Dorchester United Church SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020 WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
ACKNOWLEGEMENT OF THE LAND
Gathering together we walk the history of a healing journey, acknowledging
the church's role in the suffering of our Indigenous brothers and sisters,
recognizing that apologies are necessary, not only once, but time and again
to educate our people of ongoing injustices and the work to renew
respectful relationships. We pay our respect to the original caretakers of
the land by acknowledging that we live and worship on the traditional lands
of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron
peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of
1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant.
CALL TO WORSHIP
PRAYER OF APPROACH
One: We gather in this sacred place with great anticipation
We have come to worship our King
All: Wherever two or three are gathered to worship, The Holy Spirit is present.
One: Open our eyes to witness the fantastic love and wondrous joy waiting
to be revealed, even this day, even in this place.
"Deep in Our Hearts" M.V. 154
PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Jesus Bids Us Shine" V.U. 585
(Please Remain Standing for the Sanctus)
Children are welcomed to the front of the Sanctuary
for Children's Time during the Sanctus.
"It only takes a spark" V.U 289
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
Jesus is our friend who loves us always
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
A NEW CREED
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
We come to the Lord's supper together as children of our
Jesus makes the guest list, not us. Our family, chosen by God, is
gathered from west and east, and includes everyone, even the lowest and
Jesus, when he was resurrected from the dead, revealed himself to his
disciples in the breaking of bread around a table. May we see the face of
God today as we come to the Lord's Supper. On the night he was handed over,
the night before he was crucified, Jesus gathered with his friends for a
meal. He took the bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, saying, "This
is my body, which is broken for you.
As often as you eat it, remember me." [break the bread]
Please pray with me: Jesus, as we take this bread, let it be a sign of all
you did for us, and who you are for us.
Thank you for this bread of life. [people eat the bread]
After sharing the bread, Jesus took a cup of wine, and gave it to them to
drink, saying, "This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out
for many." [hold up the cup]
Let's Pray: Jesus, as we drink this cup, let it be a sign
for us of all you did for us, and who you are for us.
Thank you that you bring us peace that passes understanding. [people drink]