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March 30, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

4th Sunday in Lent                                                        March 30, 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        (Read responsively)

He is from of old. He laid the foundations of the earth.

And the far reaches of space with their stars and moons are His handiwork.

They shall all pass away.

But He, the LORD our God, endures forever and His years will have no end.


* 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       “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”        Red Book # 683


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

God of all creation, we all like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. We have followed the call of other shepherds. We have played the goat instead of living like sheep. We have grazed in the pastures of sin, injustice and greed. We are lost without our Shepherd. O, Thou Great Shepherd of the sheep, hear our confession and pleas for mercy. Come and find us, Your wandering sheep. Lead us back to Your true flock, and the safety of our appointed fold. We pray in the name of the Good Shepherd, Christ the Lord.   (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 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                      “He Leadeth Me”                  Red Book  # 690


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON          1 Samuel 16:1-13                   pew Bible pg. 238


*GOSPEL LESSON                           John 9:1-41                        pew Bible  pg. 895


MESSAGE TEXT                             Acts 4:34-5:11                      pew Bible  pg. 912

MESSAGE              “Sheep of a Severe Shepherd”              Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing        “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”           Red Book # 688


* Receiving the Blessing


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


* Postlude                       


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by Shannon Andrews

in loving memory of her grandson, James Whitley



Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


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


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.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, March 2nd and place them in the baskets located under the old pew in the Narthex.


NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin are invited to partake, including baptized children with parental permission.


OUR DAILY BREAD (LARGE PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for April, May, and June are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


THE HOPE OF EASTER – Complimentary copies of this booklet of 10 reflections from the publishers of Our Daily Bread are also located on the table in the Narthex.



Be sure to put your feet in the right place,

then stand firm.   Abraham Lincoln

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