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4th Sunday in Lent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS  (Ephesians 2, John 3)

Pastor Bob

Grace is the gift that binds us to God.

It protects us, redeems us, restores us and

makes us whole.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Psalm 107, Ephesians 2, John 3)

Sharon Stewart - Liturgist

The goodness of God beckons,

          Calling us to goodness and grace.

The grace of God redeems,

          Saving us and making us whole.

The love of God welcomes,

          Inviting us to worship and praise.

HYMN:    Give Thanks

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2036

OPENING PRAYER

(Psalm 107, Ephesians 2, John 3)

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

God of goodness and grace, gather us in your arms of love.

Gather us as people of your goodness and grace.

Gather us in worship and prayer, that we may be

strengthened with faith and courage.

Gather us as those who are eager to live and

to share your goodness and grace. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Numbers 21: 4-9      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

UMC Hymnal    #349

LIFTING THE PRAYERS FROM THE HEART

Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    To God Be the Glory

UMC Hymnal #98

GOSPEL READING      John 3: 14-21

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

The Heart of Jesus part 5

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Ephesians 2, John 3)      Pastor Bob

As we have been saved by grace for the goodness of all, may we share our gifts of grace for the goodness of God’s world. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING

(Ephesians 2)

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

O Merciful God, you have richly blessed our lives with love and bounty beyond measure. Bless these gifts we return to you now, that they may bestow the same richness of your love and grace in the world. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:    Because He Lives

UMC Hymnal  #364

BENEDICTION    (Mark 9)    Pastor Bob

Go forth in the light of God’s grace.

Go forth with the love of Christ’s mercy.

Go forth with the goodness of the Spirit’s generosity.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2024.

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