Bulletin – March 27, 2011

GATHERING

GREETINGS

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us.

Praise the Lord!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:            3rd Sunday of Lent

*PRAISE MUSIC             How Great Thou Art                      UMH 77

CALL TO WORSHIP–LENT

Leader: We enter into God’s holy presence

All: Come, let us worship. Let us bow before the Lord, our God.

Leader: It is fitting that we come with thanksgiving.

All: God deserves our songs of praise.

Leader: For the Lord is a great God.

All: He is creator of all—the highest mountains and depths of the earth.

Leader: The vast waters and the dry land were all god’s idea.

All: This holy one is our God, and we are his people.

Leader: We are called and chosen, fed and nurture as the sheep of his flock.

All: Let us come with open ears and hearts.

Leader: Let us worship the Lord, our God.

Based on Psalm 95

OPENING PRAYER

Father, you know us and you love us. You have called us to be your followers, and we ask you today to help us answer that call—not with lip

service only, but with all our lives. The path we must follow doesn’t promise to be easy, but we know it will ultimately lead to life more abundant. Remove all fear and doubt from our minds and help us say only “yes”. We love you, Father, and we want to follow you. Thank you for using us to further your kingdom. May we answer your call with obedience.  Amen.

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

HYMN SING:  Congregation choose a song we can sing!

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

CALL TO CONFESSION:

The Lord is a good and faithful God, yet we doubt and question God’s plans

and intentions toward us. Let us confess our sins, that we might be reconciled

to Christ and one another.

PRAYER OFCONFESSION

Merciful Savior, we confess that what we say we believe and the beliefs our lives profess frequently aren’t the same. We say that you are good, yet we’re quick to blame you when discomfort, turmoil or distress arises. We say that you love us, but we act as if your will for our lives cannot be trusted. We proclaim that we are forgiven, yet we continue to carry the burdensome baggage of our past. We profess that you are a faithful God, yet we’re riddled with anxiety, fear and impatience. Forgive us Lord. Give us the courage to look honestly at the disparity between what we say we believe and the truth that our action and attitudes tell. We pray for the grace to close the gap between the two. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

Glory be to the Father                                                               UMH 71

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON:       Romans 5:1-11                                 PB, pg. 146NT

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON:                   Exodus 17:1-7               PB, pg. 62OT

THE MESSAGE:                                                                     Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

PRAYER RESPONSE: Psalm 23 responsive                         UMH 137

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

*BLESSING

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