"A Village Church With A Heart For The World"

October 28, 2020

                        Worship Leader:  Mike Mundell             Music Director:  Tim Hallman

 12 Perth St., PO Box 113, Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0
(613)498-0281 (Phone)   (613)498-2589 (Fax)
Office Hours:  Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net                www.lynunitedchurch.com             Follow on Twitter:  @Ch1United

​​To watch the service live: 

Special Announcement About Church Reopening: We will not be conducting in-person Sunday morning services.

 With the rise in community-spread Covid-19 cases in Ontario and in our local area, the Covid Team and Council feel that is would be best to not hold in-person worship services until the numbers fall again. This was not a decision that was made easily, as we know how much many of you were looking forward to worshiping together again. However, we do feel that is a good decision as we want to ensure that our congregation remains as safe as possible in these uncertain times.

Hymn Books:  Because the words of the hymns will no longer be scrolled in our online services or typed into the body of our written services, we would like to offer the loan of a Voices United hymn book to those of you who like to sing along. Please let us know if you would like a carefully sanitized hymn book delivered to you, and we will be happy to make sure you get one.  Call Lois at 613 498 3225 (leave a message) or send an email to lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net.



Call to Worship:  (ringing the bells)

Opening music:  For the Beauty of the Earth

Good morning.  Welcome to this morning’s service.  Today we are celebrating World Food Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created World Food Day to commemorate its founding in Quebec City, October 16, 1945. The goal of the FAO is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system.

 My name is JoAnne Sytsma.  I am the Co-Chair of the Board at the Brockville and Area Food Bank.  I have been volunteering at the food bank for the last 12 years.  It started out as a 2 hour per week commitment to help hand out food to hungry families in our community that has turned out to be a cause that I am deeply committed to.

 It is a pleasure to be here with you this morning and to lead this service.  I will be using resources from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank 2020 World Food Day worship service “Your Kingdom Banquet Come”.

In the darkest valley,
at the banquet table;
in the hard work of life,
at the moments of ease; in our day-to-day reality,
at times set aside– like this time, now– for worship, for listening, for paying attention;
with every step we take:
goodness and mercy follow us;
our cups overflow.

Light Christ Candle

Prayers of the People:
 Lord, in your mercy:
hear our prayer.
Almighty God, in Christ you taught us to pray,
and promised that we would receive all that we ask in his name.

Hear now our prayers:
for this congregation, its mission and ministry …
for the healing of the earth …
for peace and justice in the world …
for nations and leaders …
for our local community …
for the poor and oppressed …
for the bereaved and lonely …
for all who need healing …

Guide us, O God, by your Holy Spirit,
that all of our prayers and all of our lives
may serve your will and show your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn:  Plough the Fields


 Old testament lesson:  Exodus 33: 12-23

New testament reading:  Mathew 22: 1-14 

Hymn:  For the Beauty of the Earth

 Prayer for Illumination/Confession:
God of glory,
you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world,
to reveal your love for all people.

 We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light.
We turn away from the poor;
we ignore cries for justice;
we do not strive for peace.

 Forgive us, God.  In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin,
and baptize us once again with your Spirit,
so that, as forgiven and renewed people,
we may reflect the love and life of Jesus Christ
into our world. Thanks be to God; amen.


   Every year more than 16,000 individuals in our community come to the Brockville and Area Food Bank to receive help in meeting their families’ food needs.   Some of these people will come only once or twice and others will return every month for the help they need.  What started out as a stop-gap measure to provide emergency food support to our community in 1985 has become a way of life for a generation of citizens who live in poverty.

   The Brockville and Area Food Bank serves the City of Brockville and the rural townships of Front on Yonge, Elizabethtown-Kitley and part of Augusta.  We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed entirely by volunteers. 

   The Brockville and Area Food Bank is a Registered charity. We are members of Food Banks Canada and Feed Ontario.  As members of these organizations we operate under their operational guidelines and standards of care.  Food Banks Canada and Feed Ontario source food and funds for member agencies and help keep our shelves stocked. Additionally, these two organizations focus a great deal of time and energy advocating for those living in poverty who suffer from hunger and food insecurity.

   The food bank has about 50 volunteers who help each week to receive, sort, pack and distribute food to our families. On an average day we have about 10 people working at the food bank.

   Until COVID-19 changed our world, families visited the food bank on a drop-in basis.  They would come by when they needed food and we would provide them with the supplies they needed.  After the province shut down non-essential services, we needed to re-think our operation.  We had to find a way to safely meet the needs of our volunteers and clients.  Many of our volunteers were seniors and had to leave for fear of contracting the virus.  That left us terribly short-handed. Clients were afraid to leave their homes to go out for food, so we had to find ways to get food to them.  Building occupancy was reduced to 3 clients at a time to maintain social distancing, and wait-times were long.  We scrambled trying to find hand sanitizer and face masks which were in short supply.

   Amid all of these problems, help arrived.  Funding began to flow to food banks from the province through Feed Ontario, the City of Brockville, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.  Local individuals, businesses and churches also donated food and funds to help us meet the demand.

   Emergency food boxes were delivered to the food bank from Feed Ontario.  We were able give them out to families with minimal contact.   A local car dealership donated a van so we could get food to people who needed it but could not leave their homes.  Teachers and other people who found themselves without work stepped up to volunteer.  Donations came in to help cover the extra costs involved with supplementing food for children who were no longer able to access school nutrition programs.  PPE was sourced and provided to all who needed it.

   When income supports started to come through and CERB was implemented, we saw a decrease in food bank use.  Our families had extra funds and were able to manage on their own.  Food bank visits from April to August were lower than in other years, proof that many people living in poverty are capable of managing on their own when they have adequate incomes.

     As some emergency funding has come to an end, we have seen an increase in requests for assistance in September and October.  We are aware that visits will continue to increase as the economic impact of the pandemic continues to hit our community.  It will take many months before we have a clear understanding of how the pandemic will affect food bank use in the future.

   Poverty, hunger and food insecurity go hand in hand.  The people who are least able to weather crises like the pandemic and subsequent economic fall-out are those that have the fewest resources.  Most people who rely on food banks are subsisting on social supports that are totally inadequate.  For example, a single person receiving Ontario Works benefits will have approximately $700 per month to live on.  The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Brockville is $761.  Ontario Disability Support Payments are just over $1,000 per month.  Even those who are working at minimum wage struggle to make ends meet.  When faced with impossible decisions like paying rent or eating, often food becomes a luxury. 

   One of the greatest challenges food banks face is educating people to understand the truth about poverty and its root causes.  There is a common belief that people who are poor and use food banks are lazy.  That their poverty is self-inflicted. That somehow people who use food banks have done something wrong and have brought their problems on themselves.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  People living in poverty are forced to become experts at cost cutting. Couponing, price matching, watching for sales, and frequenting discount stores are a way of life. Healthier food options are often forgone in favour of low-cost foods. 

   People who are living in poverty and are food insecure lack one thing: adequate income.  They are perfectly capable of looking after themselves and their families but lack the income they need to do so.

   Food insecurity and poverty cannot be solved with food donations, any more than global warming can be solved with air conditioners.  Food banks have taken responsibility over a crisis that is the result of inadequate social programs.  The burden is great and without the support of their communities they would not be able to carry on their work. 

   Here in Brockville we are incredibly grateful to the individuals and organizations that provide us with the funds necessary to fulfill our mission.  However, it is time to look to governments to address the root causes of food insecurity, poverty, and income inequality.  Food Banks are not the solution to food insecurity and hunger.

   Feed Ontario recommends three actions to help those living in poverty:

1)  Invest in affordable housing.  More than 89% of food bank users live in rental housing and pay more than 70% of their income on rent.   This leaves very little for other necessities like heat, hydro, transportation, medicine, and food.

2)  Reform social assistance programs to help move recipients out of poverty.   Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Programs adhere to several complex policy directives that penalize recipients for their assets, savings, and housing. This makes it difficult for adults living on social assistance to establish a foundation that will allow them to break the cycle of poverty.

3)  Increase social assistance rates to meet today’s cost of living.  Almost 70% of adults that visit a food bank throughout the year cite social assistance as their primary source of income. This is a clear indication that these support programs do not provide sufficient income to afford all the recipient’s most basic needs.

   By investing in solutions that not only help Ontarians afford their most necessities, but help to move them out of poverty, the Government of Ontario will be investing in the overall economic health and wellbeing of its citizens.  Until then, food security in Canada will continue to rest in the hands of food banks

Offering Invitation

 Prayers for the World:  thanksgiving/petition/blessing/praise and the Lord’s Prayer

 Dear Lord, as You welcome us, so You welcome our prayers.
We bring them to You with confidence,
knowing that You will hear and answer.
We pray for the world You created, and
the people who share it with us:
for those caught up in war or violent conflict,
for farmers struggling to adapt to the changing climate,
for the millions in our world who are starving,
for the millions who are chronically hungry
for greater action on our part to feed the hungry,
for those who harden their hearts against the poor,
for all who work to eliminate world hunger,
for all our neighbours, both known and unknown to us,

Lord, hear our prayer.
Pour out Your Spirit, unite us as one human family.
Fix our hearts and minds on what is
true and honourable and right,
as we search for better ways to serve your
people and work together to end hunger.
Keep us faithful to the call we have
received in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

 Let us pray together:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Benediction and Commissioning:

As you have been loved – love.
As you have been welcomed – welcome.
As you have been fed – feed.
As you have received – give.
And may the boundless love of God,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit
be always with you. Amen.

Music:  Blessings “Paul Rumbolt”


If you know of anyone in the hospital please call the office at 613-498-0281 or Lois at 613-498-3225

Web Page:  The church web page is sadly lacking in information.  If anyone has anything they would like to see on the web page please forward it to me.


Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
When we are gone, what legacy will we leave?  Will it be one of generous giving from
God’s abundance,or one of hoarding and fear?

In Remembering Loved Ones
A gift of thanks given in memory of loved ones.
Contact Lois at 613-498-3225.

Regional Council Prayer Cycle – October 18, 2020
Prayers this week for a Community of Faith
in the Region is for:  MORRISBURG:  LAKESHORE DRIVE

Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region news:


   "Join us to make an impact for an hour or two..."

An amazing FAMILY event so please SAVE the date and SHARE so we can together SHARE with the commUNITY!

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Important | Covid care & social distancing will be in effect.

WHEN | October 17th Saturday @ 9:00am – 5:00pm
(Rain Dates October 24)
Tailgate lunch provided by The Pier Church ~ Chili & Soup

WHERE | Tincap Berry Farm
4035 County Rd 29, Brockville
Tincap, Ontario

WHY | For the last 9 years the Tincap Berry Farm has been giving back to their community. They plant a field of potatoes to be specifically gleaned/harvested and given away to the Local Food Charities. Last year they gave away 15,000lbs (6804 Kgs) to:
• The Brockville and Area Food Bank
• Loaves and Fishes Brockville
• The Pier Church Common Ground
• Prescott South Grenville Food Bank
• Prescott’s Kings Kitchen

This year we want to make sure every potato gets dug up and bagged with you and your family & friends help. So on October 17th bring your family/friends and clubs out to support your community with the simple act of pulling potatoes from the ground.

FYI STUDENTS | Students looking for community hours this is a great way to earn them.

For more information:
C: 613-213-1968
E: greg@crosstownimpact.com

Greg Houldcroft
Executive Director & Founder
"Live to make an Impact!"

Office Hours:  The office is closed.  Please contact Lois Leroux, at home, 613-498-3225, cell 613-803-8433.
613-498-0281 (Church) and leave a message.
Email: lynunitedchurch@cogeco.net