Worship Bulletin for March 24, 2019

SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019

Third Sun­day in Lent

PASTORAL GREETING

PRELUDE Rhosymedre (3 Pre­ludes on Welsh Hymn-Tunes)

by R Vaugh­an Williams 

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God as altar can­dles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT  

O Lord, Through­out These Forty Days by David Ash­ley White 

CALL TO WORSHIP

L:  Wrap your­selves in the heal­ing love of God!
P:  We seek God’s pres­ence in our lives.L:  Know that God con­tin­u­al­ly sur­rounds us with patience
     and per­sis­tence.
P:  Even though we have not pro­duced the “fruits” of hope that
      God seeks, yet God for­gives and heals our weakness.L:  Rejoice! Great is the Lord, and great­ly to be praised!
P:  We will turn our lives again to the Lord, to serve and seek
      God’s pres­ence. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)My God is So Big by Go Fish

Spir­it Singers Children’s Choir & Sun­day School par­tic­i­pants

Direct­ed by Jamie Sny­der & Zeke Gon­za­lez

HYMN OF PRAISE #127 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jeho­vah

COMMON PRAYER

Open our eyes, our ears, our hearts and spir­its this morn­ing, Lord, that we may be healed of our faith­less­ness, freed from our fears and anx­i­eties, and placed on the path­ways that lead to peace and ser­vice to you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

PSALTER Psalm 43.1–8

One:  God! My God! It’s you!

All:     I search for you! My whole being thirsts for you in a dry and
           tired land, where there does not seem to be water any­where

One:  Yes, I have seen you in the sanc­tu­ary; I’ve seen your pow­er
           and glo­ry.

All:    My lips praise you because your faith­ful love is bet­ter than
          life itself!

One:  So I will bless you as long as I am alive; I will lift up my hands    
           in your name.

All:    I am sat­is­fied as with a rich din­ner or deca­dent dessert.

One:  My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips …

All:    When­ev­er I pon­der you on my bed, when­ev­er I med­i­tate on
          you in the mid­dle of the night because you have been a help
          to me because you’ve been a help to me.

One:  I shout for joy in the pro­tec­tion of your wings.

All:     My whole being clings to you; your strong hand upholds me.

GLORIA PATRI Glo­ry be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost! As it was in the begin­ning, is now and ever shall be, world with­out end. Amen! Amen! 

CHORAL ANTHEM Days of Eli­jah         Alleluia Youth Choir

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 God So Loved the World by John Stain­er

OFFERTORY

Slow Air No 4 (Suite of Six Short Pieces) by R Vaugh­an Williams

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2108 O How He Loves You and Me

WRITTEN WORD Luke 13. 1–9

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sac­ri­fices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sin­ners than all the oth­er Galileans because they suf­fered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all per­ish. 4 Or those eigh­teen who died when the tow­er in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than all the oth­ers liv­ing in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all per­ish.” 6 Then he told this para­ble: “A man had a fig tree, plant­ed in his vine­yard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vine­yard, ‘For three years now I’ve been com­ing to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 

8 “’Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fer­til­ize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

All:    Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• Are per­sis­tent prob­lems and calami­ties evi­dence of the people’s  
   sin­ful­ness?

• What is the dan­ger in asso­ci­at­ing someone’s mis­for­tune with sin?

• How can we tell when we deserve the strug­gles we must endure?

• How do we explain the rea­son rel­a­tive­ly inno­cent peo­ple suf­fer?

• What does it mean for you that the ser­vant in Jesus’ para­ble
   asked the own­er to give the fig tree one more year?

HYMN #121 There’s a Wide­ness to God’s Mer­cy

TEACHING Mak­ing the Most of Sec­ond Chances

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN #413A Charge to Keep I Have

BLESSING 

SENDING Go Now in Peace

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 Bryn Cal­faria (3 Pre­ludes on Welsh Hymn-Tunes)

by R Vaugh­an Williams