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3rd Sunday in Lent

03/03/2024

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CENTERING MUSIC

MOMENT OF HOPE

CALL TO WORSHIP   by Beth Merrill Neel.  Used with permission.

We come from all walks of life: the rich, the poor; the struggling and the secure.
And God calls us all.
We bring our hearts to this time and place – hearts holding joy and sorrow, questions and wonders.
And God knows us.
We offer what we have to give: our talents and our imperfections, our faith and our doubt, our hope and our hands.
And God loves us. Let us worship God.

 

OPENING HYMN#442Just As I Amvs. 2, 3, 4

Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come; I come!

 

Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Just as I am, thy love unknown has broken every barrier down;

Now to be thine, yea thine along, O Lamb of God, I come; I come!

 

PRAYER CONFESSING OUR NEED FOR GOD’S GRACE

Holy God, hear our prayer. You send prophets and saviors to help us, to save us, to raise us, and our response is to question You. You heal someone’s beloved, and we ask, “Why not this one too?” You shower food upon some who hunger, and we complain that our stomachs are growling. Forgive us. Forgive us not for our doubts, but for our limited sight. Open wide before us the vista of your grace, and the expanse of your love, and the wonder of your healing power. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

 

MOMENT FOR SILENT PRAYER

SONG OF RENEWAL     God, Listen to your Children Praying                 

God, Listen to your children praying

God, send your spirit in this place

God, listen to your children praying

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

 

CELEBRATION OF GOD’S GRACE

Siblings in Christ, hear the Good News: At some time each one of us has been lost in many different ways. But now we are indeed found, and not simply found, but rejoiced over, and cherished, and beloved. Your sins are forgiven; you have come home. Alleluia! Amen.

ANTHEM                             "There is a Balm In Gilead"        by William Dawson

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Leader:      Lord in your mercy,

People:      Hear our prayer

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As we pray together the Lord's Prayer, you are invited to say this in whatever version is most comforting and meaningful to you.  Here is one possible version (ecumenical version) that you can use:

Our Father, who is in heaven, holy be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

SCRIPTURES: Psalm 86:8-13; Mark 12:1-17

RESPONSE                                                   

Reader:      The word of the Lord

People:      Thanks be to God

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION, from Psalm 19 - responsively

Pastor:       May the words of my mouth

People:      And the meditations of our hearts

All:            Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord,

                  Our rock and our redeemer.  Amen

SERMON         Jesus, the Question Man

MOMENT OF SILENT REFLECTION

MOMENT OF THANKS

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY

DOXOLOGY                                                                                                                        

            Praise god from whom all grace flows forth.

            Praise Life all creatures here on earth.

            Praise Light who guides us on our way.

            Praise Love who forms us day by day.

 

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We are grateful for the abundance we know, for warm homes, for winter coats and mittens, for food in our pantries and on the grocery shelves; for clean water out of the tap, for those daily provisions we often take for granted. And we know that your children around the world do not receive their daily bread. They are hungry and thirsty, they live amid violence and war, in poverty. Show us, God of grace and glory, how we can extend your love, your care, your provision. Enlarge our hearts to love even more. Enlarge our minds to creative answers. Guide our hands and feet in the way of Christ, even as we give you thanks.  Amen.

 

*HYMN OF RESPONSE    Ask the Complicated Questions  (Tune: Restoration)

1. Ask the complicated questions,

do not fear to be found out;

for our God makes strong our weakness,

forging faith in fires of doubt.

 

2. Seek the disconcerting answers,

follow where the Spirit blows;

test competing truths for wisdom,

for in tension new life grows.

 

3. Knock on doors of new ideas,

test assumptions long grown stale;

for Christ calls from shores of wonder,

daring us to try and fail.

 

4. For in struggle we discover

truth both simple and profound;

in the knocking, asking, seeking,

we are opened, answered, found.

 

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

 

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

One: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

One: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise

 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE: SHARING THE BREAD AND THE CUP

COMMUNION PRAYER

*CLOSING HYMN   #80 PH     Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Jesus Walked this lonesome valley, He had to walk it by Himself.

O nobody else could walk it for him, He had to walk it by Himself.

 

We must walk this lonesome valley, we have to walk it by ourselves

O nobody else can walk ti for us, we have to walk it by ourselves.

 

You must go and stand your trial, you have to stand it by yourself

O nobody else can stand it for you, you have to stand it by yourself.

 

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*PASSING THE PEACE

Pastor:       The peace of Christ be with you.

People:      And with you also.

Pastor:       Let us pass the peace of Christ.

People:      The peace of Christ be with you.   (To one another)

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