HARROWSMITH-VERONA PASTORAL CHARGE

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Worship Time:  10 a.m at Trinity, Verona

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

Minister: The Rev’d. Catherine Oxenford-Grant

613-246-7287

Email: cat.oxenfordgrant@gmail.com

Retired Voluntary Minister: The Rev’d. Ian MacKay

Licensed Lay Worship Leader: Sheila Anthony

Office Administrator: Rebecca Peters

Director of Music:  Stan Stinchcombe

Website:  www.h-vpastoralcharge.org

e-mail:  office@h-vpastoralcharge.org

 

The Mission of Trinity United Church is to be

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

Harrowsmith-Verona area and in the world.

 

 

 

March 17, 2019

Lent 2

Lay Reader: Glenda Turner

 

Prelude: Pastorale (Wesley)

Welcome and Announcements:

 

We Come to Worship

Introit:  May We but Wait

Lighting the Christ Candle: (Responsively)

One: This is the light of Christ breaking into our lives, crumbling walls, setting us free to live, work and love wholly!

All: Thanks be to God!

 

Lenten Candle Liturgy- A Journey with Jesus

 

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

One: May the warmth of God’s love welcome us.

All: May the grace of Jesus’ life inspire us.

One: May the movement of the Spirit among us lift our hearts in praise.

 

 

 

Opening Prayer: (Unison)

God of Abraham and Sarah; God of us all: throughout the ages you have called people to journey in faithfulness along the Lenten way. Give us a sense of adventure, even in this Lenten season, that we may move toward the new life of Easter with confidence and hope. We pray in Jesus’ name, who is our Companion and Guide. Amen

 

Words of Assurance:

One: God enters into the deepest striving for good within each one of us, and gives us the strength and the will to follow. Be assured that God loves us.

All: Thanks be to God!

 

*Opening Hymn:  VU # 108 “Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights”

 

Ministry of Music: My Soul Is Thirsting for You

 

We Give Back

Food Bank Collection:

The Offering:

*OFFERTORY HYMN:  VU # 541 “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise, God, all creatures high and low; give thanks to God in love made known: Creator, Word, and Spirit, One.

 

*Offering Prayer: (Unison)

All we have and are is a gift from you, Loving God. As we thank you with our voices, help us to thank you with our lives. Bless the gifts we bring and the gifts we are, that together we may be a blessing to your world.   Amen.

 

Something to Ponder: “Look up, look way up!”

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.

Hymn: VU # 662 “Lead Me, God”

 

We Listen

Minute for Mission:

Artistic Hope and Healing

Our gifts for ministries like River Bend Integrated Community Ministries support programs of healing and reconciliation.

The core of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is home to many Indigenous people. Beyond the core are communities of non-Indigenous people. Each year, River Bend holds a program called the 10 x 10 project. This is an art project where people living in the core are invited to paint on a 10 x 10 canvas that will be displayed in an art show to all the communities in Saskatoon. Last year, 80 canvases were handed out and 73 returned for the show.

Minister and Coordinator Jane Jupe says she has grown so much in her interactions with artists. “I have come to realize how important it is in so many ways; it builds community between artists, and helps people heal.” Artist Kandis Caplan created a beautiful image from beads of an Indigenous girl without facial features. She explained the importance of sharing her story of sexual assault, saying that it happens to many young Indigenous girls.

We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service offer moments of healing every day at River Bend Integrated Community Ministry.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

 

 

Scripture Readings:

Old Testament: Psalm 27 ( VU pg 754)- responsively

                             Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18

 

Message: “Count the Stars”

 

Moment of Silent Reflection

 

We Pray

 

Hymn: VU # 348 “O Love, How Deep” Vs. 2  (please remain seated)

Prayers of the People:

We are Sent Forth

 

*Closing Hymn:  VU # 713 “I See a New Heaven”

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.

 

POSTLUDE:  Grave (Alcock)

 

(Note: “*” You are invited to stand)

ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEETINGS

Worship Leader for March 24th:

Sheila Anthony

Lay Reader for 24th:

Linda Brown

 

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Norma Dowker  March 22nd

 

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 CDs please contact Don Coleman at 613-483-2450 if you would like one.

Fellowship:  Please note there will be no fellowship this Sunday after service.  We will be having it next Sunday March 24th.

UCW:  The next UCW meeting will be held on Wednesday March 27th from 1-2:30pm.  Please also see reverse for a special UCW event.

Looking Ahead:  The Frontenac Women’s Chorus will be presenting an evening of songs to make you smile.  Please join us here in the Trinity Sanctuary on Saturday April 27th at 7:30pm.  Patty Smith, directory and Kate Van Allen, accompanist.  Special Guest Ellie Goud on Violin.  Suggested admission is $10+.  Refreshments will follow the concert.