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THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

MARCH 18, 2018

Dorchester United Church

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

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

TO PONDER:
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.

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

HYMN: " 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.

OPENING PRAYER
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

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HYMN " Joy Comes with the Dawn" V.U. 166

THE LENTEN TRIAD LITURGY

Lent 5 - Consumerism

Reader 1
: 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?
Reader 2 : 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.
Reader 1: 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

SUNG RESPONSE "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.
ANTHEM

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

FIRST TESTAMENT READING: Jeremiah 31: 31-34

PSALM: Psalm 51: 1-12 V.U. 776 - 777

GOSPEL READING: John 12: 20-33

MESSAGE "A New Covenant"

HYMN "O Jesus, I Have Promised" V.U. 120

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: May we give not out of duty but out of love. Not out of practicality but with faith. Not counting the cost, but rejoicing in the good news that Jesus has come among us. AMEN

HYMN: "How Firm a Foundation" V.U. 660

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

POSTLUDE ( A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning ) LicenSing #620168