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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
God has a heart-to-heart connection with us. Beyond the things we know
cognitively with our minds, there is another world where we can relate to
this mysterious God.
A time for quiet reflection and preparation for worship
Take Up His Song" M.V. 213
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Saviour of the world has made the perfect sacrifice for us.
As people of this community, we seek out God's holy presence.
We have come to worship the source of all truth.
We praise the One who has come to redeem us.
We wonder at the great love that was poured out for us.
God is present in spirit to renew our broken lives.
God, we give You thanks for Jesus, the fully human One. He lived, knew
friendship and love, shared in our sorrow and pain. He died and rose
again. We are grateful for words of comfort in times of difficulty and
grief, for the gift and mystery of life. We praise You for the promise
of life with You after death. AMEN
Joy Comes with the Dawn" V.U. 166
THE LENTEN TRIAD LITURGY
Lent 5 - Consumerism
: It's not simple consumerism that's the problem. It's the large amounts we
use and use in such a way that it cannot be re-used or recovered. We seem
to have a voracious appetite for things - pretty things, but often useless
things. Things we don't need or even don't want. For some of us shopping is
entertainment, for some therapy. Ever darn a sock? Mend a mitten with a
hole in it? Re-sole a pair of shoes? We can make less waste, even save
money by doing that. How many TVs do we have? How many can we watch? How
many cars? How many can we drive at once?
: It's complicated, but should we be adjusting to the needs of the
marketplace, or should the marketplace be responding to our needs and those
of the planet? Maybe it does start with all of us.
As we extinguish this candle, we acknowledge that we have burdened creation
with mountains of waste and pollution.
(Fifth purple candle is extinguished)
Let us join in our Prayer of Confession.
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of abundant giving, we confess that our abundant living too often
crosses the line into excessive living. Forgive us our excesses. Teach
us to more carefully evaluate our needs, more cautiously make our
purchases, more wisely re-purpose what is already ours and more
generously share the goods we no longer use. Giver of life, in the
midst of conspicuous consumption and plundered resources, we groan with
creation: have mercy on us. AMEN
"As the Sun With Longer Journey"
V.U. 111 (vs 2)
Through the days of waiting,
watching in the desert 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.