Welcome to Rowntree’s web service. We hope it is a meaningful and holy time for you. This is a shortened version of the live ‘Zoom’ Sunday service, with the same Message, readings and prayers but not as much music. If you’d like to join us on Sunday we ask you contact the office at 519-432-8075 and leave a message. Thank-You
Today is the 5th Sunday of Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost
During the Season of Creation, we will be using alternative versions of “The Lord’s Prayer”. It is hoped that the new expressions will help us to live more deeply into the words we know and use in our traditional expression.
Acknowledging the territory
We acknowledge that our sacred space is found in the Indigenous territories of the Attawandaron, Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, LeniLunaape and Wendat peoples. (More commonly known them as the Chippewa Nation, Oneida, Delaware, Neutral, and Huron peoples.)
With thankfulness and respect for their stewardship of creation; we seek to live into right relations with all.
Call to worship
The world is filled with the glory of God, and we say,
The hills and valleys are filled with colour, and we say,
The vines and trees are filled with fruit, and we say,
Our tables are overflowing with food, and we say,
Our life is filled with love of family and friends, and we say,
We fill this time of worship with our voices saying,
Thanks to you!
Carrying the light of Christ
The candle – light reminds us of the light of Christ we carry within.
Let us carry that light out to our communities and to the wider world.
Opening Prayer (based on Psalm 65:1-13)
What mighty praise belongs to You, O God,
for Your acts of love and faithfulness toward us!
In Your mercy You hear our prayers,
You forgive our sins,
You provide for our needs.
From one end of the earth to the other,
You inspire worship and praise!
Even nature celebrates Your goodness.
We, too, would offer our praise and thanksgiving
for Your mercy and Your faithful love toward us.
Receive our adoration,
Through the power of Your Holy Spirit
make Your presence known among us
that we may hear Your Word and know Your will.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray…
we honor you,
and we honor all that you have made.
Renew the whole world
in the image of your love.
Give us what we need for today,
and a hunger to see the whole world fed.
Strengthen us for what lies ahead; heal us from the hurts of the past;
give us courage to follow your call in this moment.
For your love is the only power,
the only home, the only honor we need,
in this world and in the world to come.
Amen. (Paraphrased by Sarah Dylan Breuer.)
Ministry of Music:
Can a Little Child Like Me Thank the Father Fittingly? (Thanksgiving) W. K. Bassford 1839-1902, text ascribed to Mary Mapes Dodge 1831-1905.
Norm Abbott vocals, piano
We hear God’s Word, Second Corinthians 9, 6-15 and Luke 17, 11-19 followed by Rev. Wendy Noble’s
Thanksgiving Message- ‘Gratitude and Grace’
Invocation of the Spirit
May the scriptures that are opened to us, the words that shall be shared and the thoughts of all our hearts and minds lead us to a deeper understanding of our faith, our God and of ourselves. Amen.
2 Corinthians 9. 6- 15
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness[a] endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.[b] 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Luke 17. 11 – 19
11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus[a] was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers[b] approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’[c] feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
We respond in Love
Prayers of the People
Ever faithful Creator,
Ever giving Christ,
Ever present Spirit,
For the many gifts you grant us
and the opportunity to enjoy these things;
For your daily provision
and for the constant signs of your healing love;
For the hope amidst despair
and the light which always shines;
For all these things,
‘thank you’ is just so inadequate
but it’s all we have:
to show our gratitude in word, in thought and in action.
So, thank you, God,
and may our thanks move beyond words
to transform us into thankful folk,
faithful folk, seeing folk,
folk who see need and see the need to act,
folk who love to live and live to love,
folk who serve you by serving others.
Help us to be amongst those
who include the excluded
and bring in those who are marginalized,
that when the opportunities come our way
to be healers of division and hurt,
to be peacemakers and restorers,
we won’t be found wanting.
Loving, personal Holy One,
We bring before you those people
and issues that are closest to us
and that occupy our minds at this time …
Hear our silent prayers …
Mighty, wonderful Wholly Mystery
we bring before you people and issues from around our world,
including those we’ll never know personally
but who remain our sisters and brothers in you …
Hear our silent prayers …
Transforming, healing Creator,
help us to make the light shine in dark places,
to make peace known in violent places,
and to bring hope to despondent places.
Our prayers are brought to you now
May you hear our voices. Amen.
We walk in God’s Way
Prayer of dedication:
God of all creation,
Thank you for the wonderful things you have made.
Thank you for the universe full of stars and planets.
Thank you for our world, full of life.
Thank you for making each one of us.
Thank you for loving each one of us.
Take these gifts we now offer back to you.
May they be used to the glory of your name.
We offer you ourselves and all the gifts you have blessed us with.
Take us and use us to share your love with the world. Amen
Blessing and Commissioning
May we go out with joy and be led in peace
And may the grace and love inform and nurture our faith.
May God, our Creator, Christ and Comforter be with us
This day, and all our days. Amen.
Come, Ye Thankful People Come (St. George’s Windsor), words Henry Alford 1844, music; Geo. J. Elvey 1816-93, Norm Abbott organ.
Do you wish to share a prayer ? Please call the church phone line at 519 432 8075 to leave your prayers. If there is no one in the office at that time- please leave your prayers on our voice mail.
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh.
We still have a building and staff and are still running a community meal program on Tuesday evenings. We are thankful for your donation- see our home page and click on ‘Help Support Rowntree…’ for donation options.