Sunday, March 13, 2016

5th Sunday in Lent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

How wonderful to know that when Jesus Christ speaks to you and to me, he enables you to understand yourself, to die to that self because of the cross, and brings the real you to birth.
- Ravi Zacharias

 

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “In Illo Tempore”         Gregorian Proper

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit: “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” Spiritual

I want Jesus to walk with me;
All along my pilgrim journey
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

† Call to Worship

Come to hear the Word.                Come to do the Word.
Come to experience Comfort         Come to experience Challenge.
Come to find Cost.                            Come to find Joy.
Come to find Humanity.                 Come to find Community.
Come to find Church.                    Come to find God.

† Hymn: “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”    No. 203

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; to take away transgression, and rule in equity.
He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong; to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in his sight.
He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth; love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth. Before him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go, and righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.
To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend; his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end. The tide of time shall never his covenant remove; his name shall stand forever; that name to us is love.

Morning Prayer (unison)         Lent     No. 268

O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land.  Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

A Reading from the Gospel: John 12:1-8

Laura Gamble is the Liturgist.

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the
dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

† The Psalter: (chanted)          Psalm 126         No. 847

Response: For the night weeping may tarry; with the morning light comes joy.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with shouts of joy;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad.
Response: For the night weeping may tarry; with the morning light comes joy.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
Like the watercourses in the Negeb!
May those who sow in tears
Reap with shouts of joy!
Those who go forth weeping,
Bearing the seed for sowing,
Shall come home with shouts of joy,
Carrying their sheaves.
Response: For the night weeping may tarry; with the morning light comes joy.

Anthem: “I Will Sing The Wondrous Story”          Mary McDonald

I was lost but Jesus found me, found the sheep that went astray;
Threw His loving arms around me, drew me back into His way.

I was bruised, but Jesus healed me; faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone & my fears possessed me, but He freed me from them all.

I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory, gathered by the crystal sea.

I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ Who died for me,
How He left His home in glory, for the cross of Calvary.

He will keep me till the river rolls its waters at my feet.
Then He’ll bear me safely over, where the loved ones I shall meet.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory, gathered by the crystal sea.

Sermon: “To Know Christ”        Rev. Travis Knoll

Philippians 3:4b-14

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “Go Down, Moses” vs 1-5        No. 448

When Israel was in Egypt’s land, let my people go; oppressed so hard they could not stand, let my people go.
Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
“Thus saith the Lord,” bold Moses said, let my people go; “if not, I’ll smite your first-born dead,” let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
No more shall they in bondage toil, let my people go; let them come out with Egypt’s spoil, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
We need not always weep and mourn, let my people go; and wear those slavery chains forlorn, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
Come, Moses, you will not get lost, let my people go; stretch out your rod and come across, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!

† The Apostle’s Creed (insert)              No. 881

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory:    “The Lord is my Shepherd”    Thomas Matthews

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 95

Praise God, from who m all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Go Down, Moses” vs 6-11      No. 448

As Israel stood by the water’s side, let my people go; at God’s command it did divide, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
When they had reached the other shore, let my people go; they sang a song of triumph o’er, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
O Moses, the cloud shall cleave the way, let my people go; a fire by night, a shade by day, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
Your foes shall not before you stand, let my people go; and you’ll possess fair Canaan’s land, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
This world’s a wilderness of woe, let my people go; O let us on to Canaan go, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!
O let us all from bondage flee, let my people go; and let us all in Christ be free, let my people go. Go down, (go down) Moses, (Moses) way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go!

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, to pursue Christ with all that you are, and have, and ever will be.

We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Amen”            Stainer

Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Allegro Fiero, non Marziale”     Thomson

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