Sunday, March 17, 2019

Second Sunday Of Lent

Organ Prelude – Mnathan na hEireann (Irish Trad, arr. O Riada)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord (Mendelssohn)

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.
He never will suffer the righteous to fall. He is at thy right hand.

* Call to Worship

L: When confidence in our way of life is shaken, to whom do we turn for comfort?
P: We look to friends, we cling to loved ones, we grope for answers in familiar sacred places.
L: How shall we find strength to recover? Where do we find heart and hope to go on?
P: Our hope is in God alone, our Savior, the Shepherd of our Souls, our sheltering Fortress.

* Opening Hymn – How Great Thou Art UMH 77

1. O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the [worlds] thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the [rolling] thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, we come to you this morning with so many concerns and issues that demand our attention. Our lives are burdened; our spirits are tired. Guide our lives and our steps as we walk this Lenten journey. Help us to discern what you would have us do, that others may be healed. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem – Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether (Harold Friedell)

Draw us in the Spirit’s tether,
For when humbly in Thy name,
Two or three are met together
Thou are in the midst of them;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Touch we now Thy garment’s hem.

As the brethren used to gather
In the name of Christ to sup,
Then with thanks to God the Father
Break the bread and bless the cup,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
So knit Thou our friendship up.

All our meals and all our living
Make as sacraments of Thee,
That by caring, helping, giving
We may true disciples be.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
We will serve Thee faithfully.

Reading from the Epistles – Philippians 3:17-4:1 (The Message)   Walter Williams, Liturgist

Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.

My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.

Prayer of Confession (All) Walter Williams, Liturgist

There is a certain winter in our spirits today, O Lord. We feel that the journey on which we have embarked will demand too much of us. There are so many other things in our lives which claim our spirits, our energy, our hopes and fears. It is easy to be like Jerusalem, turning our backs on those whom you send. The world shouts its solutions to us and then deserts us when we are in need. Forgive us for the many times in which we have strayed from your pathway of life; when we have chosen not to hear the cries of those in need; when we have belittled the gifts and skills you have given us in order to avoid serving others. Heal us, O Lord. Place us back on your path to Jerusalem, to live, for we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Leader) Walter Williams, Liturgist

When God called your name, God called you to a journey of faith. Do not be afraid to look inside to see those things which are holding you back from being who God created you to be. Place your trust in God who is always with you, loving you into wholeness. AMEN.

* Hymn of Preparation – Take Up Thy Cross UMH 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.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 13:31-35
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Sermon – “Prophets in Danger”  Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Lord Of Our Being (Handel, arr. J.A. Dash)

Lord of our being, Father all-seeing,
Keep us, we pray Thee, through the night,
Sleeping in innocence, safe in Thy sight;
Watch over us through the night.
Shield and defend us,
Angel guards send us,
Watch over Thy children throughout the night.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

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

Offering Prayer (All)

We offer these gifts and the service of our lives to you, O God, as signs of our gratitude for all you have done and are doing for us. Without your love as we know it in Jesus, our lives would lack meaning and purpose. We pray that these gifts and our witness may help others to discover in Jesus new meaning and purpose for their lives. Amen.

* Closing Hymn – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross UMH 298

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

* Benediction

L: Dare this week to follow where Jesus leads. Dare to love the unlovable & care about others.
P: We want to follow in the footsteps of Christ. We want the poor to eat and be satisfied.
L: Do not be ashamed to challenge values of our culture.
Dare to question all that denies God’s reign.
P: We want to live with faith, hope and love. We want to extend God’s rule to all people.
L: The promises of God are for you and for all. God will make you exceedingly fruitful.
P: We will trust the promises of God. We go out to live as covenant people. Amen.

* Choral Response I Want Jesus To Walk With Me (Trad, arr. Moore)

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

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude – Allegro spritoso (Thomson)

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