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Dorchester United Church
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 Lent 4

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.


MUSIC PRELUDE (We invite you to quiet reflection and preparation for worship)

Holy Spirit,
Let us be born anew in you.
May we struggle through the dark days of lent into
the eternal light that comes at daybreak and the empty tomb.
Quench our thirst with your living water,
dwell with us in our suffering,
give us the courage to be;
remind us that you are here
and never let us go
pushing on through change
that our faith in your son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
will see us through to the dawn. AMEN.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

As a community, we would invite you to make a phone call following the service, to someone you love as an offering of peace and fellowship.

HYMN "Maranatha" M.V. 19
(Please Remain Standing for the Sanctus)
SANCTUS Kyrie - M.V. 67
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison. Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.


Guest Musician- Rachel Weisdorf

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff-
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely[e ] goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.


A prayer by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of his prayers .

When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."

For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world...
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick-
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.

May it be so. AMEN.


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.



Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lord, help me to hear you saying,
"I am your hope" over all the other voices.
Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless
so I'm running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you.
Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

God, you know those things in my heart that I barely dare to hope for,
today I give them to you,
I trust them to you,
I come knowing that you can do more than I could ever guess, imagine or request in my wildest dreams
I am loved and I am your child
God, you are my hope and I trust you.

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won't let show

Prayer for hope and faith to arise for those who have lost hope or are feeling anxious.
Your hope arises with each dawn, pushing back the rubble of our lives.
Each new day reminds us of your grace,
you paint hope across our skies.
Into the deafening cry of hopelessness, you whisper love.
Love that catches us, holds us.
There is no end, just new beginnings. No finish, just new starts.
Into your resurrection we follow you to bathe in hope.
You are alive!
Not only in the world but in us.
And so we carry your hope within our souls.
Help us to lift our eyes, and feel resurrection hope arise in our lives.

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me (call me)

We are not alone, we live in Gods world
We are your Church
We are called to love and serve others
We are not alone
We have been given the gift of community
If one person is in need, another will come to support, encourage, provide resources
If we have a need, we just need to reach out.
We are not alone

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

HYMN "Open My Eyes that I May See" V.U. 351



MESSAGE: "Look and see your blindness"
-Gabrielle Heidinger

HYMN: "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah" V.U. 651


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