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BUC Worship Service – Feb 25

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BUC Worship Service – Feb 25

 Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada 

Lent 2 

Sunday February 25, 2024 
Minister: Kelly Grittner, DLM 
Prelude:  Blessed Assurance -arr. M. Hayes 

Welcoming and Land Acknowledgement 
“As we gather together, let us pause to remember that we live, work and worship on lands that are, by law, the unceded territories of the nations of Treaty 7. As Christ’s people, may we be people of love, of truth, and of reconciliation. May we live with respect on this land, and in peace and friendship with its people.” 

Welcome and Announcements

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 Gathering as God’s People 
Lighting of the Christ Candle 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the light of the world 
We light this candle as a sign that God, through Jesus, is always with us. 

Opening Reading & Response 
“Walking Rainbows” “Kneeling in Jerusalem” Ann Weems 

Choral Assurance Hymn I Am the Dream (remain seated) MV 106 

Call to Worship 
Come, all that have 
entered into this space 
from different places of birth, 
different cultures, 
and from places of divergent 
perspectives and opinions. 
Come, let us find our home 
in the spacious 
and accepting heart of God 
and see within it 
our soul’s longing and future. 

Prayer for Transformation 
In a world that is closed in, 
where we focus on only our own,
seeing our own needs 
May we be a community that is open, 
looking outwards, seeing beyond ourselves. 
May this be a holy transformation 
In a world where the few hold so much power, 
where food and opportunity is so unfairly divided 
May we be a community that shares, 
recognizing each other’s needs, 
and sharing each problem together. 
May this be a holy transformation 
In a world where conflict is the chosen way, 
and might feeds every prejudice 
May we be a community that lives in peace, 
where differences are celebrated, 
and variety brings wholeness. 
May this be a holy transformation. 

Children and youth are welcome to go to Sunday School at this time 

Hymn Though Ancient Walls VU 691 

Scripture Readings 
Genesis 12:1-4a “God Calls Abram to be a Blessing” 
Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17 ”God’s Promises Rest on Grace Through Faith” 

Reflection “Discernment – Sorting & Sifting”  Listen to the message here

Special Music – Ron Beagle 

Offertory Open My Eyes -arr. F. Milholland 

Presentation of the Offering 

Dedication of the Offering 
Receive these gifts, O God 
with our gratitude and praise 
and may their use truly express 
our desire to be a people 
of good heart and free spirit. Amen. 

Prayers of the People and 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 

Hymn Morning Has Broken VU 409 

Commissioning & Blessing 
May our loving God companion you, 
May our sheltering God keep you safe. 
May our joyful God fill your heart. 
May our powerful God give you strength. 

Postlude Wonderful Grace of Jesus – arr. F. Milholland