Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

11 AM Worship ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Third Sunday in Lent††††† ††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 27 March 2011

 

GATHERING

††† Caprice††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J. Southbridge

 

GREETING AND WELCOME

††† Be kind to one another,

††† tenderhearted,

††† forgiving one another,

††† as God in Christ has forgiven you.

 

††† The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

††† And also with you.

 

INTROIT

††† I Will Praise Him†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gloria and William Gaither

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††† Let us contemplate Jesus the Lord:

††† Instead of the joy meant for him,

††† he endured the cross, disregarding its disgrace

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† O Jesus Christ, born in humility

††† to confound the proud and to raise the humble:

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† You lived among us, healing the sick,

††† proclaiming good news to the poor and freedom to prisoners.

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† You came to unbind the chains of every slavery,

††† O friend of the humble, bread of hungry hearts.

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† Jesus, full of patience and goodness,

††† you showed forgiveness and kindness to the very end.

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† Jesus, gentle and humble of heart,

††† you call to yourself all who are weary and burdened.

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† Jesus, you came into the world to serve and to give your life;

††† you were betrayed for money, dragged before judges,

††† and nailed to a cross.

††† We worship you, Lord.

††† Jesus, Lord of the universe,

††† by your resurrection from the dead you are alive at the Fatherís side,

††† and there you prepare a place for us.

††† We worship you, Lord.

†††

*HYMNUMH 298

††† When I Survey the Wondrous Cross††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hamburg

 

*PRAYERin unison

††† Enduring Presence,

††† goal and guide,

††† you go before and await our coming.

††† Only our thirst compels us

††† beyond complaint to conversation,

††† beyond rejection to relationship.

††† Pour your love into our hearts,

††† that, refreshed and renewed,

††† we may invite others to the living water

††† given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

 

ANTHEM

††† A Lenten Prayer††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R. Powell

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

GOSPEL READING

††† John 4:5-42

 

EPISTLE READING

††† Romans 5:1-11

 

††† The Word of the Lord.

††† Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDRENíS MESSAGE

††† Following the message, children from K-3 are invited to attend the Junior Church program.

 

SERMON

††† Antihomosexual

 

*HYMNFWS 2108

††† O How He Loves You and Me††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Patricia

 

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

THE LORDíS PRAYERin 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.Amen.

 

PRAYER RESPONSE

††† Into Your Hands

 

††† The congregation is invited to sing the prayer response with the choir.

 

*THE PEACE

 

OFFERING

††† Melodia Semplice†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† L. Smith

 

*DOXOLOGYUMH 95

 

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

*HYMNUMH 549

††† Where Charity and Love Prevail†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† St. Peter

 

*BENEDICTION

 

*GOING FORTH

††† See the Lord of Life and Light†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J.S. Bach

 

*Those who are able are invited to stand.