June 9th 2024 – “A new heart, a new life”

Dear friends, 

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Eugênio Anunciação will be leading us in worship. 

ABOUT THE REVEREND:  Rev. Eugênio Anunciação is a minister of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Brazil, currently residing in São Paulo with his wife, Aletheya.  With over 20 years of experience in congregational ministry, he currently serves as an Interim Pastor and Communications Manager for the Independent Presbyterian Church in Brazil.  

He has a BA in Theology from the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil in São Paulo, a Postgraduate Degree in Group Dynamics from the South American Theological College in Londrina, Brazil, a Postgraduate Degree in Non-Governmental Organizations Administration from International University Centre in Curitiba, Brazil, and an MA in Applied Behaviour Analysis (with emphasis on organizational behaviour management) from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil.  Eugênio is a gifted communicator, thoughtful teacher, experienced pastor, and a committed follower of Christ.

PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers.

OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS WEEK is from the Prophet Ezekiel 36: 23-32.   This is a rich and beautiful text in which God speaks to his people—and it is especially important that God make promises to his people.  God makes promises to bring the people to their homeland, to take away all the sinfulness that is in their lives, and to give them a new heart.  In a way this is very good news, and beautiful news, though there is a bit of a challenging side.  The challenge comes from the fact that when God transforms our lives, we usually see the things we have done wrong—and it’s not always easy to be confronted with our sin and failure.  But this judgment isn’t the last word.  The last word is the word of promise, that God will make us new.

EVERYONE IS INVITED to join us downstairs after the congregational meeting on Sunday to enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation.  We thank Joyce and Graham for hosting coffee hour this week. 


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 313 “Oh worship the King” (vs 2&3 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 202 “We lay our broken world”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Gloria Patri
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (en français, English on the screen)
Ezekiel 36:22-32
Sermon: “A New Heart, A New Life”
Confession of Faith: Living Faith
Hymn 648: “I’m gonna live so God can use me”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy” (vs 2&4 en français)
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude