Friday, May 19, 2023

Sunday, May 21, 2023 The Seventh Sunday of Easter


Hymn.      Sweet Hour of Prayer

Scripture Lessons:      Acts 1:6-14

                                    Psalm 68:1-10

                                    John 17:1-11


Prayer:  Gracious God, as Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach us to pray, so we do too. Deep within our hearts we have a great hunger and need for your presence and your guidance. Teach us to pray; teach us to love; teach us to live. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. ( adapted from a prayer printed in Taste and See, by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and S. Marie Schwan.) 

Hymn.        What a Friend We Have in Jesus #664

Blessing:  In each breath this day, May there be peace. 
In each step this day, may there be grace. 
In each word this day, May there be compassion. 
In eac encounter this day, May God’s presence be known. ( from Keri Wehlander’s Circles of Grace.)  

This week’s services will be 9:30 in Howick and 11:00 in Ormstown. 

The Howick Stewards meeting has been postponed until Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm in the church hall. 

St Paul’s Session will be meeting on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30pm in the hall. 

Next Sunday is planned to be Anniversary Sunday in Howick. We will begin at 11:00 with a short service and have a few intergenerational activities planned, to be followed by a sandwich lunch. All welcome to take part. 

Next Sunday is also the deadline for renewing or subscribing to Broadview magazine. The cost is $25 for a year’s subscription. It can be paid in cash, by cheque (made out to Howick United Church) or by e-transfer to

The deadline for applying for the IFE or Hugh Duncan bursaries made available by Nakonhaka Regional Council for college and university students is June 1st. The application form is available on the Nakonhaka website ( or Barbara can provide a copy if requested. 

We continue to hold the Chisholm and Buchanan families in our thoughts and prayers, following the memorial service held yesterday in the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. 

We also hold the family of George Cullen in  our thoughts and prayers, following his death last week. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 3:00, visitation being held in the church from 1:30. 

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