Sunday March 14

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

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Prelude

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.

Welcome

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Opening Anthem

Woza


Confession and opening sentences

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
God’s mercy endures forever.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Officiant and People together

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


The Collect of the Day

You are invited to light a candle at home with us.

Let us pray.

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

 Sweet Sweet Spirit – Lift Every Voice and Sing #120


The Lessons

A Reading from the book of Numbers (Numbers 21:4-9)

They marched from Mount Hor on the Reed Sea road around the land of Edom. The people became impatient on the road. The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why did you bring us up from Egypt to kill us in the desert, where there is no food or water. And we detest this miserable bread!” So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people and they bit the people. Many of the Israelites died.

The people went to Moses and said, “We’ve sinned, for we spoke against the Lord and you. Pray to the Lord so that he will send the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous snake and place it on a pole. Whoever is bitten can look at it and live.” Moses made a bronze snake and placed it on a pole. If a snake bit someone, that person could look at the bronze snake and live.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22)

We give you thanks, O God, for you are good;
your mercy endures for ever.

Let all those whom you have redeemed proclaim
that you redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

You gathered them out of the lands;
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Some were fools and took to rebellious ways;
they were afflicted because of their sins.

They abhorred all manner of food
and drew near to death’s door.

Then they cried to you in their trouble,
and you delivered them from their distress.

You sent forth your word and healed them
and saved them from the grave.

Let them give thanks to you for your mercy
and the wonders you do for your children.

Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and tell of your acts with shouts of joy.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 3:14-21)

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.

“This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.


The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell


Anthem: 

Amazing Grace Bria Jones & Gene Dobbs Bradford


The Prayers

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

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 trespasses,
     as we forgive those
         who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
     and the power, and the glory,
     for ever and ever. Amen.


You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you. 

Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being,
Have mercy on us.

Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God, Have mercy on us.

Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity,
Have mercy on us.

From blind hearts and petty spirits, that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love,
Savior, deliver us.

From pride, self-sufficiency and the unwillingness to admit our own need of your compassion,
Savior, deliver us.

From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment, and from lack of persistence and thoroughness,
Savior, deliver us.

From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the Good news and working for justice,
Savior, deliver us.

Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation and may work to safeguard the ecosystems which sustain your gift of life.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our feet, that we may take your Good News into our neighborhoods, communities, and all parts of the world.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our hands, that we may care for our neighbor in Christ’s name.
Hear us, O Christ.

Touch our voices, that we may lift them in the halls of government. We pray for our president, the members of congress, the Supreme Court, and for all those entrusted with public leadership, that they might heed your call to build justice and equity. Safeguard the rights and dignity of your whole creation.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our Michael, our presiding bishop, Deon our bishop, and for all who minister in the church. Strengthen and encourage all who work in lonely, dangerous and grief-stricken places.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for our companions at Cristosal working on behalf of human rights in El Salvador. We pray for the Grace Gathering ministry for people of diverse abilities, being planted in our midst. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place, and give us courage.
Hear us, O Christ.

We give you thanks for the love of Christ made manifest in our church community, and especially for those celebrating birthdays this week: Brenda Okpala, Bryan Okpala, and Kara Cummins.
Hear us, O Christ.

We pray for those who have died: for all who have died of COVID, and for the martyrs and saints who have gone before us. May we, like them, faithfully walk in the way of love. Bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Hear us, O Christ.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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Concluding Prayers

In the season of Lent, the presider prays a Solemn Prayer over the people:

Look down in mercy, Lord, on your people who kneel before you; and
grant that those whom you have nourished by your Word and Sacraments
may bring forth fruit worthy of repentance; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchangedConsider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.


Concluding Hymn

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High – Hymnal 1982 #448


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Hyfrydol
Connor Scott

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Julie Bennett, Andy Ludwig
The Lord’s Prayer: Sondra Ellis
Greeters: Warren Davis, Joe Adams
Guest Musicians: Bria Jones and Gene Dobbs Bradford
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: Tyler Schwartz

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.

The Prayers of the People are adapted the Book of Occasional Services.