Week 3 - Church World Service

Week 3 - Church World Service

Christians working with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world



Around the world, Church World Service (CWS) supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, providing education and advocacy on hunger-related issues.  In the U.S., CWS helps communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources.   

Hymn Suggestions
Hymn - Whatever You Do View Link)
For the Healing of the Nations – NCH 576
Hymns of Justice and Peace – NCH 570-590
Hymns of Service – NCH 532-543
O for a World – NCH 575
This is My Song – NCH 591
We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky – NCH 563

Lent 3A
Crashing Waters at Creation – NCH 326
Cristo es la peña de Horeb (Christ is the Mountain of Horeb) – NCH 45
Guide me, O My Great Redeemer – NCH 18, 19
I heard the Voice of Jesus Say – NCH 489
Psalm 95 – NCH 683
When, Like the Woman at the Well – NCH 196

Call to Worship (Psalm 95; The Inclusive Bible, The First Egalitarian Translation)

Come, let us sing joyfully to God! Raise a shout to our rock, our deliverance!
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving and sing our praises with joy. 
For God is a great God, the great Ruler, above all gods. 
O God, in your hands are the depth of the earth, an the mountain peaks are yours.
Yours is the sea, for you made it, the dry land as well, for your hands formed it.

Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before God our maker.
For you are our God, and we are the people you shepherd, the flock under your care. 

 Opening Prayer (written by Karen M. Farthing)

We come with joy, as children of God, to gather together in worship and praise.
Open our hearts and our minds and our spirits,
And fill us with fervor to be with one another here today,
and to be in spirit and prayer with all your children,
whoever they are and wherever they may be. Amenord

Theme and Scriture - OGHS 2011- Sharing Brings Joy...to us, to others, to God.

Lent 3A (March 27-April 2, 2011)
Exodus 17:1-7 – The people complain to Moses for water in the desert
Psalm 95 – Let us sing to God, let us kneel to our Maker
Romans 5:1-11 – We are justified by faith
John 4:5-42 – Jesus heals the paralytic at the pool on the Sabbath and is persecuted

OGHS LIVE CHAT – Call in from 7:15 – 7:45. This week we are featuring the Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director of Church World Service. This organization comprised of denominations including the UCC, reaches out to neighbors in need near and far--not with a hand out, but a hand up.  So, if you want to hear about building a better world—a world were there’s enough for all—you’ve come to the right place!

Call to Offering
Sharing brings joy – to us, to others, and to God.  Let us share with joy, the gifts we have been given.

Offering Prayer (source: CWS website, from From Pennellville United Methodist Church, Pennellville, NY (Adapted))
Leader: Where more than one in seven people around the globe are hungry because they do not have access to the abundance of food...
People: We ask you, O God, to enable us to be your tools of hope in a wounded world.
Leader: We celebrate the courage and ingenuity of people and partners around the world.
People: Bless their initiatives
Leader: With clean water provided by wells and pipes to the village
People: With books, pencils, and paper as children and adults learn skills for life
Leader: With blankets and tents for warmth and shelter from the elements
People: With shovels, rakes, and hoes to prepare the ground for planting
Leader: With bees and beehives to produce honey
People: With fish and fish ponds to provide food and income.
All: Working hand in hand, heart to heart, enable us to build a world of justice, peace, and understanding.

Litany on the Millennium Development Goals
(source: CWS website, written by the  Episcopal Office of Government Relations)

Leader: Let us pray for the poor, hungry, and neglected all over the world, that their cries for daily bread may inspire works of compassion and mercy among those to whom much has been given. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for schools and centers of learning throughout the world, for those who lack access to basic education, and for the light of knowledge to blossom and shine in the lives of all God’s people. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for an end to the divisions and inequalities that scar God’s creation, particularly the barriers to freedom faced by God’s children throughout the world because of gender; that all who have been formed in God’s image might have equality in pursuit of the blessings of creation. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for the health of women, children, and families around the world, especially for an end to maternal and child mortality, that in building healthy families, all God’s people may be empowered to strengthen their communities and repair the breaches which divide nations and peoples. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for an end to pandemic disease throughout the world, particularly the scourges of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; that plagues of death may no longer fuel poverty, destabilize nations, and inhibit reconciliation and restoration throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God’s creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
Leader: Let us pray for all nations
and people who already enjoy the abundance of creation and the blessings of prosperity, that their hearts may be lifted up to the needs of the poor and afflicted, and partnerships between rich and poor
for the reconciliation of the world may flourish and grow. Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.

Commissioning and Benediction
(source: CWS website, from Prayers from Bread of Tomorrow, edited by Janet Morley, Christian Aid,1992. Written by Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace *) Used with permission.

As we prepare to leave and embrace the challenges of our lives and world, let us ask for God’s blessing.
May God bless us with strength to seek justice.
May God bless us with wisdom to care for our earth.
May God bless us with love to bring forth new life.

In the name of God, the maker of the whole world,
of Jesus, our new covenant,
and of the Holy Spirit, who opens eyes and hearts.
Go in peace and be witnesses of hope.


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Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115