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Sunday, March 4,

  1. 1. MINUTE FOR MISSONAt the 31st General Council, held in Sudbury in 1986, then Moderator theRight Rev. Robert Smith made an apology to our Aboriginal brothers and sis-ters for the United Church’s historical imposition of European culture onthem. In 1998, the church apologized for harm done by church-run Ind-ian Order of Worship forResidential Schools. Since that time, many groups have worked on establishing OROMOCTO & PINE GROVEright relations with First Nations communities. UNITED CHURCHOne such group is the Aboriginal Peace and Friendship Project at the Tatama-gouche Centre in Nova Scotia. The project is a partnership of TatamagoucheCentre and the Mennonite Central Committee in association with the AtlanticAboriginal Rights Coalition and the Task Group on Aboriginal Relationships We welcome everyone to this time together in worship. We gather in this church inand Concerns of Maritime Conference. Its work is focused on peace, justice, the belief that we are all equally God’s guests whether we’ve been here all our livesand mutuality among First Nations peoples and non-aboriginal peoples and or this is our first time. We welcome everyone in this spirit of Christ as it is our beliefgroups in the Maritimes. that this is how we are to live. Everyone, without exception, belongs equally at God’s table. We hope everyone will remain for ‘loonie lunch’ at our fellowshipThe project seeks to foster constructive networks where understanding may tables following worship in the church hall.bloom. It is hoped that the hurts of previous generations will be eased as peo-ple enter into a spirit of dialogue and reconciliation at Tatamagouche Centre If you are visiting with us please sign our guest book opposite the usher’s table. If you are new with us and wish a follow up contact please fill out a ‘Guest/Newand through other partnership networks in the Maritimes. Member Card which can be found with the guest book. As well you may pick up anThe Aboriginal Peace and Friendship Project advocates that Aboriginal voices orientation package on the table in the entrance. We invite visitors from othershould be heard in the decision-making of our governments. This work is churches to pick up one of our Peace Candles to take home with you. Anmade possible through your gifts to the Mission and Service Fund. Please give explanation of this symbol accompanies each candle and these can be found on the usher’s table.generously so that we might work together as children of God. Should you require a rest room it is at the end of the hall and it is equipped with a baby change station. If you have young children who become restless there is a nursery behind the back pew where they can play while you hear the service over the speakers. You are welcome to bring a coffee into worship with you. The coffeeTogether, we carry out the work of our United Church. Make a pot is in the entrance.difference! Join the partnership! Support the work of the Mission *While we stand for most hymns and at others times in our worship, please feel freeand Service Fund today. not to if for any reasons you can not or would rather not. VU stands for Voices United and MV for More Voices. You are also invited to pick up a Bible version of your choice at usher’s desk. Should you have any concerns please speak to an usher. Minister Rev Robert McDowell VU: Voices United – our hard cover red hymn book Accompanist/ Choir Director Joyce Andrews MV: More Voices – our soft covered hymn book Office Administration Jennifer Chiasson Rev Bob McDowell Office 357-3423; Cell 470-1155; Home 488-2154 Oromocto United Church Email: 144 Winnebago Oromocto March 4, 2012 10:30 am
  2. 2. SERVICE AnnouncementsAnnouncements:Welcome and About Today:*Introit: MV 161- Verse 1Lighting the Resurrection Candle:Leader: Jesus began by taking bread and asking us to see beyond its tex-ture and taste to the community of love it can point to.All: Jesus asked us to lift bread and see persons in community.Leader: The bread of Jesus Christ is where a child of God brings a balloon,is where old women come to dance and young men see visions and theelderly dream dreamsAll: The bread of Jesus Christ is where lepers come to be touched and theblind see and the deaf hear, is where the lame run and the dying live.Leader: The bread of Jesus Christ is where daisies bloom out of barrenground, where children lead and the wise follow, where mountains aremoved and the walls tumble down.All: The bread of Jesus Christ is where loaves of bread are stacked in thesanctuary to feed the hungry, where coats are taken off and put on thebacks of those who are cold, where shackles are discarded and kings andshepherds sit down to life together.Leader: the bread of Jesus Christ is where people, go when they skin theirknees or their hearts, is where frogs become princes and Cinderella dancesbeyond midnight.All: the bread of Jesus Christ is where the sea divides for exiles, is wherenight is day and trumpets and tambourines declare God’s goodnessLeader: Our candle burns as symbol of the bread of Jesus Christ- that ismuch more than texture and taste.*Our Hymn to Begin: VU 595, We Are Pilgrims On a Journey and the food offering collected and presented by the children
  3. 3. Announcements SERVICE Our Prayer for This Day and a New BeginningDates to Note:Mar 2, World Day of Prayer Service, 7pm, St Mary’s Chapel on the Base *Our Hymn: MV 30, It’s a Song of Praise vs 1-2March 15, Thurs, 7pm, SessionMar 18, Restorative Justice Sunday, Guest Christina FarnsworthApr 1, Palm Sunday Time With the Children:Apr 6, Good Friday, Joint Service, 10 am, Pine Grove Our Prayer and Our Lord’s PrayerRestorative Justice Sunday, Mar 18. We will be hosting a special Sunday onthis theme that is offering hope for new approaches to restoring people to *Our Hymn: MV 30, It’s a Song of Praise vs 3-4proper relationships in society when thing go awry. Christina Farnsworth willbe our guest speaker and workshop leader as we engage this topic with the Lighting Our Candle of Concernintent of creating awareness and appreciation for how the restorative justiceapproach can represent a more faithful response to crime and punishment.The workshop will begin at about 12 noon. Please invite neighbours and Our Responsive Psalm 22, page 746, parts three-fourfriends to both or just the workshop. Of course they are welcome to join usfor lunch. Our Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 17, selected versesReverse Offering papers are in the offering plates. These are items the foodbank especially needs. If you wish you can select one and bring that item nextweek. Our Hymn: MV 148, Hope of Abraham and SarahPlease sign up to help lead in worship by lighting the candle, reading scripture A Message for Todayor some of the other roles. Signup sheets are in the Narthex [entrance]. Anthem:Snow Day Cancellation Plan. From time to time it is predictable theweather will dictate there is wisdom in cancelling our church services machine. *Our Words of Faith, page 918 VU [standing]If Oromocto is cancelled we will decide by 8 a.m. We will also try to put it onthe website, send out an email and ask the radio stations to broadcast our can-cellation. You can also check the office number 357-3423 and a message Our Offering Collectedshould be there if service is cancelled. Should the power be off due to a winterstorm you can safely assume cancellation. Our Offering Presented Offering: [tune 542] These Lenten gifts we bringing, our living faith express. We offer them most lovingly, and thus our hearts are blessed. O loving God, receive these gifts we gladly give That show our faith and hope and trust; Your way we seek to live.
  4. 4. SERVICE SERVICEOur Prayers of Thanks and ConcernOur Hymn to Leave With: MV 216- Wherever You May GoOur Benediction:Our Choral Blessing:My Peace I give unto youIt’s a Peace that the world cannot giveIt’s a Peace that the world cannot understandPeace to know, Peace to liveMy Peace I give unto you.