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Celebration  of  Worship

5 th Sunday in Lent                                                           April 6, 2014


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *

 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship     adapted from Psalm 130      (Read responsively)

If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with You there is forgiveness,

that You may be feared.

We wait for the Lord,

our souls wait, and in His word we hope.

Our souls wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning;

Yea, more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love.

With Him is plentiful redemption.

And He will redeem His people from all their iniquities.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.

* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration                       “Amazing Grace”                    Red Book # 343


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God   

O Father of mercy, in Your great love for us You have sent Your Son to buy us back from sin and to show us how to live. We have often rejected Him and His ways. We have resisted Your Spirit and Your claim upon “our” lives, “our” time, and “our” resources. We acknowledge our sinful nature, admit our many sins, and seek to be properly restored in our hearts, minds, and attitudes. Prepare our hearts now to renew our commitment and devotion to You through Jesus the Christ. In His name we pray.    (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader:     . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

    ALL:              In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication 


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                Ezekiel 37:1-14                pew Bible pg 724


* GOSPEL LESSON                              John 11:17-44                pew Bible pg 897


MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 5:12-16                        pew Bible pg 913


MESSAGE                         “God’s Continuing Grace”             Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Preparation            “In Remembrance of Me”             Red Book # 461


* * * The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper * * *


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

. . .

. . . and lift our voices in joyful praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


. . . and give You glory through Your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are Yours, almighty God, forever and ever.   Amen. 


The Lord's Prayer


Serving of the Elements and Prayer after Communion


* Hymn of Closing              “God of Grace and God of Glory”        Red Book # 435


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by Peter & Inga Pfefferkorn

in loving memory of Susan Mecabe and her family


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Monday:   Clara Mizell          Tuesday:    Mun Sparks


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Linda Tear

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.

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