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

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Website:            www.drumbo-richwood.ca

Organist:           Carol Cowan


The United Church of Canada

Drumbo-Richwood Pastoral Charge

P.O. Box 97, Drumbo, N0J 1G0

Office: 519-463-5222

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”




Lighting of the Christ Candle

Christ is our Light.

            Thanks be to God.



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



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.



(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

world. Amen.


   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



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.

Pastoral Prayers


We Go Out into God’s World


*HYMN # 151   “Lift High the Cross




*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.

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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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!”