We are delighted to share our online weekly worship services with you. Unless otherwise noted, each service starts at 11 am every Sunday morning. You can watch the service at that time or, if 11 am isn't a good time for you, drop in to our website later in the day or anytime that best suits your schedule.
Online Worship Service
Starting 11 am, Sunday, May 31, 2020
Acts 2: 1-22
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
Let us gather in prayer
We join our voices with thousands of other voices O God. In all those voices there are many languages. Help each of us to understand in our own language your message of salvation, the stories of your Kingdom and your capacity to love every one of us. This was your Pentecost miracle that no matter who we are or where we are from your good news is being heard by all. We pray for all nations and people that all violence may end that all conflict may end and all the resources that were made for violence be turned into resources that help people.
We pray for your church as so many remain closed because of the coronavirus. We pray for volunteers and staff as they navigate new technologies and continue to offer worship services. We pray for those struggling to find the worship services on the internet, that family and friends may share that knowledge. For so many programs and ministries that have been put on hold, our prayers reach out to those affected. We pray for all the members of the various AA groups. We pray for small business owners and restaurateurs as they feel the effects of the pandemic. We pray for all those ill and facing death that you would heal the sick and bring comfort to the dying.
O Lord our God as we lift our hearts and hands to heaven reach out to us in your mercy with your out stretched arm. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Update from Rev. Ian
May 29, 2020
We still remain closed as instructed by the Minister of Health. It is very difficult to say when we will be able to worship as we did prior to the pandemic. However it will not be in the near future. Small groups MAY be able to meet within certain guidelines and restrictions once we reach level two. Some of those guidelines will have to include physical distancing, thorough cleaning, recording names of those present just to name a few. The Board has put a small committee together to make recommendations as to when and how we can open the church doors. Again please understand we are still a long way from achieving “a new normal.”
Thank you to all who have kept up their contributions during this time. Your donations have been a blessing to your church. Special thanks to those who have watched our services from as far away as Australia and to those around the corner who are first time givers and are using the donation button on the website. Please know we are also doing all that’s necessary to apply for government programs to help us. In the next couple of weeks we will be mailing out statements and a new way of having our annual can project - stay tuned.
The region continues to offer tremendous support to all pastoral charges and personnel. There are biweekly gathering for both clergy and governing bodies. There are several recorded webinars on the churches www.united-in-learning.com web page covering a range of topics. Most of these are free. Several are out the church’s response to the pandemic.
Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church
Your Support is Needed
We're a very active congregation from worship to outreach. Even during this pandemic our ministry continues, albeit in a different form. From Online Worship, to supporting our local food bank, to individuals preparing and delivering meals to those in need, to telephone visits, we haven't stopped. Also we have been making use of grocery store gift cards for those in need. To do all this, we need your support.
Did you Know?
SNAC, our Youth Group, participated in a Youth Forum this weekend. Click HERE to see what else they have been doing!
During the months of September through to May, First United publishes an online weekly newsletter (Weekly News) on this website. For June, July and August we revert to monthly issues. It shows under News and Things in the main menu with the latest edition also feeding to several pages throughout the site. Since the covid-19 pandemic started we have also been issuing updates from Rev. Ian, scripture and prayers, links to our Online Worship and other relevant information and news. These updates have been (and will continue) on an adhoc and as needed basis in between the News editions. Please note that at the very bottom of each publication, there is a place to leave comments and/or Follow us. If you select Follow, the newsletters automatically feed to your email address each time a new publication is issued.
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There's room for the lively, the quiet and the shy
There's room for all ages
There's room for laughter and for tears.
While during this time of COVID-19 we cannot physically greet you with smiles, a handshake or a hug,
we welcome you through the use of technology
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You are welcome here!
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If you are going through a pastoral emergency, we ask that you call or email the church office. The voice mail is checked daily as are the emails.
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While the way pastoral visitation has changed, Rev. Ian continues to reach out through phone calls. You, too, can help. Please continue to be a neighbour. We have a number of individuals who live alone, individuals and couples who may feel isolated and reaching out with a phone call can make a huge difference.
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