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. 

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