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?
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.