St James and St John United Church
February 27 2022

KIMBERLEY’S KORNER

INTRO TO WORSHIP

GREETINGS & WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP
Children of God: welcome!
Welcome to this place of love and grace,
Welcome to this place of hope and perseverance.
God invites all of us to be a part of the beloved community,
God invites all of us to share in the good news:
We are welcome, just as we are. We are loved, just as we are.
In gratitude for all of this, let us worship God. Amen.

OPENING HYMN
“Come, Now is the Time to Worship”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Peter, James, and John went up on the side
of a mountain with Jesus
and experienced glory. But then Peter wanted to stay.
“It’s good for us to be here. Let’s get comfortable.”
We are also often tempted
to keep the experience of the Divine to ourselves,
to enjoy the company of the saints
instead of going back down the mountain
to continue the work of the Kingdom of God.
God knows this temptation of our hearts, so let us confess
and pray for forgiveness.
God of glory and light, forgive us when we are
complacent and comfortable
with keeping the riches of your love to ourselves.
Keep calling us down from our mountains of privilege.
Keep expecting more of us as your disciples.
Keep reminding us to listen to your Son,
in whose name we pray. Amen
Whether we hear a voice from the heavens
or a still small voice in our hearts,
listen carefully for the love of God.
Believe and accept God’s love and live in God’s freedom.
We believe! Thanks be to God!
~ written by Rev. Dr. David Bahr

SCRIPTURE
Deuteronomy 19:15-20
Luke 9:28-36/II Corinthians 13:1

MESSAGE
Presence Makes a Difference

PASTORAL PRAYER
O Lord, You call us to go to the mountain top with you
And we follow, not quite sure of what is to happen,
but we like mountain tops,
we like the view from up here,
we like mountain top experiences.
Lord sometimes we need mountain top experiences with you
when our days are dark and dreary,
when our hearts, are heavy,
when the valleys seem more depressing then ever.
Lord, may this mountain top experience
fill our hearts with your light,
may we be filled with your love,
may we be filled with hope.
Lord, we are aware, that just as Moses and your disciples
were changed by their experiences
that we too are changed and transformed
into the image of Christ by your mercy.
Lord, may we have unveiled faces that reflect your love,
your hope, and your light. Amen.
~ written by Rev. Abi

THE LORD’S PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC
“My All in All”

DEDICATION
Heavenly Father, thank you that
you can satisfy our every desire and need. Your word says that we should give honor to you with the first fruits of our wealth. Accept our tithes and offerings as a gift of worship to you.
Multiply what we give for the
effective growth of your kingdom.
May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith so that we,
being rooted and grounded in love,
may have the strength to know the love
of Christ that surpasses knowledge.
May we be filled with all the fullness of God.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

CLOSING HYMN
“How Deep the Fathers Love For Us”

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE

 

WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Music Ministry: United Harmony & Kimberley
Greeters: Carl & Alice Farris
Counter: Ellie Hubbard
Sound Tec: David Watling

Our Church News

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service today.

CHILI TAKE-OUT SUPPER – We are having a Chili Take-out Supper on Saturday, March 26th, from 4-5 PM. The menu consists of Chili, a roll and homemade Cinnamon cake. Tickets will be pre-sold only and available at the Church Office, Dickison’s Pharmasave and Brookdale Flower Shop. Pick up will be at the front doors at the Church Centre; simply drive up and someone will deliver your meals to your vehicle.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY – Rev. Alice will begin an online Lenten Bible study on Zoom, starting Tuesday, March 8th, at 7 PM. These studies are very meaningful and help us mature in faith and grow spiritually. All are welcome to join 😊

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES – We are happy to announce that Sunday School classes will resume on March 20th! We are exited to begin again but we do need your support. We are looking for people to help teach at least once a month. Please prayerfully consider lending a hand to this vital program. Please contact Kimberley for more info.