MEN’S BREAKFAST:  Trinity Men’s Breakfast group meets each Wednesday, morning at the Loyalist Inn at 8:00am.  Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast.

TRINITY CAFÉ: Trinity Café is a weekly bible study and conversation time on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30a.m. No expertise or prior bible knowledge is required, just a willingness to be open and a desire to explore the scripture with Rev. Andrew.  We welcome new participants at any time.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:  Join Rev. Andrew each Sunday at 9:00am for an entertaining and enlightening hour of bible study.  An in depth knowledge of the bible is not needed, come and join the discussion. We welcome new members to our group at any time.

DONATIONS:  The Sunday School continues to collect items of food, clothing and personal hygiene.  Items needed at this time are: cereal, spreads coffee, jam/peanut butter, snack foods, canned vegetables, evaporated milk, canned fish and canned meats. Cash Donations are appreciated as well. Collection day is the first day of the month.

REFUNDABLES/RECYCLABLES PLEASE NOTE:  Please return your recyclables directly to Don’s Bottle Exchange and mention the money goes to Trinity United Church.  Please do not bring your bottles to the church.  Thank You for your continued support of our Guatemalan sponsor children. 

HELP US TO MINISTER:  It is most helpful when members of the congregation let us know of those who are in hospital or ill at home.  Please phone Rev. Andrew at 439-0304.

BOYS CLUB WITH GEMS: Our Boys Club with Gems (girls who want to join us) will be meeting Wednesdays at 6pm.  This is open to all ages, so please join us.

SUMMERSIDE Y SERVICE CLUB JIGGS DINNER: Saturday, April 7th at Trinity United Church, Summerside from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Eat in or Take-out  Adults $15 and Child $6.   Tickets available from club members.


TRINITY UNITED CHURCH                                                                                                      SUMMERSIDE, PEI   Lent 5                                                                                                                                                                    March 18, 2018

All The People                                                                                                                                                      Ministers

Rev. Dr. Andrew Richardson                                                                                                                                  Clergy

Rev. David H. Hamilton                                                             “Minister Emeritus” and Minister of Visitation

Louise Elder                                                                                                                                Director of Music

Gwyn Richards                                                                                Program Coordinator for Children and Youth 

Church Office                                                                                                                                              902- 436-3155

Church Email                                                                                                            


“As a Christ-centered faith community empowered by God’s spirit, we strive to nurture love

of God and neighbour through worship, teaching, fellowship and service”


(the service will proceed unannounced)

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which falls 40 days prior to Easter. Sundays are not included in the count of these days, as each Sunday is a “little Easter,” meant to celebrate resurrection. The name Lent comes through Middle English lente and Old English lencten or lengten, referring to the season of spring and the lengthening of days. It is also related to the French word lente, which means “to move slowly.” The season is sombre, and meant as a time of personal reflection and preparation for Easter. The liturgical colour for the season is purple which is a cool colour on the colour wheel, reflecting divinity, wisdom, dignity, mystery, and creativity. Dark purple is a penitential colour, evoking sadness and deep reflection.

MUSICAL PRELUDE: “Elegy” Alan Viner  Louise Elder, Organ



*INTROIT: #111 VU “As the Sun with Longer Journey”    

As the sun with longer journey melts the winter’s snow and ice,

With its slowly growing radiance warms the seed beneath the earth,

May the sun of Christ’s uprising gently bring our hearts to life.



Leader: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions”.   To truly come before God in confession takes courage.  Even when we have been assured of mercy, even when we can trust in God’s steadfast love, it takes courage to look inward, to admit where we have failed and put a name to our sins.  And so it is with hope and in great humility that we gather our prayers of confession this day.  Let us pray:

People: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise.  God of New Life, you ask us to look openly and honestly at ourselves and the ways we are living. It is in this light that we acknowledge today that we are broken in so many ways.  We can do nothing else but admit that our lives are filled with broken promises, broken hearts, broken relationships.  And we confess that we don’t even know where to begin to make things right.  Heal hearts that have been wounded by angry words.  Soothe souls that have been denied joy.  Open minds that have refused compromise.  Free spirits that have been bound by fear.    

Silent confession as fifth candle is extinguished.

People: God’s promise to us is a clean heart, a new right spirit, and because of this, we will rejoice in the presence of the holy; we will dance in the light of God’s overwhelming forgiveness. Amen. 

Sing together:  Behold, behold, I make all things new,

beginning with you and starting from today,

Behold, behold, I make all things new, my promise is true,

for I am Christ the way.

Leader: The spirit of God be with you

People: And also with you

PRAYER: in unison

Compassionate God, God of covenant, God of love. We come to you tired, yearning for peace and harmony, we come to you seeking to be made whole. Put your love within us, write it on our hearts; that we may be your people. Draw us to you, into you, anoint us with your peace. Write your compassion in our hearts that we may love as you love. Amen


*HYMN: on screens “Love Knocks and Waits”


SCRIPTURE: John 12:20-33 Spark Story Bible   Reader: Charisma Caseley

CHILDREN’S HYMN: #412 VU “This Is the Day” vs 1

Children are invited to come forward during the singing of the hymn

SHARING TIME:  The children are invited to gather on the steps for a time of sharing before departing for Sunday School singing the Children’s hymn.

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 51 Refrain 2 page 776 Voices United

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Create in Me a Clean Heart” Contemporary Choir

SERMON:  “A Gentle Rain From Heaven”  

*HYMN: #271 VU “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”




THE OFFERTORY: “Joy of the Lord” Contemporary Choir

*DEDICATION OF OFFERING: #542 VU “We Give You But Your Own”

We give you but your own, what-e’er the gift may be,

All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.

CALL TO PRAYER: #374 VU “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”

Come and find the quiet centre in the crowded life we lead,

Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed.

Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see

All the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.



*HYMN:  #626 VU “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”  


*CHORAL AMEN: #967 VU    Amen, Amen, Amen

*POSTLUDE: “Through Faith the Victory” Gerald Peterson

                                      Louise Elder, Organ

Welcome to our service of worship and thank you to our Senior Choir and the Contemporary Choir for their gift of music.  If you are new or visiting our congregation we would be pleased if you would fill out the Welcome Sheet located on the Welcome Desk.

EASTER CANTATA:  See the rehearsal schedule below:

March 21; 8:00pm-9:15pm   March 28; 7:00pm-8:30pm

March 30; 9:00am-10:00am

LENTEN LUNCHEON SERVICES:  Member churches of the Summerside Christian Council are hosting lunch hour services on Fridays during the season of Lent. Each service begins at noon followed by a lunch at 12:30, for a $5.00 donation.     March 23 The Salvation Army

                   March 30    Good Friday Cross Walk from Church to Church 2pm



Sunday March 11, 2018

Attendance:            Congregation           123

Sunday School               23  ( 12 children,  11 adults)

Contributions:       51 Envelopes         $ 1,977.75

Loose Givings       $      63.75

111 PAR Givers    $ 8537.00 monthly

DONATION OF LOBLAW’S $25 GIFT CARD: If you are planning on registering for the $25.00 gift card through Loblaw’s (Superstore) why not considering donating the card to Trinity’s Breakfast or Food Box Program. To register for your $25.00 card, go on line to The deadline for registering for a gift card is May 8th.

WE NEED A SOUND TECHNICIAN: Looking for a way to get more involved in the Sunday Service? Why not try your hand at being a sound technician?  Try sitting in the sound booth for a Sunday to test it out. Contact Steve Mollins if you are interested in giving one Sunday, every four weeks.  Training is provided.

WELCOME WAGON PRESENTATION:  There will be a presentation on establishing a Welcome Wagon in Summerside.  All interested persons are welcome to attend.  It will be held at Slemon Park Plaza Community room on Monday, March 19th at 6:30pm.  Everyone is welcome.

The Business office will be open from 8:30-11:30am from Tuesday, March 27th until Wednesday, April 4th.



Maundy Thursday Service:  7:00pm, Thursday, March 29th

Good Friday Worship at Trinity:  10:30am, Friday, March 30th

Featuring Trinity Senior Choir Easter Cantata

Sunrise Service at The Red Bridge:  6:30am, Sunday, April 1st

with breakfast at the church after the service

Easter Worship Service at Trinity: 10:30am, Sunday, April 1st

SENIORS LUNCHEON TUESDAY, MARCH 20TH:  Join us for Seniors Luncheon on Tuesday March 20th at 11:30am.  Plan to gather in the auditorium for a delicious lunch of Ham Au Gratin Potato Casserole with Bacon and Broccoli salad and Cucumber Salad and a green dessert!!  Donations of dessert or rolls/biscuits is appreciated.  Contact the office to sign up and please consider spending a couple of hours to help out.  Thank You. 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPA Community Bereavement Group is to be held at the Summerside Baptist Church. It will begin on Thursday April 5th at 7pm, continuing for the following 5 Thursdays. This group is for anyone who has experienced a loss of a family member or friend. But also, others who may have
experienced a loss that has dramatically effected their lives through loss of unemployment or relationship etc. It will be lead by Rev. Dr. Arthur Davies. Please call the Baptist Church to register 902-436-5625.

UNITED CHURCH OBSERVER:  Subscriptions to the magazine of our national church, The Observer, are due in April.  Cost:  $25 (includes GST).  If you wish to renew your subscription through the church or become a new subscriber, please check in the main office. Payment can also be left in the collection plate clearly marked The Observer

MARITIME CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Registration for Maritime Conference Intermediates at Conference and Youth Forum Programs opens this Thursday March 1st. All registration is online this year. To register for Intermediates at Conference…/


THE THIRD CONCERT IN THE TRINITY UNITED WINTER CONCERT SERIES WILL BE HELD TODAY MARCH 18TH at 2:00pm. This concert will feature a variety of entertainers including Blu Gillis, Not All There Band, Sandra and Ricky Jones and the comedy act of Sara & Annie, AKA, Wanda Dunbar and Ruth Smallman.  Blu Gillis is a dynamic musician / artist from Summerside and he was raised in a musical family with early influences which include Country n’ Western and Rock n’ Roll. Not All There Band which includes Gary Arsenault, Mike Johnson, Ramona Roberts and Wendell Cameron have been entertaining at concerts and celeidhs for well over 20 years. Sandra Jones comes from a singing family from Roseville PEI. She met her husband Ricky through music and started singing together publicly across the Island about 5 years ago. Wanda Dunbar and Ruth Smallman both live in O’Leary and they have been singing and doing skits to bring lots of laughter to the people of Prince County for many years.  Advance tickets $10.00 by calling Wendell at 902 436 8600 or at the door for $12.00 each.  Also coming up in the series is Blue Streak on April 15 and Phase II and Friends on May20.



Applications are available from the church office, the C.D. office or on the Welcome Desk.   Terms of the scholarship are outlined below:


  • value and number of awards dependent upon interest earned;
  • scholarship to be awarded during a service at Trinity United Church by a member(s) of the Mollins family or their designate;
  • application deadline: March 31, 2018.
  • if there are no qualified applicants, the scholarship will not be awarded that year;
  • if the trust fund does not generate sufficient interest in any given year, the scholarship will not be awarded.


  • must be a member or adherent of Trinity United Church;
  • must be an active participant in the life of Trinity United Church;
  • must be pursuing post-secondary education or equivalent.




Sunday  9:00am            Bible Study with Rev. Andrew

                     10:30am            Worship

11:45am            Coffee & Conversation in the Auditorium

2:00pm           Trinity Winter Concert Series in the Sanctuary

7:00pm           The Abbey in the Sanctuary

Monday       10:00am           Marathon Bridge Closing in the Auditorium

6:00pm           CGIT & Explorers meet in the Auditorium

7:00pm           Faith in Action meet in the Boardroom

Tuesday       11:30am           Seniors Luncheon in the Auditorium

5:30pm           JUDO in the Auditorium

7:00pm           Community Choir rehearsal in the Sunday school

Wednesday   8:00am           Men’s Breakfast Group meet at the Loyalist

10:00am          Coffee & Conversation in the Auditorium

6:00pm           Boys Club with Gems

5:45pm           Handbell rehearsal in the Sanctuary

7:00pm           Senior Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary until 8:00pm

8:00pm           Easter Cantata rehearsal in the Sanctuary until 9:15pm

Thursday       9:30am           Trinity Café meet in the Parlour

5:30pm           JUDO in the Auditorium

Saturday        8:30am           Feed My Sheep Breakfast in the Auditorium

9:30am           TAG meet in the Boardroom

Sunday           9:00am           Bible study with Rev. Andrew

10:30am            Palm Sunday Worship

11:45am             Coffee & Conversation in the Auditorium

7:00pm            The Abbey meet in the Sanctuary


Mar 29           Maundy Thursday Service at 7pm in the Sanctuary

Mar 30           Good Friday Service at 10:30am in the Sanctuary

Mar 30           Good Friday, Business office closed

April 2            Easter Monday, Business office closed

April 3            Service at Parkhill Place at 2pm.  Singers please

April 3            Christian Life and Growth Team meet at 7pm in the Parlour

April 4            Coffee and Conversation at 10am in the Auditorium

April 4            Boys Club with Gems at 6pm in the Auditorium

April 7            Y Service Club Jigg’s Dinner from 4:30-6:30pm in the Auditorium

April 7            Music Recital at 4pm in the Sanctuary