Friday, November 25, 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022 The First Sunday of Advent


Prayer for Lighting the Advent Candles (from the Iona Community’s Candles and Conifers, written by David Hamflett)

A candle burns, the first marker of our Advent journey. 
As we set out, May we travel hopefully. 
As we set out, God of journeys, travel with us. 

Hymn.      Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus #2VU

Scripture Lessons:      Isaiah 2:1-5

                                    Psalm 122 p. 845VU

                                    Matthew 24: 36-44


Prayer:  God, we come to you in our waiting. 
We wait with our fears, our anxieties and frustrations, our pains and our regrets, our shame and our confusion. God, help us to wait in peace. 

We wait with impatience: we rush around, preparing for the festivities, not leaving the space to prepare our hearts.God, help us to wait in faith. 

We wait in excitement: we are ready to celebrate! We know the story with its humbleness, simplicity, and wonder. God, help us to nurture our joy. 

We wait in thanksgiving: we are free and able to celebrate. We have others around us to share in the journey. We are able to wonder in the marvel of your gift. 
God, help us to receive your gift with love. Amen. (a prayer by Katrina Crosby, also printed in Candles and Conifers)

Hymn.      O Come O Come Emmanuel #1VU

There will be a Family Activity Day beginning at 11:00 on this Sunday, November 27th, including some worship and some intergenerational activities as well. We will end with a shared soup luncheon. Wilene Cullen is taking volunteers to bring soup, cheeses and crackers. Please let her know if you can help out. 

St Paul’s Stewards will meet on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:30 at the home of Wendy Denison. 

Worship Schedule: December 4. 9:30 Ormstown.   11:00. Howick
December 11.      9:30. Franklin.      11:00. Ormstown.    11:00.  Howick with Debbie Beattie
                             White Gift services in all 3 churches, children’s activities in the church in Ormstown.
December 18.      9:30. Howick.    11:00. Ormstown —Communion Sunday in both churches
                             7:30pm Candlelight Christmas Communion service in Franklin
December 24.     Christmas Eve services:  6pm. Howick.     8pm. Ormstown
December 25.      No Sunday service
January 1.             Regional Zoom service 10am, please contact Barbara for the link

There will be a Christmas potluck celebration held for the Howick UCW on Thursday, December 8th beginning at 6pm, in the church hall. Please call Marlene Stuckey to let her know what you will be bringing. 

Preparation of the goodie plates will be on Thursday, December 15th, beginning at about 9:45 in the church basement. 

Looks like we are going to be busy! Have a good week. B

Friday, November 18, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022 Reign of Christ Sunday

 This is the last Sunday of this liturgical year. Next Sunday we begin a new year with the first Sunday of Advent. Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉

Hymn     Come Children Join to Sing #345

Scripture Lessons:  Colossians 1:11-20

                                Luke 1:69-79 p.900VU

                                Luke 23:33-43


Prayer:  O God, in Jesus you keep turning the world’s expectations upside down.
  You promise a king but we find an ordinary man who shares our lives and our sorrows. 
  We look for a Messiah but we find one born as a homeless child laid to sleep in a manger and who becomes a refugee living as a stranger in a strange land. 
  We seek a Saviour but he comes without armies or weapons, with only a small party of followers and he is put to death on a cross by his enemies. 
  We have visions of glory but he speaks about service and servanthood.  
Open our eyes and ears and hearts, O God, to all that Jesus can teach and reveal to us in his life and death and resurrection and may his love and grace and peace fill and reign in our hearts now and always. Amen. 

Hymn   Rejoice the Lord is King #213

Today in Howick the Howden-Templeton bursaries will be presented to our 2 recipients: William Orr and Kevin Macfarlane. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you! 

Next Sunday Howick will beholding a family activity service that will include some worship and also activities such as puzzles and preparing treats and cards for Christmas. We will start at 11:00 and end with a soup luncheon. There will be activities for all ages. Please join us. 

We have been inviting donations to the Canadian FoodGrains Bank through the fall. As we move into Advent, the envelopes will remain available for those who wish to make a donation in the future. 

Mitten trees will be appearing in our three churches. Donations of hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves would be gratefully received. 

White Gift Sunday will be held on Sunday, December 11th in all three churches. Both gifts and non-perishable food items would be gratefully received. 

FYI: following the survey that Wilene Cullen circulated a couple of weeks ago, it has been decided to hold a Christmas Eve service in Howick at 6pm. There will also be a later service in Ormstown at 8pm. 

Friday, November 11, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022


Hymn       Lord Speak to Me #589

Scripture Lessons:     Isaiah 65:17-25

                                   Isaiah 12:1-6 p.880VU

                                   Luke 21:5-19


Prayer:  Walk with us, God, through sharp, frosty days and bright crunchy leaves into winter. 
Rest with us by warm fireside’s and tell us stories into the night. 
Take us out at night and show us the stars and fill us with wonder. 
Bless us and our families, our friends, and our neighbours with love and with courage. 
And never let us forget the stranger who needs to share our wealth, our shelter, and our hope. Amen. 
(a prayer by Ruth Burgess, printed in the Iona Community’s Acorns and Archangels)

Hymn      Be Thou My Vision #642

We hold in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of Keith Bryson, who died last week and whose life will be remembered at a service in St Paul’s United Church on Saturday, November 19th at 11:30am, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10am. This is following a visitation held at the McGerrigle Funeral Home Friday night, November 18th, from 7-9pm. 

We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers the families and friends of Ruth Sundborg, Jean Cogswell, Jean Pycock, and Joan Burton as well. 

We are inviting donations for the Canadian Food Grains Bank. Envelopes are available in our churches or donations may be made online at 

St Paul’s Session will be meeting this week, on Wednesday, November 16th at 1pm in the hall. 

Howick UCW Unit B will be meeting Tuesday, November 15th at noon at the home of Thyra Ness. 

The annual meeting of the Howick UCW will be held Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm in the church hall. There will be a time for memorial and a short business meeting as well as time for fellowship. 

The Howden-Templeton bursaries will be given out next Sunday at our 9:30 service in Howick. 

The preparations are underway for the Rudolph Run, which will take place in-person on Saturday, November 26th from 9-11am, starting at the Rev Centre in Ormstown. A minimum $5 donation is requested for all adults taking part, with the proceeds going to the Christmas Baskets offered through La Bouffe Additionelle. Virtual participation is also possible. For more information, check the poster in the church, the Facebook page or contact Grace Brown or Darlene Legros. 

Grace also wants to remind us that November can be Memorial Month, making a donation in memory of a friend or loved one to our church memorial fund. 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Sunday, November 6, 2022 Remembrance Sunday


Hymn      O God our Help in Ages Past #806VU

Prayer: We pause to remember today: to remember with thanks those who have given their lives in the service of others; and to remember with sadness the suffering, destruction and pain caused by human conflict. We come also to commit ourselves to be peacemakers and peacekeepers wherever we can. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Scripture Lessons:  Haggai 2:1-9

                                Psalm 46 p.770VU

                                II Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17


Prayer: Lord Jesus, today we commit ourselves to: choosing love over hate; 
             Choosing service over selfishness; 
              choosing sharing over greed; 
             and choosing peace-making over trouble-making, for the honour and glory of your name. Amen. 
(Both prayers were found in the Presbyterian Church of Canada’s Remembrance Sunday resource, 2019)

Hymn        God of Grace and God of Glory

We have been saddened to hear of the death of Jean Cogswell and Joan Burton this past week. There will be a visitation held for Jean Cogswell this Saturday in Cowansville and a committal service will be held for her in the Riverfield Cemetery this Sunday, November 6th at 3pm. Those who would like to come and share in this time of remembrance are welcome to join us on Sunday. The arrangements for Joan Burton will be held on the following weekend. 

We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of Ruth Sundborg and Jean Pycock. The memorial service for Ruth was held on Friday and the service for Jean will be held Saturday, November 12th at the Unitarian Church in Montreal on de Maisoneuve and will be followed by a reception. 

It was announced that the Howden-Templeton bursaries would be awarded this week, but the presentation has been delayed until Sunday, November 20th at the 9:30 service. 

Howick United Church UCW, Unit B will be holding a lunch meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at the home of Thyra Ness. We will share a meal and make some decisions about what to do next. 

There will be a joint meeting of the UCWs in Howick to be held Wednesday, November 16th in the church basement, beginning at 7pm. The will be a memorial for past members and a brief business meeting as well. 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022 Reformation and All Saints Sunday


Hymn.      A Mighty Fortress is Our God #262VU

Prayer: O God, as we offer our worship this day, unite us together that we may celebrate the witness of our forefathers and mothers and the courage that gave birth to the church through its many reformations. Teach us how to honour the saints of God in ages past as well as in our present days. May the conviction of your grace be what forms our own faith. Inspire us in the continuing reformation and transformation of the church and be present to us in our worship and our work. We pray in the name of our Saviour, Jesus the Christ. Amen. (a prayer by the Rev. Letty Russell and shared on 

Scripture Lessons: II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11, 12

                               Psalm 119:137-144

                                Luke 19:1-10


Prayer:  God of life, May your light shine on your people today, as it shone in each moment of history. 
May the light of your presence inspire us to praise you and recognize you, as a source of all creation, 
as strength that sustains, as sap that nurtures, as wisdom that foresees, as clarity that discovers, as love that understands, as mercy that forgives. May the light of your presence, eternal and inextinguishable , shine on us now and forever, till the dawn of your Kingdom, present in each day. Amen. ( prayer published by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in its resource, Renewing the Church and shared on re-worship)

Hymn      For All the Saints #705VU

Our deepest sympathy is shared with the family of Ruth Sundborg following her sudden death this past week. We are planning to hold a service of remembrance for her in St Paul’s in Ormstown this coming Friday, November 4th with visitation starting at 1:00 and the service itself beginning at 2:30. 

We have also heard of the death of Jean Pycock, who died September 28th. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, November 12th at 2pm at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal. The service will be followed by a reception. 

We continue to invite donations to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. Envelopes are available in the churches and donations may be made online at foodgrainsbank,ca. 

St Paul’s Stewards will be meeting this coming Wednesday, November 2nd at the home of Wendy Denison 

Next Sunday, November 6th, we will be marking Remembrance Sunday in our churches, 9:30 in Ormstown and 11:00 in Howick. There will also be a Cenotaph service in Ormstown that afternoon led by the Legion. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Sunday, October 23, 2022


Hymn       Come You Thankful People Come #516VU

Prayer: Lord of the harvest, we rejoice in the bounty of your world; 
we thank you for the rich harvests it produces. 

As we do so, 
we remember those who do not have enough, the thousands who are daily dying of hunger.
We pray for those who have more than they require, for ourselves and our churches. 

Sow us what needs to be done, and how to share the world’s harvest more fairly. 
Teach us to value people more than things. 

Above all, help us to set our hearts on your kingdom of love and Justice,
And seek to do your will here on earth, as servants of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Lessons:      Joel 2:23-32

                                    Psalm 65 p.782VU

                                    Luke 18:9-14

Hymn       Just As I Am #508VU


Prayer:  Encourage us, O God, encourage us to follow Jesus’s lead into life’s difficult places. 
Encourage  us to speak up for what’s just and to act for what is right. 
Encourage us to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination. 
Encourage us to bold discipleship and daring Justice rooted in deep spirituality. 
Encourage us when morale is low and we feel like giving up.
Encourage us when our spirit is flying high and the difference we make is obvious. 
Encourage us, O God. Strengthen us to serve you. Amen. ( a prayer from the United church’s Thanksgiving letter)

Hymn      I Sing the Mighty Power of God #231

This Sunday there will be services in Franklin(9:30) and Howick ((11:00)? Next Sunday the service will a combined service in Franklin at 11:00. There will also be a fellowship time beginning at 10:30. The following Sunday November 6th will be observed as Remembrance Sunday in both St Paul’s in Ormstown (9:30) and in Howick at 11:00. 

Many thanks to all who supported Howick United Church’s fundraising concert last Saturday by planning, organizing, volunteering, and of course performing(!) in it. It was a great success with about 70-75 people present and about $2000 raised, to be divided between Howick United Church and I Am Heshima. 

This Sunday (October 23) is the last day to apply for the Howden-Templeton bursaries. Applications can be found on the website and the bursaries will be given out November 6th. These bursaries are available to people connected with the Howick United Church community and attending college, university, or other training institution. 

The United Church Foundation is accepting donations to help communities throughout the regions dealing with damage from hurricane Fiona. A donation to the Ann Baker Estate Trust for Emergency Relief in Canada will provide funding after the effects of the hurricane has been forgotten. Donations may be made online at More information may follow later. 

There is Youth and Young Adults Youth Forum being planned for young people in High school or CEGEP age ranges, in the Nakonhaka region  to be held in Georgeville QC November 4-6th. More info is available if there are people interested. 

Friday, October 14, 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022 World Food Day

 A few last flowers: 

Hymn     How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds #344VU

Scripture Lessons:        Jeremiah 31:27-34

                                      Psalm 119:97-104 p.840VU pt 4

                                      II Timothy 3:14-4:5


Prayer:  Saviour, teach me day by day, love’s sweet lesson to obey;
Sweeter lesson cannot be, loving him who first loved me. 

With a child’s glad heart of love at Thy bidding May I move, 
Prompt to serve and follow thee, loving him who first loved me. 

Teach me thus Thy steps to trace, strong to follow in Thy grace, 
Learning how to love from thee, loving him who first loved me. 

Love in loving finds employ, in obedience all her joy; 
Ever new that joy will be, loving him who first loved me. 

Thus May I rejoice to show that I feel the love I owe; 
Singing till Thy face I see, of his love who first loved me. (Hymn by Jane Eliza Leeson)

Hymn      I Love to Tell the Story #343

Today on World Food Day, we begin our campaign for the Canadian FoodGrains Bank. This year, perhaps even more than every year, the gifts we are able to give make a difference in the lives of hungry people all over the world. Donations can be made online at or envelopes will be available in the churches if you would like to make a donation. 

This week’s services are 9:30 in Howick (following our fundraising concert Saturday night at 7pm in the church) and 11:00 in Ormstown. 

Friday, October 7, 2022

Sunday, October 9, The Fifth Sunday of Creation, Thanksgiving Sunday


Hymn       Come You Thankful People Come #516VU

Prayer:  God our maker, your open hands of grace sow us with many generosities. You offer these ordinary treasures simply, and without demand. 
We who receive do so with recognition and delight; or we wonder dissatisfied and forgetful. 
O God, grant us the choice of gratitude. Transform our hearts into generous soil. Make us ready with praise for every blessing. Amen. (from Keri Wehlander’s Joy is our Banquet)

Scripture Lessons:        Deuteronomy 26:1-11

                                       Psalm 100 p. 824VU

                                      Philippians 4:4-9

Hymn       We Plant the Fields and Scatter #520 VU


Prayer: (a litany of thanks) 
To wake from sleep into a new day—           Is gift enough for thanks.
To hear a child’s delight in laughter—          Is gift enough for thanks. 
To sip a glass of clean, cold water—             Is gift enough for thanks. 
To watch the sunset paint the sky—              Is gift enough for thanks. 
To share a moment with a friend—               Is gift enough for thanks.
To smell the fragrance of moist soil—          Is gift enough for thanks. 
To feel the comfort of clean clothing—        Is gift enough for thanks. 
To form the words that make a prayer—      Is gift enough for thanks. (from Keri Wehlander’s Joy is our Banquet.) 

Hymn       Now Thank We All our God #236VU

Next weekend is the time! Howick United Church’s fundraising Concert with Fieldstone Reverie and Sammi Grace will be this coming Saturday, October 15th at 7pm in the church. Tickets are $20 and are now available from Noah Tolhurst, Mac Orr, and myself and will be available at the door as well. Proceeds of the concert will be divided between the church and I Am Heshima. Hope to see you there! 

The new Gifts with Vision catalogues have arrived. There are a few copies in the churches so you can take a look, and you can also check them out online, at A great gift for those who don’t need more “stuff”. 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Sunday, October 2,2022 The Fourth Sunday of Creation


Hymn        Great is Thy Faithfulness #288

Scripture Lessons: Lamentations 1:1-6

                               Lamentations 3:19-26

                               Luke 17:5-10


Prayer: O Christ, you take upon yourself all our burdens so that freed of all that weighs us down, we can constantly begin anew to walk with lightened step, from worry towards trusting, from the shadows towards the clear flowing waters, from our own will towards the vision of the coming Kingdom. And then we know, though we had hardly dared hope it, that you offer to make every human being a reflection of your face. (a prayer from the Taize community.) 

Hymn      My Faith Looks Up to Thee #663

This Sunday is Worldwide Communion Sunday and Howick United Church will be celebrating this on Sunday at 11am with the celebration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. St Paul’s United Church will be gathering for worship at 9:30 this Sunday but will not be celebrating Communion. 

Next Sunday will be Thanksgiving Sunday in all 3 of our congregations: 9:30 in Franklin, 11:00 in Ormstown and also 11:00 in Howick with Debbie Beattie. As is the tradition in Franklin and Ormstown, we will once again be collecting food for the food bank. Both seasonal produce and non-perishable food items would be greatly appreciated. 

The time has come to apply for Howden-Templeton bursaries, for students of college, university, or other training programs who are part of the Howick United Church community. The applications may be found online on the church’s website or can be requested from one of the committee members (Marlene Stuckey, Debbi Templeton, Scott Templeton, and Brent Tolhurst). The deadline for applications will be October 23, 2022 and the bursaries will be given out in the church service on November 6th. 

Please keep in mind Howick United Church’s fundraising concert to be held Saturday, October 15th at 7pm, in the Church. It will feature Fieldstone Reverie and also include Sammi Grace. Proceeds of the concert will be split between Howick United Church and I am Heshima. Tickets are now available at a cost of $20 from Mac Orr or Noah Tolhurst. 

Best wishes and congratulations to Laura Bustamante and Catherine Bray who were married in Howick United Church on Saturday, October 1st. 

Best wishes also to Kanawake United Church who are celebrating a new ministry shared with the Rev. Jan Jorgensen and Robert Ronwahaweta Patton. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022 The Third Sunday of Creation


Hymn.        Immortal, Invisible #264

Scripture Lessons:       Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

                                     Psalm 91 p.808VU

                                     I Timothy 6:6-19

Hymn   Jesus Calls Us #562 (though I am not sure you are going to sing along to this one! )


Prayer:  Risen Jesus, when we forget you, it is we who are absent. 
But you remain present at all times, deep within us. 
Sometimes we start looking backwards,
And let ourselves be overrun by regret
Or the nostalgia of the recent or distant past. 
Holy Spirit, you who dwell in us always, 
Enable us to receive you with a trusting heart, in faith, 
So as to live quite simply in the present moment, 
Nothing more. Amen. (a prayer from the Taize community.)

Hymn.        Fight the Good Fight #674

This week’s services will be held at 9:30 in Franklin and 11:00 in Howick. Next Sunday will be 9:30 in Ormstown and 11:00 in Howick. Howick United Church will also be celebrating holy communion next Sunday. 

Next Friday September 30th will be Orange Shirt Day, a day to remember the indigenous children forced to attend residential schools and to commemorate those who died there. 

Please do keep in mind the fundraising concert featuring Fieldstone Reverie and with Sammi Grace, to be hold Saturday, October 15th at 7pm. Tickets will cost $20. Proceeds of the concert will be divided between Howick United Church and I am Heshima. 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022 The Third Sunday of Creation


Hymn      Standing in the Need of Prayer 

Scripture Lessons:      Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

                                    Psalm 79:1-9

                                    I Timothy 2:1-7

Hymn       There is a Balm in Gilead     #612


Prayer:  Look in your mercy, O God, upon the suffering of your world, and help those in trouble or distress, whether in mind or in body. And May our prayer not be made empty by our neglect but carry with our readiness to act as your servants; that the lonely and the sick, the anxious and the sorrowing whom we meet may find us eager to help for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (a prayer by Roger Pickering published in Frank Colquhoun’s Contemporary Parish Prayers.)

Holy God, We give thanks for the great cloud of witnesses: people whose lives we honour and cherish, 
people  who have taught us to live as best we can;
We give thanks for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 
who is now gathered among the faithful who go before us. 

May you bless and keep all who love and who will miss Queen Elizabeth. 

We pray especially for the Royal Family, all who held her closely in their hearts, and all who will shepherd nations of people in the grieving process. 

May you bless and keep the Commonwealth, and all who wrestle with the complexities of the monarchy and what Queen Elizabeth represents. 

We pray especially for those who continue to unpack the legacies of colonialism as we work towards right relations and reconciliation. 

We bring all this to you, while giving thanks for the life of Queen Elizabeth, and while celebrating your sovereignty over our hearts. Amen. ( a prayer offered from the United Church on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s death.)

Hymn       What a Friend We Have in Jesus #664

We hold the family and friends of Barbara Story in our thoughts and prayers, following her sudden death this past week. 

St Paul’s Session will be meeting Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30pm in the hall. 

St Paul’s Stewards will be meeting Wednesday, September 21st at 7:30pm in the hall. 

Howick United Church will be holding a fundraising concert on Saturday, October 15th at 7pm in the church. The concert will feature Fieldstone Reverie with Sammi Grace as well. Tickets will cost $20 and should be available shortly. Proceeds of the concert will be split between Howick United Church and I am Heshima. Your support will be greatly appreciated. 

FYI: the federal government has announced that it will be matching donations for Pakistan Relief to organizations that are part of the Humanitarian Coalition, including Canadian Food Grains Bank, Oxfam, Save the Children, and others. The deadline for matching donations is September 28th. 

Friday, September 9, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022, The First Sunday of Creation

 I put this together before the news of the Queen’s death, but I think it still is appropriate for this week. 

Hymn        Joyful Joyful We Adore You  #232

Scripture Lessons:      I Timothy 1:12-18

                                    Psalm 23 p.749VU
                                    Luke 15:1-10


Prayer:  Life is great
Full of glad surprises; 
Life is tough—
Stony paths we’ve trod! 
What makes sense
Each day sun arises:

God holds back
Venturing matures us;
God steps in
Giving strength to cope: 
God’s wise live
Gives the whole creation

God transforms 
through the gifts we’re given;
Leagued with him
We make the world anew: 
Justice, love mark
A way of life that’s true. 

Roll up sleeves
Use each life entrusted,
Take sure hold
Of transforming power: 
Work with God
Venturing to meet this
Hour. ( a poem/prayer by Ian M. Fraser and printed in the Iona Community’s Acorns and Archangels.)

Hymn       Amazing Grace #266

This Sunday’s services will be 9:30 in Franklin, 11:00 in Ormstown and in Howick at 11:00 with Debbie Beattie. 

Good news! Howick United Church’s elevator is back in working order! So don’t let the stairs keep you home. 

Please keep in mind the OHO Quilt Show taking place next weekend, September 16th and 17th from 10-4:00 in the Ormstown Curling Club. Tickets to enter cost $5 and the profits go to local charities. Lots of beautiful quilts etc. to see and a tearoom for chatting and visiting. Hoping to see you there! 

Howick United Church is holding a fundraising concert with Fieldstone Reverie and featuring Sammi Grace as well. Tickets are $20 and will be available shortly. The concert will start at 7pm October 15th. Proceeds of the concert will be split between Howick United Church and I Am Heshima, and there will be some items offered for sale that night. 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Sunday, September 4, 2022 Labour Day Sunday


Hymn       Spirit of God Descend upon My Heart #378

Prayer:  O God, you call us to the potter’s house to see what we can see and learn. 
You call us to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts and minds to all that you have to say to us this day. 
Help us to be ready to hear your Spirit’s call; to respond in faith and hope; to be led by your wisdom and grace; and to share the word you speak to us each day. 
Help us to rejoice in your promise to be with us always and to be our source of life and hope and joy, now and always. Amen. 

Scripture Lessons:       Jeremiah 18:1-11

                                     Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 p.861VU

                                     Philemon 1-21

Hymn      Have Thine Own Way


Prayer:  O God, send us prophets in the Church today, as in the days of old, to make known your living truth in the power of the Holy Spirit. Give them a clear vision of your purpose for the life of the world; enable them to speak with boldness; and through their voice recall your people to simpler discipleship, to holier living, and to more dedicated service, ( or to deep spirituality, bold discipleship, and daring Justice, from the United Church’s current mission statement) for the glory and honour of your name. Amen. ( from Frank Colquhoun’s Contemporary Parish Prayers)

Hymn       Take My Life and Let it Be  #506

We have been saddened to hear of the death of Margot MacKinnon last weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. No service is being planned. 

The planning meeting for our fundraising concert to be held Saturday, October 15th with Fieldstone Reverie will be held this week on Wednesday September 7th at 7pm in the church. 

Activities are starting up in the Region as well. There is a Young Adult Retreat September 14-16th at the Camp D’Action Biblique in Richmond QC and Youth Forum for teens and young adults being planned for November in Georgeville. If you would like more information please speak to Barbara or check the region’s website

We were saddened to hear of the death of Don Robinson of Lacolle this past week. We hold his family, including his sister Jean McClintock, and his friends in our thoughts and prayers. 

We also hold the family and friends of Geoff Miller in our thoughts and prayers, as the visitation and memorial service were held on Saturday. 

This week the World Council of Churches will be holding its 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe Germany. The United Church of Canada has sent a delegation, including our new Moderator, Carmen Lansdowne to take part. Reports about this assembly can be found on the United Church website and broadcasts of its worship and plenary sessions can be found on YouTube. 

Best wishes to all the teachers and students and staff who are returning to school. Hope that it is a good year with lots of learning and fun to share! 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Sunday, August 28, 2022 The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


Hymn.     For the Beauty of the Earth #226

Scripture Lessons:      Hebrews 13:1-8, 15, 16

                                    Psalm 81:1, 10-16 p. 797, pt 2

                                    Luke 14:1, 7-14


Prayer:  God of our past, reconcile our brokenness. 

God of our future, renew our faith. 

God of the present moment, reach out and touch us, and through us, the lives of all we meet on our daily journey. 

May we be made whole through the holiness of God the Father, the humanity of Christ the Son, and the healing power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (a prayer written by Ruth Bowen and printed in the Iona Community’s Bare Feet and Buttercups.)

Hymn.      New Every Morning is the Love #405

Things are getting busy in the Valley again! There is the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association the weekend, as well as Alyson Champ’s show Marginal Lands in Ormstown at 65 Saint Paul Street (as well as  at the Town Hall in Tres Saint Sacrement on October 1st and 2nd). In two weeks there is the Havelock Fair (for 2 days this time) and the OHO Quilt Show the following week. We have a lot to look forward to! 

Please keep in mind the fundraising concert that will be held in Howick United Church Saturday, October 15th. There will be a planning meeting for this concert held on Wednesday, September 7th at 7pm in the church. All welcome to attend. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greig family this week, as we have heard the news of the sudden death of Cathy Greig’s husband Al Freeman this past week. We also hold in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of Margaret Robertson who died this past week. 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Sunday, August 21, 2022 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost


Hymn.     O Day of Rest and Gladness

Scripture Lessons:       Jeremiah 1:4-10

                                     Psalm 71:1-6 p.789 pt 1VU

                                     Luke 13:10-17


Prayer:  Gracious God, you have gathered us here together from different places, different traditions and with different needs. 
Of ourselves, we cannot come with undivided hearts; unfinished business, untended brokenness, the hurts of the past, the fears of the present, our torn and weary world itself all weigh us down.  But you can lighten our hearts, revive our spirits and unite us in glad and hopeful praise, and so we bless you. 
For your forgiveness of the harm that we have done 
for your healing of our deepest hurts
for your love drawing us together, we bless you. 
For your inspiring of our reconciliation 
for your power to rebuild our lives and our communities 
for your call to journey together in faith, we bless you. 
And in the wholehearted praise, we join to bless and to thank you 
In the name of our Saviour, Christ our Lord. Amen. (from the Iona Community’s Praying for the Dawn,
edited by Ruth Burgess and Kathy Galloway.)

Hymn       Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life #681VU

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Geoffrey Miller, who died this past week. 

Please mark your calendars! A fundraising concert with Fieldstone Reverie is being planned for Howick United Church, to be held Saturday, October 15th in the church. More information will be coming soon. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Sunday, August 14, 2022 The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost


Hymn       We Praise You, O God  #218

Prayer:  Everpresent God, without your word we have nothing to say, without your Spirit we are helpless. Send your Holy Spirit upon us that we may come before you in prayer, proclaim the good news, and joyfully praise your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Lessons:     Isaiah 5:1-7

                                   Psalm 80:1,2,8-19 p.794-5VU pt2

                                   Luke 12:49-56

Hymn.     Fight the Good Fight #674 


Prayer: Almighty God, we pray for your blessing on the church of Jesus Christ. 
Here may the faithful find salvation, and the careless be awakened. 
Here may the doubting find faith, and the anxious be encouraged. 
Here may the tempted be strengthened and the sorrowful find comfort. 
Here may the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed. 
Here may the prayers of our hearts be heard and known.
All this and more we pray in the name of our Saviour, Jesus the Christ. Amen. 

Hymn     Will your anchor Hold #675

Please note that the elevator in Howick United Church is currently out of service. We will have it repaired as soon as possible. 

Howick United Church Stewards are hoping to hold a fundraising concert this fall. Keep in touch. More information will be coming soon! 

Best wishes to Bob Brooks and Wendy Tarry who were married Saturday at the Brooks farm. 

St Paul’s Stewards will be meeting this coming week on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:30pm in the hall. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


Hymn.    Great is Thy Faithfulness #288VU

Scripture Lessons:      Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

                                    Psalm 50 p.775VU

                                    Luke 12:32-40


Prayer:  O God, you call us to be ready: to be ready to recognize your presence in the world, around us and with us. You call us to be ready for the wonderful things you make and share with us. You call us to serve you faithfully and joyfully each and every day. Help us to be open to all you call us to be and to do, in the way of our Saviour, Jesus the Christ, who came to reveal your love and grace to us. In his name we pray. Amen. 

Hymn     My Faith Looks Up to Thee  #663VU

It is good to be back home and back to the regular routine once again. We are back to the usual schedule of worship services: 9:30 in Ormstown and 11:00 in Howick. 

This Sunday, August 7th, the new Moderator, The Reverend Carmen Lansdowne will be in stalled at 1pm. (Ooops! I have discovered this is Pacific time, so if you want to see it live, it is actually at 4pmEDT.)This will be available for viewing on YouTube Livestream, on the united church channel, I believe. 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Hymn.     This is God’s Wondrous World 

Scripture Lessons:      Psalm 98

                                    Psalm 145


Prayer:   May you breathe in the beauty of summer with its power of transformation. May this beauty permeate all that feels un-beautiful in you. 
May the God of summer give us beauty. 

May you seek and find spaces of repose during these summer months. May these moments refresh and restore the tired places within you. 
May the God of summer give us rest. 

May you be open to times of celebration and recreation that are so much a part of summer. May you find happiness in these times of play and leisure. 
May the God is summer give us joy. 

May your eyes see the wonders of summer’s colours. May these colours delight you and entice you into contemplation and joy. 
May the God of summer give us inner light. 

May you feel the energy of summer rains penetrating thirsty gardens, golf courses, lawns and farmlands. May these rains remind you that your inner thirst needs quenching. May your inner self be refreshed, restored, and renewed. 
May the God of summer give us what we need for healing. 

May you savior the fresh produce that comes to your table and enjoy the fruits of summer’s bounty. 
May the God of summer give a sense of satisfaction in the work of our hands. 

May you find shelter when the stormy skies of summer threaten your safety. 
May the God of summer give us shelter when inner storms threaten our peace of mind and heart. 

May you enjoy the unexpected and find surprises of beauty and happiness as you travel the roads on summer vacation. 
May the God of summer lead us to amazing discoveries as we travel the inner roads of our soul as well. 
( a prayer from Joyce Rupp’s and Macrina Wiederkehr’s The Circle of Life) 

Hymn.      Love Divine #333

As I prepare to go off on vacation, have a safe and blessed summer and I look forward to seeing you again in August. 

Many thanks to all who helped out or supported St Paul’s Strawberry Social this year. 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Sunday, June 26, 2022


Hymn      Love Divine #333

Scripture Lessons:        II Kings 2:1-14

                                      Psalm 77

                                      Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Hymn.         Jesus Bids Us Shine #585


Prayer:  Some times and places prompt me to pray: 
      paddling along a beach;
      lying on my settee with my cat purring on my stomach; 
      looking at the moon and the stars; 
      walking barefoot through a field of butter ups; 
      sitting in a church, watching the sun shine through coloured glass
      and making changing patterns on stones; 
      smelling bluebells in woods after it’s been raining; 
      curling up warm and cosy when it’s dark and cold outside. 

Some times and places prompt me to pray. 
Words come joyfully and easily. 
Wow!  Beautiful! Thank you, God! Amazing! Amen. ( a prayer written by Ruth Burgess and printed in the Iona Community’s Bare Feet and Buttercups, resources for Ordinary Time)

Hymn.      O Master Let Me Walk with Thee #560

Please note that this Sunday’s service will NOT be held at the Knox Cemetery in St Louis as with this week’s rain it is believed that the road in would not stand up to the traffic. Please join us in Howick and we will worship outside if the weather cooperates. 

This Sunday’s service will be the last service before August as Barbara will be on holiday in July. There will be services alternating between Riverfield and Beechridge churches through the summer. Riverfield’s services are held at 10am and Beechridge’s services are held at 1:30 in the afternoon. Beechridge’s services will be held July 3, 17, and 31st and Riverfield’s services will be held on July 10th and 24th. 

Congratulations to Carmen Lansdowne who has been selected as the new Moderator for the United Church. She will be installed later this summer and serve for 3 years, until a new Moderator is chosen by the next General Council. 

St Paul’s United Church will once again hold its Strawberry Social this year, but as a takeout only version. The Social will be held Thursday, June 30th in the hall, starting at 5pm until the berries run out. The prices will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-10. 
There will also be a Bee to fix the strawberries held Wednesday, June 29th at 1pm in the hall. Please bring knives and bowls to use if you are able to help out. 

You might also keep in mind Huntingdon United Church’s Ice Cream Social, which will be held on July 7th in the Huntingdon United Church. 

Friday, June 17, 2022

Sunday, June 19, 2022

This Sunday is the Sunday before National Indigenous Peoples Day which will be observed on June 21st. 

Hymn.     Lord Speak to Me #589VU

Scripture Lessons:       I Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a

                                     Psalm 42-3 p.768VU

                                     Galatians 3:23-29


Prayer: Creator, in love and through love, you have called all things into being. We thank you for you for Mother Earth, our home. We thank you for the heavens that watch over us and the starlight that warms and guides us. We thank you for all the plants— for those that are medicine, for those that express your delight through their beauty and diversity. We thank you for all of our fellow creatures; may we share this earth with the in respect, with reverence. We thank you for soil, for water, fire, air; for forests, plains, and mountains, deserts and tundra and oceans. And now, when so much of the world  is threatened with destruction, help us to walk in humility with gratitude among all these sacred gifts from you. 
       We thank you for being a God of liberation, for you are ever seeking to bring us into the joy of your salvation; into a just, equitable and holistic celebration of life. 
        We thank you for your compassion, which holds each and every one of us. We thank you for coming to us as Jesus, our teacher, brother, and friend— for dying on the cross and breaking the power of death in order to bring back into harmony with you and all of Creation. 

Creator, thank you for your truth and wisdom, and for inviting us to travel the healing path with you; we offer you our hearts and minds so that we might embody your grace and share your blessings with all who live upon the earth. Amen. (from a service for National Indigenous People Day of Prayer prepared by the Rev. Jan Jorgenson, who shares ministry with Robert Patton, a Kanien’keha:ka CongregationalDesignated Minister and Elder, and with the people of Kahnawake United Church. Material from this service is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License.) 

Hymn.        In Christ There is No East or West #606VU

Next Sunday there will be a 9:30 service in Franklin and in Howick we are hoping to hold an outdoor service, hopefully at the Knox Cemetery in St Louis de Gonzague at 11:00. If the weather does not cooperate we will be in the church as usual. Please keep in touch as decisions may have to be made next week about where the service will be. 

The Trustees of Howick United Church will be providing some grocery gift cards to Ukrainian families that arrive in the area as a welcome. 4 cards have been purchased and more may be provided if needed. If you know of some families in the area, please let Debbi Templeton know. (also donations for more cards if needed gratefully accepted!)

There will be a meeting of St Paul’s Stewards held this week on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:30 pm in the hall. 

St Paul’s will once again be holding a Strawberry Social, though it will not be eat-in, but takeout only instead. It will be held Thursday, June 30th at MacDougall Hall.  The prices will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-10. The Social begins at 5pm and continues until the berries are gone. 

There will also be a bee to fix the berries on Wednesday June 29th in the hall, at 1pm. If you are able to come and help fix the berries, please bring a bowl or two and a knife as well as an apron. 

There will be a summer event held in Cornwall this summer. It will be held August 13-14 in Cornwall ON and will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the UCW. This event is offered by the Eastern Ontario Outaouais UCW. For more information, please check the poster on the bulletin board. 

Friday, June 10, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022 Trinity Sunday


Hymn Holy Holy Holy #315VU

Prayer:  Almighty God, beginning and end; giver of food and drink, clothing and warmth, love and hope: life in all its goodness— we praise and adore you. 

Lord Jesus, carpenter’s son; lover of outcasts, friend of the poor; one of us yet one with God; crucified and risen: life in the midst of death— we praise and adore you. 

Holy Spirit, storm and breath of love; bridge builder, eye-opener, living power of Jesus; water of the oppressed, God of the unexpected, untameable energy of life— we praise and adore you. 

Holy Trinity, forever one, whose nature is community; source of all sharing, in whom we love, and meet, and know our neighbour, life in all is fullness, making all things new— we praise and adore you. 
(a prayer by Brian Wren and printed in Bread of Tomorrow, prayers for the church year edited by Janet Morley) 

Scripture Lessons:       Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

                                     Psalm 8 p.732VU

                                     Romans 5:1-5


Hymn     For the Beauty of the Earth #226

A Benediction for Trinity Sunday: God be the road on which you travel: 
He the mountains on which you are tested and challenged
He the wells at which you find healing and peace. 

Christ be the light by which you travel: 
He the vision which informs and enlarges you
He the lodestar shining in your darkest nights. 

The Spirit inspire you as you travel: 
She the restlessness driving you onwards
She the stillness leading you to the heart of God. 

The Trinity, the Three, go with you as you travel; 
and May your journey begin
And end in them. (written by Pat Bennett and published in the Iona Community’s Fire and Bread)

This week is Fair week and there will be no Sunday service in Howick but there will be services in Franklin (9:30) and Ormstown (11:00). 

We were saddened to hear of Norman Fletcher’s death this past week. We hold his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. 

Howick United Church Stewards will be meeting this week on Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm in the church hall. 

St Paul’s United Church Stewards will meet Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:30pm in the church hall. 

St Paul’s will be holding a takeout only Strawberry “Social” at MacDougall Hall in Ormstown on Thursday, June 30th from 5pm. Prices will be $8 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 5-10. 

Volunteers will also be needed to fix the strawberries on Wednesday, June 29th. We will be fixing the berries from 1pm in the church hall. If you can, please bring bowls and a knife (and maybe an apron!).