Tower Weekly

Lovely Lane

Tower Weekly
March 1, 2024

Sunday, March 3 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR B

MARCH 3, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements     John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introït     “Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord”     Mendelssohn

Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.

He never will suffer the righteous to fall; He is thy right hand.

 

† Call to Worship

The heavens declare God’s glory,

May our worship mirror this glory.

The sky displays God’s craftsmanship,

May we recognize each other as God’s handiwork.

May our prayers, praises, songs, and declarations radiate God’s love.

We unite with Christians globally and across history,

With believers spanning geography and time,

Let us worship together!

 

† Opening Hymn     “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”     UMH 526

 

Prayer for Illumination

Come, Holy Spirit, dwell in this place, for your presence is embraced here. In this Lenten desert, parched and barren, we long for your guiding light, eagerly awaiting your revelation. May our hearts ignite with fervor, our ears ever attentive to hear your Word.

Come, Holy Spirit…

Come, Holy Spirit…

Come, Holy Spirit… you are welcome here.

 

Old Testament Lesson   Psalm 19   NRSV

The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and nothing is hid from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

 

Prayer of Confession

Jesus, who purifies both temples and souls, as we reach this midpoint in our Lenten journey, gaze into the depths of our hearts and lives and remove all that impedes our progress. May our minds, spirits, and bodies become a Temple open to Your presence; may our words and actions reflect Your love and truth completely. We pray for the purification of this church community, that our life and mission may embody Your Gospel and reveal it to all. In this moment of silence, we lay before You those aspects of our lives needing Your cleansing and healing, so that we may walk more faithfully as disciples.

 

(Silence)

 

Assurance of Grace

Friends of Jesus, we are cleansed by the words He has spoken to us.

Our lives and community make space for the Holy One to dwell. Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

 

Choral Response     “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And anytime that I don’t know what to do.

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson     John 2:13-22     NRSV

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

The Gospel of our Lord.  Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”     Larson

My Shepherd will supply my need,

The God of love supreme;

In pastures green You let me feed

Beside the living stream.

You bring my wondering 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 nor a guest,

But like a child at home.

 

My Shepherd will supply my need;

The God of love supreme.

 

 

Offering Prayer

Generous God, everything we possess is from you, entrusted to us as stewards to live and love as your beloved children. As we offer our gifts today, we humbly acknowledge their smallness compared to your abundant blessings. Forgive us for seeking ways to support ministry without true sacrifice and for overlooking those in need while focusing on those with more resources. Guide us in repentance, in Jesus name. Amen.

 

Holy Communion     UMH 9

The Great Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer

 

† Closing Hymn     “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”     UMH 301 v. 1-3

 

† Benediction

May God’s holy wisdom guard and guide your paths, may God’s living truth enlighten your hearts and minds, and may God’s Spirit fill you with abundant life! Amen!

 

† Choral Benediction     “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”     spiritual, arr. Moore

I want Jesus to walk with me;

All along my pilgrim journey,

I want Jesus to walk with me.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

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