If you are driving, please be parked by 6:25 PM as the garage will be locked after this, for security reasons. Ring the intercom at the top of the driveway.
The same goes with entering the worship area. The side door at 1102 Pendrell St. will be unlocked until 6:25 PM and locked because of security.
PHONE NUMBER 778 228 7956
OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Service begins at 6:30 pm — Sunday evening
Click the following link: http://www.centralpc.ca:8000/worship.mp3 – for live feed
Note: if you are using Windows Media Player, and it asks you about downloading the file “listen.pls”, then we suggest you download and run this AWESOME Workaround from Jon Galloway!, or alternatively switch to WinAmp player.
YOU MAY LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY RECORDED WORSHIP SERVICE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK http://www.christalive.ca/podcasts/?C=M;O=D.
Rev. Michel Amyotte — Pastor
We believe in inclusiveness and so if there are gender words which make you uncomfortable change them so that you may worship untroubled.
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: We are on a journey of faith. Jesus is our leader and our guide.
ALL: We place our trust in him.
ONE: As the daylight hours grow longer, our journey takes on a urgency.
ALL: We must prepare our hearts for Jerusalem
ONE: Do not fear! God goes before us, into Jerusalem, into the world.
God, we come to you today with so many concerns and issues that demand our attention. Our lives are burdened; our spirits are tired. Guide our lives and our steps as we walk this Lenten journey, inward and outward. Help us to discern what you would have us do, that others may be healed. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
There is a certain winter in our spirits today, O God. We feel that the journey on which we have embarked will demand too much of us. There are so many other things in our lives which claim our spirits, our energy, our hopes and fears. It is easy to be like Jerusalem, turning our backs on those whom you send. The world shouts its solutions to us and then deserts us when we are in need. Forgive us for the many times in which we have strayed from your pathway of life; when we have chosen not to hear the cries of those in need; when we have belittled the gifts and skills you have given us in order to avoid serving others. Heal us, O God. Place us back on your path to Jerusalem, to live, for we ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
When God called your name, God called you to a journey of faith. Do not be afraid to look inside to see those things which are holding you back from being who God created you to be. Place your trust in God who is always with you, loving you into wholeness. AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: MAKE ME A BLESSING
GENESIS 15:1 – 12, 17 – 18
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
PHILIPPIANS 3:17 – 4:1
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
LUKE 13: 31 – 35
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
HYMN OF RESPONSE: LIVING FOR JESUS
COMMUNION HYMN: IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR WEST
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
RESPONSIVE PRAYERS: God hear our prayer
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Our Father/Mother (Creator) 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.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
CLOSING HYMN: WE’RE MARCHING TO ZION
We praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening. Our prayer always is that some part of this experience touched your heart and soul in some way. If you would like to be part of our ministry you may send a tax receipt donation to the address listed above.
If you would like to share your experience please call us at 778 228 7956 or email us at email@example.com