Windsor Park United Church

Bulletin – April 7, 2019

 Lent 5/Communion

“Be still and know that I am God!”

Approach

Singing Bowl

Candle Liturgy

Sung Response:         Be still and know that I am God (3x)

Call to Worship

One:    God says to us, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth; do you see it?”
All:      Can we see it? Are we ready?
One:    God says to us, “I am making my way through the wilderness and rivers in the desert to give drink to my chosen people.”
All:      Can we taste it? Are we ready?
One:    God says to us, “If you are my people, now is the time to declare your praise.”
All:      Who are we? Will we follow God?” – no quotes needed
One:    The time is now; God is making a new thing now.
All:      Let us look for God, thirst for God, follow God, and worship God.
(written by Heather McClure. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 30. Used with permission)

*     Opening Hymn  MV #144 “Like a Healing Stream”

Prayer of Approach and Confession

O God, You are always doing a new thing. We confess that we sometimes close windows against the fresh air of new ideas, against the noise of other people’s worries, against the winds of change. God of every place and time, we confess that we often draw the curtains against people who are different, against world news or community concerns. Forgive us our insulation in our locked homes, our shuttered churches, the security systems of our hearts. Open up our lives and let your Spirit blow through. Amen.

(written by Teri, posted on RevGalBlogPals, A Place for Prayer)

Assurance of Pardon / Passing of the Peace

*    Hymn  MV #79 “Spirit, Open My Heart”

The Word

Scripture Reading:   Isaiah 43: 16-21

Psalm 126 – “When the Lord Restored Our Fortunes”  April 7 2019_Hymn Inserts

Scripture Reading:   John 12:1-8

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

Meditation – “I am Doing Something New?

(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)

Anthem – “Amazing Grace – My Chains are Gone”

Announcements
Minute Person:      Gordon Sargent

The Response

*   Offering / Response: (VU #541)
            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. Amen.

Offering Dedication

Communion April 7, 2019_Communion Insert

*   Closing Hymn – “God Will Make a Way”

*   Commissioning / Benediction

*   Response (VU #108)
            Throughout these Lenten days and nights
            we turn to walk the inward way,
            Where meeting Christ, our guide and light,
            we live in hope til Easter Day.

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by
Jan and Brian Nazarko
In loving memory of
Dr. Gordon and Edith Steenson
Paul Nazarko

Welcome Ministry – Bob Mann, Sylvia Mann, Sylvia Warrington

Communion Servers – Debra Ashdown, Howard Ashdown, Judy Olson Chiswell, Pat Todd

Thank you to the members of the Worship Council for choosing elements of the liturgy for the season of Lent.

Posted in Sunday Bulletin and Announcements on April 6, 2019.