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THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

MARCH 11, 2018

Dorchester United Church

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

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

TO PONDER: Certain religious practices and rituals help to provide a deeper sense of how we can live more fully and avoid contradictions. What would you consider to be an essential ritual in your religious life?

MUSICAL PRELUDE:
( A time for quiet reflection and preparation for worship )

HYMN: " Let Us with a Gladsome Mind" V.U. 234

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

God's great love for the world offers healing from all our fears.
God's love for us lasts forever.
We never have to earn God's love.
God is a perfect source of love.
Jesus came into the world to share God's freedom with us.
Let us worship a God of undying love.

OPENING PRAYER
God, You summon the morning sun to banish the darkness. We praise You for bringing peace out of despair and for restoring hope to the brokenhearted. You brood over the darkness that envelops us. Raise us by Your presence that our lives may be renewed, for Your love is more gracious than the coming of spring. AMEN

HYMN " Jesus Bids Us Shine" V.U. 585

THE LENTEN TRIAD LITURGY

Lent 4 - Energy Consumption and Deforestation - Climate Change

Reader:
Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests, we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere and causing temperatures to rise. This contributes to global warming and climate change. We're already seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

  • The number of category four and five hurricanes has almost doubled in the last thirty years.
  • Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Columbian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.
  • The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past ten years.
  • At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, by moving closer to the poles.

Reader:
There is something we can do to show our concern. Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 8:30 pm is Earth Hour. Vote for the Earth by turning out your lights for one hour. Earth Hour is gaining momentum. Millions of people around the planet are participating and the effect is immediate and visible. As we extinguish this candle, we acknowledge that we have burdened creation with mountains of waste and pollution.

(Fourth purple candle is extinguished)
Let us join in our Prayer of Confession.
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of love, once again, we are called to confess, that we knowingly or unknowingly have been part of the problem of global warming. Help us to be part of the solution. Forgive us and help us to correct past wrongs with hope and energy for creation and for our brothers and sisters around the world. Giver of life, we who are made in the image of God have gone astray and creation groans with us. Have mercy on us. AMEN
SUNG RESPONSE: "As the Sun With Longer Journey"

VU 111 (vs 2)

Through the days of waiting,
watching in the dessert of our sin,
Searching on the far horizon for a sign of cloud of wind,
We await the healing waters of our Saviour's victory.

ANTHEM

LITURGY FOR MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The church is a community of people with varied gifts united by the Holy Spirit. We gather to celebrate God's presence and to discern God's truth. We promise to follow the way of Jesus. By our baptism and confirmation we are made members of Christ's church. We exercise this membership in the denomination to which we belong, which for us is the United Church of Canada, within the context of a local community of faith. We will welcome into this congregation those who are already members of the church of Jesus Christ.

SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 12: 1-4

PRESENTATION
On behalf of the congregation of Dorchester United Church I present the following persons whom we welcome into the membership of this community of faith:

Barbara Clark and Tabitha Carey

COMMITMENT OF NEW MEMBERS
Barbara and Tabitha, will you join with us as together we celebrate God's presence, live with respect in creation, love and serve others, seek justice and esist evil?
I will, with God's help.

CONGREGATIONAL COMMITMENT
Dear friends in Christ, let us rise and pledge to Barbara and Tabitha our support and care.
As your brothers and sisters in Christ, we rejoice in the gifts you bring to us. We pledge to you our love and our support. With God's help, we will together live out the mission and ministry of Christ's church.

Will you remain standing as we turn to V..U 918 <

CORPORATE PROFESSION OF FAITH

A New Creed V.U p 918

WELCOME
In the name of Jesus Christ, we welcome you to the privileges and responsibilities of membership in this congregation. We give thanks to God for your witness among us.

BLESSING AND SENDING FORTH
The grace of Christ attend you,
the love of God surround you,
the Holy Spirit keep you.

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

FIRST TESTAMENT READING: Numbers 21: 4-9

PSALM: Psalm 107 V.U. 831 (Parts One and Two)

GOSPEL READING: John 3: 14-21

MESSAGE "Things that hurt also heal"

HYMN "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound" V.U. 266

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: Merciful God, we live in a country where we are recipients of many rich and varied resources. As we offer up these gifts let us be mindful of the rest of the world where death from starvation and wanton killing are commonplace. May You grant us the courage to see beyond our own needs to a world that is longing for change. AMEN

HYMN: "Your Hand, O God, Has Guided" V.U. 274

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

MUSICAL POSTLUDE: ( A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning

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