Welcome one and all to Claude Church
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. We are pleased to have the Reverends Rosemary and Gerald Doran leading us in worship this morning. 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.
Sunday, June 30th
Our annual church family potluck picnic and worship service at the Clarkson Farm.
Message from Emma Duncan
Last Sunday, Emma Duncan was preaching for a call at Knox Presbyterian Church, Burlington. She says all
went well and she sends her thanks to all here at Claude who were praying for her. The total results of the vote are not complete however she has received over 80% in her favour which is the benchmark for the
Presbyterian Church in Canada. She says she will keep us posted regarding dates for ordination and induction services.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, June 2 - General Assembly Sunday
Pray for the Education and Reception students and ministers being considered at General Assembly.
Monday, June 3
Pray for the student representatives at General Assembly that they may learn and see God’s work in our highest ruling court.
Tuesday, June 4
Pray for commissioners as they return to their congregations and presbyteries with news and stories growing out of their experiences at General Assembly.
Wednesday, June 5
Pray for safe travels back to Ghana for the Rev. Dr. Abraham Berinyuu. Rev. Berinyuu is the recipient of the 2013 E.H. Johnson award.
Thursday, June 6
Pray for the young people who have recently returned from a Youth in Mission trip to Malawi, who will now be sharing their experiences with others.
Friday, June 7
Pray for Presbyterians attending healing and reconciliation gatherings in Calgary and Red Deer, AB.
Saturday, June 8
Pray for a Presbyterian World Service & Development program that teaches children and parents in Nicaragua’s busy markets how to identify and prevent negative situations in order to create a safer environment for children and youth.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Proverbs 3:27 NRSV
General Assembly: Many people, one church
Every year, Presbyterians Sharing helps bring together commissioners – ministers, diaconal ministers and ruling elders from congregations across Canada – to participate in General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Assembly sets future direction for the mission and ministry that we do together. It considers and responds to overtures received from sessions, presbyteries and synods and appeals forwarded by lower courts. When needed, matters may be referred to ngregations, sessions, presbyteries and synods for study and response or action. GA is a time of fellowship where friendships are renewed or begun, relationships are built, and we gather together as one church.
Summer Worship Services at Claude
Last Sunday during our Visioning discussions, a decision was made that we all needed a bit of a break and so our sanctuary will be closed throughout the months of July and August. Our last worship service before the break will be on June 30th at our church family picnic at the Clarkson’s farm and then we will resume worship in our sanctuary on the Sunday following the Labour Day weekend. For any pastoral needs during the summer, please contact any one of our Elders. Their names and contact information is found on the back page of our Sunday order of service and on our website.
Responding to Conflict in Syria
Responding through the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), Presbyterian World Service & Development is asking for your prayers and financial support to bring urgently needed assistance to people affected by ongoing conflict in Syria. As of May 2013, the United Nations estimates there are over 1.4 million
refugees, a number that increases by nearly 8,000 people per day. In total, there are 6.8 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing conflict. According to reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the conflict in Syria has caused a dramatic drop in domestic food production. Production of many crops has dropped by half, and there is massive destruction to irrigation and infrastructure. At the same time, inflation is rampant and the price of many essential food items has risen by 200 percent. For those who make the journey to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, they are met with a different type of humanitarian crisis—camps are growing with such speed that host states and humanitarian agencies cannot keep pace with the mounting needs for water, sanitation, food, shelter and health care for nearly half a million refugees.
What is our National Church Doing to Help?
Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding to this emergency through the ACT Alliance and Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help raise money to support people in the region who are in need. "Whether people are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, or are displaced from their homes within Syria’s borders, daily life has been interrupted and people do not have access to the food," says Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of CFGB. Together, we are providing basic food items such as rice, chickpeas, pasta and oil, hygiene kits, shelter, clothing and non-essential food items. Staff on the ground are providing psychosocial and educational support for children and youth.
Help Families Fleeing Violence in Syria
Please pray for the people of Syria during this time of great uncertainty. By making a donation to PWS&D you will ensure families who have been uprooted from their homes will be given critical life-saving assistance and hope for the future. You can make a donation through your church, mail a cheque to the PWS&D office, donate online or call 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291. Please mark all donations "Syria Relief."
When you stand strongly rooted in your faith, may your optimism soar and your work in God’s kingdom give you joy. When challenges, doubts and too many questions besiege you, may you persist in God’s work, knowing that the Lord of the universe will continue to work miracles through you. Rest assured that even in moments when you think you don’t believe in God, God continues to believe in you.