• Glebe Road United Church

Sunday Worship March 27, 2022

Glebe Road United Church 4th Sunday of Lent



We Gather Together


Musical Prelude


Announcements


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: We seek the presence of God.

All: Our hearts are searching.


One: We open our lives to God.

All: Our hearts are open.


One: We find the love of God.

All: Our hearts are full.


One: We come in worship.

All: All glory, praise, and honour be to God!


Lighting of the Christ Candle


Living into the Light of Reconciliation


Opening Hymn: As Comes the Breath of Spring, VU 373


As comes the breath of spring with light and mirth and song,

so does your Spirit bring new days brave, free, and strong.

You come with thrill of life to chase hence winter's breath,

to hush to peace the strife of sin that ends in death.


You come like songs at morn that fill the earth with joy,

till we, in Christ, newborn, new strength in praise employ.

You come to rouse the heart from drifting to despair,

through high hopes to impart life with an ampler air.


You breathe and there is health; you move and there is power;

you whisper, there is wealth of love, your richest dower.

Your presence is to us like summer in the soul;

your joy shines forth and then life blossoms to its goal.


Opening Prayer


Invitation to Confession


Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97


Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.


Prayer of Confession


One: God of abundance, you teach us to live in love with others and with you.

All: We confess we do not take the time to learn and pray


One: We do not learn so that your ways might become our ways.

All: We do not always put you first.


One: We confess that when we do not reflect your love,

All: we turn people away from your church.


One: Forgive us and create in us new hearts and loving spirits,

All: in the name of Jesus, whom we would follow and serve.


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: Teach Me God to Wonder, VU 299


Teach me, God, to wonder, teach me, God, to see;

let your world of beauty capture me.

Refrain:

Praise to you be given, love for you be lived,

life be celebrated, joy you give.


Let me, God, be open, let me loving be;

let your world of people speak to me. Refrain


Teach me, God, to know you, hear you when you speak,

see you in my neighbour when we meet. Refrain


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.


Children’s Prayer:


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


Barter by Maria Case (on a poem by Sara Teasdale)

Performed by Melanie Conly, Maria Case, Sheila Jaffe


Life has loveliness to sell,

All beautiful and splendid things,

Blue waves whitened on a cliff,

Soaring fire that sways and sings,

And children's faces looking up,

Holding wonder like a cup.


Life has loveliness to sell,

Music like the curve of gold,

Scent of pine trees in the rain,

Eyes that love you, arms that hold,

And for your spirit's still delight,

Holy thoughts that star the night.


Spend all you have for loveliness,

Buy it and never count the cost;

For one white singing hour of peace

Count many a year of strife well lost,

And for a breath of ecstasy

Give all you have been, or could be.


Luke 12:13-34


Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable:


‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’


He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?


Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.


‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Sermon: Barn Guy and the Hidden Treasure


Hymn: God Who Gives to Life Its Goodness, VU 260


God who gives to life its goodness, God creator of all joy,

God who gives to us our freedom, God who blesses tool and toy:

teach us now to laugh and praise you, deep within your praises sing,

till the whole creation dances for the goodness of its King.


God who fills the earth with beauty, God who binds each friend to friend,

God who names us co-creators, God who wills that chaos end:

grant us now creative spirits, minds responsive to your mind,

hearts and wills your rule extending all our acts by Love refined.


Music: “Lift Thine Eyes” from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

Performed by Melanie Conly, Maria Case, Sheila Jaffe


Offering


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.


We Pray


Prayers of the People

(a time of silence)


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: I find you, Lord, in all Things by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)


I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all

my fellow creatures, pulsing with your life;

as a tiny seed you sleep in what is small

and in the vast you vastly yield yourself.


The wondrous game that power plays with Things

is to move in such submission through the world:

groping in roots and growing thick in trunks

and in treetops like a rising from the dead.


Closing Hymn: Be Thou My Vision, VU 642


Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart;

naught be all else to me save that thou art,

thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, my calm in all strife;

I ever with thee, and thou in my life;

thou loving parent, thy child may I be,

thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.


Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,

thou mine inheritance, now and always;

thou and thou only, the first in my heart,

great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.


Great God of heaven, after victory won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O ruler of all.


Commissioning:


One: In days of sadness, days of joy,

All: you go with us, Living God.


One: In days of worry, days of peace,

All: you go with us, Living God.


One: In times when hope is lost, in times of celebration,

All: you go with us, Living God.


One: So give us, as we leave this place,

All: spirits that are enlivened, hearts that are encouraged,


One: and your people around us,

All: every step of the way.


Benediction


Song: I Am Walking 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.


Postlude

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