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3rd Sunday in Lent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and FUNNY STORY

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    (Psalm 19)

Pastor Bob

God speaks to our hearts in silence.

Be still and touch God’s presence.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Liturgy - Seeker’s Church 2006)

A Responsive Reading

Sharon Stewart - Liturgist

Leader: In the days of Noah, God placed a rainbow in the sky as the sign of a covenant of God's love for all the earth.

          People: In the colors of the rainbow, we see the sign of God's grace for all creation.

Leader: In the days of Moses, the words of God were written on tablets of stone, as the sign of a covenant between God and all of God's people.

People: In the tablets of stone, we see the sign of God's hope for each to live in peace with God and neighbor.

Leader: In the days of the prophet, God promised to place a new covenant in our hearts.

All: As members of the living Body of Christ, we see the sign of God's promise among us.

HYMN:    Take Time To Be Holy

UMC Hymnal    #395

OPENING PRAYER    (Exodus 20)

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

Creator God, you call us from our busy

lives to find knowledge and rest in this

holy place. Center our spirits in your love.

Open our hearts to your transforming

word, for we are ready to realign our

spirits, remember your words, and walk

in your paths. Guide us in wisdom

and truth as we seek to follow your word.

Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Exodus 20: 1-17      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

PASTORAL PRAYER    Pastor Bob

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:  Sanctuary

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2164

GOSPEL READING    John 2: 13-22

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

The Heart of Jesus part 4

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Psalm 19)    Pastor Bob

We have heard God’s word in the voices of creation and the precepts of scripture. God’s word enlightens and revives us, filling us with joy. With grateful hearts, let us bring our gifts before God this day. 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    Exodus 20

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

O Holy One, you shape our lives with great beauty, showing us paths that leads to righteousness and blessing. We bring these gifts with grateful hearts, that you may use them to build your community of justice and righteousness. We offer you our very lives, knowing that you will lead us in the path of holy service. Amen.

COMMUNION  HYMN:

Here Is Bread, Here Is Wine

The Faith We Sing Hymnal  #2266

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING    Pastor Bob

HOLY COMMUNION:

Come to the Table of LOVE

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    (Exodus 17)

Go now to work for God’s purposes. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. Be filled with the same love.

And may God quench your thirst with love and consolation;
May Christ
 strengthen you and encourage you;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you on and make your joy complete.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,

In the name of Christ. Amen.

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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