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THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH
1301 - 102nd Street
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, S9A 1G4


Who are we? We are a community of faith, known as Third Avenue United Church, who have adopted and prayerfully put into words and deeds what we believe to be our Mission in this community and in the world, and that is: We seek to love and care for God’s creation through worship and service in Christian community. W E L C O M E
Thank you for worshipping with us today!


Background Music: “Carry The Light
Third Avenue United Church Choir

Order of Worship

First Sunday of Lent
Sunday - February 18, 2018

Worship Service:   10:30 am

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Frances Patterson

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist: Glenn Goodman

SCRIPTURE READER:   Greg Corcoran

Welcoming
Time of Celebration
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Preparation for Worship

GATHERING

Call to Worship:
Leader: Now is the time of returning,
People: returning to God - our first Love.
Leader: Now is the time of turning away,
People: turning away from the sin that wastes us.
Leader: Now is the time of lifting,
People: lifting guilt's heavy burden.
Leader: Now is the time of renewing,
People: renewing heart, mind, and spirit.
Leader: Now is the time...
People: Lent's hard, joyful pilgrimage - begins!

[#315 VU]:
'Holy, Holy, Holy, though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy, there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.'

Prayer of Approach Together
Holy and Ever Present God: as we begin another Lenten journey, once again we walk with Jesus in the wilderness. Once again, we know his struggles in the struggles of our own lives. We sense the barrenness. We know it is a journey that we walk alone, as we try to know ourselves better and at the same time, long to know you better. Help us to linger long enough that we might know your presence and your blessings. Amen.

Lenten Tenebrae Litany:
Reader 1: In this season of Lent, we reflect on our journey of faith with Christ, remembering God's covenant and the sign of the rainbow. God will never again destroy the earth by flood and water, once a way of destruction, but is now a way to new life through baptism.
Reader 2: We light this candle on the first Sunday of Lent, remembering God's faithfulness through the sign of his covenant -. [light purple candle]
People: [together]
As the days lengthen and the rivers fill with spring waters, dear God, may we be filled with your love. Let wellsprings of living water spring up in us. In the name of Christ with whom we journey toward the Cross. Amen.

Hymn:'Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights' # 108 VU  (Verses 1 - 5 only)

HEARING

Time with the Young and the Young at Heart

Hymn:The Hokey Pokey”

Responsive Reading: Psalm 25, page 752 VU with sung refrain

Prayer of Confession: (Together)
God, you call us into the marketplace but into the wilderness too. Sometimes we are too afraid to go into those desert places though. What if there is absolutely nothing there? But then, what if we feel the nudging and urgings of the Holy Spirit calling us to alter our lives? It is much easier following the status quo. It is what we are used to. And then when temptation comes, we have little resistance. We are prey to what is easy rather than what is right. Forgive us God. Help us willingly set foot in the desert and embrace emptiness and silence in this time of Lent. Help us to trust that you will be there with us throughout the journey. Amen.

Hymn:O God, How We Have Wandered # 112 VU

Words of Assurance:
Leader: God accepts each repentant heart and works in us by the power of the Holy Spirit to make us new. We are a forgiven people!
People: Thanks be to God.

Scripture Reading[s]:
Genesis 9: 8 - 17:   The covenant between God and Noah
1 Peter 3: 18 - 22:   Baptism now saves you.
Mark 1: 9 - 15:   The Baptism of Jesus

Anthem:The Water Is Wide by Gilbert M. Martin

Sermon:

Hymn:To the Desert Jesus Came #113 VU

RESPONDING

Invitation to Offering:
Leader: As we have been blessed so we are called to share that which we have been given. Our offering will now be received.

Offertory Music: [Those collecting offering, please remain at the back until the selection is complete. Thank you.]

Prayer of Dedication: [please stand, read together]
Gracious God, we thank you for your faithfulness which endures all our frailties, for your patience which calls us home, for challenges which coax us into new growth, and for love which sets us free to new life. Receive our offerings we pray, that we and these gifts may be signs of your hope. Turn our service into your purposes for the sake of the world you love. Amen.

Doxology:
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW;
PRAISE GOD, ALL CREATURES HIGH AND LOW;
GIVE THANKS TO GOD IN LOVE MADE KNOWN:
CREATOR, WORD AND SPIRIT ONE.

Imposition of Ashes and the Sacrament of Communion:

Ashes have long been a sign in the Christian church of a willingness to begin again - to behind those things in our lives that hold us back that we might live more faithful and whole lives. These ashes are from the dried out branches of last year's Palm Sunday palms, a symbol that, although our best intentions may fail, God invites us to begin again and to use the ashes of our lives to bring new opportunity and hope. We come as we are for we can come no other way. We come to have hope renewed and to make a journey into healing and wholeness. Bless us God, as we come into your presence in this time. Amen.

Sacrament of Communion:

Leader: The family meal of Christian community is Communion. First given by Jesus to his disciples the night of his betrayal and arrest, it reminds us of the offering given by Jesus Christ, and of the invitation given to share our living graciously with one another. I ask you now, to turn to your neighbour for a brief moment and speak the words offered through the passing of the Peace, a Christian tradition of welcoming and honouring saying: “"The Peace Of Christ be with you!"”
[passing of the peace, please remain in your pew and greet those immediately around you]

Leader: God be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to God.
Leader: Let us give thanks to God.
People: It is good to give God thanks and praise.
Leader: It is always right and good to praise God who has created us, and who has never stopped loving us.
People: God has such great love for us that we can call ourselves the children of God, and indeed, that is who we are - we are God's children.
Leader: God sent Jesus to share our life and journey with us, to God are different from the ways of the world.
People: We are called to love God with all our hearts, our strength, our minds, and our spirits -and our neighbours as ourselves. When we do these things, we are Holy - we are saints.
Leader: We give thanks for the many people who have gone before us, and are with us even now.
People: A great cloud of witnesses who have tried to live God's way every day, and with their lives, have shown us how to be followers of Jesus.
Leader: Jesus invited saints and sinners to dine with him and be his friends.
People: And Jesus invites us, saints and sinners, to this Sacred Meal in which we can taste and see, experience and remember the goodness of our God. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and Earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Leader: We gather at this table to remember that, on the night before he died, Jesus ate with his friends. He took a loaf of bread and after blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them saying:
People: “Take. Eat. This is my body given for you. Each time you do this - remember me!”
Leader: That same night, Jesus also took a cup and after giving thanks, passed it to his friends saying:
People: “Drink. This cup, poured out for you, is the promise of God. Whenever you drink of it, remember me.”

Leader: Send your Holy Spirit, O God, upon these gifts of bread and wine and upon us who have gathered here today. As your children, help us to be more like Jesus the Christ in all that we say and do. Bless your saints in every time and place, and help us to know your love in every moment of our lives. We praise you, O God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us: “OUR FATHER...

I invite you all now, to come forward to be marked with the ashes that are a symbol of the beginning of our Lenten journey. You will then move to the stations where the bread and wine are and partake here, at the front, before returning to your seats. The ushers will lead you through this. All are invited.

A Lenten Prayer: [together]
God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to you, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; help our lips speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ within us. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: “”O Jesus, I Have Promised # 120 VU

A Lenten Prayer: [together]
God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to you, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; help our lips speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ within us. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

Benediction:
Leader: Go with boldness into this new day. The strength of our Lord Jesus Christ, goes before you.

Threefold Amens: # 967 VU

Postlude: Organ/Piano Selection - - [We ask that people remain standing (those that are able) in their pews until the Christ Candle is extinguished. You may be seated for the Postlude. Thank you!]

Lectionary Reading for February 25, 2018:   Second Sunday in Lent  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16;  Psalm 22:22-30;  •Romans 4:13-25;  Mark 8:31-38.

Cancer Survivor Support Group

The Cancer Survivor Support Group will meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Third Avenue United Church. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm. This is "A self-help group for people with cancer, their families and friends."

Games Church!

Due to Rev. Shawn's upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Sunday evening "Games Church" will be on hold until March 11. Please feel free to join us in March as we return to fun-filled evenings of potluck, worship, and board-games!

Games Church is a regular Sunday evening event, held downstairs in Calvin Hall.
Doors open at 5:15, with Potluck at 5:30, followed by a family-friendly ecumenical church service. And then ...let the games begin!
“Boardgame Cafe” style (lots of games will be provided, or bring your own)
There is no admission for this event, but please bring a potluck dish to share. All are welcome!
For more information, please contact Rev. Shawn at 481 5654 or email: greenpriest@hotmail.ca

ON A “MUSICAL” NOTE
Jubilation Handbell Ringers practices are on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Senior Choir Practices are on Thursdays @ 7:30 PM
If you love sharing music with others,
Join Us!
COME RING AND/OR SING WITH US!


CHILDREN'S AREA
A table with books, pictures to color or draw your own, and crayons are at the back of the Sanctuary for children to use if they wish.


EVENTS and HAPPENINGS
  1. SUNDAY, February 18, 2018  SUNDAY WORSHIP  ALL ARE WELCOME

  2. SUNDAY, February 18, 2018:   11:30am - 1:00pm    SUNDAY BRUNCH  ALL ARE WELCOME!

  3. TUESDAY, February 20, 2018:   12:00 Noon - 1:00pm    Lenten Lunches begin at St. Paul's Anglican Church   ALL ARE WELCOME!

  4. TUESDAY, February 20, 2018  7:00 PM   HANDBELL PRACTICE

  5. WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2018  10:00 am  BIBLE STUDY

  6. WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2018  10:00 am & 11:00 am  Communion Services at Battlefords District Care and River Heights Lodge respectively

  7. THURSDAY, February 22, 2018  SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE 7:30pm   COME AND SING WITH US!

  8. SUNDAY, March 4, 2018:   3:00 pm    Creative Kids Concert - Logie Hall   ALL ARE WELCOME!

  9. WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2018  7:00 pm  Cancer Survivor Support Meeting (Please note change of date)

FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH, SEE THE “HAPPENINGS” TAB ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE.