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THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

MARCH 4, 2018
Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,
Join us in our Journey

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

TO PONDER: John said Jesus went into the Jerusalem Temple and overturned what was at the heart of institutional and religious practice. What if we were to do the same today as followers of Jesus?

MUSICAL PRELUDE

HYMN: " Let us build a house" M.V. 1

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
God's glory is revealed in the created order.
We who dwell on the earth declare God's power.
Jesus came to reveal this power in His life and ministry.
We receive this power as a gift each day of our lives.
Come, let us worship together.

OPENING PRAYER
Creator God, You have shown us how we can transform the world in which we live. You have given us the ability to live fuller lives, to honour and respect the earth. Give us the courage to accept the grace You offer us. Teach us how to imagine a future that remains open to Your love. AMEN

HYMN " My faith looks up to thee" V.U. 663

THE LENTEN TRIAD LITURGY

Lent 3- Waste and Pollution
Reader: We have become a throw-away society. From dumps littered with broken cell phones, VCR's, stereo equipment, outdated TVs and computers - to tons of paper and garbage filled with food that has been thrown away. This week we have found a place to begin. Let us focus on plastic bags and the environmental damage these small household items cause. As we extinguish this candle, we acknowledge that we have burdened creation with mountains of waste and pollution.
(3rd purple candle is extinguished)
Almost a trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. Less than 1% is recycled. Plastic bags have been banned in Bangla Desh and Rwanda, are taxed in Ireland, must be purchased in China, are either banned or there are proposals to ban them in Israel, Canada, Western India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Taiwan and Singapore.
Let us join in our Prayer of Confession.

A PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of creation as we wind our way to Easter on this Lenten journey, we begin to realize that creation is indeed groaning under the weight of our excesses. We never intended to be wasteful or destructive, but we confess now that we have been slow to adopt new habits and mend our wasteful ways. We have convinced ourselves that our small individual excesses don't hurt that much. Forgive us and show us that we are not too old to change. Help us to join in efforts to restore the health of the planet and in a just distribution of resources for all people. AMEN

Giver of life, in the midst of mountains of waste, we groan with creation: have mercy upon us.

SUNG RESPONSE "As the Sun With Longer Journey"
VU 111 (vs 2)
Practical suggestion: Take your own shopping bag with you whenever you go shopping.

ANTHEM

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

FIRST TESTAMENT READING: Exodus 20: 1-17

PSALM: Psalm 19 V.U. pp. 740-741

GOSPEL READING: John 2: 13-22

MESSAGE "A Conflict of Values"

HYMN "We turn to you" V.U. 685

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.

PASTORAL PRAYER

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

OFFERING INVITATION

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For food in a world where many walk in hunger, for friends in a world where many walk alone, for faith in a world where many walk in fear, we give you thanks, O God. V.U. 552

OFFERTORY PRAYER: We have heard the words of the biblical writer who intimated with clarity how we can live fully with one another in a diverse world such as ours. So we come to offer these gifts in a spirit of openness to our neighbours. AMEN

HYMN: "For the healing of the nations" V.U. 678

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE LicenSing #620168