Order of Worship

Third Sunday of Lent – The Journey

Sacrament of Holy Communion

March 7, 2021

 

Organ Prelude

Welcome to the Journey

Today we continue a journey through the season of Lent.  This journey mirrors the journey of life and like life this journey invites us to journey in trust: trust in each other, trust in God, and trust in where we need to be in life.  Along the way there are signposts that mark our path.  Each week we invite you to pause and reflect on the signposts along your journey.  Welcome to Lent! Enjoy the journey!

 

Call to Worship  

One:     The heavens are telling the glory of God,

All:     we gather to proclaim God’s handiwork. 

One:     God’s laws are perfect.

God’s decrees are sure.

God’s precepts are right.

God’s commandments are clear.

God’s ordinances are true.

God’s awesomeness is pure.

All:     We gather to worship God.

 

Opening Prayer  Based on Psalm 19:14

As we gather for worship this morning,

may the words of our mouths, 

and the meditations of all our hearts, 

be acceptable to you, 

Our God, rock and redeemer. 

Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

One:     Merciful God,

the earth is telling of the sinfulness of our ways:

All:     Our laws are imperfect;

        our decrees are doubtful;

        our percepts are subjective;

        our commandments are unclear;

        our ordinances are misguided.

One:     Although our intentions are pure,

we are often more foolish than we are wise,

more harmful than we are helpful.

All:     Help us to pay attention to the moans of creation, and motivate us to change our ways so that we may live faithfully together. Amen.

 

Words of affirmation        Based on 1 Corinthians 1:25

Take heart, for God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and

God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

We are acceptable, accepted, free to begin again.

Free to run our course with joy.

 

Storytelling        “How Beautiful is God’s Creation!”

Sharing of Scripture              Psalm 19

Message in Music

Message        “Faithful Living Together”         Rev. Laura McLeod

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Journey Song – A Time of Contemplation

Prayer of Dedication

Gracious God,

bless these, our gifts.

May they be a beacon of light. Amen.

 

A Time of Prayer

Preparation for Prayer

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

We thank you, God,

for you created stories that spark the imagination,

laws that revive our souls,

commandments that enlighten our hearts,

and traditions that make us hunger and thirst for justice.

We thank you for the miracles in our daily lives that renew our spirits and remind us of your steadfast goodness.

We thank you for Jesus of Nazareth, who loved you, your dream, and all your people fiercely.

As Jesus wept for his friends, may we also weep with those who cry out in grief for those we name to you now

 

As Jesus protested the abuse of your laws, may we also question practices, customs and traditions that are not in line with your teachings and covenant.

We thank you for this Lenten journey, may we never forget why we journey and what we are journeying towards.  We pray this in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray together saying, Our Father…

Amen.

 

Bless

Go into the world ready to be kind when others are unkind,

and to be passionate when others are complacent.

Be fearless,

for the grace of God,

the love of Jesus, and the abiding friendship of the Holy Spirit go with you,

now and always.

Amen.

 

Organ Postlude

 

Sharing of Scripture              Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

 

How Beautiful Is God’s Creation!

Based on Psalm 19

I look up and think, “How beautiful is God’s Creation!”

There is so much blue sky today;

there are so many puffy white clouds;

there is the sun moving across the sky, from east to west.

 

On some days the clouds come together

to pour rain down on me and the earth;

 

filling the rivers, the lakes and the seas.

But on days and nights like this,

there is only this amazing huge sky above.

It seems so separate from the earth,

like an upside-down bowl placed upon our world.

 

But, of course, all are connected in God’s creation!

And I am part of it all – this awesome nature.

My actions connect with everything – earth and sky, water and air.

Like a pebble dropped into water,

what I do in my life makes ripples

that move out further and further,

touching things that are far away from me.

 

Nothing I do is hidden from God and God’s creation.

So, I have learned that more important than anything

is to care for creation, to keep it from harm, to love it,

like I love my most valuable possession or tastiest sweet.

 

God, I have such thoughts and words of love for you and your creation.

Please accept them as my gift

and my promise to you, dear Creator,

to live faithfully always.

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