At St. Alphonsus RC Church
Sunday Feb 25, 2024
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Sunday Morning services are at 11 AM to 12 noon, followed by sharing fellowship downstairs
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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.
We are together to embrace one another fully as a people of God, to support each other, and to be witnesses to the love of Christ within our communities.
Worship Leader, Rev. Donald MacPherson
Organists, John Montgomerie / Wendy Large
Sunday February 25, 2024
Season of Lent
“Into Wilderness and Back Again”
Reflective Thought: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Call to Worship
L The winds of life bend us and shake us. Sometimes we feel like we are driven out into wilderness.
P There are times in life when we break. God’s Spirit seems far far away. Deep uncertainty clouds our experience of faith and belief.
L Lent gives us permission to wonder about suffering and the sparseness of spirit. Dust and ashes touch us.
All we lift our souls seeking the presence of all that is Holy and Divine. We trust that God’s Spirit is with us even when we break.
*Prayer of Gathering
Holy One, gather us into Your mercy on this day. Be present to our brokenness. Forgive our failings and abide with us throughout life’s shadows and glories. We ask in Jesus name. Amen
*Hymn of Praise: VU#374 Come and Find the Quiet Centre
Confession and Silence
Assurance of Pardon
HEARING THE WORD
Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 2:11-3:12 “Into Wildness and Back”
Psalm Selection: Psalm 130 VU#853 (ref#1)
Gospel Reading: Luke 22:39-46“Night Prayers”
Hymn: MV#44 Shadow and Substance
Reflection: “Peeling Away Life’s Clutter – The Power of Wilderness”
Moment of Silence
*Theme Hymn: VU#436 Abide with Me
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Our Life and Work Together,
Sharing our Gifts:
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, receive our heartbeats and soul breaths in this Lenten season. We open our spirits to You, offering our humanity into Your keeping. Hold us carefully, we pray in Jesus name. Amen
Prayers of the People followed by The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn: VU#278 In the Quiet Curve of Evening
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.