South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge...We Are Linked In LOVE!!

Whether you attend the Courtland United Church or Cultus United Church, you will be met with warmth and sincerity. We are a 2 point charge known as the South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge. We welcome ALL to join us on Sunday mornings, or anytime...for worship and friendship! Under the loving and brilliant guidance of our Minister  Ted Smith, you will be enlightened and moved.

CULTUS UNITED CHURCH: Located at  748-6th Concession Road ENR, Cultus, Ontario            WORSHIPS on Sundays at  9:00am  

COURTLAND UNITED CHURCH: Located at 133 Talbot Street, Courtland, Ontario                   WORSHIPS on Sundays at 10:30am        

Our Mission Statement:   The South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge is called to be a Christian community empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

CONTACT US:   EMAIL: swnpc@yahoo.ca                  Office Phone: 519-688-4050

OUR MAILING ADDRESS: South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge, P.O.Box 129, 119 Talbot Road, Courtland, On., N0J1E0

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                                                                              SUMMER MESSAGE …….. " Come and Rest In Jesus"  

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus and the disciples went back and forth crossing the Sea of Galilee so many times it’s hard to figure out a pattern or a motive in their plans. That is, of course until the sixth chapter of Mark where it’s clear why they went back out to sea: the disciple needed a rest, needed a break. 

They had just returned from their first mission, as Jesus sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. They went and had a very successful mission, preaching repentance and healing people. So here at the sea shore of Galilee they arrive to find Jesus. Imagine the excitement, the Apostles eagerly wanting to share their stories with their Teacher! But Jesus knew what they had experienced, how tired they would have been, and he offered them sanctuary, rest. 

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” Mark 6:31b 

Come and rest, come and rest….. What an invitation from Jesus, who knows his friends, his followers, his disciples. No matter who we are, young or how old, working or retired we are challenged by the busyness of life. Such as we are, human, we sometimes lose track of where we are, how we are, who we are. So we need to be reminded that we are God’s beloved. This story from Mark’s Gospel that invites the Apostles to come and rest with Jesus is also an invitation for us. Come to that quiet place, and rest with Jesus. 

As summer unfolds, we will all share fun times with family, maybe time on the road traveling, cottage time, camping time, fishing time. Let these special times feed your soul. I invite all of us to be looking for God’s presence in all of our living. No matter where you find yourself each day, Jesus invitation to come and rest for a while in him stands waiting. So if you start feeling rushed, pushed faster than you want to go, weary from the daily trek, simply stop, catch your breath, go to the place of rest with Jesus, in prayer, meditation, the Gospel, conversation with a friend. Jesus is there in all of it. Sometimes we have to remember to get very quiet so we can hear him………. Summer Blessings to you, my beloved friends. 

                                                                                                     Pastor   Ted.

South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada
CULTUS  / COURTLAND UNITED CHURCHES

MINISTER: PASTOR TED (P.T.) SMITH

Music Leaders: Judy Dekorte /  Lynn Jennings / Gwen Booker

Office Administrator: Leslie Pettinger        Office Phone: 519-688-4050            Email: swnpc@yahoo.ca 

Welcome to Our Guest Speaker: Jane Baxter LLWL    ~     Sunday August 18, 2019    ~      Spreading God’s Love 

WE GATHER AS GODS BELOVED 

GREETINGS AND WELCOME

CENTERING MOMENT AND COLLECT                                 

INTROIT: Behold! Behold! I make all things new beginning with you and starting from today. Behold! Behold! I make all things new. My promise is true for I am Christ the way” (MV #115). 

CALL TO WORSHIP: (Unison)

L: The Lord calls us to grow in faithfulness.

P: Take away our greed and selfishness, O Lord!

L: The Lord challenges us to serve others in loving ways!

P: Help us grow in our service and witness to your mercy and peace.

L: Come, let us worship the Lord who delights in our witness.

P: Let us praise God who is always with us.

 

HYMN: “The Church is Wherever God’s People         VU# 579*                                    

 

PRAYER OF RENEWAL: (Unison) Lord of light and life, you have called us this day to open our hearts, our minds, our spirits to hear your words of encouragement, healing, and hope. Give us patience and willingness to serve you in all that we do. In Jesus' Name, we pray. AMEN 

WORDS OF ASSURANCE 

MINUTE FOR MISSION

MISSION HYMN:  One More Step Along the World I Go                   VU# 639*

 

WE LISTEN

Scripture:                               Isaiah 5:1-7

Ministry of Music                                                                          

Gospel Reading:                  Luke 12:49-56

 

MESSAGE:   Division and Growth 

HYMN:  What A Friend We Have in Jesus.                     VU# 664*               

WE RESPOND: 

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION

THE LORD’S PRAYER    

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY: “For All Your Goodness, God             VU# 549* 

HYMN: “We Are Pilgrims”                       VU# 595* 

COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION * 

CHORAL CLOSING: “Halle, Halle, Halle                     VU# 958            

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge is a faith community inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit following the teachings of Jesus Christ and showing this by our deeds and our actions.