Drumbo-Richwood Pastoral Charge

June 2, 2013


Willis’ 144th Anniversary


We Gather to Celebrate God’s Presence

*Indicates a time to stand if you are able.





Lighting of the Christ Candle

Christ is our Light.

            Thanks be to God.



Today we gather to celebrate!

            We celebrate 144 years of faith-filled ministry.

Today God invites us to rejoice.

            We rejoice as people of God,

            thankful that we can serve and care.

Today God invites us to dream.

            We dream of sharing love and new possibilities.

Let us join our hearts and voices to worship God. 

* AN ANNIVERSARY HYMN”- Tune: Ode to Joy


God we thank you, God we praise you

that you’ve brought us to this hour 

and that we have journeyed safely guided by your Spirit’s power.       

At this time of anniversary may we now to you draw near,

off’ring prayers and songs of gladness for another grace-filled year.


God of time and God of history you are first and you are last:

Keep alive the sacred story of the saints of ages past --

those who built this congregation with the labours of their hands,

and the faithful generations of your church in many lands.



God of hope, the earth’s tomorrow, may we your disciples be:

Filled with hope that never falters, help us live courageously.

As we pause along the journey on the pathway you have laid,

Strong Protector, may we ever face the future unafraid.       


Creator God, on this Anniversary Sunday we celebrate

the 144 years of the Willis United Church and the

lives of her people.  May we learn from the past, open

our hearts to your call, and share Christ’s love into the

future which you unfold before us. Bless this time we

share today, we pray in Jesus’ name, saying: Our Father, …..



*HYMN   # 274          “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided”


Your hand, O God, had guided your flock from age to age;

the wondrous tale is written, full clear, on every page.

Our forebears owned your goodness, and we their deeds record;

And both to this bear witness: one church, one faith, one Lord.


Through many days of darkness, through many scenes of strife,

the faithful few fought bravely to guard your people’s life.

Their gospel of redemption, sin pardoned, earth restored,

was all in this enfolded: one church, one faith, one Lord.


And we, shall we be faithless? Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?

Shall we evade the conflict and cast away our crown?

Not so: in God’s deep counsels some better thing is stored;

we will maintain, unflinching, one church, one faith, one Lord.


Your mercy will not fail us, nor leave your work undone;

with your right hand to help us, the victory shall be won;

and then, by earth and heaven, your name shall be adored,

and this shall be our anthem: one church, one faith, one Lord.


STORY TIME   Michael Shewburg


            Like a rock, like a rock, God is under our feet.

           Like the starry night sky God is over our head.

            Like the sun on the horizon God is ever before.

            Like the river runs to ocean, our home is in God evermore.



We Listen for God’s Word


*HYMN   # 595          “We Are Pilgrims”


We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road;

we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.


Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.


I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.


I will weep when you are weeping,

when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;

I will share your joy and sorrow, till we’ve seen this journey through.


When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony,

Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.


Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;

pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.





We Respond to God’s Call



*Presented in Song   # 191 (MV)        “What Can I Do?”                

                        What can I do?  What can I bring?

                        What can I say?  What can I sing?

                        I’ll sing with joy.  I’ll say a prayer.

I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share. (Repeat)

 *Prayer of Dedication

Prayers of the People # VU 400

Lord, listen to your children praying;

Lord, send your Spirit in this place.

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

Pastoral Prayers


We Go Out into God’s World

*HYMN # 705     “For All the Saints”


For all the saints, who from their glory rest,

all who  by faith before the world confessed,

your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.

Hallelujah, hallelujah!


You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;

you were their captain in the well-fought fight;

you, in the darkness drear, their one true light.

Hallelujah, hallelujah!


But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day

the saints in triumphant rise in bright array:

as God to glory calls them all away. Hallelujah, hallelujah!


From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Hallelujah, hallelujah!



Go gently, go lightly, go safe in the Spirit,

Live simply, don’t carry much more than you need:

Go trusting God’s goodness, go spreading God’s kindness,

Stay centred on Jesus and where he will lead.


Go singing, go bringing the gifts of the spirit,

Go hopefully searching for things that are true:

In living, in loving, whatever befalls you,

God keep you, God bless you in all that you do.


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We welcome and thank

Michael Shewburg

for being with us this morning

to help celebrate

Willis’ 144th Anniversary



A living church is one that remembers the past,

lives in the present, and works for  the future.


Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 



Minister:           Rev. Elizabeth Lemon           

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Organist:           Joan Shantz                

           Address:             P.O. Box 97, Drumbo, N0J 1G0

          Telephone:            Office: 519-463-5222

Did You Know……?

·         That in 1868 the people in Drumbo requested to “hae a Kirk o’ oor Ain” which resulted in the building of Willis Presbyterian Church in 1869.

·         That the half acre of land on which this church was built cost $50.

·         That this church was named in honour of Dr. Michael Willis who was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in 1870.

·         That by 1914 the congregation needed a larger building and the vote to build a new church was passed unanimously.

·         That in April 1915 the Baptist church offered to share their building with the Presbyterians until the new church was built – a total of eighteen months.

·         That most of the work of taking down the old church and building the new one was done by the volunteer efforts of the members, adherents and friends of the congregation.

·         That the corner stone was laid on June 29, 1915.

·         That the total cost of the new building was 1,288.43.

·         That the grand opening and dedicatory service took place on September 17, 1916 and was conducted by The Rev. Dr. Gibson of Knox Presbyterian Church, Woodstock.

·         That in 1925, when The United Church of Canada was born, this building was only ten years old, so the Methodists were invited and welcomed by the Presbyterians to join them here.

·         That on May 6, 1984 the lighted oak cross at the front of the church was dedicated.

·         That on May 25, 1986 the two glass front doors were dedicated.







Announcements/ Upcoming Events

·         Everyone is invited to join us for a time of fellowship, refreshments, in the church hall following the service.


·         Coffee Time-: Every Monday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Willis United Church.


·         Cent-a-meal Project brought $970.00 this time and thanks to everyone who helped collect it or donated to it.

·         Willis United Church 144thAnniversary Mission & Service Fund Challenge – Please save your pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters; special envelopes are on the table at front entrance.

·         Official Board- Tues. June 4 at Richwood at 7:30 p.m.

·         Fri. June 7 –Messy Church – St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall at 5:30 p.m. Elgin and Main St. Princeton. 6 p.m. Celebration 6:20 p.m. Supper (Cheese and Veggie Pizza)  It’s Free.  Messy Church is brought to you by your community church families: United, Anglican and Catholic and by “The Coffee Guys”  See Flyer on bulletin board.

·         Mon. June 10-UCW June Retreat- Ingersoll Seniors Centre, 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. Cost 1.50. Pre-Registration by June 3. Meal limited to 85 registrants.

·         Sun. June 23 Rev. Liz last service-Potluck Picnic after the service.  Drinks and cake will be provided.  Bring your own dishes and cutlery and a dish to contribute to our picnic and enjoy some fellowship together under the trees.   We are looking for someone to help run a few games for the children at the picnic.  Let Liz Mason know if you are able to help out.


·         Sun. Sept. 8- Baseball Tournament at Innerkip Park for Oxford Presbytery.  Please contact Lorraine if interested in playing ball.  


Ted & Judy Leuszler – In Memory of Our Parents – Herb & Helen Balkwill, Charlie & Leah Leuszler, In Memory of  Jim Balkwill.

In Honour of Ann Hoard for her dedication over the years.

Larry & Vera Balkwill – In Memory of – Herb and Helen Balkwill

Pat Harmer – In Honour of Carol Beaton having her special birthday this year.

Ed & Gwen Stott – In Memory of John Stott and Elizabeth (Bessie) Macey          

Betty Burgess & Jim & Sharon Baker – In Memory of Don Burgess and George & Eileen Hoskin

John and MaryEllen Perrin – In Memory of James Hugh Perrin

Carol Beaton – In Honour of Pat Harmer

Grace Balkwill – In Memory of Jim Balkwill

Doug, Sandra & Judi Wilson – In Honour of Robert Wilson,

In Memory of Eileen Wilson

Lorraine & Carl McLean – In Memory of May and Joe Hayward

Dave, Michelle, Madi and Emma VanWyk – In Memory of Connor and Curtis VanWyk

Harv, Tanya, Greg, Nicole, Olivia and Madelyn Rabe – In Memory of Sheila Rabe

Carol Cowan- In Honour of Joan Shantz