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BUC Worship Service – Oct 15

Date: October 15, 2023/Speaker: Kelly Grittner 

Balzac Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada 
World Food Sunday October 15, 2023 
Minister: Kelly Grittner 

 Prelude Jesus, Name Above All Names – arr. M. Hayes 

Welcome and Announcements 
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 Minute for Mission Listen here

Land Acknowledgement 

“As we gather together, let us pause to remember that we live, work and worship on lands that are, by law, the unceded territories of the nations of Treaty 7. As Christ’s people, may we be people of love, of truth, and of reconciliation. May we live with respect on this land, and in peace and friendship with its people. 

Lighting the Christ Candle –  listen here

Won’t you stand, by me, Oh-oh stand by me, Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

The candle is lit. 

“Forgive Me” Mary Oliver , Blue Horses, 2014, Penguin Press. 

“Angels are wonderful but they are so, well, aloof. It’s what I sense in the mud and the roots of the trees, or the well, or the barn, or the rock with its citron map of lichen that halts my feet and makes my eyes flare, feeling the presence of some spirit, some small god, who abides there. 

If I were a perfect person, I would be bowing continuously. I’m not, though I pause wherever I feel this holiness, which is why I’m so often late coming back from wherever I went. Forgive me.” 

Hymn It Only Takes a Spark” VU 289 

Call to Worship 

Like a storm surging, soaring over a warm ocean, 

like the blush of red coming to autumn’s orchards, 

like the voices of those demanding dignity and justice, 

God’s presence is experienced. 

Pay attention to God’s word, O people. 

Give yourself to God’s spirit, O children of god. 

May we know God’s transforming presence among us today. 

Opening prayer (in unison) 

We come to worship you , Creator God, who created us in 


In the midst of the evils and greed of the world, remind us of your goodness. 

We come to worship you, O God, who created a world of abundance. 

When people live as if there is only scarcity, remind us of your abundance. 

We come to worship you, loving God, who created a world for peace and compassion. 

When we experience and witness violence, show us the way back to your peace and healing. Amen 

Hymn “Will You Come and Follow Me” VU 567 

Childrens Chat Michelle Kotelko 

Hymn “Draw the Circle Wide” MV 145 

Psalm 23 “The Lord’s My Shepherd” VU 747 

Sharing of scripture – Deuteronomy 26 1-11 

Reflection “The Bread Story” – Listen to the sermon here

Dedication of the Offering 

Gracious God, bless our gifts of hearts and lives. 

Bless our offerings. 

Multiply what our gifts can do. 

Use our gifts to end inequity and oppression. 

Use us for your purpose in the world. Amen. 

Prayers of the people & the Lords prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven. 

hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, 

forever and ever. Amen 

Hymn “We Are Pilgrims” VU 595 

PILGRIM PRAYER (Joyce Rupp & Tom Piefer) 

Guardian of my soul, 

guide me on my way this day, 

keep me safe from harm. 

Deepen my relationship with you, 

your Earth, and all your family. 

Strengthen your love within me 

that I may be a presence of your peace 

in your world. Amen 


Live simply 

Love generously 

Care deeply 

Speak kindly 

Leave the rest to God 

As we go, may the blessings of God surprise 

and surround us this day and always. 

Postlude Change My Heart, Oh God -arr. M. Hayes