassion with the Eath’s suffering people….
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

When we feel weary and worn out, when it seems like all of our energy has been drained away….
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

When we feel discouraged, desolate, and depressed and want to withdraw from others…..
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

When worries and concerns choke our peacefulness and leave us with anxiety and fear…..
Jesus, grant us strength to carry our cross. 

Crucified Jesus, help us to take up our cross day by day. Through these crosses we can grow closer to you. Help us to lean on you and learn from you. May we not give in to self-pity or self doubt. Rather, let us trust in your presence which strengthens us. Encourage us on our tomb-like days. Remind us of your resurrection. Grant us the strength to carry our cross. Amen. (adapted from a  prayer by Joyce Rupp published in her book Out of the Ordinary)

Hymn      When I Survey the Wondrous Cross #149VU

For Easter Sunday, there will be in-person worship in Howick at 9:30, with the celebration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper; and in Ormstown at 11am, but Communion will not be celebrated.  Also in Ormstown, the FM transmitter will be set up so those who are not comfortable attending in person, can take in the service from the church parking lot on your car radio. The frequency is 87.7. 

St Paul’s Stewards will be meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30pm in the hall. 

The time has come for subscriptions to Broadview to be renewed. The cost is $25, to be paid to Wilene Cullen, and the deadline for renewal is May 22nd.