Lent is the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Traditionally it is a season of reflection and preparation for Easter, and it commemorates Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert.

Fourth Sunday in Lent Bulletin

Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:

Today we pray for the Donway Covenant United Church, Toronto; Fairbank United Church, Toronto and St. Bartholomew's United Church, Brampton

Prayers:

Growing Pains: A Lenten prayer from Why I Believe: Daily Devotions on Faith & Discipleship.

Minute for Mission:

"We Will Not Give Up On Them"

Brenda was close to nine months pregnant and living in a tent. She and her partner Gail couldn’t find housing they could afford. In Hamilton, Ontario, the waiting list for subsidized housing is long – for some, over ten years. With no other options, Brenda and Gail moved into a homeless encampment. Staff at Wesley Urban Ministries, a Mission & Service partner, found them a temporary place to stay. Because they don’t have stable housing, their baby was put in custody. But their story doesn’t end there.Your Mission & Service gifts support Wesley’s Day Centre where 100 homeless people like Brenda and Gail find help each day.

Arts & Faith: Lent

Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art.

Week 4 of Lent

Lenten Daily Devotional Book and Study Group

Praying in Colour: Making the Lenten Journey - Calendar Templates

Where Were You?

In this excerpt from the new Lenten devotional "Faithfully Yours: Letters for the Wondering," Bri-anne Swan reflects on the perennial question, “God, where were you?”

Bulletin cover ...

Replikatorius/Flickr

Images used in worship video...

Sing Your Praise to God Eternal – Algiers United Methodist Church 

Come Touch our Hearts -  LaMisionHelp.com 

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling –  kpshaw.blogspot.com 

Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery – metalsignscanada.com

The hymn recordings today are from…  

More Voices: Audio CD (The United Church of Canada, 2007), Voices United Accompaniment Collection Volume 1 (performed by Lydia Pedersen, The United Church of Canada, 2009) and YouTube 

Sing Your Praise to God Eternal – Lydia Pedersen 

Come Touch our Hearts - Trinity United Church Choir, Vernon, BC. Blair Odney, director. November 18, 2006.

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Holy Innocents’ Choir, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sean Vogt, Director of Music. August 30, 2020. 

Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery – Haewook Kim, February 16, 2021.