Third Sunday in Lent
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and FUNNY STORY
(Exodus 17, Romans 5)
Water in the desert flows from the rock of our salvation. The living water of Christ is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
CALL TO WORSHIP
(Psalm 95, John 4, Exodus 17)
responsive reading Sharon Stewart
Worship the Lord and sing God’s praises.
We come into the Lord’s presence with songs of thanksgiving.
Make a joyful noise for the rock of our salvation.
We rejoice in our time together.
Drink of Christ’s living water.
We thirst for God’s love!
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
UMC Hymnal #127
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
(John 4, Romans 5) Sharon Stewart
Holy one, we yearn to draw near as we arrive in this place. We come to calm our hearts, soothe our fears, and deepen our faith. As the Samaritan woman before us, help us draw cool water from the well of your love, and help us leave with the living water of belief, through the power of your Holy Spirit.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Exodus 17: 1-7 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Spirit of the Living God Sacred Dance
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Fill My Cup, Lord
UMC Hymnal #641
John 4: 3-42 (NLT)
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Are You Thirsty?
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son Jesus Christ
to give us living water and an eternal life.
Let us share our tithes and offerings to help others in the world.
Give as you are called and as you ae able.
OFFERTORY Erin Tellier
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING
(Psalm 95, Exodus 17) (Unison) Pastor Bob
Protector God, we hear your voice beckoning us to be your hands and your feet in the world. Show us a way through the wilderness of life, with knapsacks filled with blessings and vessels of living water for a hurting world. Receive these offerings, that they may be for others the blessings we have received from your hand. Amen.
HYMN: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
UMC Hymnal # 361
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
(Exodus 17, John 4)
May the Lord of the wilderness continue to share life-giving waters of hope, gifts of diversity, and gifts of faith to serve others along the way.
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 2023.