March 22, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Lent
10:45 a.m.

Welcoming Statement

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.

CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP

THE PEOPLE GATHER

BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

PRELUDE          Open My Eyes, Lord; Be Thou My Vision (arr. Hayes)          Phyllis Swift

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                         Linda Berrey

**Gathering Hymn                 Blessed Assurance                   UMH # 369

**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                                                                                                  

    Though the way seems long and the road rough
            Yet will we trust the One who leads us.
    Though the direction is unknown and we don’t know the outcome
            Yet will we place our lives in Christ’s loving care.
    It is Christ who brings us out to green pastures and restores our souls.
            It is Christ who gives us hope and peace. Praise be to Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

 HYMN OF PRAISE         Great Is Thy Faithfulness                UMH # 140

Opening Prayer
Loving Shepherd, you know our names; you care for us.
When we face darkness and uncertainty, walk beside us.
When we hunger for your love, fill us with your presence.
When we are fearful, feed us at your table, fill us with your love.
May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. Amen.

CHORAL RESPONSE                  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)

CHILDREN’S TIME                                         Marti Law-Lowery

This, this is where children belong. Welcomed as part of the worshiping throng. Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song.  This is where children belong.

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

READING FROM THE EPISTLE                                 Ephesians 5:8-14

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         Precious Lord, Take My Hand              Machele Dill

READING FROM THE PSALTER                                                                               Psalm 23

SERMON                          But I Do Want……                        Rev. Kathy Brown

HYMN OF RESPONSE          Without Seeing You              TFWS # 2206                                                                         

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING:               

OFFERTORY PRAYER            

OFFERTORY MUSIC      
 How Beautiful Are the Feet (from the Messiah)              Suzy Law

**DOXOLOGY                                                                                          UMH #94

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   
   TFWS # 2219                                Goodness is Stronger than Evil

BENEDICTION

Taking Out the Light of Christ

DEPARTING CHORUS       
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
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing  (Glaser)     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: heartofcherrystreet@gmail.com
Rev. Kathy Brown email: rev.kathybrown@gmail.com
Deaconess Sandy Wickberg email: deaconesssandy@gmail.com
Director of Music Ministry, Steven Law; email: midtulsa01@msn.com
Director of Children’s Ministry, Marti Law-Lowery email: martilowery1968@gmail.com   

Prayer request?  Please send Rev. Kathy Brown an email.
Prayer requests are held in the strictest of confidences.

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