top of page

Weekly Worship Material

This page is updated weekly and will have the weekly worship materials available for those who are unable to join us in person to follow along with the service.

Order of Service for March 3rd, 2024

Third Sunday of Lent

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

 

PRE-BROADCAST PRELUDES:

Prelude in E Minor                                      - G. Bales
Sicilienne                                                       - M. Sirett
Soliloquy No. 2                                             - G. Atkinson

 

PRELUDE: There Is A Green Hill Far Away                 -H. Willan

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. AGM will be held on Sunday, March 10th following the 10am service. We encourage you to attend the AGM in person but a Zoom option will be made available and emailed to the congregation closer to the meeting time. Annual Reports are now available for pick up and were emailed to the congregation last week. If you did not receive a copy but would like one sent to you, please contact Katie in the comments on the Facebook live.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LAND:

 

We give thanks for the land and what it teaches us about the delicate balance of creation, 
for the feel of the Earth beneath our feet, 
and the rivers who sustain its life. 
We give thanks to those elders who have taught us to be tender and respectful to all living things.
To those who have taught us 
to celebrate our differences
while learning from one another 
in the same delicate balance-

Guests sharing land, resources, and life in the abundance of differences in this place and creation. 

 

INTROIT: As a Chalice Cast of Gold                                                       -C. Doran

 

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

O Wise God
You have come to us in the form of a vulnerable child;
You teach us that the last are first and the first, last;
You lead us on a Way to new life that leads through death.
Truly your wisdom is different than ours!
Meet us in this place and teach us your foolish wisdom
and your vulnerable power;
give us joy to receive it fully
and courage to live it foolishly,
through Jesus Christ, your Wisdom and Word.

 

PASSING OF THE PEACE: The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you… And also with you.

 

*OPENING HYMN: VU #498 God, Who Has Caused to Be Written

 

            ♫1       God, who has caused to be written your word for our learning,

                        grant us that, hearing, our hearts may be inwardly burning.

                        Give to us grace, that in your Son we embrace

                        life, all its glory discerning.

 

            2         No may our God give us joy, give us peace in believing

                        all things were written in truth for our thankful receiving.

                        As Christ did preach, o’er all the world love must reach:

                        grant every day love’s achieving.

 

            3         God, should the powers of the earth and the heavens be shaken,

                        grant us to see you in all things, our vision awaken.

                        Help us to see, though all the earth cease to be,

                        your truth shall never be shaken.

            

SANCTUS:

 

♫         O blessed God who reigns on high

we praise your name in sea and sky.

The heavens your glory do proclaim
and so we sing your holy name.

 

***Children are welcomed to the front of the Sanctuary 

for Children’s Time during the Sanctus.***

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

 

LORD’S PRAYER:

Abba, with us,

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, the power, and the glory 

forever and ever. Amen.

 

ANTHEM: Create in Me a Clean Heart                                                  -C. Mueller

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF PARDON:

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, 

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, 

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, 

grant us your peace. 
Amen.

 

PSALM: Psalm 19 VU #740–41 Refrain #1

 

            ♫Choir:          The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.     

            ♫ALL:              The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.

 

The heavens declare the glory of God;

and the vault of the sky reveals God’s handiwork.

            One day speaks to another,

            and night shares its knowledge with night,

and this without speech or language;

their voices are not heard.

            But their sound goes out to all the lands,

            their words to the ends of the earth.

 

♫         The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.

 

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun

which comes out like a bridegroom from under the canopy,

like an athlete eager to run the race.

            Its rising is at one end of the sky,

            it runs its course to the other,

            and there is nothing that is hidden from its heat.

 

♫         The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.

 

God’s law is perfect, refreshing the soul;

            God’s instruction is sure,

            giving wisdom to the simple;

God’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart;

            God’s commandment is pure

            giving light to the eyes;

God’s fear is clean, enduring forever;

            God’s judgements are true,

            every one of them righteous;

more desirable than gold, even much fine gold;

            sweeter also than honey,

            pure honey from the comb.

 

♫         The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.

 

By them is your servant warned;

            for in keeping them there is great reward.

But who can discern unwitting sins?

            O cleanse me from my secret faults.

Keep your servant also from the presumptuous sins,

lest they get the better of me.

            Then shall I be clean and innocent of great offence.

 

♫         The precepts of our God give joy to the heart.

 

Let the words of my mouth 

and the thoughts of my heart

be acceptable in your sight, O God,

my strength and my redeemer.

 

*CREED: 

We are not alone,
    we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
    who has created and is creating,
    who has come in Jesus,
       the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others
       by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

 

*HYMN: VU #364 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

 

            ♫1       “Forgive our sins as we forgive,” 

                        you taught us, Christ, to pray;

                        but you alone can grant us grace

                        to live the words we say.

 

            2         How can your pardon reach and bless

                        the unforgiving heart

                        that broods on wrongs, and will not let

                        old bitterness depart?

 

            3         In blazing light your cross reveals

                        the truth we dimly knew:

                        what trivial debts are owed to us,

                        how great our debt to you!

 

            4         O cleanse the depths within our souls

                        and bid resentment cease;

                        then, bound to all in bonds of love,

                        our lives will spread your peace.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: 

Gracious God, we pray for Your People and Your mission that has this church. For the churches of the world, all those who gather in worship, for those who pray in secret, and for all those who serve quietly in the world, according to your will. 

 

We pray for our Jewish and Muslim siblings, and for all who worship in different ways. May you open the minds and soften the hearts of those who drive conflict in Your holy land. Be the peace maker among Your children, working through love to end hate. 

 

We pray for the world. For the places where it hurts. We pray for Ukraine and her people- hold them in their sorrow and pour your loving mercy on their hurts- commend them in their bravery. We pray for those in Russia- may they find courage to raise their voices against the selfish violence of their leader. 

 

We pray for our country, may you guide the hearts and minds of those who lead us so they may walk in your will and delight in your ways. 

 

 Guide our community forward in a time of new changes and differing comfort. Bring ease to the anxious and compassion to the bold. 

 

We pray for the suffering, hungry, condemned, attacked, lonely, and cold. Be with those who are in trouble- hear the deepest desires of our hearts and aid those who struggle with things unseen and misunderstood. The struggles of the mind and heart that we long to understand yet so often dismiss. Bring healing to the suffering soul. 

 

Be with our community, friends, and loved ones, especially those who cannot join us. Those who are living with uncertainty, illness, and in recovery. 

 

The dearly departed, who rest in the communion of the Saints.

Work your will within us to soften our hearts and comfort us with the warmth of Your love. May You hear the songs of our hearts as we sing out in thanksgiving. 

 

OFFERING:

            INVITATION TO INVEST IN GOD’S MISSION:

“Called by God, as disciples of Jesus, The United Church of Canada seeks to be a bold, connected, evolving church of diverse, courageous, hope-filled communities united in deep spirituality, inspiring worship, and daring justice.”

 

            OFFERTORY: Offertory on “Slane”                                           -W. France

 

            *DOXOLOGY: VU #540

 

                        ♫         Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

                                    with a spirit large and free,

                                    that ourselves and all our living

                                    we may offer faithfully.

 

            PRAYER:

“God of all people and places,

We present our humble offerings,

The work of our hands,

which you have blessed with a multitude of gifts

In order that we may return those gifts to the world as we are able.”

 

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

 

SCRIPTURE READING: John 2:13–22

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, with the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.                      The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

 

MESSAGE: “

 

*CLOSING HYMN: VU #642 Be Thou My Vision

 

♫1       Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart;

            naught be all else to me save that thou art,

            thou my best thought, by day or by night,

            waking or sleeping thy presence my light.

 

2         Be thou my wisdom, my calm in all strife;

            I ever with thee, and thou in my life;

            thou loving parent, thy child may I be,

            thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

 

3         Be thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;

            be thou my dignity, thou my delight,

            thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower;

            raise thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

 

4         Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,

            thou mine inheritance, now and always;

            thou and thou only, the first in my heart,

            great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

 

5          Great God of heaven, after victory won,

            may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

            Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

            still be my vision, O ruler of all.

 

*COMMISSIONING:

Go forth, 

For the love of God is yours to share, 

The peace of Christ is yours to extend.

The power of the Holy Spirit is yours to offer. 

 

*SUNG RESPONSE:

 

♫         The Lord bless you, and keep you:

The Lord make his face shine upon you, 

and be gracious unto you:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, 

and give you peace.  

 

POSTLUDE: Trumpet Air                                                                        -B. Van der Hoek

bottom of page