INTROIT Hymn 206 “Jesus Remember Me (x2)
CALL TO WORSHIP (see insert)
OPENING PRAYER: (responsive)
Parent God, you have made a world that is both amazing and yet terrifying. Long dark winter nights are finally changing and light is returning again’ winter storms are passing as spring returns.
New life is coming not just for our gardens but also for your Son, but before the dawn we need the dark. The dark can be scary it can be a lonely place, Jesus faced it with you and so must we.
Help us not to be scared, help us to trust in your promises, and to be held in your love so that the darkness will not overcome us.
Help us to be patient and to be calm, give us courage to wait for the new life that is coming. Guide us through the dark days, steer us in the right direction and remind us that you are with us always.
ALL: We pray all of these things in the name of Jesus who taught us when praying to say:
The Lord’s Prayer Book of Praise #831 debts/debtors SPOKEN
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever.
HYMN 230 “When Jesus The Healer”
PRAYERS OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION
HYMN 190 “You Thirsty One”
Children come forward
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
1 John 2:3-10
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church
All: Thanks be to God.
SERMON “Hope During Troubled Times”
RESPONSE OF FAITH (please stand if able)
(from Canadian Foodgrains Bank worship resources):
We have chosen to fast Not with ashes but with actions Not with sackcloth but in sharing Not in thoughts but in deeds
We will give up our abundance To share our food with the hungry We will give up our comfort To provide homes for the destitute We will give up our fashions To see the naked clothed
We will share where others hoard We will free where others oppress We will heal where others harm
Then God’s light will break out on us God’s healing will quickly appear God will guide us always God’s righteousness will go before us
We will find our joy in the Lord We will be like a well watered garden We will be called repairers of broken walls Together we will feast at God’s banquet table
~ written by Christine Sine (2010)
HYMN 674 “In The Bulb There is a Flower”
Doxology BofP #79, # 830
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below: Praise him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
HYMN 775 “Sent Forth by Your Blessing”
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
CLOSING HYMN “Olde Irish Blessing”