3rd Sunday Lent                      March 24, 2019

All The People​​​​​​​​                            Ministers

Rev. Bob Lockhart​​​​​​ ​                    Clergy

Rev. Cathy Pharo​​​​​​​                        Minister of Visitation

Rev. David H. Hamilton            Minister Emeritus”

Louise Elder                                 Director of Music

Gwyn Richards​​                            Program Coordinator for Children and Youth  

Church Office​​​​​                 902- 436-3155


“Trinity United Church is an inclusive and welcoming community that nurtures love of God, respects creation, seeks justice and serves others.


(the service will proceed unannounced)




SILENT PRAYER: Generous God, pour out your spirit of love upon us. Forgive our sin. Deliver us from a cold heart and wandering thoughts as we prepare to worship you in spirit and in truth. May your presence be among us as we remember Jesus, your faithful son, our brother at his table

*INTROIT: # 121 VU  Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery

Living Water of salvation, be the fountain of each soul,

Springing up in new creation,

Flow in us and make us whole, flow in us and make us whole.    


Leader: We need you like a dry, barren branch requires nourishment.

People:   Our souls thirst for you.

Leader: We give thanks for your mighty works and your constant love for us.

People:   We thank and praise you.

Leader: Our souls will feast and be filled.  You are our constant help.

People:   We cling to you as you keep us safe.

All:         We praise you!

*HYMN: # 356 VU Seek Ye First the Kingdom


Lord Jesus, you are a patient gardener.  You nourish us with your teachings, you fill our senses and awaken us to the world around us.  You constantly encourage us to grow in wisdom, love, compassion and peace. Awaken us, nourish us, encourage us to grow in our faith and like an angel on our shoulder, you whisper “Grow, Grow”.  In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

RESPONSIVE PSALM 63: #781 VU refrain 2


Gracious God, we confess we don’t follow the laws you gave to us through Moses. Our thoughts, words and deeds are often those of pride, greed, envy and wrath.  We confess we need a gentle nudge, like a bud seeking growth to once again follow the ways of your teachings!


Dear Lord, like a good gardener, you tend to us with understanding, patience and forgiveness.  When we hang back, you encourage us to grow using our faith, hope and love!  Thanks be to God!


SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:1-9 Spark Story Bible “Parable of the Fig Tree”  

​​​​Reader: Margo McKissock

CHILDREN’S HYMN: on screens I Danced in the Morning vs 2

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


SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:1-9

MONOLOGUE: The Gardener and the Fig TreeSusan England

MUSICAL SELECTION: “I am the Vine” Lisa and Paul Campbell

“I am the Vine”  Words by Shirely Erena Murray, Music by Ron Klusmeier

Published by MUSIKLUS, Box 678 Parksville, BC V9P2G7

REFLECTION: “The Gardener and the Fig Tree”  Nancy Small

The Gardener and the Fig Tree are used with permission.

Monologue by Sheelah Megill, Reflection by Keri K. Wehlander

*HYMN: #703 VU “In the Bulb There is a Flower”



THE OFFERTORY: “Lenten Meditation”


With gratitude and humble trust, we bring our best to you,

Not just to serve your cause, but share your love with neighbours too,

O God, who gave yourself to us in Jesus Christ, your son,

Help us to give ourselves each day until life’s work is done.


CALL TO PRAYER: #84 MVU In You There Is a Refuge vs 1

In you there is a refuge, in you we find our peace,

When all we know is chaos, may our trust in you increase.

In you there is a silence, in you our minds are clear,

When all we hear is discord may your quiet draw us near.  


*HYMN: #651 VU “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”



May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and our Maker’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

POSTLUDE: “Cornet Voluntary”

Welcome to our service and thank you to the Senior Choir, Susan England, Lisa and Paul Campbell, Nancy Small and Louise Elder for their part in todays service. 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.

This week on screens is Wendell Cameron and on sound is Brenda Fisher.

TODAYS BULLETIN:The bulletin this morning is in loving memory of Carman Carle from his wife Ruth, daughters Heather, Lynn, Beth and their families.” 

TODAY at 2:00pm Variety Concert: Trinity United Church in Summerside will play host to a variety concert at 2:00 PM on March 24 featuring such performers as Nathan Wiley, Juliette Squarebriggs, Party Mix and Logan Maddix. For more information or for advance tickets call Wendell at 902 436 8600 or drop by the church office at 90 Spring Street, Summerside or call 902 436 3155.

Trinity United Concert Series are excited to host The Amanda Jackson Trio on Sunday April 14, at 2:00 PM. The Amanda Jackson Trio is all about connecting — with their lyrics, the audience, the planet and with each other. Amanda’s powerful and soulful voice highlights the vulnerability of their lyrics, adding to the honesty of the story-telling. Their original songs get to the core of the human experience with a strong emphasis on social awareness and what makes us human. For more information or for advance tickets call Wendell at 902 436 8600 or drop by the church office at 90 Spring Street, Summerside or call 902 436 3155. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  

TRINITY CONTRIBUTIONS  Sunday March 17, 2019

Attendance:    Congregation               140

Contributions: 61 Envelopes       $ 1,652.72

​​Loose Givings     $   173.00

101 PAR Givers   $ 8,000.00 monthly

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.  Save the dates and plan to attend.    

March 29St. Mary’s Anglican Church     April 5, TBA


April 18  Maundy Thursday Service 7:30pm Summerside Presbyterian Church

April 19  Good Friday Service 10:30am Summerside Trinity United Church

April 19  Good Friday Cross Walk 1:00pm from Church to Church

SUMMERSIDE Y SERVICE CLUB – SPRING JIGGS DINNER:  Saturday, April 6, at Summerside Trinity United Church. Serving 4:30 to 6:30 Price: Adult $15.00 Children $6.00 Take-out available  Tickets available from club members and at the Y office on Green Street.  Jiggs Dinner will include: PEI corned beef, vegetables, rolls, desserts, tea & coffee.  All proceeds in support of the Y Service Club community projects and Three Oakes Senior High School Band.


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, 2019.
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.


The Rev. Merrill J. MacLeod Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 is presented annually to a deserving graduate of Three Oaks High School as selected by the Summerside and Area Christian Council Bursary Committee. The qualifications include:

 a) a graduating student of Three Oaks Senior High School and planning to attend university, college or a technical institution

b) a student lacking sufficient funds, without the aid of this scholarship to further his/her education

c) a student of good Christian character and conduct, exhibiting such traits as diligence and sincerity.

A letter of reference from his/her clergy or church board is also required.  Deadline of May 2, 2019 end of school day. Applications are available at the Student Services office at Three Oaks Senior High or on the welcome desk.   Applications are to be turned into Student Services.  

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.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY:  Join Rev. Bob Lockhart each Sunday at 9:00am for an hour of bBble study and conversation. An in depth knowledge of the Bible is not needed. New members are welcome at any time.   We are currently reading through Genesis 1-11.

TRINITY CAFÉ: Trinity Café is a weekly Bible study and conversation time on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30a.m. with Rev. Bob Lockhart.  April 4th we will be reading Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8  

Please not: There is no Trinity Café on March 28.

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. Bob Lockhart at 902-856-2668 or by email at

BOOK CASE:  There is a need for a book case to store hymn books at the back of the church.  Should you have one you would like to donate please contact the office. thank you.

April 7th, following the service the Sunday school will be hosting a soup and roll fundraiser.  Donations will go towards the Guatemala Sponsorship.

Rev. Bob is out of the office returning on Sunday March 31. For Pastoral Care needs from March 22 to 27 please call Rev. Elaine Palmer-Harding at 902-954-1054 or email and Rev. Cathy Pharo at 902-300-1457 from March 2830.  

LIFE CLASSES:  Learning Important Skills for Everyday.  Join Julia Stewart for this 6-week program designed to teach basic life skills, such as cooking, cleaning and organizing, in a fun interactive setting. Thursdays 6-8pm beginning April 25 at Summerside Baptist Church.  Donations will be accepted for a local charity. Please pre-register at 902-439-5625 or or on the first night.  Free child care provided. Julia Stewart is a former Licensed Practical Nurse with a Diploma in Business Administration.  

ROSS FAMILY CONCERT & SILENT AUCTION, South Shore United Church #85 Route 10,  Sunday April 7, 2:30pm. Sharing a blend of Acadian and Scottish this high-energy trio offers a wonderful afternoon of entertainment sure to raise your spirits.  Arrive early to view and bid on Silent Auction items at 1:45pm. An intermission will be offered and bids finalized! Advance Tickets $12 At the Door $15  For Tickets Call Bev 439-2352 or Cindy 658-2863

“TRIBUTE TO BROADWAY: Featuring Kirk Neville (Tenor) & Bonnie LaFrance (Pianist) March 31 at Central Queens United Church, Hunter River, $12 at the Door. Performing Classic and New Broadway Music!

SOUR DOUGH BREAD MADE EASY: A hands-on workshop showing how to feed and maintain a 100 year old starter that you take home afterwards. As well, an easy to make delicious sourdough bread recipe is demonstrated from starter to finish, and everyone has a chance to sample a freshly baked loaf. Email Lucy at to reserve your jar of starter. Workshops take place Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. Cost is $40.00 per person. Space is limited to 12 participants. Wednesday April 3, 7–9 pm, Sherbrooke Community Centre.


April 2​​  Service at Parkhill Place 2pm

April 2​​  Christian Life and Growth meet in the Parlour at 7pm

April 6​​  Y’s men Jiggs Dinner

April 7​​  Soup & Roll Fundraiser

April 8​​  Marathon Bridge Closing in the Auditorium

April 9​​  Worship team meet in the Boardroom

April 19​​  Feed My Sheep Community Breakfast



10:30am ​             Worship Service

11:45am​              Coffee & Conversation in the Auditorium                

​​2:00pm​                Variety Concert in the Sanctuary

​​7:00pm​                 The Abbey in the Sanctuary


12:00pm​               Music Therapy in the Parlour  

​​1:30pm​                  Seniors College meet in the Boardroom

​​6:30pm​                  Pound Fit in the Auditorium

​​7:00pm​                  Search Committee meet in the Boardroom


5:00pm​                  JUDO  meet in the Auditorium

​​7:00pm​                  Community Choir Rehearsal


8:00am.                 Men’s Breakfast group meet at the Loyalist

10:00am​                Trinity Coffee Tea Chat (TCTC) in the Parlour

10:50am​                Western School Board in the Auditorium

​​5:45pm​                  Handbells Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

​​6:00pm​                  Community Maintenance Pgm in the Boardroom

​​6:30pm​                  Pound Fit in the Auditorium  

​​7:00pm​                  Senior Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary

​​8:15pm​                  Contemporary Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary


10:50am​                Western School Board in the Auditorium  

12:00pm​                Music Therapy in the Parlour

5:30pm                   JUDO in the Auditorium

​​6:00pm​                   Food Safety Prep Couse in the Sunday School Area


9:30am ​                  TAG meet in the Sunday School area


9:00am​                   Bible Study with Rev. Bob

10:30am​                 Worship

11:45am​                 Coffee and Conversation in the Auditorium    

7:00pm​                   The Abbey in the Sanctuary

TCTC: Trinity Coffee Tea and Chat  Its March and the Irish are still around Come help us celebrate! Louise Elder (I’m sure that must be an Irish name) is our star for the month …what deep dark secrets will she reveal ? I’m sure we will have an Irish sing song! Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00am in the Parlour. This is beginning to sound like the game “Clue “ Come see what Mysteries are in the basement of Trinity …bring a friend …See you I hope!!