Bulletin for March 25

Fifth Sunday in Lent

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH by Carol Johns, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ, We Do All Adore Thee
by Adult Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Each day is a gift from God:
People: each moment is that opportunity to reach out in service to all creation.
Leader: Each day is a reminder of the new covenant:
People: not written on stone tablets easily broken,
but inscribed on our hearts filled with joy and hope.
Leader: Each day we draw closer to God:
People: who has forgotten more than we ever learn;
who has forgiven us more than we ever acknowledge.

*HYMN No. 97 Go to Dark Gethsemane

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We close our heart’s eye, and wonder why we cannot see Jesus.
We wander down the same old paths, and are amazed that Jesus is not ahead of us. We speak and live in ways which keep us from being God’s children. Let us come to the One who offers us grace and mercy, as we pray together, saying,
People: Love that knows no boundaries: we crowd our lives with so much activity, that it is hard to find time for you. We become so focused on ourselves, we can overlook those around us who are searching for hope. We fill our spiritual emptiness with junk, rather than feasting on your Word.
Abundant Mercy, forgive us. Open our eyes, that we may see your new covenant written in plain sight on our hearts. Open our hearts, that we may join you in serving the broken of the world. Open our love, so we may pour it out as abundantly and graciously as your love is given to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Like a parent tenderly washing her child, God bathes us in the warm waters of forgiveness, cleansing us, and restoring us to new life.
People: Through Christ, we are made whole; through Christ we are loved; through Christ, we become new people.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Lent 5 B)

*GLORIA PATRI No 579

ANTHEM
God So Loved the World
by Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 101 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE John 12:20-33 New Testament Pages 106-7 in pew Bible

SERMON
WE WISH TO SEE JESUS
by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH (Unison)
When Abraham’s descendants were slaves in Egypt,
God heard their cries and prayers.
God remembered his promise
and sent Moses to free them from bondage.
We declare God’s steadfast love and sovereign power.
The Lord can be trusted to keep promises.
The Lord still acts in the affairs of individuals and nations
to set oppressed and persecuted people free.
Freed slaves became the people of God
when they accepted the Lord’s covenant.
God charged them to respond to his rescuing love
by obeying his commandments.
Their life together was to express
the justice and compassion of their holy God.
Since we, too, are the Lord’s covenant people,
we know we must be holy as the Lord is holy.
We must keep God’s commandments,
not in order to earn or compel the Lord’s favor,
but to reflect the character of God
and to be his grateful and loving people.
(“God Delivered His People,” Chapter 3 (2 and 3)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 92 Beneath the Cross of Jesus

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Bethlehem First Presbyterian Church in McConnells, SC and its 33 members.

RECENT MEMORIALS:
Choir Fund in Memory of Al Williams given by Jay and Haydee Teager
Tree Fund in Memory of James G. Williams given by Jay and Haydee Teager

GREETERS AND USHERS: Jay and Haydee Teager

COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT
The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Community Building. Children are to bring an Easter basket. Eggs, snacks etc. will be provided. Children ages up to 10 or 12 years are invited to participate in the egg hunt. Older children may assist in hiding the eggs and in the games. The rain date will be April 7.

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