Friday, March 1, 2024

Sunday, March 3, 2024 The Third Sunday of Lent


Hymn     Holy, Holy, Holy #315VU

Scripture Lessons:       Exodus 20:1-17

                                     Psalm 19 p.740-1VU

                                     John 2:13-22


Prayer:  We pray in thanks for those with hope around us, for eyes to see the ever-present hint of spring within our soul. Thanks be to you, O God, for the gentle, persistent power of your love that asserts itself within us, and will not be denied until it buds, then bursts, full-flower.  We praise you for your patience with our blindness and our short-lived memories, and stand dumbfounded that you accept us all within us and dare to take delight in us. This alone is cause for hope— to know your ease with our dis-ease of self. We trust that what you know and love of us gives peace today and future promise. Amen. ( a prayer from Janet Schaffran and Pat Kozak’s More Than Words) 

Hymn       For the Beauty of the Earth #226

This Sunday the service in Ormstown will be held at 9:30 in the hall and will include craft activities for children as well. 

In Howick, the service will begin at 11:00 and will be combined with the annual meeting. Annual reports are now available. 

The annual meetings for Ormstown and Franklin will be held on Sunday, March 10th, in combination with the worship service. In Franklin we will begin at 9am and in Ormstown at 11:00, in the hall. 

Howick’s UCW will be meeting on Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm in the church hall. We will be discussing books we have read recently. 

The annual meeting for the Union Cemetery will be held Thursday, March 7th at 2pm in MacDougall Hall. Directors are asked to gather at 1:30, just prior to the meeting. 

Worship Schedule for Holy Week:
March 24  Palm Sunday with Communion 9:30  Franklin.  11:00 Ormstown (not Howick as is usual)
March 31  Easter Sunday. 11:00  Combined service with Communion for all 3 congregations.

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