Bulletin July 12, 2020    6th Sunday after Pentecost

(This bulletin will be for in-Church, live on Facebook / Zoom, and for radio aired July 19.)

Thoughts to Ponder:

“Your faith will grow not by chance but by choice.”  Neil L Anderson“God is determined to make more of us than we thought we could be.”  Jeffery R Holland

Welcome, Announcements, Life & Work of the Church

Acknowledgement of the Territories:

Welcome to this place of worship, situated on the unceded territories of the
Wabanaki peoples predominantly the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy. May we live in respect and friendship.

Sharing the Peace of Christ:

Leader: May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Response: And also with you.

Call to Worship: 

Jesus promised that where two or three are gathered in his name, he would be with them.
     And so we have come this morning gathered here, on Facebook, on Zoom, and on the radio, and believe that he is with us.
We gather with one another and recognize the face of God in everyone around us and in everyone we meet.
     We come together in community and know that we are part of something much larger then ourselves alone.
May this be a time of great blessings, as we come to worship God.
Written by Bob Root, Peterborough, Ont.  Gathering, Pentecost 1 2020, page 34.  Used with permission.

Gathering Prayer:

Creator God, we come today grateful for the gentle breezes of summer and secure in the faith that we live surrounded by your love.  We come here today professing a simple faith: You are God, and in you, all things are possible.  Amen
Written by Deborah Ambridge Fisher, Forest Hill U.C., Fredericton, NB.  Gathering, Pentecost 1 2020, page 39.  Used with permission.

Hymn:               MV #27  Creator God, You Gave Us Life

Creator God you gave us life,
Your image formed within our souls,
Yet through the mist of time and space,
We search for that which makes us whole.

     Through hands that paint majestic skies,
And voices chanting melody,
With words that reach beyond the page,
We comprehend your mystery.

In every flower and every tree,
we see your great diversity,
yet greater still we see your love,
expressed in our humanity.

When with our hearts, our hands, our minds,
We share our gifts with all the world,
Our spirits soar beyond the veil,
To touch the very face of God.
     Refrain *
Words and Music:  Judith Snowdon, © 2004 Reprinted under OneLicense A-725110

Prayer of Confession:

Creator God, we compare, we measure, we worry, we work, we judge, we compete, we buy, we sell, and we try to win at the race of life. We confess we have forgotten the great gift you’ve given us in the Sabbath, a time set apart to be with you.  We have chosen to avoid the promise that you have offered in being “enough” for us if we would only stop…just stop, observe the Sabbath, and know that in you, we have all we need.  Receive our prayers.  Forgive our misguided choices.  Forgive our avoidance of you and of a day of rest.  Forgive us, we pray;

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon:

Lighting of Christ Candle:

Children’s Time:     “Planting Seeds”

Prayer of Illumination:

Psalm 119:105-112       Your word is a lamp for my feet.
Romans 8:1-11              To set the mind on the Spirit is life.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23  The parable of the sower and the seed.

Ministry of Music:   What a Wonderful World 
(Karen Gallagher – piano solo)

Sermon:         “Nurturing & Growing in your Faith”

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer: 

Minute for Mission:     Community Ministries Make a Difference

Call to Offering:

Prayer of Dedication:

Receive these gifts that we have given, God, as a symbol of all that we seek to be and to do in your way.  Bless what we have offered, and direct us in the use of these offerings for your glory and for the well-being of all.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen

Music:               VU #703  In the Bulb There is a Flower 

In the bulb there is a flower;
In the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
There’s a spring that waits to be,
     Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,
Seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness,
Bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
What it holds, a mystery,
     Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
In our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory,
     Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see. *

Words & Music:  Natalie Sleeth © 1986 All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense A725110


This Week at St. Paul’s         6th Sunday after Pentecost 

**     Rev. Jennifer Brown will be off from July 6 -19.   **

   Sunday                9:30    Coffee Time via Zoom
10:00    Live service – in the Sanctuary and via Facebook / Zoom
10:30    Recorded service from last week on 590 CJCW radio
Also available at http://www.radio-canada-online.com/590-cjcw
Tuesday               9:45    Check-in via Zoom

   Thursday             9:45    Check-in via Zoom
 Next Sunday       9:30    Coffee Time via Zoom
10:00    Live service in the Sanctuary and via Facebook / Zoom
10:30    Recorded service on 590 CJCW radio

Join in or listen to any of the Zoom calls via Internet using the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/179750852?pwd=7lAYtPHcGTE            OR
call in from your phone at 1 647 374 4685 with Meeting ID: 179 750 852 and
Password: 042032
Sunday service may be followed on Facebook or on Zoom.
This phone number is NOT toll free but many people have Canada-wide calling.  

Our life and work of the church is continuing to the best of our abilities under the circumstances. This includes benevolent services for those having difficulties coping.  If you know of anyone needing help, please contact Rev. Jenn Brown.