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. 

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