Bible Book Club readings for Sept 1-7

These are the questions for September

Consider the following questions as you read this week:

  • Genesis is made up of a lot of stories. Which story did you like best? Why?
  • What surprised you in reading this book and why do you think you were surprised?
  • What questions do you have after reading this book?
  • What other books does this book remind you of? – doesn’t have to be a Bible book
  • Which character in the book did you like best and for what reason
  • Which character do you like least – and why?
  • Share a favorite quote from this book and say why it stands out. What does this quote mean for your faith?
  • What feelings does this book create?
  • If you had a chance to ask God one question about this book, what would you ask?

Readings for Week One, September 1-7

  • Creation stories: Genesis 1:1-2:25
  • First Sin: Genesis 3:1-24
  • Cain and Abel: Genesis 4:1-16
  • Beginning of Civilization, Adam to Noah: Genesis 4:17-5:32
  • Noah and the Great Flood: Genesis 6:1-9:17
  • Noah and his descendants: 9:1-10:32
  • The Tower of Babel 11:1-9
  • Descendants of Shem: 11:10-26

Read as many as you can.

Jot down your thoughts and by Sunday email them to Pastor Pam at:

Worship service for Sunday, August 30, 2020: the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Gathering Hymn

Sending Hymn

Thank you for gathering for worship. May you be blessed at this time to be a blessing to others this week.
Please return next week to reboot your heart.
Pastor Pam is available for conversation this week.
Thank you for your financial support of your church.

Sunday worship for August 23, 2020 the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Sending hymn: Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining- LBW 405

Lord of light, your name outshining all the stars and suns of space,
use our talents in your kingdom as the servants of your grace.
Use us to fulfill your purpose in the gift of Christ your Son.
Lord of light, as in highest heaven, so on earth Thy will be done.

By the toil of faithful workers in some far outlying field,
by the courage, where the radiance of the cross is still revealed,
by the victories of meekness, through reproach and suff’ring won.
Lord of light, as in highest heaven, so on earth Thy will be done.

Grant that knowledge, still increasing, at your feet may lowly kneel.
With your grace our triumphs hallow, with your charity our zeal.
Lift the nations from the shadows to the gladness of the sun –
Lord of light, as in highest heaven, so on earth Thy will be done.

By the prayers of faithful watchers, never silent day or night,
by the cross of Jesus, bringing peace to all, and healing light,
by the love that passes knowledge, making all your children one,
Lord of light, as in highest heaven, so on earth Thy will be done.

Thank you for worshipping with us. May God be present to you This week.
Pastor Pam McNeil

Worship service for August 16, 2020: the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to worship with the South Grey Bruce Lutheran Parish.

We will celebrate Holy Communion this morning and all are welcome to share in this. Prepare your table with a cloth, wine and bread before beginning worship.

May you be blessed this in this worship service today. (This is a new method of recording… please let me know how it works) Pastor Pam

Thank you for your continuing support of church ministries and mission projects.

Correction to the announcements:

Spencer will not be singing in Neustadt park. He will be singing at Riverside Park in Durham next Sunday evening August 16th (weather permitting) at 7 P.M.
Please bring your own chairs and practice social distancing.

August 9, 2020, The Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

Prayer of the day:

O God, our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and reserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. AMEN


Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was war from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Sermon Link


God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit the comforter bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen

God in peace, Christ is with you. R/ Thanks be to God!

August 2, summer sermon series

August 2, 2020: The Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

Prayer of the day:

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fil all the starving world; through you Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. AMEN


Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have

nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Sermon Text


God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit the comforter bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen

God in peace, Christ is with you. R/ Thanks be to God!

Sunday worship for July 19, the 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See, on the portals he’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me.
(chorus) Come home,(come home) Come home
You who are weary, come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling “O Sinner, come home”.

Prayer of the Day:

Lord take my hand and lead me upon life’s way
Direct, protect and feed me from day to day.
Without your grace and favour I go astray;
So take my hand O saviour, and lead the way.
Lord, when the tempest rages, I need not fear;
For you, the Rock of Ages are always near.
Close by your side abiding, I fear no foe,
For when your hand is guiding, in peace I go.
Lord when the shadows lengthen and night has come,
I know that you will strengthen my steps toward home.
And nothing can impede me, O blessed Friend!
So, take my hand and lead me unto the end. 
Word of God, come down on earth, living rain from heav’n descending
Touch our hearts and bring to birth faith and hope and love unending.
Word almighty we revere you;
Word made flesh, we long to hear you.
Word eternal, throned on high, Word that brought to life creation,
Word that come from heav’n to die, crucified for our salvation.
Saving word, the world restoring,
Speak to us, your love outpouring.
Word that speaks God’s tender love, one with God beyond all telling
Word that sends us from above God the Spirit, with us dwelling,
Word of truth, to all truth lead us
Word of life, with one bread feed us.
Spirit of God, Descend upon my heart
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, strength to me impart,
And make me love you as I ought to love
I ask no dream, No prophet ecstasies
No sudden rending of the veil of clay;
No angel visitant, no op’ning skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away
Have you not bid me love you, God and King;
All, all your own, soul, heart, and strength, and mind?
I see your cross; there teach my heart to cling,
Oh, let me seek you and oh let me find!
Teach me to love you as your angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame:
The baptism of the heav’n-descended dove
My heart an altar, and your love the flame.
A mighty fortress is our God,
A sword and shield victorious
He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe has sworn to work us woe
With craft and dreadful might
He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.
No strength of ours can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight
Whom God himself elected.
You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God’s only Son adored.
He holds the field victorious.
Though hordes of devils fill the land
All threat’ning to devour us.
We tremble not, unmoved we stand;
They cannot over-pow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage; In battle we’ll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.
God’s word forever shall abide,
No thanks to foes, who fear it;
For God himself fights by our side
With weapons of the spirit.
Were they to take our house, Goods, honour, child, or spouse.
Though life be wrenched away,
They cannot win the day.
The kingdom’s our forever!
O Master let me walk with you, In lowly paths of service true; 
Tell me your secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care. 

Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me your patience; share with me a closer, dearer company.
In work that keeps faith sweet an strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong. 

In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future's broad'ning way,
In peace that only you can give; with you, O master, let me live. 
Let us pray for the church and God’s people in every land: (Pause)
Beautiful Saviour, King of creation,
Son of God, and Son of Man
Truly I’d love thee, truly I’d serve thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.
Let us pray for creation, for restoration of our planet, and the sustainment of living creatures: (Pause)
Fair are the meadows,
Fair is the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
He makes our sorrowing spirits sing.
Let us pray for all in need of Your loving care:
Fair is the sunshine; Fair is the moonlight
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines fairer
Than all the angels in the sky.
Let us pray for God’s kingdom coming, and here on earth: (Pause)
Beautiful saviour, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honour, Praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be thine.
Go my children with my blessing, never alone;
Waking sleeping, I am with you, you are my own.
In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever
Go my children, with my blessing, you are my own.
Go my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure.
Here you hear my dear Son’s story, here you touched him, saw his glory
Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
Go, my children, fed and nourished, closer to me.
Grow in love, and love by serving, Joyful and free.
Here my Spirit’s power filled you, here my tender comfort stilled you.
Go, my children, fed and nourished, joyful and free. 

Thank you to Laurie Zimmerman and her backup singing birds for the opening recording of Softly and Tenderly.

Thank you for continuing to support your church with your gifts and tithes.

Pastor Pam will be away on a vacation break until August 10. Contact Greg Dixon if you have emergency pastoral needs. (519.369.5364)

The summer sermon series prepared by Canadian Bishops and their assistants will be published each week during my vacation. There are some very interesting sermons scheduled that you will not want to miss.

Covid is not over – we have just been successful at not spreading it. Continue to keep safe over the summer – wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and do not stray far from your bubble group. Summer blessings to all.

Sunday Worship for the Sixth Sunday in Pentecost: July 12, 2020

All may say: We rejoice with you in the life of baptism. Together we will give thanks and praise to God and proclaim the good news to all the world.

Thank you for being part of worship this morning. May you be moved and blessed in this time together.

We respond to God’s love with our gifts and our tithes. Please remember that the bills are not on lockdown. Offering may be sent to: St Paul Lutheran Church Neustadt – 379 Adam St, Neustadt, N0G 2M0; St Paul’s Lutheran Church Normanby – PO Box 66, Neustadt N0G 2M0; St Matthew Lutheran Church – PO Box 218, Mildmay N0G 2J0.

Lector this morning was Jenn Tersteege. The communion liturgy has been inspired by Third Space worship community and Rev Anne Anderson. Thank you to Debbie Lou Ludolph of the Kanata Centre, Martin Luther University College, and Rev Ronnie Smith from Peace Lutheran Church, Pickering for organizing the virtual choir (formed to celebrate the 2020 graduates of MLUC)

Pastor Pam will be on vacation from July 19 – August 10. Emergency pastoral care can be arranged by contacting Greg Dixon (519.369.5364), chairperson of the parish working committee.

Sunday Worship for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost: July 5 (is it July already?) 2020

Come gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
With light and comfort from above
Come, be our guardian and our guide
O'er ev'ry thought and step preside

The light of truth to us display 
and make us know and choose your way;
Plant holy fear in ev'ry heart
that we from God may ne'er depart

Lead us to Christ, the living way, 
Nor let us know and choose your way;
Lead us to holiness, the road
that we must take to dwell with God

Lead us to heav'n, that we may share
Fullness of joy for ever there;
Lead us to our eternal rest
To be with God, forever blest.

Hymn 242

Let the whole creation cry
"Glory be to the Lord on high"
Heav'n and earth, awake and sing,
"Praise him, our almighty King!"
Praise him, angel hosts above
ever bright and fair in love;
Sun and moon, lift up your voice;
Night and stars in God rejoice

Warriors fighting for the Lord, 
Prophets burning with His word, 
Those to whom the arts belong
Add their voices to the song. 
Kings of knowledge and of low
the the glorious circle draw;
All who work and al who wait
sing "the Lord is good and great!"

Men and women, young and old,
Raise the anthem loud and bod
And et children's happy hearts
In this worship take heir parts;
From the north to southern pole
Let the mighty chorus roll;
"Holy, Holy, Holy One;
Glory be to God alone!"

Thank you for your presence in worship this morning. May your life be changed today in Christ.

Please continue to support this parish with your offering.
St Paul Lutheran Church Neustadt – 379 Adam St, Neustadt, N0G 2M0; 
St Paul’s Lutheran Church Normanby – PO Box 66, Neustadt N0G 2M0; 
St Matthew Lutheran Church – PO Box 218, Mildmay N0G 2J0.

Pastor Pam McNeil can be reached at 226-751-6398
Thank you to worship participants, Dave and Marlene Dietz.