April 3, 2011 Lent 4

April 3, 2011     Lent 4

 

WE GATHER TOGETHER

MUSIC IN PREPARATION

TRINITY IN ACTION

WE CENTRE OURSELVES IN GOD’S LIGHT

CALL TO WORSHIP: 

Open your eyes, for the light has come!

Once we were in darkness, but now in the Lord, we are light.

Live as children of light.

For the fruit of the light is found in all that is good, and right, and true.

It is good and right for us to gather in the house of the Lord today.

Let us worship God.

 

HYMN:  When Long Before Time             248 VU (v1,2,3 & 5)

 

PRAYER OF APPROACH:   O God, in the darkness of time,  you created all that lives and breathes.  In the darkness of our mother’s womb, you nurtured each of us, bringing us new life.   In quiet darkness, dreams emerge.  But darkness is also the place of being alone, scared, in pain, hurt, and fear. You, O God are the source of Light:   you call us out of night’s darkness to live in the radiance of your love.  You have sent Jesus, Son of Righteousness to illuminate the way!  As we gather, seeking strength for the journey through Lent, we ask that you be with us, gracious God, moving our focus from fears and concerns of the dark, to the hopes and visions of new life.  Hoping for an awareness of your presence we pray as Jesus taught praying: Our Father….

 

JESUS’ PRAYER

A TIME FOR LEARNING

HYMN :  The Lord's My Shepherd                                    747 VU

WE LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Ephesians: 5:8-14

John 9:1-12, 28-34      Reader:  Harold Ferguson

Ministry of Music    Dust and Ashes Touch our Face

REFLECTION

AND WE RESPOND

HYMN: Open My Eyes that I May See     371 VU

PRAYERS FROM OUR HEARTS

OFFERTORY: (VU 603)

In loving partnership we come,

 seeking, O God, your will to do.

Our prayers and actions now receive;

we freely offer them to you.

PRAYER DEDICATING OUR GIFTS:  O God, here are our gifts; here too is our love.  Use our gifts we pray, but more importantly use us: our hands, our feet; our hearts to share your love and bring healing to the world.  Through Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

HYMN: Let All Things Now Living                        242 VU

WE ARE SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD

 

BLESSING AS WE GO OUT TO BE GOD'S PEOPLE


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