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Lent 5CThe flowers gracing the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my husband, Anthony Sciarrino, by Marilyn.
We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.
OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Introit "Thou Art Worthy" P. Mills
Call to Worship: Psalm 107
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way; hungry and thirsty their souls fainted within them.
THEN THEY CRIED TO THE LORD AND GOD DELIVERED THEM;
God led them by a straight way:
LET US THEN THANK THE LORD FOR GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE,
For God's wonderful works to humankind:
FOR GOD SATISFIES THE THIRSTY & THE HUNGRY GOD FILLS WITH GOOD THINGS.
*Hymn 183 "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"
Let us be before our God in silence.Opening Prayer: Psalm 63
GOD, MY GOD, YOU I CRAVE; MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU, MY BODY ACHES FOR YOU LIKE A DRY AND WEARY LAND. LET ME GAZE ON YOU IN YOUR TEMPLE: A VISION OF STRENGTH AND GLORY. YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE, MY SPEECH IS FULL OF PRAISE. I GIVE YOU A LIFETIME OF WORSHIP, MY HANDS RAISED IN YOUR NAME. I FEAST AT A RICH TABLE, MY LIPS SING OF YOUR GLORY. ON MY BED I LIE AWAKE, YOUR MEMORY FILLS THE NIGHT. YES, I CLING TO YOU, YOUR RIGHT HAND HOLDS ME FAST.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
A Word of Assurance
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 "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" J. Dykes
THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: Psalm 126
*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 494 "Like a River Glorious"
Jewish Scriptures: Isaiah 43:16-21
Epistle: Philippians 3:8-14
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Gospel: John 7:53-8:11
OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn insert "Let Justice Flow Like Streams" J. Huber
*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 insert "Jesus Christ, Whose Passion Claims Us" J. Huber
*Response to the Benediction
*Please stand if you are able.
News - 28th March 2004