LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT, YEAR B

MARCH 17, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements     John Strawbridge, lay leader

 

Choral Introït     “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

Holy One, abide within us,

whisper softly in our ears;

glimmer brightly in our vision;

inscribe deeply upon our hearts.

We eagerly await,

with ears attuned, eyes wide open, and hearts receptive.

 

† Opening Hymn     “I Want a Principle Within”     UMH 410

 

Old Testament Lesson   Jeremiah 31:31-34   NRSV

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt–a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

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

 

Congregational Prayer

O God, who renews all things, from stars to dust to life anew; take our hearts, with its hardened edges and measured beats, and fashion within us something fresh. We crave your renewal, O God, smooth out our rough edges; stir the stagnant within us; free us from what holds us back; grant us the grace to forgive the unkindness from within. Then, by the power of your Spirit, turn us once more towards Love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s 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.

 

A Reading from the Psalms     Psalm 119:9-16     NRSV

How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth. I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

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

 

Guest Speaker      David Worthington, Wesley Room

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “O Lord, Be Merciful”     Franck

O Lord, be merciful; unto us be merciful.

O God, we pray Thee to be merciful.

We beseech Thee to hear our prayer.

O Lord, be merciful unto us and bless us.

O Lord, we pray Thee hear our prayer.

 

Offering Prayer

O God, timeless and wise, as we give our offerings today, we admit our tendency to cling tightly to what we possess, driven by fear of loss and scarcity. This mindset steals our joy and hinders our trust in your abundance. Please remind us of Jesus’ call to let go of worldly attachments, enabling us to embrace the abundant life he offers. In his name, we pray. Amen.

 

† Closing Hymn     “O’ For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”     UMH 57 v. 1-3

 

† Benediction

May God, in infinite grace, fashion within you a heart purified and renewed, a heart aligned with justice and mercy. May you embrace the gift of salvation not as a possession to be coveted, but as the divine work accomplished through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, freeing you from the bondage of sin. May you approach the Lord with humility, offering a contrite heart and a broken spirit, receiving from His hand boundless compassion and unfailing love. Go forth, knowing that you are embraced by the grace and mercy of the Lord, now and always. 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