Sunday Worship April 3, 2022
Glebe Road United Church 5th Sunday of Lent
We Gather Together
Promise of Divine Welcome
Centering Song: Here in this Place
Here, in this place, the breath of God,
my soul finds repose.
Holy space, the heartbeat of God,
my soul finds its home.
Call to Worship:
One: Family of God, we gather as who we are, and we bring what we have.
All: Let us encounter the new thing God is doing among us.
One: We bring joy and sorrow, hope and despair, resources and need,
certainty and questions.
All: Let us engage the new thing God is doing among us.
One: In this space, we meet the One who parts seas, creates paths,
and changes circumstances.
All: Let us encourage the new thing God is doing among us.
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Living into the Light of Reconciliation
Opening Hymn: Come and Find the Quiet Centre, VU 374
Come and find the quiet centre in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.
Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, face to face,
making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.
In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare!
Invitation to Confession
Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97
Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,
offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy. (2x)
Prayer of Confession
One: Righteous God, you made us in your divine image
All: yet we often turn to the gazes of others to see ourselves.
One: We yield to the temptation of comparison and measure ourselves according
to standards not made for us.
All: You declared us good, and we question your judgment.
One: We turn from your truth and receive lies.
All: Mend the brokenness within us.
One: Fortify us with your love, hope, and vision.
All: Shield us from stagnation and despair.
Words of Assurance
Song: Know That God Is Good, MV 104
Know that God is good, know that God is good,
know that God is good, God is good, God is good.
Mungu ni mwema, Mungu ni mwema,
Mungu ni mwema, ni mwema, ni mwema.
Children’s Hymn: One More Step Along the World I Go, VU 639
One more step along the world I go, one more step along the world I go,
from the old things to the new, keep me travelling along with you.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
keep me travelling along with you.
Round the corner of the world I turn, more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see you’ll be looking at along with me. R
As I travel through the bad and good, keep me travelling the way I should;
where I see no way to go you’ll be telling me the way, I know. R
Give me courage when the world is rough, keep me loving though the world is tough,
leap and sing in all I do, keep me travelling along with you. R
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
God, be in my eyes and in my looking.
God, be in my ears and in my listening.
God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.
God Calls and We Respond to the Word
Learn Me Right by Mumford & Sons
performed by Alie Rutty
Though I may speak some tongue of old
Or even spit out some holy word,
I have no strength with which to speak
When you sit me down and see I'm weak.
We will run and scream, you will dance with me,
We'll fulfill our dreams and we'll be free.
We will be who we are and they'll heal our scars;
Sadness will be far away.
So I had done wrong but you put me right;
My judgement burned in the black of night.
When I give less than I take
It is my fault, my own mistake.
When God brought Zion’s captives home,
it seemed to us like a dream.
But then our mouths were full of laughter,
and our tongues uttered shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations:
‘God has done great things for them.’
Truly God has done great things for us,
and therefore we rejoice.
Restore our fortunes, O God, as streams refresh the Negev.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,
shall come home with songs of joy,
bringing in their sheaves.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
Sermon: Holy Words
Hymn: Thou I May Speak, VU 372
Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.
Though I may give all I possess,
and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within,
the profit soon turns strangely thin.
Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.
Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540
Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
with a spirit large and free,
that ourselves and all our living
we may offer faithfully.
Prayers of the People
Call: God of generous hospitality, in your mercy
Response: hear our prayer
Song: God, Enfold Us
God, enfold us in your heart,
and keep us safe, keep us whole,
keep us in the palm of your hand.
Poem: As Winter Trees (author unknown)
As winter trees stretch out bare arms to the dark sky
We stretch out in the darkness to find the touch of love.
As snowdrops turn their gentle faces to the sun,
We long to find in that warmth the promise of peace.
As the fire breaks the shell of the seed,
So may our pain break the shell of isolation that protects us from ourselves.
In the security of darkness, the warmth of sunshine, the promise of fire,
May we blossom anew in the miracle of your saving love O God.
Closing Hymn: All My Hope is Firmly Grounded, VU 654
All my hope is firmly grounded in our great and living Lord;
who, whenever I most need him, never fails to keep his word.
God I must wholly trust, God the ever good and just.
Tell me, who can trust our nature, human, weak, and insecure?
Which of all the airy castles can the hurricane endure?
Built on sand, naught can stand by our earthly wisdom planned.
But in every time and season, out of love’s abundant store,
God sustains the whole creation, fount of life forevermore.
We who share earth and air count on God’s unfailing care.
Thank, O thank, our great Creator, through God’s only Son this day;
God alone, the heavenly potter, made us out of earth and clay.
Quick to heed, strong in deed, God shall all the people feed.
One: Go into the world to love and to serve.
All: May the blessing of God give us strength for the journey;
One: The Spirit of wisdom gives us vision for the road;
All: The love of Christ makes us caring companions,
One: As we travel together, this day and evermore.
Song: I Am Walking a Path of Peace, MV 221
I am walking a path of peace; (3x)
lead me home, lead me home.
I am walking a path of hope; (3x)
lead me home, lead me home.