Bulletin for March 8

We are glad to have you wor­ship with us!

Chil­dren are wel­come in wor­ship; activ­i­ty bags are avail­able at the sanc­tu­ary entrances.

Dur­ing the 9:30 a.m. wor­ship, we offer a nurs­ery for infants and tod­dlers, and

Dis­cov­ery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade fol­low­ing a Chil­dren’s Mes­sage.

Hear­ing devices and LARGE PRINT bul­letins are avail­able;
our ush­ers are hap­py to assist you.

Please silence all devices dur­ing wor­ship.

(*) indi­cates please stand, as you are able

Sun­day, March 8, 2015

PRELUDE Qui­et time to pre­pare our­selves for wor­ship. Please com­plete a Care Card. We light can­dles in hon­or of Jesus, The Light of Truth in the world.

8:00           Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” (Day’s Psalter, 1562) / Var I‑II — Healey Willan

9:30 & 11:00               Sweet Hour of Prayer, Arr. by  Jason W. Krug                 Bell Choir

CHORAL INTROIT (9:30 & 11:00)   O Lord Through­out These Forty Days      Chan­cel Choir

David Ash­ley White

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 19:7–11 and the cho­rus to Hymn No. 601)

One:   Some­thing inside, so strong, pulls us, beck­ons us:

All:     Some pres­ence in the still of night; 

One:   A sense of peace on a fran­tic day;

All:     A frag­ment of a dream that bears much promise.

One:   Some­thing inside, so strong, stead­ies us, calms us:

All:     A qui­et con­fi­dence that we will make it through;

One:   A grow­ing faith that we are not alone;

All:     A sense of won­der that opens new vis­tas.

One:   Some­thing inside, so strong, calls us to this place.

 All:    Some­thing inside, so strong, caus­es us to sing

*HYMN NO. 660               God Is Here

PRAYER (uni­son)

Artist of souls, you sculpt­ed a peo­ple for your­self out of the rocks of wilder­ness and fast­ing. As we renew our com­mit­ment to dis­ci­plines of prayer and sim­plic­i­ty in these forty days of Lent, sharp­en our hunger for your jus­tice. Whet our thirst for your liv­ing water. Strength­en our resolve to be not hear­ers only but doers of your Word, that oth­ers may expe­ri­ence your sav­ing grace through our words and actions. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30)

*chil­dren dis­missed to Dis­cov­ery Zone

ANTHEM (9:30 & 11:00)                     With­out His Cross — Joseph M. Mar­tin   Chan­cel Choir

Sharon Hart­man, Alto Soloist

MISSION MOMENT                 One Great Hour of Shar­ing                         Mike Nort­man

WITNESS                       “Woe to the Reli­gious” from Matthew 23:13–28     Gary Schopfer

 

CALL TO PRAYER       Let the Words of My Mouth  — John Yarring­ton        Chan­cel Choir

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD

Please share your name as the atten­dance reg­is­ter is passed down each row.

Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” / Var III-IV — Healey Willan

 

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS  No. 95   Praise God from Whom all Bless­ings Flow

*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWSHIP (Shar­ing Christ’s peace)

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS  No. 2108 (FWS)    O How He Loves You and Me

HEARING THE WRITTEN WORD    James 1:19–27

QUESTIONS OF LIFE and FAITH

Since reli­gion has caused so much suf­fer­ing, spawned by intol­er­ance, would­n’t the     world be bet­ter off with­out it?

What is the goal of “good” reli­gion?

How does the mir­ror image relate to our under­stand­ing of “good” and “false” reli­gion?

*HYMN No. 577 (8:00)           God of Grace and God of Glo­ry

A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION     Can Reli­gion Be Good?            Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH No. 581 Lord Whose Love Through Hum­ble Ser­vice

*BLESSING 

*THE SENDING                     Go Now in Peace 

 

POSTLUDE               Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” / Var V — Healey Willan

*Please stand as you are able