~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

March 07, 2021

Third Sunday In Lent

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to partake, please take a moment prior to watching the service to prepare a small piece of bread or cracker as well as a cup of wine or juice. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of the covenant, in the glory of the cross your Son embraced the power of death and broke its hold over your people. In this time of worship, draw us closer to you, that we who confess Jesus as Lord may put aside the deeds of death and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor: People of God, seek here what you need to live. 

People: We seek God’s presence as we journey. 

Pastor: People of God, receive the life of Christ in this communion. 

People: We receive the spiritual refreshment we seek.

Pastor: People of God, accept God’s blessings and seek to offer yourselves in service. 

People: We accept our blessings and willingly share them with others.

Pastor: People of God, test less and trust more. 

People: As we gather for worship, may we seek, receive, accept, and share the good news in Jesus Christ.

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GATHERING HYMN

“Spirit Of God”

 

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,

And make me love you as I ought to love.

 

Have you not bid us love you every way?

All, all your own: soul, heart and strength and mind;

I see your cross – there teach my heart to stay:

O let me seek you, and O let me find.

Teach me to love you as your angels love,

One holy passion filling all my frame;

The baptism of the heaven-descended dove,

My heart an altar, and your love the flame.

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Patient and ever-faithful God, we come to you this morning confessing that we can be grumpy and unsatisfied people. When things are not perfect in our eyes, we murmur and complain, and grumble and doubt. We lose hope in the people around us and, even worse, we lose hope in you. We challenge instead of accept. We put you to the test rather than trust your caring love. Forgive our doubts and complaining. Forgive our loss of hope. Let your healing, life-giving waters pour over us. Restore our souls. Amen.

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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.

NEW TESTAMENT READING

I Corinthians 1: 18-25

Christ The Power & Wisdom Of God

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

 

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

GOSPEL READING

John 2: 13-22

Jesus Cleanses The Temple

 

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS

 

HYMN

“Breathe On Me Breath Of God”

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew

That I may love the way you love and do what you would do. 

 

Breath on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die,

But live with you the perfect life of your eternity.

 

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.

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

 

~ THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION ~

 

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:  God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to God.

Pastor:  Let us give thanks to God most high.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. God of all times and all places, God of the infinite and infinitesimal, in the blazing splendor of your glory you called forth light from darkness, day from night. Among the living you made and called humankind, imprinting upon us your image, to be bearers of your glory in the world. Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us, you continued to call us into fellowship with you and to fulfill your mission for us through prophets, scriptures, priests, and a people you redeemed for yourself. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

from the website "UMCDisciples

                                                                                                                                     

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full of the majesty of Thy glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION & LORD’S PRAYER 

Pastor: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. In him we see the fullness of your glory revealed in human form. Born into poverty, he fulfilled his mother's song, that you would fill the hungry with good things, and send the rich empty away. Declaring the nearness of your kingdom, he forgave sinners, cast out demons, raised the dead, restored the blind and lame, visited the sick, the prisoners and the needy, and gathered disciples to continue to declare the good news in word and deed, transfiguring the world in the power of your Holy Spirit.

 

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you gave birth to your church,delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

 

On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

When he supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:  "Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

 

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us, as we 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. 

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

Pastor: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and cup.  Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed and forgiven.  By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. 

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BREAKING OF THE BREAD & POURING OF THE WINE

Pastor: The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ. The cup of blessing which we bless is the communion of the blood of Christ.

 

INVITATION

Pastor: These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Come for all things are ready.

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

Take and eat, this is the body of Christ broken for you.

(You may partake of the bread at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

Take and drink, this is the blood of Christ shed for you.

(You may partake of the wine at this time and pause for a moment of prayer and reflection)

 

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!

 

PARTING HYMN

“Take Up Your Cross”

 

“Take up your cross” the Savior said, 

“if you would my disciple be;

Take up your cross with willing heart

And humbly follow after me.”

 

Take up your cross; let not its weight 

Fill your weak spirit with alarm;

Christ’s strength will bear your spirit up

And brace your heart, support your arm.

 

Take up your cross and follow Christ, 

Nor think till death to lay it down, 

For only those who bear the cross

May hope to wear the glorious crown.

 

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

 

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Today, March 07

10:00AM – Special Consistory Meeting

 

Wednesday, March 10

4:30PM - Worship & Music Team

7:00PM – Mid-Week Lenten Service @ St. Marks UCC

In-person or livestream via link on our webpage & Facebook

 

Sunday, March 14

9:00AM – Worship Service

In-person or videocast via link on our webpage & Facebook

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers

 

Wednesday, March 17

7:00PM – Mid-Week Lenten Service @ St. Marks UCC

In-person or livestream via link on our webpage & Facebook

 

Sunday, March 21

9:00AM – Worship Service

In-person or videocast via link on our webpage & Facebook

 

Wednesday, March 24

7:00PM – Mid-Week Lenten Service @ St. Marks UCC

In-person or livestream via link on our webpage & Facebook

 

Palm Sunday, March 28

9:00AM – Worship Service

In-person or videocast via link on our webpage & Facebook

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers

The church office will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 09. 

You are invited to worship with St. Mark’s UCC each Wednesday evening. In-person services will be held at 7:00PM and will also be livestreamed for those who prefer to worship from home. The link will be posted on our webpage and Facebook.

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