United Church








Trinity United Church acknowledges the traditional territory upon which we gather. For thousands of years, the First Peoples sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travellers and shared their knowledge for survival. We seek a new relationship with the First Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.






Worship Time:  10 am at Trinity, Verona

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

Minister: The Rev’d. Catherine Oxenford-Grant 613-246-7287


Retired Voluntary Minister: The Rev’d. Ian MacKay

Licensed Lay Worship Leader: Sheila Anthony

Office Administrator: Rebecca Peters

Director of Music:  Stan Stinchcombe

Website:  e-mail:



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




(Note: “*” You are invited to stand in body or in spirit)


March 15, 2020

Lent 3

Lay Reader:  John McDougall


Prelude:  Pastorale (Wesley)

Welcome and Announcements:


We Come to Worship

Introit:  Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord (Hermann/Mendelsshon)

Lighting the Christ Candle: (Unison)

 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!

(The candle is lit)


Lenten Candle Liturgy- A Journey with Jesus


Call to Worship: (Responsively)

One: In this place, at this time,

All: let God call out of us what is good.

One: In this place, at this time,

All: let us surrender what does harm.

One: In this place, at this time, let us be filled with worship.

All: We are an offering to God. Let us present ourselves freely.


Opening Prayer: (Unison)

Come to us, Holy God, as we gather before you; encircle us with your love. Draw us into your living Word, and bind us to one another as disciples of Christ, whose Spirit is in our midst.   Amen.


Assurance of Pardon:

One: God accepts every repentant heart, and works in us by the power of the Holy Spirit to make us altogether new. We are forgiven people!

All: Amen.


*Opening Hymn:  VU # 619 “Healer of Our Every Ill


Ministry of Music:  Day by Day (How)


We Give Back

Food Bank Collection:

The Offering:


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.


Prayer: (Unison)

God, we have learned that when we give away, we are enriched; and when we let go, we receive. Bless what we give and let go of this day, as you also bless us.  Amen.


Something to Ponder:  “Time for growth!”


The Lord’s Prayer: (Unison)

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 # 713 “I See a New Heaven”


We Listen

Minute for Mission:

Camino de Emaús

Camino de Emaús is a vibrant ministry serving hispanophones (mainly from Chile) and francophones in Montreal, thanks in part to support from Mission & Service.

In recent years Camino de Emaús created a wellness program geared to seniors called Camino de Oro, or Golden Path. They organize outings, fitness and dance classes, wellness workshops with guest speakers, and other activities to foster community and combat social isolation.

Camino de Emaús also recently exhibited its memory museum and participated in commemorating those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the coup in Chile on September 11, 1973. Several people shared photos and thoughts of lost loved ones and also called for everyone to continue to work together, with respect and tolerance, to show solidarity not only with Chile but also with other causes closer to home, as there is still much to improve in Chile, Canada, and the world.

Camino de Emaús is a faith-filled community that welcomes those in need of healing and support.

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.



New Testament: Matthew 13: 1-9 (Parable of the Sower)

                                Romans 5: 1-11 (Faith triumphs in trouble)

Following the reading:

Reader: God’s Word is a lamp to our feet,

All: and a light to our path.


Message: Time for Change


We Pray

VU #411 “O God We Call” (please remain seated)

O God we call, O God we call, from deep inside we yearn, from deep inside we yearn, from deep inside we yearn for you.


Prayers of the People:


We are Sent Forth


*Closing Hymn:  VU # 509 “ I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

*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:  Allemond in A Minor (Handel)


Worship Leader for March 22nd:

Ian Mackay

Lay Reader for March 22nd:

Jane Mackay




Pandemic Information:  Please be mindful of your germs and for the safety of others please refrain from handshaking or any personal contact.  Hand sanitizer is readily available in the sanctuary as well as throughout the church facility.  A Protocol for Health Emergency in our Church Information Sheet is available to read on the church bulletin boards.


Sign Up:  We are currently in need of Lenton readers for next Sunday  March 22nd, and the following Sunday March 29th.  If interested in volunteering for reading, please let Rebecca in the office know.  613-374-2777 or


Minutes Posting:  Please note the last Session and Stewards meeting minutes are posted on the back bulletin board should you wish to review them.


Thank You:  A special thanks is extended to Noreen, her sister Audrey, Andy and Carl and Glenda Turner for their assistance in painting.  They have done a wonderful job!  Painting will continue tomorrow Monday March 16th from 10-3pm.  If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please bring your own paint brush.


Sunday School:  There will be no Sunday school during March Break (March 15th to 22nd).


Fellowship Sunday:  Please note the next fellowship luncheon will be held next Sunday March 22nd.  The choir will be providing the luncheon.


UCW:  The next UCW meeting will take place on Wednesday March 25th at 1pm.  All women are welcome to participate.


Blessing Box:  The blessing box will be circulated next Sunday March 22nd.


Teddy Bear Party:  Cole Lake Free Methodist Church is hosting a Teddy Bear Party Creative Kids Club for children ages Kindergarten to Grade 6 on Tuesday March 17th from 9-12pm.  This event is free for any children who would like to attend, and crafts and snack are provided.  For more information or to register please contact Jean 613-895-3698, or Kris 613‑374‑3138.  Your personal invitation is printed on the back of this announcements insert.

Concert:  Verona Pentecostal Church is hosting a special fundraising event, presenting performers Jess Wedden and Jon McLurg on Friday March 27th at 7pm.  Refreshments will be served and funds raised will for towards community members in need.  This promises to be a great evening of entertainment and fellowship.  More information provided on the poster on the church bulletin boards.


Shroud of Turin:  The Secular Franciscan Fraternity of Kingston will be hosting a presentation on the Shroud of Turin on the evening of Tuesday March 24th starting at 7pm at the Salvation Army Citadel (818 Centennial Dr. Kingston).  This is a free event open to all denominations.  A full size replica will be on display starting at 6:30pm.  A free will offering will be taken – all proceeds will go to The Salvation Army.  For more information, please see the poster on the church bulletin boards.


Organ Workshop:  Jan Kraybill will be presenting an organ recital on Monday March 16th starting at 7:30pm, at Kanata United Church (33 Leacock Dr).  If interested in attending or for more information, please see the poster on the church bulletin boards.


Ham Supper:  Parham United Church is having a ham supper at the Parham CE Centre from 5-7pm on Saturday March 28th.  Adults $15.00, children ages 6-12 $6.00  family rate $30.00.  All welcome.  Dinner is sponsored by the Parham United Church Stewardship Committee.