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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Feeding with Justice...... Celebrating Restorative Justice Sunday

In Matthew's Gospel chapter 25, Jesus teaches the disciples through the parable of the sheep and the goats. This story brings Jesus' teaching to a dramatic climax that literally sums up all of his teaching and reveals what he is all about and what we are called to be as followers. Of course, speaking in language that meets culture Jesus talks within the context of apocalyptic drama about the separation of people at the end of days. In this case Jesus chooses the image and action of a shepherd sorting out the herds and separating the sheep from the goats. an image that first century Palestinians would clearly understand and relate to. Sheep to the right, goats to the left......... and once separated..... as the story says.....

" Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped for a visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.'   (Matthew 25: 34-36)

In this rich and imaginative parable Jesus goes on to say that the sheep will respond by saying.... " 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling you the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me-- you did it to me.' " (Matthew 25: 40)

To me this is such a  great message that Jesus revealed to the world. It's about recognizing and ensuring that those around us and among us will be cared for. This parable of the sheep and goats doesn't set out belief requirements, doctrines, or creeds. It speaks to how we see Jesus, where we find Jesus, and how we treat one another. It also calls us to intentionally seek those who need help. Each time we do that Jesus is telling us we are helping him. And it goes beyond food, water, housing, clothing. Let's go deeper. Let's look for Jesus in all places, circumstances, conversations and opportunities. In addition to what Jesus says let's consider more opportunities that we are given. Imagine, I was lonely, and you showed me friendship. I was afraid, and you took away my fear. I needed to tell my story and you were there listen. I was tired and you found a way to give me some rest. I needed some space, and you figured that out an honoured it. I felt useless and you helped me to feel useful.

We may not remember that every time we are talking to someone, " Jesus is in this person". That's ok. It's happened before and it happens again and again. That's why in this parable both the people to the left and to the right of the Son of Man ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison?"  (Matthew 25: 37&44) Because we do not always think like this Mother Teresa rightly said,

" If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another. If each person saw God in his neighbour, do you think we would need guns and bombs?"

Amen!.......... My beloved friends, may you see the face of Christ in each and every person you meet and may they see the face of Christ in you.



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,  November  18th, 2018 ~            26th Sunday after Pentecost






INTROIT: Come and seek the ways of wisdom, she who danced when earth was new. Follow closely what she teaches, for her words are just and true. Wisdom clears the path to justice, showing us what love must do. (MV# 10, used with permission)


Opening Prayer (Responsively)

One: We gather in your house O Lord, to draw close to your heart.

All: You love us always. May we respond to your love.

One: We come broken, sad, and hurting. We come bearing the burdens of our lives.

All: You love us always. May we respond to your love.

One: You covenant with us and make us new with your constant love.

All: You love us always. May we respond to your love. Amen.


HYMN : “ O Ancient Love”                                   VU # 17


PRAYER OF RENEWAL: (Unison) Holy, Loving Creator, you have blessed us with a new and renewing covenant – the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You have put your laws in our hearts and written them on our minds. Our souls rejoice in the joy of knowing you.     And yet, we turn away in our guilt, our shame, our suffering. We forget or can’t believe your love is real.   Please help us to turn back to you for healing, hope and peace. Help us believe your promises are true. Amen. (Time of Contemplative Silence) 



HYMN : “I am a Child of God”                           MV # 157           



Hebrew Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 4-20

Ministry of Music                    

Gospel Reading: Mark 13: 1-8                                                                                 

HYMN: “I was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”    VU # 644                          


MESSAGE: “ Covenanting and Change”




THE LORD’S PRAYER                                   



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


HYMN: “Dream a Dream”                                   MV # 158                                                     



CHORAL CLOSING: “Peace be with you, peace forever, peace be with you my friends. Till we meet again, may God be with you. Peace, peace, peace. ( MV# 215 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.