fourth Sunday of lent

March 6, 2016


-Gathering into worship-

*Those that are able are invited to stand


Welcome                                                                                             Gary Burdick, Lay Leader


Opening Psalm                                                                                               Psalm 32


*Call to Worship

One:  Grace and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:  Amen.

One:  Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven.

All:  Thanks be to God.


*Hymn                                  “Depth of Mercy! Can There Be”                                        #355


*Opening Prayer

Gracious God, seeker of the lost:

draw your children back to your loving embrace,  restore us to our inheritance as daughters and sons, and reconcile our hearts to you, that we may become ambassadors of your reconciling love to all the world.

Through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.


*Chorus                          “There’s Something About That Name”                                     #171

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There's just something about that name

Master, Savior, Jesus! Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Let all heaven and earth proclaim

Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away, but there's something about that name.




-Offering Our Prayers-

You are invited to share your prayer concerns by writing them on the Prayer Request cards and placing them in the offering plate.

God Moments


Prayer Hymn                         “Change My Heart, O God”                                           #2152

in The Faith We Sing


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer


-Exploring the word-


Children’s Sermon


Anthem                                    Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”                                            Choir                                                                      


Scripture                                                                                      2 Corinthians 5:16-21


Sermon                                           What’s New                               Rev. Dr. David Morse


-Sharing our blessings-


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes


*Doxology                                “Many Gifts, One Spirit” (Refrain)                                        #114

   Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways.

In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise

One Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word

Known in many ways, hallowing our days.

For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!

*Offering Prayer

O God, all that we have comes from you.

Receive this offering and with it the offering of our lives, for we return to you only what you have so graciously given.

Use us for the sake of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.


*Closing Hymn                       “A Charge to Keep I Have”                                           #413




*Chorus                                             “Here I Am, Lord” (refrain only)                           #593

Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord? I have heard You calling in the night.

I will go Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.






Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

 Where Faith and Life Meet


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith