YouTube Videos Worship Services – April 3 – in person worship service)
To watch online, you will need to:
- click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJQ5ljHCSPBV3F8TmIhvVA OR
- go to YouTube and google Spirit West United Church.
Sunday, April 3, 2022 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent
How is God’s love poured out? How are you willing to pour out the love of Christ through your life?
These are the readings we will hear in this week’s worship service, for the Fifth Sunday in the Season of Lent.
The Season of Lent is intended to be a time of solemn reflection, repentance and preparation building up to the celebration of resurrection on Easter morning. The season consists of the 40 days before Easter, excluding Sundays, which are meant to be rest stops (think “oasis”) in the wilderness. How will you prepare yourself for the celebration of Resurrection? How can you deepen your faith life this Lent?
• From the Epistles: Philippians 3:8-14
The apostle Paul probably wrote the Letter to the Philippians from prison, almost 30 years after the Resurrection. After listing his topnotch credentials, he puts them into perspective. Seeing his own life re-created by God’s ways, he writes of making new priorities for the sake of what lies ahead.
• From the Gospels: John 12:1-8
Our Gospel Lesson is set the day before the final entry into Jerusalem, just before the arrest and crucifixion. Jesus goes to the home of his friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary, brother and sisters. Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the tomb, and the authorities are plotting against him.
Nard was an expensive perfume made from flowers grown in the Himalayan Mountains of south-east Asia. The silver coin or denarius (plural: denarii) referred to by Judas was a Roman coin worth about a day’s wage for a labourer.
In response to Judas, Jesus says, “The poor will always be with you.” While this may seem like a cynical and selfish response, it likely is a reference to Deuteronomy 15:10-11, which reads:
“Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbour in your land.’”
OUTREACH NEWS / BISSELL CENTER/ICPM LUNCH – April 3, 2022
Our ICPM/Bissell lunch is on Sunday the 3rd of April. VOLUNTEERS are needed to meet at the church on Saturday the 2nd of April between 1 - 3 pm to make sandwiches and bag lunches. 100 lunches are required.
I am also looking for monetary donations to cover the estimated budget of $5.00 / lunch. Donations can be made directly to the church. Please let Norma know the funds are for Outreach.
If you have any questions or are willing to be a part of the lunch crew please contact Lori W at 780-221-7729. Thank you!
SPIRIT WEST PRAYER CHAIN
Prayer is important. We know that people still face challenges and difficulties not related to Covid-19, and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain continues to be active. If you have a prayer request, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. These requests will be shared regularly with the prayer chain and may form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship.
Please remember to have people removed from the prayer chain if the prayers are no longer needed.
YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE CHURCH
You may have bottles piling up for recycling. You can bring them to the church (or you can call for pick up). If you want to bring your bottles (and any other recyclable beverage containers) in during our office hours and put them directly in the Bottle Shed (by the garage), give us a call, and we can have the shed open for you. All money raised from the return of bottles goes towards paying down the principal and interest on our mortgage.
We can now accept donations by eTransfer. The contact name for the eTransfer is Spirit West United Church, and the email address is email@example.com . If you include a security question with your eTransfer, please notify Norma at the church office by phone or email.
- And remember that if you are not on PAR(Pre-Authorized Remittance), you can also mail in cheques to the church office (Spirit West United Church, 7003 – 199 St. NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8, include your envelope number if you have one.)
- The church office is open and you can drop off your offering/donation in the offering plate just inside the front doors.
- You can also donate online by checking out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Facebook: Spirit West United Church and Friends of Spirit West Outreach
YouTube: Spirt West United Church, Edmonton
The Spirit West Church office is open.
- Stuart => 9:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
- Norma => Noon to 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406