Watchword for the Week

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope. (Psalm 130:5)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)



(Psalm 130)

From the depths of my despair

I call to you, LORD. Hear my cry, O LORD;

listen to my call for help!

If you kept a record of our sins,

who could escape being condemned?

But you forgive us, so that

we should stand in awe of you.

I wait eagerly for the LORD’s help,

and in his word I trust.

I wait for the LORD more eagerly

than the watchmen wait for the dawn.

Israel, trust in the LORD, because his love is

constant and he is always willing to save.

He will save his people Israel

from all their sins.

Hymn 160 v. 1-3* Praise, my soul, the King

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

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Jesus, I am not worthy

to have you come under my roof.

But only say the word,

and your servant will be healed.

Let us confess our sins.

God of all mercy, we confess before you and

each other that we have been unfaithful to

you. We lack love for our neighbors, we

waste opportunities to do good, and we look

the other way when you cry out to us in the

suffering of our brothers and sisters in need.

We are sincerely sorry for our sins, both

those we commit deliberately and those we

allow to overtake us.

We ask your forgiveness and pray for

strength that we may follow in your way and

love all your people with that perfect love

which casts out all fear; through Jesus

Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Hymn 160 v. 4* Frail as summer’s flowers


Hear these comforting words: If you repent and

believe in God’s mercy, your sins are forgiven.

Trust in God’s promises and begin anew your

life with God and all people, in the name of

Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn 160 v. 5* Angels, help us to adore him


Romans 8:6-11 NT p. 195

Hymn 619 + 620 * Spirit of the living God

St. John 11:1-4, 17-27, 38-45 NT p. 132

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

SERMON Rev. Prof. Mark Burrows

(United Church of Christ, USA)

Hymn 347 Unless a single grain of wheat fall

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)

(Hymn of the Month, March 2015)

AFFIRMATION of FAITH United Church of Canada

We are not alone. We live in God’s world.

We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus, the Word made

flesh, to reconcile and make new;

who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church,

to celebrate God’s presence,

to love and serve others,

to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us. We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.


Response: Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.



God be with you, and also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to God.

Let us give thanks to God Most High.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

…With the faithful in every place and time, we

praise with joy your holy name:

Holy, holy, holy God of love and majesty,

the whole universe speaks of your glory,

O God Most High.

… we may continue faithful in all things. In the

strength Christ gives us, we offer ourselves

to you, eternal God, and give thanks that you

have called us to serve you. Amen.


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, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


(please come forward for communion)


Hymn 251 * I, the Lord of sea and sky

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)