Bulletin March 19, 2023
Updated: Jun 1
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, March 19, 2023 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home.
YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM, https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
The bulletin is attached and posted on the church website, newburghpresby.org/blog
ORDER OF WORSHIP
March 19, 2023 10:30 AM
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
Chancel flowers today are from Lauren Conklin, in celebration of my Granddaughter Maeve Lois Emhoff’s fifth birthday.
USHERS today are Richard Smith and Dave Young
FELLOWSHIP HOUR is being hosted by Sheila O’Donnell and Alan Rizzuto
Hosts are, as always, welcome and needed. Sign-up chart is in Fellowship Hall.
Maundy Thursday will feature an in-person communion service at 6 pm, so that people who would rather not drive after dark are accommodated. This service will be a departure from previous ones, and will be live streamed as well.
EASTER LILLIES are ready to be ordered. Please get your information envelope and check for $15 per plant to Dorothy before March 31st, so your dedications can be put into the bulletin for Easter Sunday.
NEXT FOOD PANTRY OPEN MON, March 27 and WED, MARCH 29 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
EAGLE SCOUT Project: Liam Pickard will lead his Eagle Scout Project this spring and plant native pollinator plants here at the church in the raised bed on the side of the courtyard. The purpose of the project is to increase the plants that support the native pollinator population. Additionally, this project will make the existing plant beds more aesthetically pleasing. His aim is to start this project in early spring. He is asking for donations to help fund the project or if you would like to volunteer your time to help that would be appreciated. Yvette Colon-Pickard
SESSION MEETING today after Fellowship Hour.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE “As the Deer” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Extinguishing the Lenten candles 1 through 4
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 23)
Leader: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
PEOPLE: He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
Leader: he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name sake.
PEOPLE: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
Leader: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
PEOPLE: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell
in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
God of generosity, you give us everything we need, and in you we find our greatest satisfaction. Be with us as we go about our lives about how and what we are doing,
and remind us that you are always there, animating our lives with your breath of life. Amen.
**OPENING HYMN “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” Red # 539
CALL TO CONFESSION
We may ignore, but we cannot escape the presence of God in our lives, in our entire universe. Let us come together in reaching out for greater understanding as we acknowledge our failings.
PRAYER TO CONFESSION
Gracious God, through the gift of Jesus Christ, you proclaimed your love for all creation. Have mercy on us as we confess our shortcomings in faith, our lack of attention to the truly important things in our lives, and to ignoring the needs of those close to us. Show us a better path to follow in the footsteps of Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Our Lord knows our failings. Our Lord shares our pain. Our Lord brings us joy. And our Lord
always forgives us in infinite love and grace. Amen
**HYMN OF PRAISE “My Shepherd Will Supply My Needs” Blue # 172
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (FROM THE CONFESSION OF 1967)
In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. He is the eternal Son of the Father, who became flesh and blood and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. This work of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, man, and the world. Therefore, the church calls all to be reconciled to God and to one another.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Guide us, O God, by your Word, and Holy Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord, Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 17:1-6 Libby Szymanowicz
NEW TESTAMENT READING John 4: 5-42
SERMON MESSAGE: Living Water John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own
healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray,
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.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We can hoard the gifts with which you bless us, God of generosity, or we can share them with others. May what we offer in these moments be the very blessing, the very hope, the very peace others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY “Lamb of God”
PRAYER OF THANKS
Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
CLOSING HYMM “God Be in My Head” Red # 837
POSTLUDE “Prelude Number 1” Johann Sebastian Bach
John Redman, CRE
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