Friday, June 21, 2024

Sunday, June 23, 2024

 This is the first Sunday of summer! Let us celebrate! Also, June 21st was National Indigenous Day, which we can remember as we celebrate summer as well, remembering the lessons about this land and how to live on it and in it that they have shared with us. Megwich! 

Hymn          Praise to the Lord the Almighty #220

Scripture Lessons:       I Samuel 17:32-49

                                     Psalm 107:1-9, 23-32 p.831-2, pts 1, 3VU

                                    Mark 4:35-41

Hymn      Tell Me the Stories of Jesus #357


Prayer:  As the green ripens, 
As the flowers blossom, 
As the gardens bear their first abundance, 
As the season turns, 
Warmth and light awaiting us still, 
But soon, so soon the days shortening, 
The nights lengthening—
Let us savour the radiance of each new Dawn, 
And the long unfolding of sunset over waters we so love. 
May our love for this earth deepen and unfold and expand so that we are a blessing to the ground we walk and the air we breathe, and the life hidden in the depths of the waters. 
And as we emerge slowly from these many months careful and apart, 
Still measuring the risk of each step, 
May we make way for bright new beginnings - yet unknown- 
Within us, 
Within our land, 
within our world.
May there be light within our hearts, 
The fierce Light of the noonday sun, 
The tender light of the evening dusk
And the night sky,
The hidden Light within the cloud of unknowing.
A blessed Light, a holy Light, 
For you and me and all the beloved world. 
Blessed be! (written by Jane Doull, printed in Let Us Pray, vol. 4, and shared by Janice MacLean in the Prayer Bench.) 

Hymn        Will Your Anchor Hold #675VU 

This Sunday there will be services in Franklin (9:30) and in Howick (11:00). It will be Communion Sunday in both churches. In Franklin, it will be a traditional Sunday service with Communion. In Howick we will be holding an Outdoor service at the church(weather permitting). After the service there will be a lunch provided and from 1-3:00 there will be an Open House, as we invite the community to come in and see the renovations we have been able to complete, with the help of the Community and the Faithful Footprints program of the United Church. 

St Paul’s United Church will be holding its Strawberry Shortcake Takeout on Thursday, June 27th from 5-7:00 in MacDougall Hall. Prices will be $10 for adults and $6 for children. 
The Bee to prepare the berries will be Wednesday, afternoon in the hall. If you can, you can bring your bowl(s) knife, and apron. All volunteers welcome! 

There will be a celebration for Bill Templeton’s 90th birthday on Saturday, June 29th from 1-4:00 in his home on Prince Arthur in Ormstown. Please drop by to wish him a happy birthday. 

The final service for Franklin United Church will be held Sunday, June 30th at 11:00. The community is invited to come and share in the celebration of this church’s ministry over many years. A lunch will be offered after the service, when we can share our memories and stories. 

Barbara will be having her vacation during the month of July. There will be no services held or blogs posted for the month. If you need help during the month, you are invited to contact one of the elders of your congregation. 

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