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3rd Sunday in Lent
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Leader: Lord in your mercy,
People: Hear our 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
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
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
*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)