Looking to Lent and Easter

In anticipation of the coming of Easter we enter into a reflective time in the church known as Lent. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday which we will recognize at St. Paul's with an evening service on March 1 at 6:30 pm. Through the six Sundays of Lent we take a look at our personal and community life and ask for insight and direction from our guiding Spirit. 


  • Prelude: Sets the tone for worship by music appropriate to the season

  • Bell Ringing: Calls the community to worship

  • Greeting: Tells that all are welcome here

  • Centering: A song that invites quiet inner reflection

  • Lenten Liturgy:

    • ​Earth, ashes, dust — Acknowledging our humanity and our mortality

    • Candle out — Extinguishing one of the six candles to experience the solemnity of darkness

    • Silence — Deepens our openness to the Spirit

    • Glimmer of hope — The Spirit speaks of and to our longing

    • Christ candle — The Light shines in the darkness

    • Kyrie eleison — God have mercy

  • Lenten Hymn - To sing the sacred songs of the Lenten season

  • Responsive Reading: Using ancient scripture of the peoples who looked to the coming of the Messiah

  • Gospel: The Good News of the Christian Community

  • Sung Response: We honour the words of scripture as valid and valuable for us

  • Anthem: The church choir offers their gift of sacred music

  • Commentary: The one ministering speaks of an understanding and interpretation for today

  • Hymn: Singing that supports the message 

  • Mission: Statement about who we are, what we believe, and how to participate

  • Offering: Our expression of thanks for life and blessings

  • Music: To accompany the gathering of the offering

  • Life and Work: Sharing about what we are up to in making a difference

  • Community Prayers: We speak of our global community and ask for direction and compassion.

  • Prayer of Jesus: We recite or sing in unison the prayer commonly known as the Lord’s prayer

  • Hymn: Our final song of faith and intention

  • Benediction: The words of blessing based on letters written to the church of the first century 

  • Sung response: Lively words of encouragement to one another

  • Postlude: Music that nurtures our spirits

St Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney, BC, V8L 2G4

Tel: 250-656-3213