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