Lent 4 – March 11, 2018

Links of Interest/Bibliography:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/mindfulness-practice_b_4101536.html

https://thebibleproject.com/explore/john/

https://sixwaysfromsunday.ca/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/antigonish-school-graffiti-1.4565502

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/racism-school-black-students-name-calling-education-diversity-1.4564057

 

Words of Welcome
3 breaths – one for the people who are here right now & for those who can’t be – one for the people who have come before us (our parents, congregation, early settlers, Mi’maki, disciples, Jesus) – one for the people who will come in the future (our children & grandchildren, the future congregation of St. Luke’s)
Lighting the Candle & Ringing the Singing Bowl

Hymn The Care The Eagle Gives VU 269

Call to Worship

Life is messy and complicated. Sometimes we think that society has progressed and we are sadly disappointed when we realize it hasn’t. So we take time to come together with people, willing to learn about themselves and others as we work together to follow the way of Jesus.

Opening Prayer

Spirit of compassion, surround us as we work to understand our role in society. Encourage us as we struggle to find the way of Jesus in our daily lives. Amen.

Hymn Abide With Me VU 436

Theme Conversation True Colors

Readings John 18:12-27

Musical Response Holy Spirit, Hear Us VU 377 v 1 &2

Sermon

After the ‘Hosannas’ were done
Jesus and his friends gathered round
Celebrations had begun
They were all ready to eat
Jesus had washed their feet
Judas left quietly
bringing back
the authorities
who were there to question
at Judas’ suggestion
The party broke
the disciples spread out
no one spoke
Peter left in a state of shock
some came up to him wanting to talk
was Jesus his friend?
and Peter denied him
Was this the end?
The rooster crows
And self-doubt grows
Then words came out
I don’t know him!
Peter began to shout
The rooster crows
And self-doubt grows
He said it once more
It just happened so fast
Though his heart was sore
The rooster crows
And self-doubt grows
they just arrested his leader
Peter  was in a strange town
Where did they take the preacher?
Would they come after him?
His choices were slim.
What could he do from prison?
His decision was fast
He had good reason
The crowds had been yelling
Hosannas to Jesus
the word was telling
Hosanna means “save us”
people said they needed Jesus
But when Jesus was arrested
Where were the people
who claimed the leaders were detested?
The High Priest tried
With the questions he asked
But Jesus never lied
Where were Hosannas then?
Nobody tried to help him

It’s been two thousand years
Somethings still haven’t changed
Silence still sears
Speaking out when something’s wrong
Requires you to be brave and strong
People speak out and they’re left alone
To defend themselves
right or wrong
The rooster crows
Self-doubt grows
Fear made some one act out
Graffiti sprayed on signs and busses
I just want to shout
The blame is in the wrong direction
Here’s my observation
A slur is used to divide
And to try to make people
Choose one side
But all it really does is isolate
The person already in a vulnerable state
The rooster crows
And self-doubt grows
But why do children feel the need to hate?
Kids shouldn’t even know
Words that discriminate
School should be a place where kids are free
To explore and learn about who they want to be
I thought that my generation
Had grown to appreciate
Diversity and decolonization
But the rooster still crows
And self-doubt still grows
The message’s always the same
And I’ll continue to do it
In Jesus’ name
But the rooster crows
And self-doubt grows
The message has always been the same
Since the time of Jesus
It’s gotten quite tame.
But something has gone wrong
Even though we sing the same song
Now when the word “unjust” comes up
People want to bring their fighting gloves up
Fixing your injustice makes it unjust for me
Or so they believe
And sometimes I’ll admit its true
You don’t always get yours exactly when’s due
The system the problem
Not the principle
There’s time to solve them
But we can only fix the system with an open mind
Time to listen and think we must find
A way to live with the rooster
And change the it sounds
To be a self-awareness booster
So when the rooster crows
Its self-awareness that grows

Hymn When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son VU 119
Music Minstry True Colors

Minute for Mission

Offering Invitation Each day we are given the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. Sometimes it’s obvious, like the passing of our plates. Othertimes it’s not so obvious. As we share our offerings today, let’s offer one another courage in those less than obvious moments.

Offertory I Thank You, Thank You Jesus MV 188

Offertory Prayer
May these gifts, those given through PAR and our commitment to give be seen as the gifts they truly are. Amen.

Prayer Music Lord, Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary MV 18

Prayers of the People & the Prayer of Jesus
Ending with the spoken Prayer of Jesus. During the Prayer of Jesus, you are invited to use the translation and language of your choice. A variety of translations and expressions of the Prayer of Jesus (also known as The Lord’s Prayer) can be found in Voices United pages 916-927.

Commissioning & Benediction

Musical Blessing Take Up His Song MV 213

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