The Worship of God | The Third Sunday of Lent


Gathering

Piano Meditation

Near the Cross, F. Crosby, W. Doane, arr. D. Labman

Organ Prelude

Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness, J. S. Bach

Chiming of the Hour

Setting the Table

Welcome Home

Call To Worship

Exodus  20:1-17

One:      “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
               You shall have no other gods before me.”

Many:  Forgive us for confusing what is eternal and transcendent with what is
Many:  right before us. Help us to know the difference.

One:     “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or
Many: on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to
Many: them or worship them;

Many:  Forgive us for believing that you are contained within our creative capacity.
Many:  Help us to live within yours.

One:      “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not
               hold anyone guiltless who misuses the LORD’s name.”

Many:  Forgive us for labeling our causes as your causes. Help us to know the
Many:  difference between our preferences and yours.

One:     “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all
Many: your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall
Many: not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or
Many: maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the
Many: LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested
Many: on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Many:  Forgive us for squelching that which you created within us.
Many:  Help us to nurture it with rest and renewal.

One:      “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long
               in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Many:  Forgive us for idolizing those who’ve gone before one minute and casting them
Many:  aside the next. Help us to learn from and build upon the traditions passed to us.

One:      “You shall not murder.”

Many:  Forgive us for resorting to violence in our homes, our streets, and our worlds.
Many:  Help us to find the creativity to provide for peaceful ends in our society.

One:      “You shall not commit adultery.”

Many:  Forgive us for not honoring others’ relationships and our own.
Many:  Help us to realize the beauty that rises from intentionality and active love.

One:      “You shall not steal.”

Many:  Forgive us for participating in systems that give to some at the expense of others.
Many:  Help us to envision and work for equity and justice.

One:      “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

Many:  Forgive us for presenting our ideas as invincible and others as flawed.
Many:  Help us to understand one another better and be more charitable with one another.

One:      “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
               or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Many:  Forgive us for our unbridled jealousy and unoriginality.
Many:  Help us to be content in what we have and who we are.  Amen.

*Children’s Time

Music for Reflection

How Blest Are They, Psalm 1, W. Croft

*Morning Prayer

*Lord’s Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Special Music

The Old Rugged Cross, G. Bennard, arr. V. Wright

New Testament Lesson

John 2:13-22

Communion in Story

Invitation to the Table                  

Breaking & Sharing

David Hood

Music for Reflection

                        O Christ, thou Lamb of God, H. Walcha

Receiving & Consuming

Prayer of Blessing

Benediction

Blessing

Parting Hymn

Blest Be the Tie That Binds Our Hearts, J. Fawcett, J. G. Näglei

Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love,
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

Thank you to our musicians in today’s service including:
Section Leaders-Ella Torres, soprano; Danielle Romano, alto; Josh Carlisle, tenor;
Jack O’Leary, bass; Samuel Baker, organ; David Labman, piano, director.

 

The musicians safety barriers are made possible with
a generous donation from the Susan Boulay Memorial Fund.