14th Sunday after Pentecost
September 02, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. 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. Please stay for a few minutes after this morning’s worship service and join us in the Sunday School room for refreshments and fellowship.
Adult Bible Study
Rev. Benson is willing to lead bible studies during the week if enough people are willing to attend. If you would like to participate in weekly Bible Study, please let Randy know. He will take it from there.
Our latest financial report as of the end of August is now available. Our income is down substantially and our Treasurer is concerned about expenses facing us in the coming months. Please be sure to pick up a copy of the report before you leave today.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Pray for church leaders preparing for the fall season. May they be strengthened and encouraged for doing ministry in their communities.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - Labour Day
As the slower pace of the summer draws to an end, thank God for work that gives our lives meaning and sustenance. Pray that work will be accessible to all who seek it.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Pray for those who are facing new beginnings in school – kindergarten; high school, college or university. Pray also for parents who feel the changes in their home.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Pray for Alana Martin as she starts her new job as Administrative Assistant for the Women’s Missionary Society. Pray also for Katherine Allen as she retires after 40 years in this position.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Give thanks for the work of KAIROS’ staff as they prepare educational resources for member churches on human rights and sustainability (ecology and the environment) issues.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Pray for the Moderator of the 138th General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. John Vissers, preparing to travel to Malawi and Ghana. May this trip provide opportunities for the strengthening of partnerships.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development partners as they teach marginalized girls in Afghanistan to read and write, and empower young girls to reach their dreams.
Affluenza, the unnecessary accumulation of possessions, is about misplaced priorities. It sends the message loud and clear that life is about stuff, not people. Glenn Stanton, director of research for Focus on the Family
CANADA: Sharing culture and Christ in a common language
lmanarah Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario is an Arabic-speaking congregation serving people from a variety of Middle Eastern backgrounds. Members work to support new immigrants to Canada, helping them face their unique challenges through free family counselling, encouragement and spiritual support. On ‘Cultural Day’, people share their heritage through food, music and mementos. This event allows participants to show pride in their culture, and feel that it is recognized and appreciated by others. Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing provide Arabic-speaking people in Mississauga with a place where they feel supported and accepted as they worship God in their own language.
Presbyterians Sharing at Work
Serving God in Malawi our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support The Rev. Mike and Debbie Burns as they serve with our partner church, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Malawi. Mike is an associate minister at St. James Church in Blantyre. In February, Debbie began serving as Technical Assistant for the Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children Program (OVC) in Blantyre Synod. Below, Debbie shares a little about her new job.
BSHDC, the health and development arm of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, works with people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. All of the work at BSHDC is done with an integrated approach to ensure everyone’s health and development needs are addressed in a holistic manner. Its main office is located in Blantyre, however, there are also a number of staff working in satellite locations to cover work in Zomba, Domasi, Lirangwe and other rural areas. Since 1992, the Commission has been implementing programs in the southern region of Malawi and parts of Ntcheu district in the central region. BSHDC has five main program areas: Livelihoods; Health and HIV/AIDS; Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC); Gender; and Governance. The OVC program serves children and families in many ways, providing child care, psychosocial and educational support and vocational training. It also offers various training and development initiatives for community members. The two major funders for program activities are Kindernothilfe (KNH) in Germany and PWS&D in Canada. My first few months were spent learning, reading, listening and asking questions. While I have been a Registered Social Worker since 2007 and have trained and worked in various social work settings, I have much to learn from my colleagues at BSHDC as well as the people we are serving, and serving with, in the community. Every morning from 7:30 to 8:30, we have devotions at the office. Sometimes, ministers from within the Blantyre Synod come to lead or take part in these devotions. During this time, BSHDC staff are able to share important information in their program areas and also ask for prayer support in their work and personal lives. It is a real team and faith-based approach to serving one another and the people and communities we are working with. I have had the opportunity to go out on many field visits with the Coordinator of the OVC Program, Tarzan Kambola, who started working at BSHDC on the same day I did. We have visited many of the centres, community workers, community committee members and volunteers. We plan to continue our orientation visits as time allows. I give thanks to God, International Ministries, the Blantyre Synod CCAP, BSHDC and my loved ones for the opportunity, privilege, prayers and support in this position. May God’s spirit work through me, my colleagues, the community members, the faith community and the people we are serving to do the work in the way God has planned.
Go into the world and serve all people.
Do more than be concerned about the needs of others –
Find ways to make a difference in this world.
In Christ’s way, your work and labour, your service and caring, are not in vain.
Bill Steadman, Gifts of Worship 2