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March 23, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

3rd Sunday in Lent                                                        March 23, 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 95    responsively

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us  make a joyful noise to  the rock of our salvation!

Let us  come into His presence with thanksgiving;

let us  make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is  a great God,

and a great King  above all gods.

 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us  kneel before the Lord, our  Maker!

For He is our God.

We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of His hand.


* 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           “When Morning Gilds the Skies”        Red Book  # 215


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

Almighty God: in Jesus Christ You have redeemed us and called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what You command. We close ourselves off from others. We remain silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. We are lazy servants, timid and heart­less, seeking our own comfort and position, turning neighbors away from Your love. Have mercy on us, O God, and though we do not deserve Your care, forgive us and free us from sin. In the name of Christ we pray.  (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon


* 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 and Lord’s Prayer


* * * 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     


* Hymn of Preparation    “I Will Sing of the Mercies”   sing twice  Red Book  # 161


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON             Exodus 17:1-7                   pew Bible  pg. 59


*GOSPEL LESSON                           John 4:5-42                        pew Bible  pg. 888


MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 4:23-37                       pew Bible  pg. 912


MESSAGE                     “Bold Worship, Bold Work”              Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                     “Victory in Jesus”                       Red Book  # 353


* Receiving the Blessing


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


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WELCOME GUESTS!  We are glad the LORD led you to worship with us this morning. Please remember to sign the attendance pad and to join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and light refreshments following the service today.

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