March 1, 2020
SILOAM UNITED CHURCH
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
First Sunday in Lent
Seasonal Colour – Purple
WE GATHER IN GOD’S LOVE
We acknowledge that we meet on land once inhabited
by our indigenous brothers and sisters.
GATHERING MUSIC David Parisi
GATHERING SONG “Your Love is Amazing”
WORDS OF WELCOME Jen Prince
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive) Jen Prince
One: I invite you to the journey of Lent.
ALL: Where does the journey take us?
One: The journey takes us within ourselves so that we may live in our world in a new way.
ALL: We are afraid to go there.
One: We do not need to be afraid, for we will be strengthened by the Spirit of God, and God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
ALL: Even though we are afraid, we will journey on. God is with us. Amen!
THE LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE All remain seated and sing “Throughout These Lenten Days & Nights”:
Throughout these Lenten days and nights
we turn to walk the inward way,
where, meeting Christ, our guide and light,
we live in hope till Easter Day.
OPENING PRAYER VIDEO
MINISTRY OF MUSIC Siloam Choir
“Trust in the Lord”, by Allen Pote;
Dr. Todd Wieczorek, director; David Parisi, accompanist
TIME WITH THE YOUNG AT HEART
“I Can Feel You Near Me God”
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Jen Prince
LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
(Children leave for Sunday School as congregation remains seated
and sings “You Shall Go Out With Joy”.)
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD TO US
SCRIPTURE LESSON Reader: Betty Ross
Matthew 4:1-11 The temptation of Jesus.
SUNG RESPONSE: “Now Thank We All Our God”
Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mother’s arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
SONG “Jesus, Tempted in the Desert”
THE MESSAGE Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
“Jesus’ Temptations and Ours”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S LOVE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Rev. Ann Corbet
All remain seated and sing “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”:
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace!
LIFE & WORK OF THE CHURCH Rev. Ann Corbet
GOOD NEWS MOMENT Cindy MacKinnon
INVITATION TO GIVE
OFFERTORY SONG: “God of Love” Tune: Edelweiss
God of Love hear our prayer. Bless this offering we bring you. May our lives do your will; guide and guard us forever.
Give us courage to stand for truth; help us give to others. God of Love, hear our prayer. Bless the offering we bring you.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (responsive): Rev. Ann Corbet
ONE: God of the wilderness, we give these offerings in gratitude,
ALL: rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
ONE: We give these offerings in faith,
ALL: trusting that you will provide for our needs.
ONE: We give these offerings in hope,
ALL: knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
ONE: And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
ALL: May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. Amen
SONG “O God, How We Have Wandered”
COMMISSIONING & BLESSING
SUNG RESPONSE: “Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
Words and Music by Don Besig and Nancy Price
© Harold Flammer Music
Used by permission CCCLI Licence #2427001
LEAVING SONGS David Parisi
Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor, Lead Minister & Minister of Worship & Pastoral Care
Rev. Ann Corbet, Ministry of Visitation
Jen Prince, Ministry of Children and Youth
Allison O'Connor, Program Assistant, Ministry of Children & Youth
Rev. Wib Dawson, Minister Emeritus
Dr. Todd Wieczorek, Director of Music
David Parisi, Musical Accompanist
Erin Salter, Office Administrator
Music by permission CCLI License 2427001