THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Bethany United Church, Carbonear
Clergy: Rev. Wilson Gonese
Organist:: Leslie Forward
Supply Organists: Sharon Dean, Ruth Davidge Louise Drover
Caretaker: Wayne Parsons Secretary: Judy Legge
Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 am – 2 pm
February 25, 2018 – 11am
2nd Sunday in Lent
Black History Month
ALL ARE WELCOME
CALL TO WORSHIP (Celebrate God’s Presence)
Lent is a time of repentance and reconciliation, risk and renewal;
a time to face all that which hems us in and holds us back.
We gather to name the challenges that surrounds us:
our abuse of power; the harm we do to others and to the earth.
We gather to give voice to the weaknesses within us:
the injustices that silence us; the pain that drains us of hope.
We gather to claim God’s liberating love
in the face of all the faults we know.
Come let us worship God.
Hymn: “Blessed assurance” #337 VU
OPENING&CONFESSION PRAYER (Celebrate God’s Presence) God of the Wilderness, God of the Journey, soften our hearts and open our ears that we might heed Wisdom’s call. Stir us to vision and action, that we may extend your love wherever there is need for hope or healing. God of exodus and wilderness, God of refuge and help,
hear us now as we make our confession to you. In times of temptation, we forget what you have done for us. You give us everything we need, yet we often remain unsatisfied; You trust us to care for creation, yet we often abuse that trust and spoil what we have been given. You show us the way we are to follow, yet we often continue on the path of self-indulgence and self-centredness.
Forgive us, we pray. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Jeremiah affirms God’s promise of forgiveness, proclaiming:
“I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.’”
This is the Good News!
We are set free to begin life anew.
Thanks be to God!
SONGBIRDS – “Be Lifted High”
CHILDREN’S TIME & THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANNOUNCEMENTS – (Church Life&Work)
(Celebrations – Birthdays/Anniversaries)
SHARING OUR GIFTS
OFFERING HYMN: “It is the gift to the simple” #353 VU
Gracious God, bless and transform all that we offer:
our faltering steps, our brokenness, our hope, our risking, our hearts,
that your covenant may be written on our hearts
and we may be a blessed and transformed covenant people.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Psalm 22:23-31, p. 746 VU – Sandra Saunders
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 – Melvin Garland
Mark 8:31-38 – George Power
MUSIC – Bob King
MESSAGE: “Take up your cross”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
CLOSING HYMN: “Jesus calls us” #562 VU
May the blessing of God give us strength for the journey;
may the Spirit of wisdom give us vision for the road;
may the love of Christ make us caring companions;
as together we go forth in the Lenten time. Amen.
If anyone would come after me, he must______ himself and take up his cross and _______ me.
(a) deny&praise (b) deny&follow (c)deny&love
Last Sunday’s question was: In Mark 1:10: As Jesus was coming up out for the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a ______
The Lectionary Reading for March 4 are:
1 Corinthians 1:18-25