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Sun, Mar 21, 2021

Worship March 21st, 2021

REID MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
SUNDAY, March 21, 2021 at 10:30 am
Fifth Sunday in Lent
We will worship together in the sanctuary and live via
Youtube page.
 

 WE GATHER IN GODS WORD

 
PRELUDE                       Beneath the Cross of Jesus          arr. Hank Monnig
                                             Hank Monnig, pianist
                                                                              
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Each day is a reminder of the new covenant: not written on stone tablets easily broken, but inscribed on our hearts filled with joy and hope.  Each day we draw closer to God: who has forgotten more than we ever learn; who has forgiven us more than we ever acknowledge.  Amen.
 
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                              Rev. Mark A. Medina
 
*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                  
Let us gather to worship.
      O God, we wish to see Jesus!
      We come to worship, to pray, and learn.
We come looking for Jesus in Scripture lessons,
in our own life experiences,
in helping our world,
in prayers for each other.
      We seek to follow in the way of Jesus.
We lay bare before God and one another
our own wilderness journey
filled with some gladness and hope,
with reluctance and sorrow,
with fear and confusion.
       O God, speak to us, show us, touch us with your presence!
Let our Lenten journey lead us to Jesus,
so that we may show Jesus forth
in our lives, our faith community, and our world.
       Let us worship God.
 
*HYMN 724                 O Jesus, I Have Promised                 ANGEL’S STORY

 
PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                                                                            
Through the season of Lent, O God,
we have prayed for clean hearts and right spirits.
Forgive us, O Lord, if we have prayed with our words
but failed to pray with our actions.
Forgive us of what we have done
that has contributed to the suffering of another,
and forgive us of what we have failed to do
that could have lightened a neighbor’s burden.
Forgive us, O God, and wash us in your mercy.
Forgive us, O God, and free us to try again.
We now bring our silent prayers of confession to you, O Gracious God.

SILENT PRAYER
 
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
 
*GLORIA PATRI
             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.

 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD'S PRAYER   Rev. Robert Hunt
 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

 
OFFERING OF OUR LIVES AND LABORS                                                                     
 
OFFERTORY                         Wondrous Love                     Paul Christiansen
                                                Chancel Choir

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul,
That caused the Lord of life to bear the heavy cross,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul.
 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul,
That Christ should lay aside His crown for my soul.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul.
 
*OFFERTORY RESPONSE          Doxology                      OLD HUNDREDTH  

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 265                Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun     DUKE STREET

 
CHILDRENS MOMENT                                                              Ms. Joy Maple

Three-year olds through second grade may remain with parents
or worship in children’s church (Room 207)

    

Go now in peace. Go now in Peace.
May the love of God surround you,
everywhere, everywhere, you may go.

 
 
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
 
OLD TESTAMENT READING           Jeremiah 31:31-34   
                             
   
The Word of the Lord.                               
                        Thanks be to God. 
 
ANTHEM                                        Pieta                                 Joseph M. Martin

Pam Snowdy soprano -  Jan Markle, alto

 

In the shadow of a manger, by a candle’s dancing flame,
Tender Mary holds her baby, and she breathes His holy name.
“Jesus rest your weary head, close your weeping eyes.”
As evening falls, she starts to sing a lullaby.
“Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight.”
 
In the shadow of the temple, in a place so far from home,
Mary sees her child of wonder, and she marvels how He’s grown.
“Jesus rest your weary head, and think on gentle things.”
With loving arms she holds her Savior and she sings,
Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight.”
 
In the shadow of Golgotha, underneath a darkened sky,
Mary gently cradles Jesus. Through her tears she says goodbye.
“Jesus rest your weary head. Your work on earth is done.”
And as the darkness falls, she whispers to her son,
“Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight.”

 
GOSPEL READING                     John 12:20-33   
                                
The Word of the Lord.                 
                        Thanks be to God. 
 
SERMON                                 Forecast of Events                         Rev. Medina
 
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                       A Brief Statement of Faith

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children, healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts,
forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
*HYMN 209                       My Song Is Love Unknown         LOVE UNKNOWN

 
*BENEDICTION      
   
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE          Amen                                   John Rutter    

*POSTLUDE                             Amazing Grace                        Karen Keene
 

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 *Please stand, as you are able

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