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17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2020
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"The people thirsted there for water; and complained against Moses.'" (Exodus 17:3)
Today's worship texts
 

Prayer of the Day

God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

First Reading: Exodus 17:1-7

Because the thirsty Israelites quarreled with Moses and put God to the test, Moses cried out in desperation to God. God commanded Moses to strike the rock to provide water for the people. The doubt-filled question—“Is the Lord among us or not?”—received a very positive answer.

1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-32

After driving the moneychangers out of the temple (21:12), Jesus begins teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are supposed to be in charge of the temple.

23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
  28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”
We need worship assistants for October (readers, prayer leaders and zoom hosts). Please sign up here
Monday Youth Classes

4:30-5:00 pm Junior Confirmation (Grade 5 and below)

5:00 - 5:30 pm Confirmation (Grade 6 and up)


Contact Pastor Jeff for the Zoom code to participate.
Tuesday Book Study,
7 - 8 pm

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.

The meeting will open at 6:45 pm for check in and conversation before we begin.
Wednesday Fellowship, 1 - 2 pm

Bring your own lawn chair and drink. We meet in the park right across the street from the church.

If the weather is terrible, our fellowship time will move to Zoom (use the Sunday worship link).
Bible Book Club - book of the month for September is Genesis.
You have still have time to read through Genesis this September.
  • Genesis is made up of a lot of stories. Which story did you like best? Why?

  • Which story did you like least? Why?

  • What surprised you in reading this book, and why did it surprise you?

   If you've taken up the challenge this      month, let Pastor Jeff know!
For children (and the young at heart)

Here is this week's children's bulletin and a colouring page for old and young alike. Use the pages with your children and grandchildren (or for yourself!)

Children's Bulletin

Colouring Page 


Colouring Page from last Sunday (I've been dropping the ball on these links, sorry!)
Holy Communion is being consecrated today, and will be shared during worship on Sunday, October 4th.

If you signed up, Communion can be picked up from the church on Wednesday, 9 am - 4 pm. If you need an alternative day or time, please contact Pastor Jeff.
September Unity Council Notes
 
  • Worship.   For health reasons and the safety of our congregation, it is still prudent to have zoom church services.  Our congregation’s demographics are very vulnerable to COVID-19 and chances should not be taken.  These services will continue “as is” with a little extra time at the end of the service for visiting and fellowship.
  • Snow Removal.  As Dale has been informed by his insurance company that he cannot insure the snow removal vehicle on his personal insurance anymore, the church must assume the insurance if the vehicle is kept.  Snow removal options were discussed as follows:    

            1. Should we hire a snow removal company?

            2. Should we construct a shed, keep the vehicle and pay the insurance?
            3. Other options (none)   

After discussion, council voted to construct the shed, keep the vehicle and pay the insurance at an estimated cost of $6,500.  For information, it would have cost as much to hire a snow removal company for one year as to build a shed for the vehicle and pay the annual insurance costs.  Dale will begin to build the shed as soon as possible.  

  • Accessibility Lift.   The lift did not pass the inspection this year and must be fixed to meet standards.  A part for the lift has been ordered but until it is fixed, it cannot be used.  This will have an estimated repair cost of $1000.  
  • Senior’s Government Benefit of $300.  Thank you to all the seniors who donated part or all of their benefit to the church.  This has given our offering over the summer a big boost.  
Thank you for your offering!
Your continuing generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!


Our offering for August was $8,770 (our budget is $8,750).

You can give by e-transfer through your bank,
using the church's email unitymh@yahoo.com
(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
Have you wondered what our Zoom worship looks like from inside the church? (Notice the stack of LBW's used to raise the table up!)
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