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  • John T. Redman, CRE

ORDER OF WORSHIP, MARCH 3, 2024

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

 

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             “Take Up Your Cross”                                      by Thomas Keesecker                             

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 19)

Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his

handiwork.

PEOPLE: Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

LEADER: There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

PEOPLE: their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of

the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

Leader: which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong

man runs its course with joy.

PEOPLE: Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Leader: The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are

sure;

PEOPLE: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

INVOCATION

Dear God our Creator, you call us to love and serve you and our sisters and brothers with hearts, minds and spirits. Open our hearts in compassion and our minds to focus on your message of love and hopefulness and help us we look to the needs of the church and the world. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN         “Nature with Open Volume Stands”                        Red #222

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

In this Season of Lent, we are reminded of our shortcomings as we reflect on the gifts of our God and our often times poor attempts at reconciliation. Let us confess our sins:

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O God, in gracious love you care for the creatures of the earth; in steadfast love you keep your promise. But we, who so quickly embrace your covenant, just as quickly betray it; and we, from whom you desire worship, too often offer only scorn. For keeping your promise in the greatness of your mercy, we sing your praise, Lord; and for accepting and then spurning your covenant in the depths of our sins, we ask your forgiveness. Amen

(moment for silent personal confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Fellow travelers in faith, let us strive together for a greater understanding of God’s love and for his overwhelming forgiveness. Amen

 

**GLORIA PATRI                                                                       (Red Hymnal # 805)

 

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Today we celebrate the baptism of Noah Aleksander Haugland, son of Daniela Garrison

Haugland and Tor Olav Haugland born January 2, 2024, and witnessed by Anthoula

Stekas and Erik Haugland.

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE      “Near the Cross”                                 Red #549

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  (Traditional)

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 FOR ILLUMINATION

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING            Exodus 20: 1-17                       John Safran

EPISTLE READING                           1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

GOSPEL READING                           John 2: 13-22

 

SERMON MESSAGE               Build Back in Three Days         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, saying:

 

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

 

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

 

**COMMUNION HYMN            “The Lord is Here!”                    Red #777

 

HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation to the Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Concluding Prayer

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

May what we offer here be of our own hearts and dedicated to the service of our faith and our mission to others as they become the blessings and hope that others need and pray for in their own lives. This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen

 

OFFERTORY        “Make Me a Captive, Lord“      

 

**DOXOLOGY                Traditional                                          Red #809

 

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 HYMN         “Lord, Let Us now Depart in Peace”     Red #842

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE:         “Great is the Lord”                                       Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

 

 

Blessings!

John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

 



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