~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

March 18, 2021

Third Sunday Of Eastertide

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

We thank you, God, for drawing us together through your gift of life in Christ. Surprise us with your justice and righteousness, startle us with your goodness and mercy, stagger us with your hope and peace, so that our eyes will remain wide open as we leave this place, wondering what you will be doing this week in our world and in us. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:  Holy God, we give thanks that you often reveal yourself to be different from our expectations.           

People: When we long for the love we have known in the past, our eyes are dimmed to the beauty you reveal to us now.

Pastor:  As your first followers struggled to see how a suffering savior could be the Messiah, we strain to recognize you still today.

People: Come, Spirit, make yourself known in the study of scripture, in our songs of praise, and especially in the grace and love we offer one another.

ALL: Make yourself known in every friend we have yet to meet in your good and blessed name. Amen.

Sifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 102). Abington Press. Kindle Edition. 

 

GATHERING HYMN

“I Come To The Garden”

 

I come to the garden alone, 

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

And he walks with me and he talks with me, 

And he tells me I am his own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there, 

None other has ever known.

 

He speaks, and the sound of his voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that he gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.

And he walks with me and he talks with me, 

And he tells me I am his own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there, 

None other has ever known.

 

I’d stay in the garden with him,

Though the night around me be falling;

But he bids me go; through the voice of woe

His voice to me is calling.

And he walks with me and he talks with me, 

And he tells me I am his own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there, 

None other has ever known.

GARDEN

C. Austin Miles, 1912

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Spirit of the Risen Savior, when we fail to recognize you, we become reluctant to follow in your way. Just as the disciples struggled to comprehend how the Christ could have been a suffering servant, we find it difficult to see you in those who suffer today. We resist starting down the path you have shown us until we know exactly where it will lead. Free us from cynicism and fear. Liberate your world from suspicion and prejudice. Forgive us, Living Lord, and lead us wherever you will.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 103). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

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.

FIRST READING

1 John 3: 1-7

Children Of God

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

 

GOSPEL READING

Luke 24: 36b-48

Jesus Appears To The Disciples

Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

 

And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

 

HYMN

“Be Thou My Vision”

 

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me save that thou art. 

Thou my best thought, by day or by night, 

Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine inheritance, now and always;

Thou and thou only are first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

 

High King of heaven, my victory won,

May I reach heav’n’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all. 

SLANE

Ancient Irish, versified by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912 / Traditional Irish Melody, Harm. David Evans, 1927

TEACHING TIME

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

 

PARTING HYMN

“He Lives”

I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today;

I know that he is living whatever men may say;

I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer,

And just the time I need him, he’s always near.

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!

 

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!

The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find,

None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, he lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!

ACKLEY

A.H. Ackley, 1933

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Today, April 18

10:15AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

 

Good Shepherd Sunday, April 25

9:00AM – Worship Service

 

Tuesday, April 27

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Sunday, May 02

9:00AM – Sacrament of Holy Communion

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers rehearsal

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to or helped with our Spring/Summer clothing giveaway on Saturday, April 17