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Worship Bulletin 8AM

First United Methodist Church

Covenant of Obedience! 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Prelude

 

Prelude on Ubi caritas et amor, Alan Bullard
Joe Galema, Organist

Hymn

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, Hymnal, Page127

Call to Worship

Marjorie Gross

Leader: Lord God, we have gathered here in your Spirit,
People: With hearts hungry from our Lenten journey.
Leader: In the midst of our wilderness travels, we yearn for holy refreshment,
People: Through your loving and healing Spirit.
Leader: We yearn now in our time together to experience you,
People: In fresh, new and abundant ways.
Leader: Prepare us now for this time of worship,
People: And may the power and promise of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us

Invocation

 

Ever-present and faithful God, how often we are neither present nor faithful. We find it hard to be in your presence, for we are reminded of our unworthiness. We find it difficult to be faithful, for the claims of the world are strong. But on this day, we are here to worship in spite of our neediness, for you are worthy of our praise, even if we feel unworthy to offer it; and as for us, we are in need of your grace, and you in your mercy, are eager to give it. For this we utter our praise and thanksgiving as we gather to worship your matchless name. Amen.

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

 

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Words of Welcome

 

Kent Ingram

 

Offertory

 

Ornamented Chorale on When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,
David Schelat
Joe Galema, Organist

Doxology

 

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,

Hymnal, Page 95

Affirmation of Faith

Steve Harter

Pastoral Prayer

Marjorie Gross

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 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. Amen.

Anthem

Lord of the Dance, arr. Allen Pote
Youth Singers; Steve Harter, Director; Janice Kinsley, Pianist

Scripture Lesson

Exodus 20:1-17, Old Testament, Page 73

Sermon

Covenant of Obedience!                        Kent Ingram

Hymn

Take Time to Be Holy, Hymnal, Page 395

Benediction

 

Postlude

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, Johannes Brahms
Joe Galema, Organist

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Worship Bulletin 11AM

First United Methodist Church

Covenant of Obedience! 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Prelude

 

Prelude on Ubi caritas et amor, Alan Bullard
Joe Galema, Organist

Hymn

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, Hymnal, Page127

 

Call to Worship

 

Todd Spencer

Leader: Lord God, we have gathered here in your Spirit,
People: With hearts hungry from our Lenten journey.
Leader: In the midst of our wilderness travels, we yearn for holy refreshment,
People: Through your loving and healing Spirit.
Leader: We yearn now in our time together to experience you,
People: In fresh, new and abundant ways.
Leader: Prepare us now for this time of worship,
People: And may the power and promise of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us

Invocation

 

Ever-present and faithful God, how often we are neither present nor faithful. We find it hard to be in your presence, for we are reminded of our unworthiness. We find it difficult to be faithful, for the claims of the world are strong. But on this day, we are here to worship in spite of our neediness, for you are worthy of our praise, even if we feel unworthy to offer it; and as for us, we are in need of your grace, and you in your mercy, are eager to give it. For this we utter our praise and thanksgiving as we gather to worship your matchless name. Amen.

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

 

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Anthem

 

 

 

Behold the Lamb of God, Craig Courtney
Chancel Choir Ensemble; Steve Harter, director;
Joe Galema, organist     

                     

 

Time for Children

 

Marjorie Gross

 

Words of Welcome

 

 

Offertory

 

Contemplation on Wondrous Love, Rebecca Groom Te Velde
Joe Galema, Organist

Doxology

 

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,

Hymnal, Page 95

Affirmation of Faith

 

Steve Harter

 

Hymn

In the Cross of Christ I Glory, Hymnal, Page 295

Scripture Lesson

 

Corinthians 1:18-25, New Testament, Page 1128

Steve Harter

Pastoral Prayer

 

Todd Spencer

 

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 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. Amen.

Anthem

 

 

 

Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Lloyd Larson
Chancel Choir Ensemble; Steve Harter, Director;
Joe Galema, Organist

 

 

Scripture Reading

 

Exodus 20:1-17, Old Testament, Page 73

 

Sermon

Covenant of Obedience!                        Kent Ingram

Communion

 

Hymn

Take Time to Be Holy, Hymnal, Page 395

Benediction

 

Postlude

 

 

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, Johannes Brahms
Joe Galema, Organist