Sunday, March 7, 2021

March 7, 2021
Third Sunday of Lent


Organ Prelude


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

The morning stars profess God’s glory:
the waking birds harmonize a refrain of grace.
The sun warms us with God’s hope,
the night sky whispers peace to our sleepy souls:
creation’s voice echoes continually in our hearts,
reminding us of God’s steadfast love.
Our wisdom is shattered by God’s absurd love;
God’s vulnerability strengthens our feeble faith:
God’s words place joy in our hearts;
we follow them to peace and hope.



Opening Hymn “When Christ Went to the Temple”   Vs. 1, 3 & 4

by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. (“Lead On, O King Eternal”)

1. When Christ went to the Temple to worship God one day,
He entered through the courtyard where anyone could pray.
That court was for the nations — and all could enter in.
But Jesus found a market, a shameful robbers’ den.

3. When prayer gave way to profit, and pride closed many doors,
The Lord cried out in anger and made a whip of cords.
He shooed the sheep and cattle and scattered pigeons, too.
God’s house was for all people — not for a chosen few.

4. O God, you love the nations and call us all to pray.
Forgive us when our worship turns other folk away.
As Christ, in loving protest, fought prejudice and pride,
May we who follow Jesus now welcome all inside.



Psalter Reading                                                       Psalm 19:1-14

For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
This is the word of God… Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.



Gospel Lesson                                                         John 2:13-22 NIV

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
The Word of God for the people of God…. Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Drastic, Dramatic Jesus”                        Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”

My Shepherd will fulfill my need,
The God of Love supreme.
In pastures green You let me feed
Beside the living stream.
You bring my wandering spirit back
When I forsake Your ways,
And lead me for Your mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.
When I walk through the shades of death
Your presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
Does still my table spread.
My cup with blessings overflows;
Your oil anoints my head.
The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days.
O may Your house be my abode
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come;
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.
My Shepherd will fulfill my need,
The God of Love supreme.


Offering Prayer (All)

Make us foolish enough in our generosity, O God, that we might become wise enough to know that our gifts will bless others – the hungry, the lonely, the searching, the weak. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


Closing Hymn “O Master, Let Me Walk With You” UMH 430

1.O Master, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret, help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

3.Teach me Thy patience, still with Thee
In closer, dearer company
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong
In truth that triumphs over wrong

4. In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way
In peace that only Thou canst give
With Thee, O Master, let me live



God speaks, and sends us forth.
We will go to proclaim God’s grace and glory.
Jesus speaks, and lives are changed.
We will go to set free the oppressed,
to be the voice for those never heard.
The Spirit speaks, and the world is turned inside out.
We will become as foolish as a trusting child,
as powerless as those overlooked by everyone around them.


Choral Benediction “Steal Away” (Spiritual, arr. Moore)

Steal away to Jesus;
Steal away; I ain’t got time to stay here.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell



Organ Postlude



Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday evening, our clocks need to “spring forward” one hour.



Building Closed Monday

The water in the building will be off on Monday, so the building will be closed.


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