Saturday, July 8, 2023

Sunday, July 9, 2023 The Sixth Sunday of Pentecost


Hymn      Fairest Lord Jesus #341

Scripture Lessons:       Genesis 24:42-49

                                     Psalm 46 p.770VU
                                     Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Hymn.    I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say #626

Scripture Lessons:      Genesis 24:42-49

                                    Psalm 46 p.770VU

                                    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


Prayer:  Blessed are you, summer, season of long days and short nights, you pour forth light from your golden orb, energizing the earth, and calling forth growth. 

Blessed are you, summer, with your generous gifts of heat. Your warm breath animates creation, encouraging all growing things to stretch toward the sun. 

Blessed are you, summer, you call us into playfulness, encouraging us to pause from work. You renew our spirits. 

Blessed are you, gracious season of summer, you surprise us with a variety of gifts from the earth. We too gaze into the earth of ourselves, beholding gifts waiting to be honoured. 

Blessed are you, nurturing season of summer, your fruits and vegetables appear on our tables, changing them into altars. Tasting of your life, we are made strong. 

Blessed are you summer, host of a star that shines with passion. Sun-soaked, we reach for your energy that drives us upward and onward. 

Blessed are you, sacrament of summer, nature’s green season, sweet echo of spring. You speak to us in living colour as you renew the earth with symbols of life for our bodies and souls. 

Blessed are you summer, season of roots that reach for water, even through cracks of the sidewalk, the song of your seed can be heard. 

Blessed are you, summer, season rooted in reality. Even as the perspiration collects on our brow, we experience your earthy joy. 

Blessed are you, summer, with your firefly evenings you minister to the child in us. You feed our hunger for beauty. (from The Circle of Life by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr)

Hymn.      Be Still My Soul #652

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

Worship Schedule:  July 16  9:30   Howick        11:00   Ormstown
                                July 23.  9:30   Franklin      11:00    Howick
                                July 30     11:00   Combined service in Howick

Barbara will be on holiday in August until September 4th. There will be a combined service for our cluster (Valley and South Shore) that will be held Sunday, August 13th at 10:30am followed by a lunch offered at the Tipi Project. Please let Barbara know if you are planning to attend so she can let the planners know. 

This Saturday, July 15th there will be a memorial service held for Donald Gruer at St Paul’s United Church in Ormstown, at 11am. 

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