Church service at St. Andrews United Church in Chalk River is cancelled for this morning due to Coronaviros (COVID - 19)
After monitoring the government and United Church websites regarding the pandemic with respect to the Coronaviros (COVID - 19) and to enable as much social distancing as possible, the church service for this morning, Sunday March 15, 2020 is cancelled.
Please call your family and friends, including those on this email to try to ensure they do not make the journey to the church. St. Andrews Church Council will be monitoring the UCC and government websites for information and advice about COVID-19 related to on-going cancellations and other church/worship related information.
With that in mind please monitor the St. Andrews website, messages posted on the front door of the church and your email inbox for future information. In the meantime here is the draft bulletin for the church service that was to be held this morning.
As you are able, please take some time for inward and outward reflection on this the 3rd Sunday in Lent. Take care of yourself and others. Peace.
Welcome to the worship service of St. Andrew's United Church,
40 Joseph St., Chalk River, ON
Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020
Gathering of the Community of Saints
Welcome & Greeting Processional “Throughout These Lenten Days” VU #108 Verse 1
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer
God of grace and truth, we come to your house today to worship you. We bring all of ourselves to you, all of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We entrust our hidden, fearful, and fragile selves to your transforming power and gentle, loving care. Blessing, glory, and honour are yours alone. Thank you for the many ways your Spirit breaks into our lives and into this troubled world. We offer this prayer as we come together to worship here at St. Andrews in the name of the One whose name is above every name, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Adapted from the United Church of Christ- our partner denomination in the United States)
Opening Hymn “May the God of hope go with us” VU #424
Minute for Missions
Prayer of Hope
God of mercy, hear the prayers of your thirsting people. For every time we have attributed your miracles in our lives to our own hands alone,
Forgive us, we pray.
For every time we promised to trust you but turned to our own way when your response did not come soon enough or in the way we expected,
Grant us mercy, O God.
For the many opportunities to extend forgiveness that we have refused,
Show us what it means to love, again, dear Lord.
For each way we put our own understandings above your wisdom, For each time we resist your command to be reconciled with those who believe differently from us,
Direct us in the way of peace, we pray.
For our silent sins, our quiet acts of violence, and our indifference to the suffering around us,
Forgive us, Loving One, and quench our thirst with your grace and abundance of hope; Remake us into vessels of tenderness and compassion. For Christ’s sake we pray. Amen. (Adapted from the UCC)
Words of Assurance
Hymn “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah” VU #651
Learning Time Together Rocky & Squeak
Hearing God’s Word
Old Testament Exodus
Responding to God’s Call
Life and Work of the Congregation
Invitation to make an Offering
Through Christ we are called to be sowers of God’s truth and reapers of God’s blessings. Therefore, let us joyfully share a portion of what we have received from God so those in need may rejoice with us.
Offertory “We Give Thee But Thine Own” verse 1 VU #543
Candle lighting- in remembrance
Benediction and Commissioning
40 Joseph St, PO Box 190, Chalk
River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0
St. Andrews United
Church, Chalk River, Ontario