Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “Bothan Airigh”                        Trad.

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

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!

† Hymn: “Heralds of Christ”       No. 567

Heralds of Christ, who bear the King’s commands, immortal tidings in your mortal hands, pass on and carry swift the news you bring; make straight, make straight the highway of the King.

Through desert ways, dark fen, and deep morass, through jungles, sluggish seas, and mountain pass, build now the road, and falter not, nor stay; prepare across the earth the King’s highway.

Lord, give us faith and strength the road to build, to see the promise of the day fulfilled, when war shall be no more, and strife shall cease upon the highway of the Prince of Peace.

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

From the Hebrew Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Marisa Olszewski is the Liturgist.

† The Psalter: (chanted)          Psalm 32           No. 766

Response: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice; shout for joy, you up right in heart.
Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed are those whom the Lord does not hold guilty,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I did not declare my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
My strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
And I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
Then you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Response: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice; shout for joy, you up right in heart.
Therefore let those who are godly
Offer prayer to you;
At a time of distress, the rush of great waters
Shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me,
You preserve me from trouble;
You encompass me with deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you
The way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like an unruly horse or a mule, without
Understanding,
Whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle.
Many are the pangs of the wicked;
But steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous;
Shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Response: Be glad in the Lord and rejoice; shout for joy, you up right in heart.

Anthem: “Miserere Mei”  Pergolesi

Grant us Thy great Mercy, O Lord; now in Thy goodness and loving kindness, Lord, pour forth compassion upon us.

Sermon: “The Prodigal”  Rev. Travis Knoll

Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee”  No. 623

Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face; here would I touch and handle things unseen; here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace, and all my weariness upon thee lean.

This is the hour of banquet and of song; this is the heavenly table spread for me; here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong the hallowed hour of fellowship with thee.

Here would I feed upon the bread of God, here drink with thee the royal wine of heaven; here would I lay aside each earthly load, here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear; the feast, though not the love, is past and gone. The bread and wine remove; but thou art here, nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.

Feast after feast thus comes and passes by; yet, passing, points to the glad feast above, giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, the Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.

 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “For This Bread”          John Purifoy

For this bread which You have broken, for this wine which You have poured,
For the words which You have spoken, now we give You thanks, O Lord.

By this promise that You love us, by your gift of peace restored,
By your call to heaven above us, hallow all our lives, O Lord.

With the saints who now adore You seated at our Father’s board,
May the church still waiting for you keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.

In Your service, Lord, defend us, in our hearts keep watch and ward.
In the world to which You send us, let Your Kingdom come, O Lord.

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.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

The Great Thanksgiving: pp 17-18 (with Musical Setting A)

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,
brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey,
and set before us the way of life.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection,
you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
By your great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of your Son from the dead
and to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
Once we were no people, but now we are your people,
declaring your wonderful deeds in Christ,
who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always,
in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as your drink it, in remembrance of me.”
On the day you raised him from the dead he was recognized by his disciples
in the breaking of the bread, and in the power of your Holy Spirit
your Church has continued in the breaking of the bread
and the sharing of the cup.
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ
one with each other, and one is ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever.  Amen.

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.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Grant that we may go into the world
in the strength of your spirit,
to give ourselves for others,
in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Go, Make of All Disciples”      No. 571

“Go, make of all disciples.” We hear the call, O Lord, that comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word. Inspire our ways of learning through earnest, fervent prayer, and let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.

“Go, make of all disciples,” baptizing in the name of Father, Son, and Spirit, from age to age the same. We call each new disciple to follow thee, O Lord, redeeming soul and body by water and the Word.

“Go, make of all disciples.” We at thy feet would stay until each life’s vocation accents thy holy way. We cultivate the nature God plants in every heart, revealing in our witness the master teacher’s art.

“Go, make of all disciples.” We welcome thy command. “Lo, I am with you always.” We take thy guiding hand. The task looms large before us; we follow without fear; in heaven and earth thy power shall bring God’s kingdom here.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Let us go, seeking those who may be returning home.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Amen”                        I.L. Jennings

Amen

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Allegro Cascando”       Blane

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