St Paul's United Church, Midland, Ontario
St. Paul’s United Church, Midland, ON
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ministers: Rev. Karen Ptolemy-Stam & Rev. Bev Irwin
Music Director–Victoria Warwick
Summer Student - Paw Roe

“Behold I Do A New Thing”

Isaiah 43:19
SOMETHING TO PONDER: We are continuing our theme for July “Behold I Do A New Thing.”
What helps us see possibilities and what hinders us from seeing possibilities?

One: This is a wondrous moment: being together; a moment of reflection, a moment of
gratitude; a moment of amazing awareness of God’s Holy Mystery.
All: We are here to reconnect and to be sensitized to that side of us we often neglect, our
spiritual awareness.

One: We trust that your summer is going well: at the cottage, summer holidays, lying in a
hammock enjoying the summer breeze and reading your favourite books.
All: We open our hearts to God’s tender presence.
One: Things are happening – there is a wave of hope in the midst of this time of hopelessness
and struggle and world confusion.
All: That is the Good News that renews us and encourages us.

As we light this candle, may it remind us that Christ is in us and in our world.
SUNG RESPONSE: VU #958 (sung twice) Halle, halle, halle
Wondrous, awesome presence, we come with eager minds and ready hearts. May we
feel that glowing presence in the words and music as we celebrate today. Open our
hearts to a deeper love and our minds to the infinite possibilities that are before us.
Today we celebrate in community as faith-filled, spirit-filled people. Amen.

THEME CONVERSATION (remember the story of George Washington Carver – can you see
possibilities in your life?)
LORD’S PRAYER (sung VU#960)
(Discovery Kids Activity with Paw Roe)

SPECIAL MUSIC – VU #371 Open My eyes Vox Femina
May these wise words be a source of wisdom, courage and strength. Amen
READINGS: Mark 9:14-24; and
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present
moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ¯ Thomas Merton

HYMN – VU #322 O God, Whose first Creative Word


SPECIAL MUSIC - Duo Seraphim Clamabant – Vox Femina
Grant us, God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living we may offer faithfully.

HYMN VU #582 There’s A Spirit In the Air
Sung Benediction: MV#156
Dance with the Spirit early in the morning,
Walk with the Spirit throughout the long day,
Work & hope for the new life a-born-in,
Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.

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July 16, 2017

308 King Street, Midland, On L4R 3M6
Phone 705-526-6077 Fax 705-526-4020
Email Website:
Service and Discovery Kids 10 am

Ministers: Rev. Karen Ptolemy-Stam & Rev. Bev Irwin
Music Director: Victoria Warwick
Summer Student: Paw Roe
Bible Reader: Lorelei Blane-Smith

Welcome Friends!
Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life’s journey,
You are welcome here!
Whether you are a child, youth, adult or elder,
You are welcome here!
Whatever your ethnic origin or language;
sexual orientation or gender identity;
religious tradition or theological position;
whatever your economic status or political persuasion
You are welcome here!
If you are differently abled,
you are welcome here!
If you are spiritually weary and in need of rest,
If you are mourning a deep loss in your life,
If you are skeptical;
if you have been hurt by religion,
If you have questions,
If you come full of doubts or confidence, joy or sorrow,
You are welcome here because you are God’s creation, and WIDE is God’s Welcome!!
Friends! You are Welcome in this Place –
Just as you are.

Welcome and thank you to Vox Femina, who will be singing the special music today.

Pastoral Care: During the month of July, the Rev. Bev Irwin will be available for pastoral care.
Rev. Karen Ptolemy-Stam will be available during the month of August.

Seniors Tea and Communion Service: On Tuesday, July 25th at 11:30 a.m., there will be a
Traditional Communion Service followed by a luncheon and tea here at St. Paul’s. If you need
transportation, please let us know as we have drivers for the day! Please RSVP to 707-526-6077
or by Thursday July 20th.

Pastoral Care Visitors Workshop: Are you currently a pastoral care visitor or do you wish to
become a volunteer for a few hours per week or month? We have a growing number of homebound
folk who would welcome a visit on behalf of the St. Paul’s church family.
A Pastoral Visitor Planning Workshop is being held on July 24th from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. to meet,
organize and share tips for visiting. If you haven’t already let Bev know, please let her know of
your interest immediately.

Fundraising Dance: Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated or participated at
Saturday’s event and helped make it a success! Stay tuned for the final figure of the amount
raised toward our Elevate Accessibility project.

Annual Summerfest: The second annual St. Paul’s Summerfest begins July 19th, running
every Wednesday until August 23rd. There will be full-course meals between 5:30 and 6:45,
followed by family entertainment. Cost for the full evening is $15.00.

How are we doing financially?: We are happy to report that half way through the year we
are NOT in a deficit position. Thank you again for your generosity to St Paul's Church. Our
surplus over our 2017 budget is $1,947. Here is an update on finances as of June 30, 2017,
compared to same period in 2016:
2017 2016
Income: $159,590 $167,029
Expenses: $150,008 $156,117
Balance: $ 9,582 $ 10,912

Elevate Accessibility: We're getting closer to reaching the congregational goal of raising
$250,000 towards the Elevate Accessibility renovation. With the most recent donation of $2,500
from the Cliff Pendlebury Fund of the Huronia Community Foundation, we are only short
$29,201.82 of the congregation’s donation target. For those of you who wish to spread the
word, don't forget to let your friends and family know about the "Donate Now" button on our
website at where you can direct your donation towards the project.
Let's work together to meet our financial commitment in time for the Open House this Fall.
Together, we can do it!

July 31-August 4: “Make a Joyful Noise”
– a great opportunity for children ages 5-12, from 9 am to noon. There are lots of activities
including stories, games, music, crafts, snacks, fun and adventure! Please see Paw Roe to
register or use the registration form on our web site.