GRACE UNITED CHURCH March 20, 2011
Worship leader today – Pat Ribey
God invites us to worship
Life and Work of the Church family
Call to Worship: Hymn 16 MV (remain seated):
“Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O God, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Al-le-lu-ia.” ( x 2)
The Nature of God: an understanding from “the Song of Faith”
Hymn 12 MV “ Come, Touch Our Hearts”
Prayer of Humility (Song of Faith): Holy One, made in your image we yearn for the fulfillment that is life in you. Yet we turn away from you, we surrender ourselves to sin, a disposition revealed in selfishness, cowardice, or apathy. We become bound in a web of false desires and wrong choices and bring harm to ourselves and others. This brokenness in human life and community is an outcome of sin. Sin is not only personal but accumulates to become habitual and systemic forms of injustice, violence and hatred.
( Silence )
Extinguish the First & Second Lenten Candles
Prayer continued: We sing lament and repentance. God, we know you forgive and transform that all might have abundant life. We sing of grace. Amen
Assurance of God’s forgiveness: 97 MV
( Lis-ten) Listen, God is calling, through the Word
inviting, offering forgiveness, comfort and joy.
( Lis-ten) x2
Story Time: The Loving Power of Holy Spirit
Circle Prayer in Song
The Scriptures speak to us
Hymn 280 VU “Mother and God”
Scripture: Genesis 12: 1-4a, John 3:1-17
Choir Anthem: “The Presence of God?”
*words & music by Jay Althouse
“Feasting on the Loving Powers of God”
God Invites us to Respond
Hymn 3 MV “River”
MV # 187 “We Give Our Thanks”
We give our thanks to God (4x)
Prayers of the People, Silent Prayer & Lord’s (VU 959)
God goes with Us in our daily lives...
Hymn 155 MV “ Unbounded Spirit, Breath of God”
Commissioning and Benediction:
Choral Blessing: “Walk with the Lord” Amen!
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
Organist: Linda Anderson Envelope Sec.: Diane Davies
Medical Leave) Rev. Lyn Lamers
Caretaker: Joyce Dickson
Serving the Community – The congregation :
Office hours: Mon.- Fri. 9:00 a.m.–noon & 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Church Office: 780-875-8959; fax: 780-875-5850
web site: www. graceunitedchurch.ca
Rev. Tom Sawyer’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org