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11th Sunday
after Pentecost
August 16, 2020
Today we begin worshipping on Zoom...

Worship time is 10:00 am

(The zoom meeting will open at 9:45 am).

You will need to download the zoom app to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Click on the link below to join our worship service:

Meeting ID: 935 7268 3852
Passcode: unity

Or to join by telephone:
  +1 587 328 1099 Canada
 Meeting ID: 935 7268 3852
Passcode: 548159
Today's worship texts

Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

First Reading - Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

[Paul writes:] 1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2aGod has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

  29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Gospel Reading -  Matthew 15:21-28
21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is accepting donations to assist with the response to the Lebanon crisis, where 300,000 people found themselves suddenly homeless after the explosion on August 4. The Government of Canada announced a plan to match donations made to provide assistance to the people of Lebanon following the disaster that devastated the city of Beirut. The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced that the donations from individual Canadians made through organizations such as CLWR before August 24 would be matched by the government, up to a maximum of $5 million.

You can support the relief efforts this way:

  • Make a designated offering donation for “Lebanon Crisis” (through e-transfer or by dropping off your offering at the church).
  • OR it's best to call CLWR directly at 1-800-661-2597 to donate by credit card or go online at
Your continued giving to Unity's ministry is greatly appreciated.

You can give by e-transfer through your bank,
using the church's email
(it will be automatically deposited without a security question)

You can also give by mail or by dropping off your offering at the church
599 - 12 Street NW
T1A 6R3
A view of our outdoor communion last Sunday morning.

Join for us coffee on the church lawn Wednesday at 1 pm (bring your own lawn chair, coffee, and remember the church bathroom will not be open).

We will gather again for communion on Sunday, August 30 at 11:30 am (weather permitting). It's important to RSVP a few days beforehand if you plan on attending.
Contact the church office at 403-487-5404 or call/text Pastor Jeff at 403-502-1940

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