Sunday March 21

The Fifth 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.

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Opening Hymn

Will you Come and Follow Me – Wonder Love and Praise Hymnal #757


The Lessons

A Reading from the book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It won’t be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant with me even though I was their husband, declares the Lord. No, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the Lord!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Psalm (Psalm 51:1-13)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness;
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight.

And so you are justified when you speak
and upright in your judgment.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,
a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me,
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness,
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again,
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.


The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to John (John 12:20-33)

Some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified. I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever. Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honor whoever serves me.

“Now I am deeply troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The crowd standing there heard and said, “It’s thunder.” Others said, “An angel spoke to him.”

Jesus replied, “This voice wasn’t for my benefit but for yours. Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now this world’s ruler will be thrown out. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (He said this to show how he was going to die.)

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


The Sermon: The Rev. Marc Smith


Anthem: 

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Bria Jones & Rebecca Boester


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: Denise Carpenter, Charlotte Gage, Donna Robey, and Nancy Adams.
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 with compassion, O Lord, upon this your people; that, rightly
observing this holy season, they may learn to know you more fully, and to
serve you with a more perfect will; 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

There is a Balm in Gilead – Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal #203


Dismissal

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.


Postlude

Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Marc Smith
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Assisting: The Rev. Chester Hines and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Donna Baudendistel, Bryant Cooper
The Lord’s Prayer: Kim Hudson
Greeters: Shirley Mensah, Lisa Heaner
Guest Musicians: Bria Jones & Rebecca Boester
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.