Sunday, March 1
Port Burwell/Vienna United Church
The congregation met at the Straffordville United Church with the Straffordville congregation as our monthly joint service for March.
Music was provided by Courtney Porch.
Rev. Cordell Parsons led the service and opened with a sung response called Spirit of Gentleness.
The minister led the call to worship, responded to by the joint congregation.
Rev. Parsons led the congregation in the opening prayer followed by the passing of the peace amongst the members.
The Straffordville choir sang Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands.
Rev. Parsons and Linda Vandevyre told the children a story about missions in the church followed by the Lords Prayer led by Rev. Parsons.
The scripture reading was taken from Matthew 17:1-8 in which Jesus takes the disciples Peter, James and John to the top of the mountain where Jesus was transformed and shone brightly in the sun. Jesus then spoke to Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus and the disciples were afraid when they heard a message from God telling them that this was God’s son. God said this is my own dear son with whom I am pleased. Listen to Him. Jesus touched the disciples and they got up from the ground and were surprised to only see Jesus there.
As they came down the mountain Jesus told them not to tell anyone about what they had seen until the son of man has been raised from the death.
The next hymn was Called By Earth and Sky.
The minister led the congregation in a prayer for our world.
The next hymn was Deep In Our Hearts.
The minister led the congregation in a message of sending forth.
Next Sunday services resume as normal with Straffordville meeting at 9:30 a.m. and Port Burwell at 11 a.m. All are invited to worship at either service.
Trinity Anglican church will be hosting the World day of Prayer at Port Burwell at 11 a.m. followed by a lunch. Everyone is invited to attend and worship.
Avondale United Church
On March 2, the congregation at Avondale gathered for worship at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fred Hagle officiating. Bruce Fleming quoted the Apostle Peter in the Gathering Praise time and Deep in our Hearts was sung and the Christ candle lit. Lay Reader George Beard Jr. welcomed everyone and gave the announcements.
In Kid's Connection Time, Rev. Fred asked the children what they liked about the Olympics. He himself liked seeing the skiing and beautiful view seen from the mountains. Jesus and his disciples went up a mountain quite often to study and pray. We need to learn about Jesus so we can be like Him. In Minute for Missions we learned about Facing the Past and how Indian Residential Schools affected the lives of our native people.
Peggy Breit and Jack Whitmore were our ushers and they also took up the offering.
The scripture read was taken from Matthew 17 The Transfiguration. The message for adults was Getting the Big Picture. Often things happen that cannot be explained. When Jesus and his disciples Peter, James and John climbed a mountain by themselves, Jesus was transfigured for a time. Jesus had confirmed that he was indeed the Messiah.
Sometimes we struggle to understand the scriptures and wonder how we fit into God's plan. Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Jesus died for sinners like you and me. During this Lenten time we should open our hearts and follow Jesus as we journey though the years to eternity.
The choir's anthem was You Raise Me Up.
You are welcome to join in Sunday when the Lenten Theme will be Walking with God in the Furnace. There will be a celebration of Infant Baptism and the sermon title will be "Walking". You might like to read Daniel 3:8-30 to be prepared.
Upcoming events include the Jamboree in Cuthbertson Hall of Sat., Mar. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $4, and a St. Patrick's Day Potluck Lunch after worship on March 16. Bring your favourite potluck dish and your own plates and cutlery so clean up is easier. The noon Lenten service on Mar. 12 will be at St. Mary's Church with Bill Ward officiating.
St. Paul's is having a Spaghetti Supper on Sat., Mar. 29 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Adults are $10 and Children under-12 $6. For tickets call their church office 519 688-0011. Avondale will be hosting a Chili Lunch on Sunday, April 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The lunch includes chili, bun, salad, drink and dessert. This ticket includes a FREE choice of swimming or skating at the complex that same day from 3 - 4 p.m. Money raised from this lunch will help send kids to Camp Tanner this summer. Adults are $7 and children $5. For tickets call our church office at 842-5532.
Langton Baptist Church
Rev. Keith Sutherland opened the church service at 11 a.m.
His message was on ‘When God breaks through, there are no adequate words! Jesus is the saviour of the world. Three disciples witnessed transfiguration of Jesus. There were no words to explain this experience. They were afraid of being in the presence of God. He is a living God. Jesus was preparing the disciples. Today we see Jesus preparing us to move on, to listen and to follow Him. Our calling is to know the scriptures and getting what God wants us to do.’ Prayer followed.
The children’s story was on “Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain. There was a cloud and they couldn’t see a thing. A pilot needs to know what all the gauges are and trust them. We have to trust the scriptures as our gauges. We have to trust the Lord to give us strength and direction.’
Hymns sung, were: Holy, Holy, Holy; Majesty, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, Beneath The Cross of Jesus and Amazing Grace, with Jacob Morris controlling the power system.
Scripture Exodus 24 was read by Jacob and Dalton Morris.
Scripture readings, were: Psalm 99, Matthew 16:13-17:13, and 2 Peter 1:16-21.
Prayers of supplication and praise were given by Rev. Sutherland.
Offering was received by Jeff and Dalton Morris.
Communion service was observed with Deacons Rebecca Morris and Marie Dickens serving.