Worship Bulletin for April 7, 2019

SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2019   FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

PASTORAL GREETING 

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.

GLORIA PATRI

CHORAL ANTHEM

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

SILENT PRAYERS

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

CONFESSION

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

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace

POSTLUDE O Lamm Gottes unschuldig — J S Bach (Früh­fas­sung ohne BWV)