Happy Ascension Sunday!
As the grass greens and flowers blossom we are especially grateful for you, our volunteers and community. Our fundraising plants are making their way to our gardens. Thanks to everyone for your help and support!
Do you have time for a trim? Do you have time to walk the lawn of the church with our new battery powered lawn mower and finish up the look with the trimmer? Would you rather bring your own clippers? If so, do we have a THANK YOU for you! Please be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our Building and Property team will be in touch with you and find a week that suits your schedule. The more the merrier on this one!
We hope that you are well as we share this COVID-19 journey.
We are grateful for your ongoing care for us, for one another, for the community around us and for our world.
We are also grateful for your donations on PAR, through www.canadahelps.org and in cheques mailed to the church. You are making a difference. Thank you.
There are only 2 more weeks in which we will have access to the resources of Illustrated Ministry. Here is this week’s link: https://illstrtdm.in/EasterWeek7
Even though we cannot be together in one place, let’s continue to be a community at prayer together. On Sunday at 10:00, let’s think about the gifts we have in our lives, and needs of our world, and then let’s all pray the Lord’s prayer (you can pray silently, or out loud).
And, sometime, when you want to have a longer worship time, we are including some words and videos for your use.
Worship for Sunday, May 24, 2020
Call to Prayer
“Where Love Comes to Life’ sung and played by Cheryl Jackson
We gather together although we are apart.
We gather in community although we are alone.
We gather asking for God’s blessing on our lives, and on our world.
We gather knowing God is with us.
“God of the Bible” with Cheryl, Annette, Crystal, and Stephen
Next week is Pentecost when we celebrate the beginning of the church community. You are reminded that there is an invitation to build a church in Lego, or whatever you have at hand, and to send it along to us that we can share it with others through our ‘Social Media’.
This week, Esther and Emmett talk about Ascension Sunday:
Then Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.
While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
Let us pray:
In silence and in word, we come before you in prayer, O God.
We offer our thankfulness for all those who are sharing in this worship at home – a digital community spread far and wide. We seek your guidance from the prophets of every age. Help us to live and share your good news.
We give thanks for those on the frontlines in this time. For everyone who can smile behind a mask, for offers care and compassion to those in need, we are so grateful.
We come feeling the pain of this hurting world. We know that everybody hurts. We know that everybody feels pain.
There is the hurt of loneliness and isolation.
There is the hurt of uncertainty.
There is the pain of unemployment.
There is the despair of hunger.
And do much more –
We offer our prayers for all those who will be forgotten by our limited prayers, hear our sighs which are prayers that are too deep for words.
Hear all our prayers, O God, and in your grace, surround us all with your love. Amen.
“Everybody Hurts” shared by Dana, Cheryl, Annette, and Stephen
We are not alone. We live in God’s world. Thanks be to God.
God bless you and keep you.
God’s face shine upon.
God grant you peace and joy.
Be in the peace of Christ, this day and always. Amen
We keep you in our prayers,
Carol and Jeff