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Lent 3CThe flowers gracing the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Philip Hayes, brother of Marie, who died on September 11, 2001. Given by Bill and Marie Nicotra.
We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.
OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Introit "God is So Good"
Call to Worship: Psalm 119
Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO KEEP GOD'S DECREES, WHO SEEK GOD WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART, WHO ALSO DO NO WRONG BUT WALK IN GOD'S WAYS.
*Hymn 51 "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah"
Let us be before our God in silence.Opening Prayer: Psalm 119
YOU HAVE COMMANDED YOUR PRECEPTS TO BE KEPT DILIGENTLY. O THAT MY WAYS MAY BE STEADFAST IN KEEPING YOUR STATUES. THEN I SHALL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME, HAVING MY EYES FIXED ON ALL YOUR COMMANDMENTS. I WILL PRAISE YOU WITH AN UPRIGHT HEART, WHEN I LEARN YOUR RIGHTEOUS ORDINANCES. I WILL OBSERVE YOUR STATUES; DO NOT UTTERLY FORSAKE ME. MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE WAY OF YOUR PRECEPTS, AND I WILL MEDITATE ON YOUR WONDROUS WORKS. MY SOUL MELTS AWAY FOR SORROW; STRENGTHEN ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD...I RUN THE WAY OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS, FOR YOU ENLARGE MY UNDERSTANDING.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
A Word of Assurance: Isaiah 56:4-5
The Summary of God's Law (Mark 12:29b-31)
This is the first commandment:
HEAR O ISRAEL,
THE LORD OUR GOD,
THE LORD IS ONE!
THEREFORE YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
WITH ALL YOUR HEART,
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL,
WITH ALL YOUR MIND,
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.
This is the second commandment:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
There is no greater commandment than these.
Anthem "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" S. Gesangbuch
THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: Psalm 32
*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
AND TO THE SON
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING,
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE,
WORLD WITHOUT END,
The Greeting of Peace
*Hymn 376 "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
Jewish Scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-9
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn 177 "What Wondrous Love is This"
*The Doxology (625) and Prayer
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW;
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW;
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS;
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST.
A Time of Giving Thanks & Praise
The Prayer of the People & the Lord's Prayer
*Hymn 556 "Now Thank We All Our God"
*Please stand if you are able.
News - 14th March 2004