Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Our problems are psychological, our solutions are spiritual.  - Jackie Noller

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In Darknesse Have I Dwelt”    Tudor English

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” Spiritual, arr. Moore

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

† Call to Worship Canticle of Thanksgiving (no sung response) No. 74

† Morning Prayer (unison) For True Singing           No. 69

† Hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”       No. 155

All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall, let angels prostrate fall; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, ye ransomed from the fall, ye ransomed from the fall, hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget the wormwood and the gall, the wormwood and the gall, go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, on this terrestrial ball, to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye martyrs of your God, who from his altar call, who from his altar call; extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.
O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall, we at this feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

To Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

Anthem “O Savior of the World”            Arthur Somervell

O Savior of the World, Who by Thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord. Amen.

† The Psalter Psalm 130 (no sung response)                 No. 848

Response: In my distress I cry to the Lord: “Deliver me, O Lord.”
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
That you may be worshiped.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
In the Lord’s word I hope;
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning,
More than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
With the Lord is plenteous redemption.
And the Lord will redeem Israel
From all iniquities.
Response: In my distress I cry to the Lord: “Deliver me, O Lord.”

Sermon “Many who had seen, believed” Rev. Travis Knoll

John 11:1-45

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”    No. 57

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all of the earth abroad the honors of thy name.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;’ tis music in the sinner’s ears,’ tis life, and health, and peace.
He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can made the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.
He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive; the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.
In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “Lead Me, Lord”          Samuel Wesley

Lead me, Lord,
Lead me in Thy righteousness,
Make Thy way plain before my face.
For it is Thou, Lord, only,
That makest me dwell in safety.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.  With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

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.

An Order of Farewell to a Pastor (responsive) BoW 598

I thank you, the members and friends of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, for the love and support you have shown me while I have ministered among you.  I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted.  I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made.  As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.

We receive your thankfulness, offer forgiveness, and accept that you now leave to minister elsewhere.  We express our gratitude for your time among us.  We ask for your forgiveness for our mistakes.  Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave us with your departure.

I accept your gratitude and forgiveness, and I forgive you, trusting that both our time together and our parting are pleasing to God.  I release you from turning to me and depending on me.  I encourage your continuing ministry here and will pray for you and for your new pastor.  Let us pray:

Eternal God, whose steadfast love for us is from everlasting to everlasting, we give you thanks for cherished memories and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions.  Keep us one in your love forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “God Be With You”      No. 672

God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you, with his sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again; neath his wings securely hide you, daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you, put his arms unfailing round you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you, smite death’s threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, continuing to see, believe, and share God in action
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “May We In Our Guilt & Shame”           Douglas Wagner

May we in our guilt and shame
Still the love and mercy claim,
Calling humbly on Thy name:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Finale in D minor”      Morgan

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