Bulletin and Announcements for Mar 5, 2023

Dunsford United Church
Sunday March 5th, 2023 – Lent 2
Rev. Anne Hepburn

†= stand as you are able

† GATHERING HYMN: VU #633 “Bless Now, O God, the Journey”

WELCOME AND CELEBRATIONS

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LANDS (Unison):

We acknowledge, honour and respect this land and the Anishinaabe/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
This is the beginning of a journey.
Welcome to the start line!
We know the journey will be difficult but we come to it every year but we come to it every 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 love as God commanded.
Ancestors who have carries 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.
Written by Eric Hebert-Daly Gatherings 2023 p. 31.  Used with permission.

† HYMN: VU #337 “Blessed Assurance”

OPENING PRAYER

Holy One, these days we are not quite sure what season we are in.
Some days feel like spring.
Even the flowers are pushing through the soil.
And then it gets cold and we feel the winter dragging on.
Remind us of another kind of season, a season of faith as we prepare ourselves for the joy of Easter during this season of Lent.
Clear away the distractions and old ways that block us from the adventure of travelling with you.
Create space in our souls so we receive your words of love and notice you naming our names, reminding us to turn to you for strength.
Bless the journey of this season of Lent. Amen    
Written by Wendy MacLean Gatherings 2023, p. 32.  Used with permission.

INVITATION TO GIVE:  Let us bring forward the offering.

† HYMN OF DEDICATION:  VU #541 “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (Words: Thomas Ken)

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.

OFFERTORY PRAYER
Loving God, when we asked for a cup of water, you gave us a fountain.
When we asked for living water you gave us truth.
May these gifts we bring be poured out upon a thirsty world, bringing both comfort and truth. Amen
Written by Wanda Winfield Gatherings 2023, p. 37.  Used with permission.

STORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Old Testament Genesis 12:1-4a God calls Abram to be a blessing (Read by Diane)

12 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[a]
4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
New Testament Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 The Promise of God rests on Grace (Read by Anne)
 What then are we to say was gained by[a] Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed[b] God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. 5 But to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.
13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law, neither is there transgression.
16 For this reason the promise depends on faith, in order that it may rest on grace, so that it may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (who is the father of all of us, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”), in the presence of the God in whom he believed,[a] who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

† HYMN: VU# 842 “Unto the Hills”

SERMON: Unto the Hills

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

† CHORAL RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: Sun. March 26, 2023
There will be a potluck lunch following the worship service. We would invite each person attending to prepare a bit of “Holy Humor” to share with the group after the potluck. This could be a few (tasteful) jokes, a humorous story or poem, a fun song from your favourite musical or maybe a little skit! The more participation we have, the more successful we will be at providing an enjoyable fellowship time for all. Once we have all had a belly full and a belly laugh, the meeting will start at 1PM.

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

MILK BAG MINISTRY: Would you like to help make milk bag mats?  Come to the church on Wednesdays at 10 AM.  Contact Shirley to let her know.

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: Acts of generosity pull us toward dreams of a new relationship to God, to the earth, and to all others.
https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2022-12/stewardship-seconds_jan-june-2023.docx


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