Order of Worship for Sunday, March 11, 2018

Posted March 9th, 2018

Gathering Music

“Awake, Thou Wintry Earth”    – arr. Tom Birchwood

“Now Thank We All Our God”    – Cruger/Smith

Sharing Time                                                                                                              

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “I Worship You, Almighty God”    – arr. Carol Tornquist

*Unison Call to Worship

Let us give thanks to God. For the love of God will never end.

The grace of God will never fail.

Let we who love God be unashamed to declare it,

 Let we who have faith give thanks and proclaim this Good News.

*Opening Song    “Now Thank We All Our God”    #86

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “My Jesus, I Love Thee” (with “Sleepers Awake” by J. S. Bach)    — arr. Linda McKechnie

Giving Prayer

Children’s Time

Following story: Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous”    #338

Prayers of Confession (inspired by Numbers 21: 4-9 and John 3: 14-21)

One:  O God of Comfort and God of Challenge,

  we come to you – the way the Israelites did,

  full of complaints and dissatisfaction.

  Nothing is enough;

  we do not recognize your blessings at work in our day to day lives.

All:    Forgive us when we become so comfortable

   that we moan and groan about

   the most insignificant details of our lives.

One:   In our complaints, challenge us as you did the Israelites,

   to consider the bigger picture

   of oppression, injustice, and inequality around us.

 All:   Forgive us when we close our eyes for fear of what you might show us;

   keep sending loving and compassionate leaders

   to open our eyes until we see what you see in our world.

Words of Assurance

You are blessed because God’s image resides deep within each of you.

So return God’s blessing by the way you love others.

– written by Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, in So Loved:

Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Message in Music    “Luminous Awakening”    text Hildegard Bingen, translated by Elizabeth Alexander

Holy Spirit, breath of every being, root of every creature, moving in all.

Bathing all lives with compassion and grace, and caressing pain into boundless joy.

Pure light beyond light luminous awakening, radiant, bountiful,

resurrecting everything again and again and again.

Scripture Focus    Numbers 21: 4-9    p. 139

Message    “Faith = Trust not Belief”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “When We Walk With the Lord”    #544

*Sending Words

*Sending Music     

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