March 29, 2020
Fifth Sunday in Lent
As a community of faith following God’s awesome example in Jesus, we welcome, affirm and extend our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, gender identity or gender expression. We celebrate God’s inclusive love and invite all to join the faith journey at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Cherry Street.
PRELUDE Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Duet: Phyllis Swift and Suzy Law
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling UMH #384
**PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church welcomes, affirms and extends our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, gender identity or gender expression. All are welcome into our family. You are invited to greet one another with signs of God’s peace.
Peace be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
**CALL TO WORSHIP enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters
In the stillness… In the quiet… In all that rests on our minds and hearts…
Our souls wait for you, O God.
In everything moving too quickly and too slowly… In our feelings of helplessness before all the obstacles that surround ua… As anxiety abounds and needs exceed
Our souls wait for you, O God.
Though we cannot yet perceive the way from here… We do not give up on each other. We do not give in to despair. We trust in the One who has companioned life and love through the troubles of every generation.
Our hope is this: through all things, God resides with us, within us, around us.
(spoken in unison)
enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters
God of the dead and God of the living, hold us close as we linger in these delicate days. May we perceive with clarity all that you would have us glean from what surrounds us. Where a collective lack of love and justice are failing us, embolden us to live differently – today. Let your Spirit come swiftly and transform us with hope. Amen
Kyrie TFWS # 2275
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison. Kyrie, Kyrie eleison.
Christe, Christe eleison. Christe, Christe eleison.
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison. Kyrie, Kyrie eleison, eleison
(Translation: Lord, Have Mercy: Christ, Have Mercy)
Machele Dill and Henry D. Walrus
This, this is where children belong. Welcomed as part of the worshipping throng. Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song. This is where children belong.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
READING FROM THE PSALTER
A TIME OF PRAYER
O Lord, Hear My Prayer TFWS #2200
O Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord, hear my prayer. When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord, hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND PASTORAL PRAYER
One: Lord in Your Mercy Many: Hear our prayers.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (spoken in unison)
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC God, My Father, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
(DuBois) Soloist: Kevin Pearson
READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE Ezekiel 37:1-14
SERMON A Gift of Breath for Our Dry Bones
Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
Breathe on Me Breath of God UMH #420
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING:
Out of the Depths (Bach) Phyllis Swift
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia!Praise God, the source of all our gifts.
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
UMH #261 Lord of the Dance
Taking Out the Light of Christ
Come and Find the Quiet Center (3rd verse) TFWS #2128
In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain
Let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain.
There’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for hearts to care.
In the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare.
POSTLUDE Psalm of Glory (Wells) Phyllis Swift
As you leave today, remember you are taking the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!
E-Mail Contact Information: St. Paul’s UMC: email@example.com
Rev. Kathy Brown email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaconess Sandy Wickberg email: email@example.com
Director of Children’s Ministry, Marti Law-Lowery email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer request? Please send Rev. Kathy Brown an email.
Prayer requests are held in the strictest of confidences.