Worship Service – March 7, 2021
10:15am In-person & Facebook Live Stream Worship Sunday
Opening Prayer: Spirit of the ages, name us and claim us according to your purposes, as you once called Abram to Sarai long ago. Train our ears to hear your call, and tune our hearts to open at the sound of your voice. As we pick up our cross to follow you, raise us to newness of life. For you call us to be children of your covenant, heirs with your Son, and disciples of your grace. Amen.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Hymn: “Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty” UMH #64
CALL TO CONFESSION
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. So, let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together.
Prayer of Confession: Name above all names, visit us in our dreams and shake us from our waking nightmares. For we are tired of stumbling in the dark, blindly following human teachings and placidly heeding human advice. When we lose our way and wander from your path, we need your love to heal us and your grace to complete us. When the forces of destruction close around us, grant us the strength to follow Christ. Love us back onto the right paths and restore us to life, through your faithful and transforming love. Amen.
Words of Assurance: By saying no to ourselves, and picking up our cross, we find ourselves. By saying yes to the good news of Christ’s spirit, we find faith and wholeness. Thanks be to God.
Hymn of Illumination “Turn your Eyes Upon Jesus” (1st Verse only) UMH# 349
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Offertory Music by Charles Smith
Offering (Click to tithe online)
Offertory Prayer: God of manifold blessings, bless our lives to your service, even as we consecrate these gifts in service of a world in need. May our offerings go forth this day, and be a reflection of your glory for all who struggle to know your ways. As these gifts go forth to do your work, may
they help others hear your voice as you call their name. In the spirit of your grace and peace, we pray. Amen.
The Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response “Thy Word is a Lamp” UMH# 601
Message “Message of the Cross” by Pastor Ed
The Great Thanksgiving/Holy Communion
Closing Hymn “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” (3 stanzas only) UMH #297