Second Sunday in Lent
February 24, 2013
We welcome everyone here today. We hope that you feel comforted in our fellowship and inspired by our worship, and that you will leave here refreshed and inspired in your personal life. Emma Duncan is leading us in worship this morning. Welcome, Emma. If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to return and consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Looking Ahead . . . .
Sunday, March 3rd – Pot Luck Lunch at Claude following morning worship service. Bring along a ‘pot’ and add to the ‘fest!
Maundy Thursday – No worship at Claude however we are invited to join the folks at Tweedsmuir for worship at their church in Orangeville
Easter Sunrise – set your alarm clock early and come worship with us at the Badlands for a sunrise service at 6:45 am. Rev. Harvey Self and some of his folks from Tweedsmuir will join us there.
Easter Morning Breakfast – following the sunrise worship service, we will gather again at Claude for our traditional pancake breakfast.
Easter Morning Worship – as we’ve done many times in the past our Easter morning worship service start time will be moved ahead to 9:30 am.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
Sunday, February 24 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
Pray for all Christians and people of other faiths, for peaceful and respectful co-existence, and for an understanding of a changing world.
Monday, February 25
Pray for parents who are leaving their babies in daycare for the first time as they return to work.
Tuesday, February 26
Pray for Presbyterian World Service & Development programs in Malawi and Afghanistan that are ensuring that women have access to health care and proper nutrition during pregnancy and childbirth.
Wednesday, February 27
Pray for children who are considering attending one of our synod camps. Kindle the spirit of adventure so that they will be ready and excited to go to camp this summer.
Thursday, February 28
As winter fades and days get longer, pray that we might have a holy respect and awe for all of God’s creation.
Friday, March 1 - World Day of Prayer
Saturday, March 2
Pray for St. Matthew’s Church in Grand Falls, NFLD, as it seeks to be a faithful Christian presence in its community.
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 7 pm at the Harstone’s. The next book we will discuss is Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill. Pick up a copy and come enjoy a lively discussion.
Stand With Us: Social Justice
All too frequently basic rights and freedoms are denied to women, children and other marginalized people around the world. Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding to these injustices by educating women and children about their basic human rights and working with local partners and government agencies to defend them. In addition, through PWS&D’s support of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, of which PWS&D is a founding member, you can help protect the rights of workers, eradicate child labour and sexual exploitation, empower women, and inspire positive change globally.
Please circle the date, Sunday, May 5th on your calendar as this is the day we will again go to Evangel Hall to serve their clients and residents a hot meal. We will be calling soon for volunteers to cook part of the meal ahead of time and also others to go with us to Evangel Hall to prepare and serve the food. It really makes it easy if we have lots of people pitching in to help so we hope you will be one of those who volunteer. A signup sheet will be available soon on the kitchen counter out back. If you can help, please be sure to add your name to the list. For further information you can contact Doug Lackie.
Food Share Box
Many thanks to the folks who have been supporting our food share box by bringing a little something to add to it each Sunday. We appreciate your generosity and trust you will continue to support it. We encourage others to do the same. Bring a can of soup, a package of pasta or whatever. The need for supplies at the local food banks is great and each bit we can add to their cupboard sure helps.
World Day of Prayer – March 1st.
The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. The Women's World Day of Prayer began in the USA in 1884 led by Mary Ellen James. She was not planning a great worldwide movement, destined to become the largest ecumenical movement in the world organised and led by women. She was simply reacting, as a Christian, to the society in which she lived. The wife of a Presbyterian minister in New York and the mother of seven children, Mary Ellen was aware of the problems faced by many women around her, particularly new immigrants to America - the awful slums with their poverty, unemployment, poor housing, lack of health or educational facilities. Something had to be done. Through the World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of the other countries and cultures and no longer live in isolation. They are also encouraged take up the burdens of other people, to sympathize with the problems of other countries and cultures and pray with and for them. They are further encouraged to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society. The World Day of Prayer aims to demonstrate that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.
As you go out into the world this week, stand firm in the Lord, and do not be afraid. Listen with patience and compassion to those who need to be heard; empathize with those who are hurting. Believe in the promises of God. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.