13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 26, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. At the close of the service this morning we invite you to stay and join us in the Sunday School hall for fellowship.
We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during our worship service this morning. If this is your first time here at Claude be aware that our table is open to all, including children. We invite you to celebrate this sacrament with us.
If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Adult Bible Study
Rev. Benson is willing to lead bible studies during these summer months if enough people are willing to attend. If you would like to participate in weekly Bible Study during the summer, please let Randy know. He will take it from there.
The Canadian government is a key ingredient
Last week we included a postage paid post card in the newsletter and asked if you would sign it and send it to our Prime Minister to remind him that there are many Canadians who care about Canada’s role in ending global hunger. If you missed getting a post card and would be willing to submit one, there are a few extra copies available out back.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
Pray for the congregations and ministers in the Presbytery of Newfoundland.
MONDAY, AUGUST 27
Pray for ministry candidates and guidance counsellors as they engage in dialogue about calling and discernment during Guidance Conference at Crieff Hills, ON.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
Pray for clerks of presbyteries as they prepare for the fall term. May they be encouraged and blessed in their ministry.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
Pray for men and women in Malawi taking part in PWS&D-supported programs so that they may deepen their understanding of HIV and AIDS and be a source of inspiration, encouragement and assistance to those living with the disease.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Pray for The Rev. Oceanna Hall and the chaplaincy ministry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Pray for our university and college students who are preparing for studies away from home. Remember in particular first year students who are leaving home for the first time.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Pray for the young people who attended Canada Youth and camps this summer, that these experiences will be formative in their lives.
JUSTICE MINISTRIES: Studying faith and genetics
Through Presbyterians Sharing we support the Biotechnology Reference Group, a project of the Canadian Council of Churches (The Presbyterian Church in Canada is member of the Canadian Council of Churches). The Biotechnology Reference Group brings together volunteers and church staff from member denominations to reflect on the theological and ethical dimensions of genetics and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. The Reference Groups is developing a curriculum on faith and genetics that will be completed by the end of 2012. The curriculum will be available to Presbyterian congregations through Justice Ministries.
A Plea for the Women of Bara, Pakistan
A group of women, including Salim and Sabia, receive food assistance. It is hard to imagine the suffering and innumerable difficulties currently being faced by internally displaced people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. Having fled their homes due to violence and conflict, families are now dealing with extreme summer heat and poor living conditions. Left without belongings and having abandoned livestock and livelihoods in fear for their safety, these families are living in tents or rented accommodations, lacking basic amenities like clean water or electricity. As summer continues, conditions are expected to worsen. The Women of Bara Conditions are exceptionally difficult for the displaced women of Bara district. With limited finances and resources, women are forgoing meals to ensure children and men are fed. They ignore their own health needs in favour of spending money on doctor’s bills for their children or husbands. Even the limited water they borrow is used to bathe their children. By sacrificing their own needs, women from Bara are suffering from gynaecological illnesses, depression and malnourishment. Life in camps and settlements is also lonely for women, many of whom are confined to the home due to cultural norms of privacy, further contributing to depression. Sabia, a young mother of six children has been living at the camp since her family’s displacement seven month ago. In that time, her life has changed drastically. “Bara was our place, with our people. Life was good and it went on. Here we know no one and no one knows us,” she said, remembering the close-knit neighbourhood she left behind. Back home, her daughters attended a public school for girls and she took care of livestock, worked agricultural lands and spent her free time visiting nearby relatives. Salim Jana, a 36-year-old mother of four, said, “When I think about my children and for how long we will have to live here, it really worries me. I pray that this difficult time passes soon and we can return to our homeland.” PWS&D is working to help the women of Bara by working in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and local partner Church World Service – Pakistan/Afghanistan. Your faithful contributions to this important work will help minimize suffering and create hope in a trying time.
We depend on volunteers to keep our church neat and clean however recently it has been left up to the same 2 or 3 folks to do all the work. We need more people to share the load on a rotating basis. We have a sign-up sheet on the counter in the kitchen. Hopefully you will be able to help and will sign-up today. The more people who will sign up, the less each of us will have to do.
Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field.
Deuteronomy 14:22 NRSV
May the past be a light of benediction on thy present,
May the present be a radiant searchlight on thy future,
May the future be a beautiful haven of well-earned rest,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.