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BUC Worship Service – July 9

Date: July 9, 2023

 Balzac United Church 

Order of Service – July 9, 2023 

Western Heritage Sunday 

Worship Leader: Larry Bilben 

Music Ministry: Lee Dowan & Dr. Alex Shawn 

Prelude: Down to the River to Pray -arr. M. Hayes 

Welcome and Announcements 

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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 

We light this candle to remind us that when Jesus spoke to the Jewish people as written in John 8. Verse 12, he said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness”. So, open your hearts today and let Jesus’ light the way for your life. Amen 

Doxology: VU 541 – Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow 

Call to Worship 
We gather together in worship and praise. 
Praise to you, O God. 
We gather together to learn about Christian traditions. 
Praise to You, O God 
We gather together to learn about our church’s traditions 
Praise to You, O God. 
We gather together in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ 
Praise to You, O God 

Opening Hymn:VU 675 – Will Your Anchor Hold 

Opening Prayer 

Hymn: VU 331 – The Church is One Foundation 

Scripture Readings 

Genesis Chapter 34: Verses 34 – 38 

1 Corinthians Chapter 11 Verse 2 

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 Verse 15 

Psalm Reading: Psalm 45 VU Page 769 

Message: Traditions – Listen to the sermon here

Musical Presentation: Michelle Kotelko 

“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” W. Stevenson – Listen to the song here

Prayer of Dedication of Gifts 

Dear God, we dedicate our offerings to you and your service. Please accept the gift of time from our Board members, the gift of talent from our Choir, Sunday School Teachers, the gift of courage from the lay people of our congregation, and the gift of treasure from each one of us. We offer these gifts with love and gratitude for all your blessings. Amen 

Pastoral Prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer 

Closing Hymn: VU 560 – O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee 

Commissioning and Benediction 

Postlude: Every Time I Feel the Spirit -arr. P. Choplin