Order of Service: February 3, 2019

Order of Service:  February 3, 2019

Order of Service FEBRUARY 3 2019

Strathroy United Church

Order of Service for Sunday, February 3, 2019

Thought for the Day

God has been with us and knew us before we were even born. the one who calls us to love has been loving us longer than we have drawn breath.

Sink into the arms of love this day and trust the hand that holds you.




Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

We are here to offer God our worship and praise.

Before God formed you in your mother’s womb,

God knew you.

Before we drew our first breath,

God consecrated us in holy love.

Let us worship the one who knows and loves us.

Let us worship the one who is our rock

and our fortress in times of trouble.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

We are here to offer God our worship and praise.

*Opening Hymn: “How Firm a Foundation ” vs 1, 3, & 5 VU 660

Opening Prayer

Wrap us in the arms of your love, Holy One,

as we gather in worship this day.

Teach us to be patient and kind in our actions,

and humble of heart in all of our ways.

Help us see and know ourselves

as well as you see and know us,

that our words may be true

and our love may be pure.

Build us into a community that bears all things,

believes all things, and hopes all things

in the name of Love, which never ends. Amen.

Children’s Time

Children’s Hymn: “Jesus Hands were kind Hands” vs.1 VU 570


Ministry of Music: “Gloria” Franz Schubert

Scripture Readings: Gerry Adlington

Psalm 71: Part One VU 789

Luke 4:21-30

Reflection: “Head and heart”

*Hymn: “God of Grace and God of Glory” VU 686

vs 1, 2, & 4


*Singing Our Thanks: “Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands” VU 537

*We Invite God to Receive Our Gifts

Family Prayers and prayers for our world

The Lord’s Prayer(sung) VU 959

*Closing Hymn: “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”

vs 1 & 4 VU 658


*Choral Response: “Go Now in Peace” Besig/Price

Postlude: Improvisation A. Cloutier

Strathroy United Church

We are happy to have you with us this morning. If you are new to our church please feel free to ask our Ushers any questions about our worship service and facility.

We appreciate having Rev. Carey Wagner at

519-490-8357 taking care of our Pastoral Care Emergencies from February 4-27 inclusive.

Coffee and Refreshment Times-

Coffee is provided at the back of the Sanctuary before service and please join us for a time of refreshments and fellowship in the Golden Jubilee Room downstairs following the service.

Infant Nursery- We are happy to provide a Nursery with a sink, children’s table, chairs, play picnic tables, toys and an adult rocking chair. This room has audio from the church service provided. Parents, Grand Parents and visitors are asked to be responsible for themselves and their children.

Peace Candles – If you are a visitor with us this morning there are small votive candles available at the front of the sanctuary for you to take back to your home church.

Prayer Circle Box

The Prayer circle group have supplied Prayer Request Cards that are completely confidential. At the back of the GJR you will find a locked wooden box with a slot for cards.

Family Prayers

This Sunday we ask you to This Sunday, we pray for

Anne Pelkman, Don Waltham, Brian Stocco, and Evelyn Bryant in your prayers.

A CANDLETO SUPPORT OUR VACANCY SEARCH TEAM Rev. Abiel would like the congregation to light a candle in their homes every Wednesday evening at 7 pm for about 10 minutes until a new minister is selected. This shows our Search Team we support them and with the help of the Holy Spirit to guide them they will make the best selection of a minister for our church.


It’s that time of year when we are compiling our list of nominations for our Church Teams to be voted in at our Annual Congregational Meeting on March 3rd.

We have a great selection of Teams for you to be part of:

The Finance Team: If numbers are your forte this is the team for you.

The Community Life Team: If you enjoy helping to organize events and have an interest in outreach to our community and abroad this is the Team for you.

The Congregational Life Team: If you enjoy worship and would like to be part of the planning of our worship services, are interested in Sunday School and youth programs. This is the Team for you.

The Property Team If you are interested in the care and upkeep of this beautiful church this is the team for you.

We try to keep our meetings short and to the point and with our new governance we do not meet as many times as in the past. So, when the phone rings or someone taps you on the shoulder please take time to prayerfully consider being part of our Church Teams.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Church Council Sun. Feb. 3rd at 11:20 am

Congregational Life Team -Sunday. Feb.10th 11:20 a.m.

Community Life Team Wed. Feb. 13th 11:00 a.m.

Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 3,11:00


A decision is made by 8:00 pm Saturday night and a message is then put on the answering machine in the church office.


Strathroy United Church is entering its seventh year in providing hospitality meals on a monthly basis to people in our community who are lonely, on fixed incomes, struggling financially, finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Several members of Strathroy UC have volunteered hours of their time to support this endeavor. We would like to take this opportunity to renew the list of members who wish to help. Whether you are currently volunteering or wish to become a volunteer to support this meal, please contact Dianne Dixon in the church office by phone or email so we can update our list. Thanks to everyone for help to make this ministry so successful.



TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

DATES: FEBRUARY 8TH -Wide Games Youth Night

FEBRUARY 22ND – Harry Potter Theme Night Feel free to dress up; we will be! We will have Harry Potter/Fantasy Magic themed games and

snacks. It will be a blast even if you are not into Harry Potter.

WHO: Youth grades 6-12

If you have any questions, please e-mail Kaeleigh at kaeleighb13@hotmail.com


Needed: Pancake Supper Organizer/s

We are looking for a person/s to take the lead in organizing the Pancake Supper on March 5. This is a great social time and fundraiser for our church. If this is of interest to you, please speak to Tina Zimmermann or a member of her team. Thank you.

Community Events

Eastern Star “Sweetheart Brunch”

Sunday, February 10th 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm

Tickets available at the door.

Fraternal Hall, 15 Centre Street, Strathroy.

The “CRESCENDO” Male choir is celebrating 50 years of singing with a concert to be held on Friday February 15 at 7:30 PM in Strathroy East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe St. East. Our special guests for this concert will be the “Valleyview Men’s Chorus”, and violinist Michelle Batterink. Please join us for a wonderful evening of singing.

Admission at the door is $ 10.00

Please see full information on

the Maria St. bulletin board.


Minister: Rev. Dr. Abiel T. Khalema

minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 519-245-0276

Office Administrator: Dianne Dixon

office@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 519-245-0276


Music Director: Andy Cloutier


Child Youth Leader: Kaeleigh Berdan


Custodian: John Larocque


Webmaster: www.strathroyunitedchurch.ca

Debbie Porte Debbie.porte@hotmail.ca

Face Book Administrators: Tina Zimmermann and

David Honsberger

Links: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2197988933761213/https://www.facebook.com/strathroyunitedchurch/

Strathroy United Church

131 Front St. W.