Church & Home – Happy Thanksgiving

Church & Home – Happy Thanksgiving


On Thursday as the community gathered to celebrate the life of Joan Cairns, we were invited to share a taste of Halwa.  As it was explained to us, Halwa is a traditional dish from Afghanistan.  It is slightly sweet and very fragrant, a style of spread, served with bread.  It is a traditional dish of blessing – that the sweet scents and the sharing together help the spirit of the deceased to rise towards heaven.

Sharing in the bread and Halwa was a new experience for many of us gathered there. We tasted and ate with thanksgiving.  We were thankful for the gathering, and we were thankful for the gift.  We were thankful for that which was familiar and that which was new.

This Thanksgiving weekend, you are invited to think about the familiar and the new in your conversations, and in your own prayers.  What are you thankful for that has been a familiar part of your life?  And, what are you thankful for that you would consider new?

You are invited to be part of the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 10:00 at Transcona Memorial United Church.  You are invited to be present.  And, if you cannot be present, you are invited to join in the livestream. (There will not be a recording made.)

Here’s the ZOOM link:

There are other things to which you are invited too.  Details were shared in the Midweek musing for:

TOUCH (in partnership with the Studio Art Quilt Associates) Thursday through Sunday.  Volunteers are still needed to help host!

Messy Church on Friday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Group on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Quiz Night on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. (tickets are now $10) – tables are set for 6, bring a team or come on your own!

ZOOM noon hour study group beginning on October 20.

Dinner theatre still needs someone to play a female part.

And, office hours are irregular, so please email to make sure someone is there if you want to drop by.

All the details are available on previous emails and on

We keep you in our prayers and thank you for your ongoing support,
Carol and Jeff

Words for Worship for Sunday, October 9, 2022
Thanksgiving Sunday

*we invite those who are able to stand


*INTROIT:  There is Room For All – More Voices #62
There is room for all in the shadow of God’s wing;
there is room for all, sheltered in God’s love.
And I rejoice and sing,
My refuge and my rock in whom I trust.”
There is room for all, there is room for all.
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One:   The Lord be with you.
All:     And also with you.
One:   Lift up your hearts.
All:     We lift them up to the Lord.
One:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All:     It is right to give God thanks and praise.

*HYMN: “Come, You Thankful People, Come” Voices United  #516

Prayer:  Holy God, we come as thankful people this day.  We thank you for the gifts that fill our lives.  We thank you for your presence which surrounds us.  Help us to follow your way in living.  Help us to be open to your Word.  Help us to care for others.  Help us to live with justice for all.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Anthem:  All I Have written by Stan Pethel

Luke 17:11-19
Reflection by Esther and Emmett
Psalm 100 sung!  “Make a Joyful Noise” Voices United #820

*HYMN: “We Praise You, O God” Voices United #218

Rituals of Thanksgiving:  The Thanksgiving Address (video recording shared by Tessa and Hañwakañ Blaikie Whitecloud)
Anthem:  Just a Closer Walk written by Nancy Price and Don Besig

OFFERTORY: Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands – Voices United #602
Your Work, O God, needs many hands
to help you everywhere,
and some there are who cannot serve
unless our gifts we share.
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CALL TO PRAYER: “O God, Hear my Prayer” – Voices United #948
O God, hear my prayer, O God, hear my prayer;
When I call, answer me.
O God, hear my prayer, O God, hear my prayer,
come and listen to me.
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The prayer that Jesus taught…

*Hymn: “For the Fruit of All Creation” Voices United #227

*Blessings and Sending Forth

*Choral Blessing:   “I am Walking a Path of Peace” – More Voices #221
I am walking a path of peace,
I am walking a path of peace,
I am walking a path of peace,
lead me home, lead me home…I am home.
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