Sunday March 25, 2012
“a certain man from Cyrene, Simon…was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.”
Mark 15: 21
Minister: Rev. Elizabeth Lemon
Organist: Carol Cowan
The United Church of Canada
Drumbo-Richwood Pastoral Charge
P.O. Box 97, Drumbo, N0J 1G0
The Fifth Sunday of Lent
We Gather to Celebrate God’s Presence
*Indicates a time to stand if possible
GATHERING MUSIC – Youth Choir – “Like a Rock”
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
MINIUTE FOR MISSION
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Christ is our Light.
Thanks be to God.
CALL TO WORSHIP
We gather in the presence of God, who is love.
We gather in the shadow of the cross,
the sign of God’s love.
We follow Christ who invites us saying, “Come, follow me.”
We follow Christ who summons us to new life.
The summons is old, yet ever new.
God’s love is written in our hearts.
Thanks be to God.
*HYMN # 333 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Amazing God, we thank you that you have shown yourself in
Christ, who shared our human life, walking the path of love
all the way to the cross. Grant us grace to respond to your call
and discover the new life you offer us. Bless us in this time
of worship, as we pray together, saying
THE LORD`S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy
kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever
and ever. Amen.
LIGHITNG THE LENTEN CANDLES
(Four purple candles and the Christ candle are lit prior to worship.)
As we each walk our own road to Jerusalem, God may ask us
to do some strange things; things we would not think of doing
on our own. But because God asks, we will do them just as
Simon of Cyrene does.
Often these unexpected tasks open doors for us and help us to
live a richer, fuller life. As we light our fifth candle, let us think
of the times in our lives when God has surprised us with a
special tasks and the wonderful results when we say, “Yes,
(Lighting the 5th candle.) Thank you, God, for Jesus.
(sing 2 times) Jesus, I adore you, Lay my life before you, How I love you.
Let us pray:
Thank you, God, for unexpected opportunities to serve you.
Keep our eyes open and our hands ready to do the tasks
that you show us need to be done. May we truly become
the hands and feet of Christ in our community and in our
We Listen for God’s Word
Encounters on the Road to the Cross
RESPONSIVE READING - Psalm 118, page 837
*HYMN # 372 “Though I May Speak”
STORY TIME Simon of Cyrene Meets Jesus
ANTHEM “Soldiers of the Cross”
from Peace United Church 2011 Good Friday Cantata
Special thanks to Paul Schmidt, Bill Brown, Larry Balkwill and Ken Anderson for joining us.
SCRIPTURE Mark 15: 21-24
SERMON “The Cross Bearer”
*HYMN # 135 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus``
We Respond to God’s Call
*Presented in Song # 191 (MV) “What Can I Do?”
What can I do? What can I bring?
What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy. I’ll say a prayer.
I’ll bring my love. I’ll do my share. (Repeat )
*Prayer of Dedication
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE # VU 400
Lord, listen to your children praying;
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace.
We Go Out into God’s World
*HYMN # 151 “Lift High the Cross”
*COMMISSIONING & BENEDICTION
*SUNG BENEDICTION VU 964 “Go Now in Peace” (round)
Go now in peace, go now in peace. May the love of God
surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.
Announcements/ Upcoming Events
- Youth Choir: Willis Thurs. Mar 29: 5:30 – 7:30 Cupcake Party and Sale, Skit Rehearsal, Choir & Recorder Practice.
Contact: Jess Yates or Kim Rivais – to help with cupcakes
Contact: CeeJay and Terri Hearns - to help with props for skit.
- Combined Adult Choir, Readers, Guest Singers: Practice at Willis Thurs. Mar 29: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Readings and Music Rehearsal for all 3 Holy Week Services.
- Attention: All choirs Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday – Rehearsal starts 30 minutes prior to service.
- HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Apr. 1 – Palm Sunday 10:00 a.m. at Willis featuring special music by our choirs and the story of Holy Week told by eye witnesses to these events and the Sunday School.
Apr. 5 – Maundy Thursday 7:30 p.m. at Willis. Join us in the Upper Room for a ritual hand washing, communion and The Service of the Shadows (Tenebrae).
Apr. 8 – Easter Sunday Celebration 10:00 a.m. at Willis with guest soloist Marci Rabe and our choirs presenting the glorious music of Easter. Communion will be served.
Please bring anyone who needs a ride to church with you.
Everyone welcome to all services.
- IMPORTANT NEWS: Beginning April 1 Church is at 10 A.M. and Sunday School will be held at both Churches.
Month of April – Willis United Church
Month of May – Richwood United Church
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THOUGHT for the WEEK
Today’s mighty oak tree is just yesterday’s acorn
that held its ground.
At a Youth retreat they were playing “Tri-Bond”, a game where you try to figure out the common denominator of three words which are given to you. The question was: “Progesterone, testosterone, thyroxin.” One teen promptly replied, “Books of the Bible!”