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Lent 4C

The flowers gracing the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my mother and stepfather, Cora and Wilmot Fanning by Lucille L. James.

We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude
Introit "God is So Good"

Welcome

Call to Worship:  Psalm 89
I will sing of your steadfast love forever.
WITH MY MOUTH I PROCLAIM YOUR FAITHFULNESS TO ALL GENERATIONS!
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever!
YOUR FAITHFULNESS IS AS FIRM AS THE HEAVENS. LET THE HEAVENS PROCLAIM YOUR WONDERS, O LORD! 

*Hymn BB 131 "Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days"

Let us be before our God in silence.

Opening Prayer: Psalm 51
HAVE MERCY, TENDER GOD, FORGET THAT I DEFIED YOU. WASH AWAY MY SIN, CLEANSE ME FROM MY GUILT. I KNOW MY EVIL WELL, IT STARES ME IN THE FACE, EVIL DONE TO YOU ALONE BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES. HOW RIGHT YOUR CONDEMNATION! YOUR VERDICT CLEARLY JUST. YOU SEE ME FOR WHAT I AM, A SINNER BEFORE MY BIRTH...CREATOR, RESHAPE MY HEART. GOD, STEADY MY SPIRIT.


Kyrie (sung)
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.


A Word of Assurance: Psalm 103:15-18

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 "Great is Thy Faithfulness" W. Runyan

THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: Psalm 34:1-18

*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, 
AMEN, AMEN!

The Greeting of Peace
Announcements
*Hymn BB 458 "Only A Shadow"

Scripture Lessons:
Jewish Scriptures: Joshua 5:9-12
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Gospel: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32
Sermon

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn 68 "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy"
*The Offering
*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.

AMEN.

A Time of Giving Thanks & Praise
The Prayer of the People & the Lord's Prayer
*Hymn 92 "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" C. Wesley
*The Benediction
*Response to the Benediction
*Postlude


*Please stand if you are able.

News - 21st March 2004

 

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