Worship Bulletin for March 17, 2019

SUNDAY MARCH 17, 2019

Second Sunday in Lent

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) 

by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio, arr. by Joel Raney

Wesley Ringers & Chancel Choir

CHORAL INTROIT  

O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days by David Ashley White 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  Open your hearts to God’s love today.
People:  In the midst of winter darkness, we seek the brightness of God’s love.
Leader:  Don’t be afraid. God is with you.
People:  With the Lord’s help, we can overcome the darkness.
Leader:  The Lord is your light and your salvation.
People:  Even though everything around us is disturbing, yet God’s love is constant. Thanks be to God. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)

HYMN OF PRAISE #577 God of Grace and God of Glory

COMMON PRAYER

Lord, we come to you this morning with so many concerns and issues that demand our attention. Our lives are burdened; our spirits are tired. Guide our lives and our steps as we walk this Lenten journey, inward and outward. Help us to discern what you would have us do, that others may be healed. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

RECEIVING NEW MEMBERS

MISSION MOMENT

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #488 Jesus Remember Me

Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM

On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Joncas, arr. by Douglas E. Wagner

OFFERTORY

Irish Tune from County Derry – setting: Percy Aldridge Grainger

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS#2108 O How He Loves You and Me

O How He Loves You and Me; O how he loves you and me. He gave his life what more could he give? O How he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me! Jesus to Calvary did go his love for us he did show. What he did there brought hope from despair. O How he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me.

WRITTEN WORD Luke 13:31-35  

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”  He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day — for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”  – NIV

One: The Word of God for the people of God

All:    Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• What does Jesus reveal about his intentions?

• What is JESUS’ opinion of the state of the Jewish religion?

• What is YOUR opinion of the state of the church today?

• How are we similar to the religion Jesus faced?

• What are we lacking and how can we rediscover our spiritual vitality?

HYMN #529 How Firm a Foundation,  

TEACHING Finding God in the Church

CLOSING HYMN #396 O Jesus, I Have Promised

BLESSING 

CHORAL BENEDICTION

Old Irish Blessing, arr. by Denes Agay  (9:30 am)

SENDING Go Now in Peace (11 am)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE

Prelude on “St Columba” (Traditional Irish Melody) – Healey Willan