Worship Bulletin for March 22, 2020

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020Fourth Sun­day in Lent

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CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  The path is unknown to us, O Lord. We fear that the jour­ney.

Many: There may be hid­den dan­gers, dis­cov­er­ies that we dread.

One:  Help us, Lord. Be with us.

Many: Let us take the first step safe­ly, we pray.

One:  You have been my hid­ing place.

Many: You call us to take risks as we ven­ture out to a new thing.

One:  You sing to me of deliv­er­ance and hope.

Many: Be with me, O Lord. I ask you.

CHORUS #2055 You Are My Hid­ing Place

UNISON PRAYER

Lord, we know you want the very best for us. We also know that when you call us to a new thing, it can be chal­leng­ing. Thank you for all of your activ­i­ty in our lives, both seen and unseen. Help us have faith to be ready when you re-define our lives and ser­vice for you. May we have hearts open to your grace and minds open to your call­ing. In Jesus name, amen.

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.

WRITTEN WORD 

1 Samuel 16:1–13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have reject­ed him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am send­ing you to Jesse of Beth­le­hem. I have cho­sen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sac­ri­fice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sac­ri­fice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indi­cate.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Beth­le­hem, the elders of the town trem­bled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sac­ri­fice to the Lord. Con­se­crate your­selves and come to the sac­ri­fice with me.” Then he con­se­crat­ed Jesse and his sons and invit­ed them to the sac­ri­fice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Sure­ly the Lord’s anoint­ed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not con­sid­er his appear­ance or his height, for I have reject­ed him. The Lord does not look at the things peo­ple look at. Peo­ple look at the out­ward appear­ance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abi­nadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not cho­sen this one either.” 9 Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord cho­sen this one.” 10 Jesse had sev­en of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not cho­sen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tend­ing the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glow­ing with health and had a fine appear­ance and hand­some fea­tures.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anoint­ed him in the pres­ence of his broth­ers, and from that day on the Spir­it of the Lord came pow­er­ful­ly upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

John 9:1–25

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His dis­ci­ples asked him, “Rab­bi, who sinned, this man or his par­ents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Nei­ther this man nor his par­ents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this hap­pened so that the works of God might be dis­played in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is com­ing, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After say­ing this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the sali­va, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home see­ing. 8 His neigh­bors and those who had for­mer­ly seen him beg­ging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Oth­ers said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he him­self insist­ed, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 12 “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. 13 They brought to the Phar­isees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sab­bath. 15 There­fore the Phar­isees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Phar­isees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sab­bath.”

But oth­ers asked, “How can a sin­ner per­form such signs?” So they were divid­ed.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s par­ents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the par­ents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for him­self.” 22 His par­ents said this because they were afraid of the Jew­ish lead­ers, who already had decid­ed that any­one who acknowl­edged that Jesus was the Mes­si­ah would be put out of the syn­a­gogue. 23 That was why his par­ents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 A sec­ond time they sum­moned the man who had been blind. “Give glo­ry to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sin­ner.”

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sin­ner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

Ques­tions of Faith and Life

Who’s rede­fined life in the Bible most inspires you?

Who do you know as an acquain­tance or friend who has been rede­fined by the grace and good­ness of God?  How have they changed?

How was David’s life and iden­ti­ty rede­fined?

How was the blind man’s life and iden­ti­ty changed?

What does it mean to you to be rede­fined by God in order to be more holy?  What would it take from you?  Thank what is God’s part?

What are the bless­ings of being rede­fined by God?  What are the bless­ings to oth­ers?

Mes­sage:  Rede­fined- Dis­cov­er­ing Our True Iden­ti­ty

Hymn #2140 (FWS) Since Jesus Came Into My Heart

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE 

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 SENDINGH