SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2019 FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
PRELUDE O Lamm Gottes unschuldig – Johann Pachelbel
CHORAL INTROIT O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Come to Jesus this day. Bring with you all the pain that you feel.
P: Let our fears be vanquished, our spirits restored!
L: Come to Jesus this day. Bring with you your confusion and doubts.
P: Lord, bring to us healing and hope
L: Come and let us worship with great joy!
P: Let us drop the things of the past which weighed us down!
L: God is about to do something new in our lives!
P: We come to Jesus this day for he will make something beautiful happen in our life.
RESPONSE #394 Something Beautiful
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30 am)
HYMN OF PRAISE #126 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
COMMON CREED I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
PSALTER Psalm 126
L: When the Lord brought back the captives back home we were like people who dreamed.
P: Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
L: Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
P: The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
One: Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.
P: Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
L: Whomever who goes out weeping, carrying seed of hope to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #488 Jesus Remember Me
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY O Lamm Gottes unschuldig – G Ph Telemann
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2108 O How He Loves You and Me
WRITTEN WORD John 12. 1-8
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
• How would you have reacted as you watched Mary?
• Are you taken back when others express such deep emotion regarding Jesus?
• Does spiritual passion cause you to question your own devotion or consider those showing it as being weak?
• Does religious extravagance conflict with God’s purpose and will?
TEACHING The Scent of Forgiveness
HYMN #297 Beneath the Cross of Jesus
All: O God, you have gone to such extent to heal my lives. You provide the way of salvation through Jesus, your only Son, so that I can embrace forgiveness and hope for newness of life. How shallowly I approach his cross and how lightly I have considered the opportunity to express my thankfulness and live more intentionally the life you call me to lead. Forgive my dull spirit and lack of passion for you. How wonderful is the work of your Son. My heart is overwhelmed by the intensity of his sacrifice for me. I seek you, but only find you when I have sought you with my whole heart and mind. May my wonderment at you all but exhaust my expressions of praise and worship. Let your presence be my comfort day and night. Amen
One: We celebrate the freedom from guilt for our failure to follow you faithfully. This freedom comes to us by faith in Jesus, you’re Son, who came among us as a servant and a friend of sinners. When he was despised and rejected, he humbled himself in obedience to your will and freely accepted death on the cross. Thanks be to God: Jesus died for our sins. We are forgiven!
All: When we treat others as we would have them treat us, Jesus calls us beloved children of the Most High. We are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Together we profess the truth about Jesus:
All: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
One: He did not come into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. On the night in which he gave himself up for us he broke the bread and shared the cup with his friends.
All: May this bread we break be for us the body of Christ broken with and for us. May this cup serve to remind us of Jesus’ blood which he allowed to be shed from his body so we might know he suffers for us and with us will use our suffering for righteousness to ease the suffering of others. Pour out your Spirit upon those gathered and on the gifts of this communion with you. As we are fed by the bread, may we be strengthened to go and bring tangible hope to all who are famished by despair. As we drink from grace’s cup, nourish us, so we may go to overflow with love and peace for everyone we meet.
RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
Ushers serve in the pew; first bread, then cups of unfermented wine. All are welcome to receive. Please wait for instruction to eat and drink.
CLOSING HYMN #170 O How I Love Jesus
SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE O Lamm Gottes unschuldig – J S Bach (Frühfassung ohne BWV)