CJCW Bulletin

St. Paul’s United Church Sussex

Bulletin May 24, 2020    7th Sunday of Easter

(This bulletin will be for the recorded service broadcast via CJCW at 10:30.)

Thoughts to Ponder:

“The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”- Fred Rogers

Welcome, Announcements, Life & Work of the Church

Acknowledgement of the Territories:

Welcome to this place of worship, situated on the unceded territories of the
Wabanaki peoples predominantly the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy. May we live in respect and friendship.

Sharing the Peace of Christ:

Leader: May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Response: And also with you.

Call to Worship: (based on Psalm 68, The Inclusive Bible translation)

We shout for joy
to God who rides upon the clouds!
     We sing praises to our awe-inspiring God,
     before whom the earth quakes,
     and whose abundant blessings provide for all in need!
God is Sovereign over the earth,
Defender of the defenseless, and Parent to orphans;
God creates families for those who are alone.
     God leads captives to freedom
     and breaks the yoke of oppression.
God goes forth before the people,
marching through the wilderness of their lives,
bringing forth restoration and justice.
     Sing praise to God,
     Rider of the ancient skies,
     who dwells in holiness.
Proclaim the power of God!
     O God, how awesome you are in your sanctuary!
     You give power and strength to your people.
Let us worship God!

Gathering Prayer:

God Most High, we gather to honour and glorify you.
Receive our invitation to dwell with us.
Enfold us in your presence and
fill us again with holy awe and mystery.
We are yours and we claim you as our God. Amen. 

Music:

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
Open the Eyes of My Heart
(Trio: Mary Lea Stafford, Anne Jackson & Karen Gallagher)

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon:

Blessed One, you created human beings
for your glory and pleasure.
Forgive us for being self-absorbed and
choosing to live solely for ourselves.
Forgive us for ignoring the prompting of your Spirit,
your purpose for our lives, and for placing our will above yours.
Grant us courage to share in Christ’s ministry, to be his witnesses, and
to carry your loving compassion to a hurting world.

Silence is kept
As the Body of Christ,
we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be Christ’s witnesses.
Each of us has our own story of what Jesus’ life means for us.
Through our life-stories we can convey hope to the hopeless,
joy to the downtrodden, and peace where there is turmoil.
Therefore, let us “clothe ourselves in humility,”
sharing the Good News of Christ, that we “may all be one.”
In this God is well pleased. Amen.

Children’s time:     For the Birds

Prayer of Illumination:

Spirit of Truth and Love, move in us and among us as we listen to the Scriptures read and proclaimed. Open our minds and hearts to God’s Living Word so that we may know it more fully and follow it more faithfully day by day. Amen.

Music:             Higher Ground (Karen Gallagher)

Scripture:

Acts 1:6-14                     The ascension of Jesus
1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5:6-11 Cast your cares on God. Be alert.
John 17:1–11                 Jesus prays for his disciples.

Music:           Grace Flows Down (Mary Lea, Anne, Karen)

Sermon:        A Prayer to Sustain Us

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer:

Music:            Glory of God (Mary Lea, Anne, Karen)

Call to offering:

Prayer of Dedication:

Ever-present and loving God,
your Word tells us to cast our cares on you because you care for us.
In faith and trust we present these gifts, and ourselves, to you.
Bless and multiply them to meet the needs,
both hidden and apparent, of your beloved ones.
Inspire each of us to live as Christ’s witnesses,
today and ever more.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Music:              Deep in Our Hearts (Mary Lea, Anne, Karen)

Benediction:

 

This Week at St. Paul’s             7th Sunday of Easter

   Sunday                9:45    Short service via Zoom
10:30    Recorded service on 590 CJCW radio complete with music by Karen Gallagher, Anne Jackson & Mary Lea Stafford
Also available at http://www.radio-canada-online.com/590-cjcw
Tuesday               9:45    Check-in & prayer via Zoom

   Wednesday         7:00    Bible Study, Basics of the New Testament via Zoom
   Thursday             9:45    Check-in & prayer via Zoom
                                1:00    Coordinating Team Meeting via Zoom
                                7:00    Check-in & prayer via Zoom
 Sun. Apr 15         9:45    Short service via Zoom
10:30    Recorded service on 590 CJCW radio

Join in or listen to any of the Zoom calls via Internet using the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/179750852?pwd=7lAYtPHcGTE            OR
call in from your phone at 1 647 374 4685 with Meeting ID: 179 750 852 and
Password: 042032
This phone number is NOT toll free but many people have Canada-wide calling.  

Our life and work of the church is continuing to the best of our abilities under the circumstances. This includes benevolent services for those having difficulties coping.  If you know of anyone needing help, please contact Rev. Jenn Brown.