Worship Time:  10 a.m at Trinity, Verona

Main Church Phone (Kitchen & Board Room) 613-777-5119

Phone: 613-372-2525 or 613-374-2777

Minister: Catherine Oxenford-Grant B.A, M. Div 613-246-7287

Email: cat.oxenfordgrant@gmail.com Office Hours Tues 1 – 4 p.m.

Office Administrator:  Natalie Wotherspoon Office Hours Tues 9 -2 p.m.

Director of Music:  Stan Stinchcombe

Website:  www.h-vpastoralcharge.org

e-mail:  office@h-vpastoralcharge.org


The Mission of St. Paul’s and Trinity United Churches is to be

the ears, eyes, feet, hands and heart of Christ in the

Harrowsmith-Verona area and in the world.






March 18, 2018 Lent 5

Guest Speaker: Sheila Anthony

Lay Reader: Linda Brown 


Organ Prelude: In the Cross of Christ I Glory (Sanborn)


Welcome and Announcements:


Invocation: Don't Be Afraid



Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,

May God’s richest blessings, now rest upon you.


Call to Worship: (responsively)

One: One by one, family by family, people by people, we come together.

All: Great with a love for our Creator that comes to life through word and action.

One: Hour by hour, day by day, our faith can take form and grow.

All: of this we can be certain. So, let us rejoice!

One: Sharing together in the worship of God, our spirits stretch and our service strengthens.


Opening Prayer: (unison)

Gracious God, your promise of unconditional love has upheld us from our baptism.

We know ourselves to be your beloved children.


Throughout this Lenten journey, continue to make us strong to serve you, as Jesus was strengthened, through an outpouring of your Holy Spirit.

Grateful for his dedication to drawing humanity closer to you, we draw close to him, walking with him through ministry, toward the Cross, and into glorious resurrection. Amen


Words of Assurance:


Opening Hymn: VU # 122 “All Glory, Laud and Honour”


The Lord’s Prayer:

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 and the power and the glory, For ever and ever.  Amen.


Ministry of Music: Ministry of Music: Never Ending Joy (Damon)


Food Bank Collection


The Offering:


OFFERTORY HYMN: “Grant Us God” #540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free,

That ourselves and all our living, we may offer faithfully.



Our covenant is lived out through the giving of ourselves- our time,

our talent, and our treasure. May we live the promise of faith this morning, in part, through these offerings.  Amen


CHILDREN’S TIME: “ God’s Love”


Hymn: MV # 156 “Dance With the Spirit”- words and music Jim Strathdee, 1995. (sing twice)

Dance with the Spirit early in the mornin’, walk with the Spirit throughout the long day. Work and hope for the new life a-bornin’.

Listen to the Spirit to show you the way.


Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 31: 31-34

                                     John 12: 20 – 33

                                     (Jesus tells of his own death)


Message: “If a Seed Dies”


Minute of silent reflection 


Hymn: VU #262 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”


Minute for Mission


All You Need Is Love!

Our gifts for Mission & Service are making a difference in communities across Canada. Let us hear the impact one community ministry is having.

The Jane Finch neighbourhood has been painted as one of the toughest areas of Toronto. While there are many instances of violence, especially rampant gun violence, there is also a lot of love. The community bands together to make a better place for their children, and at the centre is the Jane Finch Community Ministry. The ministry works with partners to encourage youth to discover that there is a brighter future for them beyond joining a gang.

Community Minister Barry Rieder has been at the Jane Finch ministry for over 22 years. He marvels at the privilege of being able to walk with the community, and he shares how he loves being able to see children grow from babies into youth and young adults.

The community ministry invests in youth through literacy programs, scholarships, and advocacy with the Toronto Police Service. One program is the Unity Barbecue. Founded by community member Andrea Tabner, it brings together members of rival gangs and the Toronto police as a way to demonstrate unity in the community.

With 110 nationalities and over 70 mother tongues spoken in the neighbourhood, coming together as a community is often challenging. Through educational programming, gatherings, and advocacy, the Jane Finch Community Ministry offers hope to youth and community members for a better way of life.

We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service show that love every day at Jane Finch Community Ministry. Thank you for your ongoing gifts, and if you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith.



Prayers of the People


Closing Hymn: VU # 657 “He Leadeth Me”


Commissioning and Benediction: 


CHORAL BENEDICTION “Go Now in Peace” – Besig /Price

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.  God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know God will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and

show you believe.

Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching us in love. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.


Organ Postlude: Piece in C (Purcell)


(Note: “**” Please stand if you are able.)


Resources used in the preparation of this service: Gathering, Lent/Easter,

Year B, 2018.




Lay Reader March 25th: Ralph McInnes



Happy Birthday:

March 22         Norma Dowker


Weekday Services: Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.  All are welcome. For more info please contact the office

613 374-2777


Sunday Sermons On-Line: Our sermons are now available online at “www.h-vpastoralcharge.org”. We also have CD's please contact Carl Turner at 613 374-1425 if you would like one.


Over 80’s Club: If there is anyone new to the Over 80 club that we are missing or if we have missed you in the bulletin, please call Glenda Turner at 613-374-1425.
Today: A warm welcome to our Guest Speaker Sheila Anthony. 

Today: There is no Sunday School, but will return next week March 25th.


Sunday March 25th: Palm Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Holy Communion


Wednesday Mar 28th: U.C.W meeting at the Church at 1:00 p.m. All women are welcome and wanted. Come and see what we Woman can do. Small refreshments provided also.


Thursday March 29th: Maundy Service Welcome guest speaker Sheila Anthony Service starts at 7:00 p.m.


Friday March 30th: Good Friday Service ***Time Change***

Service will be at 9:15 a.m.






Sunday April 1st: Easter Sunday Service. A Easter egg hunt will be done for this kids at this service.


Thursday April 5th: 6th AGM Four Rivers Presbyterial UCW meeting. Trinity United in Smiths Falls. Please register by March 22nd. For more details please pick up an information form at the back of the Church or talk to Darlene Nicol

 613 374-3276.


Thursday April 12th: Bay of Quinte UCW 56th Annual General Meeting. Please register by March 23th. For more information

please pick up one of the Registration Form in the back of the Church or talk to Darlene Nicol – 613 374-3276.


Wednesday April 18: Napanee Piano Museum Excursion.

From 11 to 12:30 p.m., with lunch after. Carpooling is available. Please contact Linda Brown at 613 374-9990 for more details.


Sunday April 29th: Come out and share in Catherine Oxenford-Grant’s Ordinations. It will be held at the Trinity United Church in Napanee. 25 Bridge St E, Napanee, ON K7R 1R5. Service starts at 11:00 a.m. Come early for a good seat.



Food Bank Request: cereal, granola bars, rice, soda crackers, canned meat, peanut butter, Jam, fruit cups, individual apple sauce, canned tomatoes, toilet paper. Thank You