Week 5 - Volunteers

Week 5 - Volunteers

The Brooke Brothers Blogging Tour – Hear from twin brothers Richard and Maxwell Brooke, who are spending their first year out of college touring Volunteer Placement and Mission Trip Host Sites. Find out ways to get yourself or your congregation involved.  Richard and Max are placed through the United Church of Christ office of Volunteer Ministries.


Volunteer Ministries
Volunteer Opportunities 
Mission Trip Opportunities
Companion Communities

Hymn Suggestions
Called as Partners in Christ’s Service – NCH 495
For the Faithful who Have Answered – NCH 384
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love – NCH 498
O Jesus, I Have Promised – NCH 493
O Savior, Let Me Walk with You – NCH 503
Take My Life, God, Let It Be – NCH 448
Teach Me, O Lord, Your Holy Way – NCH 465
More Hymns of Discipleship – NCH 491-504
More Hymns of Service – NCH 532-543
Hymn - O God of Light, May Our Light Shine (Click Link)

Lent 5A
I Want to Be Ready – NCH 616

Jesus the Christ Says – NCH 48
O Come to Me, You Weary – NCH 484
Out of the Depths I Call – NCH 483
Psalm 130 – NCH 709
Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness – NCH 286
When Jesus wept – NCH 192
You Are the Way – NCH 40

Call to Worship (Psalm 130)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O God.

Hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O God, should mark iniquities, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for my God, my soul waits, and in God’s word I hope;
My soul waits for God more than those who watch for the morning.
Come, let us worship.

Opening Prayer (source: Gifts of Many Cultures, by Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, p. 164)
Risen God,
You walk through this earth using the feet of very imperfect disciples;
May every race and generation take time to look up and see you.
May we draw nearer, listen and worship, and turn to follow you. Amen.

OGHS Theme:  Sharing Brings Joy to us, to others, to God.

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 9:7-8 

Lent 5A (April 10-16, 2011)
Ezekiel 37:1-14 – The valley of the dry bones
Psalm 130 – Out of the depths, I cry to you; my soul waits in your hope
Romans 8:6-11 – Live a life of the Spirit, not the flesh
John 11:1-45 – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead

OGHS LIVE CHAT – Call in from 7:15 – 7:45 Join Richard, Maxwell and UCC Staff as they discuss the innovative way to share the good news of the numerous Volunteer Opportunities available in the US and maybe even your own backyard. Hearing about their experience may well be the invitation you've needed.

Responsive Song - Thuma Mina (NCH #360, from South Africa)
Thuma mina, thuma mina, thuma mina, Somandla.
Send me Jesus, send me Jesus, send me Jesus, send me Lord.
Lead me Jesus, lead me Jesus, lead me Jesus, Lead me Lord.
Thuma mina, thuma mina, thuma mina, Somandla.

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

Faith Affirmation (source: Harvest for the World, p. 130, Christian Aid)
O God, you promise a world where those who now weep shall laugh,
Those who are hungry shall feast,
Those who are poor now, and excluded, shall have your world for their own
I want this world too.
I renounce despair
I will act for change.
I choose to be included in your great feast of life. Amen.

Benediction (source: Worshipping Ecumenically, World Council of Churches, p. 39)
May the God of love, who loves us freely,
Strengthen us in our love for others;
May Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us,
Grant us grace to give our lives for others;
May the Spirit who dwells in us,
Empower us to live for others.


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Contact Info

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