Bulletin and Announcements for Feb 26, 2023

Dunsford United Church
Order of Service
February 26, 2023

Pulpit Supply: Lorrie McConnell

†= stand as you are able

† GATHERING HYMN: “This is the Day” VU #412 v. 1

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

Welcome to the first Sunday of Lent.

End Of The Old and The Start of The New
As we step out onto a new journey what if we ask ourselves this question .
What would it be like to fully live a life of Love, Peace, Freedom and Joy?

In this moment, which is all there ever truly is… can we let all the old stories, wounds, and beliefs go that no longer serve us and make space for the new.. Even if it is just for this one moment in time – become still… and how would it feel to begin to tune in to or move towards the energy of an unlimited supply…of unlimited love
of unlimited peace …of unlimited joy.
What if we allow ourselves- give ourselves total permission – even if just for this brief moment – to be completely and 100 percent filled with God’s love?

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES (lit by the Scripture reader, Sylvia)

We gather as people who follow the light.
Whether we wait for the sun’s rising, or light a candle in the night, or experience the light in a loved one’s heart, we seek light by which we may live.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”
May his light burn warmly within us and shine brightly out as love from us for all the world to recognize.

(Adapted) Bob Root, Peterborough, Ont. Used with permission.

The 4 candles:

May the light of this candle remind us that Jesus invites: and whispers in our ear … Love yourself and Love one another.

The community: May the light of this candle remind us all to see each other as Love and as part of a shared community.

The wider world: May the light of this candle bless our World with healing and unity and Love.

For truth and reconciliation: We light this candle for truth and reconciliation. May this candle illuminate our hearts and bless and heal us. May the light of Creation join us together in love, as love.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS

We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishnabeg/Mississauga peoples with whom Treaty 20, Williams treaty, was signed, on the lands where I am, and we acknowledge also and give thanks for the lands and people of treaties and unceded territories of all who are worshiping. It is up to all of us to live into truth, respect and reconciliation with all our relations.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Responsive

This is the beginning of a journey. Welcome to the start line!
We know the journey will be difficult, but we come to it each year with a commitment to journey through to the end.
Know that you do not journey alone.
There is a community of those who have journeyed this path before us:
Generations of people who have sought to love as God has commanded.
Ancestors who have carried this story to our imaginations and hearts.
While it is a path that does not follow the currents of our human society,
it is a path well worn by the people who have come before us,
risking, opening themselves, planting seeds of hope, and praying together.
We join them on this Lenten journey. So we do.
Éric Hébert-Daly, Responsable des ministères en. français, L’Église Unie du Canada.

† HYMN: “Spirit, Open My Heart” MV #79

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Loving God, as we enter the season of Lent, we are conscious that Jesus set his path steadfast toward Jerusalem, because his focus was strong on how to live his life. We often consider Lent as a time of restraint, pulling back, but for Jesus,
it was a time of moving forward with a strong vision. We often consider it a time of navel-gazing, but for Jesus, it was a time of reaching out. And so, in these 40 days, we are reminded that Lent, for Jesus and for you, O God, is all about love, daring to notice the needs of people about us, and daring to care for your world. May the Lenten season be for us, too, a reaching-out time more than a cutting-back time. May it be a season of love, just like it was for Jesus. Amen.
David Lander, while at Castleton-Grafton P.C., Grafton, Ont. Used with permission.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, God, understanding and forgiving, reaches out to enfold us in loving arms and make us whole. We are a forgiven people. Thanks be to God!
George Allan, Chatham, Ont. Used with permission.

MINISTRY OF MUSIC: “There is a Place” Sylvia Van Belle

† HYMN: “Draw the Circle Wide” MV #145

INVITATION TO GIVE: Let us bring forward the offering.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION: VU #541 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

We know there is much need, O God, and we offer what we can to help. Spread the good we intend where it is needed, we pray, that it may help our neighbours, near and far, through Christ, in love. Amen.
George Allan, Chatham, Ont. Used with permission.

† HYMN: “My Love Colours outside the Lines” MV #138

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART: “What is Love”

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Open wide our hearts, open wide our minds, open your word to us this morning, we pray; let your holy light and love shine upon it and through it, bringing us new insights, new Life and new Hope. Amen.
(Adapted) Fern Gibbard, for Penticton U.C., Penticton, B.C.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Psalm 32 (Read by Sylvia)

Of David
1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.”
And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Matthew 4:1–11 (Read by Lorrie)

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

† HYMN: “One More Step Along the World I Go” VU #639

MESSAGE: “What Would Love Do?“

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Dear Creator God of Love
In this season of Lent we’re reminded of our own difficulties and struggles. Sometimes the way has seemed dark. Sometimes we feel like our lives have been marked by such grief and pain, we don’t see how our circumstance can ever change. But in the midst of our life challenges we ask that you would be strong on our behalf. , rise up within us, let your Spirit shine out of every broken place and situation we’ve walked through. Allow your power to manifest through and despite our resistance , fill us with strength, courage and love so that others will recognize it is You who is at work on our behalf. We ask that you would trade the ashes of our lives for the beauty of your Presence. Trade our mourning and grief for the light of joy and gladness from your Spirit. Trade our despair for hope and praise. We give you thanks today and believe this season of darkness in our world will fade away. Thank you for being with us in whatever we face and for being greater than our fears. We know and recognize that you are the light of the world .and we thank you for all of the grace that is ours because of you . We are confident that you have good in store for our future. We thank you that you are at work right now, trading our ashes for greater beauty. We praise you, for you make all things new.
We ask for your power and presence to surround all those places where there is war , famine , earthquakes , pain , disease and suffering . We lift up to you the people and the land of Turkey. Russia and Ukraine, Africa and South America and see in our minds eye and in our heart your light and love and healing shining down upon them now .
We lift up our friends , family and community to you to be wrapped in your love and healing light .
Creator hear our prayers …..
Pause here for individual thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for hearing our prayers and answering them in only the way you know how.

Shine your light and love in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed and lead us to experience more peace , love and joy in our world.
We pray that we may be a reflection of your peace, love, joy and hope to a world that so desperately needs your love, presence and healing.
We are One with you.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen Amen Amen

THE LORD’S PRAYER

WE ARE SENT OUT IN FAITH TO SERVE

† HYMN: “Will You Come and Follow Me” VU #567

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

Catch hold of the love within the life ring, that is the guidance and support of our Creator God and let it carry you into this new week. May it hold you up when the waves of life engulf you, and steady you when you flounder. Relax and trust in the eternal, encouraging presence God’s Love in you provides. Amen.

(Adapted) Gill Le Fevre, Walton Memorial U.C., Oakville, On. Used with permission.

May we draw the circle of love and oneness wider and allow our love to color outside the lines and model that in our World!
Peace and Blessings …
Stay Safe, Be Well.

CHORAL RESPONSE (Responsive)

And until we meet again
May the Light and Love of God surround you and bless you!
And all God’s people said,
Amen Amen Amen

Inspiration and Resource: Prayers for Worship Gathering LE 2023

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace” (Words: D Besig and N 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 He 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 from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love. Amen, Amen, Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: Sun. March 26, 2023
There will be a potluck lunch between the worship service and the meeting, which will start at 1PM.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Fri. March 3, Downeyville Hall at 2 PM

MILK BAG MINISTRY: Anyone who would like to help make milk bag mats at the church on Wednesdays at 10 AM is asked to contact Shirley.

BROADVIEW MAGAZINE RENEWAL & NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS: If you wish to subscribe, or are already a subscriber, please contact the church office at 705-793-2511. The annual group subscription rate is $25. 

CHEER MINISTRY:  Please call Linda when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; special birthday/anniversary wishes, or sympathy.

Please keep in your prayers: Tracie; Kristen; Mary Lou; Beryl and Murray; Emma J; Margaret S; Abigail recovering from an accident; Susie D (Abigail’s Aunt), and her family.

STEWARDSHIP SECOND: Recognizing the pull of social media and non-stop advertising, when we make faithful purchasing decisions, our identity changes from consumers to stewards.
https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-12/stewardship-seconds_jan-june-2023.docx


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