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Woodcliff "Worship at Home" 

As we refine the way we worship together to be more user friendly for you, we now present a more complete worship on Sunday! 

Please grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this service watching the worship video link and/or reading through the printed service. If you joined us for Facebook Live this morning, thank you! The worship video is the same but there is some extra content here we hope you enjoy! 

Read to the end to see what we have in place for Holy Week. May the mystery and unconditional love of the life and death of Jesus be present with you as you walk through this week with us.

Peace and love,

WUC Staff Team

PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP

We are all treaty people. We come to this gathering acknowledging that we are on Treaty 7 traditional territory - the land of the Blackfoot, Tsu Ti’ina and Nakoda peoples and the Northwest Metis homeland.  

Wherever you are, whomever you love and whether you wave your branch and throw your coat or silently watch from the back - know that you are loved and welcomed here. 

Opening Prayer

Humble and riding on a donkey,
we greet you;
Acclaimed by crowds and corralled by children,
we cheer you;
moving from the peace of the countryside to the corridors of power,
We salute you: Christ our Lord.
You are giving the beast of burden;
a new dignity;
you are giving majesty
a new face;
you are giving those who long for redemption
A new song to sing.
With them, with heart and voice, we shout:
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

—from Common Order, Panel on Worship, Church of Scotland, 1994

With a flameless candle or, if you are able to do so safely in your home, light a candle as you read through the service or whenever you take the time to be present in worship in your home.
 
"We light this candle to remember the journey of Jesus in our
Easter story.
We commit ourselves to walking in the same way. 
Give us the strength, hope, and joy we need to follow
the one who is the light of the world"
Lord you are a present help in trouble
Come Revive, Redeem, Restore,
In our darkness come as light
In our sadness come as joy
In our troubles come as peace
In our weakness come as strength
Come Lord to our aid
Revive, Redeem, Restore us O Lord
Open our eyes to your presence
Open our minds to your grace
Open our lips to your praises
Open our hearts to your love
Open our lives to your healing
And be found among us.

Thank you Sandy for these words
HYMN - LIKE A HEALING STREAM
May the Peace of Christ be with you, 

In this time of not meeting face to face you are encouraged to pass the peace of Christ in a new way. We encourage you to reach out to others by picking up the phone or by sending a quick text or email. 

Finding new ways of showing our love for each other makes us remember we are not alone. 

Isaiah 50:4-9

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
    the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
    wakens my ear
    to listen as those who are taught.
 The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backward.
 I gave my back to those who struck me,
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
    from insult and spitting.
The Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
    Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
    the moth will eat them up.

This week in our reflection video we share the Oscar Wilde story of the Selfish Giant.  A story of winter leaving a man in loneliness and sadness. He blocks out the world and consequently blocks out the beauty that comes peaking into the world with a new spring. 
It just takes the act of an innocent child to give the selfish giant a glimpse of his heart. His sympathy and love begins to flow from that.
This week was to be an intergenerational service where we see ages mixing together in harmony. To me children represent hope, happiness, energy and all the good things.The world is meaningful and full of hope because of their existence. However, the part in the story about the tiny boy makes me a bit sad.
The ending is filled with sorrow but also perfect - much like the Easter story we draw near to every year. This story of love and perfect companionship is as important now as it ever has been! Let us look for signs of spring from our windows, let us lift each other up in untouchable ways, let us let the flowers grow and admire the beauty the world brings through our deep companionship with each other. We can continue to find ways to connect, to see the unseeable and touch the untouchable. Through letting the light in and celebrating the joy in the world, we get to experience the joy of childhood all over again. 
Like the giant, like the boy, like the children, like the parade watchers, like the friends of Jesus. Walking through Easter without fear. 

May the blessings of the week be with you in dark times and light times. 

Sheri
In this time of uncertainty our mission to help others does not cease. 

If you are on PAR, thank you for your continued givings to the life and mission of the church. If you would like to send an offering to the church through our website you are welcome to do so through the link below. Mailed envelope givings is also an option for you to consider as your way to continue to support the life and work of the church. 

At this time we woudl like to thank you for supporting our Lenten focus support for the Drop In Centre, please hang on to your donations until we can meet again or forward them directly to the DI if you wish. 

Your offerings are greatly appreciated in all times. 

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:38
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Questions for discussion for after listening to the Selfish Giant story

What four “people” inhabit the Giant’s closed garden during the Spring?

How was Spring brought back into the Giant’s garden?

Why does one corner of the Giant’s garden remain wintry?

How is the Giant converted from selfishness to love? 

How about make your own at home Palm Parade

"When Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey it was like He was leading a parade. Let’s pretend like we are there watching Jesus come in and like we are in a parade."

Pretend with the children to be in a parade – have them make paper Palm leaves - They can use their palm leaves to wave in the parade.

Spread some Easter Joy

We would LOVE to collect messages of hope at Easter to deliver to the lawns of some of our community members. If your family would like to make some signs we will pick them up and have them delivered safely to brighten our community. To arrange porch pick up of your signs please email Sheri: woodcliffkids@gmail.com.
 

FEAR

Have you ever eaten those Harry Potter jelly beans? Or watched someone on YouTube play the "Bean Boozled Challenge"? If you're unfamiliar, these jelly beans have one "good tasting" jelly bean (like lime, coconut, or chocolate pudding) and one "bad" one that looks identical (that would taste like grass, baby wipes, or dog food). If you've played before, can you remember how you felt, hoping your selection was NOT the gross jelly bean? Maybe you were scared...maybe you reached for a plastic bag to spit into if you really needed it. 

First, I want to tell you that fear and anxiety are normal. This emotion teaches us to run away from things that might hurt us--can you imagine if we didn't feel fear or anxiety if we saw a bear on our walking trail? 

I want you to write down into a journal or on a sheet of paper something that you were scared of when you were little. If you can't think of anything, ask your parents if there's something they remember you being scared of, or write down something a book character/movie character you know was afraid of. 

We all struggle with fear--again, this is normal! Around Halloween, people even pay money to feel fear! But how many times were you afraid of something and found out that it wasn't actually that bad? Maybe you were scared of the dark when you were little--was it that bad? Were there actually monsters under your bed? Telling yourself that it was okay probably didn't help though, did it?

Fear is real, and your fears are valid. That particular emotion is so strong, and so powerful, and sometimes, we can do some crazy stuff to avoid that emotion. Now, write down under your childhood fear what you're afraid of today--maybe it's the dark, maybe it's public speaking, maybe it's the future. Although I can't tell you what the other youth have written down, you might be surprised to know that you all probably have similar fears--growing up, the current world, failing a class, spiders, the list could go on. Think about your body when you feel fear, now. Where do you feel fear? Draw the outline of a body and circle where you feel fear (ex. if your palms sweat, circle hands). Next time you feel scared, pay attention to where you feel anxiety and fear. It is normal--tell yourself these feelings are normal, and focus on your breathing. It is okay. You are okay.

The Bible talks about fear. In your Bible at home or using an online Bible, read Isaiah 41:9-10. I want you all, in this time, to repeat this particular piece of scripture to yourselves during this uncertain time. It is important--why? Is there anything we should really fear when we have God with us? God knows we struggle with fear, and He reminds us in this scripture that He is with us, always, and that we shouldn't fear. Say it with me: God is with me. God is with us. We are not alone.

He will strengthen us through this fear. His presence gives us hope and gives us strength. Do not be afraid. Look at the fears you have written--picture yourself facing them alone, and then picture yourself facing those situations with God standing next to you. This is reality: you don't face these things alone. You face them with God--and you also face these fears with the support of your friends, family, and of course, your church family. God is greater than all of our fears and he will give us the strength to face them with time.

Think about the following questions:

1) When is it hardest for you to remember not to be afraid?

2) What causes you fear when thinking about the future? Talk to someone you love and trust about this.

3) How does it make you feel knowing that God is with you each hour of every day? Does it help you?

Stay strong. You are loved and you are not alone.

-Nicole

Prayers of the People
By Leah L

We pray that God lifts us up for His blessings today. We pray that we are blessed with strength and self-care. In caring about others, it is important that we care about ourselves too. We pray that we will be encouraged throughout the day to be gentle with ourselves, and to have patience and wisdom to follow the needs of our minds, bodies and hearts.

If we are feeling overwhelmed, may we reach out to a supportive loved one. In this time of isolation, may we find opportunity to check in and connect with those we haven’t spoken to in a while, or who are on our minds. Help us to find new ways to nourish our souls through social connection.

If we feel like we are falling to pieces, may we find a puzzle to put together, a hole to patch up, a ripped seam to mend or a closet to organize. Help us to take deep breaths when needed, and give us the ability to appreciate the quiet.

If our knees begin to buckle, may we take them out for a walk or a dance.  When our usual routines are affected, we pray that we find new ways to be active. Help us to find a new place to walk, an online class or a reason to take that extra flight of stairs.

Let our actions, every reaction, every thought, every emotion be based on love.  We pray that we may see light in every day, however small.  May we let that light guide us to the time we will all be together again.

GO NOW IN PEACE

May we find rest in our avoidance. May we find peace among worry and hope in the coming spring. May the comfort that knowing this Easter story we enter is for us a bring light into our weeks and our world! 

This week's small groups will have an Easter focus.
Join any of the listed small groups in Friday's Messenger. 

All week join our social media channels for a daily
walking with Jesus moment through Holy Week. 


Maundy Thursday 6pm
Facebook Live - Grab a bowl of soup and join Rev Eric on a Facebook Live stream! Just go to the Woodcliff page to join the reflection, prayer and conversation. 

Good Friday
Special Good Friday Messenger Worship

Easter Sunday
Special Easter Sunday Messenger Worship

 
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