Weekly Worship

PRELUDE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 Isaiah 55:1-9

1 John 2:3-10

Mark 13:1-8

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”

OFFERING

Anthem

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.

Dedication

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 HYMN   775 “Sent Forth by Your Blessing”

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING HYMN   “Olde Irish Blessing”

POSTLUDE

 

 

 

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