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Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,

Join us in our Journey!

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

MUSIC PRELUDE

SCRIPTURE SENTENCES: "Let us strive to know God, whose coming is as sure as the sunrise. God will come to us like the rain, like spring rains that water the earth." Hosea 6:3

HYMN: "Holy Spirit, Truth Divine" V.U. 368

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Come, faithful people, and find that quiet centre where God may enter in.

We gather as God's people: hungry for holy presence, ready for God's Word to us. Let us worship God.

OPENING PRAYER (in unison)

Beginner of all things, begin in us again: take these tired limbs and rouse them to dance your joy from sunbreak to sundown. Help us, O Blessed One, to shake off our weariness that we may know new life in you and offer it to one another. Amen.

We continue to pray with the words that Jesus taught us to pray, saying together: THE LORD'S PRAYER

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HYMN: "We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky" M.V. 143

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN:

SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CANDLE:

Almighty God, we are looking for you. May this candlelight remind us that you are here with us, as we worship you this day, and may we remember that you are always near, just a prayer away. Amen.

ANTHEM:

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION : O God, we seek you in the temples of power, but you are found on the margins. Broaden our vision, widen our understanding that we may hear your liberating Word with open hearts. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Ezekiel 37: 1-14

This is the witness of the People of Israel.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING: John 11: 1-45

This is the Good news of Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God.

SUNG PSALM: Psalm 130 (V.U. 853)

GOSPEL READING: Romans 8: 6-11

This is the Good News of the Apostle Paul.

Thanks be to God.

HYMN: "Out of the Depths, O God, We Call to You" V.U. 611

MESSAGE: "Hoping for the dawn"

RESPONSE: V.U. 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 RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

PASTORAL PRAYER:

OFFERING INVITATION:

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For the gift of creation, the gift of your love, and the gift of the Spirit by which we live, we thank you and give you the fruit of our hands. May your grace be proclaimed by the gifts that we give. V.U. 538

OFFERTORY PRAYER: 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.

HYMN: "We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection" V.U. 586

COMMISSIONING: God of the wilderness, be with us as we wander through the desert of our lives. Keep us from running back to the safety of old assumptions, and walk with us as we learn to live the life abundant. Amen.

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