Sunday, March 18, 2018

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lenten Sermon Series:  This is Us

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Cornet Voluntary in E minor (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – I Will Arise and Go to Jesus (Trad. arr. Moore)                                     Choir

I will arise and go to Jesus: He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

* Psalm of the Day – Psalm 51 (Musical response 2) Hymnal 785-786

Response: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.

L: (1)     Have mercy on me, O God,

L:     According to your stead fast love;

ALL:     According to your abundant mercy

ALL:     Blot out my transgressions.

L: (2)     Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

L:     And cleanse me from my sin!

ALL:     (3)     For I know my transgressions,

ALL:     And my sin is ever before me.

L: (4)     Against you, you only, have I sinned,

L:     And done that which is evil in your sight,

L:     So that you are justified in your sentence

L:     And blameless in your judgement.

ALL:     (5)     Behold, I was born into iniquity,

ALL:     And I have been sinful since my mother conceived

ALL:     Me.

Response: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.

L: (6)     Behold, you desire truth in the inward being;

L:     Therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

ALL:     (7)     Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

ALL:     Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow;

L: (8)     Make me hear with joy and gladness;

L:     Let the bones which you have broken rejoice.

ALL:     (9)     Hide your face from my sins,

ALL:     And blot out all my iniquities.

Response: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.

L: (10)     Create in me a clean heart, O God,

L:     And put a new and right spirit within me.

ALL:     (11)     Cast me not away from your presence,

ALL:     And take not your holy Spirit from me.

L: (12)     Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

L:     And sustain in me a willing spirit.

ALL:     (13)     Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

ALL:     And sinners will return to you.

L: (14)     Deliver me from death, O God, God of my salvation,

L:     And my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

ALL:     (15)     O Lord, open my lips,

ALL:     And my mouth shall show forth your praise.

L: (16)     For you have no delight in sacrifice;

L:     Were I to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

ALL:     (17)     The sacrifice acceptable to God is broken spirit;

ALL:     A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not

ALL:     Despise.

Response: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me.

* SongO for A Heart to Praise My God Hymnal 417

1. O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free, a heart that always feels thy blood so freely shed for me.

2. A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemer’s throne, where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone.

3. A humble, lowly, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean, which neither life nor death can part from Christ who dwells within.

4. A heart in every thought renewed and full of love divine, perfect and right and pure and good, a copy, Lord, of thine.

5. Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart; come quickly from above; write thy new name upon my heart, thy new, best name of Love.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Scripture Reading – John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Sermon – “This is Us:  Drawn”                                                         Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicChief of Sinners Though I Be (Lloyd Larson)                                          Choir

Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all-in-all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
Christ sustains me in my pain;
Grants me hope to live again. 

O the heights of Jesus’ love!
Higher than the heavens above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting through eternity.
Love that found me, wondrous thought,
Found me when I sought Him not.

Holy Savior, Shepherd, Lord,
Gently lead me by Your word.
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Prayer of Confession Hymnal 893

ALL:     Lord, we confess our day to day failure to be truly human.

ALL:     Lord, we confess to you.

ALL:     Lord, we confess that we often fail to love with all we have and are,

ALL:     Often because we do not fully understand what loving means,

ALL:     Often because we are afraid of risking ourselves.

ALL:     Lord, we confess to you.

ALL:     Lord, we cut ourselves off from each other and we erect barriers of division.

ALL:     Lord, we confess to you.

ALL:     Lord, we confess that by silence and ill-considered word

ALL:     We have built up walls of prejudice.

ALL:     Lord, we confess that by selfishness and lack of sympathy

ALL:     We have stifled generosity and left little time for others.

ALL:     Holy Spirit, speak to us. Help us listen to your word of forgiveness,

ALL:     For we are very deaf. Come, fill this moment and free us from sin.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   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.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude

Eternal God,
we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us.  As we have been drawn to follow you and dine at your table, may we be so filled with the power of your Spirit that we now can draw others to follow you on the path to salvation through your gift of sacrificial love.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Before Thy Presence (Gluck, arr. Lorenz)                                                  Choir

Humbly into Thy presence we come, Lord, to adore Thee;
Worship Thee, bless Thee, and give Thee our praise.
Voices and hearts unite, grateful songs proffering before Thee,
Glad our thanksgiving and joyous our lays. Holy art Thou, the Almighty and Everlasting,
Never from us to depart: Send truth to every heart.
Come and reign unto eternity.

Prayer of Dedication –

God, our light and salvation, your forgiveness brings joy and gladness.
Thank you for welcoming us to worship with open arms.
Thank you for inviting us to follow Jesus as disciples
who love you and love our neighbors.
Keep us close to you, for in your presence we live.
We dedicate ourselves and our offerings to you.
Let your will be done by your Spirit at work in us
a part of the church of Jesus Christ your Son.
We ask this in his name and for his sake.  Amen.

* Song to Present the Offering – Take Up Thy Cross Hymnal 415

1. “Take up thy Cross,” the Savior said, “if thou wouldst my disciple be; deny thyself, the world forsake, and humbly follow after me.”

2. Take up thy cross, let not its weight fill thy weak spirit with alarm; his strength shall bear thy spirit up, and brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.

3. Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame, nor let thy foolish pride rebel; thy Lord for thee the cross endured, to save thy soul from death and hell.

4. Take up thy cross and follow Christ, nor think till death to lay it down; for only those who bear the cross may hope to wear the glorious crown.

* Words for Sending Us Into the World

Leader:      Christ has drawn us into worship so that we may pick up our crosses and follow.

People:      We pick up our crosses to step out and serve where Christ leads us.

ALL:         MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT give us strength
to follow our savior to calvary’s hill.

* Choral Response – Amen (Dresden Amen)                                                                       Choir


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Fiero non Presto (Sabine)

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