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Coughlan United Church

Welcome to Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

   

WELCOME TO COUGHLAN UNITED CHURCH

TELEPHONE CONFERENCE WORSHIP

CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY

April 5, 2020    2:00 pm

Website: coughlanunitedchurch.com

Telephones: 709-596-3716       In case of Emergency: 709-425-1310

Facebook: Coughlan United Church Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge

Clergy & Friend: Rev. Nancy Mojica-Fisher, B.A.; M. Div.

Clerk of Session: Pauline Penney

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Telephone Conference worship! It is held every Sunday at 2:00 pm.  until April 26th. It is kind of a different way of worshipping, but  thanks be to God we can be connected in spirit. We may be physically distant because of the situation we are all in, but the gift of technology has allowed us to gather in worship and be a community of faith. Please keep the toll-free telephone number you were given (1-888-224-1908) and the participant Pin Code (38086003) in a safe place in your home so you can access it every time we gather for worship in this way.  You may invite your friends & neighbours especially those who do not have access to computer or Facebook. And for those who are on Facebook, I am happy to share that we have a Facebook group which was created last Thursday. The name of the group is Coughlan United Church Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge. You may ask to join and you may also add your friends who wish to join. I am hoping to provide an online worship aside from our Telephone Conference worship.  And so today as we gather to worship in this manner, via Telephone call, may I ask that you respect the sacredness of the space we have by following these guidelines:

Turn OFF your Television or Radio to avoid background noise.

Turn On your speaker phone so others in your family may join in worship.

Observe silence when recorded music is on during worship.

Please remain silent while worship is running. You will only be asked to speak (one at a time) during “Sharing Joys and Blessings & Church Concerns”

If there are other member/s in your household who wish to speak to you during worship, please mute your phone to avoid distraction, and, when finished unmute to join again in worship.

The worship will run for about 30 -40 minutes, please charge up your phone fully so you won’t experience any interruptions.

 

SHARING JOYS, BLESSINGS & CONCERNS of the FAITH COMMUNITY

(We acknowledge and give thanks to God for those who are celebrating or recently celebrated birthday, anniversary. Anyone who wish to share a concern or blessings, please say your name and briefly speak your concern.)

 

MUSICAL PRELUDE (Let us now quite our spirits as we enter in worship)

“Blessed Assurance” in Piano Solo by Dr. Norm Wick  (You Tube)

 

GREETINGS

In the name of the Living God who unites us as one I greet you with the love and friendship of Christ! Welcome to Palm Sunday worship via telephone conference call! Welcome church family, friends, neighbours and ecumenical family, here and away. God is present among us today, uniting us in faith and hope! We dare not let Covid-19 to hinder us from being a church! Today we begin the Holy Week season, as we remember Jesus Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem. May you find the blessedness of coming together in worship, even in a non traditional way; may you encounter the Triumphant Jesus who is our Hope, especially as we are faced with the pandemic. May you leave this worship renewed in faith! Let us come before God in worship! Let us Pray. . .

 

OPENING PRAYER

Loving God, as crowds of people welcomed Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem, acclaiming him as their ruler, so we welcome you, God, Creator, Christ, and Spirit. Above all human powers and dominions, you lay rightful claim to our praise, our love, and our obedience. Therefore, we have come to worship you and to hear your word. We love you God, and we pray that we, with all people, might do your will on earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

OPENING HYMN “Crown Him Lord of All” ( You Tube) #16

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Today we recall the events of the first Holy Week so                                                 many years ago. We remember how it started with Jesus entering the Holy City with his disciples and we recall how it ended with his death on the cross. When the people saw Him riding on a donkey, they shout: “Hosanna in the highest, blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”  As did the people of Jerusalem before us, we sing our praise to God, saying: Hosanna - blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Music)   “Just As I Am” (You Tube)  #12

Let us confess before God our tendency, like the Jerusalem crowds, to profess our faith in moments of enthusiasm and deny our faith in moments of stress.

O God, we sing and praise you, happy of heart and strong of spirit, when we are among others who praise you too. But in times of stress, like we seek scapegoats to be targets for our anger. We betray those who love and who have loved us and we turn against you, too busy to seek you, too selfish to obey you. Your compassion is with out bounds, O God, for you forgive us again and again. You restore us to a right spirit and bring us together to worship you again. God of steadfast love, teach us how to be steadfast, even with all these things happening around us and the world; through Jesus Christ our Savior, we pray, Amen.      

SCRIPTURE READINGS:     Psalm 31:1-5   &   Matthew 21:1-11

HYMN OF PREPARATION   “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (You Tube) #11

MEDITATION       “Singing Our Praise to Jesus” (His Triumphal Entry)

PRAYERS OF AND FOR THE PEOPLE (Lord’s Prayer Together)

CLOSING HYMN                   “To God Be The Glory” (You Tube)  # 51

*SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, go in peace. Amen.

 

MUSIC AS WE LEAVE THE SPACE OF WORSHIP

Organ solo, Mormon Tabernacle Choir (You Tube)

 

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CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH

 

DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC all church doors are closed for worship, gatherings, and, meetings until April 30th.  Thanks to Gord Taylor who agreed to check on our church building at least once a week.

 

ONLINE GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP will be held this Friday, April 10 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Nancy will lead worship and Gail Downing will provide the music. Please join our Facebook Group- Coughlan United Church Harbour Grace Pastoral Charge – and invite your friends.  It is an online sanctuary for our church family and friends where the love and hope of Christ are celebrated through scripture, faith stories, and, spiritual journey. We ask that you take time to write words of hope and encouragement, especially in this uncertain time.

 

LET US WORK TOGETHER AND BE KIND  TO OTHERS. With the mandate on physical distancing, social isolation, or, stay home as you are able, we ask that you take time to be kind to others-your family, friends, neighbours, especially those who are living alone. Ask if you can do something for them while respecting the physical distance.
WE CAN STILL BE A COMMUNITY IN SPITE OF THE PANDEMIC THAT SEEMS TO HALT OUR LIVES!

 

HOW ARE WE FINANCIALLY TODAYIt is very stressful financially for many churches including us due to the temporary closure of church doors in this uncertain time.  At a meeting held via telephone conference call  last March 27,  the Official Board has passed a motion that the amount of $10,000.00 be moved to the General Fund. The fund will help us until the month of June but we need to replenish it. We do not know when the covid-19 pandemic will end, so we ask you to do the following what is  convenient for you: (1) continue to prepare your church envelope as if you were going to church every Sunday we will let you know when is convenient to collect your pledge; (2)  write a check to Coughlan United Church and post to P.O. Box 209 Harbour Grace, NL A0A 2M0; (3) Make a direct deposit to our church account (Please call Bob Tetford @ 5965778  for more information on how to give your church contribution). We thank you for your continuous support!

 

THE EMERGENCY TASK GROUP will have a short meeting after the teleconference worship. Please remain on the phone.

 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE   50 Greatest Gospel Hymns of Time You Tube for our music in today’s worship.

 

PLEASE STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, AND PROTECT OTHERS!

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION