South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge

South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge...We Are Linked In Love!!

Whether you attend the Courtland United Church or Cultus United Church, you will be met with warmth and sincerity. We are a 2 point charge known as the South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge. We welcome ALL to join us on Sunday mornings, or anytime...for worship and friendship! Under the loving and brilliant guidance of our Minister  Ted Smith, you will be enlightened and moved.

CULTUS UNITED CHURCH: Located at  748-6th Concession Road ENR, Cultus, Ontario          WORSHIPS on Sundays at  9:00am  

COURTLAND UNITED CHURCH: Located at 133 Talbot Street, Courtland, Ontario                   WORSHIPS on Sundays at 10:30am        

Our Mission Statement:   The South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge is called to be a Christian community empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

CONTACT US:   EMAIL:                  Office Phone: 519-688-4050

OUR MAILING ADDRESS: South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge, P.O.Box 129, 119 Talbot Road, Courtland, On., N0J1E0  




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A SUMMER MESSAGE       " Come and Rest In Jesus"  

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus and the disciples went back and forth crossing the Sea of Galilee so many times it’s hard to figure out a pattern or a motive in their plans. That is, of course until the sixth chapter of Mark where it’s clear why they went back out to sea: the disciple needed a rest, needed a break. 

They had just returned from their first mission, as Jesus sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. They went and had a very successful mission, preaching repentance and healing people. So here at the sea shore of Galilee they arrive to find Jesus. Imagine the excitement, the Apostles eagerly wanting to share their stories with their Teacher! But Jesus knew what they had experienced, how tired they would have been, and he offered them sanctuary, rest.


“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” Mark 6:31b 

Come and rest, come and rest….. What an invitation from Jesus, who knows his friends, his followers, his disciples.


No matter who we are, young or how old, working or retired we are challenged by the busyness of life. Such as we are, human, we sometimes lose track of where we are, how we are, who we are. So we need to be reminded that we are God’s beloved. This story from Mark’s Gospel that invites the Apostles to come and rest with Jesus is also an invitation for us. Come to that quiet place, and rest with Jesus.


As summer unfolds, we will all share fun times with family, maybe time on the road traveling, cottage time, camping time, fishing time. Let these special times feed your soul. I invite all of us to be looking for God’s presence in all of our living. No matter where you find yourself each day, Jesus invitation to come and rest for a while in him stands waiting. So if you start feeling rushed, pushed faster than you want to go, weary from the daily trek, simply stop, catch your breath, go to the place of rest with Jesus, in prayer, meditation, the Gospel, conversation with a friend. Jesus is there in all of it. Sometimes we have to remember to get very quiet so we can hear him………. Summer Blessings to you, my beloved friends. 

                                                                                                               Pastor   Ted.

South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada


Music Leaders: Judy Dekorte / Heather Myers / Lynn Jennings / Gwen Booker

Office Administrator: Leslie Pettinger        Office Phone: 519-688-4050            Email:  

~Sunday, July 22, 2018~       ~ 9th Sunday After Pentecost ~

Welcome to our Guest Speaker: Becky Trembley:)






INTROIT: Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion. Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice. Roots hold me close, wings set me free; Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me. (VU# 381, used with permission)


Call to Worship: ( Responsively )

One: We come together as family to worship God.

All: God’s love will last forever.

One: We long for relationship and a sense of belonging.

All: God’s love will last forever.

One: When we follow in Jesus’ ways,

All: God’s love will last forever.

One: When we go astray and need another chance,

All: God’s love will last forever.

One: When we think of coming home and finding peace,

All: We find God’s heart and know God has made a home in our hearts as well.


HYMN : “ Part of the Family”                                VU # 395                                       


PRAYER OF RENEWAL: (Unison) Forgiving God, you call us to new life; to a life lived with immeasurable love and unfailing reconciliation. Yet we fail to forgive our neighbour for a small displeasure we may have. We fail to tell a loved one how we truly love them when we have the chance. We fail to recognize how our pride becomes a catalyst for anger. And our anger a catalyst for words we cannot take back. Forgive us Lord. You are always just waiting for us to turn to you, to believe in your faithfulness, to trust in your ways. Help us to never be afraid to come to you at anytime. Amen.           (Time of Contemplative Silence)




HYMN : “For the Beauty of the Earth (VU# 81 melody)        VU # 226                   



Hebrew Reading: Psalm 89:20-37   Responsive VU # 804

Ministry of Music                    

Gospel Reading: Mark 6 : 30-34, 53-56                                                                           

HYMN: “It Only Takes a Spark”                       VU # 289                               


MESSAGE: “ Behind the Scenes”





THE LORD’S PRAYER                                   



OFFERTORY: “Grant Us God the Grace of Giving”   VU# 540*


HYMN: “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families VU# 556                                                   



CHORAL CLOSING: I feel the winds of God today; today my sail I lift, though heavy oft with drenching spray and torn with many a rift; if hope but light the waters crest, and Christ my bark will use, I’ll seek the seas at his behest, and brave another cruise. VU   # 625 verse 1 used with permission


The South West Norfolk Pastoral Charge is a Christian community empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit, following the teachings of Jesus Christ and showing our faith by our actions and deeds.