4th Sunday of  Lent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS  (Luke 15)

Pastor Bob

The lost are found. The dead return to life. This is the Lord’s doing; it is wondrous in our sight.

CALL TO WORSHIP 

(2 Corinthians 5, Luke 15)

(responsive reading)    Jean Kelly – Liturgist

L: Like a loving Father, God offers us freedom to choose our own path.

P: In God’s freedom, we are a new creation.

L: Like a merciful Mother, God offers us compassion when we lose our way.

P: In God’s mercy, we are a new creation.

L: Like a forgiving Parent, God welcomes us home with open arms.

P: In God’s embrace, we are a new creation.

L: Come! Let us worship the one who makes all things new.

HYMN:

This Is a Day of New Beginnings  vs. 1-4

UMC Hymnal    #383

OPENING PRAYER

(Luke15)    (Unison)

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

Merciful God, you seek the lost sheep of your pasture; you call out to all who have strayed. As the father welcomed the prodigal son home, receive us back into your loving arms. Your steadfast love, O God, knows no bounds. Your loving embrace is always there for us. Be with us in our time of worship, that we may feel your presence and know that you are our true home. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

(2 Corinthians 5: 16-21)

Jean Kelly – Liturgist

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Amazing Grace  vs. 1 & 2

Barbara House - soloist

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE    Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:                To God Be the Glory

UMC Hymnal    #98

GOSPEL LESSON      Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32

MEDITATION                            Pastor Bob

Another Resurrection Story

 

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

God has given us everything. Let us return but a portion of all that we has been given back to God. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY  

Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling

Barbara House - soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING    (Unison)

God of overflowing abundance, you bless the earth, and it brings forth food. We, who have been given so much, rejoice in our ability to aid those who are in need. As we present our offerings this day, bless these gifts, the bounty of this good land, that they may reach those who need it most. May we, who call ourselves Christ’s disciples, continue to give freely of our worldly riches, just as Christ gave freely of his heavenly riches. Amen.

BENEDICTION HYMN:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

UMC Hymnal    #140

BENEDICTION (2 Corinthians 5, Luke 15)

Pastor Bob    (responsive reading)

In Christ, we are a new creation.

In Christ, we are made anew.

In Christ, the lost are found,

          In Christ, we find our true home.

In Christ, those who were dead find new life.

          In Christ, all are invited to the heavenly banquet.

In Christ, we reside with the saints.

DEPART IN PEACE, SHALOM.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMV Hymnal    #431

 

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