St. James & St. John United Church

556 King George Highway
Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3 Phone: 622-1598
Fax: 836-7711
stjjuc@nbnbet.nb.ca
www.newcastlepastoralcharge.ca
Facebook: St. James & St. John United Church
Office Hours
Monday – Tuesday: 9- 1 PM
Thursday: 9-5 PM
Friday: 9-2 PM

March 8, 2020 Lent 2
Our Lenten Journey continues

WORSHIP LEADERS

Minister: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry
Nancy Russell & Lenten Choir Greeters
Kimberley & Keith Shaddick
Counters
Carl & Alice Farris Sound Support
Earle Howe & David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Today’s Service
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
GREETING

CALL TO WORSHIP
Today we step up a little higher on our Lenten Journey
We are moving from contemplation to action.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Yes, we are ready. The cross is before us.
Come, walk together on this journey to the Cross.
Lord, prepare our hearts and our spirits for this next step. AMEN.

*INTROIT “We Have Come into His House”

We have come into His house
and gathered in His name to worship him (x2)
We have come into His house
And gathering in His name to worship Christ, the Lord.
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

So, forget about yourself
And concentrate on Him and worship Him (x2)
So, forget about yourself
And concentrate on Him and worship Christ the Lord
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord.

CCLI Song # 17212 Bruce T. Ballinger
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WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM “Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Guiding Lord, even though we hesitated on our Lenten journey; we vowed to come with you through all the trials and fears toward the Cross. Today we face the challenge which true commitment brings. Are we willing to offer our whole selves to you in service? We would like to think that we can do that, but we are aware of how many times we have turned away from service and instead focused on our own desires.
Remind us again of the commitment you would have us give if we are to become disciples. Forgive our stubbornness and fears. Lead us forward, gracious Lord, up these steps toward the Cross. Amen

The journey of discipleship is never easy; but you can be assured that you will not be on this journey alone. Place your trust in Jesus. Amen

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE
Genesis 12:1-9
Hebrews 11:1, 8-10

* HYMN #103 “How Good, Lord, to Be Here”

SERMON ‘Breaking Dependency’

PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN #549 “For all Your Goodness, God”

DEDICATION
Creator God, you cradle us with your sanctifying spirit. In sharing these gifts, change our timid murmurs of faith to joyful proclamations of your holy will. We believe and pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Romans 4:1-5, 13-17)
We recognize and bless the gifts brought to the table, and those which wing their way electronically from our banks to the church’s account.

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #586 “We Shall Go Out With Hope”

Upcoming This Week
Day Time Service/Event
Sunday 9:00 AM Worship Service at Maple Glen
10:30 AM Chat & Coffee at St. James & St. John
11:00 AM Worship service at St. James & St. John
Tuesday 6:30 PM
7:00 PM Fellowship before Lenten Bible Study
Lenten Bible Study/Membership Classes at the church
Wednesday 7:00 PM “Rick’s Country Jamboree” for seniors at the church center. $2 admission or donation of food
Thursday 12:00 PM Chat & Coffee at the Centre
7:00 PM Lenten Choir Practice

What’s Up at St. J&J?

JANITORIAL POSITION – All interested candidates in applying for the janitorial position for the church and center, must submit their proposals to the church office by March 12th for consideration.

LENTEN OFFERING FOLDER – On Easter morning you may place your folder on the offering plate or drop it off at the Church office. These small endeavors make a difference in the work of the church and your support is greatly appreciated.

DESSERT THEATER – The St. J & J Drama Troupe will be presenting it’s first ever murder mystery, dessert theater, “Fatal Carnival”. Show times are March 27, 28, & 29th, at 7:00 PM at the church center. Tickets are $15; available at the Church Center, Park Place, Brookdale Flower Shop & Divine MediSpa (former Information Center in Chatham).

VILLAGE OF HOPE MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL – There are members of the congregation interested in attending the Maple Syrup Festival at the Village of Hope, in Upper Tracy, on April 4th. The cost if $12; if you are would like to attend, please call the church office tomorrow, as we need to reserve the spots. We will be leaving the Church Center at 11:00 am to be there by 2:00 PM. To date we have two cars that will be providing transportation; we can arrange more vehicles if necessary depending on the number of people. Gas expenses will be shared by those attending.

‘GOLIATH MUST FALL’ BOOK – 15 copies of ‘Goliath Must Fall’ have been ordered and will be in this week. The cost is $18 each. Please phone the church office if you wish to purchase one. Thank you.