SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
Third Sunday in Lent
Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Aldridge Grainger
O Lord Throughout These Forty Days
by David Ashley White
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Trust! Be absolutely secure and depend on the Lord.
Many: I will trust with all my heart and all my mind.
One: Do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Many: In all my ways, I will seek God and know God.
One: Recognize and acknowledge God.
Many: And God will direct my paths.
One: Let us exalt our God and give thanks and praise!
Many: I will praise the name of the Lord!
OPENING PRAYER #2166 (The Faith We Sing) Christ Beside Me
HYMN #61 Come, Thou Almighty King
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30 am) Pastor Layne Miller
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER
Stay With me (Taize)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Just As I Am by Lisa Weems & Steve Dunn
Be Still and Know That I Am God
by Olive Dungan, Nancy B. James, soprano
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
CHORUS #641 (twice through) Fill My Cup
AFFIRMATION #887 (from Romans 8:35, 37–39)
WRITTEN WORD Exodus 17:1–7
The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND LIFE
• Have you ever been in a desert valley of dryness in your soul? Did you seek God’s grace in that time?
• Have you ever had a time in your life when you agreed with the Psalmist in Psalm 42, “My tears are my food”?
• How might we “act out” in inappropriate ways when our souls are dry and void of the love of God?
• What does it mean to “thirst for God”?
• Psalm 34:8 says “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who trust in God.” Does this ring true for you? If not, what can you do to make this more a reality in your life?
• What words would you use to describe feeling full of God’s love and joy?
MESSAGE Hydrate: Drinking Living Water Pastor Layne Miller
CLOSING HYMN #102 Now Thank We All Our God
(9:30 am) Old Irish Blessing by Denes Agay
(11 am) Go Now In Peace by Don Besig
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.
BLESSING AND SENDING
Hymn Prelude on “ST COLUMBA” by Healey Willan