Deer Lake United Church

The greeter sets the tone for each person's entry into the church on that day. While our current greeter will always be our "senior greeter", we do need to provide her with assistance as most people arrive at the church during the last ten minutes before the service starts. If you would like to help greeting, a few tips on greeting are offered:

There is more on than preaching at Deer Lake! If preaching is understood as opening ourselves to allow God's word to flow through our words, then everyone who has read scripture during worship has preached. We are truly blessed to have had a variety of people of different ages and genders offer God's word to our worship experience as they read scripture on a Sunday morning. While this is an awesome responsibility, there are a few pointers that may be helpful in performing this task.

With the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century, the Reformed Church was birthed and the validation of people's own prayers to God was acknowledged. suddenly it was acknowledged that people could pray! Deer Lake has the tradition of laypeople offering the prayers during the service, which reminds us of these historical roots. Usually, the person who reads scripture will also offer the prayers of the people as well. A few considerations beyond those offered earlier under "Reading Scripture" may be helpful.

Deer Lake includes the prayers of concern and joy in the prayers of the people. A prayer table is located in the lobby where everyone is welcomed to record their particular prayer request so that it may be offered. for pastoral follow up,there is an opportunity to indicate if you would like some support from either the pastor or a member of the pastoral care team.

A team who write the Prayers of the People began with one person and has now grown to over a dozen members. They have met on several occasions for the purpose of growing and supporting one another in this important ministry. Each member is assigned approximately one of the 12 upcoming Sundays. To help in constructing the prayer, they are given an outline of the theme of the service and the specific scripture readings to be used, as well as the countries we include in the ecumenical prayer cycle. Writers agree to submit their prayer at least two weeks prior to the service. To free people up to offer their unencumbered expression of faith in prayer, the writer's name is not announced and the person offering the prayer during worship cannot be the writer. A starter package is available for new people who feel called to take this on. This group is coordinated By Dana and Bill. Why not consider writing a prayer for an upcoming service?

Liturgical arts are a visual way we express our awe for the holy. Deer Lake has always taken pride in its work with the liturgical arts. An incredible selection of seasonal banners and pulpit covers have been prayerfully constructed along with the "Seed and the Sower" wall hanging that was lovingly made by the hands of the late Wenda and (her humble helper) Carol and Marlene. They are always looking for people who would like to help with or to take on projects big or small. Maybe that person might be you?

The donation of flowers to the worship service can be a very powerful way to enhance the worship experience for everyone who gathers. They also can be a special way to remember a person or event. There is a sign-up sheet posted in the fellowship hall to indicate a Sunday you with to provide flowers. Flowers left behind do not go to waste but are delivered by the pastor to people who might be ill or in need of some special care. Why not sign up for an upcoming Sunday?

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