FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
“So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him” … (John 19:16-18) The starting point for Apostle John’s understanding of the cross is God’s unfathomable compassion. While our visceral instinct is to flee the suffering of the cross, Father and Son are one in pursuing this and enduring it. They do so because what they pursued and endured was the unadjustable cost of sparing us. It was the cost of giving us not what we want but what we need; namely, divine judgement whose sentence of condemnation is absorbed by Father and Son alike, with the result that judgement blossoms into salvation and blessing. Indeed, God’s compassion is unfathomable.
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
“At the Table”
Please join us tonight, April 6th for our Maundy Thursday Worship Service at 7:30 pm. In this service we join Jesus and the disciples at the Last Supper. This service will also be livestreamed through the Church website.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
“Into the Valley of Death”
Please join us tomorrow, April 7th for our Good Friday Worship Service at 10:00 am. Today we walk with Jesus from the judgement hall to the cross. This service will also be livestreamed through the Church website.
Central United Church welcomes you to our Easter Worship Service Sunday morning at 10:00 am and we would love to have you join us. We rejoice that we can worship together and give thanks, offering prayer and lifting our voices in song.
Sunday services are livestreamed at 10:00 am through the Church website. To watch live or view a recording later, go to the Church website, scroll down and click on Central United’s Live Stream Page or click here. A copy of the bulletin for this Sunday’s Service is attached here.
This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4 and Matthew 28:1-10. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT 2023
The Outreach Committee have chosen “Ontario Christian Gleaners” as the 2023 Lenten Project. ’Ontario Christian Gleaners is an interdenominational Christian organization that seeks to visibly demonstrate God’s love by working with volunteers to collect, process and make available surplus agricultural produce for the relief of the hungry in overseas nations.’
Financial donations will be accepted throughout the season of Lent up to and including Easter Sunday. If you wish to donate, you can either drop off your donations at the Church or mail them to the church. Cheques should be payable to the Central United Church. Coin is also accepted – just drop it down the “pipe” set up in the narthex.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
Please note that there is no Thursday prayer meeting tonight. Weekly prayer meetings will resume next Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Please feel free to join us for our UCW Meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 12:30 in the Friendship Room. Barb Cooper will be discussing her trip to Australia.
Donations for the work of Central United Church can be made online.
- You can donate to Central United by clicking here:
- You can continue to specify how you want your donation to be allocated by either selecting the appropriate category on the website or by typing in your choice in the MESSAGE box.
- Donation receipts will be issued directly by Canada Helps, so there is no need to include your envelope number.
- If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
In addition to the online donation option, your church offerings can also be mailed to the church.
Should you become aware of any illness, bereavement, hospitalization, etc., among people of our church, please notify the church office as soon as possible.
If you would like a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to help you stay connected so if you happen to be wondering “who’s doing what” in terms of duties, the list for this week is below….
April 9, 2023
LAY WORSHIP LEADER: Doug Stirling
POWER POINT: Alan Heighway
GREETER: Sandra Phair
WORSHIP HOST: Randy Holmes