St. Alphonsus RC Church
March 7, 2021
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Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration.
Services are held now at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church every Sunday at 11am:
Sunday Morning services are at 11 AM to 12 noon, followed by sharing fellowship downstairs
Any additional services will be announced on our notice board and on our website.
This Week's Sermon
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
William Black Pastoral Charge
As we gather to worship, let us pause to remember that in this region we live, work and worship on lands that are the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. May we live with respect on this land and live in peace with its people.
Worship Leader, Reverend Don MacPherson
Organist, John Montgomerie and Wendy Large
Into Spiritual Wilderness, We Follow Him
Sunday March 7, 2021
Season of Lent
From the Hills Beyond - "Oh, Jerusalem!"
Reflective Thought: “Predominantly white churches are praising and worshiping and celebrating while rarely entering into the power of lament that is experienced in predominantly black, Hispanic and Native American gatherings.”
― David Docusen, Neighborliness: Finding the Beauty of God Across Dividing Lines
WE GATHER AS GOD'S PEOPLE
(The Music Prelude is the invitation for silent reflection as we quiet our hearts and minds for worship.) *Denotes standing in body and/or spirit.
Lighting of the Christ Candle, Welcome
Sharing Peace, Blessings, Remembrance
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Ireland; United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Organ Prelude: "In the Sweet By and By" (J.P.Webster, Sanford F. Bennett)
Call to Worship
L Come along folks – come up the hill. See what is to be seen – in memory and story.
P Up the hill in prayer and song. Up we go. We se ancient Jerusalem as Jesus saw it long ago.
L As Jesus stood on such a hill long ago. He wept a lament for what would unfold.
All “O Jerusalem” – we see Jesus in our thought – looking to You, soon to enter. Love and sorrow meet today.
*Prayer of Gathering
Holy One, gather us into this worship carefully. Grant us courage to hear words of lament. Draw us into the heart of our faith as we stand looking with Jesus at His love and sorrow for all people. Amen
*Hymn of Praise: VU#409 Morning Has Broken
Confession and Silence
Assurance of Pardon
HEARING THE WORD
Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35 “Lament”
Psalm Selection: Isaiah 9:2-8 VU#879
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:41-47“Lament and Anger”
Reflection: “How I Have Longed to Gather You”
Moment of Silence
*Theme Hymn: VU#105 Dust and Ashes Touch Our Face
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Our Life and Work Together,
Sharing our Gifts: "Amazing Grace" (Early American Melody, arranged by Gene Thomas)
Song of Dedication: VU#537 Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands
Your work, O God, needs many hands to help You everywhere, and some there are who cannot serve unless our gifts we share.
Because we love You and Your work, our offering now we make: be pleased to use it as Your own, we ask for Jesus’ sake.
Prayers of Dedication:
Holy One, we see today the impending sacrifice of Jesus, Your sacrificial love made known. Our offerings are a humble response to Your gift. We ask for Your blessing. Amen
Prayers of the People followed by The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn: VU#635 All the Way My Saviour Leads Me
Commissioning, Benediction (Sung)
*VU#424 May the God of Hope Go with Us
May the God of hope go with us every day, filling all our lives with love and joy and peace. May the God of justice speed us on our way, bringing light and hope to every land and race. Praying, let us work for peace, singing, share our joy with all, working for a world that new, faithful when we hear Christ’s call.
Organ Postlude: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" (English and Irish traditional melody arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams)