Bulletin: March 13, 2011

Grace United Church Sunday, March 13th, 2011
First Sunday in Lent
Liturgical Colour - Purple

God invites Us to worship...

Prelude:
Welcome
Life and Work of the Church Family
Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship:
We have lit the candle symbolizing Jesus Christ the Light of the world.
Today we begin the journey towards Good Friday when we extinguished that light.
Only those who have not lived can be innocent.
When we begin to experience the joys and sorrows of life, the highs and lows, the good and the bad, our innocence disappears.
Adam, humankind, wanted to know good and evil, what was right and what was wrong, so we stepped out into the flow of life and discovered that we are naked before God, that nothing we do or are can be hidden from God.
We left innocence of the ideal garden behind and the darkness began to creep in.
So we symbolically darken our First Lenten Candle as we approach Good Friday.
Extinquishing of First Lenten Candle.
Prayer of Approach.

God, why is life always a mixture of joy and sorrow, of good and bad, of hope and despair? Why do good people suffer? Why do we so often experience discord when we seek peace? Why can’t life be simple and good? As we journey through Lent, may we re-discover the faith that helps us deal with all of life’s hard questions, and may we again see how the cross, a symbol of pain and suffering becomes a symbol of hope and victory. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen

Hymn: VU # 108 “Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights”
Children’s Time: Pat Ribey

The Scriptures speak to us...
Scripture:
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7
Psalm 32 VU page 759
Matthew 4:1–11

Hymn: MV # 83 “Let My Spirit Always Sing”
Sermon: “Tempted or Disobedient?”

God Invites Us to Respond...
Hymn: MV # 65 ‘When We are Tested”
Offertory
Offering, Invitation,
MV # 187 “We Give Our Thanks”,
Offertory Prayer
Prayers of the People, Silent Prayer & Lord’s (959)
Anthem: “Give us This Day Our Daily Bread”

Words & Music – J. Althouse

God goes with Us in our daily lives...

Hymn: VU # 120 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
Commissioning and Benediction:
Choral Blessing:
“Walk with the Lord”
Amen! Amen!
Hallelujah, amen!

Postlude

Mission Statement: In response to God’s call, we the congregation of Grace United Church understand our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all ages. Using the Bible as our guide, we are challenged to worship and praise and celebrate God’s love and accept God’s grace, learn God’s will, live in faith, and reach out in humble service in the community and the world.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Volunteer Staff Paid Staff
Music Director: Gladys Jack Interim Minister: Rev. Tom Sawyer
Pianist: Lois Sonnega Office Manager: Mary Laursen
Organists: Linda Anderson Envelope Sec.: Diane Davies
Irene Knowlson (Medical Leave) Rev. Lyn Lamers
Caretaker: Joyce Dickson
Ministers Emeriti:
Harold Martin
Wilma Sharpe
Serving the Community The congregation
-------------------------------------------------