Bulletin for March 13

We are glad to have you worship with us!

Children are always 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 13, 2016

WELCOME and QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

Does the expense of beau­ti­ful sanc­tu­ar­ies and stained glass win­dows dis­tract from our mis­sion of mak­ing dis­ci­ples and serv­ing the needs of oth­ers?

How do we know when we have been extrav­a­gant and self-indul­gent?

Is it wrong to have and enjoy the bless­ings of what life offers?

GREETING

Please be in SILENT reflec­tion as we pre­pare our­selves for wor­ship.

PRELUDE                        I. Alle­gro (Con­cer­to G‑dur BWV 592) — Bach/Ernst

CHORAL  INTROIT         O Lord, Through­out These Forty Days — David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP

ONE:   Come, let us pro­claim to all the great things the Lord has done for us.

ALL:    We should be filled with joy!

ONE:    Let us spare no expense in reveal­ing how won­der­ful God is to us.

ALL :   Yet some are bowed down with tri­al and sor­row, how can they right­ful­ly     express joy.

ONE:    In our abun­dance, let us offer the sac­ri­fice of care so those who now sow in

tears will reap a har­vest of joy.

ALL:    We will not with­hold any­thing from God that can be used to pro­vide the     seed of abun­dance and joy for oth­ers.

ONE:    Though we may not always feel joy, let us choose joy. Let our trust and hope in     God be known in our offer­ing of prayer and praise this day!

*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 88 Mak­er In Whom We Live 

OUR COMMON PRAYER (uni­son)

O exu­ber­ant God, who cre­at­ed such beau­ty in the earth, you have endowed us with your cre­ativ­i­ty and capa­bil­i­ty to cre­ate beau­ty in praise to you. May the songs we sing, the anthems we raise and the gifts we offer you reveal the mag­nif­i­cence we find in you. May we offer you not only the extrav­a­gance of our gifts which you right­ly deserve as their source but also the integri­ty of our efforts to live your val­ues. We inten­tion­al­ly put aside all that would dis­tract us from you, for every­thing we might count as gain in this life is worth­less with­out the con­fi­dence you are our con­stant Com­pan­ion and Helper. Amen! 

CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN (9:30)

*Chil­dren are dis­missed to the Dis­cov­ery Zone

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS

Chris­tine Gen­try, Robin Hawkins, Bri­an Fos­ter, Liz & Tony Brais

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER               Seek the Lord  - John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL  ANTHEM       God So Loved the World (from “The Cru­ci­fix­ion”)     Chan­cel Choir

by John Stain­er

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD (please sign the reg­is­ter)

Rich­mond (Ten Hymn Pre­ludes Set I/2) — Healey Willan

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS     Wor­thy is the Lamb of God

*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWSHIP (Shar­ing Christ’s peace)

 

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS      O How He Loves You and Me

 

THE WRITTEN WORD             John 12:1–8

Let us read the scrip­ture togeth­er. It is found on page 100 in the New Tes­ta­ment sec­tion of the Bible in your pew.

HYMN No. 660                                      God is Here

THE SPOKEN WORD      The Chal­lenge of Com­pet­ing Pri­or­i­ties        Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

*HYMN No. 417                    O For a Heart to Praise My God

*CHALLENGE and BLESSING

*THE SENDING                     Go Now in Peace

 

POSTLUDE         III. Presto (Con­cer­to G‑dur BWV 592) — Bach/Ernst

*Please stand as you are able

Please join us in Fel­low­ship Hall for fel­low­ship and refresh­ments fol­low­ing wor­ship.