March 22, 2020
Fourth 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.
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
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:
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Kathy Brown email: email@example.com
Deaconess Sandy Wickberg email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music Ministry, Steven Law; 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.