5th Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2018
The bulletins this morning are provided by Victor Alexandrescu and are In Loving Memory of his parents, Victor & Maria Alexandrescu, and his brother & sister-in-law, Dan & Viorica Alexandrescu.
*Indicates standing if able
Prelude: How Deep the Father's Love for Us
Welcome and Announcements
Call To Worship:
Leader: This is the fifth step in our Lenten journey. God’s mercy
floods over us.
People: Lord, wash us clean of the pain of life’s difficulties.
Leader: God’s love pours into us.
People: Lord, pour your love into every pore of our being.
Leader: Let the love and mercy of God reign in your heart today.
People: Be with us, Lord, and guide our lives. AMEN.
Hymn: How Firm a Foundation VU 660
Prayer of Confession:
Compassionate Lord, forgive us when we falter on this Lenten pathway; when the road ahead seems too uncertain and we are afraid. We admit that following Jesus is not an easy task. Jesus requires us to be willing to make the ultimate commitment of our whole lives and we hesitate and hold back. Draw us back to you, Lord. Give us confidence and courage to face the future with hope.
Let us place our trust in you that the message of peace and mercy you have given to us through Jesus Christ may be offered to others through our own witness to your healing mercy. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
Words of Assurance
Minute For Mission
Offertory Hymn: Joy Comes with the Dawn VU 166
(**Ushers-please bring collection plates forward on singing of last verse. Congregation-please stand if able on singing of last verse.**)
Hearing & Receiving of God's Holy Word
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Responsive Reading: Psalm 130 VU 853
Gospel Reading: John 11: 1-45
Anthem: Who Is This King? Choir
Sermon: “Unbind Him & Let Him Go”
Candles of Joy and Concerns – Prayers of the People
*Hymn: As a Fire Is Meant for Burning VU 578