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
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
*THE SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE Partita on “St Flavian” / Var V — Healey Willan
*Please stand as you are able