Sunday, March 24, 2019

Third Sunday Of Lent

Organ Prelude – In illo tempore (Gregorian proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

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: In hope, in longing
P: We’re glad to come together.
L: In trust, in community
P: We’re glad to come together.
L: In many moods, in many shapes and sizes
P: We’re glad to come together.
L: In peace, in joy
P: We’re glad to come together.
L: In solidarity with those who struggle
P: We’re glad to come together in this Lenten season

* Opening Hymn And Are We Yet Alive ( Vs.1-4) UMH 553

1. And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace!

2. Preserved by power divine to full salvation here, again in Jesus’ praise we join, and in his sight appear.

3. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last!

4. Yet out of all the Lord hath brought us by his love; and still he doth his help afford, and hides our life above.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Open our eyes, our ears, our hearts and spirits this morning, Lord, that we may be healed of our faithlessness, freed from our fears and anxieties, and placed on the pathways that lead to peace and service to you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem – If Thou But Suffer God To Guide Thee (Jody Lindh)

1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee,
And hope in God through all thy ways,
God will give strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that naught can move.

2. Only be still, and wait God’s leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Maker’s pleasure
And all-discerning love hath sent;
We know our inmost wants are known,
For we are called to be God’s own.

3. Sing, pray, and keep God’s ways unswerving;
So do thine own part faithfully,
And trust God’s word; though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook at need
The soul that trusted God indeed.

A Reading from the Psalter – Psalm 63:1-8 (NIV)   Jessika Williams, Liturgist

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Call to Confession Jessika Williams, Liturgist

Gifted beyond measure, we grumble that we don’t have enough. Seeking to get our own way, we do not see the ways God wants to forgive us and restore us to new life. In this season of reflection and repentance, let us turn to the One who waits for us with hope.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

We continue to be tempted, Faithful God. We are blessed with gifts to use for others, but we want to keep them for ourselves. We easily notice the mistakes of those around us, but do not want to look in the mirror at our lives. We turn our desires into idols, so we do not have to recognize how they can damage us.

Forgive us, Steadfast God. Fill the poverty of our spirits with the richness of your grace; feed our selfish hunger with the bread of compassion for the world; pour the living waters of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, into our hearts until they overflow with love.

Assurance of Pardon

L: God is faithful. God’s love is an eternal bargain which will not be broken, God’s grace is the gift which will not be taken back.
P: Such abundant mercy, such extravagant grace! Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.

* Hymn of Preparation – Beneath the Cross of Jesus UMH 297

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, the shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land; a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way, from the burning of the noon-tide heat, and the burden of the day.

2. Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see the very dying form of One who suffered there for me; and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess: the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face; content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss, my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Sermon – “Second Chances”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Lord My God (Psalm 13, Mendelssohn)

1. Lord, my God, behold and hear me
While I draw this fleeting breath;
On mine eyes shed light and healing,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death,
2. Lest my foe should triumph, saying
“I against him have prevailed;
“Lest he, in my fall exulting,
See me by despair assailed.

* 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 worship you, O God, through these gifts and our lives. May they be used to nourish lives with grace and mercy. May the fruit of your Spirit be evident in all we do and say as followers of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

* Closing Hymn – O God, We Grieve the Hatred

O God, we grieve the hatred, the ugly, racist fear
that hurts our common living and harms those you hold dear.
For Muslims who were gathered to worship and to pray
soon found their lives were shattered as violence filled their day.

We pray for those now grieving for loved ones who are lost;
we pray for people suffering because of hatred’s cost.
For all of us, now frightened by what extremists do,
we pray: O God of mercy! May we find strength in you!

We grieve our lack of courage: we tolerate the wrong
of people who are racist; we simply go along.
We let the fear continue; we’re slow to challenge hate.
We say, “It’s not our issue,” until it is too late.

O God of love and mercy, you teach us how to be
a loving, caring people, a kind community.
May we reach out to neighbors and welcome others here
for love is what is needed to cast out pride and fear.

* Benediction

* 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 fiero (Thomson)

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