Sunday, April 7,2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Organ Prelude As Dewe In Aprille (Medieval English)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit Lord, Take Control (Anon, arr. Moore)

My heart, my mind, my body, my soul, I give to You: take control.
I give my body, a living sacrifice: Lord, take control.

* Call to Worship

L: God’s spirit is moving among us; give thanks!
Our God is about to do a new thing in our midst.
P: How good it is to be chosen by God;
We gather to sing our praises and thanks.
L: God has done great things for us; we are glad!
Now God is pointing us toward new goals.
P: We are waiting to hear what God would have us do;
We are ready to risk new behaviors to be faithful.
L: Into the wilderness of our lives comes living water.
Into the sorrow of our days comes reason for joy.
P: Forgetting what lies behind, we greet our future;
We press on, responding to the upward call of Christ.

* Opening Hymn We Are Called TFWS 2172

1. Come! live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God!
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
2. Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
so all hatred and blindness will be no more!
3. Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Powerful God, we give thanks that you have called us to be your people. In our times of gloom, you have sent your light. When we are weary and discouraged, you lift us up. In our thirst for meaning and purpose, you bring us to living water in Jesus Christ. Set before us now the joy of discovery and a vision of future possibilities. Unite us in friendship with one another, with Christ as our center and inspiration. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemDay By Day (Martin How)

Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, day by day.

Call to Confession Brent Orr, Liturgist

Even now, God makes a way for us to be made whole. God wants to bring us out of despair and to fill our hearts with laughter. Please join me as we pray to the One who forgets our past to offer us a new future,

Prayer of Confession

God, whose name is Grace: you are always in the business of surprising us with new lives, new dreams, new hopes. But we are so busy opening up the boxes where we have stored the past, making sure that each item remains safe and unbroken, that we do not recognize what you are doing.

We are so blinded by the dull reflection of our old habits, that we cannot see the fresh chances which are given so freely to us. Our senses are so deadened by our desires that we cannot smell the bouquet of joy that is in the air.

Forgive us, God of Joy. By your mercy, mend our broken lives. You move through us, rearranging the price tags on everything we value, so we might be able to let go of all that holds us back from faithful living. Then we can press on in following Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, into that kingdom of hope and wonder.

Assurance of Pardon

L: God comes to us to give living water to thirsty people;
God comes to us to anoint us with the grace that wipes away our sin;
God comes to fill us with joy.
P: Our tears are turned into rivers of grace; our weeping becomes glad cries of praise. Thanks be to God. Amen.

* Hymn When the Poor Ones UMH 434

1. When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the thirsty water give unto us all, when the crippled in their weakness strengthen others, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

2. When at last all those who suffer find their comfort, when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness, when we love though hate at times seems all around us, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

3. When our joy fills up our cup to overflowing, when our lips can speak no words other than true, when we know that love for simple things is better, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

4. When our homes are filled with goodness in abundance, when we learn how to make peace instead of war, when each stranger that we meet is called a neighbor, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

A Reading from the Gospel – John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them[a] with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii[b] and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it[c] so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Sermon – “Mary’s Precious Gift”    Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Draw Nigh and Take The Body Of The Lord (Thiman)

Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord,
And drink by faith the Blood for you outpoured.
Saved by His Body, hallowed by His Blood,
With souls refreshed, we render thanks to God.
Salvation’s Giver, Christ the only Son,
By His dear Cross and Blood the victory won.
Offered was He for greatest and for least,
Himself the Victim and Himself the Priest.
He feeds the hungry with the Bread of Heaven,
And living streams to those who thirst are given.
O Judge of all, our only Savior Thou,
In this Thy feast of love, be with us now.

* 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)

Gracious God, we respond to your great gifts to us by offering these gifts to you. Gifts of money, of time and talents, the gift of our lives. May they declare your praise in ways which sweeten lives with the love of Christ. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving


Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving (All)

God of Steadfast Love, call us into living fully into Your commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Call us into living fully into Your way of life by seeking out in care and compassion those who are hurting, those who are struggling, and those who are suffering.. For You so loved the world that You sent us Your Son, Jesus the Christ, so that we might have life in him. Amen.

* Closing Hymn The Servant’s Song TFWS 2222

Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant too
We are pilgrims on the journey
We are travellers on the road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load
I will hold the Christ light for you
In the night time of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through
Will you let me be your servant
Let me be as Christ to you
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant too

* Benediction

God touches our mouths,
so we may go to share the good news.
Jesus touches our hands,
so we may serve all in need of life and hope.
The Spirit touches our hearts,
so we may be a haven for those
who are longing for acceptance and love.

* Choral Response ­I Will Arise and Go To Jesus (Trad.)

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.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Allegro Spiritoso (Keane)

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